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Prosecutors urged to ditch 'weak' rape cases to improve figures
Exclusive: CPS advice to tackle criticism of low conviction rates alarms expertsProsecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates, the Guardian can reveal.The controversial advice to take a proportion of “weak cases out of the system” has been given to specialist rape prosecutors in training seminars, which has led some staff to fear the service has undertaken an undeclared change in policy. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:07:57 GMT)

UK-EU flights could cease in event of no-deal Brexit, says government
In latest set of ‘no deal’ notices, UK says planes may be grounded over licensing issuesDogs, cats and ferrets would need rabies tests to go to EUMotorists would require insurance green card to drive in EUBritish mineral waters would not be accepted for sale in EUFlights could cease between the UK and the rest of the EU if Britain crashes out of the bloc without a deal, the government has said.In its latest set of “no deal” notices, the government said flights could be disrupted because the EU-issued aviation licences would not be valid and airlines would have to seek individual permissions to operate with respective states. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:01:16 GMT)

McDonnell: new Brexit referendum should not include remain option
Shadow chancellor says he would back second vote but only if it is ‘on the deal itself’A fresh Brexit referendum should be only about a departure deal and should not include the option of staying in the EU, John McDonnell has indicated to the dismay of Labour members pushing for a people’s vote. Related: McDonnell implies staying in EU will not be option if Labour holds second Breixt referendum - Politics live Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:14:42 GMT)

Revolutionary spinal cord implant helps paralysed patients walk again
Researchers implanted electrodes in the lower backs of five patients, all of whom regained some movementA small group of paraplegic patients have once again been able to take steps after researchers implanted a device to electrically stimulate their spinal cords.Two separate teams of scientists have revealed for the first time that the technique, together with physical training, has allowed three out of the five individuals treated to walk again after losing all voluntary movement below the site of an injury. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:00:23 GMT)

Trump attacks 'totally political' investigation of new Kavanaugh allegations
Trump calls Kavanaugh ‘a fine man with an unblemished past’New Yorker reports new allegation of sexual misconductA Senate committee will investigate fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – claims Donald Trump dismissed on Monday as a “totally political” attempt to stop Republicans cementing a solid conservative majority on the bench. Related: Why I find the Kavanaugh/Ford case so unsettling | Nesrine Malik Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:10:21 GMT)

Father of girl who died of allergy on plane blames Pret a Manger
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse checked labelling but sesame was not listed, he tells inquestA father whose 15-year-old daughter with severe food allergies died after eating a baguette from Pret a Manger has told an inquest that the food chain is to blame for its failure to list allergens.Natasha Ednan-Laperouse was travelling with her father and a school friend from London to Nice when she collapsed during a British Airways flight on 17 July 2016.After treatment on the plane and at the airport failed to revive her, she was taken to a French hospital but, with no prospect of recovery, her life support was switched off later that day.An inquest into her death at west London coroner’s court on Monday heard that shortly before boarding the plane, after carefully checking the label herself and then getting her father to double-check, the teenager ate an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette bought from a Pret a Manger shop in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport.In his statement, read to the court by the family lawyer, Jeremy Hyam QC, Natasha’s father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said that at one stage while receiving treatment his daughter had vomited the red filling of the sandwich. As she lay in hospital, he said he “instinctively knew that Natasha was dying due to something contained in the Pret baguette”.He said he called his own mother from the hospital and asked her to buy the same baguette from her local store in Fulham, which she did. She also found no allergens listed in the ingredients or any warnings displayed around the store. It was only when she consulted a folder encased in plastic at the store that she saw the product contained sesame seeds in the baguette dough, he said.Ednan-Laperouse said: “When my mother called and told me that the baguette contained sesame, I was taken aback … I was completely horrified. It was their fault … I was stunned that a big food company like Pret could mislabel a sandwich and this could cause my daughter to die.”Ednan-Laperouse’s statement and oral evidence given later told how Natasha began to itch three minutes after eating the sandwich. She took some liquid Piriton and did so again when the same symptom presented itself on the flight, the inquest heard.Her father said she went to the toilet. “She said: ‘Daddy, I’m not feeling well’ … she lifted up her top and showed me red welts … like lacerations,” said Ednan-Laperouse. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:09:53 GMT)

Labour peer Charles Falconer apologises over war on drugs
Ex-lord chancellor backs group of leading politicians in call for legalisation of drugs tradeThe former lord chancellor Charles Falconer has apologised for his role in the war on drugs, as a group of leading politicians from across the world called for the legalisation and regulation of the drugs trade.In an open letter, Lord Falconer, who served in a number of other cabinet roles under Tony Blair, said he now realised drug prohibition had been a “tragic disaster” for the poor in Britain and across the world. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:01:56 GMT)

Police question pair on suspicion of murdering Worcester student
Divers search Severn close to where Thomas Jones, 18, is believed to have disappearedDetectives are questioning two men on suspicion of murdering an 18-year-old student who went missing after a night out during freshers’ week in Worcester.Police and fire and rescue divers are searching the River Severn close to where Thomas Jones is believed to have disappeared last week. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:35:26 GMT)

British ultra-endurance cyclist killed almost instantly, inquest told
Mike Hall’s dark clothing and bike ‘indistinguishable’ in early morning gloomBritish ultra-endurance cycling star Mike Hall died almost instantly from massive head injuries when a driver with a provisional licence hit him at 100km/h (62mph), an inquest has been told.Shegu Bobb, from Cooma, who was 19 at the time, was on his way to work in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, on 31 March 2017 when his car hit Hall on the Monaro Highway in darkness at 6.22am. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:55:25 GMT)

Russian film director's replica Berlin Wall rejected by city authorities
The 800-metre recreation for the premiere of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s film Dau caused safety concernsA controversial art installation that would have rebuilt part of the Berlin Wall in the German capital has been put on hold by city authorities over safety concerns.The brainchild of Russian film director Ilya Khrzhanovsky, who also paid 400 people to live for three years in a recreation of the Stalin-era Soviet Union, Dau Freedom would have immersed visitors in a totalitarian regime in the heart of a city once home to both Nazi and communist states. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:18:11 GMT)

Maldives marine artwork destroyed for being a 'threat to Islamic unity'
Sea sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor demolished by authorities after court rules human forms depicted in the work are anti-IslamicA new sculptural work, Coralarium, created by artist and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor, was demolished last week after it was deemed anti-Islamic. The semi-submerged artwork was criticised by religious leaders and scholars in the Maldives, where Islam is the official religion. The depiction of human figures in art is discouraged under Islamic law. The government ordered the destruction of the artwork, after a court ruled it to be a threat to “Islamic unity and the peace and interests of the Maldivian state”, the Malaysian Independent reported, despite the authorities previously granting permission. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:40:16 GMT)

Unbeaten records, crises and shinners – Football Weekly
Max, Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Philippe Auclair discuss the last 100% record in the 92, crises all over the shop, spectacular misses and shinned pearlersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Philippe Auclair to look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with Liverpool, whose 3-0 win over Southampton sees them maintain their 100% record this season – the only team in the 92 yet to leave any points unclaimed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:26:46 GMT)

'We're moving to higher ground': America's era of climate mass migration is here
By the end of this century, sea level rises alone could displace 13m people. Many states will have to grapple with hordes of residents seeking dry ground. But, as one expert says, ‘No state is unaffected by this’After her house flooded for the third year in a row, Elizabeth Boineau was ready to flee. She packed her possessions into dozens of boxes, tried not to think of the mold and mildew-covered furniture and retreated to a second-floor condo that should be beyond the reach of pounding rains and swelling seas.Boineau is leaving behind a handsome, early 20th-century house in Charleston, South Carolina, the shutters painted in the city’s eponymous shade of deep green. Last year, after Hurricane Irma introduced 8in of water into a home Boineau was still patching up from the last flood, local authorities agreed this historic slice of Charleston could be torn down. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:00:15 GMT)

Oh, brother: why siblings make the most savage political opponents
The attack ad on Paul Gosar, the Republican governor of Arizona, by six of his own siblings could be a career-ending betrayal. But even measured brotherly or sisterly criticism can cast your character into doubtI can describe it to you, but you have to watch it: there’s an attack ad out on the Republican governor of Arizona, Paul Gosar. His record on everything, from healthcare to jobs to the environment, is poor. He is “absolutely not working for his district”. Voters should “hold him to account”. The visuals are unremarkable: non-celebrity middle-aged people endorsing his opponent, David Brill.When these talking heads reveal their identities – Joan, Jennifer, Tim, David, Grace and Gaston Gosar, siblings of Paul – the impact is devastating. It sends a thrill up your spine of such raw emotion that you can’t tell for a moment whether your heart has been warmed or frozen. It’s the latter: Gosar’s character has been obliterated. One sibling would be a flesh wound, even three could be managed; six full siblings – unless he has another 10 on call who would challenge them to a mud wrestle – is a career-ending betrayal. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:46:51 GMT)

These MDMA octopuses show how much animals and humans have in common | Peter Godfrey-Smith
Our species might have diverged 500 million years ago, but octopuses on ecstasy behave just as people do in many waysThe last week has been a notable one for our understanding of animal life, thanks to two very different research papers appearing within a couple of days of each other. One continued a tradition of surprises from the octopus – and generated headlines around the world. Scientists Eric Edsinger and Gül Dölen gave octopuses the “party drug” MDMA, or ecstasy, and found that on the drug they were more inclined to approach other octopuses, and also interacted less cautiously, initiating more body contact. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:03:37 GMT)

Monday at the Labour party conference
The highlights from the day’s events in Liverpool From Stephen Kinnock, on Barry Gardiner: “Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake, fine. But you can’t pursue that strategy for two years.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:48:10 GMT)

How we made the Doors' Hello, I Love You
‘Jim thought the studio was on fire and sprayed everything with an extinguisher. But it wasn’t on fire. He’d just taken acid’Jim Morrison wrote the words for Hello, I Love You when we were still in a band called Rick & the Ravens. “Sidewalk crouches at her feet / Like a dog that begs for something sweet.” That’s a crazy great lyric! He couldn’t play an instrument but he’d come up with melodies in order to remember his incredible words. We’d been walking around the boardwalk of Venice, one of the few diverse areas in LA in the 60s, when Jim saw an African American girl. She was the “dusky jewel” who inspired the song. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:17:01 GMT)

It’s just an illusion: culture secretary Jeremy Wright’s hologram
Plans to liven up the Tory party conference with a Tupac-style virtual form of the minister have sadly been shelvedName: Jeremy Wright QC MP (hologram).Age: 45. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:51:50 GMT)

Dior dancers forgo the ballet in move toward unrestrained feminism
Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri took a stand against body tyranny at Paris fashion weekFeminism has become an ace to be played on the catwalk. A slogan T-shirt, a low-heeled shoe and a few choice words about female empowerment can be all it takes to occupy that sweet spot where the zeitgeist meets the moral high ground.But for Maria Grazia Chiuri, feminism is not just a game. Two years into her tenure as the first female designer to lead Christian Dior, her project to transform Dior from a bastion of old-school femininity into one of new-wave feminism is becoming bolder with every show. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:42:52 GMT)

IEA's Brexit proposals: the main points
Its authors claim this report holds the key to delivering the ‘Brexit prize’, but what does it recommend?It has been billed by Jacob Rees-Mogg as the “most exciting contribution” to the Brexit debate in months, proposing a Canada-style free trade deal as an alternative to Theresa May’s Chequers plan.The free-market thinktank the Institute for Economic Affairs’ report Plan A+: Creating a Prosperous Post-Brexit UK claims it can deliver the “Brexit prize” and has already won the backing of leading Brexiters David Davis and Boris Johnson and former Treasury minister Greg Hands. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:12:59 GMT)

The Guardian: a space worth supporting
The Guardian's journalism can change the story. When some of the Windrush generation found themselves branded illegal immigrants, our reporting gave them a voice, urging the government to change its policy. And when our journalism investigated the misuse of social media data, it prompted an inquiry that held those responsible to account. The Guardian is a space for clarity, imagination ... and hope. It is a space worth supporting. Now and for the next time. Become a digital subscriber today. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:43:17 GMT)

John McDonnell’s plan to tackle inequality should not scare off the bosses | Editorial
John McDonnell’s proposals represent an attempt to deal with growing inequalities of wealth and power in Britain. They deserve to be heardJohn McDonnell’s speech at the Labour party conference was a radical one, with proposals aimed at responding to the concentration of wealth in Britain by doing more than just mitigating it. Mr McDonnell seeks to inhibit the capture of power by putting in place mechanisms that remove the ability of those who accumulate it at an alarming rate. The shadow chancellor rightly wants to use the power of the state to diffuse power – and contrast this with markets which concentrate it.This strategy is not risk-free, but since the great financial crash of 2008 it has become popular. Mr McDonnell’s policy prescriptions are unfairly attacked. They will not “crack the foundations of this country’s prosperity” as the CBI claimed in its response. We ought to resist adding up perceived past failures into a damaging total. This is a problem of the counterfactual – comparing what is with what would have happened. After all, many of these policies are the norm in other advanced western economies. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:48:38 GMT)

Why are we so desperate to believe men in rape cases? | Chitra Ramaswamy
The vast majority of men accused of rape walk free. Our criminal justice system is in crisisYoung men are, quite literally, getting away with rape. For those still at the stage of debating the limits of “believe all women”, or whether now is the right time to run a New York Review of Books special titled The Fall of Men, consider this stark fact.According to figures released to the Guardian by the Crown Prosecution Servicefollowing an FOI submitted by Labour MP Ann Coffey, less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape in England and Wales are convicted. And remember how few rapes are reported in the first place, how few lead to arrests, and how few make it to trial. This conviction rate has not increased in the past five years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:27:51 GMT)

Hard Brexiters’ new plan gets A+ for idiocy | John Crace
A fortnight after launching their last vision for Brexit, pro-leave politicians decided it was time for another oneTake two. A fortnight ago, Jacob Rees-Mogg, David Davis, Steve Baker, Boris Johnson and other leading members of the European Research Group squeezed themselves into a Westminster committee room to share their excitement at having found a single economist who was optimistic about Brexit. Here was the way forward. Ignore the doom-mongers, just crash out of the EU on World Trade Organization terms and the UK would be more than £1tn better off. Happy days all round. Related: IEA's Brexit proposals: the main points Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:45:50 GMT)

Labour’s just declared class war. Has anybody noticed? | Aditya Chakrabortty
John McDonnell has set out plans to give workers a stake in firms – watch out for the onslaughtYou’d expect a declaration of class war by the main opposition party to merit at least a mention in the country’s tabloids. After all, on Sunday night Labour announced a SIX BILLION POUND RAID ON BUSINESS – the kind of thing one might reasonably hope to be screamed in huge font across the front pages and condemned in fist-shaking, bloodcurdling editorials. But nothing. Barely a squeak.Just why that should be I’ll discuss in a moment, but first there is the policy itself – and a big, bold thing it is. At Labour conference on Monday, John McDonnell declared that he plans to force all companies with more than 250 staff to put 10% of their equity into a fund for their workers. Each employee will then be entitled to company share dividends worth up to £500 a year. Any extra will go back into public services. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:28:47 GMT)

Finally, angry women are the solution and not a problem – but we still have far to go | Emilie Pine
With movements like #MeToo and #WhyIDidn’tReport, it seems the world has woken up – but the stories we tell still punish women who speak out I’m aware of the consequences for women who go off-script. When I published a book earlier this year – six personal essays about all the things we’re not meant to say – I was fearful of the public response, afraid of being labelled disruptive. And I have been – but mostly in a good way. Every day I get emails from readers thanking me for talking about alcoholism, infertility and sexual violence.One of the few negative reactions came from a radio journalist, who questioned how –not why – I’d chosen to write about having been raped when I was 15. Why hadn’t I put the description of the rape at the beginning of the book, he asked, to “hit people between the eyes”? I was taken aback by his question, and after the interview I found I couldn’t let it go. Why had he asked me that? And why had he asked me live on air? His question suggested that the only reason I could possibly have to describe being raped was so I could use it as a weapon. All the emotions I had – fury, sadness, regret and fear – were reduced to one: anger. It’s as if there’s a new script: the angry woman script. And I’m not sure that I like this one, either. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:23:19 GMT)

If Labour wants power, it must commit to a people’s vote on Brexit | Molly Scott Cato
The party’s best chance of winning a general election is to promise a new vote, with a clear option of remaining in the EULast night, clutching 120 motions and with the chanting of thousands of marchers still ringing in their ears, 100 Labour conference delegates entered a room to consider the wording for a motion on the People’s Vote. The “composite motion” that emerged somewhat different: a “public vote” which looked like an afterthought to securing a general election and offering no commitment to a remain option in such a vote. Related: We now need a people’s vote on Brexit. But don’t assume remain would win | Jonathan Freedland Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:29:03 GMT)

What’s that odd feeling? It’s sympathy for Mourinho amid Pogba’s malaise | Barney Ronay
The dynamic between Manchester United’s manager and star player is doing nobody any good but can anyone really say Pogba is performing at the level of the Premier League’s best?I know it’s over. And it never really began. But in my heart it was so real. Paul, José. It’s been two years now. There are times in a relationship like this when you just have to take a step back and accept that things aren’t working out. Although, for the sake of the team, who really shouldn’t be asked to choose between you, we could at least try to be civilised about this.Another Manchester United wobble, another public snipe between José Mourinho and Paul Pogba. United may be listing a little this season but there are some things that do seem certain. The dysfunctional dynamic between manager and star player is not doing anyone any good. And beyond this Pogba in particular might want to think twice about asking people to look any more closely at his own role and his own contribution to an evolving team – because it is not always a pretty sight. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:08:33 GMT)

Tiger Woods: I didn’t know if I’d ever win again after my injuries
• ‘To get 80 wins is a pretty damned good feeling’• He moves the needle like no one out here, says Justin RoseThe professional rejuvenation of Tiger Woods has delivered moments of personal significance. Last November, when starting out on his latest comeback trail, Woods asserted that he did not want his two children to know their dad only as a “YouTube golfer”.On Sunday, as Woods celebrated his 80th PGA Tour win and first for five years, he again pointed towards what Sam, 10, and Charlie, nine, may think. For so long Woods’s physical torment undermined his everyday life. “I think they understand a little bit of what dad does now,” he said. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:17:39 GMT)

‘White noise’: RFU banks on new England shirt providing spark
• £95 shirt inspired by ‘sound of England supporters’• Kit is 12th released by RFU in last four yearsIt’s an expression more usually associated with sending people to sleep. But the Rugby Football Union will be hoping that the “white noise” which has inspired England’s new kit for the 2018-19 season can provide a wake-up call to Eddie Jones’s side.The new kit – which costs £95 – will be worn by for the first time on 3 November against South Africa, with a statement released by the RFU explaining that “the design of the shirt takes inspiration from ‘white noise’, the effect created by the sound of England supporters cheering the team on”. The term white noise is more regularly used to describe the hissing sound created by the static from electrical items such as televisions and radios without signal and can also be used to block out background noise in order to help people sleep. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:31:23 GMT)

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action
Liverpool may have won on the pitch but off it there are some questions to answer, while Arsenal’s impressive start continues, Chelsea still can’t score and nobody can beat Birmingham’s inspired BergerLiverpool’s 1-0 win at Brighton came at the end of a difficult week, in which Neil Redfearn quit as manager. Chris Kirkland, who had been the goalkeeping coach, became caretaker-manager but he was otherwise engaged on Sunday so Vicky Jepson took charge. WSL clubs should have a full-time goalkeeping coach and a manager with a Uefa A licence, and soon they might have neither. Redfearn’s departure suggests trouble behind the scenes, and it seems fair to ask whether Liverpool are fully committed to the women’s team. Why, for example, are the girls training at Tranmere? It’s not the end of the world, but it’s odd that they have to pay for training facilities out of their budget when at Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and across the city at Everton they get full use of the club’s own facilities. The team proved at the weekend that their character is not in question, but from what I have heard the foundations are not as they should be at the club. Is the women’s team there because Liverpool feel they should have one, or because they are genuinely committed to women’s football? Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:26:28 GMT)

Sunderland sack Didier Ndong, saying he breached contract by going awol
• Club say he gave no reason for ‘failure to report and absence’• Sunderland want compensation if record signing joins new clubSunderland have served Didier Ndong notice that they intend to terminate his contract, saying their record signing went awol in the wake of relegation to League One.The club have also indicated their readiness to take legal action to recoup the Gabon midfielder’s value should he join another club. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:29:46 GMT)

The heat is on as conflict deepens in fight for Spanish football's soul | Sid Lowe
Temperatures are rising on and off the pitch, with opposition building to that US plan and kick-off times doing little to helpAt the one end of the ground that is an end and not just a wall, a small gang of Rayo Vallecano fans in bright high-vis jackets and yellow hard hats started leaping up and down, testing the foundations. Around them, drums beat, flags waved and supporters laughed as they took out their tools to fix the place up, bashing away with inflatable yellow hammers. If it looked silly, it was supposed to – and it was no dafter than the real thing – but at least they were here now. Rayo, promoted in the summer after two years away from primera, hadn’t been home since the opening day of the season. On Saturday, they returned in the way that only they seem to know how – and a way that felt appropriate somehow, this weekend more than ever.That night, against Sevilla, a small boy fell through a gap and on to some rubble, while above him the stand literally shook. Long denounced by supporters, Rayo’s ground, which had gone six years without a valid safety certificate, was shut down by the council. Athletic Club were next in town and some of them came too – they’d already arranged their travel by the time the decision had finally been made, four days before it was due to be played – but they didn’t see a game and didn’t get compensation either, of course. There had been discussions about Butarque or the Metropolitano, while Getafe said no to using the Coliseum; instead the match was postponed and work got under way. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:26:28 GMT)

The Fiver | The crisis klaxon is sounding loudly
Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock coupled with the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers’ 5-1 win over St Johnstone means the Queen’s Celtic have now endured their worst start to a season for 20 years. Already out of Big Cup and pondering the accompanying financial vicissitudes, the Scottish champions have dropped eight points out of 18 available this season and the crisis klaxon is sounding loudly. Highly regarded, certainly by himself, for the statesmanlike qualities he has exuded while leading the club to a domestic double treble in the past two years, Rodgers was presented with an opportunity to allay fears of the faithful when asked, post-match, if fans should be concerned. And the Churchillian response from the man who once cited himself as his own biggest influence? An uncharacteristically meek and rabble-unrousing: “Yes, they should.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:56:23 GMT)

Our tomorrows: teenagers around the world share their fears and dreams – video
Young people talk about how it feels to grow up in 2018, from dealing with racism in New York and fighting for LGBT rights in Jakarta to facing exam pressures in the Kenyan Rift Valley and the importance of giving back to society in Delhi Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

Bill Gates: 'Trump is open-minded' – video
As the Gates Foundation launches its report on progress in the fight against poverty, the philanthropist talks to Polly Toynbee about the challenges ahead. Gates discusses the US president's approach to foreign aid, sharing his hopes for Trump ‘as a human being who cares about other human beings’The Now generation is a series produced in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read more about it here Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:00:14 GMT)

'Actors don't black up, so why do they still crip up?' – video
The actor Adam Pearson has a similar condition to Joseph Merrick, whose story was told in The Elephant Man. When the BBC was remaking the biopic, he did not even get an audition. This is why he calls cripping up the 2018 version of blacking up Continue reading...
(Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:14:54 GMT)

Brexit breakdown part 1: Why are the Tories winning Walsall?
With Brexit fast approaching, John Harris and John Domokos have spent four months sampling the mood of the country. In episode one of this new series, they spend time in the Midlands town of Walsall, where despite cuts and Tory chaos, Labour isn’t breaking through Continue reading...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:07:36 GMT)

Spike Lee talks to Gary Younge about BlacKkKlansman​ and racism under Trump​ – video
Spike Lee’s latest film is about a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Based on a true story, BlacKkKlansman draws clear parallels with racial tensions in modern America. With Donald Trump in the White House, the rise of white supremacy, and a spike in racist attacks, what does a film about a black man going undercover with white terrorists tell us about the state of contemporary America and beyond?Spike Lee: ‘This guy in the White House has given the green light for the Klan BlacKkKlansman review – Spike Lee hits his targets again and again Continue reading...
(Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:35:51 GMT)

Brexit breakdown part 2: 'We've lost control'
As their new series continues, John Harris and John Domokos meet Jeremy Corbyn's army of activists, teachers and parents at a Walsall school hit by funding cuts and protesters at a London march in support of a second Brexit referendum. They seem to live in different worlds but everyone has one thing in common: a sense that Britain has to change, before it's too late Continue reading...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:13:33 GMT)

The disturbing truth about teaching in America – video
'I've had hungry students who couldn't concentrate; I've filed tax returns for kids' parents. You're the only adult they trust – the only adult that talks to them like they're a person': a perspective of life as a teacher in two different US states• Share your story: what's your experience of teaching in America? Continue reading...
(Fri, 07 Sep 2018 10:00:08 GMT)

Brexit breakdown part 3: can we put Britain back together again?
In the third part of their summer-long quest to get to the heart of the UK's condition, John Harris and John Domokos head to Boston in Lincolnshire. They find Brexit voters who still think no one is listening to them and Polish people feeling ever more unwelcome. But in London, protesters against Donald Trump offer a ray of hope and the prospect of something that might finally heal the country's wounds Continue reading...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:05:38 GMT)

Turner prize 2018 review – no painting or sculpture, but the best lineup for years
Tate Britain, LondonA marooned traveller, police shootings and a lyrical look at daily life feature in this powerful show of film and digital work by Naeem Mohaiemen, Luke Willis Thompson, Forensic Architecture and Charlotte ProdgerIt took me more than half a day to view this year’s Turner prize show – almost everything deserves a second look. One of the best and most demanding in the exhibition’s history, I also see trouble ahead. All the artists use film and digital imagery. No painting, no sculpture. The exhibition begins with an open, light anteroom with sofas and four doorways into the dark. Choose one: each will swallow you whole. The problems are mostly logistical. Imagine what it will be like when the crowds come.It takes three hours to watch Naeem Mohaiemen’s two videos. In Tripoli Cancelled a lone passenger is stranded in the abandoned Ellinikon Airport in Athens, which closed in 2001. He has been here for years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:44:45 GMT)

Peppa Pig: how the ham-fisted cartoon butchered its charm
While not without its controversies, the porcine kids’ show matured into a true worldwide phenomenon. Then, like Skynet, it became too self-awareKids are morons. You can’t talk to them about Brexit, or Trump, or the theory of everything. No. You have to tackle such philosophical questions as “Why do I have to go to bed?” or “Why do I have to have a bath?” Kids’ TV-viewing habits are equally moronic. Take Peppa Pig, a British cartoon about four-year-old Peppa Pig and her family. There’s younger brother George, Mummy Pig, Granny Pig, Grandpa Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s classmates are cats, dogs, sheep, zebras, elephants and ponies. Her teacher is a gazelle. It’s the greatest multicultural school of all time.At five minutes an episode, there is little room for cliffhangers or plot twists. In Windy Castle, the Pigs get lost on the way to Windy Castle, because Daddy Pig is navigating and Daddy Pig is rubbish at navigating. In Daddy Pig Puts Up a Picture, Daddy Pig knocks a giant hole in the wall, because Daddy Pig is rubbish at DIY. Each episode ends with everybody literally rolling around on the floor with laughter. Black Mirror, this is not. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:00:19 GMT)

Bodyguard audience peaks with 10.4m viewers for series finale
BBC drama had larger average audience than any other show this year outside World Cup• WARNING: This article is for readers who have seen Bodyguard and contains spoilersBodyguard hit a new ratings high on Sunday night, with 10.4 million viewers tuning in for the final episode of the drama – a larger average audience than any other UK TV programme this year outside the World Cup. Related: 'Barely credible – but who cares?': your Bodyguard reviews Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:21:13 GMT)

Peter Benson obituary
Veteran stage and screen actor who played Bernie Scripps in the ITV drama series HeartbeatThe actor Peter Benson, who has died aged 75, had a screen and stage career encompassing everything from Shakespeare to musicals and worked with the film directors Michael Crichton and Roman Polanski. However, he will be best remembered as the gaunt and melancholy Bernie Scripps in Heartbeat, the popular television police drama set in 1960s rural North Yorkshire.As well as owning Aidensfield garage, Bernie was the fictional village’s funeral director, adept at switching to a smart suit, wearing a bowler hat and combing his trademark moustache when the occasion demanded. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:55:08 GMT)

Has the English National Ballet become too predictable?
Leading dancer Laurretta Summerscales has said the endless repeats of crowd-pleasing classics is one reason she left the ENB. So why is it so keen on Swan Lake and The Nutcracker?How many swans or sugar plums can a ballerina endure before she jetées for the exit? Laurretta Summerscales, a leading dancer with the English National Ballet, left last season for the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, telling Dancing Times magazine that she yearned for a broader repertoire than the smaller British company could provide. “At ENB, we always had the Christmas Coliseum season of The Nutcracker and I knew we’d continue to perform Akram Khan’s Giselle a lot,” she said. “I wanted to do Don Quixote and La Bayadère as I’d always dreamed of dancing those ballets.”It seems unfair to pummel the ENB, which, under director Tamara Rojo, punches above its weight with a livelier repertoire than most. She has programmed fighty modern landmarks by Pina Bausch and William Forsythe, and new work by Akram Khan. But the company’s bread and butter are long seasons of Swan Lake and the annual Nutcracker, and for dancers the shine may have long rubbed off the gleaming Tchaikovsky scores. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:45:36 GMT)

The First Annual Trump Family Special review – outrageous musical can't outdo Donald
Triad theater, New YorkThis musical parody stars Gina Gershon as Melania and is stuffed with unsubtle humour, but no parody is as shocking as the president himselfDemocracy in shambles? Why not put on a show? That’s the inciting impulse behind The First Annual Trump Family Special, a low-comedy, low-blow, medium-camp concatenation of Franklin D Roosevelt’s fireside chats, the Partridge Family’s Christmas albums and the apocalypse.In this musical written and directed by Danny Salles, with music and additional lyrics credited to Tor & Lisa, the Trump family has gathered for a televised special. The Donald, like Godot, keeps postponing his arrival, so Ivanka, Ivana, Eric, Donald Jr and Marla Maples vamp for the cameras. Gina Gershon’s Melania, in duck face so extreme she becomes indistinguishable from a mallard, is clearly the vampiest. Jared Kushner also briefly appears, personated by a ventriloquist’s dummy. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:54:19 GMT)

Expecting the Queen for dinner? Make her favourite soup
A tried-and-tested recipe for callaloo soup, from a lifelong fanCallaloo soup is a lovely homemade meal that you would typically enjoy on a weekend. It is very different from a traditional English soup and has the consistency of stew. Callaloo, a vegetable that tastes like spinach and has a kale-like consistency, is hardy and grown in many allotments around Britain by the Caribbean community.I remember first eating it as a little girl growing up in England when my mum cooked with it on Saturdays. My mum learned a lot of her cooking skills from my granny. My grandma, who lived to 106, did eat meat a couple of times a year (curry goat), but lived mainly on a vegetarian diet. She had a huge vegetable garden and always the freshest produce. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:34:40 GMT)

10 of the key shows from Milan fashion week – in pictures
From Prada’s clashing opposites to a show in a hangar at Milan Linate airport for Emporio Armani – Jo Jones picks her 10 highlights from the spring/summer 2019 shows Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:00:23 GMT)

How to get fit – without breaking the bank
Forget expensive gym memberships – you don’t need to spend a fortune to exercise. From the best free classes and apps to outdoor gyms and wild swimming, here is how to workout at a minimal costIn the same way as bookshops double up as coffee shops, activewear shops have learned to multitask as gyms. Outlets from Sweaty Betty (which has branches throughout the UK) to Asics and Nike offer free running clubs: check out their websites to sign up online. There is no fee, but you still need to book, and some classes are heavily in demand. There is no catch – and you don’t have to wear the brand to join in (although some people do). Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

I have never learned to masturbate – and never experienced pleasure, even when intimate
I am a 21-year-old woman and have a boyfriend who I love dearly, but I never get aroused with himI am a 21-year-old woman and have never learned how to masturbate. I bought a small vibrator when I was 17, and that was the first time I ever achieved an orgasm or any sense of pleasure. I am not intimate with my boyfriend, who I have been going out with for a year and who I love dearly. Whenever he tries something, I never get any sense of arousal. If you were able to experience arousal and climax through the use of a vibrator, then you have learned to pleasure yourself to some degree. You have also learned something about the mechanisms by which you achieve orgasm. Over time, you will find other styles of pleasuring – by yourself, if not by others – and other paths to orgasm, but the simplest aspects of these exciting personal responses are now known to you. The next step can be challenging: applying that private knowledge to a sexual experience with a partner. With another person, you must guide and teach him to pleasure you, and learn how to please him as well. But these tasks are not easy. They can best be accomplished with openness and mutual passion. You do not have to feel guilty or think that there is something wrong with you if you are not attracted to someone, even if he feels entitled to your sexual attention. Enjoying a person’s company – even loving them as a companion – is a different kind of friendship from passionate love that includes erotic tension. Either you will meet someone eventually who you either immediately fancy or you will be surprised by the sexual feelings that may develop over time. In the meantime, please bear in mind that you are not obliged to be sexual with someone just because he has assumed a “boyfriend” role. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:10:14 GMT)

How do I best use the three hours a day I spend commuting?
Whether it’s drafting emails or reading, make the most of this me-time, says Sharmadean ReidI spend three hours a day commuting: how do I best use this time?I love a commute. It’s rare “me-time” that allows you to do whatever you want, but I’ve realised that different modes of transport, times of day and routes call for very different pastimes. If I’m travelling cross-country and manage to get a table seat on a train, the first thing I do is go through all my emails and tee up replies. Don’t attempt to use the train wifi – you’ll waste half the journey trying to connect. Open your laptop or phone, and start drafting all your emails. Not only will you go into work with a clear head and plate, but you’ll get a little dopamine hit when you hear the multiple whooshes of emails flying off when you do connect to your office wifi. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:00:19 GMT)

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for spiced lamb and aubergine fatteh
A glorious muddle of lamb, roasted aubergine, Middle Eastern spices and crisp chickpeasLast year I was at Breddo’s, an extremely good taqueria in London’s Soho, and found myself ordering the crab nachos. They were superb, and reminded me why deviations from “authentic” recipes are not always a bad thing. El pastor, an exquisite street-food staple of Mexico City, is a rendition of the Lebanese kebab. Nachos now fly off the pass at Wahaca, with zingy avocado and tomato salsas and sobrasada. This Middle Eastern fatteh has a similar vibe, using toasted pitta to scoop up the delicious topping. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:00:18 GMT)

Quiz: How eco-friendly are your shopping habits?
What exactly does ‘organic farming’ mean? Can palm oil plantations ever be sustainable? Does buying meat harm the environment? Test how environmentally informed your weekly shop is with our quizFaced with the choice of buying soap in a handy plastic bottle with a pump, or a bar of soap in a cardboard container, which do you choose?I choose the handy plastic bottle without fail.I alternate between the two.I always buy the traditional bar of soap.When you see ‘certified organic’ on your food label, do you know what this actually means?Yep! It means it's been produced without toxic pesticides and fertilisers.Actually, it's been produced without toxic pesticides and fertilisers and it only uses free-range animals, and no artificial colours or preservatives.I think you'll find that no toxic pesticides or fertilisers were used, it was made in environmentally friendly ways that promote biodiversity, using only free-range animals reared without antibiotics and GM-derived feed, and with no artificial colours or preservatives.If I'm honest, I buy it because Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall told me to.How would you go about making sure that your shopping habits only support sustainable palm oil producers?Check for a logo from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or GreenPalm.Look for a picture of an orangutan on the label.Look for information on products containing sustainable palm oil in store.Ha! There's no such thing as a sustainable palm oil producer. How long do you keep vegetables such as potatoes and onions after their “use by” or “best before” dates?I throw them away as soon as either date has passed.I throw them away by the “use by” date.I don’t throw them away unless they are rotting; I use them in cooking. Buying face scrubs with microbeads in: what’s the right thing to do?Make sure you follow them up with a good moisturiser.Leave them on the shelves in favour of other, more eco-friendly face washes.There’s no such thing as a face scrub with microbeads in.Does buying meat harm the environment?Yes.No.Which of these is NOT true? You can buy …Handbags made from recycled London fire hoses.Leather boots made from pineapple leaves.Swimming costumes and carpets made from fishing nets.Jeans made from recycled paper.When you need an outfit for a special occasion, do you …?Go straight to the shops and buy a new piece of clothing.Rent an outfit via an online sharing platform such as Girl Meets Dress, Chic by Choice or Rentez-Vous?Buy something from a charity or vintage shop.Wear something you already have in the wardrobe.Would you buy secondhand plastic toys for your children?Yes, it means we’re saving money and helping to consume fewer natural resources (that would otherwise be used to make new toys).Yes, it means we’re saving money, and helping our children to avoid becoming part of a consumer society.No, they might not be hygienic.I’ll have to check. They may contain toxic chemicals.7 and above.Well done! You’re a definite eco-warrier. Consumerism is fraught with contentious environmental issues, but you’re well on your way to getting your head around them.0 and above.Oh dear. A responsible consumer you are not. What’s for dinner tonight? Whale and chips?4 and above.Not bad. You’re probably not loading up single-use plastic bags with piles of red meat and sweatshop-produced fashion, but you’ve still got a way to go before the UN environment award turns up. Help create a movement to stop companies using dirty palm oil. Watch Greenpeace’s animation, voiced by Emma Thompson, telling the story of an orangutan forced from her forest home. Share the story and sign the petition to big companies asking them to clean up their palm oil: www.greenpeace.org.uk/seerangtan Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:44:46 GMT)

Aping each other: how similar are humans and orangutans?
From umbrella-making to learning how to self-medicate, we share plenty of skills with our fellow great apesWhen scientists talk about animals using tools, they’re not normally talking about the implements you might use to knock up some shelves. But while animals generally confine themselves to bashing things with the odd rock, in extraordinary footage broadcast last year as part of the BBC’s Spy in the Wild series, a wild female orangutan is seen using a saw she has found outside a hut to cut through a log – even pausing to blow away sawdust before continuing.This human-like use of tools shouldn’t be that surprising to us. Bornean, Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans are three of the eight living great ape species, alongside humans, eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. Humans and orangutans share 97% of their DNA, with their last common ancestor having lived an estimated 12-16m years ago. Only gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees have more DNA in common with humans. Continue reading...
(Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:31:53 GMT)

The plight of the orangutan – in pictures
Orangutans, our fellow great apes, are being pushed to the edge of extinction as oil palm producers clear the rainforest. Here are eleven arresting images that photographers have captured – documenting conservation projects, deforestation and rare species that are struggling for their survival Help create a movement to stop companies using dirty palm oil. Watch Greenpeace’s animation, voiced by Emma Thompson, telling the story of an orangutan forced from her forest home. Share the story and sign the petition to big companies asking them to clean up their palm oil: www.greenpeace.org.uk/viewrangtan Continue reading...
(Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:45:58 GMT)

Orangutans and palm oil: seven facts that explain the issues
From ice-cream to shampoo, palm oil is present in a multitude of consumer products. But palm oil cultivation in south-east Asia is clearing forests and contributing to the decline of orangutans. Here are the key points Think back over the past week in your life. If you’ve applied lipstick, eaten toast or put on a load of washing, chances are, you’ve used a product containing palm oil. Indulged in ice-cream or washed your hair? Palm oil. According to the World Wildlife Fund: “It is in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket.” And it’s linked to the destruction of the rainforest and many of the species that reside in it. Continue reading...
(Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:43:44 GMT)

May's plan to give Stormont a backstop veto enrages EU envoys
UK insists on Northern Ireland assembly vote before Brexit border measures can come in EU diplomats have accused Theresa May of trying to delay resolution of the Irish border problem until after Brexit day by insisting upon Stormont having a final veto before any “backstop” solution can come into force.Senior diplomats involved in the negotiations have reacted furiously to the details of a fresh UK proposal for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, briefed to the Irish PM, Leo Varadkar, at last week’s Salzburg summit. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:58:03 GMT)

British woman jailed in Egypt for tramadol possession denied appeal
Laura Plummer to serve three-year sentence for bringing 290 painkillers into countryA British woman jailed in Egypt for possessing controlled drugs has been refused permission to appeal against her conviction.Laura Plummer was sentenced to three years in prison for bringing 290 tramadol tablets into the country. She had told the court they were for her partner’s back pain. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:36:36 GMT)

Infected blood victims may not yet have been told why they feel ill, inquiry hears
Investigation begins into scandal thought to have killed more than 2,000 peopleThousands of victims of contaminated blood may not yet have been told the reasons why they are feeling unwell, the chair of the inquiry into the NHS scandal has said.Formally opening the Infected Blood Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff said that many people may not have been diagnosed as suffering from hepatitis C, which they acquired through blood transfusions received when they were younger.“It is a truly sobering thought,” he said, “that if some claims are well-founded – and it will be for this inquiry to find out if they are – there may yet be many thousands more who do not feel well but have not yet been told that the reason for this is that their life is threatened by hepatitis C… [It is] a sobering thought that the consequences of what was done then may be continuing to cause death even now.”The inquiry will investigate how so many people with haemophilia and other patients were given blood plasma from the US carrying HIV, hepatitis C and other viruses. Some products were made from blood donated by prisoners and drug addicts who were paid. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:50:46 GMT)

Police consider drones to monitor badger cull protesters
Devon and Cornwall police warn activists as cull zone is massively expandedPolice have warned badger cull protesters that they may use drones to try to keep order in the far south-west of England following heightened tensions between activists and officers.In an email to protesters seen by the Guardian, a Devon and Cornwall officer said the force would consider using drones “where intelligence dictates”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:55:56 GMT)

'They want me to relive Grenfell then get on a rush-hour tube home'
Survivors and the bereaved want inquiry into fire moved nearer their community Huge TV screens streamed footage of the Grenfell Tower inquiry to empty pews at the Notting Hill Methodist Church in the latest sign of a widening gulf between survivors of the disaster and the multimillion-pound public inquiry set up to uncover why their loved ones died.Whole days have gone by when not a single person has come into the screening facility which was installed to head off criticism that the court-style venue seven miles away in the Holborn legal district was too remote. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:02:46 GMT)

Plans to invite German president to wreath-laying at Cenotaph
No 10 memo reveals proposal as part of events marking 100 years since end of first world warTheresa May’s top military adviser has asked for Germany’s head of state to be invited to attend this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations at the Cenotaph in London, a memo photographed in Downing Street reveals.The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, had already been invited to attend a service in Westminster Abbey to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, it suggests. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:47:04 GMT)

Rees-Mogg: PM likely to know Chequers doesn't have much support
Hard Brexit-backing Tory MP says only options now are no-deal Brexit or free trade deal Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that Theresa May needs to recognise that Chequers doesn’t have much support and that she should think carefully about switching tack to propose that the UK strikes a Canada-style free trade agreement with the European Union after Brexit. Related: Holding another in/out Brexit referendum could revive Ukip, says McDonnell - Politics live Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:35:23 GMT)

No ‘lone wolf’: media urged to take care over terrorism vocabulary
#WordsMatter campaign says media should be careful not to ‘glamorise’ terrorismDescriptions of terrorist attackers as a “lone wolf” or “mastermind” and nicknames such as “the Beatles” only glorifies them, say terrorism survivors who are launching a campaign to change the vocabulary around terrorism.The #WordsMatter campaign appeals to media to usedispassionate language, and to avoid publishing images of terrorists in combat gear and using war terminology such as “soldier”, which serves to legitimise them. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:18:28 GMT)

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, to meet Trump amid resignation reports
Reports had said official overseeing investigation of Russian election interference and links to Trump campaign would resignSign up for the US morning briefingDeputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein remains in his job, after reports on Monday said he had resigned or offered to do so.The White House said Donald Trump and Rosenstein had “an extended conversation” about news stories published last week reporting that Rosenstein discussed with colleagues secretly recording Trump or having him removed from office. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:44:25 GMT)

Versace close to being sold to US label Michael Kors for $2bn
Donatella Versace expected to confirm deal with handbag and clothing brand on TuesdayVersace, the Italian fashion house founded by Gianni Versace 40 years ago, is expected to be sold to the US handbag and clothing brand Michael Kors for $2bn (£1.5bn).The sale of the Milan-based brand would turn the late designer’s niece, Allegra Versace Beck, into a near-billionaire as she inherited half of the company after his murder outside his Miami mansion in 1997. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:47:23 GMT)

Dallas police officer who fatally shot neighbor in his apartment is fired
Amber Guyger mistakenly entered Botham Jean’s apartment and said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her homeA white Dallas police officer accused of fatally shooting her black neighbor inside his own apartment has been dismissed, the police department announced on Monday. Related: Dallas: calls for justice after police officer kills man in his own home Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:14:21 GMT)

Italian government approves Salvini bill targeting migrants
Far-right leader’s decree would suspend asylum process for the ‘socially dangerous’A series of hardline measures that will see the Italian government abolish key forms of protection for migrants and make it easier for them to be deported has been approved by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet.Drafted by Matteo Salvini, the far-right interior minister and leader of the League, the decree will also suspend the refugee application process of those who are considered “socially dangerous” or who have been convicted of a crime. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:20:07 GMT)

Hungarian PM thanks UK Tory MEPs who voted against sanctions
Viktor Orbán expresses gratitude for ‘solidarity’ of MEPs who voted against actionThe Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has thanked Conservative MEPs for their “solidarity” in voting against European Union action to protect the rule of law in his country. Related: Hungarian PM vows to continue battle with EU over migration Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:07:41 GMT)

Foreign Isis fighters must face trial on home soil, Kurds say
Officials call for international partners in fight against Islamic StateKurdish officials have said the international community is shirking its responsibilities by not taking back captured foreign members of Islamic State currently being held by its forces in north-eastern Syria.The US-backed Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently approaching the final stages of a campaign to drive the remnants of the jihadi group from the eastern desert and expect to detain more foreign fighters in the coming weeks. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:02:10 GMT)

Bill Cosby sentencing hearing caps fall from grace for 'America's Dad'
Judge declared state sex offender law that could designate Cosby a ‘violent predator’ is constitutional as two-day hearing beginsBill Cosby is facing prison time as he is sentenced this week for sexual assault, capping a stunning fall from grace for a man who was once one of America’s most popular entertainers.Cosby arrived in court on Monday morning for a two-day sentencing hearing, where Judge Steven O’Neill will decide his fate at the Montgomery county courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:19:59 GMT)

Media tycoon fights extradition to Turkey in coup round-up
Akın İpek and two other men to appear at Westminster court in case linked to 2016 uprisingBritish diplomatic links to Turkey will come under pressure this week as a dispossessed media proprietor faces extradition to Ankara for financial offences allegedly related to a military coup.Akın İpek, whose newspapers and TV stations have been confiscated by Turkish officials for criticising President Recep Tayip Erdoğan’s regime, will appear alongside two other men at Westminster magistrates court on Tuesday.The case against İpek and his co-accused follows demands for the UK to send back fugitives supposedly involved with the Fethullah Gülen movement, which the Turkish government claims was responsible for the 2016 uprising against Erdoğan. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:18:32 GMT)

Labour's left divided against itself over reselection reforms
Shouts of ‘shame’ greeted union delegates in Liverpool over reform compromises some members see as betrayalIt is a sign of the left’s absolute dominance in the Labour party that the talk of this year’s conference in Liverpool is no longer of the tensions between Corbynites and centrists, but between the trade unions and party members.On Monday, the party agreed sweeping reforms to MP selections, making it far easier for party members to deselect their MPs, though stopping short of mandatory reselection. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:36:05 GMT)

'I went loopy': the photographer who walked 1,200 miles from Wales to Poland
Michał Iwanowski came across some graffiti in Cardiff that said: ‘Go home, Polish.’ So he did. The 105-day slog almost broke him – but it restored his faith in a volatile, fractured EuropeOn 27 April this year, Michał Iwanowski left his house in Cardiff to walk to his home village of Mokrzeszów in Poland. Carrying British and Polish passports and wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “Polska”, he began his 1,200-mile journey east, sticking as closely as possible to a straight line he had drawn on a map. Over 105 days, it would take him through Wales, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic. Related: I walked 2,000km to trace my grandfather's escape from a Russian gulag Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

Can you solve it? The language of the lake puzzle
A challenge for cunning linguistsUPDATE: Solution is now posted hereHi guzzlers,Today’s puzzle concerns the South American language Aymara. It’s testing you on the sort of linguistics skills that might help you get you a job at Google, according today’s article in which a Google exec says that an understanding of language is the key to the next giant leap in technology. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:10:12 GMT)

Google at 20: how two 'obnoxious' students changed the internet
It is two decades since Larry Page and Sergey Brin moved their fledgling startup out of their dorms. With threats to its power growing, how long can the company dominate?In the summer of 1995, a second-year grad student called Sergey Brin was giving a tour of Stanford University to prospective students. Larry Page, an engineering graduate from the University of Michigan, was one of those being shown around the Palo Alto, California campus.“I thought he was pretty obnoxious,” Larry Page said of the encounter. “He had really strong opinions about things, and I guess I did, too.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:00:14 GMT)

'We had fond memories of our brother but the police have made them dirty'
Michael Hartley died at 18, leaving his family devastated and driving his mother into an early grave. Then an undercover police officer stole his identityOn Sunday 27 April, Honor Robson received a hand-delivered letter from a public inquiry. It was examining how undercover police officers infiltrated political groups over more than four decades. The letter revealed that her dead brother’s identity had been stolen by a police officer who had penetrated two leftwing organisations. Using this false identity, the police spy had deceived a woman into a sexual relationship and had been prosecuted during his deployment.Robson could not believe it. Her mind went back to another Sunday, 50 years previously, when police came to the family home to tell them that her 18-year-old brother, a trawlerman, was missing at sea, believed dead. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:00:18 GMT)

A 124-year-old statue reviled by Native Americans – and how it came down
San Francisco’s ‘Early Days’ statue was seen by many as a symbol of colonial oppression. What does its removal say about history and public art?In the middle of the night and with dozens of Native Americans watching, San Francisco city workers tied safety ropes around a 124-year-old bronze statue and pulled. Carefully, they dislodged the piece from a granite platform and laid it on top of a flatbed truck. It was a moment stoked with meaning. After decades of effort, the Early Days statue, a symbol of colonization and oppression to many, was gone.Those who gathered at the removal last week didn’t celebrate with fire torches. They only prayed, sang hymns, and looked on morosely at the empty platform. That’s what happens when civic institutions, in this case the city arts commissions, finally see a people as worthy of protection. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:00:17 GMT)

Ebb and flow: Britain's tidal coastline – in pictures
Photographers David Levene and Christopher Thomond picked spots around Britain’s coastline at high and low tideThe tide is a long wave. The vertical movement of water pulled by a constellation of air pressure, wind, topography, the sun and the elliptical orbit of the moon is rarely visible to the naked eye. Instead we see the impact of this irrepressible force on our coastline roughly every six hours, when the tide is high and when it is low.The British coast has some of the mightiest tides in the world – the Bristol Channel has the second biggest rise and fall after Nova Scotia – and two Guardian photographers, David Levene and Christopher Thomond, spent much of the summer exploring how the tide’s ebb and flow reveals different worlds. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:30:13 GMT)

Royal Navy photographic competition winners – in pictures
The winners of the Royal Navy photographic competition, the Peregrine trophy awards, have been announced. Royal Navy photographers are tasked with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world. In the past year, their images have covered everything from submarine operations in the north pole to joyful homecomings in Portsmouth Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:45:26 GMT)

Corbyn cufflinks and a bare-handed winner: Monday's top photos
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:02:04 GMT)

The Scala: London's cinema temple to the offbeat and bizarre – in pictures
First in the West End, then in Kings Cross, the Scala cinema was a unique venue with its committment to exploring the wildest reaches of film culture•Scala Cinema 1978-1993 by Jane Giles is published by FAB Press Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:12 GMT)

Get some perspective: Hong Kong high-rises – in pictures
Photographer Peter Stewart has always felt drawn to the urban density and scale of big cities, and it’s a common theme through much his photography. ‘I like to create images that often lack a single point of interest, with the visual hook, so to speak being the repetition of patterns or shapes, with lots of fine details that hopefully draw the eyes of viewers to warrant inspection up close’ Continue reading...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:00:33 GMT)

Jousters, vikings and eagles: the St Ives Medieval Faire – in pictures
The two-day event aims to provide the sights, sounds and experiences of medieval times. Thousands come from all over Australia and take part in a fully immersive re-creation of daily life in medieval Europe Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:13:24 GMT)

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