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Theresa May pledges £33m boost for fight against slavery in Britain
Prime minister has also set up new taskforce to coordinate government response to modern slaveryThe battle against modern slavery in Britain is to get a £33m boost, Theresa May has announced. The prime minister said the money would be targeted at dealing with the routes of the people-trafficking trade in countries such as Nigeria, as she unveiled a new taskforce that is to coordinate the government response to slavery. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:17:03 GMT)

Donald Trump attacks Muslim father's Democratic convention speech
Hillary Clinton calls on ‘all Americans to stand with the Khans’Khizr Khan’s wife ‘probably … wasn’t allowed to have anything to say’Fallen soldier’s father to Trump: ‘Have you even read the constitution?’Donald Trump and Russia: a web that grows more tangled all the timeDonald Trump has given his first response to Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American soldier who died to protect his unit. Khan addressed the Democratic national convention this week, rebuking Trump as unpatriotic and selfish as he did so. Related: Fallen Muslim American soldier's father scolds Trump: 'have you even read the constitution?' Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:25:42 GMT)

Philip Green blasts Frank Field for turning inquiry 'into kangaroo court'
Former BHS boss says work and pensions committee chairman has insulted him and his family and put solution at risk Former BHS chief executive Sir Philip Green has accused MP Frank Field of turning a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of the high street chain into a kangaroo court.In a letter to the the chairman of the work and pensions select committee, Green restated he had not broken any rules and said Field had tried to create a “false narrative”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:15:53 GMT)

Daredevil skydiver jumps from 7.6km without a parachute
Luke Aikins lands safely in a 30m square net bordered by lights in Simi Valley, in southern CaliforniaA daredevil skydiver on Saturday became the first to jump from a height of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) without a parachute, landing in a net in southern California, a spokesman said. Luke Aikins, 42, who has 18,000 jumps under his belt, completed the jump in Simi Valley, landing in a net measuring 100 feet by 100 feet (30 metres by 30 metres) in a feat broadcast on Fox. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:10:00 GMT)

China's Times Square propaganda video accused of skewing views of British MP
The video has been touted in China as showing ‘the truth of the South China Sea’ dispute but Labour MP Catherine West says she was misrepresentedChina has booked a huge screen in Times Square that is broadcasting 120 times a day a propaganda video that gives its own take on the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.However, the footage, which features foreign experts and states the recent tribunal in the Hague “vainly attempted to deny China’s territorial sovereignty”, has come under fire for skewing the views of a British politician on China’s island-building project. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:02:11 GMT)

Corbyn pledges to scrap Blair union laws in favour of collective bargaining
String of corporate governance scandals prompts Labour leader to press for laws forcing large companies to recognise specific unions to negotiate withJeremy Corbyn would require companies with more than 250 employees to accept new industrial laws under which they would have to recognise a specific union with which to bargain over pay.Aides to the Labour leader said a Corbyn government would “repeal” 1999 union legislation that was passed by a Labour government to introduce a new French-style framework of union rights. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:00:16 GMT)

Doubts grow over ‘totemic’ cash pledge to pensioners
Triple-lock protection too costly, says former pensions minister, as work and pensions department refuses to rule out reviewThe triple-lock protection for state pensions should be dropped to save billions of pounds for better causes, according to the outgoing pensions minister. The Department for Work and Pensions declined to rule out a review of the “totemic” policy in the coming months. Related: Scrap triple lock that protects state pensions, says thinktank chief Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:00:16 GMT)

Texas hot-air balloon crash leaves 16 people dead
Local police say there don’t appear to be any survivorsBalloon believed to have struck power transmission cablesTexas state police have confirmed that 16 people died when a hot-air balloon crashed in central Texas on Saturday. Witnesses said that the balloon struck power transmission lines and burst into flames before plunging into a pasture. Emergency responders in Texas said the fire hit the basket portion of the hot-air balloon. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:01:01 GMT)

Turkey to shut military academies as it targets armed forces for ‘cleansing’
Western allies rattled by scale of crackdown on more than 60,000 people after failed coup in TurkeyTurkey will shut its military academies and put the armed forces under the command of the defence minister, Fikri Isik, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in a move designed to bring the military under tighter government control after a failed coup. Isik told broadcaster NTV the shake-up in the military was not yet over, adding that military academies would now be a target of “cleansing”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 01:18:19 GMT)

Pope Francis tells 'drowsy and dull' children to get off the sofa
Pope tells young people ‘we didn’t come into the world to vegetate ... We came to leave a mark’Pope Francis urged “drowsy and dull kids” to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland. Related: Pope Francis tells the young: don't ruin your lives looking for thrills Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 02:20:40 GMT)

'The first time she saw whitefella she reckoned it was a monster'
Noelia Yukultji-Ward was a teenager when she came out of central Australia’s Gibson desert in 1984 and saw white people for the first time“The first time she saw whitefella she reckoned it was a monster, like a ghost. She was scared, she ran home.”Noelia Yukultji-Ward was just a teenager when she and eight family members, since dubbed the “Pintupi Nine” came out from the Gibson desert, traditional Pintupi country in central Australia, and saw white people for the first time. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 00:44:40 GMT)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – follow the worldwide launch live!
The most anticipated moment for booklovers in 2016 is finally here: JK Rowling’s eighth Harry Potter story has been released in bookstores across the globe. Crack open a Butterbeer and read all the latest!On Twitter? Tweet us on @GuardianBooks 3.50am BST Hilariously when I wrote (at 2:41am) that it’s clear about what the book is about, I was pretty much entirely wrong. There were lots of new directions and developments. And some redevelopments too. There were also few too many dream sequences. And yes, a bit of confusion about time. And no, there wasn’t enough Hagrid. pic.twitter.com/ceYpnrtVUH 3.20am BST I know just how he feels. pic.twitter.com/8npD7INEFX Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 02:54:35 GMT)

Searingly honest, bitingly funny: the female millennials changing comedy
A new wave of young women are set to dominate standup, sketch and character comedy at Edinburgh this yearThe Edinburgh Fringe festival kicks off three weeks of mayhem this week as a new generation of comedians jostle for headlines in the hope that the festival’s standup stardust will fall on them. And for once, the buzz is not all about the men. From more established stars such as Alison Thea-Skot, who won five-star reviews for her 2015 show Some Like It Thea-Skot, to 25-year-old Ruby Thomas, who is making her debut, the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe has a decidedly female, very millennial feel.“I was just looking at my Fringe guide and there are so many young women in there,” says 29-year-old actress and comedian Naomi Petersen, who is also making her Edinburgh debut, with a show called I Am Telling You I’m Not Going. “I think it’s a snowball effect – you find yourself surrounded by a lot of female comics and it inspires you to try and do the same. Certainly my role models at the moment are people like Lazy Susan, Massive Dad, Alison Thea-Skot – women around my age who are out there smashing it.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:05:19 GMT)

My partner and I are at breaking point over Brexit
A woman fears her relationship is in danger of collapsing into petty squabblesThe dilemma This evil referendum has driven a wedge between me and my partner. We’re in midlife and have no children. My parents were immigrants – my mother Scottish, my father a British Indian soldier who came to the UK after the war. I was brought up to be open and accepting of other cultures. My partner has a close-knit, rather insular family and has limited contact with anyone outside the UK. He’s not a political person: he veers towards conservatism, whereas I have been a trade union rep for many years and active campaigner. He voted to leave and the period since the results has been among the lowest in my life. I told him that if it weren’t for immigrants I wouldn’t be here at all. I have never felt so isolated – having a partner who feels this way makes me despair even more. Any attempt to discuss the issue ends in petty squabbling. I feel he is diminishing me, but voicing this will cause a deeper rift. I know you can’t solve the catastrophic situation we find ourselves in, but please give me advice on where to go from here.Mariella replies I wish. Watching the interparty squabbles and defections of those who championed our exit while in real life the pound slides ever further in value has introduced new lows into our political world. Yet, as your letter ably illustrates, the reverberations of that most divisive of referendums are being felt in homes and families up and down the country. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:00:26 GMT)

Meet Hari Nef: actor, model – and Elle’s first transgender cover girl in UK
The magazine’s interview with the catwalk star, one of its ‘icons of change’, concentrates on her talent, not her transitionWhen they decided to print special collectors’ covers for the magazine’s September issue, all about “icons of change”, the publishers of Elle knew immediately who the stars should be: the actors Kristen Stewart and Amandla Stenberg, both of whom have made headlines for their refusal to conform to traditional notions of sexuality; the singer Zayn Malik, who walked away from One Direction, the biggest pop band in the world, at the height of its fame; and the transgender model Hari Nef.Nef’s cover is arguably the most radical of the four. It marks the first time a transgender woman has been on the cover of a major commercial British magazine. But beyond that it showcases 23-year-old Nef’s striking, singular beauty, the way in which she combines the stylish androgyny of a 60s French starlet with the heavy-lidded gaze of a silent-era movie star. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:00:24 GMT)

The readers’ editor on... mass killings and the media | Stephen Pritchard
Finding that fine balance between supplying information and providing inspiration to a copycat attackerSeveral French newspapers and broadcasters announced last week that in future they will not use pictures of those responsible for terrorist attacks to avoid giving them “posthumous glorification”. In a country reeling from the horror of the Nice Bastille Day killings and the brutal slaying of a Catholic priest, and with the attacks in Paris still fresh in the mind, the French media feel that showing images of murderers who consider themselves martyrs is not only distasteful but also bolsters the Isis propaganda machine.Europe 1 radio said it would not be naming terrorists, something resisted by other news outlets, including BFMTV. It won’t be showing pictures but it will continue to name terrorists. “We have to guard against not informing people,” said its editorial director. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:04:19 GMT)

PJ O'Rourke says blame the elites for Trump and Brexit – and vote for Clinton
In this febrile world, his beloved Republican party in the hands of a ‘reptile’, the charming libertarian humourist finds himself endorsing a DemocratPJ O’Rourke has long been a certain kind of leftwing woman’s secret libertarian crush. The Republican on the bookshelf between Chomsky and Žižek. The kind of guy wheeled out to counter the whole schtick that all rightwingers are as funny as Darth Vader and as pretty as Chewbacca.Crumpled, rumpled, charming, chaotic, funny, clever, O’Rourke is best known for his humourous political books: Give War a Chance (1992), Republican Party Reptile (1987) and Parliament of Whores (1991). Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 02:45:06 GMT)

David Bowie's son announces arrival of first child
Duncan Jones tweeted that his wife gave birth earlier in July, having previously revealed late singer knew about the pregnancyDavid Bowie’s son Duncan Jones has announced the birth of his child six months after the musician’s death.In a tweet Jones said that his wife, photographer Rodene Ronquillo, had given birth to their son Stenton David Jones earlier in July. The child would have been Bowie’s first grandchild. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:37:12 GMT)

‘Love the job, hate the way we’re treated’: life on the frontline of UK’s delivery army
Britain’s new army of self-employed are fighting for better pay and employment rightsWhen London bicycle courier Andrew Boxer rides over Blackfriars Bridge, the panoramic view of the capital makes his heart beat faster. But he feels less elated when he opens his weekly pay packet.Boxer is one of four couriers involved in a legal case that could come to symbolise the fight against low pay and the lack of employment rights among the army of the self-employed powering Britain’s fast-growing “gig economy”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:05:19 GMT)

Here come the B-list, breathing new life into superhero films
A fresh cast of characters has given the movies a boost and the studios know they’re on a winnerSteven Spielberg’s skill as a film-maker is beyond dispute. As a soothsayer, though, his credentials are shakier. In 2013, he predicted that the superhero movie was heading for the boneyard. “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground,” he said, “and that’s going to change the paradigm.”He reiterated that prediction last year: “We were around when the western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the western.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:05:19 GMT)

Danny DeVito: ‘Do all you can to make sure Donald Trump doesn’t become president’
How social-media activism (and an oddball sitcom) introduced the 80s star to a millennial audience Related: Wiener-Dog review – Gerwig, Delpy and DeVito, united by a dachshund, divided by Solondz Danny DeVito is scrolling through his Twitter feed, looking at pictures of his own foot. He’s been sharing them under the hashtag #Trollfoot, which, for the uninitiated, is somewhere between a performance art project and a very public private joke: images and videos of the 71-year-old actor’s bare trotter held up against a variety of backdrops, gifted to his following of almost 4 million. “It’s kinda fun,” DeVito says, speaking with the Guide over lunch in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “There’s no explanation, except it’s me and my foot. And you guys will look at it!” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:00:01 GMT)

Clinton or Trump? The choice facing America
Chris Riddell on the US presidential candidates Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:05:19 GMT)

When lovers become parents: Do you still love me now that I shout at you?
Since they met five years ago, life has changed Rowan Martin and John Hornsby. It has also changed their relationship. In frank letters to each other, they describe the gains – and the lossesDear JohnI thought having a family would bring us closer together. Five years and two kids later, I sometimes feel like nothing could have driven us further apart. In the beginning, we talked eagerly and innocently about maintaining two careers and parenting equally. It hasn’t played out like that. Lack of flexible work and affordable childcare has forced us into two distinct and separate, often isolating roles. Most of the time, I look after the kids and you pay the bills. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:00:25 GMT)

Prairie: key fashion trends of the season – in pictures
Labels such as Coach 1941, Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Valentino embraced Laura Ingalls Wilder’s style. For the quintessential prairie look start with a ditsy floral dress, add a cross-body suede bag and tan biker jacket. Micro floral and multicoloured patchwork are a must-have addition to your summer wardrobe Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:45:18 GMT)

Scientists fight crab for mysterious purple orb discovered in California deep
E/V Nautilus team find likely sea slug 5,000ft below sea off Santa BarbaraAnalysis reveals foot and proboscis, making it ‘a gastropod of some kind’More than 5,000ft below the surface of the ocean, in a canyon off the coast of southern California, the purple, globular creature appeared to glow under the submersible’s lights. Related: Sea sponge the size of a minivan discovered in ocean depths off Hawaii Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:00:03 GMT)

Football scores a golden goal to keep China’s UK investors onside
Players from both Manchester teams have travelled to Beijing to help drum up business for the ‘northern powerhouse’ and dispel fears after the Brexit voteOnce we had ping-pong diplomacy, now it is football-fuelled dealmaking. When Yaya Touré ambled into a small bar near Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium last week, little did he know he was the latest big name ambassador for the “northern powerhouse”. The Manchester City star offered a bemused smile as more than 50 Chinese fans rushed forward screaming his name, one holding aloft a scarf that declared: “I am a Cityzen.” Related: Sheffield lands billion-pound China deal to create 'hundreds' of jobs Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:00:09 GMT)

Why not invest in your local chippy? It could be a source of renewable energy
As negative interest rates loom, savers are scouting around for alternatives. A new investment promises 8% returns – from recycled cooking oilNext Thursday the Bank of England is widely expected to make its first rate cut since March 2009, taking the base rate from 0.5% to just 0.25%, while NatWest has warned customers that negative interest rates could be on the horizon. For savers fed up with lousy returns, and willing to take much more risk with their money, are renewable energy schemes the answer?Recycled cooking oil from fish and chip shops hardly sounds like a feasible alternative to a savings account at the Halifax, but the promoters of Living Power reckon that investors can make an “effective” 8% return over the seven-year life of the scheme. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:59:26 GMT)

Yotam Ottolenghi’s summer salads to make you smile
Perk up your plates, and your mood, with a cheery summer saladI was feeling a bit gloomy the other week, thanks to heavy rain and the big shadow cast by all the goings-on in government. But then I came across Molly O’Neill’s A Well-Seasoned Appetite (Penguin, 1997) and cheered up no end.As the title suggests, the book is pegged around the joy of eating the right food in the relevant season. “When the air grows heavy and the human spirit wilts,” O’Neill writes (be that due to actual summertime humidity or a metaphorical political cloud), “a salad is the best revenge. A seemingly innocent tangle of greens is neither gentle nor mild. It is alive. Fierce both in its inherent crispness and in the varying pepper of individual varieties, it appeals to the brutal side of the summer appetite. Eating a salad is like cracking a whip against languor and ennui. Salad emboldens.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:00:01 GMT)

Forget the music, food traders are the headline act at festivals
Gone are the days of a badly-cooked burger – Standon Calling, Wilderness, Festival No.6 and Green Man are among those with a serious focus on foodRewind to the noughties and your gastronomic highlight at a festival might have been an uninspiring burger and a warm cider. Today, music festivals put food and drink high up on the bill, serving a strong choice of cuisine. This year a Michelin starred chef will offer up dishes on a long table banquet at Festival No.6 in Portmeirion, north Wales, while in the Oxfordshire countryside diners at Wilderness can prop themselves up at The Chef’s Table, a restaurant under a canopy, or dine on cuisine created by esteemed chefs such as Raymond Blanc. “Food is an important consideration and arguably just as important as the music and arts programming,” says Paul Reed, general manager of the Association of Independent Festivals. “There’s now such a variety of food – you can have high-end food from celebrity chefs to amazing Goan seafood and everything in between. Customers are now used to this and expect a strong offering at both small and large events.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:02:43 GMT)

Carl Frampton upsets Léo Santa Cruz for WBA featherweight title
Frampton wins by majority decision to capture featherweight titleIrishman captures belt previously held by manager Barry McGuiganCarl Frampton outpointed previously undefeated champion Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday night to add the WBA super featherweight title to his super bantamweight crown.Frampton, from Northern Ireland, improved to 23-0. Santa Cruz, from Mexico, dropped to 32-1-1. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 04:26:07 GMT)

UFC 201: Brutal Tyron Woodley ends Robbie Lawler's welterweight reign
First-round knockout delivers title for challengerWoodley improves to 15-3 after victory in AtlantaTyron Woodley took the title from welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on Saturday night, stopping him with 2:12 left in the first round at UFC 201 at Philips Arena.The former All-American wrestler at Missouri dropped Lawler with a devastating right hand — after an effective fake — and scored several strikes while Lawler was on the mat and against the cage, leading the referee to end the bout. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:10:01 GMT)

Adam Peaty: ‘My barber was right, I’m world champion. What am I scared of?’
Britain’s big hope for Olympic gold in the 100m breaststroke has moments of doubt despite being world and European championAdam Peaty was in his barber’s chair in Uttoxeter when a brief flurry of doubt gripped him. The 21-year-old normally exudes the self-belief befitting a three-times world champion who has swum six of the 10 fastest 100m breaststroke times in history and is arguably Britain’s most likely winner of a gold medal at the Rio Olympics. It would be wrong to call the cheerful Peaty cocky for he talks with a light and often humorous tone even when it is obvious that conviction surges through him. But Peaty is also interesting in his honest admission that he also suffers from occasional dips of uncertainty.“The last one I had was just before the national trials in April and I was having my hair cut,” he says. “I’ve been going to the same barber the last few years and we have great chats whenever I’m in the chair. He’ll ask: ‘How you doing? How’s the training going?’ Just ordinary obvious things but then, like you do with your barber, you start talking about personal stuff.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:00:15 GMT)

Rio Olympics’ sporting highlights risk being submerged in murky waters
The IOC will stage manage a glitzy affair expertly but the 2016 Games take place with a troubling series of backdrops that are difficult to ignoreThis is Ordem e Progresso. Sadly for the hosts of the first South American Olympics, the words on the Brazilian flag have taken on a grimly ironic hue of late. There has been precious little order and not enough progress. Even as organisers have engaged in the familiar last-minute dash to finish venues and convince the world of their readiness, the International Olympic Committee has struggled to deal with the fallout from the Russian doping scandal. The resulting dissonance has jarred more than ever.Some of the corporate fluff, as the well-oiled PR machine of the top Olympic partners whirrs into gear with the opening ceremony in sight, is easy to dismiss with a cynical wave of the hand. The excited athletes, many of them operating in the shadows for four years before bursting into the light for one shot at glory and bubbling with enthusiasm as they head for the event that represents the pinnacle of their sport a little less so. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:00:16 GMT)

Padraig Harrington jumps up leaderboard as weather curse strikes
• Even a Tuesday finish cannot be discounted with storms in the area• Some 37 players had completed their third round out of 86-man fieldLet’s call it the curse of Baltusrol. Or perhaps the Baltusrol blues. The US PGA Championship could be destined for a Monday finish upon its return to the New Jersey venue at which Phil Mickelson triumphed in 2005. Eleven years ago, the Wanamaker Trophy was handed over on Monday because of weather delays.So here we are once again. The ominous scent of familiarity arose as play was halted at quarter past two local time with lightning in the vicinity. At 6pm, confirmation arrived that round three would not resume, or at least was not scheduled to resume, until 7am on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:38:36 GMT)

Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev appeal against ban
• Swimmers appeal to court of arbitration for sport• Pair banned after names appeared in Richard McLaren’s reportThe Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have lodged appeals against their bans from the Rio Olympic Games with the court of arbitration for sport. Their move comes as the International Olympic Committee announced last night that a three-member IOC panel will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Games, reviewing all decisions taken by the international federations.Cas has set up a base in Rio for the Games, and Morozov and Lobintsev have become the first athletes to bring cases there. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 00:07:17 GMT)

Nico Rosberg thrills German GP fans by pipping Lewis Hamilton to pole
• German driver leads Mercedes one-two on front row for race• Daniel Ricciardo starts third, with Max Verstappen in fourthNico Rosberg’s seizing of pole for the German Grand Prix was one of the most impressive performances of his career – an offering, almost, to those who feel that this admirable driver is too rarely an exceptional one.It was also a timely blow. Not only is this his home race but also, before the summer break, he had to make some sort of a statement after his 43-point lead in the Formula One world championship has been lost, with Lewis Hamilton winning five of the past six races to take the lead in the championship in Hungary last week. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:06:11 GMT)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sees ‘something big’ happening at Manchester United
• Striker says Paul Pogba’s arrival would make things ‘even more interesting’• Ibrahimovic scores on debut in pre-season game against GalatasarayZlatan Ibrahimovic believes “something big” is happening at Manchester United and feels it will become even more interesting if they sign Paul Pogba. The club have been chasing the signature of their former academy graduate for some time but negotiations with Juventus over a potentially record-breaking deal are taking their time.However, Ibrahimovic, who moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, is already looking forward to the arrival of the France international. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:40:52 GMT)

Real Madrid see off Chelsea before 105,826 at Michigan Stadium
Real win before second largest crowd ever for soccer in the United StatesMarcelo brace and Mariano wonder strike power Spanish side in victoryReal Madrid 3-2 Chelsea: International Champions Cup – as it happenedA near-record crowd of 105,826 saw Real Madrid score three first-half goals and hang on for a 3-2 win against Chelsea in a friendly at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. Related: Real Madrid 3-2 Chelsea: International Champions Cup – as it happened Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:54:07 GMT)

The eyes and the figures confirm Joe Root is already in rarefied company
The Yorkshireman, at 25, is years from his peak yet his rapid development has made him the key batsman for EnglandIt is possible to demonstrate what a phenomenon Joe Root has become by churning out the figures (and we’ll have a go at that later on). But there is another way, which is to use our eyes. Watch Root at the crease and here is a man effortlessly fulfilling his destiny. He is still only 25; he should be three or four years from his peak, but there he is in the middle, so relaxed in his work, smiling away to his partner, so confident that he can cope. Like Geoffrey Boycott before him, that strip of 22 yards is his natural habitat. It is where he belongs.Seldom has a batsman evolved so rapidly. It is less than four years since Root made his Test debut in Nagpur (in the same city, though not the same arena, that Alastair Cook first represented England in 2006). His was a surprise selection; England had just won two Tests in a row but Cook had seen the poise with which Root played the spinners in the nets. With the series still undecided Root replaced Samit Patel, which meant that he was also preferred to the more experienced Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan in the team. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:00:16 GMT)

Leeds manager Garry Monk: if you worry about the sack you’ll never take any job
The new manager at Elland Road is unconcerned by the short self-life of his predecessors under the owner, Massimo CellinoNot long ago Garry Monk was being touted as a possible England manager. It is strange how much can change in a year, a peripatetic period for Monk bookended by Swansea City’s highest league finish and his appointment as the seventh head coach of Leeds United since the spring of 2014.Swansea City and Leeds form a curious juxtaposition. One has gone from obscurity and the brink of financial ruin to Premier League stability as the other has taken a darker path. Yet Monk, who played an integral role in Swansea’s ascent as a player before being sacked as the club’s manager last season after 11 matches, saw an opportunity at Elland Road where others viewed only trouble. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:00:12 GMT)

Kirsten Wild takes RideLondon Classique with clinical surge
• Wild wins £21,000 in richest purse in women’s cycling for one-day race• Nina Kessler finishes second, Leah Kirchmann thirdHolland’s Kirsten Wild won the RideLondon Classique to claim the biggest women’s cycling purse for a one-day race. The 33-year-old, who rides for the Hitec Products team, produced a clinical finish to come first in 1hr 28min 13sec on the streets of the capital.Wild’s prize was €25,000 (£21,000). The total prize money stood at €100,000, making it the richest race in the history of women’s cycling. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:28:16 GMT)

The essential Olympic Games planner for Rio 2016
From Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill to Nicola Adams and Usain Bolt, here’s our guide on how to follow all of Team GB’s contenders and the big names in every event on every day of the Games – all times are in BSTTwo days before the opening ceremony, the women’s football begins – starting early to make space for all the group games. So, officially, Sweden v South Africa is Rio’s curtain-raiser, at 5pm in the João Havelange Olympic Stadium. That is followed on the same pitch by the hosts Brazil versus China. There is no British interest – London 2012 was a Team GB football one-off. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:55:00 GMT)

Shires begin quiet revolt against ECB’s proposal for a city-based T20 | Vic Marks
The ECB strategists have been seduced by the success of the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash in Australia but smaller counties fear for their futureAt the moment the debate over the future of T20 cricket at domestic level in England is civilised and reasoned, though it is not absolutely guaranteed that it will remain so. Related: ECB’s neutrality on city-based T20 competition queried by county officials Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:16:00 GMT)

How a six-month spell in Mexico set Pep Guardiola on road to coaching greatness | Duncan Tucker
Manchester City’s manager made only 10 appearances for Dorados de Sinaloa in 2006 but his coaching education took a great leap forward thereThe city of Culiacán in north-west Mexico, best known as the bastion of the notorious Sinaloa cartel fronted by the billionaire drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was an unlikely place for Manchester City’s new manager, Pep Guardiola, to begin the process that would culminate in him becoming the world’s most sought-after coach.Baseball, not football, has long been the most popular sport here and the newly founded local side Dorados de Sinaloa were minnows locked in a desperate relegation struggle when Guardiola, who turned 35 that month, arrived in January 2006. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:00:04 GMT)

Warrington bypass Wakefield on way to Wembley and Challenge Cup final
Warrington 56-12 WakefieldFor the first time two of the sport’s true heavyweights will meet at Wembley to contest the Challenge Cup final. Although they have arrived at the same destination, the route taken by Hull and Warrington to get there could not have been more different.Hull were made to fight right until the final moments for their victory against Wigan on Friday in one of the most absorbing semi-finals in years. For Warrington, things were far easier here on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:47:43 GMT)

Football League 2016-17 season: 16 things to watch out for
From Rafa Benítez and buoyant Burton to stingy Stubbs and Tony Xia’s healthy Villa, what to look out for in the English Football League for 2016-17Rafael Benítez feels loved but it is hard to forget that 12 months ago he was preparing Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for a season where Real Madrid ended up winning the Champions League long after the manager’s departure. Instead Benítez is at St James’ Park, readying Newcastle for the Championship and repeatedly saying he is excited about the challenge that awaits. Nothing short of an immediate return to the top flight will be accepted. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:30:06 GMT)

UFC 201: Robbie Lawler set for brutal clash with Tyron Woodley
The welterweight champion is not one of the organization’s bigger names but he draws in fans due to his uncompromising fighting styleRobbie Lawler’s reputation needs no embellishment.Few men or women competing in mixed martial arts can match Lawler’s knack for sparking violence in a fight. Pick a path towards a brutal finish and Lawler, the current UFC welterweight champion, has likely walked it. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:08:19 GMT)

Extremism thrives because of cowardly collaborators | Nick Cohen
Donald Trump is being allowed such free rein because Republicans are reluctant to face him downAnglo-Saxon democracies, which were never invaded in the 20th century, have produced a rich series of alternative histories of resistance. When the Nazis win the Second World War, audiences can flatter themselves that they would never have collaborated with Robert Harris’s Fatherland or Amazon’s Man in the High Castle.No one is more prone to imagining how well they would have behaved in conflicts that they never experienced than American conservatives. The cult of Churchill in the US would embarrass even his most devoted British admirers. From George W Bush, who placed a Jacob Epstein bust of Churchill in the Oval Office in 2001, via the CEOs who put Churchill their most admired leader, ahead of Steve Jobs, to today’s Republican leaders in Congress, the mainstream right is unanimous and unctuous in its admiration. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:45:12 GMT)

Eton’s commitment to public service is a danger to us all | Catherine Bennett
Acts of vandalism committed by its old boys are of a piece with our deference to private-school sages‘I went to a great school,” David Cameron used to say, “and I want every child to have a great education.” While the second statement had to be taken on trust, like his late-onset “life chances strategy”, the first was accepted as fact. Whatever you might or might not like about David Cameron, there was no question that Eton was a great school and he went there.True, some thought it odd, given what a great school it was, that David Cameron did not know the meaning, when asked by David Letterman, of Magna Carta, but since then the stream of Latinisms emitted by Boris Johnson – last heard chuntering “obiter dicta” at an unimpressed press conference – has confirmed that a classical education isn’t everything. And tellingly, even Johnson did not know the Latin for “a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:02:19 GMT)

Airport drinks ban? What a joyless prospect | Barbara Ellen
There’s more than a touch of class warfare at play in plans to curb drinking opportunities before flyingAt first glance, the proposed crackdown on the sale and consumption of alcohol in British airports seems a no-brainer. Why should airport staff or plane crew be forced to deal with abusive or violent passengers? In an era of critical security issues, why should police time be wasted on inebriates? Does it enhance the journey when people have alcohol-fuelled “disagreements” in their seats or someone vomits into their cupped hands on take-off?On this note, I’d like to apologise for my past misbehaviour. In retrospect, it was a bad idea to ask the airport bar guy for a Jack Daniel’s with the mixer of… two more Jack Daniel’s. To decant vodka into an Evian bottle as a precaution against flight attendants ignoring us. To spend transatlantic red-eyes ranting drunkenly about relationship disasters (that were never my fault, oh no!). Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:05:19 GMT)

Grow your own by all means, but don’t dream that self-sufficiency is the answer | Corinna Hawkes
Last week, Monty Don mocked The Good Life. He was right – we should both cultivate and buy our foodWhen I lived in the French countryside, I started a vegetable garden. The farmer next door came round with his huge tractor and ploughed up a plot on the sloping field in front our house. I lugged the soil around to take what had inevitably ended up at the bottom to the top, stopping only on doctor’s orders (I was pregnant at the time). As a novice gardener, I did not know much of what to do. But that freshly ploughed soil did. The vegetables shot up, the roots shot down.With my newborn daughter on one arm, pulling up weeds on the other, I tended the land and loved it.  And was I happy when, during the whole summer, I did not have to buy one single vegetable. I also enjoyed being self-sufficient, of having to rely on no one but myself, of benefiting from the fruits of my labours. Even though my digestive system got heartily sick of courgettes, it was deeply appealing, it felt good. I even weaned my daughter on homegrown carrots. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:05:19 GMT)

Just as we need friends, May is busy ruffling feathers over Hinkley Point | Deborah Orr
Delays, bad manners and petulance: Theresa May’s government is not showing its best side with the nuclear power station hold-upThere are a number of things that I really don’t want to hear discussed on the news, especially in a manner that resembles the couple of expository lines frantically shouted at the start of a disaster movie. Nuclear power is very much one of those things. Nevertheless, here we all are, speculating as to whether the Chinese might build weaknesses into the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant’s computer systems, just in case they might at some point decide to snatch control of the facility. Which hardly suggests an open, collaborative relationship of trust. Related: Hinkley Point C in doubt after British government delays approval Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:45:12 GMT)

If we’re a nation of foodies, why do patients starve? | Kevin McKenna
Even as we lap up every last TV food programme, those most in need of good food are going withoutIt was once claimed that there wasn’t a street in Glasgow that didn’t also serve as a football pitch. Now those streets lie empty and everyone wonders where all the children have gone. “They’re all inside playing computer games,” seems to be the most common assumption. I have my own theory: they’re all inside watching cookery programmes.Scotland hasn’t qualified for a major international football tournament for 18 years. I’d say that the start of our prolonged international football decline coincides with the beginning of the proliferation of food programmes on our television screens and in popular culture. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:07:19 GMT)

Sport’s tarnished image creates a crisis of faith in our great love | Emma John
As we head into an Olympic Games where we will doubt whether what we are seeing is real, sport forces us to decide if we see the good in people or the badWalking through Stratford on a recent summer’s evening, I saw the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park full of young people. The sight of a well-maintained public space fulfilling its intended purpose gave me a warm glow: so many teenagers energising the place, a multi-ethnic advert for London’s Olympic legacy. Then I spotted the police horses and a small gang trying to force open the door to the café toilets, and realised I was in the middle of a flashmob water-pistol fight, like the one that had vandalised Hyde Park. Not for the first time in my career as a sportswriter, it had turned out that I didn’t really know what I was watching. Related: Rio 2016: ten things you need to know – from bugs to Bolt | Barry Glendenning Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:26:46 GMT)

Clive James: ‘It's Boris Johnson's personality that makes him look as if he's been rolled on by a horse’
The new foreign secretary gave an immediate impression of total dishevelment. But this is as well-groomed as he is ever going to getWith four enchanting arms, four enchanting legs and two of the most enchanting faces since Gable met Lombard, the merest glimpse of the hybrid creature known as Hiddleswift can be an inspiration if you happen to be immobile, which I more or less am. With my systems of locomotion packing up one after the other, I can just about move if it isn’t hot, but lately it has been hot. Hiddleswift, by contrast, can sometimes walk almost 100 yards before being brought to a halt by the spectacle of a couple of dozen photographers hanging upside down from trees.This column threatens to be a bit fragmentary this week, because so am I. Not long ago, I missed my usual appointment at Addenbrooke’s to have my immunoglobulin enhanced. The very word sounds as if it is enhanced already, but the important thing the patient has to do is actually get there. A few days ago I did. I got linked into the system, opened my little Oxford Classics collection of George Herbert’s poems and, despite all vows to apply myself, conked out instantly. When I woke up, the TV hanging from the ceiling was saying, but not showing, that John Kerry, arriving at No 10 Downing Street, mistimed his relationship with the front door and got hit in the head. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:00:01 GMT)

Who could blame a Syrian for weeping in the Highland rain? | Ian Jack
The story of refugees disappointed by their new Scottish island home was not all it seemed at firstFor nearly 20 years we have spent every summer on the island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. This week, preparing once again for the 400-mile drive north, I read a daunting opinion of our destination. In a Daily Mail reportthat has provoked a small storm on social media, a 35-year-old Syrian refugee, speaking under the pseudonym Rasha, said that Bute was “full of old people”, a place where “people come to die”. Her 42-year-old husband Abd (also a false name) worried that this would also happen to him; first despair, then entropy and the slow decline towards the grave. Abd said Scotland was beautiful, the people there had treated him well, he even liked the weather, but: “There is no movement, there is nothing. I’m not bored any more. I am depressed now. I feel like I have one option now – to die here. Only die here, nothing else.” Related: 'People want to help': Scottish town prepares to host Syrian refugees Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:00:25 GMT)

Banks need to tackle web fraud
Losses from online crime are borne by customers but there are simple changes that could help protect themA child’s bike is stolen, and the police visit the distressed family twice in the space of a few days. Up the road, £37,000 is stolen, but the police don’t bother to visit, and no investigation takes place. Why? Because one is a physical theft, the other happened online.Britain is suffering an epidemic of financial crime, yet the institutional response is feeble, with banks the most to blame. The Office for National Statistics revealed this month that there have more than 5.8m incidents of cybercrime in the past year, far more than previously thought and enough to nearly double the headline crime rate in England and Wales. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:00:26 GMT)

From Labour's hard left to Donald Trump, it's been the summer of the personality cult
If 2016 has had a theme at all, it has been that of former fringe figures watching their followers go wild – and doing nothingLast week I finally read the book everyone’s been recommending to me, and they’ve probably been recommending it to you, too. Emma Cline’s The Girls is so brilliant and the most brilliant thing about it is probably the conceit: a fictionalised story of a teenage girl falling in with Charles Manson and his cult. Like the OJ Simpson trial, the Manson murders still exert a far greater fascination than the pathetic, appalling individual culprits merit. How did this insignificant man inspire such devotion in his followers that they literally killed for him? Was it something to do with him? Or them? And what does it say about the time in which it happened?The only thing more perfect about this book than Cline’s woozily dreamy prose is her timing. If this strange summer has had a theme at all, it has been that of leaders of formerly fringe groups watching their followers go wild, and doing nothing. In each case, women have ended up as the casual collateral. We’ve seen this pattern repeated in such quick succession it’s getting hard to distinguish between them, from the Brexit campaign to Labour’s hard left, from Donald Trump to social media trolls. These movements have all been united in anger, in a suspicion of the mainstream media and unspecified elites, and, in every case, the leaders have claimed innocence of their followers’ actions. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:59:00 GMT)

Hand on heart, no one feigns sincerity like us English | Andrew Brown
English manners are a minefield – you can never be sure that someone’s lying. Our dishonesty can be exhausting, but perhaps it’s a curious form of decencyWhy do the English lie so much? The question arose in a puzzled letter to a travel site from a foreigner wondering how he could tell whether an American was being sincere. If someone says “We must have lunch,” or “You must come to see us in Washington”, do they actually mean this as a practical suggestion?Although this is difficult enough when dealing with Americans, in comparison with the English they are entirely straightforward. My experience is that an American who is not trying to sell you anything will tell the truth entirely as they see it. The English middle classes would regard such a policy as destructive of civilisation. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:00:27 GMT)

The ice bucket challenge's scientific success restored my faith in fundraising | Mary Valle
I’m always wary of disease money grabs. The donation pitch can be misleading. But the viral ALS gimmick led to real changeIt is absolutely thrilling that money raised by the “ice bucket challenge” – that seemingly overblown, internet-BS game parading as a fundraiser for ALS – has actually caused a real thing to happen: more than $100m in donations funded distinct scientific progress in our understanding of the disease. This contradicts all my feelings about gimmick fundraisers, which I, and many others, usually find trite or even annoying. It can feel like money keeps getting shoveled in to the charity-industrial complex with very little in the way of progress coming out. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:00:01 GMT)

Donald Trump speaks to the gut – and progressives need to do the same | Jonathan Freedland
To win this election Hillary Clinton should learn the lesson of Brexit. You can’t disdain the politics of emotion - you have to master itWhen they come to make Trump: The Movie, what will be the plot? For a long while I’d thought the obvious structure was that of The Producers, the classic Mel Brooks tale of the Broadway duo who realise they can make a fortune by staging a surefire flop. To hold on to their investors’ money, they set about sabotaging their own show, making it as repellent as possible. The showstopper is the appalling, offensive dance number Springtime for Hitler. The trouble is, the audience love it.Surely that’s the only plausible explanation for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. How else to explain why he would launch it by insulting whole classes of people, including those usually seen as beyond criticism. Mocking a disabled man, quipping that John McCain, a PoW in Vietnam, was not a real war hero because he was captured, or suggesting a Fox News host took against him because she was “bleeding from her whatever”. These moves are to electoral success what goose-stepping Nazis are to Broadway musicals: they’re not meant to work. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:27:56 GMT)

I'm an NHS ambulance dispatcher and I know my service is failing you
Government targets, a prioritisation system that ignores certain calls and pressure from the unions mean my team is struggling If you were to call for an ambulance, most of you wouldn’t realise I exist. I’m an ambulance dispatcher, which is different to the call handlers you speak to over the phone. Even though I rarely speak to callers directly, it is a stressful job. We are under incredible pressure to send the right resource to the right patient, hit government waiting-time targets, and deal with paramedics on the radio who often forget how many calls we are juggling every day. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:00:01 GMT)

Father of Muslim American soldier: ‘Donald Trump, you have sacrificed nothing’ – video
Khizr Khan gave a stirring speech at the Democratic convention in honor of his son, Humayun, who was killed in Iraq when a suicide bomber attacked his unit. Khan said that under a Trump government, Humayun wouldn’t have even been allowed in the country. ‘Have you even read the United States constitution?’ he asked Trump, before offering up his own copy Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:52:28 GMT)

Mysterious purple orb discovered by marine scientists in California – video
The marine scientists on the Ocean Exploration Trust’s research vessel, E/V Nautilus, find what is likely to be a variant of sea slug 5,000ft below the sea off Santa Barbara, California in a video published online on 25 July. The researchers have sent a sample of the purple orb to the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology for DNA analysisVideo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. See the full video here Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:45:50 GMT)

Britain’s political pets at war – video
Larry the cat is 10 Downing Street’s official mouse catcher and Palmerston is his Foreign Office counterpart. But since David Cameron’s recent departure, the two tom cats have been seen in combat with each other, with no sign of reaching détente Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:55:33 GMT)

The forgotten police bombing of a Philadelphia pro-black group – video
On 13 May 1985, Philadelphia police bombed the Move compound, killing 11 people, including five children, and destroying an entire neighborhood. The countercultural group lived communally and had a history of violent encounters with police.As the DNC wraps up in Philadelphia, the Guardian takes a look at this largely forgotten event in the context of current national debates on race, policing and politics in AmericaPhiladelphia’s Osage Avenue police bombing, 30 years on: ‘This story is a parable’ Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:09:46 GMT)

Clive Lewis: 'Corbyn was only supposed to blow the bloody doors off' – video
The shadow defence secretary, Clive Lewis, discusses Jeremy Corbyn’s record as Labour leader. He tells Owen Jones that Corbyn surprised everyone by becoming party leader. Lewis also discusses Owen Smith’s challenge to Corbyn Watch an extended version of this video on Owen Jones’s YouTube channel Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:34:41 GMT)

VCRs are cast into the dustbin of history – video
1990s styles may be back in fashion, but getting hold of 20-year-old technology is about to get much harder. The last known maker of video cassette recorders, Funai Japan, has announced it is to cease production of VCRs. Those whirring, magic boxes will soon be nothing but a mere memory Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:04:38 GMT)

The child labourers helping luxury cars sparkle – video
Mica is a mineral used in products from cosmetics to car paint, where it creates a shiny, sparkly effect. It’s even used in heating elements for some household appliances. In India, illegal mines are known to use child labour. The link between child exploitation and cosmetics came to light over a decade ago, but a Guardian investigation has now revealed links to the car paint industryRead the full story: Car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:29:34 GMT)

What if England hadn't won the 1966 World Cup? – video
Imagine if England had lost the 1966 World Cup final, and Germany had the bragging rights. Imagine all of the different consequences that would have caused. Step into our alternate reality and find out what might have been if Alf Ramsey’s team hadn’t triumphed at WembleyNot everyone remembers the 1966 World Cup as fondly as England Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:46:10 GMT)

The left is not dead. Here's how we come back fighting – video
A coherent progressive voice is needed more than ever in the UK, argues Paul Mason. To make sure the terms of Brexit encourage an open and tolerant society, he says, politicians should form a progressive alliance. To stop Ukip and the Tories becoming all powerful, the left must work together Continue reading...
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:00:35 GMT)

Theresa May 'raised objections to project as home secretary'
Former business secretary Vince Cable claims PM was concerned about Chinese investment in UK infrastructureTheresa May raised objections to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power deal during the coalition government, the former business secretary Sir Vince Cable has claimed, in remarks that will throw fresh doubt over the project’s future.Cable said that as home secretary, May had been unhappy about the former chancellor George Osborne’s “gung-ho” attitude to Chinese investment. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:30:00 GMT)

Parents ‘tax’ school-age children who take part-time work
Pocket money often reduced, while study shows gender pay gap begins with teenagersParents are “taxing” their live-at-home children who take part-time jobs, according to new research.A study finds that many parents withhold the pocket money they would normally have given their teenage children if they work. The study found that parents are, however, more generous with their cash when their children are approaching their exams, possibly with a view to limiting their working hours. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:34:43 GMT)

Man, 31, stabbed to death outside tube station in east London
Police say victim attended local boxing event before incident, which involved several people outside Bethnal Green tube stationPolice are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed to death outside a tube station in east London.Officers were called at 10.35pm on Friday night following reports of a knifing outside Bethnal Green underground station. They found a 31-year-old man who had collapsed on the forecourt of a petrol station on the junction between Old Ford Road and Cambridge Heath Road. The man, named locally as Luther ‘Beanz’ Edwards, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead an hour later. His next of kin have been informed. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:03:14 GMT)

Seriously ill detainee was shackled hours before he died
Home Office report into death of man handcuffed during surgery raises important questions about vulnerable detainees’ careThe Home Office has been forced to disclose the results of a damning internal inquiry into the treatment of a seriously ill immigration detainee who was handcuffed and chained in hospital until shortly before he died.The report, which has been passed to the Guardian, raises fundamental questions about the treatment of ill and vulnerable detainees. It identifies a failure in the Home Office’s duty of care towards a 43-year-old man with a heart condition who was handcuffed while he was sedated, criticises a “serious breakdown in communication” and calls for significant changes in the use of restraints on detainees in hospital. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:55:38 GMT)

Corbyn accused of 'bottling' hustings with Smith after rejecting debate
Former shadow attorney general criticises Labour leader after his team told Channel 4 News he will not attend their debate with leadership challengerJeremy Corbyn has been accused of “bottling” the first head-to-head hustings with Owen Smith after it emerged that he has rejected a Channel 4 News debate organised by the Labour party that was due to be held on Monday evening.Labour party officials asked the two candidates last Tuesday to keep the date free for the debate but the Corbyn campaign informed Channel 4 News on Thursday that he would not be attending. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:39:07 GMT)

A Renaissance mystery adds to National Gallery vandalism fears
Unexplained marks on two Italian paintings have reignited worries over cutbacks in staffMysterious scratch marks on two 16th-century Italian masterpieces at the National Gallery have rekindled a bitter dispute about a cost-cutting drive that has seen security at the world-famous collection handed over to the private security firm Securitas.The damage, apparently caused by fingernails or rings, is the latest development in the long-running battle over arrangements to oversee more than six million visitors a year. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:04:19 GMT)

Boris Johnson told to act over Saudi execution threat
Foreign Office urged to reject Riyadh’s ‘fictions’ as evidence points to an imminent beheading of Ali al-Nimr over protest chargesFears are growing that Saudi Arabia is about to behead a man for crimes committed when he was a juvenile – in violation of both international and Saudi law – triggering calls for the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to publicly reject Saudi “propaganda” claims that the accused should have been considered an adult at the time of the crime.Human rights groups are concerned that a Twitter account with close links to the Saudi government is now raising the profile of Ali al-Nimr, who was sentenced to death on charges relating to his role in anti-government protests in 2012 when he was 17. In the past, similar activity on the Twitter account has been a signal that an individual is about to be executed. Two other men, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher, convicted of similar offences when juveniles, also face beheading. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:52:55 GMT)

'No real shift' towards Scottish independence since Brexit vote - poll
Despite YouGov’s findings, the SNP’s business convener Derek Mackay says many voters in Scotland are reconsideringScottish voters are reconsidering their opposition to independence after the Brexit vote, the SNP’s business convener, Derek Mackay, has said, despite a poll that found a majority still favoured being part of the UK outside the EU. The YouGov poll found there had been no real shift in opinion towards Scottish independence, with 53% saying they would vote for Scotland to remain in the UK and 47% that they would vote to separate. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:12:08 GMT)

Fears grow over danger of flooding around the UK as inquiry is shelved
Experts warn that time is running out to prevent similar devastation caused by last year’s floods as National Flood Resilience Review is delayedOn Boxing Day last year, Colette Jones was warned by neighbours that flood water was pouring across parkland near her house in Bury, Greater Manchester. The river Irwell had burst its banks as torrential rain swept the area. Within an hour, her house and hundreds of others nearby were inundated. Colette and her husband, Graham, had to struggle through water up to chest height to reach safety.“It was terrifying,” she recalls. “It was also horrible. The water was mixed with sewage. Our house was ruined.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:24:58 GMT)

England's plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced
Number of single-use bags handed out dropped to 500m in first six months since charge, compared with 7bn the previous yearThe number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted to slightly more than 500m in the first six months after the charge was introduced, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:01:17 GMT)

Former Royal Marine killed by falling rock in French Alps
Duncan Potts, 28, was climbing Dent du Géant mountain in the Mont Blanc rangeA former Royal Marine has died after being struck by a large rock while climbing in the French Alps. Duncan Potts, 28, was climbing the Dent du Géant mountain in the Mont Blanc range near Chamonix on Wednesday with his friend Luke Stevens. A rock came loose in his hands and Potts fell about three metres, the Telegraph reported. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:56:28 GMT)

Slavery and human trafficking claims 'not investigated properly'
Anti-slavery commissioner raises concern that official number of victims outstrips records of reported crimesReports of human trafficking and modern slavery in Britain are not being investigated properly, the UK’s anti-slavery commissioner has said.Kevin Hyland expressed concern at the level of potential slavery incidents being investigated and prosecuted, and said the official record of victims outnumbers the instances of crime recorded. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:35:53 GMT)

South Yorkshire town in tap water alert over high bacteria levels
Thousands of people in Thorne and village of Moorends, near Doncaster, told not to use tap water while utility firm investigatesThousands of people in a South Yorkshire town have been warned not to use tap water for drinking or cooking after high levels of bacteria were detected. The former Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was concerned about the situation affecting 3,600 properties in parts of Thorne, near Doncaster, and the neighbouring village of Moorends, which is in his constituency. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:30:31 GMT)

Anti-Internment League march banned from Belfast city centre
Parades commission bars Irish republican march after violence at start of last year’s eventAn Irish republican march is to be banned from Belfast city centre next weekend.The parades commission, which adjudicates on marches across Northern Ireland, has ruled that the Anti-Internment League parade should be barred from entering central Belfast. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:28:27 GMT)

Actor Honeysuckle Weeks found 'safe and sound'
The 36-year-old Foyle’s War actor had been missing since Thursday Foyle’s War actor Honeysuckle Weeks has been found “safe and sound”, it has been announced.Her sister Perdita Weeks tweeted the news on Friday night – a day after the actor disappeared – and it was later confirmed by police. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:15:46 GMT)

'I have to get justice for her': was this British woman a victim of 'honour' killing?
When Samia Shahid flew to Pakistan to say goodbye to her apparently dying father, her husband thought it was a trick. Six days later, she was deadWhen Samia Shahid got a call earlier this month saying her father was dying in hospital and she had only days to reach his bedside in Pakistan before it was too late, her husband begged her not to go.“Obviously I could see it was a lie,” said Mukhtar Syed Kazam, who feared his British wife would not be safe with a family who felt a furious sense of shame towards their daughter. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:40:58 GMT)

IPCC investigates police over overseas student's Coventry disappearance
Watchdog launches inquiry into police’s handling of case of Ozi Akerele, who went missing in January and found dead in AprilAn investigation has begun into the way police responded to the disappearance of an overseas student whose body was found on waste ground more than a year later. Ozi Akerele, from Abuja in Nigeria, disappeared in Coventry city centre in the early hours of 31 January 2015 after leaving a nightclub. He is thought to have got lost in freezing temperatures. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:52:41 GMT)

Starving families in Aleppo fear ‘safe passage’ may be a trap
‘How can you trust a government that says you can come out safely but is bombing children and hospitals every day?’Hundreds of thousands of residents in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo are shunning so-called “humanitarian corridors” set up by Russian and Syrian forces, choosing to risk starvation and an escalating campaign of airstrikes rather than leave their homes and trust their lives to the attacking armies. Related: Syrian maternity hospital bombed, says Save the Children Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:05:42 GMT)

Tunisian prime minister Habib Essid sacked by parliament
Parliament passed no confidence vote by 108-3 on Saturday, effectively dissolving Essid’s governmentTunisia’s parliament passed a vote of no confidence in prime minister Habib Essid on Saturday, effectively disbanding the government of the US-trained agricultural economist.The no-confidence motion was passed by 118 votes, easily crossing the country’s 109-vote threshold after a debate that stretched late into the night. Out of the 191 MPs present for the vote, only three supported Essid and others abstained. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 00:08:53 GMT)

Captain Cook statues defaced in NZ amid calls for Maori chiefs to take his place
Social media posts describe explorer as a ‘murderer’ and ‘crooked Cook’ as 250-year anniversary of his landing in New Zealand approachesStatues depicting Captain Cook which are being repeatedly defaced in the New Zealand city of Gisborne have sparked a heated debate about the portrayal of the town’s complex colonial history.Over a three week period a statue depicting Captain James Cook, gifted to the city in 1969 by a brewery company has been smeared in paint and had a bikini and sandals depicted on. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Jul 2016 01:29:47 GMT)

Albuquerque boy arrested for burping must digest suspension, court rules
Seventh-grader interrupted class with repeated loud belchesFederal appeals court says petty misdemeanor arrest was justifiedA federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class with loud burps. The 10th circuit court of appeals decision ruled that the officer and educators named in the lawsuit were entitled to immunity, and the arrest was justified under a New Mexico law that prohibits anyone from interfering in the education process. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:12:56 GMT)

Pregnant women told to delay travel to Florida over Zika virus fears
Public Health England updates travel advice after first cases of mosquito-borne disease are transmitted on US mainland Pregnant women should avoid all non-essential trips to Florida because of the risk of contracting the Zika virus, British officials have said, after the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the US mainland were confirmed in the state. The advice comes as thousands prepare to visit the popular tourist destination.Florida and national health officials reported the first local transmission of the Zika virus in a US state on Friday, as the state began an “aggressive” investigation and federal authorities short of funding braced themselves for a health crisis. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:11:00 GMT)

After a week in the spotlight, Russians stage show of sporting defiance
With state television the main source of news, accusations of email hacking and the doping of athletes are met with incredulityA T-72 tank roared into the jump at full speed, launching several feet into the air. “Ooooohhhh!” several spectators yelled as it slammed back down so hard its gun barrel nearly hit the ground. A second T-72 followed behind, but suddenly everyone’s attention was directed behind them as strong winds ripped the metal-and-tarpaulin roof off the grandstands. The spectators climbed over the barriers to escape as rain poured down.This was the tank biathlon, a sport devised by Russia in 2013, ostensibly to allow its own tank forces and those of other countries to test their preparedness and equipment. But it also serves as a patriotic spectacle and a show of military might held with an eye on the west. It’s part of the huge Army Games taking place across Russia and Kazakhstan, which also include competitions among jet fighters, air-defence systems, artillery and paratroopers. More than 3,000 personnel are taking part from Russia and 18 friendly countries, such as Angola, Venezuela, Serbia and several former Soviet republics. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:34:00 GMT)

‘Young, old, conservative, liberal’: Turkey in shock over journalists’ arrest
Exiled writer Mahir Zeynalov brings news of president Erdoğan’s crackdown on the media after coup attempt to the worldTurkish media are in a state of shock this weekend after the government arrested 17 journalists in recent days on terror charges and issued arrest warrants for dozens more, in what a press freedom group has warned is a “sweeping purge” of the sector.Turkey had already ordered the closure of more than 100 papers, broadcasters and publishing houses as part of a crackdown after the failed 15 July coup attempt, before sending police to round up reporters, columnists, a novelist and social commentators. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:40:31 GMT)

Pope Francis holds vigil near Kraków amid tension over refugees
Poland’s PM defends government’s refusal to accept migrantsUp to 1.8 million believers are set to attend closing mass on SundayAs many as 1.6 million people gathered for a vigil with Pope Francis near Kraków on Saturday evening amid tensions between the pontiff and the Polish government over the issue of refugees.The Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo was forced to defend her government’s refusal to accept refugees from the Middle East. “Those who criticise Poland for not bringing in immigrants will probably say: Pope Francis came and lectured Poland,” she conceded. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:13:52 GMT)

France church attackers 'smiled' and talked of peace, nun says
Teenager who murdered elderly French priest asked sister who witnessed attack if she was familiar with the Qur’anOne of the jihadists who murdered an elderly French priest smiled as he carried out the attack, and nuns who witnessed the grisly murder said the killers spoke about the Qur’an.The two nuns who were in the church when Father Jacques Hamel was killed, his throat slit on the altar, said the men appeared aggressive and nervous during the attack at the Eglise Saint-Etienne in Normandy on 26 July. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 04:37:11 GMT)

Hillary Clinton sees post-convention boost over Trump, but will it last?
Democratic presidential nominee gets 46% support compared with Trump’s 31% among likely voters, according to nationwide surveyA poll released on Saturday has given Hillary Clinton a 15-point lead over Donald Trump, suggesting the Democratic nominee for president is enjoying a significant post-convention boost. Related: Donald Trump attacks Muslim father's Democratic convention speech Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:54:20 GMT)

US-South Korea military drills to proceed despite North Korea's warning
War games conducted south of demilitarized zone dividing the two KoreasPyongyang typically responds with tough talk and threats of retaliationArmy Secretary Eric Fanning said on Saturday annual military drills between the US and South Korea will go ahead next month, despite North Korea’s warning of a “vicious” showdown if the war games proceed. Related: North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:34:45 GMT)

'Worse than one thousand pukes': fetid corpse flower overwhelms New York
One of the world’s largest flowers, Amorphophallus titanum takes around a decade to bloom and promptly dies two days later in a foul-smelling crescendoOn Friday morning, visitors to New York’s botanical garden in the Bronx gathered together and began to sniff. They were there to witness one of the world’s largest and smelliest flowers – Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the corpse flower – bloom.“It smells like lettuce when you take it out of the bag,” a woman yelled from the crowd of onlookers in the Enid A Haupt conservatory. “It smells like the aquarium. Like the penguin enclosure,” another added. The odor came in waves as onlookers jostled for the best spot to take photos and selfies with the giant flower. Some left holding their noses. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:42:10 GMT)

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