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George Osborne making 'wrong moral choice' on nuclear weapons
Scotland’s deputy first minister accuses chancellor of jumping gun by announcing extra £500m for Trident baseScotland’s deputy first minister has accused George Osborne of making “the wrong moral choice” on nuclear weapons after the chancellor announced £500m of extra spending at the Trident submarine base in Faslane.John Swinney accused Osborne of jumping the gun by making the announcement before the Commons could have a full debate on Trident’s renewal and the future shape of the UK’s defences. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:00:07 GMT)

Construction workers at Russian World Cup stadium complain of not being paid
Labourers, many far from home, are owed thousands of roubles for working in inadequate conditions on the Zenit arena in St PetersburgLabourers working on one of Russia’s World Cup venues are complaining that they have not been paid for months, despite the budget for the arena increasing fivefold since the country won the right to hold the 2018 competition.The Zenit arena, the long-delayed World Cup stadium in St Petersburg, has become one of the most expensive sports venues in the world. But the money hasn’t trickled down to construction workers. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:50:53 GMT)

No regrets, no remorse: Isis mastermind who sent out 15 suicide bombers
In prison interview, Baghdad commander is defiant as he details his deadly campaign that left more than 100 people dead, including childrenFor almost a year Abu Abdullah was the most wanted man in Baghdad. He was known among his bosses inside Islamic State as “the planner” – the man responsible for dispatching suicide bombers to attack mosques, universities, checkpoints and market places across the Iraqi capital.Now his home is a cramped cell in a high-security prison on the city’s fringe, where he has spent the 11 months since his capture. From there Abdullah outlined to the Guardian his role as the man who consigned more human bombs across Baghdad than, perhaps, any other throughout the decade-long insurgency. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:00:05 GMT)

Austria defends border checks amid migration crisis
Country says increased controls do not violate EU’s open-border policy and will target traffickers after discovery of 71 bodies in abandoned vanAustria has denied that it is in violation of the European Union’s open-border policy, after it tightened up controls in the face of the growing migration crisis.Queues built up on the M1 motorway in Hungary leading to Austria, which also shares borders on its eastern side with Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:55:49 GMT)

Defiant prime minister vows not to quit as Malaysia marks national day
Najib Razak said he would not resign over a $700m financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing “poor national spirit” by holding massive rally Malaysia’s prime minister vowed he would not quit over a $700m financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing “poor national spirit” by holding a massive rally to demand his resignation on the eve of the country’s national day on Monday.After a weekend of demonstrations, the government took back the streets of Kuala Lumpur, and Najib Razak and his cabinet ministers attended a gala parade involving 13,000 people. They watched jets whizz above the landmark Independence Square, which was surrounded by tens of thousands of protesters at the weekend. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:01:52 GMT)

Islamic State attacks another ancient temple in Palmyra
Extent of damage at Temple of Bel is not known, monitoring group says of assault that comes just days after destruction of Baal Shamin Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel.The extent of the damage at the Roman-era structure in the central desert city was not known, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:43:36 GMT)

All children should be removed from Nauru detention, Senate inquiry finds
Immigration detention centre ‘is not well run’ and ‘insupportable’ in its current form, five-member cross-party select committee reportsAll asylum seeker children should be removed from the Nauru detention centre because the centre is “insupportable” in its current form, a Senate inquiry has found.The Nauru regional processing centre is marred by widespread allegations of child abuse, violence against asylum seekers, deprivation and sexual assault, and the Australian government does not know what is happening on the island, a five-member cross-party select committee into abuse on the island reported on Monday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:30:18 GMT)

Families of China's 'disappeared' say country is a place of 'fear and panic'
Open letter from families of lawyers and human rights activists to public security minister calls on state to disclose whereabouts of loved ones Beijing’s security forces are transforming China into a place of “fear and panic”, the families of 12 attorneys and activists who disappeared during a crackdown on human rights lawyers have claimed.In an open letter to Guo Shengkun, the minister of public security, the families said they had heard nothing from their relatives since they were detained during a roundup of government critics nearly two months ago. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:31:10 GMT)

Calais ferry services resume between France and England after blockade lifted
P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways says services have begun again, however some are still subject to delaysCross-channel ferry services have reopened following a fresh blockade at the Port of Calais which disrupted the bank holiday journeys of thousands of passengers.Ferry service operators P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways both said services have resumed, however some were still subject to delays. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:31:16 GMT)

Wes Craven, Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director, dies at 76
Veteran Hollywood horror director, who made the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream film franchises, dies after being diagnosed with brain cancerWes Craven: professional scaremonger who rewrote his own horror rulesWes Craven: his life and career – in picturesWes Craven, veteran writer and director of some of Hollywood’s most famous successful film franchises, has died at the age of 76.The director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream died on Sunday night at his Los Angeles home after being diagnosed with brain cancer, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:24:29 GMT)

Porn star to be featured on Taiwan travel cards to 'cheer commuters up'
Protests after Japanese star Yui Hatano’s image is printed on Easycard travel cards which can be used on metro and bus routes Commuters in Taiwan will start using prepaid travel cards featuring a photo of a Japanese porn actor from Tuesday, despite protests from politicians and parents.Yui Hatano, one of Asia’s most popular adult movie actors, will appear on limited-edition series two cards, which can be used on the metro and bus networks and at convenience stores in the capital Taipei. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:04:38 GMT)

Africa's children: 10 years on – interactive
In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborn babies in countries across Africa. We have followed their progress at five-year intervals. In one case, this sadly hasn’t been possible. Sijjin Kuang, in what was then southern Sudan, died days after he was born. And although Prosper Mumba from Zambia is doing well, his family declined to participate this year. So here we revisit eight of the children. Now aged 10, they tell us their stories and reveal the challenges they face Listen to the podcast Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:00:10 GMT)

Seeing double: the world's hidden patterns – in pictures
Once you pop you can’t stop ... the pattern obsessives behind cult blog Patternity see hidden geometry everywhere, from high fashion to a flock of flamingos. Here are their most beautiful matchy momentsCracking the code: how patterns make you more mindful Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:00:06 GMT)

Wes Craven: the mainstream horror maestro inspired by Ingmar Bergman
It was the Swedish auteur who prompted the late director to pursue a career in movie-making. His influence can be traced right through Craven’s brilliant, chilling career Related: Wes Craven: his life and career – in pictures Wes Craven’s career is a startling link between the European arthouse and Hollywood exploitation horror. This was no movie brat, growing up obsessively watching movies on VHS, getting steeped in trash-celluloid lore, knowing scenes by heart and shooting his own homemade version on Super 8 at the age of nine in the way we might expect of a hugely successful genre director. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:01:16 GMT)

Mummies know best: the pharaohs giving up their secrets about heart disease
A study of the arteries of ancient Egyptians has challenged the received wisdom that the illness is simply down to unhealthy modern lifestylesIn 2008, Greg Thomas, a cardiologist from California, was in Cairo for work. While there, he visited the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with another cardiologist, Adel Allam of Al Azhar University in Cairo. They came across the mummy of King Merneptah, a pharaoh who lived 3,200 years ago. The description on Merneptah’s case said he had suffered from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque on artery walls. Both men were sure this must be wrong. How could an ancient Egyptian have had heart disease, when most of the risk factors for the disease – obesity, unhealthy diet, smoking and lack of exercise – did not then exist? But could they prove it?Thomas, a professor at the University of California, Irvine and Allam discussed how they could find out more about Merneptah’s arteries. They theorised that any arterial plaques might still be visible on a CT scan, a computerised x-ray technology that produces 3D images. Plaques contain calcium, which degrades slowly – a key reason that bones endure for so long. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:00:06 GMT)

What sort of back to school teacher are you? Take our test (no cheating)
Are you Mrs Organised, raring to get into the classroom, or Mr Relaxed who hits snooze too many times on the alarm clock?A. Mainly having sleepless nights as you think about lesson planning and worry about whether you’ll get everything sorted in time. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:00:06 GMT)

VMAs 2015: Kanye West reveals plan for 2020 presidential run
The rapper reveals plan for presidential run in 2020 at MTV Video Music Awards as fresh ruckus erupts when Nicki Minaj calls Miley Cyrus a ‘bitch’The MTV video music awards 2015 – as they happenedWatch the full list of VMA winner’s music videosVMAs 2105: MTV’s video music awards 2015 – in picturesKanye West announced that he plans to run for president in 2020 at the MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles.His comments came after being presented with the award show’s highest honor by Taylor Swift, who won four of the nine awards she was nominated for at the annual ceremony, including video of the year for Bad Blood, which features Kendrick Lamar. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:33:54 GMT)

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action
Crystal Palace were fluent and incisive in beating Chelsea, while Manchester United suffered problems from No1 to No9 in their defeat at SwanseaInstinct is to linger on Chelsea’s sudden and uncharacteristic deficiencies, but they were beaten by the more incisive, fluent side on Saturday with Crystal Palace’s cause very clear. Alan Pardew had taken a phone-call from Yannick Bolasie last Thursday with the winger insistent he was eager to play a part at Stamford Bridge after a period of compassionate leave back in DR Congo following the death of his father. José Mourinho had made a beeline for the 26-year-old in the dug-out to offer his condolences prior to kick-off, though it was the cameo offered up here late on that put a smile back on Bolasie’s face. The former Plymouth and Bristol City forward personifies Palace’s renaissance. He plays with such joy, utterly unfazed by the calibre of the full-back attempting to snuff out his threat, and that ferocious pace and lavish, if unpredictable, skill are key to this team’s bite on the counter-attack. They have mustered 10 wins from Pardew’s 12 away games in all competitions and a player who rose with them through the play-offs in 2013 – one of seven who remain regularly involved from that promotion winning campaign – has been a huge part of those successes. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:14:01 GMT)

Steve Bell's If ... on Harriet Harman's Labour voter check
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(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:00:05 GMT)

China's army drafts in troop of monkeys to keep skies clear for victory parade
Five monkeys have been employed to climb tall trees, destroy bird nests and keep flocks away from aircraft which will perform fly-bys for world leadersChina’s 1.5m-man military has recruited a troop of monkeys to help it clear the skies over Beijing before a massive parade designed to showcase the country’s growing might.Senior Communist party leaders and world leaders, including the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will gather in Tiananmen Square on Thursday to watch a procession of tanks, missile launchers and about 12,000 soldiers. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:48:45 GMT)

Longer lasting ice-cream developed by scientists
A protein to make the frozen dessert melt more slowly has been discovered by physicists at Edinburgh and Dundee universitiesResearchers have discovered a protein that can be used to create ice-cream that melts more slowly than conventional products. It works by binding together air, fat and water – creating a pudding with a super-smooth consistency. Related: The future of Cuba’s socialist ice-cream cathedral | Jason Motlagh Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:01:19 GMT)

Wes Craven: professional scaremonger who rewrote his own horror rules
Famous for his teen-slashers and gory, humour-laden films, Wes Craven has left this earth having set – then revised – horror film conventionWes Craven, Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director, dies at 76Craven’s life and career – in picturesTake any of the most famous conversations from the first three Scream movies – ones where a sycophantic movie geek explains the “rules” of the slasher genre – and they feel very much like the voice of a film-maker who has “seen it all before”.It says something of the ethos of professional scaremonger Wes Craven that he directed the Scream films, not as a fresh-blooded video store-raised hotshot – a Quentin Tarantino or a Kevin Smith – but as a veteran who once made the very kind of genre films he was deconstructing. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:15:03 GMT)

Clinician of compassion: Oliver Sacks opened a window to the extraordinary
Awakenings author had a unique literary gift, showing ‘potential of an intense inner life and individuality even in people who seem so very damaged’The world will be a far, far poorer place without regular reports from the distant reaches of the land of mind and brain by the great neurologist Oliver Sacks. He had a unique literary gift. A clinician of compassion, he could also – in a deft, often passionate portrait – familiarise us with human peculiarities and the kinds of talents and courage they can give rise to.Where Balzac’s Human Comedy is filled with insights into the struggles of the youth from the provinces in the corrupt capital, or of the far too pleasure-loving young poet, Sacks’s human comedy presents the tragic case of the musician Dr P who develops visual agnosia and fails to recognise ordinary objects, in the process mistaking his wife for a hat; or the “extinct volcanoes” of Awakenings, people frozen by the encephalitis epidemic of the 1920s and only woken in 1969 by Sacks’s administration of the drug L-Dopa; or the tics and passions of a Tourette’s syndrome patient; or the world of the deaf who can “see” voices; or the autistic boy who is a draftsman of genius. Sacks’s clinical tales are the quintessential literature for our medicalised times. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:42:46 GMT)

Ben Jennings on Tony Blair and the Labour leadership contest – cartoon
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(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:53:55 GMT)

Chrissie Hynde criticised over rape remarks
Pretenders singer condemned after saying it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped, and blamed herself for performing sexual acts under threat of violenceSinger Chrissie Hynde has been criticised for saying it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped. The Pretenders star, 63, said she blamed herself for being forced to perform sexual acts under the threat of violence. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:53:47 GMT)

Director Matthew Heineman: ‘Suddenly I was alone with my camera in the middle of this shootout’
For three decades, Mexico’s drug lords have terrorised the country. New documentary Cartel Land tells the story from the inside, exposing the meth labs, the torture, the corruption – and the government collusionOne must hope that audiences appreciate the extraordinary scene with which the documentary Cartel Land opens: deep within a forest in Mexico, a group of men cook crystal meth, and discuss their metier.“We know what harm we do with all the drugs,” muses one of them, masked. “But what are we going to do? We come from poverty. If we were doing well, we’d be like you, travelling the world or doing good jobs” – he addresses the director directly, but it could be many of us, almost accusing our good fortune, in contrast to his lot. “But if we start paying attention to our hearts, then we’ll get screwed over. We will do this as long as God allows it. And every day we make more, because this is not going to end, right?” Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:00:02 GMT)

Trend for coloured hair takes its inspiration from childhood toys
Fashion for rainbow dying has become a more important trend than haircut, says London hairdresser Not for the first time, the latest hair trend requires you to dig deep into your past: welcome to the rise of My Little Pony hair. Inspired by the colourful manes of the little plastic toys, rainbow hair has become the go-to hair trend for young women.Bleach salon, which recently branched out from east London to Soho, arguably pioneered the trend for extreme hair colour which has seen pink, dip dye (where the ends are “dipped” in a contrasting colour) and even premature grey become trend fixtures. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:35:24 GMT)

David Cameron is Straight Outta Eton. He could learn a lot from this NWA movie | Matthew d’Ancona
The gangsta-rap biopic Straight Outta Compton explores issues relevant to today’s Britain. The prime minister, who was left bewildered after the 2011 riots, could learn a lotWhen politicians try to get “down with the kids”, the results are almost invariably disastrous. The Notting Hill carnival this weekend has reminded me of William Hague’s appearance at the celebrations with his future wife, Ffion Jenkins, in 1997. Credit to Hague, ennobled last week, for recognising his party’s calamitous disconnection from ethnic-minority voters only three months after the first New Labour landslide, and trying to dramatise that recognition. But good intentions are rarely rewarded, and Hague was ridiculed on all sides both for trying too hard and for trying at all.The problem of disconnection so perfectly captured in Hague’s sweaty rictus 18 years ago has become a global crisis Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:10:29 GMT)

Readers’ holidays from hell: ‘Men with machetes and petrol cans were on their way – we had 10 minutes to get out’
From an adventure trip caught up in a military coup to finding a drunk woman in your hotel bed, here are some of your worst holidays, as sent to GuardianWitnessHusband took me to Venice for a long weekend, for an overdue anniversary celebration. On the second evening of four, in a restaurant overlooking St Mark’s Square, he told me he wanted a divorce!Kirkstall28 Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:00:11 GMT)

The innovators: a new U-bend to prevent the buildup of fatbergs in sewers
James Seers’s reworking of the plumbing under domestic sinks separates out solid waste and oil and has the potential to save water companies millionsIt was two years ago when the residents of a block of flats in Kingston upon Thames complained of difficulty in flushing their toilets that the alarm was first raised. The problem turned out to be a 15-tonne mass of congealed grease and oil - a fatberg - that had blocked 95% of a 2.4-metre diameter brick pipe in the main sewer, threatening to turn the London borough into a cesspit.As engineers cleared the blockage over the coming weeks, with ensuing road closures and leaking stench, James Seers found inspiration in an unlikely place. Constantly told by his father to avoid pouring fat down the sink, the student designer resolved to find a solution to prevent the buildup of fatbergs, which cost water companies about £15m a year to clear. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:54:53 GMT)

Partners in Crime episode six recap – a spectacular end-of-the-pier show
The Beresfords bow out with a big finish, featuring ticking time bombs, hand-to-hand combat and a Hollywood snog to round things off. But will Tommy and Tuppence return for a second series – and will you be tuning in if they do?SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for those watching series one of Partners in Crime. Don’t read on if you haven’t seen episode six.For the episode five recap, click here. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:00:16 GMT)

Transfer window latest: Anthony Martial, Adnan Januzaj and more – live!
The Rumour Mill: Manchester United in £36m move for Anthony Martial?And email nick.miller@theguardian.com or tweet @NickMiller79 11.38am BST A bit more on Papy Djilobodji (reported Chelsea target, 10.40am), from the hardest working man in showbiz, Dominic Fifield: “He has entered the final year of his contract at Nantes and made clear his desire was to leave earlier in the summer. He’s been training with the kids ever since. Trabzonspor had a bid of around 2m Euros rejected for him last week.”Apparently there is general bafflement in France as to why Chelsea might be interested in him. I mean, they probably need a defender, but... 11.32am BST So why the hell are United letting Januzaj leave, if they are indeed letting him leave? Surely they are not a club who can afford to get rid of any attacking options. Most people seem to agree that they’re a little light up top, but if the rumours are true then by tomorrow they’ll have brought in Martial but let Javier Hernandez and Januzaj leave. The keen mathematicians among you will note this is a net loss. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:38:16 GMT)

Rugby World Cup warm-ups: talking points from the weekend action
An unlikely win for Canada, strength in adversity from Japan, and a torrid time for Uruguay are just a few of the things we can expect at the Rugby World Cup1) Wales’s Tipuric gives Gatland food for thoughtJustin Tipuric’s man-of-the-match performance at the Aviva Stadium reignited the debate about Wales’s most effective combination. The Osprey flanker was playing on the open-side because of an injury to Sam Warburton, the national captain for the last four years. Tipuric has the misfortune to be shadowing a player who not only wears the armband but who is one of the leading players in his position in the game. The Wales head coach Warren Gatland knows how he feels having understudied Sean Fitzpatrick on the New Zealand bench during his playing days, never once leaving it to win his cap. Wales have the option of moving Warburton to the blind-side to accommodate Tipuric, but that would mean omitting Dan Lydiate, whose 25 tackles in Dublin helped Wales to victory four years after he played a pivotal role in the World Cup quarter-final success against Ireland. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:00:08 GMT)

South Africa could be barred from Rugby World Cup by court action
• The Agency for New Agenda party is taking action against SARU• ANA says selection is ‘racially exclusionary and biased in favour of whites’South Africa, one of the favourites for the World Cup, will be prevented from taking part in the tournament if a court action this week succeeds. The Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party is taking the South African Rugby Union to court in Pretoria seeking an order that would force players and officials to surrender their passports, preventing them from flying to London on the grounds that the government’s policy on transformation has not been met with the Springboks’ squad, which was announced last Friday, being mainly white. Related: Rugby World Cup 2015: Rudy Paige only uncapped player in South Africa squad Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:24:09 GMT)

Justin Gatlin reveals 2010 apology to IAAF and co-operation over drugs
• Exclusive: US sprinter shows Guardian letters outlining desire to atone• Gatlin also detailed considerable co-operation with federal authoritiesJustin Gatlin has moved to head off the wave of criticism directed at him during the World Athletics Championships by releasing letters that reveal the extent to which he cooperated with US anti-doping investigators and apologised for his own offences.The letters, which the Guardian has seen, show that Gatlin told the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2010 that he had “great remorse” for his past mistakes, which had led to testing positive for the banned steroid testosterone four years earlier, and that he was determined to atone by doing more to promote anti-doping in sport. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:25:10 GMT)

Maria Sharapova forced to pull out of US Open with leg injury
• World No3 withdraws late on due to leg muscle strain• Sharapova replaced by Daria Kasatkina in drawMaria Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open on the eve of the tournament.The Russian world No3 has been struggling with a muscle strain in her right leg and has not played a competitive match since losing to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semi-finals just over seven weeks ago. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:19:53 GMT)

Manchester City confirm signing of Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg
• Belgium forward had medical on Saturday• Fee for 24-year-old believed to be in the region of £51mManchester City have announced the signing of Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg on a six-year deal.The Belgium attacker is understood to have arrived in Manchester at around 10am on Saturday to undertake his medical, which was completed in the afternoon; the 24-year-old was photographed leaving the centre where the examination had been undertaken. The fee is believed to be in the region of £51m. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:14:43 GMT)

Andy Murray ready for US Open with volume up on and off court
The Scot has been displaced as the world No2 by Roger Federer and fielded awkward questions about his fiery first-round opponent Nick KyrgiosWhen Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semi-finals seven weeks ago, the Swiss played tennis that was like water running steadily and unendingly from a tap on a summer’s day, effortlessly brilliant and soothing – until it dried up in the final against Novak Djokovic. Related: Andy Murray expects the unexpected from Nick Kyrgios in US Open Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:00:16 GMT)

Dafne Schippers’ world championship success should not mean instant suspicion | Sean Ingle
The Dutch 200m winner’s stunning performance has opened her up to scrutiny but there are reasons to regard her achievement with a fair hearingQuestion: what was your reaction as Dafne Schippers finished like a bullet train to defeat the Jamaican Elaine Thompson in the last desperate strides of the women’s 200m final at the world championships? And another: how much did it change when you saw she had run 21.63sec, the third fastest time in history, behind only Florence Griffith Joyner and Marion Jones, whose performances are regarded as legal only by the record books given their dubious histories? Let me guess. Shock then awe – and then an unwelcome jolt of doubt.Such a reaction would be understandable given athletics’ past and present problems. Schippers’ skin colour may have coloured your opinion too. We have become used to Jamaicans dominating sprinting. Schippers’ home town of Utrecht is better known for its doorbells. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:57:00 GMT)

World Athletics Championships 2015: Great Britain take double relay bronze – as it happened
Both Great Britain’s 4x400m relay teams took bronze medals on the final day of the championships in Beijing, while there were surprises in the women’s 5,000m and men’s high jump 1.58pm BST And that’s your lot. Cheers for reading today, and indeed every day of the championships. Here’s the final medal table, courtesy of the BBC. Thank you, and good night. Good afternoon. Good morning. Whatever the hell time it is where you are. 1.50pm BST So then, that’s that. A quick summary of the medals dished out today: Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:58:02 GMT)

England’s Chris Robshaw urges team to regain momentum against Ireland
• England captain wants statement of intent after France defeat• Harlequins flanker insists that hosts can win the World CupChris Robshaw has urged England to make up for their “no-show” in Paris by delivering a statement of World Cup intent against Ireland on Saturday. England are now below their Pool A rivals Australia and Wales in the world rankings and have just 80 competitive minutes left in which to regather momentum before they kick off the tournament against Fiji on 18 September.Wales’s victory in Dublin at the weekend has also intensified the squad’s desire to finish their warm-up programme with a flourish and Robshaw hopes his players will be suitably refreshed by a rare rugby-free weekend when they report back to Bagshot on Monday. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:19:00 GMT)

Dusan Tadic double helps Southampton to 3-0 win over 10-man Norwich
Southampton needed this. After the disappointment of their Europa League exit and the general sense that they were fighting both for form and to retain their star players, they freed themselves from the shackles to put Norwich City to the sword.Sadio Mané, who has been targeted by Manchester United, returned from the hip problem that had seen him miss the Europa League play-off loss to Midtjylland on Thursday, to set up the opening two goals while Dusan Tadic, who was also back in the lineup after recent difficulties, pepped his confidence with two goals. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:38:13 GMT)

Tom Dumoulin wins ninth stage of Vuelta a España ahead of Chris Froome
• Dutchman claims red jersey after emerging victorious after uphill finish• Froome finishes runner-up, two seconds behind, to climb to eighth overallThe Dutchman Tom Dumoulin won the ninth stage of the Vuelta a España, prevailing in a punishing uphill finish to claim the overall leader’s red jersey on Sunday. Related: Vuelta crash KO’s Tejay van Garderen while Jasper Stuyven wins stage Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:58:08 GMT)

Rugby World Cup organisers play down Olympic Stadium teething troubles
• Sprinklers came on during Samoa v Barbarians match• Fans also complained about lack of W-Fi, beer and view from high seatsWorld Cup organisers say they are confident that London’s Olympic Stadium will be ready to host the first of five scheduled games in the tournament when France meet Romania on 23 September.Saturday’s high-profile match between Samoa, a key threat to Scotland’s chances of progress in Pool B, and the Barbarians was the first rugby union match at the stadium that will be West Ham’s home next season. But the Barbarians’ 27-24 win, watched by 41,039 spectators, highlighted a number of teething problems. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:51:39 GMT)

Don’t call me a neurotic, I prefer ‘original thinker’ | Fay Schopen
Studies that link anxiety with creativity should be taken with a pinch of salt. But as a card-carrying neurotic, I’ll happily take the rebrandingIf, like notorious neurotic Woody Allen, you feel that life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable, you may be cheered (or not, of course) by news of a study linking the misery of anxiety with the reward of a fertile imagination.How nice it would be to go on holiday and not spend the majority of my time wondering if the cat has unexpectedly died Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:42:07 GMT)

Spoiler alert: this article says why Terry Pratchett review didn’t have a warning | Open door | Claire Armitstead
If we add an alert to one review, what about the others? Readers have different sensitivities; who is to say which details may spoil a book for any one of them?Readers hate spoilers, and one of the sacred duties of the literary editor is to make sure they don’t happen – or if they do, that they’re signalled with a spoiler alert. The question of what constitutes a spoiler is not straightforward, though, as demonstrated last week by AS Byatt’s magisterial review of Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel, The Shepherd’s Crown.Published in print in last Saturday’s Review, it went up online at a minute past midnight on Thursday to reflect the drama of the novel’s publication. In the latest example of witching-hour publishing – a tradition that used to be reserved for the latest Harry Potter – fans queued up in fancy dress as bookshops across the UK opened at midnight to sell the novel to them. An hour later, back on the Guardian books website, the first complaint came in, and by mid-morning they were arriving thick and fast. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:59:05 GMT)

Serena Williams is the best because of her brains – not just her body | Patrick A Wilson
The massive amount of attention the media places on William’s body at the expense of her mental prowess is troublingSerena Williams is the greatest female tennis player in the world – but not for the reasons that most of the media focuses on. Coverage of her ascent tends to emphasize her body over her genius. This minimizes her greatness. It is Serena’s mental strength that is her biggest weapon, not her body.The pinnacle of athleticism in tennis is having both physical strength and mental tenacity. In singles, the player works alone, no opportunities to obtain counsel from coaches, no teammates to take up the slack. Almost every commentator, coach and player I’ve heard speak about tennis emphasizes the importance of the mental game, sometimes above the physical game, when it comes to professional tennis. Focusing on Serena Williams’s body minimizes her greatness. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:45:20 GMT)

Our schools should be less like Singapore and more like Silicon Valley | Zoe Williams
Pitting teachers against each other and setting unrealistic goals doesn’t work. As the tech giants have shown, the best results come from cooperation, not competitionWe are on the brink of a crisis in teacher numbers. Apparently it’s harder to recruit when the country comes out of recession, since the profession loses its risk-takers. It doesn’t help one bit when the population insists on continuing to produce more children. Related: Shortage of teachers set to spark new schools crisis Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:59:03 GMT)

There are 21 million in need of humanitarian aid in Yemen – please listen | Mark Kaye
Civil war has brought Yemen to its knees, and the fear is that things are about to escalate. We aid agencies need every bit of help we can getNight after night in Yemen’s beleaguered capital, Sana’a, I hear the continuous clack-clack-clack of anti-aircraft fire and the low hum of fighter jets overhead. I’m writing this sat in the corner of my bathroom, the “safe” space farthest from the window. It’s almost midnight and the electricity has cut again, leaving the glow of my laptop screen as the only light.My thoughts turn to my colleagues and friends, who are almost certainly awake as well with their families. This perpetual state of fear is nothing new. It’s been going on since the conflict started over five months ago and people are terrified that things could be about to get even worse. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:30:08 GMT)

We fear the public won't back Corbyn, but he can win and here's the proof | David Edgar
We face the risk that the Labour frontrunner’s policies really are electoral anathema or unworkable. Whatever, this moment can renew the centre-leftBefore more absurd hyperbole took over – Tony Blair comparing Jeremy Corbyn this weekend to Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen – the prevailing rhetoric was that Labour was in danger of returning to its comfort zone. From the point of view of a loyalist on the soft left of the party, it hasn’t felt like that. I joined just after the Tony Benn/Denis Healey deputy leadership contest in 1981, and so have never had to confront the prospect of the party leadership moving seriously leftwards. Suddenly, completely unexpectedly, Corbyn’s rise made it feel like it was happening. I found that heady and inspiring, but not comfortable at all. Related: Corbynmania is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ politics, says Tony Blair in final plea Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:07:35 GMT)

What Notting Hill carnival reveals about gentrification and diversity | Hugh Muir
Edgy addresses soon become desirable ‘villages’ – and once the poor have gone, they have no way backThey say hindsight is a wonderful thing, but that rather presupposes that the insight that it gives you is beneficial. If all it reveals is how you missed out by the narrowest of margins, then it’s just a drag, isn’t it? I occasionally drive past the area of east London where my aunt had a four-storey house. She got old and the house was a bit run-down. It seemed that the best option was to sell it. Who knew then that within just a few years, money would flow in to the vicinity. Bankers, monied types who work in the City, love big houses and don’t want a vile commute, turned up and tuned in. The Windrush generation, who bought those houses in the 1960s and 70s by scrimping and saving, sold up to them and moved out. Then the artist cavalcade stopped by. An area for so long seen as urban and edgy became desirable and trendy, and increasingly expensive. Such is gentrification.I thought about the process the other day when I learned that some of the undesirable streets close to where I grew up are now being marketed by the estate agents as a “village”. Estate agents: they have hindsight and foresight. If they say it is a village, soon it could be. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:00:12 GMT)

Australia's treatment of asylum seekers was bound to lead to something like Border Force | Richard Flanagan
As history teaches us, tyranny condoned against some will finally become a tyranny visited on us all. Tony Abbott cannot distance himself from thisIt was news to me, as I suspect it was to many Australians on Friday, that there had been created in our country a paramilitary force that seemed not answerable to the legal limits and public expectations of our police and military forces, but only, and directly, to politicians – those same politicians who of late seem to have little respect for the rule of law, the truth, or the necessary independence of the judiciary.Known as the Australian Border Force, this goon squad – formerly public servants, lately militarised at considerable taxpayer expense, given guns, the power to detain people, vaguely fascistic uniforms and a mandate that seems to not recognise the laws of their own country – were, we now told, mounting a large operation on Melbourne CBD streets, “speaking with any individual we cross paths with”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:23:34 GMT)

The Guardian view on Northern Ireland’s new crisis: stick with the peace process | Editorial
An IRA murder threatens to unravel the power-sharing institutions. Politicians must take the long view and not play to the sectarian galleryFor the last eight years Northern Ireland has enjoyed the benefits of its longest period of devolved self-government since Edward Heath imposed direct rule in the 1970s. Yet the power-sharing institutions that were set up after the Good Friday agreement are suddenly looking fragile again. A republican murder in Belfast this month and the weekend decision by the Ulster Unionist party to withdraw from the Northern Ireland government mean that suspension by the British government of devolved rule may be only a few days away.The seriousness of such a development should not be underestimated. Northern Ireland’s political parties have learned by hard experience that intransigence rather than mutual trust often brings votes. Votes matter a lot right now, because assembly elections are due in 2016. Yet everything possible must be done to prevent the collapse of a devolved system that, for all its limitations, has helped bring genuine security and has restored growth to Northern Ireland after long decades of conflict which revealed the bankruptcy of both unionist hegemony and republican violence. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:46:40 GMT)

Twitter works just fine – but for investors, anything except total market domination is a disaster
Nothing better illustrates capitalism’s addiction to illogic than the mismatch between Twitter’s workability and its unpopularity with Wall StreetIt’s a way of life, an addiction, a mental torture tool for sexist trolls, a news source for journalists, a marketing tool for celebs and a communications medium used by 304 million people every month. But Twitter faces an uncertain future. Its user growth is slowing, its net losses totalled $0.5bn last year – on a turnover of $1.4bn – and it’s in its fifth month without a permanent chief executive.With its shares now trading below the price they fetched when it floated on the stock exchange, Twitter is seen by some analysts as a likely target for takeover – either by Google or Facebook. Silicon valley analyst Victor Basta last week slammed Twitter’s failure to emulate Facebook, by adding lucrative extra features to its original design, describing Twitter as: “still essentially an overwhelming firehose of crowdsourced data.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:00:13 GMT)

In our dog-eat-dog world it’s time for werewolves |Kathryn Hughes
These beasts have captured the imagination in times of scarcity and fear, unlike their polite cousins – and symbols of sexual anxiety – vampiresNext week Britain’s first academic conference on werewolves will be hosted by the University of Hertfordshire. A stellar list of 50 international speakers, including Sir Christopher Frayling, is lined up to debate such pressing lupine matters as “Rabid Bitches and Fanged Whores”, “I’m Hairy on the Inside” and “Encountering the Beast Within”. Related: The howl truth: scholars get packing for UK werewolf conference Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:39:53 GMT)

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

Clouds may have lifted but BBC must be ready for the next storm
John Whittingdale’s warmth towards the broadcaster at Edinburgh will be put to test with the publication of the white paperUnder attack for being badly managed and charging too much, a venerable British institution hit back last week by claiming its service and presenters offered great value for money: “For us, though, it’s never been about the money. It’s about serving the nation and ensuring the public benefits.” The plight of the Met Office, which made this statement on Friday, will be understood by the BBC, which also faces competition from cheaper, faster or bigger international rivals and a major change in its fortunes.In contrast to the meteorological service, whose 93-year contract with the BBC is to be put out to tender, the clouds over the corporation itself appeared to lift a little last week. Not the actual clouds of course, as everyone knows that when TV executives gather each year for the annual Guardian Edinburgh International TV festival they bring their own microclimate to keep them inside drinking and talking for days. But the storm clouds that gathered before the summer holidays in the form of a shock funding deal and a green paper that used figures culled from the pages of the BBC-baiting Daily Mail. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:05:11 GMT)

The Guardian view on the latest Ukraine ceasefire call: why this could be the one that works | Editorial
It is too soon to be confident but this time the economic and political pressures may be mounting on Vladimir Putin to make agreements that will stickThe prospects are not good that the new international call for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine will be heeded any more rigorously than its predecessors were. Yet in the continuing 16-month war on Europe’s fringes, some of the dynamics may perhaps be shifting in some important ways. On Saturday the leaders of Germany, France and Russia held a three-way phone conversation in which they backed a joint announcement made by Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists last week, that a ceasefire would be reinstated on 1 September.The weekend initiative is the latest attempt to put some life back into February’s Minsk agreement, which has all but fallen apart as the fighting has continued. The agreement remains a fragile plant; both sides came out on Saturday with separate statements with very different emphases. Vladimir Putin laid all the blame on the Ukrainian government, while Kiev has been warning that Russia is readying for new offensives. The Minsk agreement will also come under further international scrutiny as the end of the year nears. This marks the deadline for the internationally recognised border to come back under Ukrainian government control. At the moment, however, the Russians maintain an exclusive grip. So other European states will have to decide soon whether to prolong sanctions against Russia, which arms the rebels and continues to give them backing through covert paramilitary involvement. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:45:44 GMT)

Time to embrace the horrors of your Spotify playlist data
‘A lifetime of meticulous cultural self-grooming has been squandered in a moment of impulsive madness’As Observer-reading ABC1 cultural consumers, our carefully cultivated tastes in film, in literature and in oak-aged cheeses are the exquisite hand-crafted carnival masks that we wear as armour in the awkward middle-class dinner party of life. But the tragic consequences of last week’s Spotify data hack continue to unravel. And we wonder privately what could be more revealing, more socially shaming, than exposure of the aching gulf between the music we claim to like, and the music we actually listen to. I live on borrowed time. I’m not alone.On Tuesday, a writer for the Wire magazine was sacked after analysis of her leaked playlists revealed that, despite passionate appraisals of post-Coltrane black power ecstatic jazz, her favourite artist was in fact the late funnyman Bernard Manning’s house band, Shepp’s Banjo Boys. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:00:01 GMT)

The BBC is vying for viewers when what it really needs is friends
Even as luminaries rally to its support, the corporation’s urge to compete – over schedules, primetime, news – leave it too short of alliesIt’s easy, and often necessary, to defend the BBC. Armando Iannucci delivered a virtuoso such turn at the Guardian Edinburgh international TV conference last week. John Whittingdale promptly shifted on to his back foot. What? “Dismantle the BBC”? Perish the thought. Emollient culture secretary offers Armando tea and sympathy as Sue Perkins bakes the cakes. But, of course, the real battle for Broadcasting House is more subtle and rather more complex. Iannucci wants the corporation nurtured as a hub in a giant UK media industry. Other leaders in this industry see things rather differently.Here’s Michael Grade (with stints atop the BBC, ITV and C4 on his CV) putting that alternative case in a new book published by Abramis, The BBC Today: Future Uncertain. “[Charter review] is the right time for even its most committed supporters to ask the BBC to think how it can voluntarily adapt and continue to justify… public intervention in such a dynamic and expanding market. Is it too much to hope that the BBC, just for once in its history, can volunteer a plan for a radical rationalisation of its size, scope and complexity?” Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:00:00 GMT)

London property goes through the roof again | Eva Wiseman
From ‘poor doors’ to ‘sky pools’, it’s clear that property developers in the capital are having a laugh when it comes to social housingLike stages of grief, the London housing market has come through denial and bargaining and has moved into the sixth stage: “Armando Iannucci sketch”. The new £15bn housing project in Battersea, where flats start at £602,000, has planning permission for a 25-metre swimming pool that literally looks down on the rest of London. The “sky pool” will be suspended between two tower blocks 10 storeys high, and will have a transparent floor, and will be the most expensive metaphor since that skyscraper melted a parked-up Jag.Something has changed in the housing crisis. The goalposts have not moved so much as exploded in small bombs of glitter. There’s no point now in pointing out the disparities and the unfairnesses. The gap between us and them is so wide that the people paying cash unseen for new builds are in a different time zone, a gap so deep that it makes the Manchester sinkhole look like a pockmark. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:30:15 GMT)

Central banks can’t save the markets from a crash. They shouldn’t even try
Alarming data from China was met with a soothing hint about monetary policy. But treasuries cannot keep pumping cheap credit into a series of asset bubblesLike children clinging to their parents, stock market traders turned to their central banks last week as they sought protection from the frightening economic figures coming out of China. Surely, they asked, the central banks would ward off the approaching bogeymen, as they had so many times since the 2008 crash.The US Federal Reserve came up with the goods. William Dudley, president of the bank’s New York branch, hinted that the interest rate rise many had expected next month was likely to be delayed. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:00:01 GMT)

Man shot dead by police in north London
Officers called to address in Enfield after reports that armed man was making death threatsPolice have shot dead a man in north London after he made “threats to kill”, Scotland Yard has said.The man, described as white and in his 40s, was killed by police outside an address in Cedar Road, Enfield, at 11.50pm on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:30:31 GMT)

First minister criticises UUP for quitting Northern Ireland's power-sharing deal
Peter Robinson hits out at fellow unionists for decision sparked by alleged violence from supposedly defunct Provisional IRAThe Northern Ireland first minister, Peter Robinson, has described the Ulster Unionist party’s decision to quit the power-sharing executive in Belfast over alleged ongoing IRA violence as “illogical”. Related: The Guardian view on Northern Ireland’s new crisis: stick with the peace process | Editorial Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:16:54 GMT)

Dutch join search for London family feared en route to Islamic State
British police are engaged in ‘extensive inquiries’ with authorities in the Netherlands about family of five last seen at London City airportScotland Yard detectives are working with Dutch officials in an international hunt for a family of five from east London who are feared to be travelling to join the Islamic State.Zahera Tariq, 33, and her four children aged four to 12 were last seen on Tuesday passing through London City airport on their way to the Netherlands. On Sunday, five days since they left the UK, the Metropolitan police said officers were engaged in “extensive inquiries with authorities in the Netherlands” about the family’s whereabouts. The Foreign Office said it had no information about their location. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:13:32 GMT)

Rescuers search for triathlete who vanished mid-event
Paul Gallihawk, a first-time triathlete competing for charity, goes missing after failing to pick up bike after swimming phase A search was under way on Sunday after a first-time triathlete failed to pick up his bike after the swimming stage of an event in Kent.Divers were scouring Leybourne Lake in Larkfield after the man, named locally as Paul Gallihawk, 34, went missing while competing in the Ocean Lake sprint triathlon on Saturday morning. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:33:17 GMT)

Shoreham airshow crash victim's last message to fiancee was 'I love you'
Mark Trussler texted the message to Giovanna Chirico shortly before dying in the collision that claimed 11 lives Giovanna Chirico, the fiancee of a Shoreham air crash victim, Mark Trussler has said that his final words to her before he died were “I love you forever”.She received the message in a text sent before the Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 in West Sussex, killing 11. The vintage plane failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop during the Shoreham airshow, instead crashing on to the road. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:50:32 GMT)

Gordon Brown: government's English nationalism could split the union
Former Labour prime minister accuses David Cameron of dividing the country Gordon Brown has accused the government of stoking a “dangerous and insidious” English nationalism that is putting the union between England and Scotland in “mortal danger”.Speaking at the Edinburgh book festival, the former Labour prime minister said the future of the union would be determined by events surrounding the referendum on Britain’s EU membership. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:40:16 GMT)

Corbynmania is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ politics, says Tony Blair in final plea
Former PM says Jeremy Corbyn is operating in a ‘parallel’ reality and warns that the Labour party is driving over a cliffA defiant Tony Blair has dramatically re-entered the debate over Labour’s future with an 11th-hour appeal to party members to come to their senses and reject the “Alice in Wonderland” politics of Jeremy Corbyn.The former prime minister and winner of three general elections says Corbyn’s supporters are operating in a “parallel reality” which rejects evidence and reason, and says their leftwing choice for leader will be an electoral disaster. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:14:34 GMT)

'Boil water notice' lifted in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble
A further 86,000 households no longer have to boil their tap water after cryptosporidium was detected at a water treatment works in PrestonAnother 86,000 households in Lancashire have been told they no longer have to boil their water following the outbreak of a parasitic bug in the main supply. Related: Lancashire water warning lifted for 80,000 homes Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:16:58 GMT)

Thousands of North Sea oil jobs at risk as platform builder fails to win contract
Tyneside-based OGN fails to make shortlist for work on Chevron’s Captain field as work dries up due to low oil pricesThousands of jobs are at risk after one of Britain’s leading offshore oil platform builders failed to make the shortlist for one of the last major contracts up for grabs in the North Sea.The decision by the US oil group Chevron to exclude the Tyneside-based OGN from its list of prequalifying contractors has rekindled a simmering row between the government and Labour MPs representing the north-east. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:22:47 GMT)

Tesco to sell latest Iron Maiden album The Book of Souls in vinyl format
Supermarket chain has been selling record players and will add fast-growing music format to its retail offeringTesco is to tap into the rapidly growing vinyl music market this week when it sells the new album by British rock group Iron Maiden.The Book Of Souls, the band’s first studio offering in five years, will be released on Friday, with the triple LP format going on sale in 55 of the chain’s largest Tesco Extra stores. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:01:19 GMT)

David Cameron lacked 'balls' to head off the rise of Isis, says former defence chief
UK prime minister rejected Syria strategy that would have squeezed out Islamic State, Lord Richards tells biographer Sir Anthony Seldon David Cameron lacked “the balls” to take the military action in Syria that could have prevented the rise of Islamic State, a former head of the armed forces has said.In a scathing analysis of the UK prime minister’s approach, Gen Lord Richards of Herstmonceux said Cameron’s approach seemed “more about the Notting Hill liberal agenda rather than statecraft”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:06:30 GMT)

Prince Charles's black spider memos show lobbying of Alex Salmond
Prince asked first minister to appoint experts to help his food brand develop low-carbon systems, and lobbied for funding for castle renovationPrince Charles privately lobbied Alex Salmond, Scotland’s former first minister, to give money to his own Highland food brand, a stately home and other old buildings in Scotland, according to newly released letters.Written between July 2007 and July 2010, the “black spider memos” – a reference to Charles’ handwriting – reveal the prince’s attempts to influence Scottish government policy. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:19:34 GMT)

Union opposes cap on restaurant deductions from staff tips
Unite says capping admin fees would legitimise unfair practice and would be difficult to enforceA union has rejected plans aimed at capping the amount in tips that a restaurant can deduct from waiting staff.Unite said it was pleased the government was taking seriously the problems caused for restaurant workers by their employers keeping a proportion of the tips they earn, but the union urged the business secretary, Sajid Javid, not to introduce a system that would make it lawful for an employer to pocket a proportion of staff’s tips. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:57:03 GMT)

Yvette Cooper to raise prospect of legal challenge to trade union bill
Labour leadership candidate will say it is unprecedented for a government to abuse its small Commons majority to try to cripple an opposition party Yvette Cooper will raise the prospect this week of a legal challenge to the trade union bill, which threatens Labour’s funding and limits the right to strike. The Labour leadership candidate will say she has received legal advice suggesting the legislation would undermine freedom of association as set out in article 11 of the European convention on human rights. Continue reading...
(Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:34:56 GMT)

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

Theresa May: only migrants with jobs should be let in to UK
Home secretary calls for rethink of principle of free movement in EU, blaming borderless system for exacerbating Europe’s migration crisisOnly European migrants with a job lined up should be allowed into the UK, the home secretary, Theresa May, has said, arguing that current levels of migration are unsustainable.Her comments came after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed migration to Britain had hit a record high, reaching 330,000 in the past year to March. The rise comes despite a pledge made by David Cameron in 2011 to bring down immigration to the tens of thousands. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:34:27 GMT)

Mark Carney's blue-sky take on interest rates misses clouds on the horizon
The Bank of England governor believes the UK economy is well insulated from global shocks, but his forecasts could easily go awryForget the financial turmoil in China and around the world. When it comes to the UK, Mark Carney would have us believe he remains in charge.The Bank of England governor gave a robust defence on Saturday of his position as the UK’s most influential policymaker. That means base interest rates are still going up, perhaps in February or thereabouts, and will be on course to touch 2% by 2018. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:36:28 GMT)

Ban Ki-moon rejects Japanese criticism of him attending China's Victory Day
The UN secretary general says it is important to recognise China’s ‘contribution and sacrifice’ in the fight against fascism in second world warThe UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has rejected Japanese criticism of his decision to attend China’s Victory Day parade later this week, saying it was important to recognise China’s wartime sacrifice and learn the lessons of history.Ban, who will be among about 30 world leaders attending a spectacular military parade in Beijing on Thursday, told Chinese media his presence would be in recognition of China’s “contribution and sacrifice” in the fight against fascism during the second world war. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:52:47 GMT)

Citi report: slowing global warming would save tens of trillions of dollars | Dana Nuccitelli
A report from America’s 3rd-largest bank asks why we’re not transitioning to a low-carbon economyCiti Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), a division within Citbank (America’s third-largest bank), recently published a report looking at the economic costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report considered two scenarios: “Inaction,” which involves continuing on a business-as-usual path, and Action scenario which involves transitioning to a low-carbon energy mix.One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the investment costs for the two scenarios are almost identical. In fact, because of savings due to reduced fuel costs and increased energy efficiency, the Action scenario is actually a bit cheaper than the Inaction scenario. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:00:09 GMT)

Singapore lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors
Foreigners with HIV will be able to visit for up to three months but will still be prevented from staying long term or working in the city-stateSingapore has lifted its two-decade-long ban on HIV-infected people entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.The health ministry said on Monday that the ban was lifted on 1 April, “given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:21:47 GMT)

Bangkok blast: Thai police issue arrest warrants after second raid
Police hunting Thai woman, 26, and foreign man in his 40s over blast at Hindu shrine on 17 August that killed 20 and injured more than 100Police probing Thailand’s deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials. Police were hunting for a 26-year-old Thai woman and a foreign man in his 40s after a weekend search on a property in the Min Buri district uncovered fertiliser, digital watches and an explosives detonator, a police spokesman, Prawut Thawornsiri, said. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:14:26 GMT)

Wildfires spread across Spain – in pictures
A fresh fire has broken out in the town of Cualedro in Galicia, north-west Spain, affecting at least 1,000 hectares of forest, as seven fires continue to burn across the country: three in Galicia, one in Cantabria, one in Castile and León, and one in Catalonia and Extremadura Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:30:08 GMT)

Twitter publishes targets for a 'more diverse' workforce in 2016
Aims to increase proportion of women and underrepresented minorities, with no African American or Hispanic staff currently in US leadership positionsTwitter has outlined its ambitions to boost the proportion of women and underrepresented minorities in its workforce, publishing targets for “a more diverse Twitter” in 2016.The social network is aiming to increase the percentage of women on its payroll to 35% that year, as well as ensuring that 16% of its tech roles and 25% of its leadership roles are filled by women. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:08:31 GMT)

Mozambique journalist is shot dead while jogging
Press freedom groups condemn ‘brazen murder’ of news website publisherA Mozambican journalist and publisher was shot dead on Friday (28 August) while jogging in the country’s capital, Maputo. Paulo Machava was exercising in the city centre before starting work when armed men in a car shot him four times before speeding away. The motive remains unclear. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:44:06 GMT)

Scott Walker says building Canada border wall is a 'legitimate issue'
The GOP candidate said voters have raised concerns to him about terrorists entering US from north, as immigration has become hot-button Republican topicThe Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said on Sunday that building a wall on the US northern border with Canada was “a legitimate issue for us to look at”. Related: Scott Walker's new immigration hard line could harm Wisconsin's farmers Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:19:53 GMT)

Rolls-Royce cooperating with Brazilian investigation into Petrobras bribery
Scrutiny comes as the firm remains under criminal investigation in the UK over corruption allegations in AsiaOne of Britain’s biggest corporate names has been dragged into a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal after Rolls-Royce admitted it was cooperating with Brazilian authorities investigating bribery in the country’s state oil business. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:00:12 GMT)

Amal Clooney calls on Egypt to pardon Peter Greste and al-Jazeera colleagues
The human rights lawyer, who acts for convicted Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, says president al-Sisi must act to stem damage to Egypt’s reputationEgypt’s president must pardon Australian journalist Peter Greste and his al-Jazeera colleagues to stem the damage to his country’s reputation, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said.A Cairo court has handed three-year jail terms to Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed for broadcasting false news that harmed Egypt following the 2013 military coup. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:58:29 GMT)

Tropical storm Erika: Dominica declares disaster status and appeals for aid
Flooding and landslides kill at least 20 people and leave more than 50 missing on Caribbean islandRescue teams worked to reopen roads to remote communities in Dominica on Sunday after tropical storm Erika caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people and left more than 50 missing on the Caribbean island.“Access by road to these communities is impossible,” said the prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. These towns “are cut off from the rest of the country”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:36:20 GMT)

Barack Obama to give Mount McKinley back its Native American name
Highest peak in North America to be renamed Denali, an Athabascan word meaning ‘the high one’ Barack Obama, has said he will be changing the name of the highest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. Related: Buttes and beasts: amazing US national parks – in pictures Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:07:47 GMT)

Bangkok bomb: Thai police say arrested man part of people-smuggling group
Police widen suspect search after the arrest of a 28-year-old foreigner though no group has yet claimed responsibility for Erawan shrine blastThai police have said that a bomb attack at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok, which killed 20 people two weeks ago, may have been launched by a people-smuggling gang in response to a crackdown on the trade.The claim comes after security forces widened their search for suspects following the arrest of a foreign national who was found with bomb-making materials and fake passports on the outskirts of Bangkok. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:06:10 GMT)

Afghan forces retake Musa Qala from Taliban
Officials say Taliban attacks are for propaganda purposes rather than to establish permanent hold over districtAfghan forces say they have retaken Musa Qala, a desolate district in Helmand province where more than 20 British soldiers died duringBritain’s involvement in the war. The district fell to the Taliban on Wednesday.About 220 Taliban fighters were killed in the operation on Saturday night, the defence ministry said. National security forces, backed by US airstrikes, captured large weapons caches and expelled the insurgents from the district governor’s office and police headquarters, said Haji Muallem, a tribal elder from Musa Qala. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:21:31 GMT)

Iran jails two unnamed people for 10 years for espionage
Revolutionary court sentencing announced on Sunday as Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American reporter accused of spying, awaits verdictA revolutionary court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the US and Israel, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday without naming those convicted.The announcement came as the world waits for news of Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American reporter for the Washington Post who has been held for more than a year on espionage charges and whose final hearing took place earlier this month. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:19:49 GMT)

Father of Virginia reporter shot on air reaffirms push for gun control
Andy Parker, father of Alison Parker: ‘They messed with the wrong family’Parker hopes for ‘tipping point’ in debate as he calls for background checksAndy Parker, the father of the news reporter who was shot dead with her cameraman live on air in Virginia on Wednesday, on Sunday vowed again to succeed in his push for gun control legislation, saying: “They messed with the wrong family.” Related: Horror, live for all to see: another week in American gun violence Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:34:09 GMT)

Elderly man who died in boating accident was on family trip
Group of anglers believed to have been in the water off Wexford coast for about five hours before being rescued by RNLI volunteersAn elderly man who died after a boating accident off the south coast of Ireland was on a fishing trip with family.The 73-year-old man from Salisbury, Wiltshire, was with seven other men, a woman and a teenage boy when the rigid inflatable was swamped by a wave off the Wexford coast. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) believes the group had been in the water for about five hours before being pulled out by crew on a local ferry, who were also lifeboat volunteers. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:56:13 GMT)

China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts
Industry minister, Miao Wei, says local government and companies involved would have to subsidise plans made to help improve pollution levelsLocal governments in China have submitted plans to relocate or upgrade almost 1,000 chemical plants in the wake of the massive explosions in Tianjin earlier this month that killed 147 people.The blast at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals was China’s worst industrial accident in recent years. There has been criticism it was located too close to densely populated residential areas. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:08:34 GMT)

Eni discovers largest known gas field in Mediterranean
Italian energy group says Zohr field off Egyptian coast could hold as much as 30tn cubic feet of gas and that more may be found in future drillingThe Italian energy group Eni has discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast and predicted that the find could help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades.Eni said in a statement that the Zohr field, which covers an area of about 60 square miles (100sq km), could hold as much as 30tn cubic feet of gas. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:52:12 GMT)

Spaniard becomes 12th person to die after being gored by bull
Number of fatalities raises questions about safety measures surrounding traditional summer fiestas in which bulls are let loose in Spanish streetsA 66-year-old Spaniard has died after being gored in the chest by a bull in a village festival in the province of Segovia, bringing the number of deaths by gorings in summer street festivities in Spain this year to a dozen. The man’s death on Sunday, adding to the toll, has raised questions about health and safety measures surrounding the traditional summer fiestas in thousands of Spanish villages in which bulls are let loose in the streets. Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:15:13 GMT)

Puerto Rico movement pitches solution to economic woes: rejoin Spain
The idea is a long shot but campaigners assert that the countries were closely integrated until the US separated them against their willAs Puerto Rico grapples with crippling debt and double-digit unemployment, a far-fetched idea to tackle the US territory’s economic woes may be gaining modest traction – one that would see Puerto Rico break off from the United States to re-join Spain.“By returning to Spain, we’ll have autonomy,” said José Nieves Seise, who in 2013 founded the group Reunification of Puerto Rico with Spain. “With autonomy Puerto Rico could have sufficient powers to boost the economy and attract foreign investment.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:00:05 GMT)

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