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Apple ordered to pay up to €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws
European commission says Apple got illegal help with tax breaks but CEO Tim Cook says ruling threatens investment in EuropeApple has been ordered to pay a record figure of up to €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland after the European commission ruled that deals between Apple and the Irish tax authorities amounted to illegal state aid. Related: Apple faces large Irish tax bill in EU ruling - business live Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:33:46 GMT)

French PM suggests naked breasts represent France better than a headscarf
Manuel Valls faces criticism for comments regarding Marianne, a symbol of republic, in context of continuing burkini ban rowThe French prime minister has drawn criticism for suggesting that naked breasts are more representative of France than a headscarf, in the latest flare-up of the bitter political row over the burkini.Manuel Valls, who clashed with France’s education minister over his support for mayors who have banned full-body swimsuits from beaches, gave a rousing speech on Monday night in which he hailed the bare breasts of Marianne, a national symbol of the French Republic. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:56:16 GMT)

British backpacker's funeral to include passage from the Qur'an
Mia Ayliffe-Chung’s funeral will be multi-faith ceremony to counter ‘misinterperation’ of her murder as an act of terrorismA British backpacker murdered in Australia will have a reading from the Qur’an at her funeral to counter the “misrepresentation” of her killing as an act of terrorism, her mother has said.Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death at a hostel in Queensland last Tuesday. Thomas Jackson, 30, died in hospital overnight on Monday from injuries he sustained trying to save her. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:49:03 GMT)

Rudy Giuliani: I've 'saved more black lives' than Beyoncé
The former New York City mayor claimed his policies, which included stop-and-frisk, reduced violent crime after the singer’s racially charged VMAs performanceFormer New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that he has “saved more black lives” than Beyoncé, following the artist’s heralded MTV Music Video Awards performance, which made allusions to racial injustice. At the awards show on Sunday, Beyoncé performed a medley of songs from her visual album Lemonade. The 15-minute performance began with her dancers falling as though shot by guns after they were hit by a red light, a reference to police killings of black people, and she was later joined onstage by a black man wearing a hoodie, a seeming reference to what teenager Trayvon Martin wore when he was killed. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:40:07 GMT)

UN under pressure to set up inquiry into Syria aid programme
Human rights groups say UN needs to restore trust after the Guardian revealed contracts had been awarded to agencies linked to Bashar al-AssadThe United Nations is under increasing pressure to set up an independent inquiry into its Syria aid programme after a Guardian investigation found contracts worth tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to people closely associated with the president, Bashar al-Assad.Former UN officials, diplomats, lawyers, and the head of Human Rights Watch (HRW) are among those who have raised serious concerns about the way Damascus appears to be directing the aid effort and benefiting from some of these deals. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:44:45 GMT)

Five teenage boys arrested after man dies following attack in Essex
Police launch murder investigation over attack on two Polish men in The Stow area in Harlow on Saturday eveningA murder investigation has been launched after a man died of head injuries following an attack in Harlow, Essex.Five teenage boys have been arrested after two Polish men were assaulted and knocked unconscious outside a row of takeaway shops in The Stow area at about 11.35pm on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:21:38 GMT)

UK and France restate commitment to border treaty after Calais talks
Amber Rudd and Bernard Cazeneuve say they will work together to strengthen security around ‘shared border’ in CalaisBritish and French interior ministers have ordered a fresh review of security in Calais and confirmed they will continue with the treaty under which British border checks are carried out on French soil.A joint statement issued by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, and her French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, says they will work together to strengthen security around the “shared border” in Calais and “strongly diminish” the migratory pressures that have attracted 7,000 migrants to the Channel tunnel port. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:23:44 GMT)

Corbyn: leadership team is stopping online abuse of opponents
Labour leader launches digital democracy manifesto with pledge to act against harassment, including by his supportersJeremy Corbyn has said his leadership campaign is working hard to prevent any supporters from targeting opponents via social media, declaring that online abuse must be dealt with. Related: Corbyn promises to 'democratise the internet' - Politics live Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:28:30 GMT)

France demands an end to TTIP talks
Trade minister blames lack of progress on US intransigence and the president François Hollande said France would not support a deal this yearFrance’s trade minister has increased the pressure on the proposed EU-US trade deal by calling for the talks to be called off.Matthias Fekl, the French minister for foreign trade, tweeted that his government demanded negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should cease. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:59:12 GMT)

Dogs understand both words and intonation of human speech
Study finds that dogs process speech in a similar way to humans, and that what you say and how you say it both matter when conversing with caninesIt is both what you say and the way that you say it that matters when it comes to communicating with man’s best friend, research has revealed. Scientists from Hungary scanned the brains of dogs while each was played the sound of their trainer’s voice, and discovered that our canine companions only experience a sense of reward when both the words and intonation indicate praise. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:23:14 GMT)

'Freaks on the peaks': the lonely lives of the last remaining forest fire lookouts
There were 10,000 lookouts, scanning the wilderness for signs of smoke. Now just a few hundred remain, and they pass the time hiking, writing and knittingFor Levi Brinegar, alone atop his mountain, a storm can feel like the end of the world. Clouds swallow the peak, winds howl and lightning blazes.“The tower shakes. During the last one the windows cracked. The lightning was 50 feet away. It was like strobe lighting going off. It was crazy.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:00:27 GMT)

Soon the wealthy will wipe clean every fun, tatty area – and not just in London
From London’s Golborne Rd market to Folkestone, gentrification is sterilising our streets, forcing local people to the margins. And I can’t bear itThe 50th Notting Hill carnival was held this weekend, which I haven’t been to for decades, but I do remember being squashed, lost and deafened at it, and once had to dance my way out, when I lived nearby. What a thrilling area it used to be, what with the Portobello Road and Golborne Road market, in which I had a stall.There I would sit, every Saturday, selling tailor’s trimmings, surrounded by bric-a-brac, fruit and veg, cafes, bargains and rubbish, just opposite the public lavatories. And what fabulous lavatories they were – scrupulously clean, with a strict lady attendant in white overalls and a male attendant relaxing in his deckchair on sunny days, drinking ice-cold beer from the pub opposite, while the colourful world went by. What fun. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:26:08 GMT)

Bruce Springsteen: born to write
With the Boss still in prime stadium-filling form, and with plenty of intimate truths still to give up, his new tome promises more than the average rock memoir Virtually all rock memoirs follow a similar pattern of rise and fall, before ending with acceptance – brought on by sobriety, spirituality, the death of peers, or just the plain realisation that it’s not worth hating your bandmates any more. Virtually all, too, are at their best in their early pages – covering the early years – when the passion for music still burns bright, when it’s all still fun, when the star is rising, rather than burning out. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:42:39 GMT)

Transfer news live: Arsenal sign Lucas Pérez, Hart to Torino, Barcelona seal Alcácer and more!
Rolling report as the transfer window hots up across EuropePremier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactiveJack Wilshere set to leave Arsenal on loan before end of transfer windowEmail lawrence.ostlere@theguardian.com or tweet: @LawrenceOstlere 3.46pm BST Here is Bastian Schweinsteiger earlier today, discussing his relationship with José Mourinho and his wish to stay and succeed at Manchester United: 3.45pm BST Torino fans getting crazy for Joe Hart! (pic via @AghemoPaolo) pic.twitter.com/QYTdzOpodU Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:46:50 GMT)

'This is warfare on our doorstep': what life is really like inside a London gang
Film-maker Paul Blake gave cameras to gang members and let them record themselves. What they shot was more shocking, and personal, than he expectedA new documentary will offer uncompromising access into the workings of some of London’s most brutal and notorious street gangs, using footage shot by the young people who operate within this world.Film-maker Paul Blake managed to get a rare insight into some of the 225 gangs that control the streets of Britain’s capital, including shots of large weapons caches boasting dozens of guns and knives, and the packaging and selling of class-A drugs. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:05:37 GMT)

Jeremy Paxman savages a new victim - a ‘dreary’ magazine for the over-50s
The former Newsnight presenter has mauled Mature Times, which he says should be called ‘Winceyette Weekly’ Name: Jeremy Paxman.Age: 66. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:08:50 GMT)

Calais asylum hotspot proposal: the main questions answered
French politicians want a centre where UK asylum claims can be processed in France. Why has the plan caused so much outrage?A call by Xavier Bertrand, a French regional politician, for an EU “asylum hotspot centre” to be set up so that refugees can have their claims for asylum in Britain processed on French soil has provoked tabloid outrage in the UK. Bertrand, president of the French region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, in which Calais is situated, has also warned that failure to establish such a system could jeopardise the 2003 Le Touquet treaty under which British border checks moved from Dover to Calais. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:09:08 GMT)

How to actually talk to a woman wearing headphones | Martha Mills
A recent and deeply-sinister guide for men on how to talk to women wearing headphones has outraged many. Here’s a more honest and accurate guideAn article has surfaced from the quagmire of bilge that is The Internet and it has caused, not without reason, a small tornado of outrage. Written as dating advice for “The Modern Man” (a misnomer if ever there were one), it promises a solution to the hot ‘n’ horny down-on-their-luck young bucks of the world who face the tedious obstacle of a woman wearing headphones, because how dare she. And no, it isn’t a parody.You can read it in its full entitled glory, or stick with me as I dissect each grubby, jaw-dropping delusion of psychopathic awfulness. It’s going to be quite a ride. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:42:06 GMT)

‘We still come if the rain’s sideways’ – how Britain fell in love with outdoor fitness
Over a million people have spent their Saturday morning doing a parkrun. Then there are the hordes of British Military Fitness acolytes and the high-energy extroverts of Project Awesome waking up the neighbours. So which is the park fitness class for you?Sometimes the hardest thing about running is getting out the door, especially in the mornings. It’s so much easier to roll over and go back to sleep, or stick on some toast and promise yourself you’ll go another time. Knowing there are hundreds of other people waiting to run with you in your local park can be a big help. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:12:50 GMT)

Nigel Slater’s spiced tomatoes with summer vegetables recipe
A colourful and nourishing midweek dishPut a tablespoon of olive oil in a shallow-sided pan. Fry a peeled, crushed clove of garlic for a minute or so till fragrant, then stir in a teaspoon of cumin seed. Chop 500g of fresh tomatoes and add them to the pan. As the tomato simmers, stir in a teaspoon of mild or hot chilli powder, a half-teaspoon of ground turmeric and a generous seasoning of salt. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:59:08 GMT)

The bigger they come: how to film an 'unfilmable' book
Can Philip Roth’s epic novel American Pastoral work as a film? Screenwriter Hossein Amini, who has taken on two ‘impossible novels’, reveals the secret to cracking the classicsThe common wisdom in screenwriting is that bad novels make great movies and great novels turn into duds. I can think of plenty of arguments to disprove the theory, though – from The English Patient to Apocalypse Now (adapted from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness), from LA Confidential to The Age of Innocence, from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre to The Lord of the Rings. Related: Barack, the Beatles and Bridget Jones's Baby – 40 films to watch in autumn 2016 Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:30:26 GMT)

Mia Hansen-Løve: 'Oh no, please don't touch the cat!'
When the French director decided to make Things to Come, a film based on her mother’s life starring Isabelle Huppert, she found there are some lines you can’t crossMia Hansen-Løve’s latest film tells of a life at the crossroads. It’s about a woman in crisis, the quest for artistic fulfilment and the freedom that comes from an acceptance of loss. Things to Come takes its lead from the experiences of Hansen-Love’s mother, a Parisian academic, although the director points out that all of her films are personal enterprises, steeped in the specifics of her own individual concerns. Tangentially, I suspect, this one is about her as well.She suggests we meet around lunchtime at her Paris apartment. I know the director is married to Olivier Assayas – a fellow film-maker, 26 years her senior – so I’m picturing something grand and book-lined, perhaps with a maid smiling discreetly in the wings. Instead, the flat turns out to be a spartan duplex, as defiantly impersonal as an Airbnb. Hansen-Løve pads barefooted to the door and says she can’t offer me coffee, she’s not even sure she has tea. She plops down on the couch and appears to be racking her brains. “I could pour us some water,” she says with a faint show of brightness. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:31:12 GMT)

What happens when tech firms end up at the center of racism scandals?
Nextdoor’s push to combat racial profiling is latest controversy when tech firms find themselves in scandals at intersection of race, social justice and free speechThe racist posts on Nextdoor.com became so frequent that they started to make Shikira Porter feel physically ill.Billed as a “private social network for your neighborhood”, Nextdoor allows users to write public messages to neighbors who have joined the site, which now has more than 110,000 local groups across the US. After Porter, who is black, signed up in her Oakland, California, neighborhood in 2013, she quickly discovered that many of her white neighbors were posting “crime and safety” alerts about “suspicious” people of color. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:00:28 GMT)

Rage revolution: TV needs far more seething, devastating women like Fleabag
Angry young men are commonplace on our screens – but it’s refreshing, and rare, to watch a woman use the c-word like a bulletIn the first episode of Fleabag, there’s a line that perfectly skewers the mood of the entire series. Fleabag – we never learn her real name – is in the art studio of her passive-aggressive stepmother (Olivia Colman) late at night and says, in a confiding aside to the camera, “She’s not an evil stepmother, she’s just a cunt.” She smiles tightly. She’s livid. The c-word is like a bullet.Fleabag, which began life as a fringe play at Edinburgh, is a dark, filthy comedy of many layers. It is, at first glance, the story of a city-dwelling young woman in that painfully familiar territory of taking too long to figure out who she really is and being a bit of a dick along the way – to others and herself. Very quickly, though, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s series unfolds into a ferocious dissection of grief, memory, trauma, friendship, family dynamics, self-esteem and the pain of love. The seam that binds this emotional patchwork is female anger. This shouldn’t feel revolutionary, but it does. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:31:33 GMT)

Ben Jennings on Calais refugee camp the Jungle – cartoon
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(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:16:46 GMT)

England v Pakistan: third ODI – live!
Over-by-over updates from the third ODI between England and PakistanIan Bell signs up for Big Bash but does not close door on England tourEmail tom.davies@theguardian.com or tweet: @tomdaviesE17 3.53pm BST 26th over: England 169-1 (Hales 101, Root 46). Hales can go very big here, with only half of the innings completed, and he looks as if he knows it, though they take a modest three singles from this Hasan over. I’ve always been inclined to persist with Hales even in Tests, not least in the absence of really obvious replacements at the top of the order, even with the failings that have undermined his Test career, simply because of the manner in which he can dominate. The idea of leaving him out of the ODI squad certainly has always seemed absurd. 3.48pm BST 25th over: England 166-1 (Hales 100, Root 44). A chastened Azhar Ali swiftly removes himself from the attack and hands spin responsibility back to Yasir Shah, who replaces him at the Pavilion End, and starts by ripping a turner past Hales’s outside edge. The Notts man adds a single before Root, who’s hit only three fours, does likewise. Hales drives down the ground to advance to 99, and Root again responds in kind, giving Hales the chance to BRING UP HIS HUNDRED, which he does with an effortless flick to midwicket. An emphatic, excellent innings. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:53:43 GMT)

Wayne Rooney confirms international retirement after 2018 World Cup
• England captain announces decision to step down in two years’ time• ‘I know myself that Russia will be my last opportunity with England’Wayne Rooney has announced the 2018 World Cup will be his final tournament with England after he was kept on as captain by new boss Sam Allardyce.Rooney, 30, has led his country since August 2014 and is England’s record goalscorer having registered 53 in 115 appearances. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:23:23 GMT)

David Squires on … the transfer window
David Squires takes a look at the transfer window as clubs rush to finish their business with deadline day looming large. You can find David’s archive of cartoons hereDavid Squires on … football vs the OlympicsDavid Squires on … the return of the Premier League for 2016-17 Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:59:05 GMT)

Ryder Cup 2016: Westwood, Kaymer and Pieters selected as wildcard picks
• Darren Clarke opts for Belgian Pieters over Russell Knox• Westwood and Kaymer finished 13th and 14th on world points listDarren Clarke has selected Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters as his three wild cards for Europe’s defence of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.It means there is no place for Scotland’s world No20 Russell Knox, who finished 10th in qualifying, 0.04 points ahead of Pieters. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:40:02 GMT)

Being frozen out at a football club is ‘professional trauma’ akin to a partner leaving
Sports psychologists are important to footballers who have been told it’s over and don’t want it to be, who have gone ‘from something to damn all’Imagine you are a footballer – and not just any footballer, an elite one, an elite footballer who has suddenly found yourself given the cold shoulder, informed you are surplus to requirements, encouraged to get yourself some game time, only at another club. Imagine you are that footballer. What would you do next? Related: Premier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactive Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:07:57 GMT)

Colin Kaepernick has America's attention: so what does he do now?
It’s one thing to spark debate by refusing to stand for the anthem. But the quarterback now has to take meaningful action if he is to fight injusticeColin Kaepernick has taken a stand that he cannot walk back. He has announced himself as a rare, strong football voice on social issues, using his standing in America’s game to address some of the country’s most shameful inequalities. He says he wants to start a conversation in the San Francisco 49ers locker room and, God knows, sports teams need to talk about more than how to make a pile of money.But his most important move will be what he does next. It’s one thing to spark debate by not standing for the national anthem and repeating a few statements about “people being murdered unjustly” and “what’s really going on in this country”. It’s another to actually make a difference. That’s where the real work comes. That means talking every day about serious issues such as police brutality, racial stereotyping and a system weighted toward the rich. That means convincing other athletes to join in. That means going to rallies and protests and city council meetings and demanding to be heard. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:26 GMT)

Novak Djokovic troubled by arm during US Open win over Jerzy Janowicz
World No1 beats unseeded Pole 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at Flushing MeadowsDefending champion receives treatment from trainer during victoryNovak Djokovic managed to emerge with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the first round of the US Open on Monday night, but there were plenty of signs of trouble, starting with a visit from a trainer who massaged Djokovic’s bothersome arm after only five games.Asked about his health during an on-court interview, Djokovic deflected the question, saying, “I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about this now. I’m through. I’m taking it day by day.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:23:50 GMT)

Wayne Rooney to play in No10 role as England captain for Sam Allardyce
• Marcus Rashford needs to play regularly for Manchester United to be picked• José Mourinho using Rashford more makes my choice easier, says AllardyceSam Allardyce has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will continue as England’s captain but the manager warned Marcus Rashford it will be difficult to force his way back into the squad unless the teenager can convince José Mourinho he should start playing regularly for Manchester United. Related: Michail Antonio morphs from so-called invisible man to shining light Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:10:00 GMT)

Alastair Cook confirms place on England’s tour of Bangladesh
• Test captain’s decision may prompt others to do same despite security fears• Future selection will not be affected if players decide to opt outThe England and Wales Cricket Board’s hopes of sending two full-strength squads for the month-long trip to Bangladesh at the end of September have received a boost by the news that the Test captain, Alastair Cook, has confirmed his place on tour. Related: Ben Stokes back with the ball as England look to seal Pakistan series Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:00:12 GMT)

Joe Hart agrees deal to join Torino on loan from Manchester City
• City goalkeeper to travel to Turin on Tuesday to finalise deal• Samir Nasri also set to leave City and join Turkish side BesiktasJoe Hart has agreed a deal to join Torino on a season-long loan. The goalkeeper is expected in Turin on Tuesday to undergo a medical before completing the move from Manchester City. Related: Sergio Agüero could miss Manchester derby after elbow incident mars City win Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:00:00 GMT)

Trump on Colin Kaepernick: 'He should find a country that works better for him'
Republican nominee responds to decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback to sit during playing on national anthem last Friday in protestSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “should find a country that works better for him”, Donald Trump has said in response to the furor over the black footballer’s decision to sit during The Star-Spangled Banner because he believes the US oppresses African Americans and other minorities. Related: Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest is fundamentally American | Ijeoma Oluo Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:20:10 GMT)

F1 Belgian Grand Prix: five things we learned from Spa | Giles Richards
Lewis Hamilton has plenty of reasons to be cheerful, Force India are on an upward curve, penalties are proving pointless and Max Verstappen is an accident waiting to happenThat the arms race of spending within Formula One needed to be curtailed was clear to all. Fitting a new engine for each day of a race weekend had become unsustainable and limiting the number of power-unit components to five per season was designed to rein in costs. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:00:37 GMT)

Nairo Quintana opens Vuelta a España lead after dramatic stage 10 win
• Chris Froome in third, nearly a minute behind Quintana• Colombian Quintana regains leader’s red jerseyNairo Quintana regained the red jersey at the Vuelta a España after he opened up a 58-second lead on Great Britain’s Chris Froome during a dramatic victory in stage 10.The Colombian Quintana (Movistar) showed his renowned climbing skills on the 188.7km haul from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga to pass the long-time stage leader Robert Gesink (Lotto NL Jumbo) with 2.5km remaining. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:06:26 GMT)

Raheem Sterling says new work ethic behind improved Manchester City form
• Sterling scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over West Ham• Forward made promise to himself to work harder than everRaheem Sterling has stated that before the season started he promised to work harder than ever at Manchester City.The forward has begun impressively under the current manager Pep Guardiola and scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over West Ham. Sterling pointed to the promise he made as a factor in his form and said that last term’s uneven campaign helped the improvement. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:30:10 GMT)

Leicester City line up £50m swoop for Adrien Silva and Islam Slimani
• Sporting Lisbon say that Silva is not for sale• Premier League champions also pushing to sign Algeria strikerThe Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva has indicated he is close to joining Leicester City from Sporting Lisbon, although his club have insisted he is not for sale. With Claudio Ranieri pushing to sign another Sporting player, the striker Islam Slimani, the Premier League champions could end up paying around £50m for the pair. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:07:27 GMT)

Michail Antonio morphs from so-called invisible man to shining light
The midfielder’s compelling statistics that have made him central to West Ham’s blueprint and also add up for England’s Sam Allardyce are no flukeIf Michail Antonio feels a little nervous in the company of his England team-mates, he should treat Wayne Rooney and friends to a wonderful ice-breaking anecdote.It dates back to November last year when, hoping to do a good deed, West Ham United’s joint chairman, David Gold, retweeted an “appeal” posted by one of the club’s fans asking that awareness be spread about a “missing” man. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:58:27 GMT)

Thomas Pieters adds late twist to Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup wildcard choice
• Belgian won his third tour event of past year on Sunday• Luke Donald would provide experience to Europe’s teamThomas Pieters is involved in a late tussle with Luke Donald for the last place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team, with Darren Clarke to confirm his selection at Tuesday lunchtime.Clarke’s desire to add experience to a fresh-faced team could lead to Donald being named despite a world ranking of 64. Should Donald be selected ahead of Russell Knox and Pieters, it will be deemed a bold and controversial call by Clarke. However, it appears the success of Pieters at the Made in Denmark event on Sunday could sway Clarke’s thinking. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:59:54 GMT)

Sam Quek: ‘You could see from making eye contact we were going to win gold’
A year ago Quek was ready to call time on her hockey career, but thanks to plenty of perseverance, she was one of the undisputed stars of Team GB’s Olympic triumph in RioLast year Sam Quek was ready to put her stick to one side and call it a day. The Great Britain defender, one of the undisputed stars of their unstoppable charge to hockey gold in Rio, was struggling to recover from a rib injury. She was bereft of belief in her ability and following the heartbreak of non-selection for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, losing faith that her opportunity would ever arrive.The 27-year-old, enthusiastic and still riding the wave of excitement from that magnificent fortnight in Rio, is finding it difficult to stop smiling these past few days. But when it comes to discussing the bumpy ride from the Wirral to Olympic champion, her steely undercurrent and determination, fostered by an unfamiliar path in a sport concentrated in the south of England, becomes apparent. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:16:31 GMT)

Noisy neighbours Leganés give Atlético blues to take back corner of Madrid
The tiny club from cucumber country south of the capital, where most people support Real or Atlético, are the only side in La Liga not to have let in a goal. EverButarque was blue, just like their manager wanted and just like their captain’s hair. “I hope they wear Leganés shirts and only Leganés shirts, with no one else’s underneath,” Asier Garitano said, and they did. Sitting on a hill, circled by motorways, the ground had been done up and filled up for its first match of a new season: the first of a new era that still had something of the old about it. Under the stands was the smell of bacon, cooked on a camping stove; in the stands were 10,958 people, more than had ever been here before. They were dressed for the occasion and making the most of it. Scarfs, flags, banners. And blue, lots of blue.“This is Butarque and only ‘Lega’ play here,” the slogan runs, stuck up around a municipal stadium that is their home and theirs alone. But on Saturday night it wasn’t only Lega playing there, it was Atlético Madrid as well. And here’s the thing: for many of them, Atlético Madrid are their team too. For others, Real Madrid are. A town of 185,000, 11 kilometres south of the capital, where there are streets named after AC/DC and Scorpions, surrounded by cucumber-growing country, retail parks, towns not unlike theirs, and lots of cars, Leganés had never had a team in the first division before and they had never expected to either. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:05:11 GMT)

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action
Relentless Chelsea buy into Conte’s team ethic, Koeman’s pragmatism a welcome relief for Everton fans and Mané shows Levy what Tottenham are missingUnlike last year’s corresponding fixture, when West Ham beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad, Slaven Bilic’s side came up short this time but they gave Pep Guardiola’s men a scare during a post-interval resurgence and the Croat can be optimistic for the season. He said: “In the second half we put them under a bit of pressure, the goal helped, but the second half I am more than happy. It gives us hope when the players are out injured. We stayed in the game. I wasn’t happy at half-time, I asked the guys to show character and spirit and a different mentality, which they did. Praise for the team for the second-half performance. A few will be back after the international break. It should be [Manuel] Lanzini and then [Dimitri] Payet. That will change the shape of the team and the quality of the team.” They only have three points from three games but expect Bilic’s team to start rising up the table. Jamie Jackson• Match report: Manchester City 3-1 West Ham• West Ham sign Zaza on loan with view to permanent move Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:00:00 GMT)

Bayern begin as they mean to go on but Schalke are in a sticky patch | Raphael Honigstein
Bayern hammered hapless Werder 6-0 but matchday one in the Bundesliga did offer some shiny, genuine newness in other quartersHermann Hesse was born in Baden-Württemberg, the future ground zero for German football hipsters, and even though he didn’t leave behind any explicit musings on the game, he 110% understood the pressing need of setting your stall out early doors. “A magic dwells in each beginning, protecting us, telling us how to live,” he wrote in Steps, his most famous poem, in 1941.After much anguished ruminating about the threat from the Premier League moneybags, the suffocating dominance of Bayern Munich and proliferation of no-name-no-fans teams, the Bundesliga was firmly banking on the enchantment of the new (season), too, at the weekend. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:45:24 GMT)

Ross Barkley’s omission was my biggest decision, says England’s Allardyce
• England manager justifies selections for Slovakia World Cup qualifier• Marcus Rashford can build experience in Under-21s, he addsSam Allardyce admits that omitting Ross Barkley from his first England squad was the toughest decision he had to make.Allardyce, who also confirmed that he would name his captain on Tuesday, left Barkley out of his 23-man squad for Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia despite the Everton midfielder having enjoyed a promising start to the season. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:37:28 GMT)

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie to stand down at the end of the season
• Gillespie returning to Australia where his family now live• ‘This news should galvanise us to send him out on a high,’ says Andrew GaleThe Yorkshire captain, Andrew Gale, will call on his players to deliver a third successive County Championship title this summer as a fitting send‑off for their departing head coach, Jason Gillespie, who announced on Monday that he will leave the club at the end of the season.Gillespie, 41, will return home to Australia in September, bringing to an end a five-year spell in charge of the first team at Headingley that brought instant promotion from Division Two in 2012 and then back-to-back Division One titles in 2014 and 2015. Impressively, the club have lost five of 76 championship fixtures in this time. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:11:45 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton pleased to have minimised loss to Nico Rosberg
• Briton heads to Italian Grand Prix happy with his driving• Toto Wolff worried about Max Verstappen’s approachLewis Hamilton was bullish in the wake of his third place at the Belgian Grand Prix after losing only 10 points of his 19-point championship lead to his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, who won from pole.The German would have been expecting to make a bigger dent in Hamilton’s title hopes, given that the Briton started on the back row of the grid after being penalised 55 places for taking three new engines. Hamilton, however, put in a remarkable recovery drive to gain 18 places and crucially has ensured he now has a stock of power units for the rest of the season. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:50:12 GMT)

Sergio Aguëro swings but will he miss the Manchester derby? – Football Weekly
City’s diminutive striker looks set to be banned for the top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United. Plus, Chelsea make it three wins out of three; reactions to the Champions League and Europa League draws; and Owen Coyle’s race to the bottomOn today’s Football Weekly, AC Jimbo is joined by Iain Macintosh, Paolo Bandini and, fresh off the beach from Rio, Barry Glendenning.We begin by musing on the top three. Chelsea swept past Burnley to make it three wins in a row for Antonio Conte, while Manchester United needed a late Marcus Rashford strike to get past Hull, City may be counting the cost of their victory over West Ham. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:42:26 GMT)

Southampton break transfer record to sign Sofiane Boufal from Lille
• Morocco midfielder signs five-year contract at Southampton• Boufal says club provides ‘perfect environment’ for himSouthampton have announced the signing of the attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal from Lille for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old Morocco international has agreed a five-year contract. Related: Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Real Madrid's James Rodríguez? Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:19:41 GMT)

Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Real Madrid's James Rodríguez?
Today’s fluff is holding out for a heroPotentially the highest-profile move between now and the end of the transfer window is that of James Rodrí­guez to Chelsea. Apparently, Rodrí­guez’s family are particularly keen on moving to England – to the extent that they have contacted the press to share this desire with them – and given a player as obsessed with running hard as Antonio Conte is with parties and late nights, it is impossible to see what could possibly go wrong. But the attempt to do the deal is nonetheless “audacious”, as Real Madrid would like to sell whereas Chelsea would prefer a loan; punk spirit, never die.Conte would also like to buy a left-back, and as such discussions are ongoing with Fiorentina with regard to Marcos Alonso – he would cost £17.5m. For his part, Alonso is not opposed to the idea, but is understandably reluctant to part from the most lusciously beautiful kit in football. Chelsea are also interested in Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, as too are Arsenal. Somehow, Everton remain “confident” that he will sign for them – on what basis is unclear – but with the player intent on leaving, they hope to reach a compromise somewhere between the asking price of £35m and their opening bid of £25.5m. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:20:36 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton: third in Belgian GP was ‘best result I could have hoped for’
• Lewis Hamilton praises Mercedes F1 team after powering to third• Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen clash again at Belgian Grand PrixLewis Hamilton admitted he was surprised that he managed to come out of the Belgian Grand Prix as well as he did, dropping only 10 points in the lead he holds over his world championship rival Nico Rosberg, after the German started on pole and Hamilton in 21st place because of engine penalties.Rosberg won the action-packed race, with Hamilton in third and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo second. Behind them, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen once again came together repeatedly on the track and continued in a war of words after the race. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:43:15 GMT)

Sergio Agüero could miss Manchester derby after elbow incident mars City win
• Referee did not act on Manchester City man’s incident with Winston Reid• Three-match suspension likely if FA decide to take retrospective actionSergio Agüero is facing a three-game ban that would rule him out of next month’s Manchester derby after the striker appeared to elbow Winston Reid during Manchester City’s 3-1 win against West Ham United on Sunday.Two goals from Raheem Sterling in a man-of-the-match display from the 21-year-old winger and another from Fernandinho, coming either side of a 58th-minute goal for West Ham via Michail Antonio’s header, secured a deserved victory for City – their fifth in a row under Pep Guardiola in all competitions – and one that sent them to the top of the Premier League. Continue reading...
(Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:35:30 GMT)

Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest is all the more brave due to his career slump
The 49ers quarterback has spoken out on racial oppression in the US, and he could end up being harmed more severely than a LeBron James or Carmelo AnthonyOn 13 July at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony opened the 2016 ESPY Awards with an appeal to end gun violence and racial profiling. James, just weeks removed from bringing Cleveland its first championship in more than 50 years, urged his fellow athletes to speak out on important issues and find ways they can make a difference in their communities. “We all have to do better,” he said. The three minutes and 30 seconds of not-sticking-to-sports by four of the biggest stars in the NBA was well received – or at least as well received as anything remotely “political” can be in our hyper-partisan times. Only the angriest and most hateful, the folks that have since become known as the “alt right,” chose to bash or nitpick the general message of working to end violence and fixing a tragic problem in American society. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:00:02 GMT)

I was diagnosed with autism in my 40s. It’s not just a male condition | Nicola Clark
Women with autism are adept at hiding traits that society frowns upon, and far too many are being misdiagnosed, or waiting years to find outLast year, in my late 40s, I was diagnosed with autism. I’ve always known I was different, and sought a formal diagnosis after the traits I’ve lived with for almost five decades became progressively more difficult to manage. Related: You think autistic people have no empathy? My little boy is so empathetic it hurts | Louise Milligan Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:05:35 GMT)

Rip-off Britain is going to get worse as the purse strings tighten
From parking fines to airline fares, society’s financialisation is seeing the collective cake shrink as the rich claim an ever larger sliceIt is the dog end of August and the sun is shining in many places. A cue for all sorts of predatory people in the thriving British holiday trades to rip off customers who don’t always have a choice and feel ambushed.In a remote and empty Lake District car park the other day my sister fell foul of an unclear car parking regime. It led to a fine being levied for outstaying the time she had paid for by a few minutes. It happens to us all. In crowded Notting Hill last week, a man told me his car had once been given a penalty notice while he was away at the ticket machine paying his £1.60 for 30 minutes. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:52:04 GMT)

Winning Olympic gold was incredible. But I wasn’t prepared for what came next | Tom Ransley
The years of pain, training and total commitment to rowing all paid off in a perfect race. But then it was like line-dancing off a cliff – things took a turn for the surrealI have a long-held secret, but it is time to reveal it and give up on my dreams. Every set of birthday cake candles I blew out as a child, every wishbone snapped at a chicken roast dinner, I always wished for the same thing: that one day I would play in the NBA.The closest I came to realising this wish was meeting Steve Nash, the eight-time NBA all-star. I was a gawky kid and what I remember most about the encounter is that he had spectacular, sharp sideburns that went right down to his jawline. I hoped but failed to emulate his unexpected triumphs in the greatest of basketball arenas. I did, however, manage to hold on to another dream and see it through to completion: winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:02:47 GMT)

Third-party candidates excluded from presidential debates: a snub too many | Dave Schilling
Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are not good enough to take part in these television shouting matches? That is absurdFree speech in the United States is having a rough go of it lately. Everywhere I turn, there’s some misanthrope whinging about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s Star-Spangled Banner protest. How dare he denigrate the stars and stripes, a venerable symbol of protest against tyranny, by protesting?Then there’s the third-party candidates running for president. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green party candidate Dr Jill Stein, despite surprisingly potent campaigns that are tapping into wellsprings of dissatisfaction with the status quo, will very likely be held out of the upcoming debates. They’re still free to campaign and, because they’re not black NFL players, they can go about saying what they please. They just can’t do it in front of the largest possible audience. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:23:20 GMT)

On holiday we connect with our wild selves. Back at work we lose them again | Andrew Brown
In the empty spaces of the Swedish Arctic, I could truly see, smell and hear the world around me. Returning to the city, I had to shut my senses downOn our fourth day of walking, the forest grew sparser and the trees themselves shrank to dwarf birches and then to clumps of shrub willow in the sheltered parts of the valley. We entered a world of rock and water, thin grasses and lichen, in which nothing moved but the wind, which was never still. The simplicity of the landscape was overwhelming and I surrendered to it completely. Cold, hunger and fatigue were the only distractions on offer, but none remained very pressing for long. Just walking among the mountains of the Swedish Arctic filled my senses for the next eight days, and sharpened them until I could see and smell and even hear the world around me properly. Related: Wild Scandinavia: adventure without breaking the bank Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:28:28 GMT)

How Britain sank its shipping industry by waiving the rules | Polly Toynbee
The fate of a ship stuck in Great Yarmouth sums up the damage that state inaction and unfettered free markets have inflicted on a once-proud merchant fleetMalaviya Twenty has been moored in Great Yarmouth docks since December. To look at, it’s no rustbucket, kept in good shape by its Indian crew – but when I visited a week ago, they hadn’t been paid by the ship’s owners for all those months. This is a story about the fate of shipping in Britain – an often forgotten industry, though we depend on it for over 90% of our imports and exports, and for most of what is stacked on supermarket shelves. Related: Captain refuses to abandon ship after eight months stranded in Sussex port Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:59:22 GMT)

Boredom, scavenging and stifling heat: the final days of BHS
The worker whose diary chronicled the slow collapse of the high-street chain describes how it all ended, with a raucous booze-up and a fruitless wait for Philip Green to get his comeuppanceOn 20 August, the Kent branch of BHS where I worked closed its doors, after the slow and undignified liquidation process was completed. By the time the “Last Few Days” signs went up, I could barely recall how the shopfloor had looked back when the shelves were overflowing with merchandise and I was kept busy ensuring that my section remained fully stocked and tidy. As the store began to resemble a post-apocalyptic approximation of its former self, I increasingly found myself with nothing to do but walk pointless circuits around the near-empty expanse of the ground floor.As the weeks dragged on and unemployment loomed, my thoughts would inevitably turn to our old boss, Philip Green, who by this point had taken delivery of his third yacht and was sailing aimlessly around the Greek islands, enjoying the fruits of our labours. When my shift in Tunbridge Wells ended each day, I would return home and check for the latest news online regarding Green, hoping to find some consolatory announcement that the Serious Fraud Office had uncovered evidence of wrongdoing and issued a warrant for his arrest, or perhaps that the mighty Lionheart had sprung a leak. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:46:48 GMT)

US starts to turn its back on private prisons | Mary O’Hara
The nation that led the way on privatising incarceration has declared its intention to reduce the use of for-profit prisons. The UK should take noteThe country that locks up the most people has been reassessing its decades-long surge in prisoner numbers, with initiatives ranging from presidential pledges on solitary confinement to cutting the number of young people behind bars. This month, the reform agenda took yet another turn with a vow by the Department of Justice (DoJ) in Washington to phase out privately run prisons.For-profit prisons simply are not as efficient as their state-run counterparts, and don’t save substantially on costs Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:00:08 GMT)

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour | Aditya Chakrabortty
Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used forI never expected to leave a food bank feeling optimistic. To visit a kitchen serving hundreds of free summer-holiday meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry – and come away pondering the lessons Westminster, and especially Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, should learn. But then, until last week, I hadn’t met the two women who run the Neo cafe. Related: Eating v heating: this is what destitution looks like | Frances Ryan Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:00:21 GMT)

The ‘graduate job’ gravy train is shuddering to a halt
With many graduates now ending up in the Uber economy, the salary premium they command appears to be faltering‘Education, education, education” was the rallying cry of Tony Blair before history cruelly teamed him up with George W Bush. We all applauded – and, to be fair, the money flowed during the Blair-Brown years, even if it was accompanied by intrusive “modernisation”. For higher education, the equivalent mantra would have been – and still is – “jobs, jobs, jobs”.Students – sorry, customers – are now cajoled into measuring the value of their courses in terms of future earnings. High tuition fees in England, soon to be higher still even though they are already among the highest in the world, are justified by these higher graduate earnings. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:23 GMT)

My plea to all Labour members and MPs: let’s unite to fight the Tories | Emily Thornberry
I do not understand why anyone in the party would want to turn their back on our grassroots supporters. We should focus on the only battle that mattersSince returning from holiday, I have been asked by some local party members how I plan to vote in the current Labour leadership election, so I decided to write and explain my thinking.It is my view that our response to the Brexit vote should not have been to turn in on ourselves. At a time of grave constitutional and economic challenge for our country, it was incumbent on us to rise to this threat and ensure that the Labour party should defend the interests of our communities and not allow the Tories a free hand. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:48:02 GMT)

Humans and dolphins are so similar – when will we stop persecuting them? | Philip Hoare
A remarkable discovery has been made: that orcas evolve according to culture, just like we do. And yet we cull them in coves and parade them in aquariumsThis Thursday, 1 September, marks Japan Dolphins Day. Anyone following social media may well sigh. Isn’t there always a something-or-other day? Perhaps so, but with 100 demonstrations planned outside Japanese embassies and consulates worldwide, this event has a bitter and serious urgency: the soon-to-be continued slaughter of wild dolphins in the infamous inlet at Taiji, subject of Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.Between September and April, up to 2,000 dolphins will be driven inland and killed for their meat. Cynically, those that look the prettiest and jump the highest to evade the butchers’ knives will be saved – to sell to oceanariums around the world. Those bloody waters, and the sight of sentient cetaceans leaping for their lives, should be enough to stir even the most cynical out of their complacency. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:10:13 GMT)

Ash and Oil: Fort McMurray residents rebuild after wildfire destroys city – video
Fort McMurray residents were forced to flee a huge wildfire that destroyed much of their city in Canada’s Alberta province in May 2016. About 88,000 residents were evacuated from the oil-rich region during the fire, the costliest natural disaster in Canada’s history. More than a month later, some returned to pick up the pieces and resume their lives Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:00:08 GMT)

Steampunk and the rise of the modern-day Victorian inventors – video explainer
In August 2016, Oamaru, New Zealand, broke the world record for the greatest number of steampunks gathered in once place – but what is steampunk? First used in 1987, the term refers to a sub genre of science fiction that imagines a Victorian vision of the future, spawning a whole world of literature, fashion and culture. Photograph: Eliza Clair CadoganHow an ordinary New Zealand town became steampunk capital of the world Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:07:52 GMT)

‘We’re not going home’: inside the North Dakota oil pipeline protest – video
There is a battle under way near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, over plans for a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline. The North Dakota Access pipeline will run just outside the formal boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, and tribal members fear it will pollute local drinking water and disturb sacred sitesFaces of the North Dakota pipeline protest: ‘Sacred land is who we are’ Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:13:15 GMT)

Happy Birthday Philando Castile: friends' commemoration after shooting – video
Less than two weeks after Philando Castile was shot dead by police in a suburb of St Paul, Minnesota, and video of the event was seen by the world via Facebook Live, two film-makers spent time with his closest friends as they remembered Castile on what would have been his 33rd birthday. The film-makers are working on a project about the birthday celebrations of several people who have been killed by police Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:02:43 GMT)

Vintage films show risky (and hilarious) behavior in US national parks – video
The rules of acceptable behavior in the national parks have changed drastically over the past 100 years. It was once legal to drive through trees, ride waterfalls, and boil an egg in the Yellowstone hot springs – but now such actions are generally frowned upon Continue reading...
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:27:41 GMT)

Tom Hiddleston reads from John le Carré's The Night Manager – video
To celebrate the publication of John le Carré’s first memoir, Tom Hiddleston reads from The Night Manager. Don’t miss other leading actors reading le Carré’s work, and an exclusive extract from The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life (Penguin), at theguardian.com on 3 September Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:04 GMT)

Generations of Romanian girls trafficked into Europe's sex industry – video
Maya is one of the many Romanian girls lured to work in brothels and massage parlours across Europe in the hope of escaping poverty at home. Often deceived by boyfriends who are little more than pimps, these teenagers are desperate for a better life. Maya is now in a brothel in Switzerland, but her younger sister, Geida, hopes for a different future Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:00:10 GMT)

Burkini ban protesters stage beach party outside French embassy – video
Protesters gather outside the French embassy in London for a ‘wear what you want’ beach party. The gathering is in response to the recent ban on burkinis in several French coastal towns. One woman says she is ‘standing in solidarity with Muslim women’ and others hold banners reading ‘Islamophobia is not freedom’. Iman Amrani and Irene Baqué reportSarkozy calls burkinis a ‘provocation’ that supports radical IslamFrench burkini ban row escalates as top court to rule on bans Continue reading...
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:58:00 GMT)

Blood Father star Mel Gibson: 'I'm used to being in the driving seat' – video interview
In Blood Father, a thriller by Mesrine director Jean-François Richet, Mel Gibson plays tough ex-biker John Link who must reconnect with his estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty) after she is threatened by her drug-dealing boyfriend (Diego Luna). Here Gibson tells Nigel M Smith about being an action dad, playing a guy in need of redemption and the time he tattooed a biker for funBlood Father review: Mel Gibson taps into rage for pulpy thriller Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:21:11 GMT)

Under-fire Southern Health chief quits over 'media attention'
NHS trust’s leadership was criticised after death of Connor Sparrowhawk, and Katrina Percy says her role has become untenableThe boss of an NHS trust that was widely criticised for failing to investigate unexpected deaths of patients with mental health problems or learning disabilities has resigned, citing “media attention”.Katrina Percy, the chief executive of Southern Health NHS foundation trust, who has been under pressure to stand down for months, announced her resignation on Tuesday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:57:43 GMT)

Police 'treated UK Black Lives Matter protesters more harshly due to race'
Lawyer for four people arrested in Nottingham cites restrictive bail conditions and contrasts with treatment of EDL marchersProtesters arrested during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Nottingham have claimed that police treated them disproportionately harshly because of the colour of their skin. Yvone Francis-Parmar, 50, Eshe Graham, 20, Lisa Robinson, 48, and Malachi Glaiester Thomas, 30, appeared at Nottingham magistrates court last week charged with wilful obstruction of a highway. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:30:05 GMT)

Jazzie Watson jailed for life for killing younger brother
Twenty-year-old will serve at least 11 years for fatally stabbing Shamus McNama during an argument at their family homeA 20-year-old man who stabbed his younger half-brother to death during an argument over how the teenager was speaking to their mother has been jailed for life.Jazzie Watson knifed 17-year-old student Shamus McNama 10 times in the face, leg, chest and back at the family home in Bristol. Watson, who admitted murder, was told he would serve at least 11 years and three months in prison before he could be considered for parole. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:23:08 GMT)

Pre-Brexit vote research shows prosperity hotspots emerging across UK
Annual Barclays report finds no region is less prosperous than last year and Scotland saw biggest rise – but study was conducted before EU referendumEvery region of the UK is better off than it was a year ago, according to a new study that found Scotland enjoyed the biggest rise in prosperity last year, beating London and several other booming English cities.Despite uncertain economic conditions during the year caused by volatile stock markets, China’s slowdown and the leadup to Brexit, Barclays’ latest prosperity index found that no region’s overall prosperity declined last year, despite recent reports that wages have fallen for many in real terms. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

Met police officers face misconduct inquiry over Edinburgh death
Saima Ahmed’s brother appeals for information to explain her death, as police watchdog reveals inquiry into handling of caseThe brother of a woman who was found dead near Edinburgh months after going missing from her home 400 miles away in London has said it has been difficult to find closure without an explanation for her death.The police watchdog has revealed that five Metropolitan police officers are being investigated for misconduct over the way they handled the investigation into Saima Ahmed’s disappearance. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:41:06 GMT)

Council leaders press Theresa May over delayed flood defence review
Report was expected in July and concerns have been raised that there will not be time to implement recommendations before winterMPs and council leaders have written to Theresa May seeking assurances after a delay in the publication of a government report on the UK’s flood defences.The national flood resilience review was established to assess how the country can be better protected from flooding and increasingly extreme weather events, and its report had been expected in July. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:20:56 GMT)

Ukip leadership race exposes ideological faultlines in party that has achieved its goal
With the Brexit vote in the bag but candidates lacking in national profile, the party now has the challenge of expanding its reach without upsetting its baseFor all the ferocity of the battle currently consuming the Labour party, there is another major British party arguably in the grip of a more chaotic leadership election – Ukip.The turmoil is less obvious than the daily and public exchange of insults between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. The five Ukip candidates hoping to succeed Nigel Farage are battling it out in a seemingly polite exchange, before the start of voting on 1 September. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:21:34 GMT)

Care firm criticised for promoting 'exciting' prison self-harm incidents
Comment in recruitment video attacked as ill-judged and offensive at a time when prison suicide rates are at record highThe UK’s largest private healthcare provider has been criticised after one of its senior executives spoke of the “exciting life of prison medical staff” in reference to life-threatening injuries and self-harm.Dr Sarah Bromley, Care UK’s national medical director for health in justice, said in a staff recruitment video: “If you like life to be exciting, there are always alarm bells going off, resuscitations, self-harming incidents, a lot of chaos that goes on in our prisons.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:31:26 GMT)

Mortgage approvals fall to 18-month low after Brexit vote
Banks and building societies approved 60,912 mortgages in July, lowest monthly total since January 2015, figures showMortgage approvals fell to an 18-month low in July as aftershocks from the EU referendum result rippled out into the housing market.Figures from the Bank of England showed a drop from 64,152 approvals by banks and building societies in June to 60,912 in July, the lowest monthly total since January 2015. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:18:13 GMT)

Dover MP warns against 'tit-for-tat' battles with France over border security
Charlie Elphicke, the MP for Dover and Deal, says France and the UK must work together The Conservative MP for Dover has urged the government to avoid any “tit-for-tat” battles with France over border security before talks in Paris between Amber Rudd, the home secretary, and her French counterpart. Related: Lorry drivers in Calais: share your experiences Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:14:56 GMT)

Cameron 'gave pay rise of 24% to some special advisers' before resignation
Former PM bumped up salaries of some advisors by £18,000 at a time when public pay sector pay rises were capped at 1%David Cameron gave some of his special advisers bumper pay rises just months before they were given generous severance packages, it has been reported. Related: Unions angered by 'miserly' 1% pay rise for public sector workers Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:08:21 GMT)

Notting Hill carnival arrests hit record high
More than 450 people arrested at event on Sunday and Monday, including 169 for alleged possession of drugsPolice made more than 450 arrests at the Notting Hill carnival in London over the bank holiday weekend, setting a record for the numbers of arrests made at the event, which is the world’s second biggest street party. A section 60 order, which covered the entire carnival area, allowed officers to execute random searches – and a policing operation that seemed to take a light touch changed as the day progressed, with officers in riot gear on the streets after nightfall. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:31:23 GMT)

Melvyn Bragg accuses National Trust of bullying in farm row
Broadcaster says charity’s ‘disgraceful purchase’ of land in Lake District could threaten rare breed of sheep Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has accused the National Trust of bullying after it acquired a piece of land in the Lake District that could threaten a farm that upholds an agricultural tradition going back thousands of years. The charity last month bought Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale, near Keswick, which has a flock of 413 Herdwick sheep, a rare breed that the author Beatrix Potter once helped save from extinction. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:17:37 GMT)

Badger cull areas more than triple under new government licences
Ten areas now licensed for culling, with Herefordshire, Cornwall and Devon added to Gloucestershire, Somerset and DorsetThe number of areas where badgers will be culled to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is to more than triple under licences issued by the government on Tuesday.Licensed shooters could begin killing badgers within days in Herefordshire, Cornwall and Devon, which have been added to the culling already taking place in recent years in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:16:13 GMT)

ARM shareholders set to approve SoftBank takeover
Lord Myners attacks £24bn takeover of UK’s largest tech firm, saying Japanese buyer is highly indebted and its pledges meaninglessShareholders in ARM Holdings are expected to approve a £24bn takeover by Japan’s SoftBank amid lingering concerns over the sale of Britain’s biggest technology company.ARM’s board accepted SoftBank’s cash offer on 18 July and the UK company’s shareholders will vote on the deal at a meeting in London. The £17 a share offer represents a premium of more than 40%on ARM’s record closing price and it will receive the overwhelming support of fund managers. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:39:27 GMT)

Swiss army jet wreckage found in Alps
Crash site located in Susten Pass, central Switzerland, as search continues for pilotThe remains of a Swiss army fighter jet that disappeared over the Alps on Monday have been located in central Switzerland, but the pilot is still missing, the defence ministry has said.“On Tuesday afternoon, the crash site was located,” the ministry said, adding that the plane had been spotted from the air in a hard to reach area of the Susten Pass. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:51:28 GMT)

British MPs visit Norfolk Island to hear protests at Australian 'takeover'
Two Conservative MPs and one Labour were invited to the South Pacific island by a former chief minister campaigning for it to regain political autonomyA group of British MPs has arrived on Norfolk Island at the invitation of a former chief minister of the island and the spokesman for the Norfolk Island People for Democracy, Andre Nobbs.In November Nobbs travelled to London to make a presentation to the British parliament about the Australian government’s decision in May last year to revoke Norfolk Island’s autonomy. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:08:24 GMT)

Rubio and McCain likely to withstand anti-establishment mood in primaries
Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also faces stern test in Florida after controversy during presidential primary led to her ouster from DNCRepublicans hope to shore up their defence of the US Senate in primary elections on Tuesday that are an important test of residual anti-establishment sentiment in both parties.Senators Marco Rubio in Florida and John McCain in Arizona are both predicted to win their battles to retain the GOP nomination when voting closes late on Tuesday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:32:13 GMT)

North Korea executes officials by anti-aircraft gun in new purge – report
Two senior regime officers reported to have been killed for posing a threat to leader Kim Jong-unNorth Korea’s purge of senior officials who are deemed a threat to Kim Jong-un’s leadership of the country has continued with the public executions of two senior officials, according to South Korean media, possibly to generate fear among members of the elite after recent high-level defections.The conservative daily, the JoongAng Ilbo, reported on Tuesday that Hwang Min, a former agriculture minister, and Ri Yong-jin, a senior official at the education ministry, were executed by anti-aircraft gun at a military academy in Pyongyang earlier this month. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:54:17 GMT)

Dramatic photos show refugees fleeing Libya being rescued at sea
Images of rescue operation in the Mediterranean capture plight of those desperate to reach EuropeStartling images have emerged of refugees being rescued off the coast of Libya, showing what has become an everyday occurrence in the southern Mediterranean Sea over the past three years. Related: A day on a refugee rescue ship: 'this job must be done, there must be no sinking' Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:42:11 GMT)

Kim Dotcom wins right to live stream extradition court hearing
US authorities opposed the move, but New Zealand judge rules live broadcast can start on Wednesday, as internet entrepreneur battles online piracy chargesInternet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been granted his wish to live stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on online piracy charges.Attempts by the US to block the live streaming request were rejected by Judge Murray Gilbert in the Auckland high court on Tuesday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:26:41 GMT)

Turkish police raid Kurdish-language newspaper office
23 people detained two weeks after another Kurdish paper was shut down by court order and its chief editors were arrestedMore than 20 staff of a Kurdish-language newspaper in Turkey were detained during a police raid on its headquarters.Among those arrested in the raid on the daily Azadiya Welat in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakır were four people, including a child, who were visiting the offices. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:58:08 GMT)

Bovine bother: 500 cows stolen in New Zealand's biggest cattle farm theft
Stock worth NZ$1m taken from South Island property in extraordinary theft that surprises industry chiefsAs many as 500 cows have been stolen from a New Zealand dairy farm in what is believed to be the largest cow theft in the country’s history.Residents in the town of Ashburton in the South Island said they had never before heard of cattle rustling on such a massive scale. And that’s in a nation that is home to some 10m cows, more than double the number of people. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:45:15 GMT)

Victoria to permanently ban fracking and coal seam gas exploration
Activists and farmers hail decision after inquiry into onshore unconventional gas received 1,600 submissions Victoria is to introduce a permanent ban on all onshore unconventional gas exploration, including fracking and coal seam gas, becoming the first Australian state to do so.The premier, Daniel Andrews, made the announcement on Tuesday morning and said legislation for the ban would be introduced later this year, making the current moratorium on unconventional gas exploration permanent. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:22:36 GMT)

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