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Tony Blair’s final plea: Corbynmania is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ politics
Former PM says Jeremy Corbyn is operating in a ‘parallel’ reality and warns that the Labour party is driving over a cliffA defiant Tony Blair has dramatically re-entered the debate over Labour’s future with an 11th-hour appeal to party members to come to their senses and reject the “Alice in Wonderland” politics of Jeremy Corbyn.The former prime minister and winner of three general elections says Corbyn’s supporters are operating in a “parallel reality” which rejects evidence and reason, and says their leftwing choice for leader will be an electoral disaster. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:30:04 GMT)

Shortage of teachers set to spark new schools crisis
Government adviser warns children will be taught fewer subjects in larger classes by less qualified staff, with a 10% shortfall in numbers of trainee teachersA critical shortage of teachers means children will be taught fewer subjects in larger classes by less qualified people, a government adviser has warned, as new figures reveal that ministers are dismally failing to meet their recruitment targets just days ahead of the new academic year.Across a range of key subjects, the number of trainee teachers recruited for 2015 is significantly below the target figures, with some disciplines attracting barely half the numbers that were being sought. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:30:05 GMT)

Return of Rebekah Brooks is 'two fingers up to British public' – shadow minister
Chris Bryant, shadow culture secretary, condemns apparent reappointment of Brooks as News UK chief a year after she was cleared of phone-hacking chargesThe return of Rebekah Brooks to run Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper operation has been described as “two fingers up to the British public” by the shadow culture secretary, in a strikingly aggressive intervention.Chris Bryant, who has personally clashed with Brooks in the past, condemned the apparent reappointment of Brooks as chief executive of News Corp’s UK operations – a year after she was cleared of all charges related to the phone-hacking scandal. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:41:19 GMT)

EU countries to increase identity checks following thwarted France train attack
Bernard Cazeneuve, French interior minister, calls for better coordination on intelligence and security across Europe’s border-free travel zoneEuropean countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior minister has said.Bernard Cazeneuve said the checks would be carried out “everywhere it is necessary” but did not give other details. He spoke after an emergency meeting in Paris with EU security and transport officials alongside representatives from nine countries, in the wake of last week’s attempted attack. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:38:55 GMT)

British gang masquerades as UN officials at Dunkirk camp
Migrants report Britons ‘from the UN’ offering to help them reach EnglandA gang of suspected British people-smugglers is masquerading as UN officials in a migrant camp in France, the Observer can reveal. Migrants at the camp in Dunkirk claim Britons have told them they are working for the organisation as they facilitate attempts to reach England.The UN in Paris says it has no officials at the rapidly growing “jungle” in the Grand-Synthe district of Dunkirk, which has doubled in size to more than 300 migrants following a tightening of security at the port of Calais, along the coast. The camp is home to mainly Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian migrants, while Calais, with some 2,000 migrants, has a Sudanese and Eritrean majority, suggesting a partitioning of the camps along the French coast on nationality lines. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:12:22 GMT)

Fictional Russian invasion sparks row with Moscow
Norwegian TV series Occupied shows Russia taking control of Scandinavian countryA Norwegian TV channel says it will air a TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after environmentalists seize power and freeze the nation’s oil and gas industry. TV2 says the production company has already sold Occupied – a 10-episode, £7m drama by thriller writer Jo Nesbø – to European stations.Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, the Russian ambassador in Oslo, told Russia’s Tass news agency that “Russia, regrettably, has the role of the aggressor. In the worst traditions of the cold war, [this show] decided to scare Norwegian viewers with a nonexistent threat from the east,” he said. TV2 drama chief Christopher Haug said he was “surprised by the reaction”. “It is obviously a fiction, everyone can see that,” he said, adding that the Russian embassy had been told about the series “at an early stage, three years ago, I believe”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:08 GMT)

Three people shot dead in Portugal after 'row between neighbours'
Two policeman and a young man killed in town just south of Lisbon after man opens fire, reportedly over an argument with neighboursThree people, including two police officers, have been killed in a shootout in Portugal on Saturday following a row in a town near Lisbon, police have said.Another person was seriously injured when a man opened fire in Quinta do Conde, about 30km (18 miles) south of the capital, following what television reports called a row between neighbours. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:04:36 GMT)

Chilcot report delays blamed on ‘vested interests’
Tory MP John Baron says forces within establishment are holding up release of Iraq war findingsAnger over continued delays in the publication of the report into the Iraq war has swung back against the government with allegations that “vested interests” have tried to suppress evidence.The inquiry, chaired by former Whitehall mandarin Sir John Chilcot and established in 2009, has yet to name a date for the publication of its report, which is expected to heavily criticise a number of politicians, including former prime minister Tony Blair, and several intelligence and defence officials. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:35:57 GMT)

Police hunt London woman feared to be heading for Syria with her four children
Zahera Tariq, and her three sons and daughter, are believed to have flown from London to Amsterdam, while her husband stayed behindA missing mother and her four children are feared to be travelling from Britain to Syria after they disappeared from their London home last week, Scotland Yard has said. Police are trying to trace Zahera Tariq, 33, and her sons Muhammad, 12, Amaar, 11, Aadid, four, and daughter Safiyyah, nine. They were last seen at their house in Walthamstow, east London, on Tuesday, and were believed to have flown from London City airport to Amsterdam the same day. Police believe all five may be on their way to Syria.Tariq’s husband and the father of her children is thought to be still in the UK, two neighbours said yesterday. One said she spotted him at the house early on Wednesday morning as she was heading to work. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:39:19 GMT)

US national arrested on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges
Victims’ association says Spanish authorities have arrested Michel Desaedeleer, who is suspected of forcing civilians to mine diamonds in 1999-2001Spanish authorities have arrested a American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone’s civil war, a victims’ association said on Saturday. Michel Desaedeleer, who has US and Belgian citizenship, is suspected of forcing enslaved civilians to mine for diamonds in Sierra Leone’s eastern district of Kono between 1999 and 2001, according to Swiss-based Civitas Maxima. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:19:44 GMT)

Anyone for tea and sympathy? Death cafes embrace last taboo
Attitudes towards dying are shifting – and there’s even an Ideal Death Show coming up. What’s behind the emergence of a new spirit of openness?On a sleepy August afternoon, 10 people meet in a cafe in Malvern, Worcestershire, to talk about death. Over tea, cake and a flickering candle, the discussion ranges from recent bereavement, past losses, assisted (and non-assisted) suicide, near-death experiences, funeral wishes and the lessons of life from those facing its imminent end.One of the group recounts the death a few days earlier of her elderly mother: “We did everything right, she died at home surrounded by loved ones, but it was still a horrible death,” she says. Another says the previous day’s second anniversary of his wife’s death was worse than the day she passed away. A woman who has lost two husbands discusses the different impacts of sudden, out-of-the-blue and lingering deaths. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:30:07 GMT)

My Arctic journey shows how a warming climate exposes our most fragile ecosystem – and threatens its very survival
A voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that, with oil drilling in the far north on the way, rapid action is needed to protect nature’s last refugeThe Northwest Passage is not an obvious choice for a holiday cruise. It is, after all, one of the most notorious ocean routes. Many hundreds of sailors died in opening up the seaway, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Canadian Arctic, before it was conquered just over a century ago. Related: Journey through the Northwest Passage – in pictures Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:30:38 GMT)

Is it justifiable to show footage of people being killed?
Last week, two TV journalists were shot and killed by an ex-colleague while they were filming. Footage of the incident has been widely sharedPeter Preston, editor of the Guardian 1975–1995This isn’t, at heart, a debate about media regulation, taste and public susceptibilities. It’s a debate about 8,500 people gunned down in the US this year alone and how to stop the slaughter. You won’t begin to turn the argument there unless you show ordinary people, ordinary voters, the horror of putting guns too easily into the hands of the wild and the deranged. If thousands upon thousands are allowed to die each year virtually unmarked and unmourned – small, routine items at the foot of page two – then the tide of opinion will never turn. Newspapers, news channels and news blogs are there to chronicle and inform. They don’t exist to sanitise life. They exist to do – and tell – what’s necessary. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:10:11 GMT)

Yes, fashion has flirted with using models with disabilities, but it has to do much more if it is serious about catwalk diversity
Models with disabilities – Jillian Mercado, Jamie Brewer – have made the headlines, but the handful of examples is just a drop in the oceanReading certain sections of the media over the past few weeks you might have thought that we were living in a golden age of diversity in fashion. Modelling – so the narrative goes – is finally opening its doors to people who reflect the eclectic beauty of the world’s population, with models with disabilities among those being welcomed to the fold.This month Jillian Mercado, who has muscular dystrophy, was signed to IMG Models, the same agency as Gisele Bündchen. The American fashion blogger and editor has also featured in a Diesel campaign and has been photographed by the high priestess of fashion, Carine Roitfeld. Also this month, Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian who has Down’s syndrome, was announced as the face of cosmetics brand GlossiGirl and cast to walk at New York fashion week in September. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:51:12 GMT)

Raymond Blanc: ‘Eating should be about joy, celebration, arguments’
The chef, 65, on having a stroke, the addictiveness of work, and not snacking at homeEating should be about joy, celebration, playing footsie under the table, arguments. When I created Le Manoir [aux Quat’Saisons] in 1984, the first thing I did was kill the formality that was associated with restaurants in Britain. People would sit with their backs straight and sip their soup instead of sucking it from the spoon. It was horrendous.Violence was rife in kitchens in France. I’ll always remember being 19 and telling a chef his sauces were too rich – he broke my jaw. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:00:15 GMT)

Sex, swords and dragons: TV plunders Dark Ages for next heroic hit
New set of historical dramas turn the clock back from the Tudors to Saxon warlords, Beowulf and even a Welsh Braveheart Move over Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII: the heroes of this season’s historical television are more likely to be sword-wielding warriors from the Dark Ages battling the occasional dragon. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:04:08 GMT)

Just what the doctor ordered: Jamie Oliver declares war on sugar
More than a decade after his crusade for better school dinners, the TV chef is now aiming his guns at sugary drinks for children. And a good thing tooJamie Oliver is back on screen this week, waging “absolute war” on sugar in a one-hour Channel 4 documentary, Jamie’s Sugar Rush, and I couldn’t be more delighted. Not only have I missed his campaigning presence; at this precise moment he is just what the doctor, the dentist, the public health professional and the global food expert ordered.It’s hard to believe that it’s a decade since his school dinners campaign. This is partly because I can still hear his exasperated tones as he pleaded with the nation to stop feeding their kids junk. Nobody does outrage quite like Oliver. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:09 GMT)

David Cameron's friends in the House of Lords
Cartoonist David Simonds on the latest row in the House of Lords Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:08 GMT)

Something rotten in the state as Beirut’s protesters lose their cool at government
The rubbish collectors are refusing to work and the garbage is piling up, but critics say the stench extends far beyond the streetsHussein Yousef’s tanned face betrayed little emotion, but his eyes were pained as he leaned on the concrete barriers in central Beirut’s Riad al-Solh square.The last time he saw his son, Mohammad, a Lebanese army soldier, was in a video 10 months ago in which an Islamic State militant was threatening to kill him. “The last time I heard his voice he told me, ‘Father, they will kill us if the state does not negotiate seriously for us.’ He was shaken and frightened,” said Yousef, his voice catching. “When I see my son like this, kidnapped, his hands tied behind his back, his eyes open, a knife near his throat that could in any moment sever his neck; that was the last horrible time I saw my son.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:15:28 GMT)

Greeneland in Sweden: when Graham Greene let himself go
Disgusted by the class system in 1930s Britain and wary of finance capitalism, the novelist set off to Scandinavia and wrote England Made MeEngland Made Me is an overlooked early Graham Greene novel, set in Stockholm, a city about which, he admitted, he knew very little. Despite the overseas location, it was an attack on the English class system, rooted in public school education, underpinned by his growing disquiet with international capitalism.Greene had reviewed George Soloveytchik’s The Financier: the life of Ivar Kreuger for the Spectator in March 1933. That August he made a brief visit to Scandinavia, much preferring Oslo to Stockholm. However the latter, caught as summer was fading, washed in drab “liquid grey” light, gave him a fitting atmosphere, spiced with a big pinch of puritan moral hypocrisy, as he wrote in an essay on the two cities. In November he began England Made Me, which was published in 1935. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:00:18 GMT)

Anita Sarkeesian interview: 'The word "troll" feels too childish. This is abuse'
When Anita Sarkeesian launched a YouTube series on misogyny in video games, she received death threats and was forced into hiding. A year on from GamerGate, she explains why a global ‘temper tantrum’ won’t make her quitAnita Sarkeesian doesn’t give me the address of her San Francisco apartment over email. Instead, she texts it to me a few hours before we’re set to meet. After thousands of rape and death threats, a bomb scare and an email promising a mass shooting at one of her speaking events, a woman can’t be too careful.Sarkeesian, media critic and executive director of the nonprofit and video web series Feminist Frequency, has spent the past few years of her life at the centre of a firestorm in the gaming community – one that brings together misogyny, technology and a cultural shift in an industry so huge it now outperforms Hollywood. In videos that discuss misogyny in video games and widespread tropes that diminish women, Sarkeesian – named one of the 100 most influential people of 2015 by Time magazine – talks to the camera, with a commentary that runs the gamut from feminist theory to historical analysis. Her videos are smart, incisive and much needed in an industry in which women are often treated as little more than background decoration or damsels in distress. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:30:12 GMT)

What I’m really thinking: the recruitment consultant
‘I work in a culture that views society’s helplessness with suspicion: the woman who resigned because of bullying is a “troublemaker”; the man who couldn’t find work for six months is “lazy”’It seems that 90% of recruitment consultants “fall into” the profession. Fresh from university, I took a gamble and followed a path that promised a job perfect for anyone with a determined attitude and a love of people.The industry is an eye opener for human behaviour. If you are going to call me on a Monday morning to tell me you have borderline cholera and can’t make your shift, please don’t put on a “sore throat” voice, it insults my intelligence. I don’t like being a cynic, but sometimes I have no choice. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:06 GMT)

Hollywood’s Sunset Strip may lose its grit as hotels and gentrifiers move in
Mario Maglieri’s Whisky a Go Go has been a fixture for 50 years. As developers take the Strip upmarket, some fear it will lose its edge – but he sees no threatMario Maglieri likes to say he hasn’t just seen change, he’s lived it. “I made myself,” he says with a whoop. “Nobody made me.”In 1964, Maglieri co-founded Whisky a Go Go, one of the most famous nightclubs and live music venues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, which launched the careers of the Doors, Mötley Crüe and Van Halen among others. Now 91, he is a legend in this city: a man his staff refer to as the unofficial “mayor of Sunset”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:23:49 GMT)

‘I expected decadence, but it’s not the life of Riley’: meet the modern millionaires
One in a million? Not any more: new data says that one in 65 is worth seven figures. Homeowners, investors and lottery winners explain what it’s like to be one of the not-so-super-richWhen ITV mothballed its hit quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? two years ago, the retirement of host Chris Tarrant was cited as the reason. But there was another problem, which had more to do with the pulling power of the prize pot than the presenter, and which might help to explain the show’s plummeting viewing figures from the heady days in 1999 when a third of the British population tuned in on Saturday nights: namely, that a million pounds didn’t seem quite as much money any more.By the time the last celebrity special episode aired last year, there were an estimated 11,000 streets in the UK where viewers – had they tuned in – would likely be watching from a house worth £1 million or more, based on figures from the property website Zoopla. And this week came the news that there are now 715,000 millionaires in the UK, meaning that one in 65 adults is now classed as having a seven-figure fortune. To the show’s titular question, the answer in many British living rooms would now come back: “We already are!” Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:00:09 GMT)

Chelsea humbled at home after Sako and Ward strike for Crystal Palace
This was a surprise result in more ways than one. More often than not a defeat for the Premier League champions at home to one of the division’s middleweights tends to go a certain way: a chance taken on the break, a defensive rearguard, a little luck. Here though Crystal Palace were victors entirely on merit, a composed, skilful, physically dominant visiting team who executed their game plan – pressing Chelsea in the centre, outrunning them on the flanks – to perfection in a well deserved victory. It will be tempting to riff on the poverty of Chelsea’s performance, and they were undoubtedly both uninspired and tentative. But Palace’s strength is a story in itself, further evidence of the levelling out of the division, and the Premier League’s finest point, its shared competitive edge. On this form these particular champions are likely to struggle a few more times this season.Chelsea did look to have saved a point with a 79th minute equalising goal via Radamel Falcao’s diving header that was both brilliantly executed and entirely out of keeping with their performance up to that point. That Palace should still end up inflicting a second defeat in four matches for the champions thanks to Joel Ward’s winning goal, stabbed in after more good work by Bakary Sako, was both fair reward and a fair reflection of the poverty of Chelsea’s performance at a muggy, uncomfortably close Stamford Bridge. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:19:15 GMT)

Sam Stanley becomes first English rugby union player to come out as gay
• Former Saracens player reveals he contemplated suicide• Stanley part of one of rugby’s most famous familiesThe England Sevens player Sam Stanley has become the first English rugby union professional to come out as gay. Stanley, 23, part of one of rugby union’s most famous families who has represented England at under-16 and under-18 level and has played for Saracens, revealed he contemplated suicide because he was scared telling the truth would ruin his rugby career. Related: Keegan Hirst steps on to field as Britain's first rugby league star to come out as gay Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:58:28 GMT)

Liverpool’s wheels come off as West Ham end over 50 years of Anfield pain
The Beatles were at No1 with She Loves You when West Ham United last won at Liverpool courtesy of goals from a then un-knighted Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. Forty-two times since that 2-1 win in September 1963 their supporters have traipsed back to east London without tangible reward. No longer. Fifty-two years on, it finally came wrapped in an emphatic victory for Slaven Bilic’s side. Related: West Ham’s Dimitri Payet: ‘One day I might be at the level of Eric Cantona’ Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:17:22 GMT)

Mo Farah wins unique triple-double with 5,000m world championship gold
• Farah claims third distance double after London 2012 and Moscow 2013• Briton chases down Kenya’s Caleb Ndiku in final 100m to winEven now, after so many repeat viewings, Mo Farah winning never gets boring. His latest victory, in the men’s 5,000m world championships in Beijing, was his seventh consecutive world and Olympic title. Yet he celebrated it like his first: with a sonic boom as he crossed the line before falling humbly to his knees in prayer.Incredibly after this historic “triple-double” of 5,000m and 10,000m golds at London 2012, Moscow 2013 and Beijing 2015, Farah has more global outdoor titles than the great Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie. He also stands only one behind Kenenisa Bekele, who has eight. Farah cannot live with their best times on all-time lists but after Rio 2016 he could well have more combined world and Olympic titles. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:58:08 GMT)

Saratoga stunner: American Pharoah upset by Keen Ice in Travers Stakes
American Pharoah overtaken by Keen Ice down home stretchDefeat at Saratoga snaps eight-race win streak for 1-5 favoriteOwner Ahmed Zayat: “My gut feeling right now is to retire him”The Graveyard of Champions claimed another favorite on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Racecourse, when Keen Ice ran down American Pharoah in the lane to deny him victory in the Travers Stakes.In defeat, American Pharoah joins Gallant Fox, Secretariat and Affirmed as Triple Crown winners that came to Saratoga and lost, along with a host of other champions and favorites to be bested by the track in Saratoga Springs. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:26:05 GMT)

Nick Kyrgios: ‘I apologised. Whether he accepted it or not, it’s not my problem’
The controversial Australian, who faces Andy Murray in the first round of the US Open, has expressed his regret at his actions in the incident involving Stan Wawrinka and says he deserved to be punishedAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios, billed as the new enfant terrible of men’s tennis, says he has learned his lessons after the unsavoury on-court incident that has led to him being fined and handed a suspended ban from the ATP Tour. On the eve of the US Open, in his first interview since the extended punishment was announced last week, the 20-year-old told the Observer that he deserved the ban, that he has apologised to the players concerned and that it is not something he would do again. But almost in the next breath, Kyrgios said he was “not embarrassed at all”.Kyrgios fell foul of ATP rules when he told Stan Wawrinka during their match in the Rogers Cup in Montreal this month: “[Thanasi] Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.” It was an ugly incident, caught clearly on television microphones, which caused ripples within the sport, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal saying those kind of comments had no place in tennis. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:41:14 GMT)

Leeds emphatically shut out Hull KR to lift Challenge Cup
• Leeds Rhinos 50-0 Hull Kingston Rovers• Tom Briscoe scored five tries breaking the Challenge Cup final recordOn the day where two of the greatest wingers in rugby league history, Billy Boston and Martin Offiah, were immortalised outside Wembley in the statue to mark the 120th anniversary of the sport, it was perhaps apt that another winger etched his name into Wembley folklore.Many would have expected that had a winger from Leeds played a key role in their quest to retain the Challenge Cup, it would have been the man they affectionately dub World’s Best Wing, Ryan Hall. But while the herculean 26-year-old grabbed the honours when he won the Lance Todd Trophy 12 months ago at Wembley, it was his partner in crime who claimed the prize this year. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:46:54 GMT)

Ireland 10-16 Wales | Rugby World Cup warm-up match report
• Ireland 10-16 WalesThere has been little about Paul O’Connell’s career that has been anti-climactic but his final appearance in an international in the Irish capital did not have the ending the near sell-out crowd would have scripted. He almost manufactured what would have been a fitting denouement, competitive and hungry to the last, but when Sean Cronin forced his way over the Wales line close to the posts in the final move of the match, he was unable to ground the ball. Related: Ireland v Wales: Rugby World Cup warm-up – as it happened | Dan Lucas Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:24:55 GMT)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller scores twice in defeat of Bayer Leverkusen
Thomas Müller celebrated his 200th Bundesliga match by scoring twice as Bayern Munich eased past Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 to go top of the Bundesliga, their third win in three matches this season.The first goal came after a dazzling run by Douglas Costa, after a perfect 40-yard pass from Xabi Alonso, in which the Brazilian powered past Roberto Hilbert before cutting the ball into the box for Müller to convert in the 26th minute. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:30:06 GMT)

Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to 4x100m gold as error ruins Great Britain hopes
• Jamaicans win in 37.36sec; USA disqualified, China take silver• Missed changeover sees Great Britain disqualifiedAs Justin Gatlin passed the baton to Tyson Gay with a lead in the 4x100m relay at halfway, he must have thought a measure of redemption was in sight. But if these championships have taught us one thing, it is this: never, ever write off Usain Bolt.By the end, Gatlin looked on dismayed as Bolt stormed home again to win his third gold of these championships, his third victory over Gatlin and his 11th world title. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:59:59 GMT)

Arsenal capitalise on Mitrovic red and Coloccini error at Newcastle
The old joke about lies, damn lies and statistics has rarely seemed more apposite. By the end of a thoroughly contradictory afternoon, Newcastle had collected seven cards, six yellow and one red, yet the game was distinguished by a lack of gruesome fouls.A similar disconnect applied to Arsenal’s attacking play – despite creating around 20 chances Arsène Wenger’s side rarely looked like scoring and, ultimately, had to rely on a somewhat fortunate own goal from Fabricio Coloccini for their three points. Moreover they played against 10 men for most of a match shaped by Alexsandar Mitrovic’s controversial 16th minute sending off. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:25:50 GMT)

Sunderland battle back through Jeremain Lens after Aston Villa revival
Two sides who struggled to overcome lower-division opposition in midweek illustrated why they will be residing in the lower reaches of the Premier League as they head into the first international break of the season.That Aston Villa, having needed five goals to overcome Notts County in their Capital One Cup tie on Tuesday, failed to put away a Sunderland team low on confidence and coming off the back of a nine-goal thriller against Exeter City says much about the growing pains Tim Sherwood’s new-look team may have to go through before they can be properly judged. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:06:11 GMT)

Nine-man Stoke City crash at home to Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Albion
At least one man with a permanent place in the Stoke City family could savour a surreal occasion. Tony Pulis, their manager for 464 games, was afforded a rapturous reception on his first return to Britannia Stadium and then watched his West Bromwich Albion side elevate themselves from the foot of the table thanks to a maiden goal from his, and their, record signing Salomón Rondón. With a rapid rethink, Pulis helped engineer Albion’s first victory of the season. Yet while the opportunistic Welshman profited, his triumph owed rather more to his former club’s indiscipline.Stoke remain winless after sabotaging their chances with twin instances of needless petulance. Two midfielders were sent off within the first 31 minutes and their manager, Mark Hughes, could not recall being reduced to nine men as quickly in his long career. He blamed the referee, Michael Oliver, but Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam were the architects of their undoing. “We are devastated we have lost to a team we think, 11 versus 11, we would have beaten them quite comfortably,” said Hughes. Stoke still seemed the more progressive with 10. They stood little chance with nine. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:13:28 GMT)

Leicester snatch draw at Bournemouth thanks to Jamie Vardy’s late penalty
Unlike most sides in their position, Leicester City have developed the invaluable knack of refusing to acknowledge when they are beaten. Uninspired for long periods against Bournemouth, the relentlessness that saved Leicester last season kept their points tally ticking over thanks to Jamie Vardy’s late penalty and ensured that only Chelsea have found a way to get the better of them since they lost 4-3 to Tottenham Hotspur on 21 March. Beating Claudio Ranieri’s team is no mean feat at the moment, even when they are below their best, and it should be a source of pride for Bournemouth that they almost managed it.Callum Wilson’s fourth goal of the season placed Leicester’s unbeaten start under serious threat, the striker’s wonderful overhead kick a rare flash of class in a bruising encounter, and in the end Bournemouth were left to reflect on a couple of debatable refereeing decisions and not making the most of their dominance in the first half. One moment of sloppiness cost them, Eunan O’Kane’s loss of the ball in his own half culminating in Steve Cook illegally ending Vardy’s surge four minutes from time. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:18:29 GMT)

Celtic sign Tyler Blackett on season-long loan from Manchester United
• Defender introduced to crowd at half-time of St Johnstone game• Blackett could be a replacement for Southampton target Virgil van DijkCeltic have signed Tyler Blackett on a season long loan from Manchester United. The 21-year-old defender has had loan spells at Blackpool and Birmingham and could be a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, linked heavily with a move to Southampton.The announcement was made on Celtic’s website during the 3-1 Premiership victory over St Johnstone. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:23:22 GMT)

How can we call ourselves civilised while women are victims of barbarity? | John Kerry and Philip Hammond
The abhorrent sexual violence waged by groups such as Isis and Boko Haram must be countered by governments and at local levelsIn Syria and Iraq, Isis terrorists have turned kidnapping and the sale of women and girls into recruitment and fundraising tools. Thousands of women have been enslaved and raped. In Somalia and Nigeria, terrorists have abducted scores of young women to force them into sham “marriages” characterised by degradation and abuse.These practices are a stain on the conscience of the world. Sexual abuse is not a legitimate tactic of conflict or war. Women and girls are not slaves to be awarded to terrorist fighters. And mislabelling this abuse as “marriage” does not alter the reality that rape is rape and rape is wrong. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:14:08 GMT)

The Lords and reality have parted company | Carole Cadwalladr
With the latest round of peerages for cronies, donors, flunkies and has-beens, the upper house has reached a new lowWho broke the House of Lords? When 600 years of the institution’s history is finally written, who will be the peer who might finally be reckoned to have dealt the killer blow in the decisive summer of 2015? Will it be John Buttifant Sewel with his bra and prostitutes and cocaine? Or perhaps it could be the newly ennobled Douglas Hogg and the 44 other peers on last week’s list of dissolution honours – even the name is prophetic.The smart money is on Hogg, whose expenses claim while he was an MP didn’t just include £2,115 for moat cleaning, the fact that has lodged in the nation’s collective memory, but also £18,000 for his gardener, £40 for his piano tuner, £200 for his Aga maintainer and £611 for his mole catcher. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:08 GMT)

Angela Merkel’s humane stance on immigration is a lesson to us all | Will Hutton
The German leader has stood up to be counted. Europe should rally to her sideThe list of horrors swells. Last week, 71 migrants were found asphyxiated in an abandoned truck in Austria to add to the tally of hundreds of migrants drowning almost by the day in the Mediterranean. The few in Calais who die trying to get to Britain are but tragic notes in the margin of an unfolding narrative of death. The migrants know the odds; nonetheless, the UN says in the next few months the numbers will grow to 3,000 every day taking the risk and successfully entering Europe alive.It is not Britain, the alleged “soft touch”, which is the favoured destination for what is emerging as one of the great movements of people in history, fleeing the mayhem of Syria, North Africa, Afghanistan, Eritrea or northern Nigeria aided and abetted by sinister, organised gangs of people traffickers. Instead, they prefer Germany. In the last 12 months alone, it has received some 300,000 asylum claims, 12 times more than Britain, on top of the immigration it receives within the EU under the freedom of movement rules it defends to the last. During 2015, the number of asylum seekers to Germany is set to rise to 800,000. Germany is becoming a country of immigration, the most popular destination for the global dispossessed. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:04:08 GMT)

Yes, men are fools, but these web fraudsters are vile | Nick Cohen
Before we laugh at those duped by the dating website, we should remember that nobody is exempt from vanity or vulnerabilityIn Jonathan Coe’s novel The Closed Circle, a middle-aged man points at beautiful waitress half his age and says to his equally shopsoiled friend: “What do we know about her? Only that she’s young, and she has a body that we both crave. She could be a serial murderer, for all that we know. And yet either one of us, after a couple more drinks, would put our family lives at risk if she asked us to come back to her room. Wouldn’t we? It’s a pathological disorder of the male sex.”Pathological and pathetic. As each new revelation from the Ashley Madison scandal shows, men will risk their families for women who, when you get down to the basics, don’t actually exist. The evidence that the site was a swindle has been building ever since hackers downloaded its supposedly confidential data. First, there was the gender imbalance. Ashley Madison, whose CEO, Noel Biderman, resigned last week, had 31 million men on its database, but just 5.5 million women. As it takes two to tango, there must have been plenty of empty space on the dance floor. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:04:08 GMT)

The Observer view on green energy | Observer editorial
Government cuts to funding for solar panel installation are short-sightedIn terms of timing, last week’s government decision to slash subsidies that help families and small businesses install solar panels could not have been worse. This year promises to be the hottest on record. At the same time, international negotiations on the establishment of climate change controls are scheduled to reach their peak in Paris in a few months.The world is looking to developed nations to set an example on how to cut the carbon emissions that are triggering global temperature rises and the British government could once have played an authoritative role in these talks. Unfortunately, David Cameron’s administration has decided, over the last few months, to abandon nearly all its commitments to protecting the environment and to its pledges to create new green technologies that could wean us off our urge to burn fossil fuels. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:09 GMT)

Stephen House’s going won’t cure the malaise | Kevin McKenna
Trust and confidence in our police force on the streets in Scotland have never been at lower levelsThose of us who have been calling for the forced removal of Sir Stephen House as chief of Police Scotland won’t be taking any delight at the announcement he is to step away from his post before the end of this year. Instead, we will be waiting with some trepidation to learn the identity of House’s successor.Presumably, the SNP will find out the identities of those who advised Kenny MacAskill to appoint House and ensure they are kept well away from Michael Matheson, the rookie justice minister who is already showing early signs that he, like his hapless predecessor, is falling under the sway of House. MacAskill, a well-liked justice minister and as honest as they come, paid with his career for allowing House to dictate, and to be seen to be dictating, the government’s agenda on law and order. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:04:08 GMT)

Protest online for sure, but real action still counts | Barbara Ellen
It takes no effort to click on an online petition and the danger is we then get a culture of ‘pop-up’ issues that end up easily ignoredIt would be remiss of me to sneer at “clicktivism” – joining internet petitions to achieve sociopolitical aims – when I’ve succumbed to it myself. Every so often, a petition comes along, and it’s a case of, well, why not sign it? Change.org’s new British managing director for Europe, Simon Willis, goes further, saying of the sarcastic chatterati who scoff at the proliferation and ease of online petitions that they have no viable alternative and their only remaining weapon is “whingeing about the bastards”.To an extent, I’m with Willis. Protest is a numbers game. If you can get enough people behind a cause, if it scares up a reaction from people in power, then where’s the harm? In this way, you become like the fabled old Hollywood stars thinking in terms of not reading their press cuttings, but weighing them. Clicktivism is definitely quicker, more streamlined, than, say, organising people to turn up at marches. What’s wrong with that? Why should popular protest stay old-fashioned when everything else in the world has changed? Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:03:08 GMT)

For Labour, a London mayor is essential. Defeat is unthinkable | Anushka Asthana
The leadership election is vital, but the mayoral contest could end in a victory that will lift the party from its slumpThe images that define Labour’s 2015 general election night are largely negative: Ed Balls’s strained smile; young candidates holding back tears; the faces of Douglas Alexander, Jim Murphy and many more amid SNP exhilaration. But that wasn’t the whole story. In parts of London, television cameras zoomed in on very different scenes, capturing the dejected faces of Conservative rather than Labour MPs who had failed to share in the upbeat national results. So, the capital offered Labour a glimmer of hope. Now the party is embroiled in a leadership election that has defied expectations, providing a fascinating story that has filled television bulletins and covered newspaper front pages. On Saturday 12 September, all eyes will be on that result.But a very significant – and arguably more pressing – challenge will be kicked off one day earlier. On the Friday, Labour will elect a mayoral candidate for London, a candidate who will try to capitalise on the general election results and wrest back City Hall after eight years of Conservative control under Boris Johnson. Some think it will be a shoo-in for Labour, pointing to the party’s 2014 borough election results in which they secured a 10-point lead over the Tories. But they are wrong. There will be no Boris factor this time round (the most likely Conservative opponent is Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith), but winning London remains a daunting task. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:03:08 GMT)

Nobody had to see Alison Parker’s terror as she faced death | Catherine Bennett
Have we lost all sensitivity? Viewing the Virginia TV shooting is a triumph for Vester Flanagan“This is your life – BE A HERO, goes a slogan for GoPro, the best-known brand of wearable video camera, with which millions are now filming what are often humdrum feats. The devices have already produced countless sports videos, which are then posted online by, for example, proud mountain bikers, sometimes with uplifting musical soundtracks. Also, of course, the cameras have proved a boon for commuting cyclists who may want to record, for legal purposes, their persecution by disinhibited motorists and pedestrians – usually unarmed, thank goodness – who shove them into passing traffic.But in the US, land of the home armoury, it was only a matter of time before GoPro or similar technology struck an intending assassin as the perfect way to make a stand-out, professional-quality contribution to that country’s history of spree killing. In the case of Vester Lee Flanagan, he added a sensational, if carefully planned twist, by filming his murders on live TV. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:02:08 GMT)

It’s great to formalise the right for carers to be with their loved ones | Karen Wilson
Why our campaign is important even in those wards where carers are already welcomed. And we are thrilled to cross the border into Scotland to include Wishaw hospital on the fast-growing list of hospitals that supports John’s Campaign. Karen Wilson, ward sister from Wishaw hospital in North Lanarkshire, explains why she feels so enthusiastic about the campaignImagine you wake up only to realise that you are in an unfamiliar place and it certainly isn’t your own bed. You hear lots of noises and realise that you are not alone and suddenly these strangers are entering your room. Scary sounding, isn’t it? That’s what it may be like for a person with dementia who is admitted to hospital. As a team, we are committed to always providing safe care for every individual. This can frequently be difficult when caring for a person with dementia or cognitive impairment, as they are often unable to show you what helps them and what may upset then at a time when they are already coping with a strange environment and lots of new faces. That is why we value and work collaboratively with carers and families: they know the person better than anyone else and are able to give valuable information about the person’s past, their likes and dislikes and what their normal routine is. They help us see the whole person.Within our ward, we are very relaxed about visiting hours as we appreciate the value that this brings – helping to reassure a person who is disoriented, encouraging the person to eat and drink, participating with activities and helping to reduce feelings of anxiety, loneliness, isolation and often depression. When I heard about John’s Campaign, I knew that this was a simple but great idea that we wanted the ward to support. After all, we already do it really, and this is a terrific way to formalise the right for carers to be with the person, instead of it being an ad hoc principle that sometimes depends on individual staff values. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:02:07 GMT)

I love my white family, but there's an elegant joy in a room full of black faces | Rebecca Carroll
The power of being surrounded by black people is that the sheer sense of community is enoughIt’s rare that I’ve ever been fully surrounded by people who look like me, by black folks and faces. I was adopted into a white family, lived and went to school in a place where mine was the only black face for miles, I’m married to a white man (though he is a professor of race and history) and I have worked in a variety of mainstream media jobs where the majority, if not all, of my colleagues were white. The majority-black spaces that exist in America, few and far between, often feel as though they have been thrust upon us, rather than created by our design, as the validity of those spaces are constantly measured against the egregiously overvalued sanctuaries of mainstream whiteness. Still, when I am in a roomful of black people, or an all-black environment, I feel renewed, seen, held up and realized. A striking ease of proximity falls over me in a way that never exists in the rest of my life – even with my family. It’s a tidy, elegant joy that runs through me like a kind of cultural poetry: succinct, distilled and mighty. Nobody tries to stifle or gloss over their concern about what it must feel like for me to be here, in this space. There are no quick glances of sudden regret at having said something potentially offensive or racist. It is a space where I will never be exoticized, and where any criticism of opinion or intellect comes from a place of infinite mercy. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:00:14 GMT)

Bridget Christie: I’m having my Jeremy Corbyn moment. Have you had yours?
‘Suddenly I understood Corbyn-mania. I understood how this principled, unassuming 66-year-old man had captured the hearts of so many young people and disheartened Labour voters’On 13 May 1997, Jeremy Paxman interviewed former home secretary and vampire Michael “Dracula” Howard about the dismissal of the governor of Parkhurst prison, John Marriott. During the infamous Newsnight grilling, Paxo (who was smeared in crushed garlic and brandishing a wooden stake) asked Howard a simple “yes or no” question 14 times in succession, and still didn’t get an answer. The interview was thought to have contributed to the stalling of Howard’s political career, along with sunlight and cuts to NHS blood transfusion services. Either way, it was a virtuoso display of measured political sidestepping, almost to the point of madness from the Count, who barely broke a sweat.Last week, Newsnight released another video, this time from 1984. In it, current Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn is interviewed about comments made by Tory MP Terry Dicks (ha! Dicks!), who had called for “higher sartorial standards from his fellow members”. Dicks had suggested that “Labour scruffs” such as Corbyn should be barred from addressing the house. In the clip, the reporter asks Corbyn (who is wearing a nice fawn sweater): “Is that the jumper your mother made for you?” “Yes, it is,” Corbyn replies immediately. “It’s very comfortable and it’s perfect for this kind of weather, because I’m hopping in and out of different buildings all day long, going to meetings.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:08 GMT)

Ulster Unionists vote to leave Northern Irish government
A retaliatory murder by the IRA looks likely to lead to calls for Sinn Fein’s exclusion from government and the end of the power-sharing agreementThe Ulster Unionist party’s (UUP) ruling executive has voted to leave Northern Ireland’s regional government, in a move that will put pressure on other unionists to follow suit and threatens the future of the power-sharing agreement. This follows the murder of an ex-IRA assassin by some of his former comrades earlier this month, which has created potentially the greatest crisis for the five-party coalition at Stormont in almost a decade. On Saturday night the UUP backed their leader, Mike Nesbitt’s recommendation earlier this week that the party resign from the Northern Ireland executive and go into opposition in the Stormont assembly. Up to 90 members of the UUP executive voted in favour of the exit strategy at a hotel in east Belfast. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:11:47 GMT)

‘Spice’ drug amnesty to tackle violence epidemic in prisons
Desperate measure is taken to tackle surge of violence in jailsGrowing fears that some of Britain’s jails are awash with spice – a psychoactive drug blamed for an increase in violence behind bars – have seen one of London’s oldest prisons introduce an amnesty under which prisoners can hand in the drug without fear of being punished.This week HMP Brixton will conclude a month-long amnesty on spice and offensive weapons in an attempt to make the jail a safer place. A prisoner information notice shared with the Observer explains: “As you all know, HMP Brixton has suffered with an increase in spice as the drug of choice, and while this is reducing, we know the prison is not yet ‘spice-free’ as we would like to see it.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:07:02 GMT)

Amid its faded granite glamour, Aberdeen feels the sharp chill of tumbling oil prices
The North Sea boom was the making of the city – but as economic stormclouds gather, there are clear signs that times are getting toughOn Union Street, Aberdeen rises to meet you, grey in all its granite rectitude. But two years ago its citizens basked in the glory of an unexpected accolade, when it was named one of the three happiest places to live in the UK.It’s not that Aberdonians are regarded as joyless people; it’s simply that happiness and joie de vivre are not attributes most commonly associated with the place. It’s sturdy, robust and upstanding certainly, but gaiety and a carefree attitude might once have been considered too frivolous in this place of serious money and stony facades. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:08 GMT)

Las Iguanas faces backlash over ‘grossly unfair’ tipping policy
Online petition calls on restaurant to abandon rule whereby waiters pay their employer 3% of table salesThe restaurant chain Las Iguanas is coming under increasing pressure from staff and diners to change a controversial tipping policy as thousands of consumers brand the practice “grossly unfair and entirely unnecessary”. Related: Restaurants’ tipping policy ‘forces waiters to pay to work’ Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:30:08 GMT)

Bank holiday getaway hampered by road congestion, rail disruption and rain
Heavy traffic reported on M6 north of Birmingham, M4 in Wales and M5 in Somerset, as well as parts of M11, M25 and M27Britons setting off on bank holiday getaways have had their journeys marred by traffic, train delays and rain. Congestion on several major routes has slowed drivers escaping to Wales, the West Country and the north as queues formed on motorways.Heavy traffic was reported on the M6 north of Birmingham, M4 in Wales and M5 in Somerset, with queues also slowing drivers on the M11, M25 and M27. The AA predicted that more than 13 million drivers would hit the roads this weekend. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:58:22 GMT)

Bank of England chief says interest rate plans unaffected by Chinese slowdown
Speaking at Jackson Hole conference, Mark Carney says situation must be monitored but ‘recent events do not yet merit changing strategy’ on inflationThe governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, said on Saturday that a slowdown in China’s economy could push down further on inflation but did not change, for now, the central bank’s position on when and how it might increase interest rates. Related: Fed vice-chairman hints at interest rate increase in speech on inflation Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:01:22 GMT)

London mother and four children heading for Syria, say police
Scotland Yard launches appeal after Zahera Tariq, three sons and daughter go missing from home in Walthamstow, east LondonA missing mother and her four children are feared to be travelling from Britain to Syria, Scotland Yard has said. Police are trying to trace Zahera Tariq, 33, her sons Muhammad, 12, Amaar, 11, Aadid, 4, and daughter Safiyyah, 9, who were last seen at her home address in Walthamstow, east London, on Tuesday. The police believe they flew from London City airport to Amsterdam later the same day and may be on their way to Syria. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:49:28 GMT)

We are not obliged to offer cheapest tickets, says First Great Western email
First Great Western said to have policy of presuming people have researched fares before travelTrain companies are under no obligation to offer passengers the cheapest tickets available, one of the largest firms has claimed. According to emails that came to light on Friday, it is First Great Western’s policy to presume that people have already researched the cheapest fares “by the time the passenger is requesting their tickets at the booking office”.In the emails, the company said it was “unrealistic” to expect its staff to ensure that the tickets being sold were the cheapest available. That meant some passengers could be sold the higher-priced “anytime” tickets during off-peak hours. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:35:43 GMT)

Andy Burnham vows to increase taxes on firms that fail to pay living wage
Labour leadership candidate to begin final 10 days of campaigning with a living wage pledge linked to the cost of housing, food and household items Andy Burnham would promise to increase taxes on companies that failed to pay their staff a new £11 living wage if he leads Labour into the next general election.The leadership candidate will set out his plan on Monday at a campaign event in Pudsey, a Yorkshire constituency that Labour failed to win in May, as he begins the final 10 days of campaigning. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:41:29 GMT)

Hut cuisine: shed cafe enters the Good Food Guide
The surprise arrival in this year’s Good Food Guide is sited on a caravan park in Anglesey, complete with corrugated iron roof It’s a one-time chicken shed on a Welsh caravan park, with half-wood, half-breeze block walls and a corrugated iron roof.Not quite the type of place you’d expect to be bracketed with the culinary elite such as the Ledbury and Le Gavroche perhaps. But turn off onto a quiet patch of countryside in the south of Anglesey and you’ll find the surprise addition to this year’s prestigious Good Food Guide – the Marram Grass Cafe. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:00:09 GMT)

Alton Towers rollercoaster crash: villagers wait for trade to return
In Alton in Staffordshire, trade is slow after the Smiler rollercoaster accident in June that left four people seriously injuredA few miles past the village of Alton, on through the Staffordshire countryside, is the former seat of the Earl of Shrewsbury. Screams rise from inside the woodland boundary of Alton Towers as thrillseekers clamber aboard rides – seemingly undeterred by a rollercoaster crash in the park in June that left 16 people stranded. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:48:35 GMT)

Terror law prompts British Library to reject unique Taliban archive
Academics lambast London institution’s refusal to host documents in unmatched digital cacheThe British Library has refused to host a unique digital archive of Taliban documents because officials fear that holding the collection would violate British anti-terrorism laws.The documents in the unmatched cache mostly come from the 1990s, when the extremist group ruled Afghanistan and hosted al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. It includes everything from their official newspapers, magazines and books of sharia law to maps and poetry. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:26:03 GMT)

Sainsbury’s waves in contactless payments with £30 card pay limit
Although the use of the technology has rocketed by 560% millions remain locked outContactless card payments are booming, and the technology is about to receive a double boost. Next week the card limit will rise from £20 to £30. Meanwhile, one of Britain’s biggest retailers, Sainsbury’s, is finally about to embrace the “wave and pay” revolution.However, there are still millions of people who are locked out of contactless. Several banks and building societies are still sending out cards that can’t be used in that way. For example, while HSBC’s debit cards are contactless, for some undisclosed reason the banking giant has decided not to give its credit card holders access. Similarly, Nationwide’s credit cards don’t allow contactless payments. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:00:08 GMT)

Former Tory MP Teresa Gorman dies aged 83
Teresa Gorman, a leading rebel over the Maastricht treaty in the 1990s, has died, her family have saidFormer Conservative MP Teresa Gorman, a leading rebel over the Maastricht treaty in the 1990s, has died aged 83, her family said.She was a prominent figure in the rebellions over Europe that nearly brought down John Major’s government – having the Tory whip withdrawn for refusing to back the EC finance bill in 1994. The row tore the Tory party apart and Major attacked the cabinet rebels as “bastards”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:42:47 GMT)

Women in their 20s earn more than men of same age, study finds
When aged 22-29, women earn an average of £1,111 more than men – but the roles are reversed with a vengeance once 30 is hit Women in their 20s have reversed the gender pay gap, but their earning power is still overtaken by men later in life. Figures compiled by the Press Association have shown that between the ages of 22 and 29, a woman will typically earn £1,111 more per annum than her male counterparts.Using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), PA analysed the comparative earnings of men and women between 2006 and 2013. Statistics for 2014 have yet to be verified and were excluded. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:01:01 GMT)

Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in prison by Egyptian court
Peter Greste – convicted in absentia – Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed found guilty of operating without press licence and broadcasting material harmful to EgyptAn Egyptian judge sentenced three journalists to three years in prison on Saturday in connection with their work for al-Jazeera English in a verdict denounced by rights groups and news organisations as an assault on press freedom.The ruling was the latest turn in a winding 20-month legal battle in which journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste had already spent more than 400 days in prison. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:18:19 GMT)

Three children in hospital after being rescued from lorry in Austria
Truck containing 26 people from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh was stopped in town of St Peter-am-Hart close to German borderThree young children are recovering in hospital from severe dehydration after police in Austria stopped a truck with 26 people inside. The lorry, believed to contain migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, was stopped in the small town of St Peter-am-Hart close to the German border, Austria’s APA news agency reported on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:29:41 GMT)

Babies born in a recession ‘have worse health’
Icelandic study finds link between financial crisis and lower than average birth weightsEconomic woes can be as damaging to a baby’s health as smoking or drinking during pregnancy, according to the first study to establish a causal link between foetal exposure to financial stress in an advanced economy and the health of babies at birth.Research presented at this month’s annual congress of the European Economic Association in Mannheim by Arna Vardardottir, assistant professor at the department of economics at Copenhagen Business School, tracks the unexpected collapse of Iceland’s economy in 2008. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:03:54 GMT)

Malaysia protesters urge PM’s resignation over financial scandal
Najib Razak’s government condemned the rallies as illegal and blocked the website of organisers, the Bersih movementThousands of Malaysians took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur calling for the resignation of the prime minister, Najib Razak, who is battling the fallout from a financial scandal.The government condemned the weekend rallies as illegal and blocked the website of the organisers, a coalition of non-governmental organisations. It was the fourth demonstration by the Bersih (“Clean”) movement, which is protesting against what it calls “one of the greatest multi-billion dollar corruption scandals in Malaysia’s history and the government’s most oppressive crackdowns on free speech”. Najib is facing calls to resign after reports that he pocketed $700m (£456m) from the debt-laden state fund 1 Malaysia Development Bhd. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:09 GMT)

Chad executes 10 members of Boko Haram by firing squad
One of those killed – Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha – has been described as a leader of the Nigeria-based terrorist groupChad has executed 10 members of Boko Haram by firing squad, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terrorist measures last month. Related: Around Lake Chad: Boko Haram's legacy of ruin and fear – in pictures Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:59:23 GMT)

Fed vice-chairman hints at interest rate increase in speech on inflation
‘The door is definitely open’ to a September rate increase, a senior economist said in response to Stanley Fischer saying factors that kept inflation down are fadingFederal Reserve vice-chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank’s target level have likely begun to fade. Fischer said there’s “good reason to believe that inflation will move higher as the forces holding down inflation dissipate further”. He said, for example, that some effects of a stronger dollar and a plunge in oil prices – key factors in holding down inflation – have already started to diminish. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:25:32 GMT)

Syrians fleeing war find new route to Europe – via the Arctic Circle
Dozens of Syrian migrants have trekked to the far north of Russia this year in an unlikely bid to reach a little-known Arctic border crossing with NorwayThey tried the shores of Libya, the islands of Greece, and the plains of the Balkans. Now it has emerged that Syrians fleeing civil war have found another route to the safety of Europe: the Arctic Circle. Dozens of Syrians have trekked to the far north of Russia this year in an unlikely bid to reach a little-known Arctic border crossing with Norway. Up to 20 Syrians a month are then crossing into the tiny Norwegian town of Kirkenes, which lies around 2,500 miles north of Damascus, and where the average daily temperature hovers just below freezing. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:21:11 GMT)

German pro-immigrant protest welcomes asylum seekers to Dresden
Anti-Nazi Alliance organisers estimate 5,000 people took part in march through Pegida stronghold in response to rightwing protests against migrantsThousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to send a message of welcome to refugees after a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region.Led by protesters holding a huge banner that read “Prevent the pogroms of tomorrow today”, the crowds marched peacefully through the eastern city under the watch of police in riot gear. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:05:22 GMT)

Julian Assange 'told Edward Snowden not seek asylum in Latin America'
WikiLeaks founder says he told the NSA whistleblower he could be kidnapped or killed, and that he was better off sheltering in Russia despite ‘negative PR’Julian Assange has said he advised the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden against seeking asylum in Latin America because he could have been kidnapped and possibly killed there.The WikiLeaks editor-in-chief said he told Snowden to ignore concerns about the “negative PR consequences” of sheltering in Russia because it was one of the few places in the world where the CIA’s influence did not reach. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:36:15 GMT)

Thai police arrest suspect in connection with Bangkok bomb
Police say 28-year-old man had bomb-making materials and passports at apartment on the outskirts of BangkokThai police have arrested a foreign man in connection with the bomb attack on a Hindu temple in central Bangkok that killed 20 people, the first potential breakthrough in a case that appeared to have stalled.Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said the arrested man was 28 years old and thought to be part of a network that carried out the deadly attack two weeks ago as well as a smaller explosion that caused no injuries one day later. “Our preliminary investigation shows that he is related to both bombings,” he said. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:29:43 GMT)

Libyan militia captures smugglers allegedly responsible for migrant deaths
Masked Brigade militia seizes three men alleged to be responsible for deaths of up to 300 migrants who died after boat sank off Libya on ThursdayA militia in Libya’s most notorious smuggling town has made a rare show of force against the area’s influential gangs, capturing some of those alleged to be responsible for the drowning of up to 300 people on Thursday.The Masked Brigade, a militia that says it upholds law and order in Zuwara in the absence of a functioning Libyan state, seized three men this weekend. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:54:07 GMT)

New York police officer shoots dead bystander, 61, during gun sales sting
Felix Kumi was standing behind armed man aiming at officer, NYPD saysSuspect hospitalized after being shot three times in Westchester CountyNew York police department officers on Friday fatally shot a 61-year-old bystander during a sting operation concerning illegal gun sales.An undercover officer shot Felix Kumi, 61, while Kumi was standing behind a man who had pointed a gun at the officer, the NYPD said. Kumi, a father of two, was pronounced dead at a Bronx hospital, just before 1am on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:23:21 GMT)

Revealed: Pinochet’s torture ship now flies the flag for Chile around the world
As the 400ft, four-masted La Esmeralda moors at Greenwich for a Tall Ships festival, its blood-stained past proves impossible to leave behindTo the tens of thousands of people flocking to east London this weekend for the Tall Ships festival, La Esmeralda is just another magnificent ship to admire among the many moored around Canary Wharf.Almost 400ft long, the four-masted vessel, launched in 1953, is used as a training vessel by the Chilean navy and, for between six and seven months a year, tours the world promoting Chilean interests. But La Dama Blanca, or The White Lady, as she is also known, has a dark history, one that many Chileans want acknowledged if their country is ever to confront its bloody past. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:03:28 GMT)

Minute’s silence for victims of Shoreham airshow jet crash tragedy
Inquests into the 11 deaths will open on Wednesday says West Sussex coroner as pilot is moved to specialist hospitalHundreds of people touched by the Shoreham air crash fell silent on Saturday, a week after the disaster that claimed at least 11 lives. A minute’s silence was observed at 1.20pm, the time last Saturday when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the busy A27 in West Sussex.The disaster happened as the 1950s plane failed to pull out of a stunt during the Shoreham airshow and crashed, exploding into a fireball. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:14:17 GMT)

Virginia shooting: injured woman says she did not see gunman before he fired
Chamber of commerce executive Vicki Gardner said camera light blinded herGardner expected to remain in intensive care until at least MondayThe chamber of commerce official who was answering questions about her community on live TV in Virginia on Wednesday when gunfire erupted has said she never saw the gunman walk up to the group. Related: Horror, live for all to see: another week in American gun violence Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:55:01 GMT)

Video appears to show man with hands up before Texas officers shoot him dead
Sheriff’s office says deputies tried to subdue man through non-lethal meansVideo raises concern but review must be allowed to run its course, says sheriff Related: 'I dream about it every night': what happens to Americans who film police violence? A local news channel in Texas has released video footage that appears to show a man raising his hands in the air before being shot dead by police. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:01:34 GMT)

EU ministers to discuss station security scanners in wake of France train attack
European interior ministers to discuss coordinated security response after heavily-armed suspected jihadi overwhelmed on Amsterdam to Paris expressThe use of scanners at railway stations will be among measures European ministers discuss at a security summit called after the foiled gun attack on a French train. The British home secretary, Theresa May, and eight of her EU counterparts are gathering in Paris to formulate a coordinated response to the threat of an atrocity on Europe’s rail networks. Related: France train gunman said to have watched extremist video before attack Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:46:33 GMT)

Turkey carries out first air strikes as part of anti-Isis US coalition
Attacks on targets in northern Syria follow agreement on the ‘procedures and technical details’ of cooperation between the two nationsTurkish fighter jets have carried out their first air strikes as part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria. A Turkish foreign ministry statement said that late on Friday the jets began attacking Isis targets across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey.After months of hesitation, Turkey agreed last month to take a more active role in the fight against Isis. Turkish jets used smart bombs to attack Isis positions in Syria without crossing into Syrian airspace, and later Turkey granted US jets access to an airbase close to the Syrian border. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:01:29 GMT)

The X Factor is on the ropes: could an injection of fun save it?
With three unsuccessful winners in a row, the show is no longer a guaranteed path to pop success and audience figures have plummeted. So can Olly Murs, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw turn it around with a lighter touch?The timing could hardly be worse for Simon Cowell and The X Factor, which returns to ITV on Saturday. The 12th series begins in the same week that One Direction, the programme’s biggest success story, have announced that they are “taking a well-earned break”. Everyone knows that by “break” they mean “pursue solo careers with varying levels of success” – but could the show that made them the world’s biggest boyband face a similar dissolution? Related: Why Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw joining X Factor is bad, bad news Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:39:25 GMT)

Crush of the week: the Great British Bake Off’s lion loaf
‘Have you seen this lion loaf? That beast will haunt my dreams for years to come’In popular culture, there have been many important lions. Aslan, Mufasa and, if we’re being topical, Cecil. And now we can add another, a nameless lion made of bread, created by contestant Paul Jagger on this year’s Great British Bake Off. Have you seen this lion loaf? That beast will haunt my dreams for years to come.Even taking into account my passion for baking (nothing beats my exquisite coconut cupcakes), it’s hard to explain how I came to be so enamoured of this painfully middle-class show. There is no edge to GBBO: it is Downton Abbey rendered in cake mix and gently administered to a sleepy audience. So what’s the secret recipe? It’s not just the judges, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, beloved of many; or presenters Mel and Sue, who I’ve loved (on and off) since the 1990s. Like any good sponge cake, the secret lies in the mix of all those ingredients, plus a sprinkle of contestants, who each year enter the white tent of judgment. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:08 GMT)

Let’s move to Lyme Regis
Three decades on, take a stroll around the little fishing town whose fortunes were changed for ever by a filmWhat’s going for it? Never has a breakwater been so beautiful. Never has surf looked so sexy. Never, until that Scottish Widows ad, has a woman in a cloak seemed so smouldering. When Meryl Streep appeared on Lyme Regis’s Cobb in The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1981, this little fishing town’s fortunes changed for ever. You’ll still find the film’s posters up in the shops; there is, I warn you, a French Lieutenant’s Bistro, where you can eat scallops while being doused by buckets of seawater (not). The film can be blamed for the (re)gentrification of the British seaside. An entire generation was ready to up sticks and live a life crabbing on the Cobb the minute they left the cinema – until they saw the property prices. Three decades later, though, despite Mark Hix opening up, and despite begetting Southwold and Whitstable and Padstow and all, Lyme Regis has an appealing edge of shabbiness and normality again. And while I won’t say it’s cheap, the rest of the West Country has caught up – even overtaken it. It’s all Broadchurch these days, see. Meryl who?The case against Very little. It’s not especially well connected and not quite as cute as new pretenders to the crown of England’s Poshest Seaside Resort. Traffic and crowds are a nightmare in summer. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:15 GMT)

What I wore this week: pleated skirt
‘A kilt can be whatever you want it to be: long or short, sexy or modest’As any fashion journalist will tell you, the most significant style moment of Milan Fashion Week does not take place on the catwalk. Rather, it occurs during Miuccia Prada’s post-show bow, as the crowd pores over every detail of her outfit. More often than not, Mrs P wears a sturdy, midi-length kilt or a voluminous partly pleated skirt, offset with kittenish sandals. It’s a look that manages to be austere and playful, old-school and avant garde, and has been subtly influential for years.I’ve absorbed a bit of it myself. Last autumn, I bought a severe black kilt that grazed my ankles (it’s vintage; I suspect it might once have been part of a hockey kit) which I wore for months with socks and sandals. And because kilts defy ephemeral seasonal trends, I intend to wear it next autumn, too. That’s the brilliant thing about them. Though kilts have had their moments over the years – see the punk movement, Guns N’ Roses and Clueless – it’s been a while since they were so ubiquitous as to become either trendy or passé. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:15 GMT)

On the road: Volvo XC90 – car review
‘Nothing will fox this car, not your active lifestyle, nor your ridiculous boat’Friends of mine already have the Volvo XC90, the previous incarnation, which to all intents and purposes is the same, only not so safe. (When I say “not so safe”, that is within the margin of “extremely safe: I would look as safe to an inhabitant of the 80s or 90s as a Bugaboo would look to a person on a ski lift”.) The new version has its sensors and its autobraking, its blind spot information system, its cross traffic alert (a lane discipline feature, basically) and its intelligent cruise control, which effectively enables you not only to stop driving but also to go to sleep. It’s a progressive version of the mega-car, cocooning its inhabitants but paying more than lip service to the fact that it is also nice not to kill cyclists.Back to my friends – I asked them what they thought of the previous model, and the man said: “This is really a criticism of myself more than the car – when all you ever do is drive two miles down a gentle hill, and then two miles back up, this is the worst car imaginable.” The woman said: “I like the automatic tailgate, it’s designed so you can sit on it and take your wellies off. But when all you ever walk on is pavement…” It’s not an urban car, or if you think it is – you see them everywhere – then you’re not an urban person. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:59:05 GMT)

My highlight: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
DH Lawrence’s gamekeeper has cleaned up his act and Sir Clifford is a dish in the BBC’s new morally complex adaptationThe potty-mouthed gamekeeper is back. Oliver Mellors, he of the corduroy breeches, is striding towards us in the shape of Richard Madden (Rod Stark in Game of Thrones) in the BBC’s new version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Except that he’s cleaned up his act. Madden’s Mellors is positively bashful when it comes to four-letter words. It’s a decorous “bottom” instead of “arse”, and there’s just one “cock”, right at the end, at which point Lady C is so embarrassed she doesn’t know where to look.Director Jed Mercurio, who also wrote the adaptation, maintains that there’s no justification these days for bad language. The words that got the book banned for 30 years have lost their original purpose, which was to de-smut sex. This seems sensible. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:00:12 GMT)

Cereal out of a shoebox: New York's latest food trend
A fashion retailer in – where else? – Brooklyn is turning the classic student staple of all-day cereal into a moneyspinner at a minimum $6 a popCereal for dinner is comfort food. It’s a go-to for college students, anyone in the midst of a Netflix binge, and it’s a savior on days when it’s too cold to bother going to the store. It’s the easiest meal to make: just add milk. And yet this standard snack has somehow become New York’s latest food trend.Kith Treats, the newly opened “cereal bar” in Brooklyn, is a spartan, all-white dessert cafe stuck on to the front of the high-end athletic wear and shoe store, Kith. The hip streetwear shop features a glass cabinet of sneakers atop tennis balls, and sells its own apparel line, Kith, alongside brands like Timberland, Nike and Asics. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:30:15 GMT)

Six amazing sights that look even better from the ISS
The astronauts living on the ISS get to experience the wonders of the universe’s natural phenomena like no one elseThis piece was first published on The ConversationImagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest. The astronauts on the International Space Station(ISS) are among the lucky few who will have this humbling, once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the beauty of Earth from space. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:00:11 GMT)

Blind date
Ricci, 32, PR manager, meets Roger, 27, PR executive Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:07 GMT)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – a road trip to adulthood
Brilliant and infuriating, this dizzying memoir combines flamboyant verbal fireworks with an all too sober account of grief and growing upWhen he was 21, Dave Eggers’ mother and father died, 32 days apart, leaving him and his eight-year-old brother Toph, to navigate life as orphans. His part-autobiographical, part fictional account of this experience in his 2000 debut A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius is not your traditional literary journey.The brothers move from suburban Illinois to California, where an ill-equipped and immature Eggers is left with the task of raising Toph and simultaneously dealing with single parenthood and young adulthood. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:00:14 GMT)

I marvelled at the influence, art and wealth of Palmyra. Now I mourn it
First Isis killed the Syrian expert on the city; then they blew up the 2,000-year-old temple at its heart. Here, an expert reflects on the glories of the city she calls the ‘Dubai of its day’Back in 2004 as I stood in the hot summer sun of the Syrian desert, a German archaeologist told me something that I thought, at first, I had misunderstood. He was explaining that the Palmyrenes had imported dates from Egypt. Turning and surveying the vast expanse of date-palm groves that wrapped around the Temple of Bel to the east I asked the inevitable question: “Why?” The answer was one I had heard before. “Because they could.”Two years before, I had briefly worked in Abu Dhabi to fund my research in Syria – six weeks of work there covered a year’s expenses in the Syrian desert – and I had heard this answer when I had asked why Dubai Zoo had bred a “cama” (half camel, half llama). It suddenly came to me why Palmyra was so exceptional. It was the Dubai of its day. Anything was possible for those with money and a whim for the exotic. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:04:08 GMT)

Netflix takes on Hollywood with its first film premiere at Venice festival
Already shaking up TV with the likes of House of Cards, the on-demand pioneer is to unveil its move into film productionLike a heavenly body twinkling down from another time and galaxy, the Venice film festival still beams out the glamour of the old world. From its first incarnation in 1932, when the likes of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, James Cagney, Ronald Colman and Joan Crawford, not to mention Boris Karloff, sipped drinks on the terrace of the Excelsior in the Lido, the festival has offered the perfect gilded backdrop for the shiny hoopla of film promotion.This summer, however, the future is coming to the lagoon city and to the longest-established of all film festivals. As a billboard-sized sign of things to come, Netflix, one of the new breed of video-on-demand services, is bringing its first in-house production, Beasts of No Nation, to open at Venice 3 September. It stars British actor Idris Elba as a shady commandant fighting with a militia during an unspecified African war and is directed by Cary Fukunaga, who was behind the acclaimed first series of True Detective. Already its striking poster and alarming trailer have added to a buzz suggesting it may make waves at Venice. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:08 GMT)

Horror, live for all to see: another week in American gun violence
A gunman killed two journalists on live TV and a 14-year-old boy held 29 classmates and a teacher hostage – and those were just the incidents everyone saw. When 88 people are shot to death each day, campaigners demand to know just what it will take for meaningful gun control reform to passIt was every parent’s worst nightmare. A 14-year-old boy, armed with a gun, walked into a classroom at his school and threatened to shoot anyone who called for help. Related: Virginia shooting victim's father says he will need to buy gun to defend himself Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:58:40 GMT)

What will China’s Black Monday mean for the UK?
As jittery investors brace for more shockwaves after last week’s rout on world markets, we look at the impact, from property to petrol pricesThis was supposed to be the year when normality returned to the global economic landscape. Growth was looking more established and the legacy of the financial crisis was dimming. The US central bank and the Bank of England looked poised to affirm the recovery by finally starting to raise interest rates after keeping them for years at emergency levels. Even the eurozone, having come close to unravelling once again, by this month appeared to have put the latest Greek crisis behind it.All that changed on China’s “Black Monday” last week, when the stock market sell-off that had been rumbling along for weeks turned into a rout. A near 9% fall in the main Shanghai Composite index, its biggest one-day drop since 2007, reverberated around global markets, sending other bourses from Sydney to Wall Street tumbling. In London, dramatic moves on the FTSE 100 were reminiscent of the worst days of the last crash. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:00:00 GMT)

Israeli veterans recall horrors of country’s victory in six-day war
New documentary Censored Voices records ex-soldiers telling of their regrets over brutal 1967 conflictIsraeli soldiers had already searched the Palestinian families trudging away from their homes, cleared them of their weapons, and sent them on their way. Then a second group of soldiers pulled up in a car, separated out the men, took them to one side and shot them.When horrified observers asked their commander, “How could this be?”, he shrugged off the massacre. “When you chop wood, chips fly,” he told his men. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:08 GMT)

Gran was right all along: our family once owned a building seized by the Nazis
The story told by Dina Gold’s grandmother – of her family having owned a vast building in Berlin – sounded like a fantasy. But it turned out to be trueAs a schoolgirl in west London, Dina Gold was often taken out for cultural treats – visits to the ballet or art galleries, followed by coffee and cakes – by her grandmother Nellie Wolff.Nellie was living in Putney, south London, at the time. But her former life could not have been more different, and Dina would eagerly listen to the many stories about her family in prewar Germany, and the luxury lifestyle enjoyed by the Wolffs. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:45:06 GMT)

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