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Theresa May faces backlash from Scotland and Wales over £1bn Tory-DUP deal
Political figures line up to demand more money for their regions after DUP agrees confidence and supply arrangementTheresa May has faced a backlash from politicians in Scotland, Wales and parts of England after completing a £1bn deal with the Democratic Unionist party to prop up her Conservative minority government.Political figures lined up on Monday to demand more money for their regions after Arlene Foster’s DUP agreed to a confidence and supply arrangement in return for the additional funding alongside relaxed spending rules relating to a further £500m previously committed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:38:11 GMT)

Tower cladding tests after Grenfell fire lack transparency, say experts
Fire risk consultants suggest government should reveal what tests are being conducted on cladding materialsGrenfell fire: 100% failure rate after cladding tested on 75 blocksBuilding safety experts have warned that government tests on tower block cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster lack transparency and are too simplistic to be used to condemn blocks as unsafe.Fire risk consultants and architects have suggested the government should reveal what tests were being conducted on the material after it was revealed every single cladding sample sent for analysis had failed the new assessment. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:03:47 GMT)

Almost half of highly skilled EU workers 'could leave UK within five years'
Deloitte study finds 47% were considering leaving after Brexit, while overall one-third of non-British workers could leaveOne third of non-British workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly skilled workers from the EU most likely to go, according to new research into the impact of Brexit on the jobs market.The consultancy firm Deloitte found 47% of highly skilled workers from the EU were considering leaving the UK in the next five years. In a report on Tuesday, it warns of serious implications for employers, raising the pressure on ministers to come up with sensible immigration plans and to find ways to improve the skills of UK workers and make better use of robots in the workplace. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Senate healthcare bill would cut insurance for 22 million Americans, CBO says
Republicans’ draft bill improves slightly on projections over next decade compared to similar legislation passed by House counterpartsTwenty-two million Americans will lose health insurance coverage over the next 10 years under the draft Senate healthcare bill, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Related: ‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:52:49 GMT)

Hundreds of patients potentially harmed by undelivered NHS mail, says NAO
Auditors criticise Shared Business Services, which the Guardian revealed in February failed to process 709,000 itemsMore than 1,700 people may have been harmed by an NHS contractor’s loss of almost 709,000 pieces of medical correspondence, including patient records and cancer test results, an investigation has found.But the real total could be much higher, as almost a third of the documents have still to be assessed to see if long delays in analysing them damaged human health, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) into what MPs have called “a colossal blunder”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

HMS Queen Elizabeth could be vulnerable to WannaCry ransomware attack
Royal Navy £3.5bn carrier appears to be running Windows XP, the operating system targeted in NHS ransomware attackBritain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which has left the Rosyth dockyard, could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack as it appears to be using the same outdated system that left the NHS exposed. But officers aboard the £3.5bn carrier, which is the biggest and most powerful vessel ever built for the Royal Navy, insist that they are well prepared to defend against such attacks and will have a team of cyber specialists on board. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Almost 6,000 mental health patients sent out of area for care last year
NHS figures obtained by BMA show number being sent long distance for treatment in England rose 40% in two yearsAlmost 6,000 mental health patients had to be sent far out of their local area for treatment last year, with some travelling hundreds of miles, according to NHS figures.Data obtained by the British Medical Association shows the number of patients with mental health problems travelling long distances for care in England has risen by 40% in two years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Dinosaurs’ sensitive snouts enabled courtship ‘face stroking’, study suggests
Fossilised skull scans reveal neurovascular canal that might have enabled precision-feeding, and face-biting ‘to make a point’ Dinosaurs’ faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought and may have helped them feed more carefully or woo potential mates, according to new research. Experts from the University of Southampton used advanced X-ray and 3D-imaging techniques to look inside the fossilised skull of Neovenator salerii – a large carnivorous land-based dinosaur found on the Isle of Wight, and found evidence that it possessed an extremely sensitive snout of a kind previously only associated with aquatic feeders. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Shelter under microscope over partnerships with construction industry
Homelessness charity received £15,000 in donations from company that supplied cladding for Grenfell TowerThe homelessness charity Shelter’s financial links with the construction industry have come under scrutiny after details emerged of its fundraising partnership with Omnis Exteriors, the company that supplied the cladding for Grenfell Tower.It is understood that Shelter received more than £15,000 in donations from Omnis over a two-year period as part of an informal arrangement. During the period, Omnis agreed to raise money for the charity while using the Shelter name at its corporate marketing events. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:40:46 GMT)

Key senator says Congress to stop arms sales to Gulf until Qatar crisis is solved
Senate foreign relations committee chairman says Gulf nations have chosen to ‘devolve into conflict’ and says dispute undermines US efforts in Middle EastThe Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has said the US Congress will hold up approval of arms sales to the Gulf as a result of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.Senator Bob Corker said the nations of Gulf Cooperation Council had failed to take advantage of a summit with President Trump in May to overcome their differences and had “instead chosen to devolve into conflict”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:07:06 GMT)

Potential Martin Shkreli jurors: we can't be impartial over 'most hated man' in US
Some interviewed said they couldn’t be part of the pharmaceutical CEO’s trial because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000%Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn’t be impartial toward the flamboyant former pharmaceutical CEO because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000%.At jury selection in a Brooklyn courtroom, US district judge Kiyo Matsumoto questioned the potential jurors at sidebars out of earshot from Shkreli. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:08:36 GMT)

Brexit Shorts: The End by Abi Morgan, starring Penelope Wilton – video
‘There’s no coming back from this’ … After 43 years together, Helen is shocked that her husband is leaving Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:11:20 GMT)

Is John Lennon’s Imagine patronisingly sappy, or a moving meditation on hope? | Bridget Minamore and Peter Aspden
With the famous ballad back in the headlines, Bridget Minamore and Peter Aspden go head to headForty-six years after being recorded John Lennon’s Imagine is still generating headlines. Earlier this month the process to give Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono a songwriting credit began and Donald Tusk, president of the European council, used its lyrics to send a message to the UK over Brexit last week. In addition, during the recent election campaign, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that the ballad was his favourite song. What is it about Imagine? Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:29:40 GMT)

Festival season: Glastonbury shows it’s access all areas | James Coke
Despite the odd pothole and bumpy ride, James Coke finds it easy to enjoy Glastonbury by wheelchairI first went to Glastonbury in 1983, when I was 19, and continued going for five years, like a rite of passage. It felt like a rebel enclave, an escape to a utopia prepared to stick two fingers up to the Tory tyranny which was sweeping the country. It felt highly political – all proceeds went to CND – a kind of gathering of tribes and people who had an alternative swing on life who, when they were there, could forget their troubles and express themselves freely. Some people walked around naked, others sold Killing Joke badges pinned to their underpants, many indulged in the array of drugs available along its paths – a real-time Silk Road, long before the online version.When I look back now, much of what I remember has morphed into one big bubble. UB40 on the Pyramid stage in my first year blew me away, as did the Psychedelic Furs a couple of years later, with the obligatory laser show sending us all varying shades of green. You always had to take the rough with the smooth – the great flood of 1985 saw our tent stolen, and England’s defeat to Argentina in 1986 watched on an 8-inch black and white TV wired up to a car battery, was hard to take – but those five days were always the highlight of my year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:14:30 GMT)

Why the supreme court's travel ban ruling may not be a win for Trump
Analysis: The president celebrated the decision to allow parts of the ban to take effect, but ultimately, ‘the president might well lose on this’, says a legal expertDonald Trump was quick to proclaim victory when the supreme court decided to allow elements of one of his most controversial policies to take effect before justices hear the case in the fall.“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” the US president said in a statement. “It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:49:00 GMT)

Brontës, Bradford ​and ​Buddhist poetry​ – meet the women ​transforming the literary festival​​
Irna Qureshi and Syima Aslam have upended the traditional festival model to create a 10-day cultural jamboree that holds appeal across the city’s diverse communities The morning after the UK’s general election, Syima Aslam and Irna Qureshi were sitting in the cafe they refer to as their living room, picking their way through huge plates of prawn kebabs. Of particular interest among the previous night’s results, which saw Labour strengthen its hold on their Yorkshire city, was the one in Bradford West, where a vicious sectarian campaign ended with an increased majority for the sitting MP Naz Shah.Shah, like Aslam and Qureshi, is part of a British Pakistani community that now accounts for more than 20% of a Bradford population once dominated by Jewish wool traders. Although nearly all of the Jewish community have since moved to Leeds, they have left their trace in the “little Germany” district of 19th-century converted warehouses, built of handsome Yorkshire stone, that sits at the heart of the city. Their place has been filled with successive waves of immigration, from south Asia, Africa and eastern Europe. In 2010, Bradford became the third UK “city of sanctuary”. It is home to more than half the Syrian refugees so far accepted by the UK, says Aslam proudly. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:22:44 GMT)

Tate Modern to stage largest UK retrospective of Modigliani's work
Exhibition, which will include the gallery’s first virtual reality experience, will give a nuanced view of the Italian artist’s lifeIt wasn’t the voluptuous curves of the naked woman, stretched out across the window of a small Paris gallery in 1917, which horrified the police commissioner who unfortunately lived directly opposite. It was the shocking fact that the artist Amedeo Modigliani had given her hair – and not just on her head, but pubic and underarm hair as well.The exhibition was the only solo show in the lifetime of an artist whose works museums and private collectors covet alike, but whose life was short, poor, and scarred by illness and substance abuse. Most of the nudes from the Paris exhibition, many modelled by friends and lovers, will be reunited at a major exhibition opening in November at Tate Modern, the most comprehensive retrospective of his work in Britain. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:11:14 GMT)

Sky cricket-rights duel with BT to yield over £1bn with BBC set for live return
• Final offers to be submitted this week for deal running from 2020 to 2024• Rights have been split into five packages expected to bring in £250m per yearA big money battle between Sky and BT is likely to push the broadcasting deal for English cricket past the £1bn mark and put the BBC in pole position to secure the free-to-air rights put up for sale by the England and Wales Cricket Board.Final offers have to be submitted to Lord’s between 9am and 10am on Wednesday following a month during which the ECB has received presentations by broadcasters bidding for the rights deal which will run between 2020 and 2024. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:31:45 GMT)

Serena Williams would be '700 in the world' on men's tour, says McEnroe
‘Perhaps [her ranking] would be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower’Williams has won 23 grand slam titlesJohn McEnroe has reopened a timeworn debate by saying that Serena Williams would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil’s Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000) in the men’s world rankings.McEnroe’s comments came during an NPR interview on Sunday to promote his memoir, But Seriously. “Perhaps [her ranking] would be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower,” he said. “And on a given day Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke because she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, the US Open etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:03:48 GMT)

Courtney Lawes looking to make up for lost Lions time against Hurricanes | Robert Kitson
The Lions forward, whose tour has been curtailed by a head injury, says he has not given up hope of winning a Test placeThe British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game of their 2017 tour is shaping up to be a collector’s item. As things stand there are set to be only eight matches on the 2021 itinerary in South Africa to permit extra preparation time and to assist player welfare, with no further provincial fixtures once the Test series commences.It potentially gives the management one less pre-Test headache but the consequences of shrinking the present 10-match schedule could be unexpectedly profound. Only five warm-up games and three Tests could mean a squad member outside the first-choice lineup featuring only twice in six weeks, with scant chance to stake a claim for Test recognition. The whole mass emotional buy-in, competitive buzz and shared brotherhood that makes a Lions tour so special risks being fatally compromised. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:53:36 GMT)

New Zealand win America's Cup with overwhelming victory over Oracle USA
Underdog Emirates Team New Zealand win match 7-1Auld Mug returns to Auckland for first time since 2003Peter Burling is the youngest ever America’s Cup winning helmsman after steering New Zealand to the 35th edition of the greatest prize in world sailing.Emirates Team New Zealand completed the upset over holders Oracle Team USA with a 7-1 dismantling and put to bed the demons of a heartbreaking 2013 defeat in San Francisco that saw them turn an 8-1 lead to a 9-8 defeat at the hands of the Americans. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:47:05 GMT)

Vettel on thin ice after Hamilton run-in while Ricciardo restores Red Bull fizz | Giles Richards
Vettel is on the brink of missing the British Grand Prix, Ricciardo and Verstappen are transforming Red Bull’s outlook and Stroll is proving his critics wrongThere was clear disappointment for Lewis Hamilton after his charge in Baku ended in him dropping a further two points to his title rival Sebastian Vettel but, moving on from it and the acrimonious exchanges between the pair, the British driver emerged looking the stronger and more rounded. It was the loose headrest that had actually cost him the win and he took it on the chin and did not apportion blame. “I know the team will be devastated about the issue with the headrest,” he said. “We all feel that pain but it’s on me to gather my thoughts and try and lead through this adversity.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:51:54 GMT)

Bertrand Traoré joins Lyon from Chelsea after clubs agree £8.8m fee
• Burkina Faso forward signs five-year contract with Ligue 1 side• The 21-year-old impressed during season on loan at AjaxBertrand Traoré has joined Lyon from Chelsea, the two clubs have announced.The Burkina Faso international, 21, has spent recent seasons on loan at the Dutch clubs Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax and will now move to France on a contract until 2022. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:21:33 GMT)

Aidy Boothroyd urges England Under-21s to keep up the momentum
• Manager challenges team to look beyond semi-final against Germany• Says: ‘In order for us to be better, we’ve got to win these games.’For Aidy Boothroyd the frustration is still raw. Eleven months on from England’s semi-final defeat by Italy at the European Under-19 Championship, the manager sacked by Northampton Town in December 2013 with his side rooted to the bottom of the Football League will watch his Under-21 team face Germany in the Silesian city of Tychy for a place in Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament.Since that 2-1 loss in Mannheim last July England’s age-group sides have embarked on a remarkable run of 17 wins from the 20 matches they have played in tournaments, the only defeat coming in a shootout in the final of the European Under-17 Championship against Spain last month. That was followed just over a fortnight ago by a first global success since 1966 and all that when many of the players in Boothroyd’s charge last year became Under-20 world champions in South Korea by beating Venezuela after an inspirational comeback against Italy in the semi-final. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:54:01 GMT)

Frank de Boer arrives at Crystal Palace with proven vision to pull off grand plan
New manager is expected to develop young talent and keep the club in the Premier League. The Dutchman’s time at Ajax shows he is capable of bothRewind to the 1998 World Cup and Dennis Bergkamp’s winning goal for Holland against Argentina at Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome. It is a moment of breathtaking skill that has been much replayed but often lost in the telling is the pass that made it happen. It came from the boot of Frank de Boer as he edged towards the halfway line and, as well as displaying great range, highlighted a quality Crystal Palace are banking on the Dutchman bringing to the club, having appointed him as their latest manager: vision.Confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s successor at Selhurst Park on a three-year deal, De Boer’s principal task is keeping Palace in the Premier League. However, the decision of the club’s chairman, Steve Parish, and the American major shareholders, David Blitzer and Josh Harris, to opt for De Boer over, say, Mauricio Pellegrino and Sean Dyche, is also based on a long-term strategy of developing young talent and integrating it successfully into the first team, allowing Palace to become less reliant on big-money signings and quick-fix loan deals, as has been their way in recent years. In that regard De Boer fits the bill perfectly. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:30:03 GMT)

Usain Bolt tells world championship rivals: I’m still the man to beat
• Andre De Grasse ran a wind-assisted 9.69sec in Stockholm last week• ‘I am the fastest man in the world,’ says confident BoltUsain Bolt has warned his rivals he remains the man to beat at the world championships in London, despite what he called a “horrifying” start to his season and some impressive performances from his younger opponents.Bolt watched with interest as the Olympic 100m bronze medallist, Andre De Grasse, ran a wind-assisted 9.69sec in Stockholm last week but laughed at a question about whether he thought he could still keep up with the 22-year-old. “Well, I am the fastest man in the world, so I will say yes to that,” he replied. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:59:00 GMT)

Zafar Ansari: ‘If money was a motivation I would have stayed longer in cricket’
Having broken into the England Test side the player’s decision to walk away from the game aged 25 caused quite a stir but he explains that, for him, there is a lot more to life than cricketProfessional sport is scarred by stories of ageing athletes clinging to faded glory, or by bleak tales of their struggles in retirement, and so Zafar Ansari stands out in shimmering contrast. Ansari played three Tests late last year, his debut in Bangladesh and two in India, picking up five wickets and grinding out a highest score of 32. It was a start in the hardest arena of cricket and so Ansari’s retirement in April, at the age of 25, seemed unusual.Of course those who knew him felt no shock. Alec Stewart, the director of cricket at Surrey, for whom Ansari had played since the age of eight, was supportive. “It’s a brave and considered decision,” Stewart said. “He was always open and honest.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:24:20 GMT)

Manchester United set to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for around £40m
• United hopeful of completing midfielder’s transfer this week• José Mourinho keen to land player he signed for Chelsea in 2014José Mourinho is intent on signing Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, with Manchester United hopeful of completing a £40m transfer this week.The midfielder is understood to have accepted personal terms and the clubs have agreed a price. The 28-year-old, who will earn around £155,000 a-week, is expected to have a medical soon, though the death of Mourinho’s father, Felix, on Sunday may slow the transfer. The manager is in Portugal for the funeral but Matic is expected to sign before the United squad travel to the US for a pre-season tour on 9 July. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:21:48 GMT)

RFL confirms it is discussing central contracts with top Super League players
• St Helens says Jonny Lomax is one of those handed a deal by the RFL• George Williams, Mike McMeeken and Kallum Watkins believed to be in talksThe Rugby Football League has confirmed it is in discussions with a number of leading Super League players about becoming centrally contracted with the sport’s governing body.Leading members of the RFL’s hierarchy, including the former Leeds and England captain, Kevin Sinfield, have identified a number of players to become the first in the sport to be awarded central contracts, after St Helens confirmed on Monday that their full-back, Jonny Lomax, would be among those to benefit from the deals created as part of the radical proposals approved this year to try to retain the competition’s best talent. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:23:16 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton feels Sebastian Vettel reaction shows psychological weakness
• Briton believes German’s adjudged dangerous driving was result of pressure• Toto Wolff: nobody wanted schmoozing. Gloves are off. F1 needs the rivalryLewis Hamilton believes Sebastian Vettel’s angry reaction in driving into him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is evidence the German driver is psychologically weak.Hamilton has already described Vettel’s actions in Baku on Sunday as a disgrace and demanded that, if they are to clash, they should do so like “men” outside the car. Vettel has said he wants to clear the air with Hamilton. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:38:33 GMT)

Racing news and tips: Cracksman short of a jockey for Irish Derby
• Injured Frankie Dettori will remain on sidelines for at least another fortnight• Harbour Law will not race again this year after damaging tendon at AscotCracksman, the joint-favourite for Saturday’s Irish Derby, is in need of a jockey after the news that Frankie Dettori will remain on the sidelines for at least another fortnight.The Italian, who missed out on partnering five winners at Royal Ascot last week, has been told to take plenty of rest in the cause of mending the shoulder he broke in a pre-race fall at Yarmouth two weeks ago. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:49:29 GMT)

England women curtail social media activity during World Cup
• Decision not to engage with Twitter taken after consulting GB hockey team• Coach Mark Robinson denies his players are being shelteredEngland’s women cricketers have stepped back from social media to focus on the World Cup after consulting the gold-medal winning GB hockey team, who made the same decision during the Rio Olympics.A number of England’s cricketers were scarred from comments they received on Twitter during defeat to Australia in the one-off Ashes Test in 2015. As the first women’s Test to be broadcast on Sky, they were subject to more criticism and abuse than they had previously experienced. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:51:56 GMT)

WTF, FML and a brief history of sporting initialisms and acronyms
The World Taekwondo Federation has finally rebranded but it is far from the only sporting entity to cause controversy with an initialism or abbreviationThe World Taekwondo Federation did the inevitable last weekend, changing its name to escape the “negative connotations” of its initialism.World Taekwondo, as it is now officially known, first considered changing its name in 2015 but decided to give it another 18 months before accepting that the ubiquitous online abbreviation was going nowhere. The new slogan? It is “Taekwondo For All”. Thanks for asking. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:20:53 GMT)

North-south football divide is a figment of the imagination | Louise Taylor
David Moyes thinks Sunderland suffers for its location but a look around the north-east and a conversation with Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez reveals it can attract the best talentDavid Moyes is discussing culture shock, regional imbalances and their role in his club’s relegation. “Along with Manchester, London is the capital of English football and those cities will always attract the best players,” says Sunderland’s manager, a few weeks before his resignation. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:11:08 GMT)

Women’s Cricket World Cup: Australia cruise to win over West Indies
• West Indies all out for 204; Australia get home with 11.5 overs spare• Confusion at toss after West Indies captain changes mindAustralia opened their Women’s Cricket World Cup defence in ruthless fashion, cruising to an eight-wicket win over the West Indies at Taunton.An excellent display from the bowlers helped dismiss the West Indies for 204 and a chanceless 107 not out from the opener Nicole Bolton eased Australia home with 11.5 overs to spare. Beth Mooney (70) and Bolton put on 171 for the opening wicket after three wickets from Ellyse Perry contributed to the 2013 finalists being dismissed with 13 balls remaining. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:13:23 GMT)

Confederations Cup, the Euro U-21s and more – Football Weekly
The podders preview England v Germany in the Euro U-21s. Plus, the latest Confederations Cup news and all you need to know about Mauricio PellegrinoOn today’s Football Weekly, AC Jimbo is joined by Simon Burnton, James Horncastle and Nick Miller to talk about the hottest happenings on Planet Soccerball.First up, we hear from Rafa Honigstein about England’s chances against the Germans in the U-21 European Championship semi-final. Will this be revenge on Stefan Kuntz and his charges for Euro 96? Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:44:45 GMT)

Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course set to host Scottish Open
• Trump International Golf Links is the early favourite to stage 2019 event• European Tour braced for controversy if US president’s course is chosen Donald Trump’s relationship with golf is poised to remain in sharp focus, with the US president’s course on the outskirts of Aberdeen in the frame to host the 2019 Scottish Open. The event’s sponsors, Aberdeen Asset Management, are keen that the tournament returns to the north-east of the country; Trump International Golf Links is currently the favoured venue. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:07:32 GMT)

After Grenfell: two councils, two very different responses | Dawn Foster
Unlike the Kensington and Chelsea leader, Georgia Gould showed Camden residents that councils can have an accountable and human faceOn Friday evening, outside Camden town hall, council leader Georgia Gould defended the decision to evacuate the nearby Chalcots estate due to safety concerns. Gould seemed genuinely worried, and told the BBC that Camden had been first in the queue to test its cladding, finding on Thursday that the panels fitted were “not to the standard that we had commissioned” and announcing they would be removed. At a public meeting the same night, Gould says residents raised other safety concerns she’d been unaware of: Camden council and the London fire brigade assessed the block, and the council was advised to evacuate. Related: Grenfell is political. The right can’t make that fact go away | Suzanne Moore Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:37:45 GMT)

Martin Rowson on the DUP's £1bn windfall – cartoon
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(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:46:54 GMT)

It's not enough to let EU residents stay – they should get the vote, too | Paul Mason
In the UK, more than 2 million EU workers are non-citizens and cannot vote, despite paying taxes and filling Britain’s most precarious jobs. Brexit should be the moment that anomaly is endedOf about 100 Labour activists assembled in the scout hut, in Kimberly, Notts, there is a handful of workers from a local factory, badged up and ready to hit the doorstep. The only problem is, they are from Slovenia and the Czech Republic and cannot vote. They are part of the 2.1 million-strong section of Britain’s adult population disenfranchised by Europe’s voting rules. And Theresa May just proposed to make that permanent.The Conservative offer of “settled status” for EU nationals prepared to carry an ID card will now be the subject of justified haggling with Brussels. If implemented, it will further widen the democratic deficit suffered by those who move across Europe’s borders to work. If you are an EU citizen resident in another country, you can vote in that country’s local and regional elections and for the European parliament, but not for the government that actually makes the laws that affect your life, and to which you pay taxes. Mrs May’s proposal even potentially takes away the right to vote in local elections. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:39:24 GMT)

Maybot's magic money tree? It'll spread the love in Belfast, says Green
First secretary tells MPs the deal is in the national interest – as in, the Tories’ interest and the DUP’s interest Damian Green looked at his hands in despair. The first secretary of state had spent the last 20 minutes scrubbing them, but they still weren’t clean. He turned to the Maybot, begging her to explain the details of the agreement the Tories had reached with the DUP to the House of Commons. After all, the whole sorry deal had only ever been about keeping her in a job. The Maybot shook her head. She’d just spent 90 minutes trying and failing to convince the House that she was a fair and serious prime minister, and was out on her feet. Fair and serious is the new strong and stable. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:27:28 GMT)

Trump doesn't want Muslims in the US. That's OK with the supreme court | Moustafa Bayoumi
The supreme court has upheld parts of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. By doing so, it has legitimised blanket discrimination against a religious groupThe US supreme court has decided that parts of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban can take effect, lifting lower court injunctions on his executive order and noting that it would hear the case in October. Days earlier, Trump’s White House broke with decades of tradition by refusing to host a traditional dinner, an iftar, for Muslim Americans during the holy month of Ramadan. Related: Trump travel ban Q&A: what happens next? Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:33:01 GMT)

The true cost of the Tories’ deal with the DUP | Letters
Readers respond to news that the Democratic Unionist party has agreed to support Theresa May’s minority government through a deal worth more than £1bn in extra funding to Northern IrelandI am disappointed, though not surprised, that Theresa May has made a dishonourable deal with the DUP to keep her in office – in effect buying their MPs’ votes with £1bn of public money. I am old enough to remember how much more honourably James Callaghan acted in 1979. When his minority government was faced with a vote of confidence, he was urged (I’m sorry to say) by Roy Hattersley and the late John Smith to buy Northern Irish MPs’ votes by financing a gas pipeline between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. He refused, saying his government was not up for auction.I am afraid that is more than Mrs May can now claim. Donald Mackinnon Newport, Gwent Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:23:35 GMT)

Why it’s time to bring back the great British stork | Patrick Barkham
The last breeding pair of these magnificent birds nested in Edinburgh in 1416. Elsewhere, they are a shining example of how people and animals can peacefully coexistThe most inspiring sight I witnessed during a recent trip to northern Greece was entering small villages and finding white storks in huge nests plonked on telegraph poles and the occasional church tower.The ancient Greeks invented the idea that these magnificent black-and-white birds deliver newborn babies via the story of Gerana and Hera (Gerana is turned into a stork by the goddess Hera and the image of Gerana seeking to retrieve her baby son in her beak has stuck with us), and many European peoples have believed that storks nesting on homes brings good luck. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:36:00 GMT)

The Guardian view on the Tory-DUP deal: Theresa May is in denial | Editorial
The prime minister is governing as if she has a majority and a mandate. She needs to learn that she has neitherDuring the general election campaign, Theresa May obviously hoped that, when 9 June dawned, she would be leading a Conservative government with an increased majority and would be able to claim a mandate for the version of Brexit she always intended. When 9 June actually dawned, however, she had achieved neither of these things. Quite the reverse, in fact. Not only had she lost her majority; she had also failed to win her Brexit mandate. Mrs May’s current problem is that she has not yet properly come to terms with either of these outcomes.On Monday Mrs May demonstrated this in two dangerous ways. In the first, she struck a Westminster deal with the Democratic Unionist party which emboldens her to behave as though she now has an overall majority when, in fact, she leads a minority government. In the second, she issued a tightly drawn paper on the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom after Brexit in which she acts as though her version of Brexit represents the settled public will, when in reality it does no such thing. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:59:48 GMT)

Al-Jazeera gave Arab youth a voice. Gulf regimes must not silence it | Wadah Khanfar
The network gave young people the chance to express themselves freely. No wonder Saudi Arabia and its allies now demand it is closed downMany states at different times have tried to contain al-Jazeera or force it to tone down its coverage. But with last week’s call to shut the network down, the Saudis and Emiratis have surpassed themselves. Related: Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:45:33 GMT)

At 15 I was tortured in Assad’s prisons. I escaped, but thousands still suffer | Anonymous
Over 10 months I was beaten, starved, whipped and given electric shocks, in brutal prisons in Syria. Now I am free, but my mind never will beFor the 10 months I spent as a detainee in the prisons of Bashar al-Assad, I only saw my family in my dreams. At night, the screams would stop for an hour or two, and I could close my eyes and remember what it was like to be human. When I slept, I would return to my life. Related: Assad’s slaughterhouse defies description, but it’s horrifyingly real | Kate Allen Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:41:22 GMT)

Grenfell is political. The right can’t make that fact go away | Suzanne Moore
Tory MPs attacked John McDonnell’s comments. But this disaster has destroyed the belief that politics has nothing to do with everyday lifeAs night follows day, so must politicians accuse other politicians of playing politics. I am referring to the attempt by the right to close down the politicisation of the Grenfell disaster: the suffering of the lost and the survivors in this fire, they say, must not be appropriated or “exploited” by the Labour party. Related: Grenfell Tower victims 'murdered by political decisions' – John McDonnell Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:04:21 GMT)

The Guardian view on Murdoch’s Sky plan: a blow to media plurality | Editorial
We need to recover faith in the scrutinising pressure of a truly independent, diverse media. Concentrating more power in the hands of a rightwing billionaire won’t helpElected politicians traditionally shied away from picking fights with wealthy media moguls, wary of those who could spill barrelfuls of ink in defence of their arguments. There was a tendency for governments to raise little more than an eyebrow when media takeovers were proposed. This was a bad thing for democracy, leading to a concentration of power in the hands of a few very rich men. This process has been exacerbated in recent years by a digital revolution which has undermined traditional forms of media. All this should have changed with the revelations of phone hacking and the exposure by the Leveson inquiry of the unhealthily close relationship between politicians and the media. The test of just how different things are will come this week when culture secretary Karen Bradley announces what should happen to the proposed purchase by media conglomerate 21st Century Fox, effectively controlled by the Murdoch family, of the remaining 61% of Sky, the pan-European broadcaster, that it does not already own.Mrs Bradley should at the very least refer the £11.7bn bid to the Competition and Markets Authority to allow for a six-month investigation to take place into media diversity. The broadcasting regulator Ofcom identified the need to promote “plurality and preventing undue influence by any one media owner”. If this deal went through then the Murdochs would control a third of the paid-for newspaper circulation, one of two 24-hour news channels, a sizeable amount of radio news and a popular news website. Linking Fox content to Sky’s distribution network – which encompasses set-top boxes, a landline broadband and mobile network – it will have a storehouse of personal data and the ability to understand what its users are viewing on television, online at home and when out roaming. The door is being opened to shape the media consumption habits of millions of Britons without them probably ever knowing about it. With such power, one would expect, comes responsibility. Instead the Murdoch empire undermines the BBC and describes vital impartiality rules as “an impingement on freedom of speech”. There’s enough evidence to contradict Rupert Murdoch’s assertion that he has “made it a principle all my life never to ask for anything from any prime minister”. As his own lieutenants have made clear over Brexit, Mr Murdoch’s media is about power. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:59:25 GMT)

Italy's €17bn bank job: self-preservation at a long-term EU price? | Nils Pratley
The state rescue of Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza raises major long-term worries for the eurozone The European Union authorities seem to be making up the rules on banking bailouts as they go along. The latest Italian example – the winding-up of Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza – drives a coach and horses through the idea that taxpayers must be spared financial punishment, as far as possible, when lenders can’t fund themselves.The two banks are being wound down via a deal that separates the good parts of the loan books from the bad. The healthy portion will be shoved into Italy’s largest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, which has been given €5.2bn (£4.6bn) by the government to ease the process. The Italian state will then take responsibility for the bad loans by agreeing €12bn of guarantees. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:18:46 GMT)

Ofsted says non-stop testing is bad for kids. Too late, mate
Amanda Spielman thinks schools have been strained by government-imposed league tables, endless targets and exams – but teachers have been saying this for years The head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has just declared that “a good inspection outcome will follow” only if schools are providing “a broad and rich curriculum”, and not just creating “exam scribes”. Excuse me while I scream and cram myself into the fridge to stop my blood boiling, because Ofsted is rather late off the mark with this idea. About 30 years too late. Related: Ofsted to punish schools pushing exam targets over learning, says chief Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:22:02 GMT)

Trumpcare isn't about health. It's a tax cut for the 1% | Robert Reich
If enacted, the bill would be the largest single transfer of wealth to the rich from the middle class and poor in American historyThe Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in healthcare funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled, working and middle-class Americans.America’s wealthiest taxpayers (earning more than $200,000 a year, $250,000 for couples) would get a tax cut totaling $346bn over 10 years, representing what they save from no longer financing healthcare for lower-income Americans. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:01:41 GMT)

Labour should lead the drive to stay in the single market. Here’s why | Peter Hain
Putting jobs and the economy at the top of the Brexit agenda means staying in the single market. Such a move would now attract cross-party supportAs Jeremy Corbyn has argued over Brexit, Labour must prioritise jobs and the economy, and that, for 50 Labour parliamentarians who have signed a new statement, means staying in the single market and the customs union – something the TUC and business also want.It’s the largest, richest market in the world: with more than 500 million people, and worth £11tn – fully a quarter of global GDP. It accounts for half our trade, and a surplus in services of £17bn. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:59:06 GMT)

Grenfell Tower victim Isaac Paulos, 5, choked to death on fire fumes
Coroner describes complexity of identifying victims as inquests open and scepticism about official death toll growsThe coroner overseeing formal investigations into the causes of death for each of the Grenfell Tower fire victims has spoken of the almost indescribable complexity of identifying them as scepticism about the official death toll grows.The Westminster coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox, said the removal of bodies and formal identification would continue to be hampered by how dangerous the Kensington tower block has become since the blaze. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:19:52 GMT)

Labour MPs to join SNP, Greens and Plaid to resist single market exit
Dozens from official opposition party want a softer Brexit than is proposed by Theresa May’s government and Labour’s frontbenchDozens of Labour MPs are preparing to team up with the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens to back an amendment to the Queen’s speech calling for Britain to remain in the EU customs union and single market. The politicians are hoping to coalesce around wording being put forward by Labour backbenchers, which lays out plans for a softer form of Brexit than is being proposed by both Theresa May’s government and their own frontbench. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:05:56 GMT)

Queen's income rises to £82m to cover cost of Buckingham Palace works
Crown Estate increases profits as royal accounts reveal Prince Philip spent £18,690 on train trip to PlymouthThe Queen is in line for a near-doubling of her income to more than £82m due to a government decision to increase her funding to cover “essential works” to Buckingham Palace.The Crown Estate, which owns most of Regent Street and swaths of St James’s as well as thousands of acres of farmland, forests and coastline, made £328.8m profit in the year to the end of March 2017, an 8% increase on the previous year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

DUP's opponents say Tory deal is not blank cheque for hard Brexit
Sinn Féin and others give cautious welcome to £1bn extra for Northern Ireland, as power-sharing deadline loomsThe DUP’s rivals in Northern Ireland were forced to grapple with a £1bn political problem on Monday, welcoming the injection of new funds into the region but cautioning that it should not be seen as a “blank cheque for Tory Brexit”.With Stormont power-sharing talks on a knife edge ahead of Thursday’s deadline, the huge injection of funding secured by the DUP’s deal with the Conservative party is expected to act as an incentive to reach an agreement in Belfast. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:55:13 GMT)

Coroner to recommend action to prevent future deaths at Camber Sands
Circumstances surrounding deaths of men who drowned at beach are being considered as part of inquestA coroner has said that he is likely to make recommendations about ways to prevent future deaths at Camber Sands following seven drownings in two separate incidents there last summer.Coroner Alan Craze said he could make these recommendations with a prevention of future deaths letter at an inquest into the deaths of five men at the beach near Rye, East Sussex, last August. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:22:32 GMT)

Fourteen police injured in London clashes over man's death
East London protests over death of Edir Frederico Da Costa during traffic stop in June turn violent, leading to five arrestsFourteen police officers were injured and five people were arrested as a day of peaceful protests over the death of a man against whom police are said to have used force and CS spray ended in clashes on Sunday night.Police condemned the violence that occurred after dark in east London and left four officers needing hospital treatment. Earlier in the day, demonstrators had gathered to demand justice over the death of Edir Frederico Da Costa. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:55:27 GMT)

HBOS fraud victims go unpaid as Lloyds battles Noel Edmonds
Bank denies star’s claim £100m scheme is a ‘sham’ as only one victim of loans scam has received compensationFive months after a high court judge handed out lengthy jail terms to a group of financiers who left business owners “cheated, defeated and penniless”, only one of the victims of the HBOS fraud has received compensation.Lloyds Banking Group – which rescued HBOS in 2008 after the fraud took place – has set aside £100m for redress but now has little chance of meeting a month-end deadline it had set to make offers to all 64 victims. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:07:52 GMT)

George Carey resigns honorary Oxford post over Anglican sex abuse scandal
Former archbishop of Canterbury steps down as honorary assistant bishop following report critical of church’s ‘collusion’ with abuser Peter BallGeorge Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, has resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford following a damning independent report criticising the Church of England’s handling of a high-profile sex abuse case.Carey, 81, quit after Justin Welby, the current archbishop of Canterbury, made the unprecedented decision to ask him to “carefully consider his position”. The report concluded the church had “colluded [with the abuser] rather than seeking to help those he had harmed”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:28:46 GMT)

One dead and four critically ill after taking potent form of MDMA
Greater Manchester police say 11 people were taken to hospital after apparently taking a drug known as ‘pink champagne’One man is dead and four are critically ill in hospital after taking a highly potent form of the party drug MDMA in Greater Manchester, police said. The man who died, a 26-year-old from Rochdale, was one of a number thought to have taken a drug known locally as “pink champagne” or “magic”. Eleven people were taken to hospital over the weekend, Greater Manchester police (GMP) said. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:22:29 GMT)

Asda is named worst supermarket in treatment of suppliers
Watchdog places Walmart-owned chain below Morrisons, as it names Iceland as worst retailer at complying with its codeAsda has been named as the worst of the UK’s major supermarkets in its treatment of suppliers. It dropped below Morrisons, which was bottom of the list last year, as the Bradford-based chain took action to improve its performance according to a survey of more than 1,200 grocery suppliers by the industry watchdog.About 12% of Asda’s suppliers said the Walmart-owned chain rarely or never complied with the Grocery Supply Code of Practice, which covers dealings by 10 retailers that sell over £1bn of groceries a year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:49:44 GMT)

Theresa May's attacks on human rights laws are gifts for despots – UN
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein criticises British culture of denigrating ‘bodies of international law that are now endangered’The UN human rights chief has criticised Theresa May for comments made in the wake of recent terror attacks, accusing her of offering a “gift” to every despot who “shamelessly violates human rights under the pretext of fighting terrorism”. In a highly charged speech, the UN high commissioner for human rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, spoke of his fears that the current climate in the UK and the US is endangering laws enshrined in the postwar period of hope and reconciliation.The prime minister’s comments, in which she called for human rights laws to be overturned if they were to “get in the way” of the fight against terrorism, were described by Hussein as “highly regrettable”, particularly in stoking anxiety among the public. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:06:25 GMT)

Exam board makes last-minute changes to two A-level papers after leak
Further pure maths and statistics tests affected as police open criminal investigation into claims relating to other exams this summerAn examination board investigating allegations of leaks has been forced to make last-minute changes to two A-level papers that were taken on Monday after another apparent breach of security.Pearson, which owns the Edexcel exam board, said it had replaced questions in its statistics and further pure maths papers after the board was informed that some students “had information they should not have had”. It also confirmed that police had opened a criminal investigation into earlier allegations of malpractice relating to an A-level maths paper. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:29:29 GMT)

Boy charged with raping 8-year-old girl appears in Manchester youth court
Judge refers case of 16-year-old accused of raping girl in Nuthurst park, Moston, in the north of the city to crown courtA 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with raping an eight-year-old girl in a Manchester park in broad daylight.The teenager, who cannot be named, is accused of raping the girl on Saturday evening in Nuthurst park, Moston, in the north of the city. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:10:54 GMT)

Smart meter rollout could force household bills to rise, says supplier
Energy company warns rising cost of installations due to ‘customer apathy’ could prompt suppliers to increase tariffsEnergy suppliers face rising costs for putting smart meters in millions of homes, adding pressure on firms to raise household bills further next year.Fitting the meters, which automate readings and must be installed in every home and small business by the end of 2020, costs suppliers about £100 per household today. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:20:15 GMT)

Co-op Bank abandons sale talks as it edges towards rescue deal
Lender says plan to secure hundreds of millions from hedge funds would allow it to ‘safeguard its values and ethics’The Co-operative Bank has abandoned talks over a sale after edging closer to clinching a deal with hedge funds to stump up millions of pounds to bolster its financial position. The extra financing from hedge funds comes four months after the bank had put itself up for sale, weakened by low interest ratesand its costly turnaround programme. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:51:40 GMT)

Hard Brexit could halt Heathrow expansion plans, says Lord Adonis
National Infrastructure Commission chair says UK must maintain ties with EU to save key projects such as third runway and HS2A hard Brexit would be a “calamity” that would spell the end for the Heathrow expansion, according to the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission.While the airport has argued that Brexit makes its third runway ever more important, Andrew Adonis said private investment in infrastructure would be off the table unless Britain could maintain ties with the EU. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:39:33 GMT)

Grenfell Tower appeal to see Philip Pullman character named after victim
Drive to commemorate teenager Nur Huda el-Wahabi, who died in the tragedy, has raised in excess of £19,000, with the proceeds to go to support fundA young victim of the Grenfell Tower fire is almost certain to be commemorated in the name of a character in Philip Pullman’s much-anticipated The Book of Dust trilogy as part of a fundraising effort by authors.The naming is among hundreds of lots being offered as part of the Authors for Grenfell Tower auction, to which the Northern Lights author pledged the character’s name. Writers Mark Haddon and David Nicholls, as well as TV presenter Richard Osman, are among those adding their donations to an initial bid, to support the attempt to get Pullman to name a character after 16-year-old Nur Huda el-Wahabi, who died in the tragedy alongside her family. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:01:30 GMT)

Trump travel ban: US supreme court partially lifts block on order
Supreme court agrees to hear arguments on legality of controversial order in the fall after lifting significant elements of lower court orders to block banThe US supreme court handed a partial victory to the Trump administration on Monday as it lifted significant elements of lower court orders blocking the president’s controversial travel ban targeting visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries. Related: Refugee admissions nearly halved as supreme court mulls Trump travel ban Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:58:21 GMT)

'Political murder': anger after terminally ill Chinese Nobel laureate released from prison
Human rights groups and fellow dissidents react after Liu Xiaobo is transferred to hospital with late-stage liver cancerChina’s dissident community has expressed anger, shock and sadness that the country’s best-known political prisoner – the democracy activist and Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo – has been transferred to hospital after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.Liu, 61, had been serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting subversion of state power. His lawyer, Mo Shaoping, who has been in contact with Liu’s family, said he was now in the late stages of disease. Another of Liu’s lawyers, Shang Baojun, said he had been diagnosed on 23 May. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:47:47 GMT)

Rome metro excavations unearth 3rd-century 'Pompeii-like scene'
Archaeologists find remains of building and skeleton of a crouching dog that appears to have died in the fire that destroyed itDigging for Rome’s new underground network has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that caused the structure to collapse.Archaeologists said on Monday that they had made the discovery on 23 May while examining a 10-metre (33-foot) hole bored near the city’s ancient Aurelian walls as part of construction work for the Metro C line. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:57:09 GMT)

Swedish man kidnapped by Islamist militants in Mali released after six years
Sweden says Johan Gustafsson, who was kidnapped while on a motorcycle tour, was set free ‘a few days ago’ but declined to give any details on the negotiations A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamist militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government has confirmed.There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, from South Africa, who was also seized in Timbuktu. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:03:13 GMT)

Former Paris stock exchange to be reborn as major new art museum
François Pinault, the billionaire luxury brand owner, will convert the 19th century Bourse de commerce into art museum with architect Tadao AndoIt is the latest chapter in the art-world rivalry of two of France’s richest businessmen: a saga of momentous contemporary art collections and a quest by their owners to build Paris museums that would transform the city’s landscape.When the French luxury goods tycoon François Pinault – once described as the most powerful man in the modern art world – stepped out under the magnificent glass dome of the former Paris stock exchange on Monday to unveil the plans for his new modern art museum, the architecture world held its breath. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:52:55 GMT)

Tech giants team up to fight extremism following cries that they allow terrorism
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft announced Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism to focus on solutions, research and partnershipsFacebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft have created a joint forum to counter terrorism following years of criticisms that the technology corporations have failed to block violent extremists and propaganda on their platforms. The Silicon Valley companies announced the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism on Monday, saying the collaboration would focus on technological solutions, research and partnerships with governments and civic groups. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:24:20 GMT)

US to declare China among worst human trafficking offenders – officials
Move marks first major, public rebuke of China’s human rights record by Trump administration, which has generally avoided direct, public criticism of BeijingThe Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, US officials said Monday, putting the world’s most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria, Related: Rex Tillerson: 'America first' means divorcing our policy from our values Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:43:02 GMT)

Former nurse who killed eight elderly people in her care gets life in prison
Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty and admitted using insulin in killings14 assaults took place in Ontario care facilities and at a home, officials sayA former nurse convicted of killing eight elderly people in her care has been sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole for 25 years.Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the notorious serial killings. The 50-year-old told the court on Monday that she was truly sorry and hoped her victims’ families could find peace and healing. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:16:30 GMT)

Reporter's body found in Mexico, marking seventh journalist murder this year
Body of Salvador Adame, abducted 18 May, found in Michoacán stateState has seen horrific levels of violence amid organised crimeThe body of a missing Mexican reporter has been found in the western state of Michoacán, bringing to seven the number of journalists murdered in the country this year.Salvador Adame, director of the local television station 6TV, was abducted 18 May in the city of Nueva Italia, some 400km west of Mexico City in a region known as Tierra Caliente, or the Hot Lands. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:59:30 GMT)

Hygge under threat from friluftsliv as lifestyles battle for bookshop supremacy
UK publishers reach for Norwegian philosophy of fresh air to grab the lucrative coffee-table self-help market from the bestselling Danish design for cosy livingSnuff out the tea lights and stick the hearthrugs back in the attic. It is official: hygge, the Danish “art” of cosy living, is as past-it as the Tory manifesto.For those of us who regard making the bed as a “lifestyle statement”, the news is not good, because in 2017 its place will be filled by the far more demanding Japanese art of ikigai: think feng shui (remember that?) with Venn diagrams – although this time there is no need to move the front door. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:44:01 GMT)

Russia denies Sergey Kislyak is leaving US even as plans are made for send-off
US-Russia Business Council confirms farewell dinner for Kislyak, but foreign ministry spokeswoman says it’s up to Putin and the process would take monthsThe Russian foreign ministry has denied reports that its ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, is being recalled, even as plans for his departure are under way in Washington. Related: Who is Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador rattling Trump's presidency? | David Smith and Spencer Ackerman Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:49:21 GMT)

Polish government widely condemned over morning-after pill law
Legislation requiring doctor’s appointment is latest attack on women’s rights in Poland and violates shared EU values, says MEPThe Polish government has been accused of launching a “sexual counter-revolution” that is an affront to European values after passing legislation reducing women’s access to the morning-after pill.A law signed off by the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, in defiance of human rights groups and European medicines agency guidelines turns emergency contraception into a prescription drug. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:47:11 GMT)

Italy's centre-right wins big in mayoral elections as left crumbles
Cities such as Genoa and L’Aquila, formerly strongholds of the left, were claimed by the right in a pattern repeated across the countryItaly’s centre-right parties trounced their centre-left rivals in mayoral elections, official results have showed – putting pressure on the ruling Democratic party (PD) ahead of a national vote due in less than a year. An alliance of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party and the anti-immigrant Northern League won 55% of the votes in Genoa, the northern port city that was a leftwing stronghold but which the right will now govern for the first time in more than 50 years. PD leader Matteo Renzi, 42, who has been seeking to make a comeback since stepping down as prime minister in December, was the clear loser in Sunday’s vote, though polls show that his party is still one of Italy’s most popular nationally. “It could have gone better,” Renzi said in an early-morning Facebook post. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:16:03 GMT)

Bernie Sanders rallies opposition to Republican healthcare reform plan
Sanders talked to the Guardian while on a tour to speak out unsparingly against the bill: ‘the most anti-working class legislation in the modern history of’ the USWhat are you doing to protest the Republican health bill?As Donald Trump celebrated the marriage of Wall Street executive-turned-treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin in the Washington swamp he repeatedly pledged to drain, Bernie Sanders stepped onstage in Pittsburgh. Related: ‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:26:44 GMT)

Rhino horn auction to go ahead in South Africa after court lifts ban on sales
Breeder John Hume to take advantage of court ruling lift ban on domestic trade to sell horns trimmed from the 1,500 rhinos on his ranch A rhino breeder in South Africa is planning an online auction of rhino horns to capitalise on a court ruling that opened the way to domestic trade despite an international ban imposed to curb poaching.The sale of rhino horns by breeder John Hume, to be held in August, will be used to “further fund the breeding and protection of rhinos”, according to an auction website. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:14:22 GMT)

Koch network 'piggy banks' closed until Republicans pass health and tax reform
Koch officials said that the network’s midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300m and $400m, but donors are demanding legislative progressAt a weekend donor retreat attended by at least 18 elected officials, the Koch brothers warned that time is running out to push their agenda, most notably healthcare and tax reform, through Congress. Related: Trump wants 'heart' as Republicans seek to deliver Senate healthcare bill Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:49:06 GMT)

Google will stop scanning content of personal emails
Company did read emails in personal Gmail accounts to target users with tailored adverts but said it would stopGoogle will stop scanning the content of emails sent by Gmail users in an attempt to reassure business customers of the confidentiality of their communications.The company did read the emails in personal Gmail accounts in order to target users with personalised adverts but said in a blogpost it would stop doing so in order to “more closely align” its business and consumer products. Its business offering, part of G Suite, has never involved scanning emails. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:39:57 GMT)

Europeans back allocation of asylum seekers proportionally, study finds
Survey asked what kind of asylum system is fair, with 72% saying countries should receive applications according to capacity rather than current systemThe majority of Europeans support proportional allocation of asylum seekers, a system that takes into account each country’s capacity, research has revealed.But the study also shows that support for the system is dramatically affected by the number of asylum seekers expected for each country if the policy were implemented. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:50:29 GMT)

Ivanka Trump says 'I try to stay out of politics' despite assisting at White House
Trump, who is a special assistant to her father, Donald Trump, admits ‘there are areas where there is disagreement’ in weekend interview with Fox NewsIvanka Trump, special assistant to the president, told Fox News on Monday: “I try to stay out of politics.” Related: Ivanka 'I'm a saint' Trump is on a comeback tour. Don't buy the spin | Arwa Mahdawi Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:11:33 GMT)

Hong Kong launches bill to ban domestic ivory trade
The move follows demonstrations in the city and the decision by China to ban their own tradeHong Kong has launched a landmark bill to ban its domestic ivory trade, amid accusations that authorities were lagging behind China in phasing out the market. Hong Kong is home to the world’s biggest retail ivory market, with more items for sale than anywhere else in the world. The majority of buyers are mainland Chinese, who smuggle the worked ivory across the border. Hong Kong is also perpetuating the illegal market: more than a third of licensed ivory dealers have been found to advise buyers on ways to smuggle ivory out of the city, according to a recent report by Traffic. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:55:36 GMT)

HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares to leave port – video report
The Royal Navy prepares to launch its largest and most powerful ship from its home port on Monday, in a highly delicate manoeuvre expected to take several hours. HMS Queen Elizabeth is a 280m, 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, assembled in the port of Rosyth on Scotland’s Firth of Forth. She must traverse narrow basins and manoeuvre under three road and rail bridges to get out to the North Sea HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to take to the seas Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:54:20 GMT)

'I'm happy to be a part of change': the Guardian meets Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury – video
The Labour leader sits down with the Guardian backstage at Glastonbury to talk about what his party can offer young people, his priorities for the future and his views on the ‘Jeremania’ sweeping the music festival this yearGlastonbury 2017: Sunday with Barry Gibb, Chic and Laura Marling – follow it live!Corbyn chants, T-shirts and sculptures: Jeremania hits Glastonbury Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:59:17 GMT)

Frankie Boyle: 'Grenfell Tower residents were treated as less than human' – video
Frankie Boyle tells Owen Jones he believes there’s ‘a connection between a Conservative government that wants to get rid of human rights legislation’ and the residents of Grenfell Tower ‘being treated as less than human’. The comedian thinks a series of decisions shows the pursuit of profit was more important than fire safety Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:29:48 GMT)

Kilian Jornet: inside the mind of the world's best mountain runner - video
Kilian Jornet, 29, is widely considered the world’s best ultra-distance and mountain runner. Last month, he conquered Mount Everest twice in one week without using supplemental oxygen or fixed ropes. A project called Summits of My Life has taken him to the peaks of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Aconcagua. We asked him what makes him tick and how it feels to be on top of the world Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:46:17 GMT)

Diane Keaton: 'People in London drink in the afternoon ... wow!' – video interview
Diane Keaton’s new film is set in, and named after, the prosperous London district of Hampstead; she co-stars with Brendan Gleeson in a romantic comedy about an American woman who strikes up a relationship with an eccentric itinerant who lives in a shack on Hampstead Heath. Directed by Joel Hopkins and also featuring Simon Callow and James Norton, Hampstead is released on 23 July Continue reading...
(Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:28:56 GMT)

Why do people still go hungry? – video
There is enough food in the world to go around, yet hundreds of millions of people go to bed each night on an empty stomach. World leaders have promised to end hunger by 2030. But what causes it and how do we prevent it? Actor Dougray Scott explains Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:17 GMT)

Liu Xiaobo's unbearable fate is stark symbol of where China is heading | Tania Branigan
Treatment of dying Nobel peace prize winner is emblematic of China’s iron rule. Tania Branigan on the remarkable man she nearly met – the day he was arrested There was no sign of Liu Xiaobo in the Beijing coffee shop – a confusion over the place or time we had arranged to meet, I assumed. But he wasn’t answering his mobile phone and a call to his home brought worrying news: 10 police had arrived late the night before and taken him away.Even then, the writer’s disappearance did not seem overly concerning. Chinese dissidents and activists were used to pressure from the authorities and brief detentions for questioning, or worse. But Liu enjoyed a relative degree of tolerance because of his high profile, though he’d been jailed over 1989’s Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests when he helped broker a peaceful exit from the square for the remaining demonstrators amid the bloody crackdown – and again in the 90s. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:31:43 GMT)

How we made Rita, Sue and Bob Too
George Costigan: ‘I watched the premiere with my wife on one side of me – and my mother on the other’Rita, Sue and Bob Too really happened. Andrea Dunbar, who wrote the play and the screenplay, had an affair with a married man, having sex with him in his car, along with her friend Eileen. I commissioned the play as a follow-up to her 1980 drama The Arbor. Andrea was the most talented and original young writer I’d ever come across. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:52:15 GMT)

Fearless recap: episode three – Helen McCrory is brainwashing me
This cold case gets hotter by the week – as Michael Gambon proves himself a master of disdain. But who is everyone protecting, and why? Maybe I’m slowly being brainwashed, but this was a far better episode than last week’s. There was genuine tension, less explanatory dialogue, some interesting side plots and not much from the Syrian side of things. Unfortunately, the few bits of Syrian stuff were as heavy-handed as always. I would love it if Miriam wasn’t playing with an entirely straight bat, but it looks as though she is an innocent party, albeit one being played by her absent husband. Is Yusef the bad egg Emma suspects? It’s possible, although I’m not sure I care enough to puzzle it out. By contrast, the cold-case stuff is increasingly intriguing. Who is everyone protecting – and why? We learned this week that Matthew Wild was a soldier before becoming an MP, but surely he wouldn’t have been senior enough at that point to justify the cover-up? If, as the forensics seem to suggest, it was a hit and run, are we looking at a VIP in a rush? Or does the fact all this was happening in the weeks before the Iraq war mean something wider was at play? Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:00:11 GMT)

How the Tory election machine fell apart
The conventional wisdom is that the Conservatives are good at elections. Last month they failed spectacularly. But do recriminations about negative tactics mask deeper problems for a party that hasn’t won convincingly since the Thatcher era?In September 2015, a few months after the Conservatives had won that year’s general election, more comfortably than even their most optimistic supporters had hoped, a veteran Tory politician and journalist was waiting to appear on a BBC radio show. Still smiling about the election, he was in expansive mood. The party’s targeting of voters had become so precise, he told me, thanks to the latest marketing software, that it would take Labour many years to catch up.During this year’s general election, as in 2015, Tory activists across Britain were supplied with computer-generated lists of amenable voters by Conservative campaign headquarters in London. But this time, many canvassers got a shock when they knocked on doors. “The data was only 65% accurate,” says a local Tory organiser who has worked in the party’s heartlands in southern England for decades. “In the marginals, it was less than 50%.” In some cases, canvassers were accidentally sent to the addresses of activists for rival parties. The organiser says: “I despair of our national campaign.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:29:46 GMT)

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