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MI5 opens inquiries into missed warnings over Manchester terror threat
Security service will explore whether it was guilty of failings, as raids take place in Moss Side and rising terror threat sparks political war of wordsMI5 has launched two urgent inquiries into how it missed the danger posed by the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, amid claims his interest in being a potential terrorist killer was repeatedly reported to the authorities. Britain’s domestic security service started one review last week, which will aim to quickly identify any glaring errors, while the other will be more in depth, the Guardian has learned. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:01:24 GMT)

Portland attack: Donald Trump called on to make statement about double murder
Veteran journalist Dan Rather leads a chorus of people calling on the president to acknowledge the heroism of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Rick BestPressure is mounting on US president Donald Trump to make a comment on the racist attack in Portland, Oregon that left two men dead. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were fatally stabbed on Friday while intervening to stop a racist attack on a Muslim teenager on a commuter train. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 May 2017 02:22:31 GMT)

BA computer crash: passengers face third day of disruption at Heathrow
Travellers warned to check the status of their flights before heading to airport as Gatwick says it will run full schedule on MondayBritish Airways passengers are facing a third day of disruption at Heathrow as the beleaguered airline continues to deal with the fallout from a computer crash.Both Heathrow and Gatwick have warned Bank Holiday travellers that they should check the status of their flights before travelling to the airports on Monday where scenes of chaos unfolded over the weekend. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 May 2017 01:38:05 GMT)

Paris mayor demands black feminist festival that 'prohibits' white people be banned
Anne Hidalgo says organisers of the Nyansapo Festival in the capital could be prosecuted because most of the event space would for black women onlyParis Mayor Anne Hidalgo has called for a black feminist festival in the French capital to be banned, saying it was “prohibited to white people.”The first edition of the Nyansapo Festival, due to run from July 28 to 30 at a cultural centre in Paris, bills itself as “an event rooted in black feminism, activism, and on (a) European scale.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 May 2017 00:44:43 GMT)

Tom Watson hits out at Conservatives over attacks on Corbyn
Labour’s deputy leader blasts Tory tactics as a sign that Theresa May is ‘not up to the job’, on eve of first debate programme between senior party figuresLabour’s deputy leader has accused the Conservatives of being “hell bent on viciously attacking Jeremy Corbyn” as Theresa May’s party relaunches its campaign with a focus on leadership and Brexit.On the eve of the first major election television programme featuring the Tories and Labour’s leader, Tom Watson accused the prime minister of a “contempt for voters” by refusing to take part in a proper head-to-head debate. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 23:10:12 GMT)

Trump mulls shake-up as Kelly says 'back channel' talks are 'a good thing'
Amidst scandal over Jared Kushner’s alleged links to the Russian ambassador, homeland security secretary plays defense while president complains on TwitterThe Trump White House is reportedly considering a major personnel shake-up, in response to the latest in a string of Russia-related scandals that have kept the administration on the defensive for weeks. Related: Trump team ducks questions on report Kushner wanted secret line with Russia Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 20:09:45 GMT)

Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more
German chancellor tells election rally in Munich that Europe must take its fate into its own hands after ‘unsatisfactory’ G7 talksEurope can no longer completely rely on its longstanding British and US allies, Angela Merkel has warned – saying the EU must now be prepared to “take its fate into its own hands”.Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US president. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 22:28:01 GMT)

North Korea fires missile into Japanese waters
A spokesman for the Japanese government said it had strongly protested the launch to Pyongyang. There were no reports of damage, he said.North Korea has fired another missile off its east coast, South Korea’s military said,as the regime seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the US mainland.The missile landed inside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, in the Sea of Japan. Yoshihide Suga, a spokesman for the Japanese government, said it had strongly protested the launch to Pyongyang. There were no reports of damage, he said. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 22:14:11 GMT)

Judge expects update on Royal Bank of Scotland settlement negotiations
Former RBS boss Fred Goodwin will avoid having to appear in court if multimillion-pound settlement with investors reachedA judge will learn this week if a multimillion-pound settlement has been reached that would keep the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Fred Goodwin from having to appear in court. Goodwin has been called to give evidence in the long-running legal battle brought by thousands of investors who argue they were misled into buying the bank’s shares in a £12bn cash call in April 2008. The bank was bailed out six months later, leaving the shareholders nursing losses. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 19:05:10 GMT)

Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef worse than expected, surveys show
Surveys taken throughout 2016 show escalating impact from north to south, with 70% of shallow water corals dead north of Port Douglas Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef last year was even worse than expected, while the full impact of the most recent event is yet to be determined.Queensland government officials say aerial and in-water surveys taken throughout 2016 had confirmed an escalating impact from north to south. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 May 2017 01:46:14 GMT)

Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund wins Palme d'Or for The Square
Swedish director takes Cannes’ top prize for an art-world satire featuring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West•Peter Bradshaw on Cannes 2017 awards: visceral power overlooked in favour of bourgeois vanityThe art-world satire The Square has won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes film festival. Directed by Ruben Östlund, The Square is about a museum director (played by Claes Bang) who is desperate to make a success of his gallery, and stages a new installation called “The Square” to promote it. Related: Cannes 2017: full list of winners Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 18:43:15 GMT)

The world's most toxic town: the terrible legacy of Zambia's lead mines
Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in ZambiaThe heavy legacy of lead in the world’s most toxic town – in pictures“I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become a reality.Kabwe is the world’s most toxic town, according to pollution experts, where mass lead poisoning has almost certainly damaged the brains and other organs of generations of children – and where children continue to be poisoned every day. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 19:00:04 GMT)

The Handmaid's Tale recap: episode one – blessed be the fruit
The TV version of Margaret Atwood’s horrifying alternate America finally lands in the UK – and the wait was more than worth it. Welcome to hellish Gilead … Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Channel 4 in the UK. Please do not add spoilers from the novel, or from later episodes if you are further on in the series. Sirens, a speeding car. Two terrified parents and their child, a small bundle, are chased through woods by men with guns. A shot rings out and mother and daughter are dragged off in separate vans, screaming for each other. Welcome to Gilead. Blessed be the fruit. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:15:07 GMT)

The Trump handshake: how world leaders are fighting back | Jonathan Freedland
Emmanuel Macron and others have noted that US president’s handshake is a claim to superiority, and are fighting him in kindThey say the handshake originated as a gesture designed to prove that both participants were unarmed. But Donald Trump has rewritten that rule along with all the others. In the hands of the US president, the handshake is a weapon.And now, thanks to the newly elected president of France, we have confirmation that the rest of the world’s leaders are fighting back. Emmanuel Macron’s admission that his white-knuckle clinch with Trump – in which the two men appeared to be engaged in a squeezing duel that saw the US president break off first – was “not innocent” is hardly a surprise. His thinking was plain to see, as he crushed Trump’s hand until the latter’s fingers seemed to quiver for mercy. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:53:03 GMT)

Lily Bailey on living with OCD: 'My brain was filled with weird, uncomfortable thoughts'
Tired of people misunderstanding OCD, the UK model and writer decided to share her secret inner world. Here she answers 10 questions about the fourth most common mental illnessYour extremely compelling book, Because We Are Bad, details your life with obsessive compulsive disorder. You are 23 now and your book gives the impression it has always been with you. But was there any starting point as such, and if so, what was it?I don’t remember ever not living with OCD. From as early as I can remember, there were two of me in my head, and my brain was filled with weird, uncomfortable thoughts. I heard my OCD as a voice – “she” or “my friend”. There was never an “I” in my head. It was always, “We should do this,” or, “We think that … ” It’s unusual to experience OCD like this, but not completely unheard of. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 20:10:49 GMT)

Never has British politics felt so wild and unpredictable as in this election | Zoe Williams
The Conservative campaign coarsens by the day, while the U-turns and lurching polls reflect the crumbling of a system that kept voters neatly in their party silosAll eyes were still on the Andrew Neil interview – on social care, “you need to be honest, I would suggest, and tell the British people you’ve changed your mind” – when Theresa May’s free school-breakfast policy started to come unstuck. The Tory manifesto had it costed at £60m, which would buy each of the 4.62 million primary-aged children attending state schools a breakfast worth only 7p.In the event that children ate ingredients in today’s prices rather than those of the Edwardian era (the last time, incidentally, anyone made the argument that one meal at the start of the day was ample provision for scallywags who should be grateful for their free lessons), the policy would cost a lot more. Cue another U-turn: the policy remained, but was henceforth uncosted, like in the olden days, when policies were a statement of values and the maths could wait. An education wag called May a “cereal U-turner”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 17:35:00 GMT)

How Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was radicalised by his links to Libya
The 22-year-old was influenced in part by the people who formed the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a little-known al-Qaida affiliate outlawed in 2004“Whoever played with his mind, as he saw the kids coming out [of the arena] – all the happy faces – he should have changed his mind.” Those were the words late last week of Hisham Ben Ghalbon, a proud Manchester resident, a Libyan and a man, like so many others, wondering how what happened at the Manchester Arena ever came to pass.Tragically, 22-year-old Salman Abedi didn’t change his mind. But what had formed and shaped its deadly rage? The search for an answer leads into the labyrinth of Libyan extremist politics of 20 years ago. A thread of resentment, violence and hardline theology that can be traced through Afghanistan and Gaddafi’s Libya, all the way to that country’s “second capital”, as Ghalbon puts it: Manchester. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 08:00:04 GMT)

How did the left radicalism of my Manchester youth give way to Islamism? | Kenan Malik
After the atrocity, we recall a past when to be young and Muslim was to be engaged in class politicsWere I 20 today, would I be attracted to Islamism or desire to become a soldier of Islamic State? It seems shocking, even insulting, especially to those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena on Monday night, just to ask that question. It seems more shocking still not simply to give a resounding “no” as an answer and then move on.It is not, however, such a deranged question. True, I have spent most of my adult life pushing back against Islamism. I have described jihadis as degenerate and barbarous. I would find it unimaginable to don a suicide vest under any circumstances, let alone at a teenage concert. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 08:00:05 GMT)

Arsène Wenger says Arsenal FA Cup win should answer questions over future
• Board meeting will decide manager’s future after almost 21 years at club• ‘Best presentation I could make is for board to watch Cup final again’Arsène Wenger will tell Arsenal’s directors to watch a recording of Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea if they have any doubt about his suitability to stay on as the club’s manager.The saga of Wenger’s future will finally be resolved this week, with an announcement set for Wednesday – the day after a meeting of the full board, which Wenger himself will attend as usual. Wenger has made it clear he thinks he ought to be allowed to continue into what would be his 22nd season at the club while he says he knows “what I would like to happen”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:30:07 GMT)

Takuma Sato wins Indy 500 as engine failure ends Fernando Alonso's race
Forty-year-old Japanese driver wins 101st running of Indianapolis 500Two-time F1 world champion Alonso held lead before race ended earlyTakuma Sato has won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 after a dramatic race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 40-year-old Japanese driver came through in the last few laps of the race to take victory over Hélio Castroneves in second. Sato, a former Formula One driver, had only won one IndyCar race previously since joining the series in 2010. He had come close to winning the race in 2012, however, when he crashed out on the final lap as he battled Dario Franchitti for the lead. This time he held his nerve to give Andretti Autosport its third victory in four years at the Brickyard and shouted “Awesome!” into his radio as his win was confirmed. Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 20:04:33 GMT)

Manchester City set to pay world record £34.9m for goalkeeper Ederson
• Benfica keeper is expected in Manchester for medical this week• Fee would eclipse £32.6m Juventus paid for Gianluigi BuffonManchester City look set to sign the Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for a reported fee of £34.9m.The 23-year-old, who has been followed by some of Europe’s biggest clubs this season, admitted on Sunday night that Benfica’s cup final victory over Vitoria was “probably my last game” for the club. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 22:22:09 GMT)

Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team lose two America’s Cup qualifiers
• British team lose to USA and New Zealand on day two• Team second in the group standings with New ZealandGreat Britain’s sailing team endured an afternoon to forget as they lost both races on day two of the America’s Cup qualifiers in Bermuda.Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR, who won one out of two on Saturday, were beaten by the defending champions, Oracle Team USA, and Emirates Team New Zealand on Sunday. A big nosedive after gate three led to a 39-second defeat by the Americans. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 23:21:07 GMT)

Owen Farrell rebuffs claims British & Irish Lions will be underprepared
• Farrell insists Lions’ world-class players will be ready for tour start• ‘We’ll be on the same page. This squad can challenge anyone’Owen Farrell insists the British & Irish Lions will not arrive in New Zealand underprepared despite taking off just two days after the end of the domestic season as part of a gruelling tour schedule that has come in for fierce criticism of late.The Lions fly from Heathrow on Monday and land on Wednesday – stopping overnight in Melbourne – leaving only three days to prepare for the tour opener against the New Zealand Barbarians. In all, Warren Gatland’s troops play 10 matches in six weeks – a schedule labelled “suicidal” by Sir Graham Henry, the 2001 Lions coach and 2011 World Cup winner with New Zealand – and gathered together as a whole squad for just the second time on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:00:07 GMT)

Jaap Stam confident Reading can handle pressure of £170m play-off final
• Manager believes his side were toughened by FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford• Huddersfield coach David Wagner: ‘This game can decide all of our futures’Jaap Stam has insisted Reading will not freeze on the big stage when his side take on Huddersfield Town at Wembley on Monday, as they seek a passage to the Premier League and the biggest financial prize in football. According to Deloitte, promotion is worth a guaranteed £170m, a figure that could rise to £290m if the club retain their top-flight status.Stam has previously dismissed the significance of his own big-game experience, saying there is only so much he can do from the touchline, and he believes his players have toughened from prevailing in important matches this season. “I think they have learned throughout the season, they have made progress during the season and we have had several games where we needed to do it and needed to win and they have done it,” Stam said. “The last two games against Fulham [in the play‑offs] for example, the game at home to Leeds [a 1-0 win] or away at Sheffield Wednesday [a 2-0 win]. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:30:07 GMT)

Brendan Rodgers targets European progress after Celtic’s domestic treble
• Manager warns ’We’re 10 times behind budget-wise. You have to be realistic’• Rodgers wants to be in European competition in second half of seasonNo sooner had Celtic completed their domestic treble by defeating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final than discussion moved towards what exactly Brendan Rodgers can do next. Celtic are believed to be keen on four players – a centre-back, midfielder, winger and striker – as they plan for the new campaign.Rodgers, who has seen his career rejuvenated in Glasgow, presided over a Celtic team that did not lose a domestic game all season; Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Hampden, where Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner, proved their toughest test. Rodgers speaks routinely about continuing improvement, with European football surely the true barometer of that. As the dust settled on Saturday’s win, Celtic’s manager warned competing with the Champions League’s elite is still a formidable challenge. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 23:01:09 GMT)

Tom Dumoulin wins 100th Giro d’Italia after pulsating time-trial finish
• Sunweb team leader produced superb time trial to win by 31 seconds• 26-year-old Dumoulin becomes first Dutchman to win GiroAfter the polemics over toilet breaks and the public slanging matches about professional ethics, and with a week of struggling to stay within contact of the climbing specialists behind him, Tom Dumoulin finally became the first Dutchman to win the Giro d’Italia, but the doubt in his mind lasted until the final rider in the field reached the last of the 3,612 kilometres.When Nairo Quintana passed under the red kite marking one kilometre to go in Sunday’s time trial from Monza to the centre of Milan, the clock said the pink-jerseyed Colombian needed to cover the final 1,000 metres in 59 seconds if he was to prevent Dumoulin from overhauling him and taking victory. With several tight bends leading into Milan’s Piazza Duomo, that was clearly unfeasible. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 15:39:47 GMT)

Ben Stokes leads England injury worries before final ODI against South Africa
• England also sweating on fitness of Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali • Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Liam Dawson are called upReinforcements have been summoned to enable England to omit key players for Monday’s final match of the ODI series against South Africa at Lord’s. With concerns about the fitness of Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali, the Middlesex pair, Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones have been called up along with Hampshire’s Liam Dawson. Woakes has a minor thigh problem, Moeen’s trouble is in the groin and everyone knows by now that Stokes’s left knee is troublesome.This is a precautionary move and a sensible one. The three-match series was won on Saturday with that magnificent two-run victory at the Ageas Bowl. There is no point in taking any risks. It is anticipated that all three absentees for Lord’s will be fit for Thursday’s opening match of the Champions Trophy against Bangladesh. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 17:09:39 GMT)

Departing John Terry urges Chelsea to spend big on their squad
The former captain of many triumphs said the club need to invest heavily in the transfer market to compete in the Champions LeagueFirst rewind almost eight years to the day and John Terry had stood confronted by massed ranks of dictaphone wielding media, deep in the bowels of Wembley stadium, contemplating what Chelsea must do next. The names that had tripped off his tongue that afternoon were David Villa and Franck Ribéry, “the kind of players we want to attract, the best out there”, with the senior pros sensing the current crop might fall marginally short when it came to Europe.A year on and, with the club having recruited only Yuri Zhirkov of note in the interim, the captain’s rhetoric remained steadfast. “The big four need to strengthen next year because everyone’s become closer,” he had said before the successful defence of the FA Cup which would complete Carlo Ancelotti’s Double in his first season in charge. The established quartet were coming to terms with Manchester City’s new financial strength and, this time, Chelsea would react. Ramires, David Luiz and Fernando Torres arrived over the next seven months for a combined £90m, an eye-watering outlay at the time. Two years later the team would lift the European Cup in Munich. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:30:07 GMT)

French Open 2017: Kvitova wins on comeback but Kerber out in first round
• Petra Kvitova beats Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 on return after knife attack• Ekaterina Makarova of Russia beats No1 seed Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2There was a ripple of heartfelt applause for Petra Kvitova on her victorious comeback and, shortly afterwards, the now worryingly familiar pain of early defeat for the world No1, Angelique Kerber, as the French Open began in sunshine, showers and mixed emotions.Court Philippe Chatrier – poorly patronised, as ever, while the lunchtime champagne glasses tinkled nearby – rose in a minor key to acclaim Kvitova when the popular Czech posted an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over the outclassed Californian, Julia Boserup. After what she has been through, even the many empty seats did not concern the happy Czech. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 11:35:51 GMT)

Nathan Earle gets inexperienced England started in win over Barbarians
• England 28-14 Barbarians• Barbarians dominated possession but Eddie Jones’s team held firmEddie Jones said before the game that the days of matches involving the Barbarians being swashbuckling, thrill-a-minute affairs that owed more to the Harlem Globetrotters than William Webb Ellis were long gone and his inexperienced side, that contained eight uncapped players and sported only five who had started a Test, showed why in a triumph of organisation over daring.The Barbarians tried to move the ball from everywhere from the kick-off, but foundered against a defence built on aggressive line speed and smothering to prevent off-loads. Light rain added to their difficulty in getting the ball wide and mistakes abounded. Long before the end of the first half, the match deteriorated into a stop-start affair that was blighted by the whistle. Even teams as weakened as England are so well drilled and prepared that a team playing its first match together and indulging in off-the-cuff rugby is vulnerable no matter its pedigree and experience. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:29:26 GMT)

Sebastian Vettel wins Monaco F1 GP to extend lead over Lewis Hamilton
• Ferrari achieve one-two, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen• Lewis Hamilton seventh and now 25 points behind in title raceThe stony demeanour said it all for Kimi Raikkonen by the close of the Monaco Grand Prix and, while the Ice Man is renowned for giving nothing away in public, that he was not happy at how his race had panned out was clear. That he was beaten into second by his team-mate Sebastian Vettel was plainly to the German’s advantage in his battle for the Formula One world championship with Lewis Hamilton. That conflict is positively heating up but the suggestion that Ferrari manipulated the strategy to ensure the result suggests a potential cold war within the team.Passing is always virtually impossible on Monte Carlo’s streets, the more so with this season’s wider cars, and pit tactics were likely to decide the race. Hamilton was already out of the equation, starting from 13th, from which he recovered well to score six points for his seventh place. With the Ferraris one and two off the start line and Raikkonen taking the lead into Sainte-Dévote he looked comfortable out in front and in position to have the priority on strategy. With track position all important at Monaco, that would usually entail staying out as long as possible. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 14:00:07 GMT)

Alex Noren hits course record to win BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth
• Swede finishes 11 under to secure his ninth European Tour title• Noren overturns seven-shot deficit to clinch victory on West CourseAlex Noren went into his final round of the PGA Championship hoping to play well so he could start next week on a high and came out of it with what he later reckoned was probably his best ever performance over 18 holes, a West Course record of 62 and enough to win the tournament by two strokes.The Swede, who completed his round just before the heavens opened, a little after 3pm, began his day seven shots off the lead but on an exhilarating afternoon in which player after player made birdies and the course record of 66 was equalled by Pablo Larrazabal and then broken by Dean Burmester soon after, Noren finished with an eagle three to set the target. He had picked up six shots in his last seven holes and then sat around as an hour or more of heavy rain helped douse the challenges of half a dozen or so live contenders. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:12:56 GMT)

Reading’s Chris Gunter: ‘In one match, it is two years of your life’
As Reading’s Wales defender prepares for his 57th match of season in the Championship play-off final against Huddersfield, he says: ‘These types of games can change people’s lives’As Chris Gunter rattles through the names of the friends and family who will be sat – perhaps stood, celebrating – inside Wembley on Monday, the very sense of occasion becomes abundantly clear. In the absence of Paul McShane, Gunter will captain Reading against Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final, where both teams will fight it out for a place in the Premier League.Moments before this interview at Reading’s Hogwood Park training ground Gunter is doing the mental maths, double-checking with Lynne, the club’s football administrator, that his loved ones have the necessary tickets. He is no stranger to this situation, having been part of the Wales team that reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals. “This is a lot easier than last summer,” the 27-year-old says, smiling as he alludes to factoring-in flights, differing time zones and his brother Marc’s wedding in Mexico. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 17:00:02 GMT)

Kell Brook faces painful decision over future following second eye surgery
• Injury in defeat to Spence Jr identical to one Brook suffered against Golovkin• George Groves targets James DeGale rematch after winning world titleAnother fight, another fractured eye socket for Kell Brook and the question now is where he goes next. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, made it clear that there will be no more fights at welterweight following the 31-year-old’s defeat to Errol Spence Jr at Bramall Lane on Saturday, a contest that not only left Brook with restricted vision but also the loss of his IBF title, and whether he returns to the ring at all is open to debate.What is for sure is Brook is unlikely to fight again this year due to the need to undergo an operation in order to repair his left eye socket, which was first damaged by Spence Jr in the seventh round and only worsened from there, leading to the champion dropping to his knee in the 11th and being waved off by referee Howard Foster shortly after. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:06:11 GMT)

Blackpool’s Mark Cullen sinks Exeter City in League Two play-off final
Blackpool bounced back to League One at the first time of asking with victory over Exeter City in the League Two play-off final at Wembley, with Mark Cullen poking home the winner midway through the second half to spark joyous scenes in the Tangerine half of the stadium. Well, a corner of it anyway.That so few Blackpool fans – only just over 5,000 – were here to witness what should have been a celebratory occasion is testament to the depth of resentment against the Oyston family’s ownership of the club. This result will prompt mixed feelings for those on the Fylde coast who fear a victory for the team is a victory for the regime. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:12:17 GMT)

County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Hampshire beat Somerset and more – as it happened
All the action from around the grounds as Hampshire beat bottom side Somerset, while Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire also secured wins 6.50pm BST Well, that’s the end of another fine day of action. We have had four results today – a dull draw at Derby, wins for Notts and Worcs, and a remarkable ending at Taunton, where Mason Crane and Liam Dawson spun out Somerset. Here’s the scores:Div One: 6.26pm BST And that’s stumps at Tunbridge Wells, where Sussex are six down requiring heaps to beat Kent. I’ve just got to do some writing, so will leave the blog open for you to chat for a wee while. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 17:50:10 GMT)

Katarina Johnson-Thompson misses out in ‘greatest ever’ heptathlon
• Briton can finish only fourth despite setting new personal best• Nafissatou Thiam becomes first athlete in 10 years to reach 7,000 points“So, Kat, is your glass half-empty or half-full after that?” When the question came, at the end of probably the greatest heptathlon in history, Katarina Johnson-Thompson mustered a smile. But it was tinged with what-might-have-beens.The 24-year-old had just set a personal best of 6,691 points, a tally that would not only have won her bronze at last year’s Olympics but a podium spot in every heptathlon competition ever. Yet here, at the prestigious Hypomeeting in Austria, it had been good enough for only fourth. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 17:41:17 GMT)

Somerset: where fed-up farmers are ditching the Tories
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and your area. In their third dispatch, Steven Morris and photographer Sam Frost met farmers switching allegiance to the Lib DemsThe Isle of Wedmore and the surrounding flatlands are rich in history and tradition, a tucked-away corner of the UK where age-old customs are honoured and the rumble of the tractor is never far away.In the centre of Wedmore village, an information board describes how King Alfred the Great made peace here with Guthrum the Dane in the ninth century, a concord that may have led to the first united kingdom of England. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 14:47:34 GMT)

Will primetime TV showdowns be a big risk for May?
The prime minister’s refusal of a direct debate was meant to minimise dangerOn Monday at 8.30pm, the 2017 general election will come to life in millions of homes. May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10, which is to be broadcast on Channel 4 and Sky News, will be intriguing – and potentially pivotal.Only a few weeks ago the outcome of the election, on 8 June, looked a foregone conclusion, with May and the Tories set fair for a thumping win. But in the space of a few days the political weather has changed dramatically. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 23:05:40 GMT)

Who should I vote for? The UK election manifestos compared
The key pledges made by the main parties in the run-up to the UK general election. Continue reading...
(Fri, 26 May 2017 16:18:33 GMT)

Through security and intelligence cuts, the Tories failed to protect us | Diane Abbott
Citizens have the right to expect their government to put safety first. In the face of a growing terrorist threat, the Conservatives have taken the wrong tackCuts have consequences. In the wake of the terrible events in Manchester and the dreadful loss of life last week, there is a temptation to point the finger at the security services and say: if this potential terrorist was known to the security and intelligence agencies, why wasn’t he monitored and prevented from carrying out this murderous assault?Of course, those agencies will have to answer for themselves if there were any operational or procedural errors. But no agency can be expected to prevent every single attacker, who are sometimes deranged individuals acting alone, with limited planning and little or no help. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 18:09:54 GMT)

Nicola Jennings on the race for No 10 – cartoon
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(Sun, 28 May 2017 20:51:58 GMT)

Donald Trump is the world’s worst tourist – but at least he makes Brits abroad look better | Stuart Heritage
Brexit branded UK travellers the village idiots of the world until the US president began his disastrous Big TripOf all the things that Brexit has ruined – up to and including the ability to make civil conversation with your dad – foreign travel has to sting the most. Get an aeroplane anywhere and you’ll understand what I mean. Almost overnight, the predominant national stereotype around the world has become the Self-Sabotaging Brit.Unless you happen to go somewhere brimming with expats, all British holidaymakers this summer can be expected to be treated with outright pity. We’ll be met with sad glances and bewilderment in lobbies and cafes, seen as the morons who willingly flung themselves into a threshing machine thanks to a displaced sense of global importance. We’ve become the village idiots of the world, seen as doltish and shortsighted and proud, and nobody can quite understand why the hell we’ve done this to ourselves. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 14:00:11 GMT)

The Guardian view on defence and the election: where’s the debate gone? | Editorial
The Conservatives are too complacent about defence to face big choices. It’s the opposition parties who are posing the serious questionsIssues of national defence were predicted to loom large in the 2017 election. Theresa May’s claims to be uniquely qualified to take big decisions about security issues were central to the pitch with which she began the campaign. Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition to nuclear weapons and British military engagements were set to be a favoured Tory target. In addition, in the middle of the election, Donald Trump, who may be president of the United States until 2025, came to Europe to a Nato summit trailing a disruptive security agenda of his own.In spite of all this, there is a hole in this election where a serious debate about Britain’s defence stance, especially after Brexit, should be. This can’t simply be put down to the post-Manchester hiatus. With less than two weeks to go, the campaign seems increasingly unlikely to focus on the defence policies appropriate to Brexit Britain and to this country’s changing status in a world destabilised by Mr Trump. This is a major political failure. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:48:30 GMT)

Far from ‘strong and stable’, May’s economic plan is weak and unstable
Labour has won the battle of the manifestos with policies that can deliver better growth whereas the PM’s offering more of the same: cuts Had Theresa May come back from her Easter walking holiday and decided against holding a general election, few would have blamed her. Going to the country on 8 June was always a gamble, as has become evident the longer the campaign has gone on. Consider the reasons for caution. It is mid-term when governments tend to be unpopular. The public is sick of politics after the 2014 Scottish referendum, the 2015 general election and last year’s EU referendum. May had a workable majority and had vowed to go the distance. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 12:14:58 GMT)

Angry Amber v Dozy Diane: conscious meets unconscious on Marr | John Crace
Most people watching Rudd and Abbott would have concluded they didn’t particularly want either as home secretaryAndrew Marr really, really didn’t want to politicise the Manchester terror attack. It was much too soon, feelings were still raw and families were grieving - or so he said. But, having both the home secretary and the shadow home secretary on his Sunday morning show, the topic was bound to come up.First on was a rather sleepy looking Diane Abbott. Either she had had a very late night or she had accidentally swallowed a handful of horse tranquilisers as she could barely keep her eyes open. “People don’t seem to trust you to keep the country safe,” Marr observed, before prodding her to make sure she was actually awake. “Can you tell me why you think you would be a good home secretary?” Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 13:33:25 GMT)

The Guardian view on Taiwan and same-sex marriage: a sudden victory years in the making | Editorial
A landmark judgment reflects how quickly attitudes can change – but usually thanks to campaigners who persist against the oddsThe crowd in Taipei on Wednesday was not huge; a few hundred people. But the joy and relief on their faces radiated around the world. The constitutional court had just ruled in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, in Asia’s first such judgment. The legislature now has two years to amend the civil code, which defines marriage as occurring solely between a man and woman, or pass laws addressing the issue. If it does not, same sex-couples will be able to wed anyway.The news was all the more welcome given its backdrop. Just last week, in Asia alone, a South Korean army captain was sentenced for having sex with other servicemen following what campaigners describe as a witch hunt by the military, while in Aceh, Indonesia, two men were caned publicly for consensual gay sex. It is a matter of weeks since reports emerged of a horrifying anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya, involving well over a hundred men, some of whom are believed to have been killed. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:48:16 GMT)

Tragedy seen close up, and at a distance | Paul Chadwick: Open door
The Guardian covered the Manchester Arena bombing with care, but questions remain about the timing of US disclosuresDistance breeds indifference. The further we are from a major tragedy and the less intensely our own families and communities feel its shock and reverberations, the higher our threshold for accounts of the suffering and the weaker our sense of restraint in airing details.Perhaps not a universal or inevitable phenomenon, still I think most people recognise it. Most journalists know it. Their empathy, often strong personally, can wrestle with their professional commitment. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 15:38:20 GMT)

A papal encounter with the bat-faced duck-lion | Stewart Lee
A coal-black fear seized the heart of Pope Francis as he prepared to exchange gifts with the Lord of Filth…Beelzebub, the gluttonous emperor of hell, master of calumny, foremost in wickedness and crime, is a fallen angel who presides over the Order of the Fly. Some say he is as high as a tower. Others say he has the figure of a snake, but with the generative organs of a young woman, and the face of a bluebottle.Consequently, the god of Ekron’s first ever official visit to the Vatican last week was fraught with difficulties regarding imperial protocol, dietary requirements and appropriate toilet usage. To which facilities were the Swiss Guard to direct a pert-breasted snake-fly? Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 09:00:05 GMT)

The Guardian view on the JFK centenary: more keys on his piano | Editorial
There was much more to America’s 35th president than his youth, his style and his tragic deathEven on Monday, 100 years after John F Kennedy’s birth, it is hard to imagine America’s 35th president as an old man. Everything about JFK is overshadowed by the lasting tragedy of the graceful young leader who was cut down in his prime by the assassin in Dallas.It is easy to see now that Kennedy was the first charismatic politician of the television age. He set a media standard for presidentialism that others have tried to match, but none has equalled. When he decided not to wear hats, American hat sales plummeted. Even the Kennedy Presidential Library is marking his centenary under the slogan “Visionaries never go out of style”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:48:04 GMT)

Right-wing provocateurs say they are being silenced. Cry me a river | Christian Christensen
It’s hard to sympathise when arch-capitalists such as Bill O’Reilly, Katie Hopkins and Sean Hannity find themselves at the receiving end of corporate savageryThere is a delicious irony when free market zealots become victims of the very system they celebrate. When those who pontificated about the evils of the “nanny state” and the genius of consumer choice and the “invisible hand” suddenly realize that consumers don’t like them any more, and that the invisible hand is about to yank them out of their position of power. When the market tells them: “You know what? You’re losing us money. We couldn’t care less what you did or how much you made for us yesterday. Get lost.”Of course, it is “leftists” and “liberals” who are most often accused of not being tough enough to survive in the dog-eat-dog world of capitalism. Lefty “snowflakes” need the warm embrace of the state to compensate for their inability to cut it in the real world. They need “entitlements” and welfare. They need laws to protect them. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 10:00:07 GMT)

The Supreme Leader doesn’t seem quite so invincible now | Andrew Rawnsley
The Conservatives’ relentless focus on Mrs May has advertised her deficiencies to a wider audienceEver since anyone can remember, there have been complaints that British elections have become “too presidential”. Back in the 1970s, when the principals were Ted Heath and Harold Wilson, their duel was ridiculed as “a man with a boat and a man with a pipe”.So this spring’s contest, with its relentless focus on the woman with the bag and the man with the beard, is not so much a new development as the culmination of a long-established trend. This was by Tory design because making it a personality contest was supposed to be to their benefit. The name of Theresa May is emblazoned on her campaign coach in lettering so enormous that it probably can be seen from outer space. The word Conservative is a microscopic footnote. The Tory campaign has been organised around the projection of the Supreme Leader to the virtual exclusion of every other member of the cabinet. Even Margaret Thatcher in her pomp would share appearances with her ministers. Mrs May has granted just the one “podium moment” to a member of the cabinet when she appeared alongside Philip Hammond and conspicuously failed to reassure the chancellor that he was safe in his job. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 23:05:41 GMT)

In France, we live, laugh and marry as before but as we raise our glasses we are less certain of the future… | Elise Vincent
We have reluctantly grown used to both the presence of troops and the threat of terror attacksThey appeared on our streets much as on yours, almost overnight. In the UK, you call it Operation Temperer. Here in France, the authorities preferred Sentinelle. Two codenames, but the same result: the sudden irruption of soldiers in uniform and bearing arms in our peaceful, western existence.For you, it took the terrible day of 22 May in Manchester for the decision to be taken. Here, it was the killing at Charlie Hebdo and the Hypercacher supermarket in Paris that tipped the balance. That was more than two years ago, in January 2015. Two years during which the soldiers haven’t left our streets. Always there, in their battle dress, helmets and assault rifles, watching over our cafe terraces and Sunday morning trips to the market. Had historians predicted this we would never have believed them. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 08:00:05 GMT)

Is Murdoch about to lead us up the garden path again? | Catherine Bennett
The very actions of the media mogul’s companies prove that he is not fit to take full control of SkyAt what must be a busy period for Rupert Murdoch, as he struggles simultaneously to detoxify Fox News and to grab control of Sky, he made time, last week, for opening day at the Chelsea Flower Show. Wearing a panama hat, displaying a widely unsuspected interest in herbaceous borders, he could have passed unnoticed among Chelsea’s many other mulch-loving old gents had he not been hand in hand with the fourth and latest Mrs Murdoch, Jerry Hall.The couple paused by a show garden for a tender snog. “Their love’s still in bloom!” the Daily Mail reported, conscientiously. The impact of this delightful image on 86-year-old men was only exceeded by the horror that overtook unattached middle-aged women, thereby forced to confront, if this wreckage is what Jerry Hall is content to cling to, the state of their own romantic prospects. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 23:04:40 GMT)

Ignore Trump, Iran has something to celebrate | Emma Graham-Harrison
President Hassan Rouhani’s election victory heralds renewed engagement with the worldAs President Donald Trump rocked from foot to foot at the edge of a sedate, highly choreographed sword ceremony in Riyadh last week, 800 miles away, thousands of young people were streaming into the streets of Tehran for a wild, spontaneous dance of celebration.The Iranians were mostly marking reformist President Hassan Rouhani’s landslide victory in his re-election bid, a sweeping endorsement of his policy of ending international isolation while rolling out greater freedoms at home. They were also marking a win for democracy in a region where the right to a meaningful vote is in all too short supply. Iran’s supreme leader and powerful unelected bodies had left little doubt that they favoured his opponent, but Rouhani won anyway. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 23:05:40 GMT)

Move fast, Zuckerberg, or hate will kill Facebook | John Naughton
With 1.3 million new posts every minute, it’s impossible for the company’s moderators to filter out all the nasty stuff‘Move fast and break things”, was the exhortation that Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg originally issued to his developers. It’s a typical hacker’s mantra: while the tools and features they developed for his platform might not be perfect, speed was the key aspiration, even if there were some screw-ups on the way.In 2016, we began to realise that one of the things that might get broken in Mr Zuckerberg’s quest for speed is democracy. Facebook became one of the favourite platforms for disseminating “fake news” and was the tool of choice for micro-targeting voters with personalised political messages. It also became a live broadcasting medium for those engaging in bullying, rape, inflicting grievous bodily harm and, in one case, murder. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 06:00:02 GMT)

Man shot in front of his son in Northern Ireland supermarket car park
Thirty-five-year-old dies in hospital after incident outside Sainsbury’s store in Bangor, Northern IrelandA man who was shot in a supermarket car park in Northern Ireland has died from his injuries, police confirmed.The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the victim of the fatal shooting was a 35-year-old man who died on Sunday evening in hospital. The incident happened in front of shoppers outside Sainsbury’s store in Bangor, Co Down, on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 18:12:46 GMT)

Oxford students to get exam on non-white, non-European history
Following campaigns such as Rhodes must fall, university is to make history syllabus more diverse and less British-focusedHistory students at Oxford University will have to take an exam paper on non-British, non-European topics after a major shakeup in the curriculum.The move, which has been welcomed by campaigners who say that universities focus their syllabuses too much on white British history, will make it compulsory for students to sit one of a number of papers on topics such as the influence of Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 22:14:29 GMT)

Great Manchester Run goes ahead amid tight security after attack
Armed police line route from city centre day after 50,000 people attend Courteeners concert over bank holiday weekendThe city of Manchester has pushed ahead with a bank holiday weekend packed with major events, refusing to allow Monday night’s terror attack act as a deterrent. On Sunday morning, tens of thousands of people travelled to central Manchester to watch 40,000 runners – including elite athletes, amateurs and children – take part in the annual Great Manchester Run. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 14:09:42 GMT)

Theresa May will not reveal social care cap before general election
Amber Rudd says Tories are unsure about maximum people should have to pay and will consider options after 8 JuneTheresa May will not reveal at what level the Conservatives’ social care policy will be capped before the election, members of her cabinet have admitted.The Tories announced there would be a cap to ease the burden of the “dementia tax” after the policy triggered a backlash. But Amber Rudd, the UK home secretary, said the party was not sure about the maximum amount people should contribute towards their care costs – and that a variety of options would be considered after the election. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 15:21:41 GMT)

Manchester trauma surgeon racially abused on his way to work
Yorkshire-born Naveed Yasi was sworn at and abused by van driver after spending two days operating on victims of Monday’s attackA surgeon who had helped save the lives of victims of the Manchester bombing was racially abused on his way back to hospital, it has been reported. Naveed Yasin, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon – who had spent the previous two days in demanding surgery, was driving back to the Salford royal hospital to continue to help blast victims when a van driver pulled up beside him and hurled abuse, according to the Sunday Times. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 19:26:30 GMT)

Civil claims of child sexual abuse against Greville Janner dropped
Lawyers for six men who made claims against late Labour peer say they will work with national child abuse inquiry insteadLegal proceedings against Greville Janner have ended after six men dropped their civil claim of child sexual abuse against the late Labour peer. The claimants’ lawyers, Slater and Gordon, said the case was likely to have been difficult to win because of the historical nature of the claims and they would instead focus on working with the national child abuse inquiry. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 15:50:39 GMT)

Music fan dies on bus going to Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull
Man arrested after concertgoer falls ill on bus travelling to festival and dies later in hospitalA 21-year-old man has died after falling ill on a bus going to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend music event in Hull. A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death of the concertgoer, who died at Hull Royal Infirmary. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 15:22:10 GMT)

UK lobbies Europe to dilute flagship energy efficiency law
Green campaigners warn Conservative efforts to undermine energy targets will lead to weaker climate policies after BrexitThe UK is lobbying Europe to water down a key energy-saving target despite the fact it will not take effect until after Brexit, according to leaked documents that sparked warnings that energy bills could rise and jobs put at risk.On the day Theresa May triggered article 50, government officials asked the European commission to weaken or drop elements of its flagship energy efficiency law. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 13:06:30 GMT)

UK's biggest solar company takes shine to global projects with deals worth £3bn
Solarcentury turns to Europe and Latin America as it transforms into an international firm to maintain growth hit by green cuts in home marketBritain’s biggest solar power company has shrugged off the cloud of drastic UK subsidy cuts by reinventing itself as an international firm with more than £3bn of projects planned.More than 12,000 solar jobs were lost in the industry after the government slashed support in 2015, but Solarcentury has survived by turning outward to target markets in Latin America and Europe. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 15:56:59 GMT)

Left stranded by the BA meltdown? Here's how to seek compensation
If you were unable to fly on British Airways in or out of Gatwick and Heathrow you can seek refunds or compensation four waysThe thousands of passengers unable to fly on British Airways planes to or from Gatwick and Heathrow after the airline’s IT failure will be able to seek refunds or compensation in four main ways: Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 15:02:22 GMT)

Election rules hit Bank's recruitment as monetary policy committee shrinks
Deferred appointments could see MPC voting on interest rates with seven instead of nine members for the first time since 2006The Bank of England’s rate-setting team could be reduced to seven members for the first time in nearly 11 years as election “purdah” rules will delay appointments until at least next month.The Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) has eight members from the usual nine after deputy governor Charlotte Hogg was forced to resign in March for failing to declare her brother works for Barclays. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 14:43:22 GMT)

Batons drawn on summer lawns as opera rivals battle for audiences
Country house audiences are spoilt for choice this yearThe sound of great opera arias will vie with summer birdsong at a record number of country house venues over the next few months, as classical performers cater to a growing taste for formal evenings of music in a rural setting.This season two new contenders – one in Surrey, the other a reinvented opera festival in Hampshire – are challenging the busy country house scene, already well established at Glyndebourne in Sussex, at Wormsley in the Chilterns and at Longborough in the Cotswolds. Meanwhile a new, bigger opera auditorium is planned for Nevill Holt Hall in Leicestershire. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 23:05:41 GMT)

Pupils at London school asked to clean their classroom as cuts bite
Heads struggle to make ends meet at schools hit by cash shortageA cash-strapped primary school is asking pupils to vacuum classrooms at the end of the day because it cannot afford to replace the cleaner, while the headteacher’s husband is doing the plumbing for free. Related: Ministers have failed to explain where schools will find savings, watchdog says Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 21:28:58 GMT)

We need deal with the EU to combat terror, experts tell Theresa May
Chair of Commons intelligence committee and leading security figures warn that Brexit threatens to deprive UK police of access to key European databasesThe UK’s full participation in European Union security and intelligence co-operation will be critical to the fight against terrorism after Brexit, leading British security experts have said, as Theresa May announced wide-ranging new plans to counter extremism.The growing demands for the prime minister to face down anti-EU forces in the Tory party and make membership of bodies such as Europol, the EU’s criminal intelligence agency, a top priority, came amid fears that Brexit could leave the UK with inferior access to key European databases and deprive British police forces of vital tools in high-level, pan-European anti-terror probes. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 21:00:57 GMT)

Thunderstorms in UK may dampen bank holiday weekend
Unsettled weather front from south-west England and Wales will bring torrential downpours across the countryTorrential rain and thunderstorms could wreak havoc with bank holiday travel when a week of warm weather finally gives way to a cooler spell, the Met Office has said. Related: Awe-inspiring lightning storms – in pictures Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 16:37:32 GMT)

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka kill at least 150 people
Torrential rains and mudslides have displaced more than 100,000 Sri Lankans, with more extreme weather expectedLandslides and floods in Sri Lanka have killed at least 151 people and the country faces the risk of more mudslides as torrential rains continue. More than 100 people are still missing after the worst rains in the Indian Ocean island since 2003. The state-run National Building Research Organization warned people in seven out of the country’s 25 districts on Sunday to evacuate from unstable slopes if rains continued for the next 24 hours. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:24:20 GMT)

Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws
Warning that new regulations will give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal dataAn alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses and give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data.More than two dozen leading publishers – including the Financial Times, Guardian, Le Monde, Spiegel, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Les Echoes – have signed a letter to the European parliament, which is deliberating proposals to tighten up how data is gathered and used by web companies. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 23:01:09 GMT)

'I ain't fit to live': suspect held after eight killed in Mississippi shooting
Sheriff’s deputy and two boys among dead in three rural homesMan named as suspect describes actions to local newspaperA man who got into an argument with his estranged wife over their children was arrested on Sunday after a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff’s deputy.“I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,” a handcuffed William Corey Godbolt, 35, told a reporter from the Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 21:09:05 GMT)

Isis-backed militants struggle for control in the southern Philippines
The death toll in Marawi city, where martial law has been imposed, stands at 85, with Islamic State claiming responsibilityFears are growing that a violent attempt by local militants to seize a city in the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, marks the beginning of a wider attempt by Islamic State to open a new south-east Asian front in its campaign of global jihad.Latest reports on Sunday from Marawi city, capital of the majority Muslim Lanao del Sur province, said 19 civilians had been killed by Islamist militants locked in street battles with security forces. The dead included three women and a child, officials said. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 May 2017 00:39:19 GMT)

Coptic Christians accuse Egyptian government of failing to protect them
Relatives of people killed in attack on bus convoy say state of emergency in country has been underminedEgypt’s Coptic Christians have accused the government of failing to protect them in the wake of an attack claimed by Islamic State on a bus convoy that killed at least 29 people and injured about 20 more. Relatives of some of those killed said the attack, which occurred after a group of gunmen stopped a convoy headed for the Saint Samuel monastery close to the southern Egyptian town of Minya, undermines the state of emergency in Egypt declared after a previous attack in April. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 11:10:41 GMT)

Trump plan on Paris climate deal unclear after G7 pressure
Report says Trump has told confidants he will pull US out of agreement but defense secretary Mattis says ‘president is wide open on this issue’Donald Trump’s intentions regarding US participation in the Paris climate deal remained unknown on Sunday, as one report cited “confidants” saying the president had made up his mind to pull out while a senior cabinet figure said he was “quite certain the president is wide open on this issue”. Related: Donald Trump will make 'final decision' on Paris climate deal next week Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 14:50:17 GMT)

North Korea top suspect for WannaCry attack, says ex US security chief
Methods used in ransomware attack on NHS and in up to 100 countries similar to those used by Pyongyang in the past, says Michael ChertoffNorth Korea may have been behind the ransomware cyber-attack on the NHS and up to 100 countries including the UK, a former head of the US Department of Homeland Security has claimed. Michael Chertoff, who served under George W Bush from 2005 to 2009, said that agents or allies of the Pyongyang regime were the most likely suspects for the hacking of the health service’s administration system in the UK and state infrastructures across the globe this month. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 18:44:38 GMT)

Andrew Scheer: Canada's Conservatives choose their answer to Justin Trudeau
Little-known former House of Commons speaker, 38, edges out former foreign minister Maxime Bernier in fierce contest to become party leaderCanada’s official opposition Conservatives on Saturday chose a little-known, 38-year-old leader to fight a 2019 election against Justin Trudeau, the Liberal prime minister, but only after a fierce contest that revealed internal divisions. On the 13th and final round of balloting, many more than political observers predicted, former House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer edged out ex-foreign minister and favourite Maxime Bernier by 51%t to 49%. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 03:03:30 GMT)

'They treat everyone like criminals': US asylum fails reporter fleeing Mexico
Martín Méndez Pineda thought the US would protect him after months of threats, but instead found conditions worse than what he was aiming to escapeWhen Mexican journalist Martín Méndez Pineda walked across the border bridge to El Paso in February, he thought he would finally be safe.After months of threats and harassment from corrupt police officers, which forced him to abandon his job and family in Acapulco, Méndez sought asylum in the US. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 10:00:07 GMT)

Uruguay, the first country where you can smoke marijuana wherever you like
A new law makes the South American country the first in the world to sell the drug over the counterAlicia Castilla was watering the plants in her garden on a quiet Sunday afternoon when five police patrol cars screeched to a halt outside her home. A team of 14 officers “armed to the teeth” stormed through her gate and arrested the mild-mannered, 66-year-old intellectual. They seized everything they could find: computers, her mobile phone, books, even an orange squeezer.They also impounded the 29 cannabis plants she was watering and 24g of marijuana they found in her possession. She was taken to a police station where she spent the night handcuffed to a bench. “They treated me like the female version of Pablo Escobar,” Castilla told the Observer. But far from resembling the infamous Colombian drug lord who inspired the 2015 Netflix series Narcos, Castilla was a peace-loving, grey-haired author whose book Cultura Cannabis had become an unexpected bestseller. Like many Argentinian sexagenarians, she had recently retired to nearby Uruguay. The seized plants were for her personal use. “I make a living writing about marijuana, not selling it.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 18:50:35 GMT)

Defense secretary Mattis says US policy against Isis is now 'annihilation'
Retired general indicates aggressive turn in Iraq and Syria, saying ‘intention is that foreign fighters do not survive’ and ‘civilian casualties are a fact of life’Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Sunday the US had “accelerated” its tactics against the Islamic State, moving from a policy of “attrition” to one of “annihilation”. Related: Armed police carry out fresh raid in Manchester amid report of explosion Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 18:08:25 GMT)

Tampons that care: helping girls across the world to end 'shame of periods'
By buying certain menstrual products, consumers can trigger a donation of supplies to poorer countries, where women are often forced to rely on old rags Menstruation is getting its moment: there have been tampon selfies, tampon tax campaigns around the world, and even a day dedicated to menstrual hygiene. Now, a growing crop of companies is promising consumers they can help bring sanitary products to women who cannot afford them.Buy a pack of pads and a supply will be donated to a woman in a developing country. It’s a bit like Toms shoes, the original one-for-one social enterprise, but for tampons. In the US, such companies have grown rapidly in popularity. Among them is L., founded by Talia Frenkel, a photojournalist who worked for the Red Cross and UN. It now sells its products in stores across the US, and distributes sanitary products and condoms through a network of more than 3,000 “female entrepreneurs” in poorer countries, including Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia and India. The company says it will donate more than 28 million health products this year. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 23:05:41 GMT)

US says Chinese jets 'unsafely' intercepted surveillance plane
Pentagon says P-3 Orion was buzzed over South China Sea, but defence ministry in Beijing says its fighters flew safelyTwo Chinese fighter jets buzzed a US navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180 metres (200 yards) of the American aircraft, according to US officials. The officials said initial reports showed that the US P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 150 miles (240km) south-east of Hong Kong in international airspace when the Chinese aircraft carried out the “unsafe” intercept. One Chinese aircraft flew in front of the American plane, restricting its ability to manoeuvre. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 04:54:16 GMT)

Laptop ban could apply to all flights to US, homeland security chief says
John Kelly says terrorists are ‘obsessed’ with downing a plane, ‘particularly if it’s a US carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly US folks’The Trump administration is considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the US, homeland security secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.Kelly, a retired general, was asked on Fox News Sunday if he would expand an existing ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the US. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:53:56 GMT)

Uber boss Travis Kalanick's mother dies in boating accident
Bonnie Kalanick, 71, was out on lake with husband Donald, 78, in Fresno, California, when boat reportedly hit a rock and sank The mother of Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, has died in a boating accident. Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, were riding hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake in Fresno county, California, authorities said.The couple from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Northridge have been longtime boaters. In a memo to Uber staff, Liane Hornsey, the chief human resources officer, called the incident an “unthinkable tragedy”. She wrote that “everyone in the Uber family knows how incredibly close Travis is to his parents”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 01:32:00 GMT)

Case of Venetian masterpiece looted by Nazis closed 80 years on
Stolen Michele Marieschi painting bought in good faith by British man 60 years ago expected to fetch more than £500,000An 18th-century Italian masterpiece is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London almost 80 years after it was looted by the Nazis. The magnificent Venetian view, painted by Michele Marieschi in 1739, belonged to a Viennese Jewish family who fled Austria in 1938 following Nazi Germany’s annexation of the country.Heinrich and Anna Maria Graf escaped to America with their five-year-old twin daughters, Eva and Erika. After the war they searched in vain for the painting, which depicts two of Venice’s foremost landmarks, the Punta della Dogana (customs house) and San Giorgio Maggiore. Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 21:52:48 GMT)

Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Carter, dies at 89
Obama praises Polish-born expert who worked for Kennedy and Johnson before achieving success in middle east and China policy in White House roleZbigniew Brzezinski, who helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the west as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, died on Friday. He was 89. Related: Jared Kushner discussed creating secret communications channel with Moscow – reports Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 12:50:27 GMT)

Have teens and parents finally called a musical truce?
Playing music to your parents was once about staking out territory and drawing up battle lines, says Pete Paphides. But now, as kids cherry-pick history’s jukebox and parents suspend cynicism about new artists’ potential, peace has been given a chanceI remember the first time I played a song within earshot of my parents with a specific view to shocking them – it was a videotape of the Jesus and Mary Chain playing Never Understand on The Old Grey Whistle Test. In opting to not merely play the record, I was clearly hoping the visual element would elicit the maximum amount of outrage. Perhaps I hoped to carve out the sort of generation gap moment I had read so many of my favourite pop stars describe when they talked about Bowie doing Starman on Top Of The Pops. Related: How to make a Spotify playlist the whole family will love Continue reading...
(Tue, 09 May 2017 15:24:47 GMT)

The Red Turtle: a moving meditation on our relationship with the natural world
Fairytales and myths are the inspiration for Michael Dudok de Wit’s first feature film, a magical tale of a castaway, made in collaboration with the renowned Studio GhibliThe legendary Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli knows a thing or two about talent. Co-founded by the great auteur Hayao Miyazaki, the company is the home of classic films such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro and the Tale of the Princess Kaguya. But until the gorgeous Oscar-nominated feature The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wit, Ghibli had never worked with a non-Japanese director.It is not hard to see why Dutch animator Dudok de Wit caught the attention of a company that cherishes the traditional techniques of 2D, hand-drawn animation over the flashy computer-generated techniques favoured by many other animation studios. The Red Turtle is a work of profound simplicity and exquisite beauty. Although the film’s animation style is quite different to much of the Ghibli output, its themes – a deeply spiritual examination of nature, magic and mystery – chime perfectly with the company’s ethos. Continue reading...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 22:58:42 GMT)

Watch the evolution of TV in under two minutes
From John Logie Baird’s ‘televiser’ to the arrival of streaming services, what we watch and how we watch it continues to change at a lightning rate. Take a look at how TV has evolved over the years. Find the TV you love With Virgin TV you can watch the TV you love, brilliantly brought together. Visit www.virginmedia.com for more information, and more fun. Cabled areas only. Virgin TV subscription, Virgin TV Anywhere App and WiFi required. Selected recordings to stream are available via compatible iOS/Android devices. Search covers the services and apps you get through your box only. Virgin TV V6 box included with Mix TV bundle and above, set-up fees start from £49.95 if not included as part of your package. Existing customers may need to re-contract on Mix TV or above and pay monthly Virgin TV V6 box fee. Virgin TV V6 box remains property of Virgin Media. TiVo is a trademark of TiVo Inc and its subsidiaries worldwide. Further legal stuff applies. Continue reading...
(Fri, 26 May 2017 10:51:22 GMT)

'I seized redundancy – now my office is a field of flowers'
Jan Waters turned her passion for growing British flowers into a thriving business – which is why she loves spring, when her blooms burst into lifeDespite hailing from a long line of amateur and professional gardeners, the bug didn’t hit me until my 30s. I was working for the BBC at the time and had an allotment dedicated to vegetables. I’d thrown down some cornflower seeds, and one day ended up cycling home with an entire crop of gorgeous stems overflowing from two panniers and a backpack. Related: How to 'spring clean' your life and improve your frame of mind Continue reading...
(Wed, 03 May 2017 13:40:58 GMT)

Girls challenge the stigma surrounding periods in Nepal – video
Last year, girls in Nepal who had restrictions imposed on them during their period shared their stories. To mark menstrual hygiene day on Sunday, WaterAid went back to Sindhuli district in south-east Nepal to find out how their lives have changed over the past 12 months Continue reading...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:22 GMT)

Trump diehards stay loyal in Montana's 'white man's country' – video
Trump’s presidency may be in crisis. But Paul Lewis finds the president’s supporters in Montana are not wavering. Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, a millionaire tech entrepreneur, is latching onto Trump in the hope it will give him an edge over Democrat Rob Quist, a country musician and poet Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:45 GMT)

Will coal seam gas save Narrabri, or destroy it? – video
In the first of a series of videos on critical issues confronting regional Australia, Gabrielle Chan investigates the proposed Narrabri gas project in New South Wales. The oil and gas company Santos proposes 850 wells in the Pilliga and some locals see the opportunity for jobs. But others warn of the potential damage to the land and water supply. Now it’s up the NSW government to decideIn Narrabri, everyone has a stake in the farming v mining fight Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 May 2017 20:17:46 GMT)

The story of the 2016-17 Premier League season – video
Chelsea may have dominated the 2016-17 Premier League season but there have been plenty of dramas elsewhere. It’s been a tough year for managers up and down the table, for both new and old alike; we’ve seen new heroes emerge and the once lauded become villains. Just another Premier League, enjoy our review of all the antics. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 May 2017 08:57:29 GMT)

Brendan Cox: 'I want to change the UK's narrative of division' – video
Brendan Cox, the widow of Jo Cox MP, tells Owen Jones about a weekend of events to mark the anniversary of his wife’s murder. Cox says more than 100,000 events have been organised for The Great Get Together An extended version of this interview is available on Owen Jones’s YouTube channelFind out more about The Great Get Together Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 May 2017 06:00:47 GMT)

Julian Assange’s legal standoff explained – video
With the news that Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Guardian looks back at his rise to prominence, his years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy, why he ended up there, and how the story has developed during his voluntary incarcerationCan Julian Assange now walk free? What happens next Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 May 2017 15:24:11 GMT)

'We are not represented': why is this election so white? - video
In the third part of their election roadtrip, John Harris and John Domokos spend time in Birmingham and Walsall - the kind of urban, multiracial communities that the politics of Brexit has suddenly pushed to the sidelines. They find Theresa May’s hardline immigration stance and cuts to English language classes sparking anger and frustration, but also find Labour supporters attracted by her ‘strong and stable’ pitch for their votesIs this the weirdest general election ever? - videoCuts, anger, frustration – and Labour still can’t break through – video Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 May 2017 08:05:18 GMT)

'We want a better future': young first-time voters reveal who's firing them up
It’s said that young people could swing the general election – if only more of them voted. First-timers tell us who, if anyone, they intend to supportIn the run-up to the 2015 general election, a report by the market researcher Populus argued that the political party that won over young voters could “win the keys to Downing Street”. The study, commissioned by the left-leaning thinktank Demos, suggested that there were up to 3 million young voters “up for grabs” if only politicians could offer them “credible, positive policies” that addressed their concerns.In the event, estimates from Ipsos Mori put voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds at 43% – almost half that of over-65s (78%) – with 43% of those voters backing Labour. David Cowling, a political opinion polling specialist at King’s College London, has suggested a youth turnout at the level seen among pensioners could have given Labour the handful of extra seats needed to deny the Tories their slim majority. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 08:00:04 GMT)

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