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'Winter bailout fund': Labour calls for £500m emergency injection for NHS
Jonathan Ashworth to make call at conference as analysis suggests 10,000 people a day will wait four-plus hours at A&E this winterLabour will call for the government to commit a £500m “winter bailout fund” for the NHS over the coming months, citing party analysis suggesting 10,000 people a day will wait at least four hours for A&E treatment this winter.Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, will announce at the Labour party conference in Brighton that NHS patients suffered their worst winter on record in Theresa May’s first year as prime minister. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:34 GMT)

Tuesday briefing: A world without coffee and chocolate
Many food crops at risk of extinction … man in ‘vegetative state’ partially awoken by electrical stimulation … and how renewables powered Britain’s summerGood morning – it’s Warren Murray back on briefing duties today. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:20:33 GMT)

Three Israelis killed in gun attack by Palestinian assailant
Assailant reportedly shot after killing three and injuring four at settlement outside Jerusalem early on Tuesday morningThree Israelis have been killed in a gun attack by a Palestinian assailant at a settlement outside Jerusalem.According to initial reports, the attacker was also shot dead after approaching a gate of Har Adar posing as a labourer. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:28:22 GMT)

Steve Bannon offers 'praise and honor' to Trump – while backing rival Alabama candidate
Rally for Senate contender Roy Moore told president has been led astray by Washington establishment in his support for incumbent Luther StrangeSteve Bannon made his debut as a political surrogate on Monday in a fiery speech in opposition to a Republican candidate endorsed by his former boss Donald Trump.But at a rally on behalf of Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama, the former White House adviser insisted, in a deliberate echo of Mark Antony’s funeral oration for Julius Caesar: “We did not come here to defy Donald Trump – we came here to praise and honor him.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:39:30 GMT)

Cancelled Ryanair flight passengers warned to check insurance policies
The beleaguered Irish airline is refunding passengers for cancellations but getting compensation for all those other pre-paid holiday extras will be a much harder proposition warn consumer expertsAs Ryanair launches a massive seat sale offering one million flights from £4.99, travel insurance companies are warning all air passengers to check the small print of their insurance policies.The huge sale follows Ryanair’s recent PR catastrophe, in which the low-cost airline was forced to cancel 2,100 flights, affecting the travel plans of 315,000 customers. Despite Ryanair refunding or rerouting affected passengers, many have had their travel plans disrupted and may struggle to claim back lost expenses as a result. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:30:34 GMT)

Davis and Barnier at odds over Brexit bill and transition period
Brexit secretary and EU’s chief negotiator appear no closer to agreement as talks restart after Theresa May’s Florence speechThe Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, have clashed over the UK’s exit bill and Britain’s request for a transition period after Theresa May’s speech in Florence last week failed to unlock the stalemate in negotiations.On the first day of the fourth round of talks, Barnier said the prime minister’s €20bn (£17.6bn) offer did not mean the UK would be given a transition period or that negotiations could move on to the detail of a future trading relationship. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:35 GMT)

Diane Abbott urges end to online abuse of BBC's Laura Kuenssberg
At Labour conference, shadow home secretary asks why female journalists and politicians are so often in the firing lineDiane Abbott has called for an end to online abuse of the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, and asked why it is female journalists and politicians that so often find themselves in the firing line.The shadow home secretary said she was saddened to hear that Kuenssberg was being accompanied by a security guard at Labour conference after facing a backlash from some Jeremy Corbyn supporters over claims of bias. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:20 GMT)

Nerve implant 'restores consciousness' to man in vegetative state
Stimulation of the vagus nerve allows patient who has been in a vegetative state for 15 years to track objects with his eyes and respond to simple requests A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation.The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in a vegetative state for longer than 12 months. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:00:18 GMT)

Hospital bosses forced to chant 'we can do this' over A&E targets
Trust leaders say they were left feeling ‘bullied and humiliated’ by the incident at a meeting to improve performanceHospital bosses were forced to chant “we can do this” by a senior NHS official in an effort to improve their accident and emergency performance in advance of what doctors have warned will be a tough winter for the NHS.Hospital trust chief executives say they were left feeling “bullied, patronised and humiliated” by the incident last week at a meeting attended by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, and Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS in England. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:17:44 GMT)

Evening Standard urged to declare Osborne's job with Uber shareholder
Editor of London paper paid £650,000 a year by fund manager BlackRock which has stake in taxi app firm worth about £500mThe Evening Standard should declare that George Osborne has a job with a major shareholder in Uber when the newspaper publishes articles about the taxi company, according to the chair of the National Union of Journalists’ ethics council.The Evening Standard ran a front page story about Uber’s London ban on Monday and also published an editorial that described removing its licence to operate in the city as “shutting out the future”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:41:16 GMT)

This island is not for sale: how Eigg fought back
Small islands have always been objects of desire for a certain kind of man ambitious to rule his own tiny nation. One Hebridean isle asserted its independence, but can its way of life survive? By Patrick Barkham“It’s the difference between black-and-white TV and colour,” said Brian Greene. “That’s what it was like after the revolution.” Greene was giving me a lift in his dilapidated Peugeot along Eigg’s only road, waving at every passerby. It was the kind of explosive Highland summer day when butterflies jinked out of the steaming greenery and every foxglove, fuchsia and yellow flag iris seemed to have simultaneously burst into flower.Small islands are like celebrities: they loom far larger than their actual size, they are pored over by visitor-fans and they become public possessions, laden with reputations and attributes they may or may not embody. The Hebridean island of Eigg is second to St Kilda as the most famous of the smaller British isles. While St Kilda is renowned for its extinction as a place of human settlement, Eigg is celebrated for its rebirth. After overthrowing its eccentric, authoritarian owner two decades ago, this 31 sq km (12 sq mile) patch of moor and mountain was reborn as what is sometimes mockingly called the People’s Republic of Eigg. This triumph of David versus Goliath has forged an apparently inspirational, sustainable community of 100 people. On first glance, it appears at once industriously creative and attractively lackadaisical: colourful houses, gardens filled with strawberry patches, hammocks made from old fishing nets and swings from old pink buoys. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:33 GMT)

Vietnam's harsh summer: state launches largest crackdown on dissidents in years
At least 11 activists have been arrested, charged or convicted over the past few months, while another was stripped of his citizenship and deported to FranceHo Thi Chau, 25, was left alone and blacklisted after her husband was returned to jail for “attempting to overthrow the [Vietnamese] government” last week.An activist from the north central province of Nghe An, Nguyen Van Oai was arrested on 18 September on charges of violating the conditions of his 2015 release from prison. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:35:26 GMT)

kd lang and Ben Mink: how we made Constant Craving
‘It was the year I came out as gay. When we went to the Grammys, religious groups were picketing outside’We’d hired a little place in Vancouver to write songs. I’d been listening to Black Crow by Joni Mitchell and said to Ben, my songwriting partner: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do a song with similar, flowing open chords?” I sat down with a little Casio keyboard and t Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:33 GMT)

Never go back: why the Terminator reunion may be a recipe for failure
Restoring Linda Hamilton and James Cameron to the man versus the machines saga could be a smart move, but plenty of great directors – from Ridley Scott to George Lucas – have stalled when returning to past gloriesIn the realm of Hollywood sci-fi, only one future is guaranteed. If a movie finds even a modicum of success with audiences, it will eventually be remade or turned into the starting point for a franchise. Who would have thought that a well-received but largely forgotten 1973 thriller about a wild west-style amusement park whose android cowboys turn on their guests would spark the best new television show of last year, in HBO’s Westworld? And who might have imagined in 1984 that The Terminator, a low budget futuristic vision from rookie film-maker James Cameron, would still be knocking around Hollywood 20 years after the date upon which the machines were supposed to have destroyed human civilisation? Related: Sarah Connor returns: Linda Hamilton to star in Terminator 6 after 25-year absence Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:34 GMT)

David Attenborough on the scourge of the oceans: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful'
His sequel to The Blue Planet will focus not only on the marvels of sea life but also the threats to it. The naturalist explains why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to ecologistsDavid Attenborough vividly remembers, nearly 80 years on, his first encounter with one of the worst scourges of the planet. He was a schoolboy. “I remember my headmaster, who was also my science master, saying: ‘Boys, we’ve entered a new era! We’ve entered, we’ll be proud to say, the plastic era. And what is so wonderful about this is we’ve used all our scientific ingenuity to make sure that it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t decay, you know, it’s wonderful.’”Attenborough lets the last word hang in the air, eyebrows and hands raised. Then the hands fall. “Now we dump thousands of tonnes of it, every year, into the sea, and it has catastrophic effects.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:15 GMT)

Archaeologists home in on Homeric clues as Turkey declares year of Troy
Work is accelerating at site on Hisarlık Hill, formerly a ‘ruin of a ruin’, and a museum will open next yearRüstem Aslan, Troy’s chief archaeologist, grows more animated as he enters the fenced-off area just beyond the southern gate of the ancient city’s ruins. To him it offers tantalising clues that may add to the evidence that this was the scene of the war detailed in Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.“Priam, Achilles, Hector: [whether] they lived and died here, we cannot prove that 100%,” said the affable Aslan, who started working at the site as a student in 1988. “But if you work inside for 30 years, night and day, winter or summer, surrounded by this landscape, you can feel it. You start to believe.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:34 GMT)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds review – joyous and unexpectedly triumphant
Manchester International ArenaFrom heartbreakingly beautiful to barely contained chaos, the band deliver a surprisingly uplifting arena gigThe moment Nick Cave walks onto the Manchester Arena stage, before a note of music is played, a gruff male voice from the crowd bellows “I LOVE YOU!” The singer nods. “I’m glad we’ve got that sorted out,” he mutters. Related: Nick Cave: ‘I have turned a corner and wandered on to a vast landscape’ Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:52:28 GMT)

Will the end of Uber in London make women more or less safe?
Many women feel that Uber provides the least risky transport option – especially at night. Yet safety was one of the reasons the company’s licence was withdrawn. So who is right?The decision by Transport for London (TfL) to revoke Uber’s licence was taken in part because of concerns over safety, which sounds sensible enough, although not to the 750,000 people (and counting) who have signed a petition to urge TfL to reconsider. The petition was created by Uber itself, which rather undermines the idea of a democratic process. In the past, it has been accused of exploiting its drivers, and its employees have complained of sexual harassment. You don’t take an Uber because it is the ethical choice; you take an Uber because it is convenient and cheap.While many of the people who signed the petition will have done so for this reason, a startling number of women have done so precisely because they feel Uber is the safest transport option, particularly at night. You book a cab through the app and pay for it through your phone (no having to jump out at cashpoints). You have the driver’s details, and your journey is tracked by GPS. Young Londoners who don’t remember navigating the city at night in the days before Uber will have heard scare stories of black-cab drivers refusing to go south of the river, or minicabs being somehow “dodgy”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:41:08 GMT)

LeBron James joins NFL in hitting back at Trump: 'The people run this country'
League spokesman says protest gestures represent ‘real locker-room talk’James says country is not run by individual ‘and damn sure not him’A day after players across the NFL defied Donald Trump with gestures of protest during the national anthem, and as the president continued to tweet his anger, a league spokesman hit back by invoking the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexual assault. Related: Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:51:04 GMT)

Alexandre Lacazette double earns Arsenal nervy win against West Bromwich Albion
With Romelu Lukaku and Álvaro Morata blazing attacking trails since their spotlight Premier League moves, Alexandre Lacazette perhaps would have felt the burn of expectation when he stood over the ball contemplating how he should strike a penalty that seemed like it would be decisive. With Arsenal leading 1-0 against a dogged and aggrieved West Bromwich Albion, who wondered how they had not had a penalty of their own earlier in the game, all eyes were on Arsenal’s new French forward. Related: Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion: Premier League – as it happened Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:37:00 GMT)

British bobsleigh driver attacks decision to cut funding for women’s team
• Mica McNeill says decision to keep three men’s teams is ‘confusing’• UK Sport monitoring bobsleigh’s governing body after ‘overspend’The decision to continue funding all three men’s British bobsleigh teams while cutting financial backing for the only women’s crew has been branded “confusing” by the driver who started an online campaign to keep her Olympic dream afloat.Mica McNeill said she wants people at the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association to be held accountable after financial “mismanagement” led to a £50,000 overspend at the governing body. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:45:58 GMT)

FA board backs chief executive Martin Glenn over Sampson sacking
• Key witnesses to alleged comment will finally give evidence• Barrister appointed by FA has already spoken to Drew SpenceKatharine Newton, the barrister in charge of the controversial inquiry into Mark Sampson’s conduct as England Women’s manager, has changed her position behind the scenes and intends to interview the three players who have been identified as key witnesses but were overlooked for her initial investigation.Newton has already spoken to Drew Spence as part of the reopened inquiry and the Guardian has learned the barrister, heavily criticised for her initial three‑month investigation, will now meet two Manchester City players, Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen, and Reading’s Jo Potter, to establish what Sampson allegedly said in a meeting during the China Cup in October 2015. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:06:45 GMT)

Long seasons are pushing players to their limit, says England’s Ben Youngs
• England and Leicester scrum-half joins debate over early-season injuries• ‘Players have power to strike but I don’t think any player wants to get to that’Another senior England international has claimed leading players are “at the limit” of what their bodies can sustain amid rising concern over the number of injuries in the early weeks of the season. Leicester’s Ben Youngs says the players currently wish to avoid strike action but reveals there is increasing disquiet in dressing rooms about the sport’s attrition rate.The topic of player welfare was impossible to avoid in Oxford, where England are engaged in a three-day camp, with Billy Vunipola the latest long-term casualty and eight other squad members unable to train fully. According to Youngs, the game grows steadily more demanding and common sense is needed in terms of season length. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:34:05 GMT)

Liverpool and Manchester United fans warned to behave or face ‘long stay in Russia’
• Russian Football Union security chief takes tough Champions League stance• Security teams from English clubs working with Spartak Moscow and CSKALiverpool and Manchester United supporters have been warned they face “a long stay in Russia” should trouble occur at their Champions League fixtures in Moscow this week.The north-west rivals are both in action in the Russian capital, with Jürgen Klopp’s team facing Spartak Moscow on Tuesday and José Mourinho’s side playing CSKA on Wednesday. Security teams from Liverpool and United have been working with their Russian counterparts in an attempt to avoid problems for the estimated 2,000 away fans expected in Moscow. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:17:02 GMT)

Harry Kane narrows the gap with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
The Big Two may have rewritten the record books but the Spurs striker’s statistics show he is closing the gap and may even dream of winning the Ballon d’OrTo Harry Kane it is a numbers game and, like every football fan in Europe, the Tottenham Hotspur striker is in awe of those posted by two players in particular. You know who they are. There was a time when a goalscorer would be feted for getting 20 in a league season; for reaching a ratio of one in every two matches. That was in the era before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Related: Harry Kane is already one of best strikers in the world, says Pochettino Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:30:24 GMT)

Tom Westley survives Ashes injury scare as England rivals forced to wait
• Essex batsman only bruised after being struck on the hand by rising delivery• Gary Ballance and James Vince yet to bat following a day hit by rainThe ball had not even landed in second slip’s hands, but Tom Westley was shaking his right thumb in pain and then sprinting from the field, straight into the Chelmsford medical room with the vigour of a man whose Ashes hopes had been shattered. It was a brutish lifter from Yorkshire’s Steve Patterson, one of the least brutish bowlers on the county circuit, that accounted for the Essex No3 for 13.However, with England’s selectors – who have already lost Toby Roland-Jones and Haseeb Hameed to injury during last week’s Championship action – naming their Ashes squad on Wednesday, Westley was relieved to learn an X-ray revealed that damage did not extend beyond the loss of his wicket and a badly bruised thumbnail. He will bat in Essex’s second innings, although that may arrive too late to influence the selectors; having averaged 24 in his five Tests this summer, his place is far from secure. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:29:50 GMT)

Enable to be supplemented for Arc after Cracksman’s absence
• Enable to be added to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe field at cost of €120,000• Cracksman missing from entry list after first forfeit stageAny flickering hope among his backers that Cracksman might remain in the running for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday was extinguished on Monday morning, when the easy winner of the Prix Niel, one of the main Arc trials, was missing from a list of 20 contenders after the first forfeit stage. Enable, his stable companion at John Gosden’s Newmarket yard, is currently missing too, but will be added to the field at Wednesday’s supplementary stage at a cost of €120,000 (£105,500).The mood music around Cracksman’s participation this weekend had been so downbeat since his win in the Niel that the ante-post market had effectively discounted him already. As a result Enable, the winner of four Group Ones already this season, is steady in the betting at a top price of 10-11. Each-way opposition to the favourite is beginning to focus on Ulysses, the Eclipse and International Stakes winner, and Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George, who was third last year behind his stable companions Found, who has since retired, and Highland Reel, who is expected to be in the field again on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:46:01 GMT)

Sadio Mané returns in Moscow but Klopp puts Liverpool balance before art
• Mané, Coutinho, Firmino and Salah all available for Spartak match• Klopp says Moscow fixture is not the place for ‘all the artists’Jürgen Klopp seemed genuinely excited by his first visit to Moscow and the formidable police presence that greeted Liverpool’s arrival at Sheremetyevo Airport. The prospect of finally unleashing his most talented attacking quartet provided another adrenalin-rush but Spartak Moscow away, he cautioned, might not be the place for “all the artists”.Bans, Barcelona and back injuries have prevented the Liverpool manager fielding Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah from the start of a competitive fixture this season. They shared seven minutes on the pitch in the opening Champions League draw with Sevilla but not since the defeat of Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup on 1 August has the fluid foursome opened a contest for Klopp. That may change at the Otkrytie Arena, home of the struggling champions of Russia, although there was a pragmatism to the Liverpool manager as he considered his impressive options for the second game in Group E. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:30:24 GMT)

Theresa May backs Ireland for 2023 World Cup as French bid hits problems
• Prime Minister pledges full support to Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar• President Emmanuel Macron distances himself from France’s presentationTheresa May has given her official backing to Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in what can be considered a boost to its chances given how the France president, Emmanuel Macron, has distanced himself from its attempts to host the tournament. Related: Holding 2023 Rugby World Cup in Ireland would capture hearts and minds | Robert Kitson Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:56:09 GMT)

Joseph Parker’s wish for Anthony Joshua fight leaves Fury out in the cold | Kevin Mitchell
The New Zealander believes Joshua will be easier to beat than the awkward Mancunian proved to be and is decamping to the UK to make the fight happenHughie Fury will not be getting a quick rematch against Joseph Parker – unless the Mancunian heavyweight’s promoter, Mick Hennessy, can deliver on his optimistic promise of having his points loss overturned, and the odds must be slim.After winning over 12 close rounds at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night – and benefiting from outrageous 118-110 scores on two cards – to retain the WBO world title he inherited from Hughie’s cousin, Tyson, Parker said the British heavyweight he is way more interested in fighting is Anthony Joshua. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:23:47 GMT)

Homeless Shakhtar Donetsk ready for another Champions League upset | Barry Glendenning
The Ukrainian side, who last played in their own stadium three years ago, shocked Napoli in the first round of games and now travel to Manchester CityShakhtar Donetsk took little time to hurl the cat among the pigeons in a Champions League group most observers expected to be dominated by Napoli and Manchester City, with the Ukrainian side and Feyenoord making up the numbers. While the Dutch champions duly crumbled at home against City in the last round of fixtures, the Ukrainian side’s 2-1 victory against the Italian league leaders was one of few surprises across the competition. Related: Shakhtar’s Darijo Srna: ‘We have lost our homes, our stadium and our fans’ Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:26:43 GMT)

A weekend of football passion, rivalry and animosity – photo essay
The Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins takes in three emotionally charged football matches over three days and captures all the colour and passion as AFC Wimbledon take on MK Dons, Tottenham Hotspur visit West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday face Sheffield United in the Steel City derby Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:41:48 GMT)

The Oumar Niasse appreciation edition – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co review the weekend of Premier League football, the key action around Europe and look ahead to another packed midweek fixture listRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden’s coming fresh out the kitchen to discuss the Premier League weekend just gone, flanked by Barry Glendenning, Gregg Bakowski and Barney Ronay. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:39:13 GMT)

Kyle Walker happy Sergio Agüero is in same side as ‘facing him was nightmare’
• Agüero needs one goal to equal Eric Brook’s Manchester City scoring record• Argentinian likely to be rejoined by Gabriel Jesus against Shakhtar DonetskSergio Agüero needs one more goal to equal Eric Brook’s 78-year-old Manchester City scoring record and there are not many people at the club who imagine the Argentinian is going to hang around for long on his present tally of 176.No one is a bigger fan of the striker than Kyle Walker, who says it a joy to be playing behind Agüero after years of struggling to contain him. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:35:39 GMT)

Chips, chocolate and coffee – our food crops face mass extinction too
It’s not just animals, many seed crops are also endangered. So why is agrobiodiversity so overlooked? This valuable source of affordable, nutritious food could disappear if we don’t act• Read more: Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food suppliesA “sixth mass extinction” is already under way, scientists are now warning us. Species such as the Bengal tiger and blue whale are vanishing at an alarming rate, and mournful eulogies are being written on how those born in 20 years’ time may never see an African elephant. But who is writing the eulogy for our food? Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply – known as agrobiodiversity ­– are just as endangered and are getting almost no attention.Take some consumer favourites: chips, chocolate and coffee. Up to 22% of wild potato species are predicted to become extinct by 2055 due to climate change. In Ghana and Ivory Coast, where the raw ingredient for 70% of our chocolate is grown, cacao trees will not be able to survive as temperatures rise by two degrees over the next 40 years. Coffee yields in Tanzania have dropped 50% since 1960. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:01:33 GMT)

Corbyn is a changed man – and he’s forging a path to power | Polly Toynbee
This year’s conference shows Labour has been transformed by electoral success and Tory disarray over Brexit. Its leaders look more credible by the day“We are the grown-ups now.” So said several speakers. In the grotesque political playground of Brexit Britain, Labour has indeed become the nation’s adults, the sensibles, the party least likely to wreck the country’s future. How short a time ago Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell were regarded as delinquent adolescents who had never grown out of the 1970s. They may be the masters soon.What a transformation. Remember how early in the general election campaign they fell 11 points behind in dismal local council results? Whatever Labour leaders say sourly now to those of us who feared the worst, waiting for that exit poll in June they too were braced for heavy losses, never expecting a crushing humiliation for Theresa May. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:30:51 GMT)

Martin Rowson on global rise of nationalism and the far right – cartoon
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(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:05:09 GMT)

Merkel must strike a deal. Europe’s future depends on it | Natalie Nougayrède
We obsess about the far right, but who ends up in Germany’s ruling coalition will have huge repercussions for the rest of EuropeThis German election matters greatly to the whole of Europe, not just to Germany alone. Its results, and what emerges now, will determine much of what can or cannot be accomplished to rejuvenate a 60-year-old European project that has, in recent years, often looked as if it was on crutches. The German far right’s entrance into the Bundestag is worrying, but it risks being the only thing many beyond Germany will pay attention to, and that in turn means we may miss the full impact for Europe of Germany’s vote.First, however raucous the AfD may be, the centre ground has held in Germany. That Angela Merkel has been re-elected, after more than 1 million refugees arrived in the country, says something about its stability and resilience. Remember that Marine Le Pen gained 21% in the first round of the French presidential elections, in a country that took in only a tiny fraction of the migrants who arrived in Europe in 2015-16. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:52:03 GMT)

Labour conference united by a single purpose: to please Jeremy Corbyn | John Crace
Unlike in recent years, this was Corbyn’s conference and every effort had to be made to give him what he wantedTry to think of it as a chat. A seminar, if you prefer. At any rate, the Brexit debate-that-wasn’t-really-a-debate got under way with one young delegate being shouted down by a large section of the audience for daring to suggest the Labour party conference had missed a trick by not allowing anyone to vote on freedom of movement or membership of the single market. He retreated, bloodied but not entirely bowed.Order was quickly restored with another Labour member suggesting the sole purpose of the anti-Brexit protest that was taking place outside the conference centre was to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. This was much more on message. Unlike most recent Labour conferences, which have tended to be a free-for-all, this year in Brighton there is a buzz, an energy and an optimism that is all channelled into a single, higher, unified purpose. And that purpose is to please Jeremy. This is his conference and every effort must be made to give him what he wants. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:27:08 GMT)

Uber faces serious charges – why is Khan offering an olive branch? | Nils Pratley
The ride-hailing service has offered a vague ‘apology’ now its London licence is under threat, but it has failed to address the issuesDara Khosrowshahi became chief executive of Uber because his predecessor, Travis Kalanick, had become a liability. Uber’s private equity backers knew there was little hope of getting the taxi service firm’s shares listed on a stock market while Kalanick was at the helm, annoying regulators and inflaming every dispute that crossed his desk. Khosrowshahi, fresh out of Expedia, would be the antidote to the co-founder’s aggression.It should be no surprise, then, that the new man has adopted a gentler tone in response to Transport for London’s decision last week not to renew Uber’s licence. “On behalf of everyone at Uber globally,” declared Khosrowshahi on Monday, “I apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:37:28 GMT)

Laura Kuenssberg hiring a bodyguard was depressing. Then it got worse | Gaby Hinsliff
A female political journalist is bombarded with rage and abuse, just for getting the protection she clearly needs. What has become of us?SNOWFLAKE. Pathetic. Fake news. “Not exactly Kate Adie in a war zone.”And that’s just a flavour of the way some people on social media greeted the news that the BBC’s political editor has been assigned a bodyguard to protect her at Labour party conference: by blaming the victim, not those who threaten violence against her. She’s making it up for attention! She was asking for it, what with her wilful refusal to report the news in a manner more to people’s liking! She should have known it was provocative even to set foot there! Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:19:42 GMT)

Labour's PFI pledge would be expensive – but isn't a blank cheque | Larry Elliott
Taking contracts ‘back in-house’ would mean compensation, but John McDonnell left himself a get-out clauseThe private finance initiative was the live now, pay later method of building hospitals, schools and other bits of public infrastructure. Governments that were short of cash could get companies to put up the cost of shiny new investment and pay the money back in instalments over many decades.But as John McDonnell stressed in his speech to Labour’s conference, PFI has proved a rotten deal for taxpayers because the accumulated annual payments have dwarfed the initial building costs. In the long run, it would have been cheaper for ministers to borrow the money rather than sign what were essentially expensive mortgage deals with the private sector. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:35:48 GMT)

The road to reversing Brexit may have just begun at Labour’s conference fringe | Manuel Cortes
Theresa May killed off hard Brexit last week in Florence. In Brighton this week, a pro-free movement coalition was formed that could finish off the jobI have news for pundits and the commentariat. Brexit no longer means Brexit. Hard Brexit is now a corpse – it was put to the sword by Theresa May’s own hand when she conceded the need for a two-year transition period with her speech in Florence last Friday.So, contrary to what much of the media seems to think, the really big Brexit story is not what’s happening on the floor of the Labour party conference in Brighton this week. The real elephant in the room is that the arch-Brexiteers are now tearing off their blinkers and strapping on their parachutes instead. Even then, their belief that buying more time will miraculously deliver a safer place to land is as deluded as their Brexit proposition. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:22 GMT)

The Guardian view on heresy: is the pope Catholic? | Editorial
Pope Francis has been accused of heresy for his efforts to liberalise the church’s understanding of divorceA group of conservative clerics has accused Pope Francis of heresy for his attempts to liberalise the church’s treatment of divorced people. This raises an interesting question: how long must a pope be dead before his opinions can safely be ignored? For many people the answer is “no time at all”: it is not just humanists, Muslims and Protestants, but the vast majority of the world’s Catholics who take little notice of Catholic doctrine when they disagree with it. The Catholic right ignores more than a hundred years of consistent papal teaching against the excesses of capitalism, along with more recent denunciations of the death penalty, of wars of aggression and of environmental destruction. The Catholic left ignores the pope’s teachings on sexuality – and everyone ignores the ban on contraception.Popes themselves, however, are meant to take their predecessors very seriously even though neither party is writing infallibly. Papal encyclicals read like legal documents, buttressed with footnotes to prove that doctrine has not changed, and that they are just repeating what their predecessors meant, even when they contradict what was plainly said. Those magnificent robes conceal some very fancy footwork at times. It is an article of faith – literally – that doctrine can never change, only develop, and the eye of faith can clearly see the subtle differences between change, development and decay. So the 19th-century denunciations of democracy and freedom of thought and conscience are now ignored, but pope John Paul II’s refusal to admit women priests looks certain to stand for another couple of centuries at least. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:48:19 GMT)

Don’t fall for the scaremongering: McDonnell’s PFI pledge isn’t that radical | Declan Gaffney
The suggestion that some PFI contracts might be taken back in-house is a sensible idea that could save us money and is worthy of a proper reviewThe shadow chancellor John McDonnell has pledged to bring at least some private finance initiative (PFI) contracts “back in-house”. How big a commitment is this? The PFI is a fertile source of Very Big Numbers – McDonnell himself refers to a figure of £200bn for payments “over the next few decades”, while John Appleby of the Nuffield Trust is quoted by the BBC giving a figure of £56bn for NHS projects alone by 2048. That may suggest Labour is promising transformative changes to public spending and public services, and will doubtless feed into some highly charged headlines tomorrow. But the expenditure and policy implications may well be of more modest dimensions.For a start, as Labour’s press release makes clear, the pledge falls far short of taking all or even any PFI contracts back: “Labour will review all PFI contracts and, if necessary, take over outstanding contracts and bring them back in-house, while ensuring NHS trusts, local councils and others do not lose out, and there is no detriment to services or staff.” No less importantly, McDonnell’s choice of words – “We’ll bring existing PFI contracts back in-house” rather than “taking PFI schools and hospitals into public ownership” – may suggest that it is the services provided under PFI contracts rather than the physical assets that he is talking about taking back under public control. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:21:20 GMT)

The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore
The president can call for players to be disciplined if he wants, but with their superb and poignant gesture they are not the ones disrespecting the US“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. The words of America’s national anthem, uplifting as they may be, do what all anthems do: they reassure a nation of its own self-image. That image is now being contested by another that asks who really is free, who really is brave and who really is at home in Trump’s America. Related: Memo to Trump after his NFL rant: sport is, and always has been, political Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:11:17 GMT)

The AfD’s breakthrough shows that parties of the left must get radical
Germany’s SPD is not alone – social democracy is in crisis across Europe. As Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour understands, we need a complete break with the neoliberal model‘Some of us are beginning to think it is the end of the project.” That was how a senior European social democrat spoke to me of the future of mainstream socialism last week. The German SPD’s abject failure in Sunday’s election will have done little to lift the gloom. After 12 years of playing sidekick to Angela Merkel, it will go into opposition, bereft of a strategy and rightly worried about the breakthrough of the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD).If the leaders of German social democracy are feeling responsible for their own collapse and the far-right’s gain, they can at least take comfort that they are not alone. The French socialist party evaporated in the run-up to this year’s presidential election; the Dutch Labour party saw its vote slump to 5.7%; and the Austrian socialist party is facing defeat in next month’s election – which will likely bring to power the first coalition of mainstream conservatives and neo-fascists in the EU. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:22:54 GMT)

Twitchers and groppers: when birdwatching turns ugly | Patrick Barkham
Watching rare birds is a joyful way to commune with nature. But obsession can spill over into the entitled aggression we see in hunters and shootersLike many people, I’ve got an unfinished novel in a drawer. It features a serial-killing twitcher, and is not worth me – let alone any reader – finishing. I was reminded of my anti-hero when watching video of a confrontation between a gaggle of obsessive birdwatchers and two nature reserve wardens. Related: Twitchers: a rare breed | Patrick Barkham Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:13:18 GMT)

I had chronic fatigue syndrome. The Lightning Process at least offers hope | Vonny Leclerc
The treatment may be controversial but for teenagers whose whole lives are on hold because of CFS, anything that might help is worth trying She thought I was dead. You come home, call out, no answer. You walk in to find your 16-year-old crumpled on the dining-room floor. Drugs? Alcohol? It’s a leap the brain makes. Being so tired that they collapsed on the spot doesn’t feature. Months later, after all but abandoning school, I was told it was myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It was a diagnosis that felt like little more than a question mark. I’ve long since recovered, but I’m still frustrated by the lack of options for sufferers. How long will they have to wander this wasteland of unanswerables?But there is perhaps a glimmer on the horizon. A small trial has shown that a commercial therapy called the Lightning Process helped speed up recovery for some youngsters. Though experts have dismissed it as junk science based on the shonky, largely debunked theory of neuro-linguistic programming, there’s a website full of testimonies, and celebrity endorsements. The whole thing has a cult-cum-televangelist piquancy that would crinkle the nose of most sceptics. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:30:31 GMT)

Should we ban sex robots while we have the chance? | Jenny Kleeman
AI sex dolls are on their way, with potentially sinister social consequences. So before they hit the market, we must ask whether they shouldPeople are blowing a fuse about sex robots – or rather, “rape robots”. Journalists from the New Statesman and the New York Times among others have all reported on the sex robot Roxxxy TrueCompanion’s controversial “Frigid Farrah” setting: a mode in which she has been programmed to resist sexual advances and which will allow men to act out rape fantasies.Women’s rights activists have lined up to condemn Roxxxy. Everyday Sexism’s Laura Bates describes her as “the sex robot that’s yours to rape for just $9,995”. Writing in the Times on Thursday, the barrister Kate Parker called for sex robots like Roxxxy to be criminalised. “The sophistication of the technology behind Roxxxy marks a step forward for robotics. For human society, it’s an unquestionable regression,” she says. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:09 GMT)

Minister’s call for cyclists to behave is more headline-grabbing hypocrisy
A Highway Code prompt aimed solely at cyclists – not to the road users that caused more than 99% of deaths on UK roads last year – has nothing to do with improving safety On Friday, transport minister Jesse Norman wrote to cycling leaders asking them to remind their members to follow the Highway Code. The letter came less than 48 hours after the announcement of a review on whether the law should be changed to tackle dangerous cycling. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:12:00 GMT)

The New York Times had an anti-Hillary Clinton agenda? That's untrue | Jill Abramson
Despite claims made in her recent book, the news editors at the paper were never hostile to Clinton. The only proof I have is that I was there Jill Abramson is the former executive editor of The New York Times In her book, Hillary Clinton says the news media has not done enough soul-searching about its role in her loss.Her argument boils down to this: too much firepower was aimed at her emails, part of a long pattern of unfair scandal mongering over the years. Unfair press coverage fueled the “lock her up” frenzy and created doubts in the minds of some undecided voters. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:00:11 GMT)

Trump’s global vision is a nightmare. The UN has to act | Mark Seddon
For the sake of world peace and security, António Guterres must stand up to this narcissistic bullyThe presidential cavalcades have departed Manhattan. But the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s speech to the UN general assembly still reverberate. “You can be sure of one thing,” a veteran UN official whispered to me during the speech: “Trump never fails to disappoint.” Still, there had been enthusiasts, including John Bolton, once George Bush’s ambassador to the UN, whose grandstanding and savaging of the organisation is still recalled with a shiver by many older hands. Bolton declared Trump’s tour-de-force to be the “best speech he has given yet”. Related: Ignore Trump’s lies. North Korea is no threat to Britain | Simon Jenkins Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:36:14 GMT)

Want to help after a disaster? Give cash, not clothing | Julia Brooks
Most of the stuff sent to disaster areas is inappropriate or useless. Get your wallet out instead so the professionals can buy what they needJulia Brooks is a researcher at the Harvard Humanitarian InitiativeBetween government bodies , charities of every size, and contributions from concerned individuals, a massive Hurricane Harvey relief effort has taken shape in the US. But these well-intentioned bids to ship goods to Texas are perpetuating a common myth of post-disaster charitable giving.As a researcher with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, acentre at Harvard University dedicated to analysing and improving the way professionals and communities respond to emergencies, I’ve seen the evidence on dozens of disasters, from Hurricane Sandy to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. It all points to a clear conclusion: in-kind donations of items such as food, clothing, toiletries and nappies are often the last thing that is needed in these areas. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:15:25 GMT)

Drug dealer using dark web to sell fentanyl jailed for over 13 years
Police describe the case as first of its kind because of the sophisticated use of technology to sell class A drugsA drug dealer who sold substances including the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl on the dark web has been jailed for more than 13 years.In what was described by police as the first case of its kind because of the sophisticated use of technology, Ross Brennan, 28, was sentenced for conspiring with his university friend Aarron Gledhill, 30, to import and sell class A drugs. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:12:58 GMT)

Moped gang attacks prompt review of police pursuit rules
Concerns have been raised that officers might not pursue suspects, particularly those without a helmet, for fear of prosecutionA review of the law and practice regarding police pursuits is to be carried out to ensure officers feel they have the legal protection they need to go after moped and scooter gangs, the Home Office has announced.There has been a spate of thefts and attacks by moped and motorbike gangs recently, in which necklaces, jewellery and phones have been snatched. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:12:00 GMT)

City firms urge free trade agreement for financial services after Brexit
London and Frankfurt will lose out to New York and Singapore if UK and EU do not agree deal, says reportLondon and Frankfurt will lose out to New York and Singapore unless a free trade deal on financial services after Brexit is agreed, according to leading City businesses.The report from key banks, law firms and fund managers in the UK proposes a “bespoke” free trade agreement once Britain leaves the EU. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:01:26 GMT)

Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails
Exclusive: hackers may have accessed usernames, passwords and personal details of top accountancy firm’s blue-chip clientsOne of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal.Deloitte, which is registered in London and has its global headquarters in New York, was the victim of a cybersecurity attack that went unnoticed for months. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:13 GMT)

This summer was greenest ever for energy, says National Grid
Carbon emissions pushed to lowest level yet as first subsidy-free large solar power project opens in the UKThe UK has set a new landmark for clean energy after the National Grid announced that the electricity powering the UK’s homes and businesses this summer was the greenest ever.The record comes as the first subsidy-free large solar power project opens in the UK, in what the government described as a significant moment for the energy sector. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:01:26 GMT)

Strictly dances off with Saturday night viewing figures
BBC competition attracts audience of 9.4 million compared to an all-time low of 4.8 million for its rival, ITV’s X FactorStrictly Come Dancing and the X Factor have been battling it out for Saturday night audiences for 13 years, but the BBC show struck an unprecedented blow against its ITV rival last weekend by attracting almost 5 million more viewers in a record victory.The contrasting performances of Strictly and the X Factor have raised questions about whether the ITV show has fallen into terminal decline despite creator Simon Cowell attempting to shake it up this year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:09:45 GMT)

Campaign group chief found guilty of refusing to divulge passwords
Muhammad Rabbani, a director of Cage, convicted of obstructing counter-terrorism police when stopped at HeathrowThe international director of the campaign organisation Cage has been convicted of a terrorist offence after refusing to hand over passwords to his mobile phone and laptop.Muhammad Rabbani, 36, was found guilty at Westminster magistrates’ court of wilfully obstructing police when he refused to cooperate at Heathrow airport last November. The test case could affect the way thousands of suspects stopped at UK airports and ports every year interact in the future with anti-terrorist officers. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:01:14 GMT)

Oxford student given suspended sentence for stabbing boyfriend
Judge had reportedly earlier told Lavinia Woodward a prison term could damage her prospects of becoming a heart surgeonAn Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife has been given a suspended prison sentence. A judge caused controversy earlier this year when he reportedly told Lavinia Woodward that a jail term could damage her prospects of a medical career and would be too severe as a result. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:53:57 GMT)

Uber apologises after London ban and admits 'we got things wrong'
London mayor Sadiq Khan says he welcomes apology by CEO of ride-hailing app, which has been stripped of its licenceUber’s chief executive has apologised for the taxi app’s mistakes in London and promised to change as the company fights a decision by the city not to renew its licence. The firm is battling to keep operating in the capital after Transport for London decided not to renew its licence to operate. Uber’s London licence expires on 30 September, although it will continue to run taxis while it pursues a legal appeal process that could last a year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:11:17 GMT)

Student accused of rape banned from university classes for a year
Liam Allen has been barred from University of Sussex campus since October 2016 while awaiting trial, as a result of bail conditionsA university student accused of rape has been banned from attending classes for a year while he awaits trial, it has emerged.Liam Allen, 21, was accused in October 2016 and made subject to a ban barring him from the University of Sussex campus while an investigation was under way. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:38:18 GMT)

Parts of UK identified as high risk areas for Lyme disease
South England and Scottish Highlands have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease, says health bodyThe south of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said some areas appear to have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease. But the health body said prevalence data is incomplete as it called for a large study into the condition in the UK. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:18:58 GMT)

HBOS compensation chief criticised by Noel Edmonds insists he is independent
Russel Griggs, who has faced vitriol from fraud victims, on the review he is heading for Lloyds and why it is taking so longNoel Edmonds has a major problem with Prof Russel Griggs, the man appointed by Lloyds Banking Group to assess compensation claims for customers caught up in a £245m fraud.The Deal or No Deal host wants a £300m payout although Lloyds has set aside only £100m to cover claims from a total of 67 customers. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:16:00 GMT)

Anonymous 'honesty' websites: safety experts tell parents to be vigilant
Proliferation of anonymous feedback apps such as Sarahah is prompting concerns about cyberbullying among schoolchildrenOnline safety experts have warned parents to be vigilant about teenagers’ use of anonymous feedback apps that allow users to leave unnamed comments about others, amid new concerns over cyberbullying.As policymakers analyse the roots of teenage depression, in response to research published last week indicating that 24% of 14-year-old girls and 9% of boys are depressed, the role of social media has come under scrutiny, particularly the soaring popularity of “honesty” sites. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:35:59 GMT)

University 'turned down politically incorrect transgender research'
James Caspian says Bath Spa University approved but then rejected his proposed research into gender reassignment reversalBath Spa University is conducting an internal inquiry into claims that it turned down an application for research on gender reassignment reversal because it was “potentially politically incorrect” and would attract criticism on social media.James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specialises in working with transgender people, proposed the research about “detransitioning” to the university in south-west England, which, he said, initially approved the application. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:10:24 GMT)

Chakrabarti 'would not condemn' people who break strike laws
Shadow attorney general criticises government’s trade union legislation as posing ethical dilemma for union membersShami Chakrabarti has criticised the government’s trade union legislation requiring a 50% turnout in strike ballots and said she would not condemn people for choosing to defy it.Labour’s shadow attorney general said she would not encourage individuals to act illegally but made clear that she believed the existence of “unjust laws” posed an ethical dilemma for union members. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:30:15 GMT)

Hampshire man who kept python died of asphyxiation
Inquest opens into death of Dan Brandon, 31, who was a fan of exotic animals and was found dead with a snake in same roomA fan of exotic animals who kept creatures including pythons was found dead at his home as a result of asphyxiation.Hampshire police said Dan Brandon, 31, sustained serious injuries and died in Church Crookham, Fleet, on 25 August. A police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:28:48 GMT)

Prison inmates given life sentences for murder of convicted double killer
Billy White and Gary Lindley prayed after the pre-planned killing of Brett Rogers they said would ‘cleanse’ him of his crimesTwo prison inmates who murdered a convicted double killer in his cell after being “ordered by God” to attack him have both been handed life sentences. Billy White, a Christian, and Gary Lindley, a Muslim, prayed after the pre-planned killing of 25-year-old Brett Rogers, which they said they believed would “exorcise a demon” and “cleanse” him of his crimes. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:02:32 GMT)

Man 'shot and killed' by arrow in Dundee
Police are investigating death being treated as suspicious after party in flat reportedly spilled out into the streetA police investigation is under way after a man was reportedly shot and killed by an arrow in Dundee.Police Scotland confirmed that a man had died after a disturbance at Dundonald Court at about 11.45pm on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:18:12 GMT)

Kidnapping of UK model in Italy may have been a 'sham', says lawyer
Claim made during extradition proceedings against Michal Herba, who is wanted by authorities in relation to allegationsThe kidnapping of a British model in Italy may have been faked as a publicity stunt, a lawyer for one of the men suspected of carrying it out has told a court.The claim was made on Monday during extradition proceedings against Michal Herba, who is wanted by Milanese authorities in relation to the allegations. His brother, Lukasz Herba, is in custody in Italy. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:20:43 GMT)

Stabbed Manchester surgeon forgives his attacker
Police have charged a 28-year-old man in connection with attack that saw Nasser Kurdy sustain knife wound to his neckA surgeon who was stabbed as he arrived at a mosque in Greater Manchester has insisted his attacker does not represent “what this country stands for”.Dr Nasser Kurdy, 58, an orthopaedic surgeon, was stabbed in the neck from behind as he arrived at the Altrincham Islamic Centre for evening prayers at about 6pm on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:56:29 GMT)

Rocks thrown through windows amid spate of homophobic attacks
‘Broken glass will not break our love,’ Olivia Hill says after Brisbane home decorated in rainbow flags is targeted A Brisbane woman has spoken about her fear after someone threw rocks through the windows of her home in a suspected homophobic attack. It is one of several incidents to have been reported around the country since the same-sex marriage postal vote campaign began. Olivia Hill wrote on Twitter that an attack on her home occurred on Sunday night, and that she had heard a man outside yelling homophobic slurs. Her house was decorated in rainbow flags in support of marriage equality. Continue reading...
(Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:03:01 GMT)

Chelsea Manning says she has been barred from entering Canada
Former US soldier and one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times posts letter to Twitter saying she is ‘not authorized to enter Canada’Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who served seven years in military prison after instigating one of the biggest breaches of classified data in US history, has said she has been barred from entering Canada. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:00:06 GMT)

Merkel starts challenging task of trying to form coalition government
Chancellor acknowledges losses but says she has firm mandate from voters and will stay for full termAngela Merkel started trying to form a coalition government on Monday after harnessing a fourth term as chancellor but at the cost of momentous gains for the far right.A subdued Merkel, speaking at the headquarters of her CDU party in Berlin, acknowledged the losses, calling them disappointing and admitting: “We have considerable work ahead of us.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:13:43 GMT)

'The best day of my life': Iraqi Kurds vote in independence referendum
More than 80% of registered voters cast ballots in non-binding poll that has raised tensions and fears of instabilityThousands of people in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq have cast votes in a referendum billed as a first step towards independence from Baghdad, defying regional demands that the ballot be abandoned and international fears that the outcome could spark violence. Related: Barzani on the Kurdish referendum: 'We refuse to be subordinates' Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:56:56 GMT)

Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle 1kg of gold in his rectum
Customs officials find gold inside 45-year-old man after noticing his ‘suspicious movements’ at Colombo airportA Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly 1kg (2.2lb) of gold stashed in his rectum. Related: Man arrested in Sri Lanka for 'smuggling gold bars in rectum' Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:09:13 GMT)

German elections left Merkel isolated, but it is too soon to write her off | Philip Oltermann
The CDU may have had its worst election result since 1949, but the chancellor has been here before and pulled throughSince Angela Merkel was first voted chancellor 12 years ago, political power in the hands of Germany’s first physicist-turned-politician has always looked more like a solid than a liquid.“Power is the ability to shape things,” the chancellor said at the Christian Democrats’ headquarters on Monday afternoon, having just reminded assembled journalists that in spite of its worst election result since 1949, her party would still be the most powerful group in the next Bundestag. “And I like shaping things,” she added. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:10:17 GMT)

Anthony Weiner given 21 months in prison for sexting teenage girl
Ex-congressman pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to minorWeiner, 53, must undergo internet monitoring after sentence is servedAnthony Weiner was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison, in a sexting scandal that some blame for Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Related: Sex addicts see a familiar story in Anthony Weiner's path to ruin Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:53:26 GMT)

Many Puerto Ricans desperate to return home to island reeling from disaster
The island is largely without electricity and running water, but demand for plane tickets is high as Puerto Ricans attempt to return to their relatives and homesAs Puerto Rico came into view below, passengers on the JetBlue aid flight from New York fell silent as the scale of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria became apparent: the usually verdant mountains were brown and barren, and the bright blue water offshore was dotted with large aid ships. Related: Jennifer Lopez donates $1m to Puerto Rico hurricane recovery effort Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:36:11 GMT)

Charlottesville's white awakening: 'We were living in a bubble,' say residents
On Sunday, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams helped the Virginia town recover from last month’s violence – which some white residents admitted had been a serious wake-up callInside the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium, a succession of pop stars were telling local residents that “Love trumps hate” and “You will not dethrone love.” Dave Matthews, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake were holding a free concert to help Charlottesville recover from the violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi protests that rocked the town last month. Related: Pharrell Williams 'takes a knee' in Charlottesville protest Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:25:29 GMT)

Spain’s attorney general refuses to rule out arrest of Catalan president
Carles Puigdemont could face action, says attorney general, as Catalonia prepares to defy Madrid by holding independence voteSpain’s attorney general has refused to rule out the possibility of arresting the Catalan president, as the region’s pro-sovereignty government prepares to defy Madrid by holding an independence referendum on Sunday.José Manuel Maza said that Carles Puigdemont could face action for disobedience, breaching public duties and misuse of public funds for proceeding with the poll after Spain’s constitutional court suspended the hastily passed legislation underpinning the vote. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:42:48 GMT)

Oil prices soar to highest for more than two years after output cuts
Analysts say prices could rise further, in a move that would put upward pressure on UK inflationOil prices jumped to their highest for more than two years on Monday after major producers said output cuts were squeezing supplies.Brent crude leapt by 2.7% to $58.39 (£43.35) a barrel as analysts said prices could rise to levels not seen since 2014, in a move that would put further upward pressure on inflation in the UK. The oil price squeeze has been orchestrated by the Opec oil producers’ group but could be exacerbated if Turkey follows through on threats to block supplies from Kurdistan. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:07:30 GMT)

Houston after Harvey: city faces huge hurdle to recovery
Texas region is grappling with the slow grind of bureaucracy, the urgent need to clear detritus and the natural desperation to return quickly to normal lifeA month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, there is still a simple way to tell if a particular street flooded in Houston. Just look at the front lawns.Debris rose as the water receded and residents returned to gut their ruined homes, disgorging the contents curbside. There is so much to remove, and trips to landfills are taking so long, that the region is months away from clearing it all. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:24:20 GMT)

Macron to press ahead with speech outlining vision to rebuild EU
French president will not be distracted from plans for deeper integration by tricky new coalition government in GermanyThe French president, Emmanuel Macron, is to press ahead with a major speech setting out plans to “rebuild” the EU, despite fears that a new coalition government in Berlin could limit his ambitions.The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who in recent months had cautiously warmed to Macron’s proposed radical overhaul of the eurozone, won a fourth term in office this weekend. But she faces difficult coalition talks with smaller parties in the face of opposition from the emboldened far-right, anti-Europe Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:39:41 GMT)

Obama: 'The world has never been healthier, wealthier or less violent'
Former president urges optimism and focus on progress at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation conference, despite shadow cast by Trump’s UN speechThere’s never been a better time to be alive, the former US president Barack Obama told an audience of musicians, activists, comedians, innovators and royalty, gathered at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan on 20 September.Despite the “extraordinary challenges” the world is facing – from growing economic inequality and climate change to mass migration and terrorism – “if you had to choose any moment in history in which to be born, you would choose right now. The world has never been healthier, or wealthier, or better educated or in many ways more tolerant or less violent,” he said in his speech, at an event for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:21:05 GMT)

German election has redefined narrative of European party politics
The AfD’s third-place finish shows that populism in Europe is here to stay – but it can be beaten After the Brexit vote in Britain and Donald Trump’s rise to power in the US, pundits predicted that a wind of populist, anxious, resentful, anti-politics-as-usual change would sweep across Europe. Like a series of dominoes, the governments of the Netherlands and France – and possibly, if rather more implausibly, even Germany – would fall to the Eurosceptic forces of Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and Frauke Petry. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:47:57 GMT)

Egyptian students told to respect the flag or risk a year in prison
Crackdown by education minister, which includes fine threat, prompts ridicule on social mediaEgypt’s education minister has ordered students to respect the Egyptian flag or risk jail time.Students who mock or desecrate the flag could be fined 30,000 LE (£1,260) and sentenced to up to a year in prison, said the education minister, Tarek Shawki. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:59:25 GMT)

Hospitals in crisis in Uganda as Middle Eastern countries poach medical staff
Recruitment of almost 2,000 health workers to Libya has led to urgent calls for government to stop exodus amid dire staffing shortagesThe failure to stop a brain drain of almost 2,000 of its best doctors and nurses is exacerbating Uganda’s healthcare crisis, reflecting a growing problem across east Africa, say healthcare workers.At least 1,963 medics are being recruited to work at one hospital alone in Libya, as Middle Eastern countries turn to the region for highly qualified workers to fill their own vacancies, which have increased amid political instability and migration. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:26:35 GMT)

Bali volcano: 50,000 flee Mount Agung as tremor magnitude intensifies
Number of people leaving homes in shadow of volcano soars amid fears it could erupt for first time in more than 50 years Nearly 50,000 people have been evacuated from their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Mount Agung, 47 miles (75km) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August and threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:07:40 GMT)

Japan's PM Shinzō Abe calls snap election
Abe aims to take advantage of opposition disarray and says vote would be an appraisal of his handling of North Korea crisisJapan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe, has called a snap election to take advantage of opposition disarray and support for his hard line against North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes. Related: We will sink Japan and turn US to 'ashes and darkness', says North Korea Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:42:39 GMT)

'Jeremy Corbyn has exceeded expectations': Sadiq Khan talks to Katharine Viner – video
Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner asks Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, about housing in the capital, Brexit and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Khan’s verdict on Corbyn is: ‘Good manifesto, energising Labour supporters who’d left our fold, bringing them back, energise a new generation of Labour voters … huge progress made by Jeremy in the space of two years’ Continue reading...
(Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:57:51 GMT)

The colour of power: why is the British establishment so white? – video
Take the 1,000 most powerful people in Britain. How many are not white? Leah Green delves into the data on representation at the top of British society. From politics to law, charities, sport, business, the media and the military, the gatekeepers at the top of British society are overwhelmingly white* Revealed: Britain's most powerful elite is 97% white Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:23:44 GMT)

Qandeel Baloch: the life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working class icon
The life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working-class icon Qandeel Baloch, killed in 2016 after becoming a social media celebrity. This film tells Qandeel’s story through her own videos and media appearances. A young, fearless woman who collided with Pakistan’s mainstream media, Qandeel exposed the religious right and challenged middle-class morality. From her life before stardom in a rural village to her early days in entertainment as a model and actor, Qandeel gained attention by making provocative web videos. We get to know Qandeel through her family, admirers and those she interacted with and inspired. The film also analyses her life through the lens of class and power politics and connects it to women’s continuing struggle for self-expression in Pakistan Continue reading...
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:45 GMT)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Colin Firth on the superspy comedy sequel – video
The second Kingsman film sees the dapper British secret agents go up against American supervillain Poppy Adams, played by Julianne Moore, with the help of Statesman, their US equivalent. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out now in the UK, and is released on 21 September in Australia and 22 September in the US. Continue reading...
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:25:56 GMT)

Portugal's biggest wildfire: 'We all thought we were going to die' – video
On 17 June, a fire swept through the forests of central Portugal, killing 64 people and destroying more than 480 houses. After a summer of record numbers of wildfires across southern Europe, the Guardian travelled to devastated villages in Portugal to find out why the June fire was so deadly, and what can be done to prevent it happening again*Satellite imagery courtesy of Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast Company Continue reading...
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:11 GMT)

'I'll be here until I die': Florida Keys residents on life after Hurricane Irma
A week on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys residents are finding strength in one another as they try to piece together their homes and make sense of what happened Continue reading...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:12:50 GMT)

Rellik recap: episode three – big frights and bad dads in the grimmest week yet
A sleazy, uneasy tale of terrible parents, this was the creepiest outing so far for the reverse crime drama So the supremely creepy truth about Patrick Barker – the city type with the Kingsman glasses who we saw fleeing the country in episode one – emerges. He was having an affair with Sally, his wife Rebecca’s 20-year-old daughter from another marriage. When Rebecca caught the icky couple in bed, a distressed Sally brained her with a trophy Patrick had received for “thought leadership” in 2003. His subsequent thought leadership involved desecrating Rebecca’s body and dumping it in a children’s playpark to make it seem like the work of the acid killer.Despite Patrick’s gory efforts at misdirection, Gabriel seemed to intuit that there was something off about him. But Richard Dormer’s raspy DCI abandoned the Barker investigation to track down his own daughter, Hannah, who had bunked off school to do some serious booze preloading before an illicit rave. In the end – also the beginning – Gabriel and Shepard caught up with a semi-conscious Hannah barely in time to save her from a sexual assault. In other words, this was the grimmest, grubbiest Rellik yet. Continue reading...
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:00:24 GMT)

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