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Clinton campaign says data program accessed in cyber-attack on Democrats
Hack reported as part of ‘broad cyber-attack on Democrats’Clinton spokesman says no evidence internal systems compromisedAnalysis: did Russians hack Democratic party and if so, why?A data program used by the campaign of the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, was “accessed” as a part of hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that intelligence officials believe was carried out by Russia’s intelligence services, Clinton’s campaign said on Friday. Related: Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear: did Russians hack Democratic party and if so, why? Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:02:07 GMT)

Government seeks to reassure investors as Hinkley Point delayed
Nuclear plant on hold as government call for reassessments of ‘complicated deal’ with French and Chinese investorsThe British government has tried to reassure France and China that plans for a controversial new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C are still on the table, despite ordering an unexpected review into the £18bn project.The companies behind the initiative, EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), were shocked when the UK refused to give immediate approval for the nuclear plant, which has been dogged by concerns about its cost and safety. The government intervened just two hours after French energy company EDF announced its board had approved construction of Hinkley Point C. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:51:47 GMT)

Actor Honeysuckle Weeks found 'safe and sound'
The 36-year-old Foyle’s War actor had been missing since Thursday Foyle’s War actor Honeysuckle Weeks has been found “safe and sound”, it has been announced.Her sister Perdita Weeks tweeted the news on Friday night – a day after the actor disappeared – and it was later confirmed by police. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:15:46 GMT)

England's plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced
Number of single-use bags handed out dropped to 500m in first six months since charge, compared with 7bn the previous yearThe number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted to slightly more than 500m in the first six months after the charge was introduced, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:01:17 GMT)

EuroMillions lottery: UK ticketholder wins £61.1m jackpot
Jackpot is fourth to be won in the United Kingdom this year, but is well short of the record set in July 2011A UK ticketholder has scooped the £61.1m jackpot in the EuroMillions draw.The winner matched five main numbers and two lucky stars to pocket £61,102,442.90 in Friday’s competition. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:00:34 GMT)

RBS takes biggest knock of UK banks in EU-wide financial stress test
Royal Bank of Scotland was third-most affected of 51 banks tested, while Barclays also fared poorly under stress scenarioThe Royal Bank of Scotland has taken the biggest hit to its financial strength of any UK bank subjected to European-wide health checks on major banks.The 73% taxpayer-owned bank insisted that despite being the third-most affected of any of the 51 banks, it was well on the way to becoming stronger and more risk-averse. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:16:27 GMT)

South Sudan Olympics chief says advertising deal swayed Rio team selection
Olympic committee secretary-general says he felt pressured to choose a runner who is part of a Samsung ad campaign, despite her not being the country’s fastestSouth Sudan’s first ever Olympic Games team is in disarray over allegations an advertising deal influenced which athletes were selected to compete at Rio.Two of the three runners in South Sudan’s team have been deregistered by their country’s athletics federation – ostensibly prohibiting them from competition – because they weren’t proposed for selection by the federation, but were ultimately chosen in the team by the National Olympic Committee. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:59:13 GMT)

Facebook could face extra $5bn tax bill after US investigation
IRS has been exploring how the tech company transferred assets to Ireland and whether it deliberately tried to minimize the tax it paid in the USFacebook could be liable to pay between $3 to $5bn in extra US tax after an extensive investigation by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into the way the tech company transferred assets to Ireland.The tax agency has been exploring whether Facebook deliberately deployed complex financial processes designed to minimize the amount of US tax it paid. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:24:06 GMT)

Airline pilots complain of dangerous fatigue in leaked documents
Exclusive: Records of hundreds of Flydubai flights show pilots say they are being pushed too hard Read the leaked documentsFlydubai’s response to the documentsAirline pilots describe being pushed to the limit and warn about the impact on flight safety in a cache of leaked documents that give a unique and occasionally hair-raising insight into the aviation industry.Crews complain about fatigue and potentially dangerous schedules at a leading budget airline, which is already under pressure following a crash on 19 March that killed 62 passengers and crew. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:00:07 GMT)

New Zealand schoolgirls skip class because they can't afford sanitary items
Girls from low-income families forced to use phonebooks, newspapers and rags to make-do during menstruationSchoolgirls in New Zealand are skipping class because they cannot afford sanitary pads and are being forced to use phonebooks, newspapers and rags to make-do during menstruation. In the last three months local charity KidsCan distributed 4,000 sanitary items to more than 500 low-income schools nationwide after they were given a NZ$25,000 (USD$18,000) government grant to begin to address the issue. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:35:16 GMT)

Asian Americans decry 'whitewashed' Great Wall film starring Matt Damon
Critics say forthcoming film The Great Wall is just the latest example of Hollywood putting a white person in a role that should go to a person of color A chorus of outrage followed the release on Thursday of the first trailer for The Great Wall, a fantasy adventure set in China more than 1,000 years ago, which stars the white Hollywood star Matt Damon in the lead role.Damon’s plays a soldier in ancient China in The Great Wall, an English-language film directed by Zhang Yimou and set for release in February 2017. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:58:12 GMT)

'Worse than one thousand pukes': fetid corpse flower overwhelms New York
One of the world’s largest flowers, Amorphophallus titanum takes around a decade to bloom and promptly dies two days later in a foul-smelling crescendoOn Friday morning, visitors to New York’s botanical garden in the Bronx gathered together and began to sniff. They were there to witness one of the world’s largest and smelliest flowers – Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the corpse flower – bloom.“It smells like lettuce when you take it out of the bag,” a woman yelled from the crowd of onlookers in the Enid A Haupt conservatory. “It smells like the aquarium. Like the penguin enclosure,” another added. The odor came in waves as onlookers jostled for the best spot to take photos and selfies with the giant flower. Some left holding their noses. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:42:10 GMT)

Bowie by Proms review: progressiveness for progressiveness' sake
Conductor André de Ridder presents a reworking of David Bowie’s hits across the decades with a range of guestsSix months and three weeks after David Bowie died, musicians still feel compelled to give their tributes, to sing those songs that shaped their lives. It was almost unsurprising when the Bowie prom was announced, promising Bowie with a twist – but who really wants Bowie with a twist? Bowie was the twist: the wayward Bromley boy who turned himself into a peculiar pop art project, perfectly. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:14:15 GMT)

'What law am I breaking?' How a Facebook troll came undone
Of the millions of perpetrators of online harassment, Zane Alchin of Sydney is among the few to have been prosecuted – and his victim says it took a media campaignIt began with a rap lyric.“Type of girl that will suck you dry and then eat some lunch with you,” read Olivia Melville’s bio on Tinder – a Drake quote, from the Canadian rapper’s song with Nicki Minaj. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:03:32 GMT)

Extreme weight loss and tooth extraction: when method acting goes too far
Which star didn’t bathe for four months? Who became a cabbie? Our guide to actors who take their art to new levelsMarlon Brando may be the most famous Hollywood exponent of method acting, even if the double Oscar-winning star of On the Waterfront and The Godfather always refused to accept the tag. But even Brando’s efforts to prepare for a part – which once involved him living alongside wounded soldiers in a veteran’s hospital for a full month to play an injured second world war lieutenant in his 1950 film debut, The Men – pale into comparison with those of some of his spiritual successors. Related: Jai Courtney's Suicide Squad prep: magic mushrooms and cigarette burns Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:22:41 GMT)

Angela Eagle: ‘There’s no point being sore’
Despite a death threat, her office building being vandalised, receiving more abuse on social media than ever, and being asked to stand aside for a man in Labour’s leadership challenge, Angela Eagle says she is still optimisticWhen Angela Eagle laid out her challenge to Jeremy Corbyn, her arms raised in a pink jacket and flanked by two bright banners with her first name scrawled across them, she declared herself a “strong Labour woman”.After eight tumultuous days filled with allegations of harassment and intimidation, including a death threat that resulted in an arrest, and an alleged brick thrown through a window of her constituency building, her leadership hopes were crushed as she made good on a deal and stepped aside for a slightly more popular male colleague. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:46:00 GMT)

The return of Caster Semenya: Olympic favourite and ticking timebomb
The South African 800m runner is back and tipped to blow the field away in Rio, but those who have followed her career closely fear that the reaction to her success would reignite uncomfortable debates from the pastIt’s a ticking timebomb,” Daniel Mothowagae says quietly on a winter’s night in Johannesburg as he anticipates the furore that is likely to explode when Caster Semenya runs in the Olympic Games. Apart from being described by many athletics specialists as an almost certain winner of the women’s 800m in Rio, Semenya will suffer again as she is made to personify the complex issues surrounding sex verification in sport.An hour earlier Mothowagae had filed his copy for the latest edition of The Sowetan newspaper. It had been a busy day with the announcement of the South African Olympic squad and, even as he relaxed into our conversation, Mothowagae spoke of his niggling worry. After a month of interviewing insiders and experts in this incendiary debate, I understood what he meant. The fierce opposition of opinion has made my head spin. Even the way in which each person describes Semenya is strikingly different. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:03:56 GMT)

Refugee art: a way to face up to ugly truths – and possibly change minds
Exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne seek to humanise asylum seekers, so they are not viewed exclusively ‘through the lens of their past suffering’Khadim Ali remembers the day he started to receive death threats. Anonymous callers would ring the young artist in his hometown of Quetta, Pakistan. “You are the infidel Shia,” they said. “You are the infidel artist.”“It was then I decided to leave Pakistan and find a safer place for myself,” says Ali. “Because of my ethnicity I was a constant target.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:08:30 GMT)

Martin Rowson on Hinkley Point and immigration – cartoon
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(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:11:20 GMT)

Bryan Adams retains record for longest time at UK No 1
Rapper Drake is knocked off after 15 weeks at top of charts, having been poised to equal Adams’ 16-week recordIt was a very close-run thing, but Bryan Adams can sleep easily once more. Twenty-five years (yes, really) since the Canadian singer spent four months at the top of the UK charts with his earworm Everything I Do, I Do It for You, it had seemed as if his record was at last about to be equalled.But at the very last hurdle, another challenger has fallen. After 15 weeks at No 1 with his single One Dance, the Canadian rapper Drake had been poised to equal Adams’ 16-week record. Instead, the song has been knocked off the top spot on Friday by a song called Cold Water, a collaboration between Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:00:15 GMT)

'I was heartbroken': former Miss Great Britain Zara Holland and others on their summer of reality TV
Love Island was this year’s X-rated hit, but it cost Miss Great Britain her crown. Has the reality genre jumped the shark?I watched 16 hours of television last week: one season and a half of UnREAL, an American drama series about a reality TV show called Everlasting. It is a fictional version of The Bachelor, in which women compete to marry a man with giant teeth; it was written by a former Bachelor producer.They do this for prize money, or attention, or the ability to start a brand beyond the show, because reality can make people rich; you can prostitute your personality disorder, monetise your tragedy. The producers of UnREAL do what you suspect their real counterparts do: they destroy people for ratings. Sadism is not new, but that they do this with their victims’ complicity is fascinating. Reality TV is a machine now. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:00:07 GMT)

I coped well after my partner left me and the children five years ago, but suddenly I feel overwhelmed
I supported my children through the breakup and they adapted well. But now my mother has died and it’s hit me harder than expected. Annalisa Barbieri advises a readerI’m a single parent with sole responsibility for my two children. Their father left about five years ago, before they started school, and now has no contact with them. Initially, I did quite well after the split. I was able to support them through the breakup and they adapted fairly well. Recently, however, I have not been coping so well. My mother, who was my only real support, died last year and I feel I haven’t properly grieved for her as I have had to keep my family and my part-time job going. I now feel quite weary and overwhelmed. My elder child has started to become very anxious and tearful and it was suggested that her emotions could be linked to mine. To help her, I have been very wisely and warmly advised, I must first help myself – get counselling or do something outside the home for myself. The trouble is that doing anything for myself seems impossible. I have no free time and little spare cash. I have a network of friends who can help out when I really need it, but I don’t want to burden them unless it is an emergency. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:00:07 GMT)

Experience: I was stung by one of the deadliest creatures on Earth
My first thought was that a shark had taken my right leg. I knew I was in danger. I expected to see my blood billowing around I moved to Sydney, Australia, after finishing my master’s degree at Nottingham University. I was winging it: I just turned up with a suitcase. I got a couple of jobs, in internet marketing and as a private tutor, and met an Australian woman, Chloe. About a year after I arrived, I was off work on a beautiful summer’s day and fancied some peace and quiet, away from all the tourists who flock to Bondi. Chloe had told me about Gordons Bay, a small, secluded beach nearby, and I was looking forward to listening to music, reading and relaxing.There was hardly anybody there and I settled on some large rocks to sunbathe. It was postcard perfect: serene, azure sky and a calm, green sea. It was the hottest part of the day and, after reading for a while, I decided to cool off and jumped into the water. It was warm and I remember feeling happy. I swam away from the rocks and kicked back to float, looking at the sky. That’s when the pain struck. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:59:05 GMT)

‘I was three, making the journey alone’: Ursula Kantorowicz travels on the Kindertransport, 1939
My family spent weeks getting together permits and visas. The idea was to send me to England to live with my uncleI was born in July 1935 in Reichenbach, Germany, into a wealthy family. The family textile firm, Cohn Gebrüder, was established in 1876 by my great-grandfather, Herman and his brother Arnold. They had a huge factory in town; we lived opposite, in the Red Villa. It had parquet floors, stained-glass windows and central heating, which was a luxury back then.The day after Kristallnacht, on 9 November 1938, my father and grandfather – along with other Jewish men in the town – were taken to Buchenwald concentration camp. My mother got them out by bribing officials with her jewellery. They returned with shaven heads and no shoelaces. At that point, the camps weren’t as final as they became. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:00:08 GMT)

Gladstone the cat gives Treasury some purr-fect PR
Hot on the paws of Downing Street and the Foreign Office, the traditionally austere department unveils its mousecatcherThe great offices of state in the UK government need several things, not least an imposing headquarters and a team of diligent civil servants. But now, it seems, there is another necessity: an official, social media-friendly cat.Gladstone, a black, 18-month-old, short-haired cat, is officially ensconced at the Treasury, following in the pawsteps of Downing Street’s Larry and Palmerston in the Foreign Office. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:52:07 GMT)

Matt Damon and The Great Wall: the latest targets of whitewashing on film
The Jason Bourne star battles monsters in the trailer for China’s most expensive film, causing online commentators to ask why a white man is playing the leadEarlier this year, the Hollywood remake of classic Japanese anime Ghost in Shell caused controversy by casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, as did Marvel’s Doctor Strange for signing up Tilda Swinton to play a character depicted as Tibetan in the comics. Now, the forthcoming blockbuster The Great Wall finds itself embroiled in the same type of whitewashing controversy, for casting Matt Damon in a film depicting an epic battle on the titular Chinese structure.The Great Wall is the first English-language film directed by Zhang Yimou, who made House of Flying Daggers and Hero, and the most expensive production completed in China, with a budget of $150m. A Chinese/American co-production, its diverse cast includes Willem Dafoe, Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal, Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau and Turkish actor Numan Acar. But it’s Damon’s participation – as what appears to be the film’s lead in the first trailer, which debuted on Thursday – that courted immediate criticism. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:15:25 GMT)

The weekend cook: Thomasina Miers’ artichoke heart recipes
When artichokes are in season, I always eat them in as many ways as I canMy uncle and aunt lived in Wales, and my memories of summer holidays there are full not only of the buzzing of bees and the whirring of the lawnmower, but also of the tall, spiky plants in their garden that bore a strange, exotic vegetable. Artichoke suppers were a family tradition: we’d eat them with beurre noir, dunking in the leaves, then the hearts, before mopping up the butter with bread. It was a brilliantly economical supper for my mother, who turned it into a ritual that we came to love.I now eat artichokes in as many ways as I can when they’re in season. If you need just the hearts, as for today’s recipes, boil them whole and have the leaves as a cook’s perk, or as a starter; otherwise buy ready-prepared hearts in jars or tins. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:00:09 GMT)

Table 11, Glasgow: ‘I don’t mind a bowl of homemade crisps as pre-dessert’ – restaurant review | Marina O’Loughlin
The specials board is where the real stars hang out. We have a couple of fat, tender octopus legs, charred into sticky smokiness If you live in Glasgow, you may be a touch jaded by the ongoing chunter about the regeneration of Finnieston, so I apologise in advance. But for the cool, culinary-minded citizen, it seems there’s only one game in town. The business most often quoted as kickstarting the regeneration of this once forgotten corner between the city centre and the West End is Crabshakk, launched by architect John Macleod with his wife Lynne, which introduced us Weegies to the joys of sparklingly fresh fish not necessarily coated in batter. Me, I’d argue that The Buttery was drawing restaurant fans down Finnieston way many years before, but there’s no arguing that Crabshakk has had a massive influence, its tiny room packed to bursting from day one. And success breeds success, hence the rapid colonisation.Now the pioneer is doing a bit of its own breeding: Table 11 (so called because Crabshakk has 10 tables) has been around for a while, acting as a tiny, unofficial overflow for the big sibling, but they’ve recently annexed the shop next door and turned it into a fully-fledged restaurant in its own right. It’s a little beauty, too, jumping straight on to my list of favourite restaurants in the city. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:00:05 GMT)

Feather cuts and platforms: the return of glam rock
Long derided as a genre, glam rock’s carefree spirit is inspiring a new wave of musiciansPlatforms, lipstick and bulging crotches. Songs about hot love, queen bitches and young dudes. High camp and low necklines. In the 1970s, glam rock championed individuality and blurred genders, aided by its distinctive “glitter beat”. But for every Ziggy Stardust and Marc Bolan, there was an Iron Virgin with their metal chastity belts. Bands like these were more novelty than groundbreaking, and part of the reason that glam is all too often given short shrift. Related: Alexis Petridis on glam rock - the Guardian Radio Hour podcast Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:04 GMT)

Rory McIlroy laments ‘pathetic’ putting after early exit from US PGA
• McIlroy misses final chance to win a major in 2016• Phil Mickelson says 27-year-old is ‘just not confident’ A dispirited but candid Rory McIlroy admitted to a “pathetic” putting performance after missing the cut at the US PGA Championship to ensure 2016 will conclude without a major win for the Northern Irishman. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:16:32 GMT)

Russia’s weightlifters barred from Rio Olympics over doping offences
• Sanction applies to entire team, governing body decides• Competitors named in report commissioned by WadaRussia’s weightlifting team have been barred from competing at the Rio Olympics over doping offences, the sport’s governing federation said on Friday. Related: How world sport governing bodies have reacted to the IOC’s Russia decision Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:46:04 GMT)

Liverpool’s Loris Karius breaks hand and is ruled out for two months
• Germany Under-21 suffers injury after punching Dejan Lovren• Injury hands Simon Mignolet a fresh chanceLiverpool’s Loris Karius has been ruled out for two months after breaking his hand – while punching his own player.The Germany Under-21 keeper cost Liverpool £4.7m when he arrived from Mainz in May and was immediately handed the No1 jersey by the manager Jürgen Klopp. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:44:26 GMT)

Sebastian Vettel expresses his concerns for future of the German Grand Prix
With thousands more tickets needed to be sold to make the Hockenheim weekend viable and prices deemed by many to be too expensive, one of F1’s longest standing grands prix is in danger of being dropped from the calenderWhen racehorses are injured beyond repair and have to be put down on the course, large green screens are used to shield spectators from the grisly deed.This came to mind at Hockenheim on Friday, when vast, Rolex-daubed green sheets were used to cover the empty seats in the grandstands, hiding a nation’s lassitude from itself; the German Grand Prix, one senses, could be entering its final furlong. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:31:19 GMT)

Championship club Wolves sack manager Kenny Jackett
• Club opts to announce departure at 11pm on Friday• Wolves were taken over by Fosun International last weekWolves have terminated the contract of their manager, Kenny Jackett, with immediate effect, bringing to an end his three-year spell in charge a week before the new Championship season starts.A statement released at 11pm on Friday night said that the new “main Wolves director”, Jeff Shi, had made the decision to relieve Jackett of his duties following discussions over the past few days. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:41:24 GMT)

Second fire at Olympic Village adds to woes of Rio 2016 organisers
Australian team briefly evacuates after fire in basement of buildingHosts have faced criticism for condition of competitors’ accommodationCompetitors have been forced to evacuate a building in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro after the second fire in a week raised fresh concerns about safety standards.Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which filled the stairwells of the building with smoke and was quickly extinguished, but it called into question the reassurances given two days ago by the Rio 2016 organising committee that the facilities were finished. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:21:28 GMT)

Manchester City under Pep Guardiola: five things we have learned so far | Jamie Jackson
A manager who will do it his way, the role of Yaya Touré and how the lightweight pre-season schedule may have an impact on the start of the seasonWhen the derby with Manchester United in Beijing on Monday was called off, the Manchester City chief executive, Ferran Soriano, pointed to heavy rain as the reason. “We understand that this bad weather is beyond anyone’s control and that the rain has made it totally unsafe to play on this pitch,” he said. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:39:02 GMT)

Pakistan batsmen take chance to find form against Worcestershire
• Day one: Pakistanis 261-3 dec; Worcestershire 30-0• Stand-in captain Azhar Ali hits 81Pakistan’s batsmen showed signs of life against Worcestershire as they tried to recover from their second-Test mauling by England. Related: Ben Stokes’s calf blow offers England chance to Steven Finn and Jake Ball Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:13:59 GMT)

FA to review Sam Allardyce’s sports betting company ambassadorial role
• New England manager took up role while at Sunderland last year• My Club Betting provides funding for cash-strapped grassroots clubsThe Football Association will discuss whether it is appropriate for Sam Allardyce to continue in his role as a brand ambassador for a sports betting company.Allardyce, the newly installed England manager, assumed the post with My Club Betting in December last year when in charge of Sunderland. The FA is understood to be reasonably relaxed about his involvement but will consider the matter after being alerted to it by the Guardian. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:46:54 GMT)

Rio 2016 Games may be tarnished but I’ll still be glued to every second | Barney Ronay
The buildup to these Olympics has been dispiriting, yet the Games themselves promise to be an utterly fascinating spectacleHere it is then: the Games to end all Games. As Rio 2016 prepares to emerge from the waters, blowing the sweetcorn from its nostrils, smearing the crud from its goggles, panting for its prescription inhaler, it is easy to forget the sense of something genuinely profound and transformative in the air seven years ago when Rio was awarded these games at a starry ceremony in Copenhagen.Barack Obama, there to back Chicago’s bid, had left before the final vote. Instead the plinth was dominated by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s own great modernising president in the full flush of his boom‑era powers, there to talk about shifting global tides, the rise of the new world, and above all his own (pre-corruption scandal, obviously) honesty and clarity. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:20:23 GMT)

1966 World Cup: how apathy turned to joy in England’s golden summer | Simon Burnton
On the 50th anniversary of the final, we speak to organisers, fans and players who recall that what is now looked upon as England’s finest hour was actually a poorly arranged and often sparsely attended tournament until the realisation that the hosts might actually win itDrag the then button above the 1966 pictures to see the same locations todayOn 15 April 1966, over a psychedelic collage of city landmarks, outlandish cars and even more outlandish clothing, the cover of Time magazine described London as “the swinging city”. “In this century, every decade has had its city,” the cover story explained. “Today, it is London, a city steeped in tradition, seized by change, liberated by affluence, graced by daffodils and anemones. In a decade dominated by youth, London has burst into bloom. It swings; it is the scene.” Related: Why not everyone remembers the 1966 World Cup as fondly as England | Simon Burnton Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:05:25 GMT)

Two wheels for Mark Webber in Olympic-style test of endurance
Porsche and former Formula One driver and Paul Stewart are just two of the competitors in Sunday’s RideLondon event held over the course of the 100-mile 2012 Olympic road raceLike most of us, Mark Webber enjoys watching the Tour de France on TV as much for the scenery – the gorges of the Ardèche, the châteaux of the Loire, the glaciers of the Savoy Alps, the remote monasteries and the fields of sunflowers – as for the racing. “I’m a helicopter man,” the Australian racing driver said this week, on the way home from his first world endurance championship win of the season in his Porsche at the Nürburgring, “so I love seeing the shots of all those places they go through, and listening to the commentators talking about it.”Webber will have different scenery to enjoy this weekend, and a different vantage point from which to observe it, when he takes part as one of the celebrity cyclists sprinkled among the 24,000 participants in Sunday’s RideLondon event, a 100-mile sportive over the course of the 2012 Olympic road race. “The roads are closed,” he said, “which makes it an unbelievable opportunity for everybody, including myself. I’m very excited. It’s nice to do a distance that’s a challenge for everyone, and also a good day out.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:19:58 GMT)

Headingley the launchpad for long-awaited women’s T20 Super League
• Yorkshire Diamonds face Loughborough Lightning in opener• World’s best will take part in T20 event, which also offers prize moneyFor the women, at least, a new-look T20 tournament is about to be launched without much argument. At Headingley on Saturday the Diamonds (that’s Yorkshire) take on the Lightning (the Loughborough-based team) in the first match of the Kia Super League. Then on Sunday it is the turn of Western Storm to clash with the Thunder (of Lancashire) and the Southern Vipers to tangle with the Surrey Stars. How relatively easy it has been for the women, freed from the constraints of more than a century of history and tradition, to agree upon a new competition, which might give the game a boost in this country.In Australia the women’s T20 league, which was allied to the men’s Big Bash with matches at the same venues on the same day, was deemed to be a great success with terrestrial TV coverage and encouraging numbers in the stands. In England the expectations among the women are sensibly realistic. Toes are about to be extended into the water but they do not expect to rival the Australian model from the start. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:59:34 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur v Atlético Madrid: International Champions Cup – as it happened
Tottenham acquitted themselves well against a typically accomplished Atletico, but couldn’t quite find the finish to match their excellent movement and inventive approach-play 1.00pm BST So, Atleti did what Atleti do, ceding possession, nabbing a goal and doing various other good bits, all while generally getting it did. Spurs, meanwhile, looked inventive, confident and sharp, though might struggle to compete for the title unless they can find an elite player either from within or without.Anyway, thanks for your company - bye. 12.57pm BST Plenty to satisfy both sides there. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:38 GMT)

The Joy of Six: unusual musical performances at sporting events
From Shaun Williamson’s sing song at the bowls to Luciano Pavarotti’s miming at the Winter Olympics, half a dozen times music and sport do not always mix wellShaun Williamson has made a career out of pleasing other people. From his early job as a Club 18-30 rep in Tenerife to his best-known part in EastEnders as the hapless but loveable Barry to the post-ironic Barry in Ricky Gervais’s Extras, Williamson’s roles have always embraced the art of entertainment. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:52:08 GMT)

Jason Day seizes on rivals’ mishaps to set up US PGA defence
• World No1 nicely placed after first-round 68 before forecast storms• Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson excel but Jordan Spieth struggles From golf’s turmoil comes opportunity. Whereas the struggles of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy could not have been foreseen in the opening round of this, the 98th US PGA Championship, that they transpired opened the door for others. Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:51:47 GMT)

Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger describes recent transfer fees as scary
• Manager believes Arsenal have what they need to win the title• Frenchman says £30m signing Xhaka has ‘adjusted very well’Most would consider a visit to California in July a holiday. For Arsène Wenger such a trip is anything but. Arsenal began a stretch of two friendlies within 72 hours on Thursday night by defeating Major League Soccer’s All-Stars 2-1 at Avaya Stadium, and they face CD Guadalajara on Sunday in metropolitan Los Angeles.The end game, however, remains the same: ending the 12-year wait for a league title. Wenger thinks his squad have what it takes but railed at the transfer spend of some of their rivals, describing it as “scary”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:57:12 GMT)

F1 split after Bernie Ecclestone vetoes halo safety device
• Strategy Group rejects introduction of head protection device in 2017• But Sebastian Vettel says vast majority of drivers are in favourBernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s chief executive, and the senior drivers’ representative, Sebastian Vettel, found themselves in conflict on Thursday as the sport rejected the introduction of the halo head protection device next season.Vettel, at Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, supported the idea, claiming “nothing justifies death” and 95% of drivers were in favour of it. But in Geneva the sport’s Strategy Group, consisting of Ecclestone, the FIA president, Jean Todt, and six team chiefs, met to turn it down. Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:11:45 GMT)

Banning alcohol in airports is the worst idea I’ve ever heard | Luke Holland
Excuse me while I cry into my pre-noon pint at the proposed crackdown on selling booze in airports. And it’s all the fault of the #banterladsNext time you’re in an airport enjoying a cheeky pre-breakfast snifter you’d better make it a double, because things might be about to change.Following several well-publicised incidents of flights being disrupted by, let’s say, thoroughly refreshed individuals, newly appointed aviation minister Tariq Ahmad is proposing a crackdown on the sale of alcohol at UK airports. This is in response to concerns raised by airlines quite reasonably peeved that they’re the ones who have to deal with the fallout of a brutal regimen of pre-flight pints. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:16:07 GMT)

Hillary Clinton's speech was a powerful, primal first – and it blew me away | Xeni Jardin
I disagree with her on many issues. But the impact of seeing a woman accept the nomination reached a part of me deeply wounded by sexism, and made me weepSometimes we look to the internet hoping to be seen and heard by the world. Other times, we see in some stranger’s tweets our own experience. We see ourselves reflected, and it makes us feel less alone, and whole, when we didn’t know we were missing anything moments before.On Twitter Thursday night, I saw an image that mirrored my own experience of watching Hillary Clinton accept the DNC nomination for president of the United States. It was a photo of a little girl gazing at a regal woman in a white pantsuit. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:56:50 GMT)

Just as we need friends, May is busy ruffling feathers over Hinkley Point | Deborah Orr
Delays, bad manners and petulance: Theresa May’s government is not showing its best side with the nuclear power station hold-upThere are a number of things that I really don’t want to hear discussed on the news, especially in a manner that resembles the couple of expository lines frantically shouted at the start of a disaster movie. Nuclear power is very much one of those things. Nevertheless, here we all are, speculating as to whether the Chinese might build weaknesses into the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant’s computer systems, just in case they might at some point decide to snatch control of the facility. Which hardly suggests an open, collaborative relationship of trust. Related: Hinkley Point C in doubt after British government delays approval Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:45:12 GMT)

Questions of leadership and naked ambition
Leaders, would-be leaders and a new Channel 4 dating showThe sight of Mo Farah sprinting away from the field in the 5,000 metres at the London Anniversary Games was a welcome reminder that the Rio Olympics are nearly on us and that for a couple of weeks we can all get excited about sports, such as rowing and hockey, that almost no one watches in the intervening four years. Less welcome was the reminder that none of the British track and field commentators seem willing to utter one word against Sebastian Coe, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. As far as the Brit commentators are concerned, the fact that their old mate Seb was vice-president of the IAAF during the period when its president, Lamine Diack, was implicated in one of the worst doping cover-ups in the sport’s history is not really worth mentioning. Although Coe has said little on the matter, either he knew about the scandal and chose to do nothing or he was so hopeless as vice-pres that he was out of the loop. Either way, his appointment doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the sport’s future. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:59:25 GMT)

Mrs Mangel was my TV mum. She was a perfect Neighbours villain and a total joy | Mark Little
It was a pleasure to act alongside Vivean Gray as she worked her way into Aussie folklore. Her puritanical curtain-twitcher turned the show into a phenomenonThe year 2016 continues to stick the boot in as another beloved icon bites the dust. Dear Vivean Gray, the actress who gave us not one but two notorious soap legends: Mrs Jessup from The Sullivans and the one and only Mrs Nell Mangel from the world’s most famous Aussie TV show, Neighbours. Related: Neighbours' Mrs Mangel, actor Vivean Gray, dies aged 92 Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:58:33 GMT)

Donald Trump speaks to the gut – and progressives need to do the same | Jonathan Freedland
To win this election Hillary Clinton should learn the lesson of Brexit. You can’t disdain the politics of emotion - you have to master itWhen they come to make Trump: The Movie, what will be the plot? For a long while I’d thought the obvious structure was that of The Producers, the classic Mel Brooks tale of the Broadway duo who realise they can make a fortune by staging a surefire flop. To hold on to their investors’ money, they set about sabotaging their own show, making it as repellent as possible. The showstopper is the appalling, offensive dance number Springtime for Hitler. The trouble is, the audience love it.Surely that’s the only plausible explanation for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. How else to explain why he would launch it by insulting whole classes of people, including those usually seen as beyond criticism. Mocking a disabled man, quipping that John McCain, a PoW in Vietnam, was not a real war hero because he was captured, or suggesting a Fox News host took against him because she was “bleeding from her whatever”. These moves are to electoral success what goose-stepping Nazis are to Broadway musicals: they’re not meant to work. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:27:56 GMT)

Want an antidote to chaos in the world? Maybe Barack Obama has the answer | Oliver Burkeman
Oliver Burkeman longs for the quiet life – like the president of the USAround the same time that Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage detonated a political bomb under the UK before immediately running away, I learned that psychologists at the University of Texas had devised a scale to measure the personality trait they call “the need for drama”, or NFD. (It asks if you agree with statements such as, “Sometimes it’s fun to get people riled up” and, “I always speak my mind but pay for it later.”) There’s little doubt that Johnson and Farage – like Donald Trump – are high-NFD individuals, similar in this respect to that friend who advertises his relationship status on Facebook as “It’s complicated”, or whose answer to the question, “How are things?” always involves multiple interconnected crises. Such people sow chaos to fulfil some inner appetite for the excitement it brings, albeit usually with less destructive consequences than Brexit.It’s not just the politicians, either: it’s hard to escape the conclusion that we live in an increasingly high-NFD culture. If more and more voters seem to be choosing disruption or demagogues for the fun of it, maybe that’s because causing drama is the last option open to those who feel powerless. As the psychology writer Melissa Dahl explained on the Science of Us blog, high-NFD people have an “external locus of control”, meaning that they perceive events as happening to them, rather than being authored by them – a reasonable conclusion when events seem largely determined by politicians miles away, or economic shocks half a world away. “Listening to Trump tell you that he is going to build a wall or to a Brexit leader telling you there will be no more immigration is like buying a lottery ticket,” Fintan O’Toole wrote recently. “You don’t have to actually believe that you are going to win $100m… It keeps the boredom at bay by introducing a fantastic possibility.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:00:07 GMT)

The Conservatives have realised too late that Hinkley Point is a rip-off | Barry Gardiner
It was always a bad deal for government and public, and Labour said as such. By getting cold feet so late on, the government will only do damageOne would imagine that the phone call from the Élysée Palace yesterday went something like this:François: My dear Thérèse, what in the name of Sacré-Cœur do you think you are doing? Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:15:24 GMT)

Sesame Street has canned its veteran human characters. I'm heartbroken | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
I enjoyed watching the reboot with my young daughter, because it still felt like the show I loved growing up. Now I don’t know what to thinkI spent my formative years watching Sesame Street obsessively. If such a thing existed, my preschool-aged self would have been High Priestess of the Jim Henson oeuvre. Even as an adult, my favorite number is still six – that was Bert’s favorite number, and his declaration of this fact came with a catchy song.So of course I was concerned to hear last August that HBO had “partnered” (AKA bought, because who are we fooling) with the Sesame Workshop, and that for the first time in Sesame Street’s 45-year run, it would be premiering new episodes on premium cable. The implications that this partnership presented for children of lower socio-economic status and minority racial groups – the very children for whom Sesame Street was literally invented – seemed damning at best. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:58:33 GMT)

My charity has received horrific anti-Muslim abuse. But the Met police don’t seem to care | Fiyaz Mughal
Officers around the country have been heroes in the cause of Tell MAMA, my organisation that monitors Islamophobia. So what’s the problem in London?Over the last nine days my colleagues and I at Tell MAMA – an organisation which supports victims of anti-Muslim hatred – have been subjected to some of the worst harassment on our telephone lines in the four years since we first started. The extent of the racist, sexist and anti-Muslim abuse we have received has left the organisation unable to function. My colleagues have been subjected to monkey noises, abuse and general intimidation. Related: Hate crime-fighting group Tell MAMA says Met failing to protect it Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:16:41 GMT)

Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink | Stephen Hawking
Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. We will now have to learn to collaborate and to shareDoes money matter? Does wealth make us rich any more? These might seem like odd questions for a physicist to try to answer, but Britain’s referendum decision is a reminder that everything is connected and that if we wish to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, we’d be very foolish to ignore the role that wealth does and doesn’t play in our society.I argued during the referendum campaign that it would be a mistake for Britain to leave the European Union. I’m sad about the result, but if I’ve learned one lesson in my life it is to make the best of the hand you are dealt. Now we must learn to live outside the EU, but in order to manage that successfully we need to understand why British people made the choice that they did. I believe that wealth, the way we understand it and the way we share it, played a crucial role in their decision. As the prime minister, Theresa May, said in her first week in office: “We need to reform the economy to allow more people to share in the country’s prosperity.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:00:27 GMT)

Hillary Clinton, the luckiest woman alive | First Dog on the Moon
Whatever her many many many faults, compared to Trump she is an avenging angel driving a truck full of hot wafflesSign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:50:58 GMT)

Don’t listen to the fearmongers: our Brexit negotiations are in safe hands | Syed Kamall
Some are unhappy with the appointment of Michel Barnier as chief negotiator. In fact there are many reasons to suggest he’s the man for the jobWhen Michel Barnier was appointed EU commissioner for financial services in 2009, I admit I was worried. After all, President Sarkozy could not hide his satisfaction that a Frenchman would be in charge of the City of London, ready to launch an onslaught of new financial regulation. Some of our newspapers called Barnier the “most dangerous man in Europe”. Related: Juncker puts veteran French politician in charge of Brexit talks Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:34:26 GMT)

If politics has become stranger than fiction, we novelists must try harder
From Dickens and Zola to Tolstoy, the best political novels thrive on complexityRolling news and social media encourage us to live under a siege of immediate reaction. Amid the tumult, how many of us have time to look to literature for political insight? Fiction has a hard fight to show it is more useful in terms of dealing with what ails us than Twitter.Undoubtedly, what it means to be human is subject to change, but political novels of dystopia – from Huxley and Orwell to Riddley Walker and The Handmaid’s Tale – have always made brave wagers on where we might be headed. And to those who imagine that current affairs have become somehow “stranger than fiction” – there is nothing so very new under the sun. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:04 GMT)

Isis is escalating its violence against Iraqi civilians. Why doesn’t the world care? | Haider Newmani
Outside Iraq there are no speeches made, no flags lowered in response to the almost daily terror attacks. And yet our people continue to show resilience and hopeUS and coalition military forces continue to attack Isis territories in Iraq, while Iraqi ground troops prepare to retake the city of Mosul from the grip of the terrorist group. As Isis loses ground in Iraq, it escalates its violent campaign against civilians.On Sunday, a suicide bomber attacked a security checkpoint in my home city, Baghdad, killing at least 14 people. It followed the attacks on 3 July in the same city – the city I fled to become an asylum seeker in America after losing multiple family members and friends. That attack was in the Karada district, where I spent most weekends. Within minutes, my social media accounts flooded with posts from family and friends with photos of their loved ones who were out in Karada, asking for any information on their whereabouts. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:00:49 GMT)

Father of Muslim American soldier: ‘Donald Trump, you have sacrificed nothing’ – video
Khizr Khan gave a stirring speech at the Democratic convention in honor of his son, Humayun, who was killed in Iraq when a suicide bomber attacked his unit. Khan said that under a Trump government, Humayun wouldn’t have even been allowed in the country. ‘Have you even read the United States constitution?’ he asked Trump, before offering up his own copy Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:52:28 GMT)

Britain’s political pets at war – video
Larry the cat is 10 Downing Street’s official mouse catcher and Palmerston is his Foreign Office counterpart. But since David Cameron’s recent departure, the two tom cats have been seen in combat with each other, with no sign of reaching détente Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:55:33 GMT)

The forgotten police bombing of a Philadelphia pro-black group – video
On 13 May 1985, Philadelphia police bombed the Move compound, killing 11 people, including five children, and destroying an entire neighborhood. The countercultural group lived communally and had a history of violent encounters with police.As the DNC wraps up in Philadelphia, the Guardian takes a look at this largely forgotten event in the context of current national debates on race, policing and politics in AmericaPhiladelphia’s Osage Avenue police bombing, 30 years on: ‘This story is a parable’ Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:09:46 GMT)

Clive Lewis: 'Corbyn was only supposed to blow the bloody doors off' – video
The shadow defence secretary, Clive Lewis, discusses Jeremy Corbyn’s record as Labour leader. He tells Owen Jones that Corbyn surprised everyone by becoming party leader. Lewis also discusses Owen Smith’s challenge to Corbyn Watch an extended version of this video on Owen Jones’s YouTube channel Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:34:41 GMT)

VCRs are cast into the dustbin of history – video
1990s styles may be back in fashion, but getting hold of 20-year-old technology is about to get much harder. The last known maker of video cassette recorders, Funai Japan, has announced it is to cease production of VCRs. Those whirring, magic boxes will soon be nothing but a mere memory Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:04:38 GMT)

The child labourers helping luxury cars sparkle – video
Mica is a mineral used in products from cosmetics to car paint, where it creates a shiny, sparkly effect. It’s even used in heating elements for some household appliances. In India, illegal mines are known to use child labour. The link between child exploitation and cosmetics came to light over a decade ago, but a Guardian investigation has now revealed links to the car paint industryRead the full story: Car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:29:34 GMT)

What if England hadn't won the 1966 World Cup? – video
Imagine if England had lost the 1966 World Cup final, and Germany had the bragging rights. Imagine all of the different consequences that would have caused. Step into our alternate reality and find out what might have been if Alf Ramsey’s team hadn’t triumphed at WembleyNot everyone remembers the 1966 World Cup as fondly as England Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:46:10 GMT)

The left is not dead. Here's how we come back fighting – video
A coherent progressive voice is needed more than ever in the UK, argues Paul Mason. To make sure the terms of Brexit encourage an open and tolerant society, he says, politicians should form a progressive alliance. To stop Ukip and the Tories becoming all powerful, the left must work together Continue reading...
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:00:35 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)

Angela Eagle: 'I've heard cruel words. I know that language matters'
After Owen Smith’s remark about smashing Theresa May back on her heels, Eagle urges Labour politicians to moderate languageAngela Eagle has warned that politicians must take great care in their use of language as she argued that Labour’s leadership candidate, Owen Smith, was right to apologise after suggesting he would like to “smash” the prime minister back on her heels.In an interview with the Guardian, the Labour MP who stepped aside to allow Smith the opportunity to challenge Jeremy Corbyn alone, said she hadn’t had a chance to discuss the incident with Smith, but added: “He should have and has apologised.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:42:47 GMT)

'I have to get justice for her': was this British woman a victim of 'honour' killing?
When Samia Shahid flew to Pakistan to say goodbye to her apparently dying father, her husband thought it was a trick. Six days later, she was deadWhen Samia Shahid got a call earlier this month saying her father was dying in hospital and she had only days to reach his bedside in Pakistan before it was too late, her husband begged her not to go.“Obviously I could see it was a lie,” said Mukhtar Syed Kazam, who feared his British wife would not be safe with a family who felt a furious sense of shame towards their daughter. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:40:58 GMT)

Mother of Briton accused of attempting to shoot Trump launches crowdfund
Lynne Sandford wants to pay for her son, Michael, to return to the UK and receive psychiatric careThe mother of a 20-year-old British man accused of attempting to shoot Donald Trump has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover his legal costs.Lynne Sandford, 41, has launched the campaign to pay for her son’s legal battle to return to the UK, after he was put on suicide watch while in prison in the US. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:21:51 GMT)

Headteacher defends policy of putting pupils in 'lunch isolation'
Katharine Birbalsingh says pupils get extra teaching – along with sandwich and piece of fruit – if parents fail to pay for lunchesThe head of a London secondary school that places pupils in “lunch isolation” if their parents don’t pay for school meals is unapologetic over the policy, arguing that parents who refuse to pay are betraying their children’s education.Katharine Birbalsingh, the head of Michaela community school in north-west London who imposed the policy, argued that the children affected were from dysfunctional homes and needed the school’s support. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:40:56 GMT)

Home Office has no immediate plans to change EU passports
Disappointment for pro-leave camp as home secretary says old-style British passport will not return before BrexitIt was one of the more persistent if minor refrains from the pro-leave camp in the run-up to the EU referendum: an end to the burgundy hegemony of the standard EU passport. But it seems traditionalists are not – at least for now – going to get their old-style British passports back. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:35:01 GMT)

Most of those arrested at Byron burger chain have been removed from UK
Removals come after controversial immigration sting at 12 branchesMost of the 35 workers arrested in a controversial immigration sting at the Byron hamburger chain have been removed from the UK.The Home Office confirmed that 25 of those arrested in the operation on 4 July on suspicion of immigration offences “have now left the UK, either voluntarily departed or been removed”. It said the rest were “having their cases progressed by Immigration Enforcement”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:33:26 GMT)

More than 520 children 'targets of online sexual abuse' in Scotland
Seventy-seven people arrested and charged as part of ongoing investigationMore than 520 children have been identified as likely or potential victims of sexual abuse online and 77 people arrested in a major anti-paedophile operation by police in Scotland.Detectives said they had uncovered more than 30m indecent images on mobile telephones and computers seized during Operation Lattise, a six-week inquiry launched by Police Scotland in June. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:46:57 GMT)

Man jailed for life for daughter's murder 'was violent towards her sibling'
High court judgment reveals the child told carers of disturbing levels of abuse by Ben ButlerBen Butler, who was convicted of murdering his six-year-old daughter Ellie in a fit of rage, was also violent towards a younger sibling, according to a high court judgment.The child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told carers of disturbing levels of abuse when briefly in the care of Butler and his partner, Jennie Gray. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:02:13 GMT)

Pigeon fancier faces ban over scam that won him top prize
Tarbes National winner Eamonn Kelly faked a winning time using microchip of a pigeon that never left his Oxfordshire loftA leading pigeon fancier is facing expulsion from the sport after admitting cheating in one of its most prestigious races to win prizes worth £11,500.Eamonn Kelly, from Didcot in Oxfordshire, successfully defended his title in the Tarbes National last weekend, after one of 14 birds he registered for the race was recorded as having flown home from Tarbes in southern France with the fastest average time. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:54:01 GMT)

Garden bridge charity delays publishing annual accounts for five months
Trust says preparing 17 months of accounts is to match financial year but delay adds to critics’ concerns over project’s running costs and private donationsThe charity behind London’s proposed garden bridge has delayed publishing its full accounts for five months, adding to concerns that the financing of the project could be in trouble.The Garden Bridge Trust, which aims to begin work later this year on the 367-metre tree and plant-filled structure across the Thames, said the delay in filing accounts to Companies House and the Charities Commission was simply an administrative matter. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:27:38 GMT)

Fifty-three cases of Zika virus confirmed in UK, says health agency
Most recently, Calderdale and Huddersfield hospital trust has had three patients test positive for virus on return from overseasFifty-three people have been confirmed with Zika virus in the UK, Public Health England has said.In the most recent cases, a hospital trust said three people had been treated for the virus in Yorkshire. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:09:49 GMT)

Email slip-up exposes Kelvin Mackenzie hijab slur complainant details
Investigation launched after watchdog accidentally copies all who complained about Sun article in email telling them their complaint would not be exploredThe information commissioner has launched an investigation after the personal details of nearly 500 people who had complained about an article in the Sun were exposed by the press watchdog.The complainants were all copied into an email from the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) informing them that their complaints would not be taken forward. Each was able to see the others’ addresses because they were placed in the “cc” field, rather than the “bcc” field. In many cases, the email addresses also revealed the complainants names. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:51:37 GMT)

Murder investigation launched after man's body found in Thames
Postmortem on victim, who was found in Walton-on-Thames, determined he died from head injuryA murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in the river Thames.The victim, who was thought to have been fishing before he disappeared, was discovered in the water in Walton-on-Thames on Thursday. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:33:35 GMT)

Holidaymakers heading to Dover urged to take plenty of food and water
Kent police tell motorists travelling to Channel port to stock up on vital supplies in light of last weekend’s severe delaysHolidaymakers travelling through Dover are being urged to stock up on vital supplies following severe delays last weekend.The Kent port is expected to be busy again over the coming days as people arrive to cross the Channel. Tailbacks reached 12 miles last weekend and some people were forced to wait for 15 hours on gridlocked roads. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:15:08 GMT)

EDF boss confident Hinkley Point C nuclear plant will be built
Nuclear power project thrown into doubt late on Thursday after UK government announced fresh reviewThe boss of EDF says he is still confident about Hinkley Point C being built despite the UK government throwing the nuclear power plant into doubt by launching a fresh review.Jean-Bernard Levy, the chief executive of EDF, said on Friday he had no doubt about the government’s support for the £18bn project. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:50:52 GMT)

Man jailed for life for murdering girlfriend's toddler
Hardeep Hunjan inflicted series of assaults on 13-month-old Noah Serra-Morrison, who was found dead last NovemberA man has been jailed for life for murdering his girlfriend’s 13-month-old son.Noah Serra-Morrison was found dead on 21 November last year after sustaining 15 fractures to his body, including a 6in (15cm) wound across his skull. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:56:57 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour could win snap general election
Leader says Conservatives can still be beaten despite them enjoying a ‘field day’ over his party’s divisionsThe Conservative government has had “a field day” amid Labour divisions, Jeremy Corbyn has said in a Guardian interview, while insisting he believes the party could win a snap general election.The Labour leader said he was “deeply disappointed” rather than angry about a revolt by his MPs in the wake of the EU referendum, which saw a string of frontbench resignations and a challenge to his position from Owen Smith. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:54:35 GMT)

Theresa May takes Brexit’s immigration message to eastern Europe
PM visits Slovakia and Poland, where she says desire for immigration control was at the heart of referendum resultTheresa May has told eastern European countries that British people have sent a “very clear message” on the need to reduce migration through their vote to leave the EU. Related: Theresa May: EU citizens' rights depend on fate of Britons abroad Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:55:05 GMT)

Three men jailed over two attempts to smuggle Albanians into UK
Mark Stribling, Robert Stilwell and Stephen Jackson all admit to assisting unlawful immigration into the UKThree men have been sentenced to prison terms over two separate attempts to smuggle Albanians into the UK in boats across the Channel.A former Commonwealth judo champion has been jailed for more than four years after admitting that he attempted to smuggle 18 Albanian migrants into Britain before his boat broke down. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:54:50 GMT)

Armada portrait of triumphant Elizabeth I now belongs to Britain
Artwork bought from Sir Francis Drake’s descendants after fundraising campaign receives £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grantOne of the most famous portraits of British history, showing an elegant and triumphant Elizabeth I after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, has been bought for Britain after a nationwide fundraising campaign.A grant of £7.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), using money from national lottery players, was the final piece in a campaign to raise £10.3m to buy the work, known as the Armada portrait, from descendants of Sir Francis Drake. Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:01:20 GMT)

Man struck by train arrested over murder of woman
South Wales police arrest 86-year-old rescued from underneath train at Cardiff Central station after discovery of bodyAn 86-year-old man who was hit by a train at Cardiff Central station has been arrested in connection with the murder of an 85-year-old woman.Emergency crews were called to the station on Thursday afternoon and the man was rescued from underneath a Great Western Railway engine. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:42:37 GMT)

Foxtons profits down sharply as London property market cools
Estate agent’s pre-tax profit fell to £10.5m in the first six months of year from £18.1m a year earlier, with Brexit uncertainty blamedProfits at Foxtons fell by 42% in the first six months of the year as uncertainty and confusion caused by the EU referendum led to a slump in property sales, with the estate agent warning that the downturn in London’s housing market would continue at least until the end of 2016.Foxtons’ pre-tax profit dropped to £10.5m over the period, from £18.1m a year earlier. Property sales volumes were down by 10.2%, pushing revenues 7% lower to £31.3m. Lettings revenues also suffered in the run-up to the referendum on 23 June, declining by 2.7% to £32.6m. Foxtons scrapped a special dividend as it said the Brexit vote had caused a prolonged period of further uncertainty. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:43:18 GMT)

Minister wants to tackle excessive alcohol consumption at UK airports
Tariq Ahmad is to review how bars, restaurants and duty free stores in airports sell alcohol, following concerns about alcohol-related incidentsA crackdown on the sale of alcohol at British airports is being considered by the new aviation minister amid a spate of incidents involving drunk passengers. Related: Drunk airBaltic crew included co-pilot at seven times legal alcohol limit Continue reading...
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:20:20 GMT)

Former Brazilian president Lula to stand trial on obstruction charges
Judge says sufficient evidence exists that Workers’ party conspired with politicians and businessmen to buy silence of former Petrobras officialA week before Brazil hosts the Olympic Games, a judge has ratcheted up political tensions in the country by ordering former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to stand trial on charges of obstructing justice during a vast corruption investigation at the state-owned oil company, Petrobras.The court case against the Workers’ party founder – who in 2009 helped to win the Olympic bid for Rio de Janeiro – is likely to cast a shadow over the sporting spectacle and adds to a wave of problems engulfing the country, including a political crisis, the worst recession in decades, pollution fears and the Zika epidemic. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:10:21 GMT)

Ex-Fox News employee says Roger Ailes sexually exploited her for 20 years
Laurie Luhn in an interview detailed coercive relationship that she says involved Ailes paying her for sexual favors with cash, mentoring, jobs and promotionsA former Fox News employee told New York magazine that ousted chairman Roger Ailes had sexually exploited and “psychologically tortured” her for more than 20 years. Laurie Luhn, in an extensive interview published Friday afternoon, detailed a coercive relationship that she said began in 1988 and involved Ailes paying her for sexual favors – with cash, mentoring, jobs and promotions. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:06:56 GMT)

Turkey president Erdoğan to drop cases of insult in coup aftermath
President makes gesture in fiery speech, telling west to ‘mind your own business’ in wake of concerns about crackdown after failed coup Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he is dropping all lawsuits against those charged with insulting him, and warned western countries to “mind your own business” following concerns about retribution against suspected coup plotters.Speaking at an event in Ankara on Friday, commemorating those killed and wounded during the failed military coup on 15 July, Erdoğan said he was withdrawing all the lawsuits for insults against his person. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:30:39 GMT)

Prince: judge rules out 30 potential heirs to singer's estate
Minnesota court orders genetic testing for six purported family members, including half-siblings, a niece and grand-nieceA Minnesota judge overseeing Prince’s estate narrowed down the wide pool of potential heirs for the late superstar’s fortune on Friday, ruling out nearly 30 claimants while ordering genetic testing for six purported family members.Carver county judge Kevin Eide’s order requires genetic testing for Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, plus three half-siblings: Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson. Ken Abdo, the lawyer for the three half-siblings declined to comment. Tyka Nelson’s attorney did not immediately return a call. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Jul 2016 02:20:13 GMT)

Syrian maternity hospital bombed, says Save the Children
Charity says the facility that it supports in a rebel-held area of Idlib province has been extensively damagedAn airstrike has hit a maternity hospital in northern Syria supported by Save the Children, the charity has said.Two people were killed in the attack, and several others injured including a woman who was six months pregnant who lost her leg. Several babies were also hurt when their incubators crashed to the floor in the attack. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:07:59 GMT)

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