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Isis attackers forced French priest to kneel before he was murdered, hostage says
Two men shot dead after killing priest in church at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, Normandy, and ‘filming themselves preaching in Arabic’ The murder of a priest and the wounding of one of his parishioners in Normandy was an act of terrorism carried out by two followers of Islamic State, the French president, François Hollande, has said.A witness to the attack has described how the two men forced the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, to his knees, slit his throat and filmed themselves appearing to preach in Arabic at the altar. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:04:11 GMT)

Father Jacques Hamel: 'A good priest … who did his job to the very end'
Fellow clergy and parishioners pay tribute to the 84-year-old murdered in his church in NormandyDescribed as modest, dedicated and always available for his parishioners, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, who was murdered in his Normandy church while celebrating morning mass, had been retired for nearly a decade.He still officiated regularly as auxiliary at the church in St Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, and in neighbouring Elbeuf, local media reported, stepping in when the parish’s regular priest, Father Auguste Moanda-Phuati, was busy. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:20:26 GMT)

Candidates for Labour leader should have to seek nominations, court hears
Lawyers for party donor challenge decision to put Jeremy Corbyn on ballot paper without having to seek MPs’ supportLabour’s leadership contest rules make “no trace of distinction” between an incumbent leader and a challenger and thus both should be required to seek nominations, the high court has heard.Lawyers for Labour donor Michael Foster are challenging the decision of the party’s national executive committee to put Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper for the contest without having to seek the support of MPs, saying the rules had been misapplied by the ruling body. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:45:02 GMT)

Turkish PM: coup suspects' testimony points to Gülen's involvement
Binali Yıldırım says country expects US to comply with extradition request for cleric, hinting alliance could be at risk otherwiseTurkey’s prime minister has said that testimony from suspects detained in the aftermath of the attempted coup has pointed to the direct involvement of Fethullah Gülen, an exiled cleric based in Pennsylvania.Binali Yıldırım said the Turkish government had not yet requested Gülen’s extradition, but would do so once the investigation was complete, with the expectation that Washington would comply with the request, hinting that the strategic alliance between the two countries could suffer if it did not. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:12 GMT)

Japan knife attack: stabbing at care centre leaves 19 dead
Man armed with knives attacks facility in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo, before telling police: ‘It is better that disabled people disappear’ Japan attack: latest updatesA man who claimed he wanted to kill disabled people left at least 19 dead and 26 others injured after a knife attack at a care facility in Japan.Petrified staff at the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility in Sagamihara, south of Tokyo, called police at about 2.30am local time after the suspect, named as Satoshi Uematsu, launched his attack. It was the country’s worst mass killing in decades. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:22:28 GMT)

Democratic convention: Bill Clinton and Lena Dunham to speak tonight – live
Hillary Clinton will be officially nominated between 6pm and 7pm ETClinton leads way on abortion rights as Democrats seek end to old ruleDemocratic convention: passionate end to day one steadies early drama 5.01pm BST If you missed it: Singer Demi Lovato’s emotional remarks about living with mental illness, and how the Democratic party’s platform addresses the needs of those who share her experience. 5.00pm BST No more complaining from the press about the logistical failures of the Democratic National Convention:There's a bounce house in the middle of the convention center #DemsinPhilly pic.twitter.com/LVOsy60uQi Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:01:31 GMT)

Twelve-year-old Scout dies during Finland trip
Charlie Girling from 1st Aylesford Scout group dies during Roihu 2016 jamboreeA 12-year old British Scout has died after collapsing at an international gathering in Finland. Charlie Girling, who was with the 1st Aylesford Scout group, died on Sunday evening while attending the Finnish jamboree, Roihu 2016, near the town of Hämeenlinna in southern Finland. An onsite medical team and paramedics from the local hospital offered immediate support but were unable to save him. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:22:30 GMT)

'Excessive arrest' of minorities – not police violence – explain deaths: study
Black men are disproportionately killed by police, says researcher, but this is due to the higher number of stops and arrests they faceA new study on use of force by US police has found that, while black, Native and Latino Americans are more likely to be stopped, searched and arrested by police, race does not affect the risk of injury or death in a police encounter.Study author Ted Miller said he found the results “surprising”, but hopes that the paper will “improve the quality of discussion” around race in US policing. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:57:24 GMT)

British Council to investigate employee's reported comments mocking Prince George
Charity pledges to investigate comments allegedly made on Facebook which criticise Prince George for living ‘on public money’The British Council has said it will investigate comments allegedly made by one of its senior employees on Facebook that criticise Prince George for living “on public money”.Angela Gibbins, head of global estates at the charity, was reported to have commented on a picture of the young prince, which someone had captioned: “I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George already looks like a f****** d***head.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:47:00 GMT)

The mystery of the missing craters on Ceres
Astronomers have puzzled over the lack of large craters on our nearest dwarf planet. Has a computer simulation helped reveal their fate?When Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft arrived at Ceres last year the images it beamed back were puzzling. The nearest dwarf planet to Earth was missing the massive craters that astronomers thought would heavily scar the surface.As the Dawn probe swung around the body, the largest in the asteroid belt, its cameras recorded pictures of pockmarked terrain. But even though small craters dotted the Cerean surface, none were larger than the 175-mile-wide dent that is the Kerwan impact crater. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:55:09 GMT)

Mad Men to Seinfeld – TV's most criminally overrated shows
Friends? Six haircuts and no laughs. This Is England? Am-dram. Mad Men? Pretentious soap. Seinfeld? Thinner than bubblegum. Guardian writers debunk TV’s sacred cowsWarning: this article contains opinions some viewers may find offensiveHere’s my theory: despite what they may claim, nobody loves Friends. Nobody on the entire planet has ever felt a genuine whoosh of love when they realised it was on. Maybe they felt a warm tingle of familiarity. Maybe a fizzle of nostalgia. Maybe resignation because the remote was too far away to reach. But love? Hardly. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:21:55 GMT)

Where to put £1,000 in a world of negative interest rates
You could buy shares, gold, even an Austin Allegro ... but don’t put your money under the mattressNatWest this week shocked the banking industry by changing the terms and conditions on its business accounts to pave the way to charge customers for holding their deposits, although it insists it has no immediate plans to do so. In an upside-down world where interest rates turn negative and you could end up paying a bank to lend them your money, what are the alternatives? Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:06:29 GMT)

The secrets of a happy business
With 87% of the global workforce disengaged, Corporate Rebels set out to find businesses exploring new ways to inspire their peopleLast year my colleague and I decided to quit our jobs out of frustration. Not with the work per se, but just with the way our organisations were run. We were convinced things didn’t need to be this way, and set out to find workplaces full of happy employees.Our Corporate Rebels project identified more than 50 business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics who inspired us with their pioneering work. We are now spending a year meeting them, learning from them and sharing their stories. These are some of the most striking so far. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:06 GMT)

Michelle Obama's stirring speech brings Democratic convention to tears
The first lady proved the perfect Trump antidote and drew a ‘wow’ from Bill Clinton as she declared: ‘Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters ... take for granted that a woman can be president’Democratic convention opening night: as it happenedHere, at last, the profound, moving and devastating riposte to Donald Trump that many in America, and the world, had been waiting for. And the antidote to the non-politician came from another non-politician – a mother.Michelle Obama, the first black first lady in American history, gave a 15-minute address to the Democratic national convention that drew cheers, left some delegates openly weeping and did more than any governor or congressman to unite and fire up the party for November’s presidential election. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:15:24 GMT)

My night out in Cleveland with the worst men on the internet
At the Republican convention, Laurie Penny was invited to a rally led by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopolous and an unholy cast of characters united behind Donald Trump – for whom turning raw rage into political currency is just a gameThis is a story about how trolls took the wheel of the clown car of modern politics. It’s a story about the insider traders of the attention economy. It’s a story about fear and loathing and Donald Trump and you and me. It’s not a story about Milo Yiannopoulos, the professional alt-right provocateur who was last week banned from Twitter for directing racist abuse towards the actor Leslie Jones.But it does start with Milo. So I should probably explain how we know each other and how, on a hot, weird night in Cleveland, Ohio, I came to be riding in the backseat of his swank black trollmobile to the gayest neo-fascist rally at the Republican national convention. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:40:30 GMT)

Vicenza: dark heart of Italy's banking crisis where locals have lost millions
Collapse of BPV has left citizens with nothing and the ramifications could damage the whole of Italy and the eurozoneFrom a distance, Vicenza does not look like a city engulfed in turmoil. On the elegant Corso Andrea Palladio, named after the Renaissance architect whose work defines this city, a finely dressed woman clutches a Chanel handbag during her evening passeggiata. Locals sit back and enjoy their Campari spritz cocktails in the July heat. A black Maserati rolls slowly down the street. Related: Forget Brexit, Quitaly is Europe's next worry Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:29:46 GMT)

Learning to love my small penis – Close Encounters sex podcast
The latest in our series of podcasts about real, revealing and revelatory stories of sex and relationships. Ant’s penis is officially smaller than average – but it hasn’t made his love life any less interestingWARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENTAlix Fox is on a mission to get Britain talking openly and constructively about sex, one person at a time. In this third edition of Close Encounters, our series of podcasts about real, revealing and revelatory stories of sex and relationships, we meet Ant, who tells how it’s taken him a long time to appreciate his body, and how he’s now attempting to make the rest of the world embrace theirs, too. Not long ago, Ant wrote and performed a poem about living with a small penis that got the media talking about male body image, and led thousands of other men to offer their support. Now he’s using that momentum to build even grander projects. Find out what Ant is up to at the moment at antsmith.net. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:44:59 GMT)

Suzanne Evans votes to leave the bureaucratic Ukip leadership race
Evans momentously announces she will not try to succeed Nigel Farage, unveiling complete unknown Lisa Duffy in her placeFor three days last summer, Suzanne Evans was leader of Ukip. That’s how long it took the party to realise it had made a hideous mistake and reappoint Nigel Farage, by then unresigned, who had stood down after failing to become an MP for the seventh time at the general election. Evans has since been withdrawn as an official Ukip spokeswoman, reinstated as an official Ukip spokeswoman following an inquiry and subsequently suspended by Ukip’s national executive committee for six months. It turns out that Labour isn’t the only party struggling to find a kinder, gentler way of doing politics.Evans’s crime has been to be the sort of candidate that normal people might want to vote for, as long as they didn’t have to think too hard about what she was saying. She’s very much of the Ukip-lite, “some of my best friends are black” wing of the party, which is a niche market at the best of times – people don’t tend to support Ukip because they are overendowed with liberal, multicultural sentiments – and all the more so at a time when the party has done so well in the referendum by whipping up hatred for foreigners with racist poster campaigns. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:07:43 GMT)

'When I heard he was dead I went numb': stories of losing a parent in childhood
Prince Harry regrets not talking about the death of his mother sooner. Our readers share their experience of coping with grief as a childLosing a parent is always difficult, but saying goodbye to your mother or father when you’re still a child brings its own unique kind of heartache. It’s something Prince Harry touched on this week, when he said that he regrets not talking sooner about the loss of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car accident when he was 12. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:17:22 GMT)

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote review – back at their bravura best
Royal Opera House LondonWith a flourish of capes and a clicking of castanets, the company match the richness of their material in this visually stunning new production When the Bolshoi performed their previous production of Don Quixote, it was as though a dysfunctional but hugely beloved family had rolled into town. The ballet’s cast of characters had become embellished over time into a troupe of swaggering show-offs, preposterously colourful rogues and one or two individuals who should have been in community care. Its costumes had all seen better days and its storytelling had been burdened with so many revisions it was in danger of losing its own plot. Yet this Don Quixote was kept alive by the comedy and verve of the company’s performances; and while a new production was long overdue, there was always the risk that it might be at the expense of the ballet’s peculiar heart and soul. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:13:35 GMT)

YouTube stars rethink Top Gear and MOTD for the Facebook generation
Video makers are creating a new breed of shows covering cars, food, football and more – and turning to platforms such as Snapchat to distribute them“We were used to sitting down on a Sunday night and watching three ageing men present a car show, but there wasn’t really a Top Gear for the Facebook generation, ” says Adnan Ebrahim. He didn’t put up with this state of affairs: he co-founded Car Throttle, an online community for young petrol-heads, spawning a YouTube channel that now has nearly 1.2 million subscribers. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:24:50 GMT)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review – duel of dark and light carried off with dazzling assurance
Palace theatre, LondonIt’s convoluted, but the latest expansion of the Potter universe is thrillingly staged, with time travel and age-old quests given a dash of post-Freudian guilt“Keep the Secrets” is the injunction on badges handed out as we leave the theatre. It’s a motto that makes life hard for us hacks, but I am happy to divulge that John Tiffany, as director of this pair of two-and-a-half-hour plays, has masterminded a thrilling theatrical spectacle. It is also one that will make much more sense to hardened Potterheads than to anyone who is not a member of the global cult. What we have is a brand new work by Jack Thorne based on an original story by himself, Tiffany and JK Rowling: a venture that I approached in a state of benign semi-innocence. I’ve read one of the seven Potter books and seen a couple of the eight films, and enjoyed them without becoming an addict. At times during the day, I felt as if I had wandered into Henry VI Part II without having seen the preceding plays. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:40:32 GMT)

Jason Bourne review: Matt Damon back in fun but forgettable action revamp
Paul Greengrass and his star have upped the tech and chucked in references to Snowden, but it’s basic Bourne that remains most persuasive: whacking baddies with a door handle and tensely unleashing testostrone on well-dressed womenHere it is: Matt Damon’s fourth and not necessarily final outing as the CIA’s amnesiac super-assassin gone rogue, Jason Bourne. That’s after The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and not counting franchise spinoff The Bourne Legacy (2012) in which Bourne himself did not actually appear.This latest iteration reunites Damon with director Paul Greengrass who as ever shows his mastery of muscular, deafening, frenetically edited action sequences - the visual equivalent of a drum-roll. Greengrass, who has co-written the film with his editor Christopher Rouse, whisks us to cities all over the world and the drama here culminates in an eye-poppingly spectacular finale in Las Vegas, whose skyline is dominated by the Trump hotel. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:07 GMT)

Lewis Hatchett: ‘Every time I’ve hit a barrier, I’ve found a way around it’ | The Spin
Lewis Hatchett was born with Poland Syndrome, and is missing his right pectoral muscle and two ribs. Incredibly, he earns his living as a seam bowlerCounty cricket aficionados will recognise the name Lewis Hatchett as a locally produced Sussex left-arm swing-bowler who took five for 58 against Derbyshire earlier this season. But less well known will be his path into the sport and why he is unique among the 400 or so professionals who are toiling away on the domestic circuit this summer. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:15:41 GMT)

Gonzalo Higuaín seals £79m move from Napoli to Juventus
• Forward scored record 36 Serie A goals last season• Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid in 2009 for £79mGonzalo Higuaín has completed his move from Napoli to Juventus. The fee for the forward is understood to be the €94m (£79m) set in his buyout clause. Related: Juventus 2-1 Tottenham: International Champions Cup – as it happened Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:43:38 GMT)

JT McNamara: an outstanding rider who was an amateur in name only
The risks are legion in National Hunt racing where every jump could end in a fall, every fall could conceivably mean a serious injury, or worseFor those looking in from outside as horse racing mourns the loss of JT McNamara at the age of just 41, his description as an “amateur” jockey could suggest that riding horses over fences was what he did in his spare time. Everyone who met him, worked with him or simply backed the horses he rode knew the truth, that McNamara was an outstanding National Hunt jockey, good enough to ride in any race. It was simply his choice to do so for love and not money. Related: JT McNamara, renowned Irish jockey, dies at the age of 41 Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:04:38 GMT)

Joe Root sets new England standards and the best may be yet to come | Mike Selvey
Yorkshireman’s elevation to No3 has been a triumph for all concerned, his Test average closing in rapidly on that of one his county forebears, Len HuttonIt is hard to remember when an England batsman has exhibited such silky skills executed in as simple and uncomplicated a manner as Joe Root is doing now. England have had some wonderful batsmen in recent times, from Alastair Cook, back through Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick, and so on. Perhaps we need to go back to David Gower at his best to see anyone wearing the crown and three lions bat so effortlessly and with style.Root and Steve Smith are jostling around at the top of the ICC rankings, along with Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, a quartet of wondrously talented players, but it is hard to imagine anyone can bat with any higher degree of perfection than Root exhibited for his 325 runs at Old Trafford. At the moment Root has taken his career average to a shade over 56, which places him seventh in an all-time list of England batsmen, and the best since Ken Barrington – whose own monumental score in Manchester Root was two runs shy of matching – retired in 1968 with an average of 58.67. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:02:58 GMT)

Top-flight B teams will never play in Football League, says Scudamore
• Sixteen teams with category one academies to contest EFL Trophy• There is no need for B teams in the Football League, Premier League addsThe Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Scudamore, has unequivocally insisted there will never be B teams in the Football League and that the introduction of academy sides into the EFL Trophy is not the “thin end of the wedge”.In the wake of the decision to allow 16 invited category one academy sides to participate in the EFL Trophy, formerly the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, there have been renewed fears among some fans that it could lead to B teams in the Football League itself. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:10:46 GMT)

Pep Guardiola set to take Manchester City spend past £100m with triple move
• Leroy Sané the costliest of the three targets at around £40m• Deals close for young forwards Gabriel Jesus and Marlos MorenoPep Guardiola could take his summer spending past £100m in the coming days as the Manchester City manager closes in on Leroy Sané and the young South American forwards Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno. Related: Nolito: I moved to Manchester City to play under Pep Guardiola again Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:02:10 GMT)

Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool future in doubt after he is sent home from US tour
• Sakho’s attitude around the training camp has concerned Jürgen Klopp• Defender will have treatment to achilles injury on return to LiverpoolMamadou Sakho’s Liverpool future is in doubt after he was sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States by Jürgen Klopp. Related: Liverpool's Brad Smith poised for Bournemouth transfer Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:32:36 GMT)

Dominant Australia tear into Sri Lanka on opening day of first Test
Sri Lanka 117 all out; Australia 66-2 (after 20 overs)Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon share six wickets between themAustralia’s bowlers ripped through Sri Lanka’s brittle batting order to dismiss the home side for 117 on an eventful first day of the opening Test at Pallekele on Tuesday that also saw the visitors lose their openers for just seven runs. Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed three wickets apiece, while Mitchell Starc and Steve O’Keefe picked up two each as the hosts were bowled out shortly after lunch. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:41:17 GMT)

Juventus 2-1 Tottenham: International Champions Cup – as it happened
Juve capitalised on a nervy first-half display by a young Spurs side who improved in the second 45 minutes thanks to the introduction of Erik Lamela, who scored 1.00pm BST Spurs were dreadful at the back in the first half and not much cop going forwards either. But a young side was always going to be nervy. Lamela was streets ahead of anyone when he came on in the second half and Winks and Harrison looked the most impressive of their young players. Wanyama was solid for 90 minutes too. As for Juve, Dybala and Pjanic looked sharp and dangerous. But let’s remember, it was just a warmup. Thanks for your emails. Bye. 12.57pm BST Winks gets his toes twinkling again, dinking in a cute pass that Lamela was close to getting on the end of. But peep! That’s that. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:03:14 GMT)

Rio 2016: more than half of Athletes Village buildings still to pass safety tests
Less than two weeks before the start of the Games, 19 of 31 buildings have yet to pass full checks, with teams hinting they may demand compensationLess than two weeks ahead of the Olympics, the Rio 2016 organising committee has acknowledged that 19 of the 31 buildings in the Athletes Village have yet to pass safety tests.With hundreds of athletes turning up by the day, this will add to concerns prompted by gas and water leaks and at least one power outage. The Guardian has also learned that a short circuit caused a small fire on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:12:16 GMT)

Arsenal’s £29m offer for Alexandre Lacazette rejected by Lyon
• French club say they will not sell striker Lacazette• Lyon reveal Arsenal’s offer in official statementArsenal have had an offer of €35m (£29.3m) for the Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette rejected.Lyon denied that Arsenal have submitted a new bid of €48m for the 25-year-old France international, whom they insist is not for sale. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:19:39 GMT)

Whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova hits out at IOC after being banned from Rio
• Athlete who exposed Russian drug programme pays for doping past• Stepanova is set to appeal, claiming the IOC banned her on false premisesYuliya Stepanova, the whistleblower pivotal to the discovery of deep-rooted state-sponsored doping in Russia, has hit out angrily at the International Olympic Committee in the wake of its decision to ban her from competing in Rio. Related: Vladimir Putin and Thomas Bach: the unlikely Olympic power couple Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:57:41 GMT)

Sandra Rossi: the ‘brain-trainer’ helping River Plate show their emotions – and win | Juan Arango
More than a few eyebrows were raised in Argentina when the first female assistant coach was hired but Sandra Rossi has had a big impact at the Buenos Aires clubFrom the moment Sandra Rossi stepped on to the pitch at the Estadio Monumental for photographs with Marcelo Gallardo and the rest of her colleagues at River Plate, she was embarking on a mission that was both life-changing and game-changing. Related: Sport picture of the day: River Plate fans' star turn Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:23 GMT)

We used to have a silly season. Now there’s no escape from absurdity | Rafael Behr
Our shared assumptions about what is sensible are crumbling. The rise of Donald Trump defies reason – but to millions of people it is not ridiculous at allWhen politics was reliably serious, parliament’s summer recess would open the silly season. It was a time for sightings of Cornish sharks, the beast of Bodmin, kittens that resemble Hitler. The tradition seems obsolete. News as light entertainment lost its charm when politician-entertainers started making serious news. If only it were just cats that looked like fascists. Related: The Sanders movement is bigger than Bernie. Now it must defeat Trump | Owen Jones Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:06:41 GMT)

Sure, Taylor Swift deserves protection from trolls. But don’t we all? | Lindy West
News that Instagram has supposedly developed an algorithm so the pop star can automatically delete abuse is welcome. But there are many vulnerable groups who need it, tooIn the battle against online harassment, a few bits of conventional wisdom have held (bafflingly) for at least a decade: “This is just what the internet’s like!” “If you don’t like the internet, stay off the internet!” “Can’t make an internet without getting a little internet on your internet!” Related: Leslie Jones's Twitter abuse proves relying on users to report bullies isn't enough Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:31:05 GMT)

This Labour battle isn’t Blairites v Corbynistas. It’s over progressive change | David Wearing
We assume that the dividing line between conservatives and progressives falls between the two main parties – but it now runs through Labour’s heartFor a sense of the division now tearing through the Labour party, consider a moment that occurred during the Fabian Society conference back in January 2010. The day’s proceedings finished with a Dragons’ Den-style competition for a big idea for the next election manifesto. A pitch for a Green New Deal to provide a Keynesian stimulus, create good jobs, and decarbonise the economy was greeted enthusiastically by delegates but rejected by Gordon Brown’s pollster, Deborah Mattinson, who said that while climate change was “the biggest issue facing humanity” this was not an idea she could sell to voters. Related: Is this rock star Corbyn's comeback gig – or his farewell tour? | John Crace Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:03:53 GMT)

Russia may well be meddling in the US election. Why wouldn't it? | Mary Dejevsky
Evidence of direct Kremlin involvement in the DNC email leak is scanty. But it’s entirely plausible Russian intelligence exploited the activity of amateur hackersAltogether now, let’s blame Putin. That has become the favourite refrain of what we used to call the western world in the face of anything unwelcome. And so it was on the eve of the Democratic convention, after leaked emails proved that the DNC had set out to discredit Bernie Sanders in his challenge to Hillary Clinton. For Sanders supporters, the emails only confirmed their long-held suspicions. For the Clinton team, it was all about Russian dirty tricks and Kremlin meddling in US politics on the side of Donald Trump. Related: The rush to blame Russia for the DNC email hack is premature | Trevor Timm Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:40:45 GMT)

Five things you may have missed about the Chilcot inquiry | Louise Kettle
Much of the furore surrounding the Iraq war report focused on the failings of Tony Blair. But there were other, crucial findings that shouldn’t be ignoredWhen the long-awaited Chilcot report was published on 6 July, much attention was paid to the strong criticisms of Tony Blair – his “sofa government” style, his naive commitment to the Americans, and questions about the war’s legality and the misleading of parliament. The focus on one man only increased when he held a marathon press conference the same day to address these criticisms. Related: Chilcot report: key points from the Iraq inquiry Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:04:35 GMT)

A lord's 'veneer of establishment credibility' was worth little to BHS | Michael White
Supposed members of the establishment such as Lord Grabiner QC don’t offer much value these days, as the retailer discoveredParliament’s damning report on “King” Phil Greed’s role in the BHS scandal has slipped too quickly back on to next day’s inside pages, a controversy clearly too close for comfort for some media tycoons. King Phil himself has created a diversion by threatening to sue the Labour MP Frank Field for saying he has behaved “worse than Robert Maxwell”. Field doesn’t seem too bothered. Clever Frank.But surely more attention needs to be paid to the role of Lord Grabiner QC, the non-executive chairman of Greed’s Arcadia group from 2002 until last year’s final meltdown, and a very grand legal grandee. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:04:56 GMT)

Cameron was right, Britain is broken. But it’s businessmen who are to blame | Aditya Chakrabortty
The likes of Philip Green and Mike Ashley have helped to destroy the social contract between companies and the publicIn opposition, David Cameron battered Gordon Brown with two words: Broken Britain. It was his Murdoch-inspired catchphrase for hoodies scrapping in gangs, Neets necking alcopops, teenagers ending up pregnant. It set the framework for Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms. Broken Britain summed up the dark side of the New Labour era: a busted social contract and a class wantonly sponging off the rest of society.It always struck me as the right phrase for the wrong target. The real Broken Britain is the one revealed over the past four days in two reports from MPs. It is workers urinating into bottles at the “Victorian workhouse” of Sports Direct, because their toilet breaks are restricted. It is women being offered permanent jobs in return for sexual favours. It is BHS, a high-street chain nearly as old as the Queen, effectively killed by two “plundering” owners. It is 10,000 shop workers who will shortly be out on the streets, and 20,000 pension-scheme members who must now worry over how much they’ll have to live on in their old age. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:06 GMT)

The Sanders movement is bigger than Bernie. Now it must defeat Trump | Owen Jones
There’s nothing radical about failing to oppose a far-right demagogue. The task ahead is to defeat Donald Trump – and to create real political change“Together we have begun a political revolution,” declared a triumphant Bernie Sanders to the Democratic national convention. He has every reason to be triumphant. According to the conventional yardstick of political success, Sanders is a failure: he lost his battle to become the Democratic presidential candidate. But he – and, more importantly, the movement behind him – represent an extraordinary political triumph. Related: Trump's sad trolling of Democrats was laid to rest by Bernie Sanders Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:02:12 GMT)

Workers’ rights must not be bartered away in Brexit negotiations | Frances O’Grady and Keir Starmer
Unions warned workers might pay the price for leaving the EU. The government must not invoke article 50 until it has negotiated a secure future for themNeither of us wanted the UK to leave the European Union. But what matters now, following the vote, is that we get the best deal for working people.It’s now clear that before last month’s vote, no one had thought through how the UK should go about leaving. While the Lisbon treaty has a process set out in article 50, it’s in outline only, and there’s little sense of how it would work in practice. And once triggered, it puts the UK on a two-year timeline to leave the EU. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:38:57 GMT)

Survivors must have a stronger voice in Goddard abuse inquiry | Phil Frampton
Justice Lowell Goddard will be unable to deliver justice or tackle child sex abuse if her inquiry sidelines survivorsDespite public inquiries over the last two decades, such as the Waterhouse inquiry and the Utting report into child abuse in care homes, the institutions of government have failed to deliver justice for survivors or tackle child abuse. And official inquiries have repeatedly absolved central government and the establishment from guilt. Yet there is still no indication of when the £18m Goddard child abuse inquiry will hear evidence regarding high-level abuse and coverups at Westminster.The inquiry’s truth project began this week but, sadly, the testimonies given to it by survivors will have no direct legal consequences and will only be used as ballast to the final inquiry report; a form of window dressing that may leave many survivors not only bound to secrecy about their testimony but also deeply distressed. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:09 GMT)

Jeremy Hunt has saved his own skin but let the NHS sink | Polly Toynbee
The funding crunch is disastrous and the Brexit windfall was a lie. The truth is that we need to pay more for Britain’s health service – or get lessHow did Jeremy Hunt keep his job? On reshuffle day the BBC reported he was gone, but after an exceptionally long session inside No 10 he saved his skin, emerging with that grin and a tweet saying he was “thrilled”. Junior doctors were less than thrilled, since Hunt’s survival signals no turning back on the dispute he has caused. Full speed ahead to impose a contract, threatening yet more strife. Related: Jeremy Hunt narrowly survived the cabinet reshuffle – so what now? | Denis Campbell Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:00:04 GMT)

The Human Rights Act helps us hold power to account. We must defend it | Jason N Parkinson
Protestors like John Catt are being monitored by the state without explanation – except that they ‘could be a victim’ of a future crime. What’s going on?The peace protestor John Catt, a 91-year-old war veteran, has just won the right for his case to be heard in the European court of human rights. He has been embroiled in a six-year legal battle, relying on the Human Rights Act to challenge police surveillance of his lawful activities and the retention of intelligence about him on the police’s domestic extremism database.In January 2014 I discovered that during most of my career as a video journalist, I too had been monitored and that surveillance logs about me were being held on the same database, with no explanation. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:58:57 GMT)

A better life for the ‘left behind’ starts with adult skills | Estelle Morris
If Theresa May and her new education secretary are sincere about creating better life chances, they must take further education more seriouslyWhen the new prime minister made her first speech in Downing Street, her promise to prioritise the needs of the “just managing” and the “left behind” were almost universally welcomed. Putting aside for a moment the reasons why we have so many people struggling in these categories – and who is responsible for their plight – her speech is at least indicative of the growing number of people who are now worried about the consequences of an unequal and divided society. Both the political left and right now claim the need to do something about it as a matter of urgency.Making good on Theresa May’s pledge won’t be easy but if there is to be any chance of progress, education has to be part of the answer. So we should now expect to see, from the new education secretary, a plan that clearly spells out how her expanded department will play its part. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:06 GMT)

Trump's sad trolling of Democrats was laid to rest by Bernie Sanders
No, Sanders supporters will not be flocking to Donald Trump – not after Sanders embraced Hillary Clinton in his call to unite the party behind her candidacyThe thumbs of Donald Trump were poised to tweet his sense of moral outrage as Bernie Sanders walked on stage in Philadelphia. Trump wants you to know that he is deeply concerned about Sanders and his treatment by the Democratic national convention and Hillary Clinton. His empathy for Bernie and his bros knows no bounds. The system is rigged against socialists, and Trump feels as bad about that as the Russians feel about the collapse of the Soviet Union. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:09:52 GMT)

Artist Doris Salcedo on Bogotá: 'The forces at work here are brutal' – video
‘Art cannot explain things but it can expose them – that’s why art here is so important and necessary,’ says Doris Salcedo as she takes us on a tour of Bogotá and her studio. The Colombian sculptor’s works are poetic memorials to the victims of violence, corruption and displacement, created to give the people of her home city ‘the tools of mourning’Vea este vídeo con subtítulos en español Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:06 GMT)

Should San Francisco's tech firms be taxed to help the homeless? – video
As the technology boom continues to transform San Francisco, Guardian reporter Dan Tynan speaks with residents about a proposal to tax tech companies in the city to provide more affordable housing and better services for the homeless Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:12 GMT)

Breaking it down: Philip Green and BHS – video
Philip Green has been accused of extracting hundreds of millions of pounds from BHS. The year after it was sold, the chain collapsed, putting thousands of jobs and pensions at risk. We take a look at how and when these events unfolded and how the government is responding Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:26:53 GMT)

The Fear Factory: the driving force of the RNC – video
The 2016 Republican national convention was shrouded in the politics of fear. Donald Trump’s rise to political prominence has been built upon the threat of terrorism, building a wall to keep immigrants out of the US and existential disruptions to American life. The Guardian’s senior reporter Oliver Laughland talks to delegates, anarchists, Republican operatives and philosophers about the culture of anxiety at the RNCDystopia and loathing at the Republican convention Continue reading...
(Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:25:56 GMT)

Equity: the cast and crew on the women of Wall Street – video interview
It’s a place we seldom see women represented: Wall Street. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn stars as a successful investment banker threatened by financial corruption in Equity. Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, co-stars and producers of the movie, talk to the Guardian’s Nigel M Smith about the ever-evolving roles of working women, and the director, Meena Menon, sheds light on the film’s setting Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:51:19 GMT)

30 days that shook the world – video
Over the last month what has seemed like an onslaught of dramatic events have unfolded around the world: the failed coup in Turkey, the Bastille Day attack in Nice, Brexit, the Baghdad bombing, the Dallas police shooting and the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius. We look back through the headlines Continue reading...
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:06:44 GMT)

Star Trek Beyond star Simon Pegg: 'The entire crew would have voted Remain' – video interview
Simon Pegg and the stars of Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the franchise since JJ Abrams’s 2009 reboot, talk to Henry Barnes about the UK’s decision to explore a new and potentially hostile frontier and talk about the reasoning behind making commander Sulu’s character openly gay. Star Trek Beyond, which stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana and featured the late Anton Yelchin, is released in the UK on Friday Continue reading...
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:28:53 GMT)

Dear Australia: the surgeon who defied Saddam's death threat – video
Ordered to amputate the limbs of deserters from the Iraqi army or be shot, Dr Munjed Al Muderis hid and fled. In the latest film in the Guardian’s series on refugees in Australia, he tells his astonishing story: how he went on to Christmas Island, spent 10 months in a detention centre and now carries out pioneering reconstructive surgery in Sydney, inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator. ‘I was born very comfortably, I had a silver spoon in my mouth … I never expected that I would end up in a boat coming to Australia’Watch more from the Guardian’s Dear Australia video series Continue reading...
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:24:30 GMT)

We need to talk about Theresa May – video
Theresa May is seen as a ‘safe pair of hands’, and many of us are yearning for that at a time of massive political turmoil. But, argues Owen Jones, we should still think about what kind of politician she is. From opposing the convention of human rights, to telling illegal immigrants to ‘go home’, there are things we should know about our new prime minister Continue reading...
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:00:01 GMT)

The Shia militias taking back Iraq from Isis — video
The Hashd are a controversial group of 40 mainly Shia militias with strong links to Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. We join them on the front line as they help Iraqi forces fight Islamic State. When the dust settles, will the Hashd remain under central Iraqi government command? Fears are that an empowered Shia militia may take advantage of the situation to take greater control of the country Continue reading...
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:14:37 GMT)

Erdoğan's crackdown: 'Free speech is being rebranded terrorism' – video
Since Turkey’s failed military coup on Friday, more than 6,000 people in the civil service, security forces and military have been arrested. Writers and journalists fear that Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will use the failed putsch as grounds to dramatically escalate his continuing purge of opponents, particularly in the media. Phoebe Greenwood goes to Istanbul to meet the journalists risking life sentences to report and publish stories critical of the Erdoğan governmentYavuz Baydar: After Turkey’s failed coup, Erdoğan’s brutal clampdown Continue reading...
(Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:55:19 GMT)

'Try and be a Dinketysnipsy girl': Ian McKellen reads two letters by Roald Dahl – video
In 1967, a girl named Elizabeth wrote to her favourite author, Roald Dahl, to tell him she was having trouble settling at her new school. Dahl, who would have been 100 this year, replied, sparking a correspondence between the two. Here, Ian McKellen reads Dahl’s replies at a Letters Live event in LondonLetters Live returns in October to London’s Covent Garden, with tickets on sale 22 July Continue reading...
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:50:04 GMT)

BT avoids Openreach breakup but Ofcom orders more investment
Media regulator Ofcom instead orders BT to give further independence and investment powers to broadband divisionBT will not have to sell off its Openreach broadband division despite concerns that it has been starved of investment and provides a poor quality of service to millions of homes.The telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has instead ordered BT to give more independence and investment powers to Openreach, which owns the fibre and copper wires that run from the local telephone exchange to homes and businesses. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:05:34 GMT)

Surrey pool party organiser tells of chaos after man found dead
Summerlyn Farquharson says she and co-organiser also received abusive messages after Headley event ended in violenceOne of the organisers of a private pool party in a Surrey village at which a man was shot dead has described how the mood at the event suddenly changed as it descended into chaos. A 34-year-old man was found dead by police at a bungalow in Headley at about 2.30am on Monday. A woman was also shot in the leg, but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:31:47 GMT)

British-EU relations predicted to be resolved by 2020, says Liam Fox
International trade secretary also says he does not foresee a customs union between the UK and the EU during a visit to the USLiam Fox, the international trade secretary, has said he expects the issue of Britain’s relations with the EU to be resolved by 2020, the date of the next election.He has suggested the UK will not trigger article 50, which starts the clock on the UK’s negotiations to withdraw from the EU, until early in the new year, and said he does not expect the UK to join a customs union with the EU. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:04:53 GMT)

Small businesses worry over RBS plans to charge interest on accounts
Expected rate cut by Bank of England could cause Royal Bank of Scotland to levy fees on customers across the boardRoyal Bank of Scotland’s decision to warn customers that it might charge them to accept deposits has caused alarm among small business customers about the impact of any cuts to interest rates.Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said the warning by the bailed-out bank was deeply concerning to small firms and suggested customers should look for the best accounts on offer. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:48:21 GMT)

Suspected trafficker sent hundreds of migrants to Britain, court told
Hearing in London will decide if British-Iraqi Rekawt Kayani should be extradited to France to face people smuggling chargesA British-Iraqi man is the head of a people-smuggling network suspected of bringing hundreds of migrants to Britain, a court heard.Rekawt Kayani, 34, is wanted in France to face trafficking charges that could see him jailed for 10 years. He was apprehended on a European arrest warrant at his home in the Normanton area of Derby in May. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:45:03 GMT)

Tata Steel fined £2m after plant accidents
Two workers suffered serious hand injuries at the company’s site in Corby in 2014 and 2015Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2m after two workers suffered serious injuries at one of its plants.A 26-year-old lost the middle and ring fingers on his left hand while trying to clear a blockage on machinery at the company’s site in Corby, Northamptonshire, in September 2014, and a 52-year-old lost part of his little finger when his hand was caught in a lathe at the same plant in February 2015, Northampton crown court heard. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:53:26 GMT)

BP profits plummet 44% as oil prices continue to fall
Multinational’s financial woes continue as low crude rates hit its revenues, despite an end to payouts over the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010Profits at BP plunged 44% to $720m (£550m) in the second quarter of 2016, as the collapse of crude prices continues to affect the energy sector. Oil companies have rushed to cut costs and curtail investment after oil prices fell to a 12-year low in January, resulting in tens of thousands of job losses in the UK alone. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:38:09 GMT)

Australian family facing deportation 'looking for miracle' after job falls through
Gregg and Kathryn Brain say unexpected loss of Scottish Highlands offer leaves them a week to find work and file visa papersThe Australian family facing deportation from the UK say they are “looking for a miracle” after the job offer in the Scottish Highlands they were basing their last-ditch visa application on was unexpectedly withdrawn.Gregg and Kathryn Brain – who have lived in Dingwall, in the Highlands, with their son Lachlan, seven, since 2011 – were granted leave to remain in the UK until 1 August following a series of appeals at Holyrood and Westminster in May. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:52:19 GMT)

Senior Anglican clergy accused of failing to act on rape allegations
Church of England priest who says he was raped by vicar when he was 16 files misconduct complaints against archbishop of York and four bishopsThe archbishop of York and four serving bishops have been accused of misconduct by a Church of England priest who claims they failed to act on allegations he was repeatedly raped by another vicar when he was 16.The priest says none of the five senior clergy properly responded to his disclosures, made verbally and in writing, of the rapes which he alleged took place in 1984. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:12 GMT)

Goddard inquiry to contact UK spies for any Lord Janner intelligence
Lawyers for child sex abuse investigation to seek files held by MI5, MI6 and GCHQ on late peer accused of 22 offencesBritish spies are to be approached by lawyers for the official child sex abuse inquiry requesting any intelligence gathered on the late Labour peer Greville Janner.Ben Emmerson QC, counsel to the independent inquiry, said his team had spoken to MI5 and will be contacting MI6 and GCHQ for any files held relating to Lord Janner, who died last year aged 87. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:20:21 GMT)

Raw eggs safe for pregnant women in UK, say food safety experts
Food Standards Agency to reconsider its advice as risk from salmonella has dropped significantly in last 15 yearsRaw eggs are safe for pregnant women to eat, a safety committee has recommended.A report from the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food states there is “very low” risk of salmonella from UK eggs produced under the Lion code. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:39:00 GMT)

SNP MP censured for bringing her children to Commons committee
Kirsty Blackman hits back with Daily Record article on why Westminster should adopt a more family-friendly approach An SNP MP has called for the Westminster parliament to adopt a more family-friendly approach after she was censured by Commons authorities for bringing her children to a committee hearing.Kirsty Blackman usually leaves her two young children in the care of their father in Aberdeen while she travels to London for the Commons working week. But last week she experienced childcare difficulties because parliament’s summer recess follows English school holidays, while Scottish schools break up at the beginning of July. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:49:39 GMT)

St Paul's to unveil new Bill Viola video work of Mary carrying body of Jesus
A large-scale installation by the artist will be a companion piece to his Martyrs, which was unveiled in 2014A large-scale video installation by artist Bill Viola of Mary carrying the body of Jesus will be unveiled at St Paul’s Cathedral.The permanent project, entitled Mary, will be a companion piece to the American artist’s Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), which was unveiled in the south quire aisle of the cathedral in 2014. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:09 GMT)

V&A acquires world's largest collection of paper peepshows
Treasure trove of more than 360 tunnel books gifted to museum by collectors Jacqueline and Jonathan GestetnerThe world’s largest collection of paper peepshows, depicting events that include Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Moscow and Queen Victoria’s coronation, has been gifted to the Victoria and Albert Museum.Private collectors Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner donated their collection of more than 360 peepshows to the country under the cultural gifts scheme. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:56:27 GMT)

Postal workers to vote on strikes
Communication Workers Union to ballot staff in protest over post office closures, job losses and pension changesThousands of postal workers are to vote on strikes in a row over post office closures, job cuts and pensions.The Communication Workers Union has served notice that about 3,500 of its members in Crown offices (those directly managed by the Post Office), supply chain depots and administration sites across the UK will be balloted in the coming weeks over whether to launch a campaign of industrial action. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:39:59 GMT)

Man arrested after Mr Scotland bodybuilder found stabbed to death
Police Scotland detain man, 43, after Michael O’Hanlon was fatally injured beside a car repair workshop near IrvineA man has been arrested after a bodybuilder who recently won the Mr Scotland title was found stabbed to death on an industrial estate.Police Scotland said on Tuesday they had detained a 43-year-old man after Michael O’Hanlon was fatally injured beside a car repair workshop at an industrial estate in Stevenston, near Irvine, at about midday on Monday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:01:19 GMT)

Free prisoners to reduce pressure on system, urges parole board chief
Thousands of prisoners in jails in England and Wales should be released to reduce overcrowding, says Nick HardwickThe chairman of the parole board has called for changes that could lead to the release of thousands of prisoners on indeterminate sentences, describing the current rules as a “blot on the system”.Nick Hardwick, who took over as chairman in March, said releasing such prisoners would help reduce overcrowding in prisons in England and Wales. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:16:37 GMT)

Police watchdog to investigate response to post-Brexit vote rise in hate crime
Ministers to publish action plan after surge in reported incidents, as senior judge warns that tolerance is under strainPolice watchdogs will assess the response to hate crime after a surge in reported incidents after the EU referendum, while one of the UK’s most senior judges has warned that British tolerance is under strain.Levels of anti-Muslim, antisemitic, homophobic and racist bullying in schools will also be examined under a new government initiative. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:21:25 GMT)

'Abu Ghraib'-style images of children in detention in Australia trigger public inquiry
Australian prime minister says he is ‘deeply shocked and appalled’ by footage of teenager being hooded in a restraint chair and other apparent abusesAustralia’s prime minister has launched a public inquiry following the broadcast of footage of children in detention being abused, hooded and bound in a manner likened to Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay.Malcolm Turnbull announced a royal commission hours after the national broadcaster aired shocking footage showing children in detention at the Don Dale facility outside Darwin in the Northern Territory. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:31:19 GMT)

Water tunnel found beneath Mayan ruin that provided ruler a path to underworld
Archaeologists find seventh century system below Palenque, which houses tomb of Pakal whose sarcophagus some erroneously believe depicts him in spaceshipArchaeologists at the Mayan ruin site of Palenque in Mexico have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of an ancient ruler named Pakal.The archaeologist Arnoldo Gonzalez said on Monday that researchers believe the tomb and pyramid were purposely built atop a spring between 683-702 AD. The tunnels led water from under the funeral chamber out into the broad esplanade in front of the temple, thus giving Pakal’s spirit a path to the underworld. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:56:42 GMT)

Somali police say 13 killed in two suicide car bombings in Mogadishu
Seven guards among the dead after blasts outside UN offices and checkpoint near African Union base in Somali capitalTwo suicide bombers have detonated explosives-laden cars outside the offices of the UN’s mine-clearing agency and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people including seven guards, Somali police officials have said.The two blasts on Tuesday took place near the African Union base in the area of Mogadishu airport, the Somali police chief, Gen Mohamed Sheikh Hassan, said at a press conference. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:29:25 GMT)

Boris Johnson urged to back inquiry into alleged Saudi war crimes
Select committee calls for new Foreign Office approach to claims international law was breached on both sides in YemenThe foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, is facing calls to reverse UK policy and back an independent international investigation into alleged Saudi breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen. The call from the international development select committee came as new figures showed the UK granted arms export licences for use in Saudi Arabia valued at £530m in the first quarter of this year. The figures were compiled from official government figures by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:40:12 GMT)

European banks prepare for possible shockwaves from stress test results
Checks could expose scale of weakness in world’s oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, as analysts bemoan test’s limitationsEurope’s biggest banks are braced for the outcome of financial health checks that could expose the extent of the weaknesses of the world’s oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), and send shockwaves through the markets.However, the tests – due to be published on Friday – are being viewed by some analysts as a missed opportunity to gauge the full extent of the fragility of the banking system in Europe. Only 51 banks are being assessed, compared with 124 in 2014, and they will not be given a pass or fail mark as in the past. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:42:34 GMT)

TechCrunch falls victim to OurMine hacking group
Hackers deface technology site while telling visitors attack is only a security test in latest high-profile breachVerizon-owned prominent technology site TechCrunch has become the latest victim of the OurMine hacking group.OurMine Security appeared to gain publishing access to the site, which uses the popular content management system Wordpress, and posted its now infamous message. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:28:24 GMT)

Clinton leads way on abortion rights as Democrats seek end to decades-old rule
The presumptive Democratic nominee has taken a rare stand against a ban on Medicaid funds to pay for abortions – and the party platform is on her sideOn a biting day in January, Hillary Clinton climbed the stage at a New Hampshire rally and accepted an endorsement from Planned Parenthood.It was a day of unusual events. The country’s largest reproductive healthcare provider had never before made an endorsement in a presidential primary. But it was the Democratic presidential candidate who made the truly surprising announcement: a call for the repeal of the Hyde amendment, which bans the use of federal Medicaid dollars to pay for abortions. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:52:42 GMT)

Pokémon Go players urged not to venture into Fukushima disaster zone
Tepco requests Niantic to remove Pokémon character from nuclear plant meltdown areas and evacuation zoneJapan is asking for the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone to be classified as a no-go area for Pokémon after the discovery of at least one of the game’s characters on a power station’s site.Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has requested that Pokémon Go developer Niantic and the Pokémon Company prevent Pokémon appearing in and around areas affected by the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima to help prevent encouraging players to enter dangerous areas. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:05:08 GMT)

Israeli police raids target Beitar Jerusalem football hooligans
Police arrest 56 people associated with violent La Familia group following undercover operation Israeli police launched raids overnight aimed at breaking up the country’s most notorious group of football hooligans – members of the La Familia group who follow Beitar Jerusalem FC.Hundreds of officers were involved in raids across the country targeting dozens of individuals associated with the group infamous for its violence, criminal connections, racist attacks and chants. The 56 arrested included minors and nine soldiers. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:05:38 GMT)

Ship hits new Panama Canal wall, sparking design concerns
Three ships have now been damaged since the expanded waterway opened one month agoA Chinese container ship hit a wall of the new lane of the Panama Canal, a Canal Authority official and a local ship agent said on Monday, the third such incident since the expanded waterway opened one month ago amid design concerns. Thomson Reuters ship tracking data showed the Xin Fei Zhou, owned by China Shipping Container Lines, was anchored outside the canal after a photograph published by the maritime online news site gCaptain.com showed the vessel with a sizeable gash in its hull. The ship agent said it was undergoing repairs. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:45:18 GMT)

Top Chinese general Guo Boxiong jailed for life for taking bribes
Guo stripped of rank after closed military trial seen as president Xi Jinping’s latest effort to increase control over armyFormer top Chinese military leader Guo Boxiong was sentenced on Monday to life in prison for accepting bribes, the official Xinhua news agency said – the latest high-profile conviction in president Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption.For a decade, Guo was one of the two vice-chairmen of the Central Military Commission, second only to China’s president in the top body of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). He retired in 2012 and was expelled from the ruling Communist party last year. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 01:36:15 GMT)

Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict
Research found that 23% of violent clashes in ethnically divided places were connected to climate disastersClimate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather.The role of severe heatwaves, floods and storms in increasing the risk of wars has been controversial, particularly in relation to the long drought in Syria. But the new work reveals a strong link in places where the population is already fractured along ethnic lines. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:00:55 GMT)

The problem with Starbucks’ new dress code
The coffee chain now encourages staff to express their personalities through jeans, flatcaps and colourful neckerchiefs. Is it trying too hard?We can’t blame Starbucks for single-handedly casting the final shovel of earth on to the long-buried coffin of hipness, but it’s certainly having a good go. The coffee chain has just released a new dress code for its baristas. While the aim is to encourage staff to express their personalities through their clothes, it has accidentally picked the scab off some of the plummest hipster trends to have scarred fashion’s landscape. So much so that this handbook can now double up as a checklist for what not to wear.Some of the things staff are now actively encouraged to wear include selvedge denim, saggy beanies and cuffed jeans. A neckerchief, worn any way in a fun colour. You are also allowed to wear visors and flatcaps. (It’s worth remembering that Starbucks is a predominantly indoor establishment.) It’s quite a sea change given that, until recently, employees were limited to black or white shirts and khaki or black bottoms. They weren’t allowed to dye their hair weird colours, and they definitely weren’t allowed to wear fedoras. Happily, they can now do all three, while continuing to call you – Jess – “Jeff”, despite having written it correctly the cup. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:35:58 GMT)

Set and match: the best and worst TV dating shows
As Naked Attraction launches, we look back at memorable romantic series, from Blind Date to Take Me Out and Man O ManIt was “Blind Date with knobs on” or, if you prefer, “Blind Date in a brothel”. Either way, it’s fair to say that Channel 4’s new love-match series Naked Attraction was not entirely to everybody’s tastes.Certainly there was no escaping the full-frontal nudity on the Anna Richardson show, which made BBC2’s period drama romp Versailles look like a particularly dull episode of Midsomer Murders. And 1.4 million viewers lapped it up on Monday night. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:43:44 GMT)

Leslie ‘Dirty Den’ Grantham’s first children’s book – digested read
With Jack Bates and the Wizard’s Spell, the former EastEnders actor fancies his chances as a rival to JK Rowling. John Crace cuts the book down to sizeMy name’s MINT and I’m a faerie that comes from the OTHER. The reason I’m here is that LESLIE was reading about King Richard being dug up, like, in a car park and thought if JK ROWLING can make a fortune out of MAGICKE – magic works much better if you write in OLDE English – then maybe he could too. So where was I? Oh yes, I’m here to have a word in the shell-like of a boring old teacher called John PERRY.“Do you know about the OTHER?” I says to him. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:03:12 GMT)

Tuesday’s best TV: Inside the Factory; Big Brother: Live Final; Wasted
Gregg Wallace goes behind the scenes at Kellogg’s to see how they make Crunchy Nut Cornflakes; Emma Willis hosts the finale of Big Brother; a Spaced-esque west-country comedy begins. Plus: new HBO comedy Vice PrincipalsIt’s the return of the series that dons high-visibility vests and hairnets to go behind the scenes of some of the UK’s biggest factories, beginning in a monumental Kellogg’s facility in Manchester. Here, Gregg Wallace witnesses the milling, toasting and sugary cement-mixing that goes to make Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. Meanwhile, co-presenter Cherry Healey stages a porridge showdown to see who has a ninja spurtle. Graeme Virtue Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:10:05 GMT)

Don’t spread it about: Sam Cam’s ‘grand’ Hellmann’s habit
In her new book of recipes, Nick Clegg’s wife Miriam González Durántez reveals she was surprised to be served ready-made mayonnaise during meals at the Camerons’Name: Hellmann’s mayonnaise.Age: Depends on the regularity of your fridge turnover. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:16:36 GMT)

Nigel Slater’s roast summer vegetables and herb mayonnaise recipe
Warm to the feel of summer with a delicious vegetable dishTrim 400g of young turnips and cut them in half. Scrub 200g of small carrots then cut them in half lengthways. Place the vegetables in a roasting tin with 2 tbsp of olive oil and 4 large peeled cloves of garlic, then add 4 sprigs of thyme. Season lightly, toss everything together then roast for about 30 minutes at 200C/gas mark 6 until golden and tender. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:59:12 GMT)

Ever get the feeling the technology industry is trolling you?
Marketing shock tactics are nothing new, but the product itself is becoming the source of outrage, rather than the techniques used to promote itDon’t have time to pick up your dog’s excrement but do have time to snap a photo and log its location in a smartphone app so that some poor soul can schlep across town to do it for you? Then Pooper is for you.Yes, there really is an app for crap. Or at least a snazzy promotional website with a stinky strapline: “Your dog’s poop in someone else’s hands.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:37:09 GMT)

Researchers develop 3D movie screen that doesn't need glasses
A team at MIT has created technology that would allow for mass-market 3D consumption without the need for glassesA movie screen that can show 3D films without the need for glasses has been developed by researchers at MIT.Called Cinema 3D, the technology utilises multiple parallax barriers, rather than just the one used for regular 3D viewing. It allows for different viewers to have the same experience, no matter where they are sitting. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:37:47 GMT)

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