Published: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:19:11 GMT2016-10-27T13:19:11ZCopyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2016
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:01:05 GMT2016-10-27T13:01:05Z
Carmaker announces major investment in Sunderland factory after confirming government support
Nissan will build the next Qashqai and X-Trail models at its Sunderland factory, safeguarding more than 7,000 jobs, in the first major investment decision in the car industry since the Brexit vote.
The prime minister hailed the decision as a vote of confidence in Britain. “It is a recognition that the government is committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for the automotive industry so it continues to grow – now and in the future,” said Theresa May.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:29:16 GMT2016-10-27T11:29:16Z
EU leaders hope deal will be signed as Belgian PM says regional leaders have reached agreement
European Union leaders have expressed hope of signing a trade deal with Canada after Belgian politicians overcame differences that had been blocking the treaty.
The Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel, confirmed that leaders of five regional parliaments had reached an agreement with the federal government shortly after midday on Thursday. He tweeted:Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:46:16 GMT2016-10-27T10:46:16Z
Charities say unaccompanied children are among hundreds who have been left without shelter in France
Images have emerged showing refugees and migrants sleeping rough following the clearing of the Calais camps, amid claims from charities that dozens of unaccompanied children are among those without shelter.
Save the Children said it was “extremely concerned” about the welfare of children who had not yet been registered as fires broke out across the camp, with some residents torching their temporary homes.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:14:10 GMT2016-10-27T13:14:10Z
John McDonnell sets out Labour’s vision for a fairer departure from the EU, as GDP figures show stronger than expected economic growth.
Jeremy Corbyn has called for the details of any government deal with Nissan to be made public. On a visit to Blackburn to see motor mechanic apprentices, he said (quotes via PA):
It must be made public, because it is public money that will be used if there are any inducements that have been offered and quite obviously, if you are offering big inducements to one industry or one manufacturer, then all the others will quite reasonably say, ‘Well, what about us?’
We are only a few months into Brexit and we don’t know what the terms of the agreement are between Nissan and the government.
In a political endorsement that Zac Goldsmith might not entirely welcome, Ukip has backed the now-former MP for Richmond Park over his opposition to the expansion of Heathrow.
Zac Goldsmith has resigned on a matter of principle and Ukip admire him for having the courage to do so. Ukip have always believed that Gatwick was a preferred option to Heathrow.
Recognising Zac as a principled man, who was fully committed to helping get Britain out of the European Union, Ukip Leader Nigel Farage, in conjunction with our national executive committee, have agreed that we will not be fielding a candidate in the upcoming by-election for Richmond Park.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:04:14 GMT2016-10-27T10:04:14Z
Residents in central Italy assess damage to homes and churches after 200 aftershocks rattle stricken towns overnight
Hundreds of people in central Italy woke up in makeshift shelters in a state of shock and exhaustion after the region was hit by two earthquakes that brought back memories of the disaster that hit the area two months ago.
While no fatalities were reported – one man reportedly died from a heart attack that was possibility related to the shock – locals were on Thursday carrying out a grim assessment of major damage to homes and churches in towns across Marche and parts of Umbria. The two regions were also hit in the 24 August quake that killed 300 people.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:34:17 GMT2016-10-27T11:34:17Z
Report makes financial case to retain female staff as data shows one in 10 who return to work are quickly forced out at huge extra cost to businesses
British businesses are losing hundreds of millions of pounds every year as a result of women being forced out of jobs after having a baby, a damning report from the equalities watchdog has revealed.
The costs of hiring and training new staff, redundancy payouts and lost productivity after women were pushed out of jobs amounted to £280m a year, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:53:51 GMT2016-10-26T23:53:51Z
Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact
The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:37:42 GMT2016-10-27T11:37:42Z
Navy spokesman says boat set off with 126 people onboard and went down in high waves
The Libyan navy has said 97 people are missing after a migrant boat sank off the country’s coast.
General Ayoub Qassem, a navy spokesman in Tripoli, said a survivor had told his rescuers that the boat had set off from Garabulli with 126 people onboard and went down after being battered by high waves. Qassem said 20 people had been rescued.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:00:14 GMT2016-10-27T06:00:14Z
Change in law in England and Wales would prevent victims of stranger rape being put in unnecessary danger
Rape suspects will lose the right to be told the names of their accusers in stranger cases under a move to change the law on sexual assaults. Campaigners claim victims of serious sexual crimes by strangers are frequently put in unnecessary danger by police officers disclosing the name of the accuser to the accused.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:25:07 GMT2016-10-27T09:25:07Z
Fictional TV star also claims Britons share love of sausage rolls and iPhones in interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme
Warm beer and cold hands, the peal of church bells and a healthy suspicion for human rights. Despite the divisive Brexit referendum, widening inequality and a surge in hate crime, these are the things that unite Britons after voting to leave the European union, according to the veteran broadcaster Alan Partridge.
Partridge, the fictional character played by Steve Coogan – who has been a regular fixture on television and radio for 25 years – told the Today programme on BBC’s Radio 4 that he disagreed with doomsayers who say Britain has never been more divided in politics and culture.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:48:37 GMT2016-10-27T10:48:37Z
Republican voters in Muncie voice frustration that no one is speaking up for them and disdain for Clinton in equal measures
From the vantage point of the second floor of Chris Hiatt’s print shop, the prospects for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign do not look so bad. Every two weeks the Citizens of Delaware County for Good Government, a conservative group, meets here primarily to discuss campaigning on local issues.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:23:22 GMT2016-10-27T07:23:22Z
GBBO, you were always so unlikely, and now you’re gone. You have been our half-baked biscuit base, and the very best of us
There were gripes. Some thought the challenges were getting too hard, that the bakers were less talented this year, that A-levels meant something back in the day. And it’s true: this series saw fewer controversial moments. No one binned an Alaska, or did the ol’ switcheroo on another man’s custard, or swapped the almond paste for arsenic. There was no bread lion. When we finally got a peacock, we claimed it was the wrong kind.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:56:41 GMT2016-10-27T10:56:41Z
Olivier theatre, London
Musicians are thrust centre stage to epic effect in Michael Longhurst’s revival, and Lucian Msamati is excellent as the composer locked in battle with the divine
Peter Shaffer, whose death in June is marked by this revival of his most popular play, once wrote that he hoped Amadeus would “enjoy a vigorous life in many differing productions”. His wish is certainly granted by Michael Longhurst’s production which turns it into an epic piece of music-theatre. It comes complete with 16 actors, six singers and the 20-strong Southbank Sinfonia and, while occasionally overblown, it reminds us of Shaffer’s talent for creating memorable theatrical spectacles.
When Salieri strikes a bargain with God, the onstage orchestra bow their heads; at other times, they are more mutinousContinue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:16 GMT2016-10-27T08:00:16Z
Poundbury, the Prince of Wales’s traditionalist village in Dorset, has long been mocked as a feudal Disneyland. But a growing and diverse community suggests it’s getting a lot of things right
In a room of raw concrete block walls and exposed steel beams, a man with a long hipster beard takes an order on his iPad and froths up a flat white. Young mums and retired couples sit at long communal tables among Wi-Fi workers. It could be a trendy east London cafe in a repurposed industrial space, but this is the centre of Poundbury, the Prince of Wales’s traditionalist model village in Dorset. And there’s not a doily or tweed jacket in sight.
Something quietly radical has been going on here – and it's got nothing to do with architectureContinue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:00:13 GMT2016-10-27T05:00:13ZRocked by the phone-hacking scandal and haemorrhaging readers, the rightwing tabloids seemed to be yesterday’s news. But now, in Theresa May’s Brexit Britain, they look more powerful than ever
Two years ago, when the UK had a future in the European Union and Ed Miliband was a potential prime minister, the chief business commentator of the Financial Times, John Gapper, announced the demise of Britain’s rightwing tabloids. Unusually for an FT journalist, Gapper had once worked at the Daily Mail, and at the FT he often writes about the media, sweepingly and authoritatively even by that paper’s standards. “The era of the Fleet Street tabloids, the populist and fearsome emblems of British culture and politics, is over,” he wrote on 25 June 2014. “It has been over for some years, in fact, but neither they nor their critics chose to admit it.”
He pointed to their shrunken print circulations: in 1950 the Daily Express was “the world’s best-selling paper”, he wrote, and “sold more than 4m copies each day”. Yet by 2014 it was selling barely a ninth of that; and it has weakened further since. “The tabloids appeal to a readership limited by class, occupation, and social attitude,” Gapper continued. “That is not sufficient in the digital era. Young people are not loyal to one tabloid title and few of them will subscribe online.”Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:22:04 GMT2016-10-27T12:22:04ZViolent incidents which marred EFL Cup tie against Chelsea could have been prevented with better policing and stewarding – but are West Ham supporters being unfairly singled out?
Wednesday night was my third trip to West Ham’s new stadium and it was largely a deeply unpleasant experience that transported me back to the bad old days of the late 1980s when I first started going to football on a regular basis.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:33:53 GMT2016-10-27T12:33:53Z• Regan believes concept would have both football and financial benefits
Scottish clubs need to play in a cross-border league to avoid “being left behind”, according to the chief executive of the country’s Football Association. A Champions League place for the winners is among the ideas being considered.
Stewart Regan believes such a concept would have football and financial benefits to clubs in countries such as Scotland and he is part of a Uefa working group investigating how cross-border competition can form part of the strategy at European football’s governing body.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:50:10 GMT2016-10-27T10:50:10Z
TV match officials have too much say over deciding when a referee should review an incident. Is it time for coaches to be allowed to call for a reappraisal?
There was an international not so very long ago that was decided by a refereeing decision which was so controversial that the official concerned sprinted from the pitch when he blew the final whistle a few minutes later. Australia were involved then, as they were last Saturday when a try that would have seen them draw level with New Zealand with a conversion attempt to come was ruled out by the referee on review.
Craig Joubert’s decision to award Australia a penalty in the World Cup quarter-final against Scotland at Twickenham for offside saw him subsequently reprimanded by World Rugby for getting the call wrong. Nigel Owens is unlikely to be given a dressing down after denying Henry Speight a try against the All Blacks because there had been a breach of law 10.c in the buildup by the Wallabies’ wing Dane Haylett-Petty.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:58:00 GMT2016-10-27T11:58:00ZUnless England’s reserve wicketkeeper and ODI lynchpin has a very good chance of making the Test team, it might be better to spare him bottle and chat duties
“This is a very tough tour whether you’re playing or on the bench”, said Jonny Bairstow on Wednesday. Seven Tests in 62 days is an unprecedented schedule and will test the stamina of those selected for every game. But England’s Test wicketkeeper was also right to highlight the demands upon those constantly not in the team. For them it is a case of retaining sanity rather than stamina.
In the modern era those on the bench troop off every day with the rest; they play their football; they hit some catches and throw some balls to those engaged in the Test match; they rush on to the field with drinks at every opportunity; they traipse off to the nets for one more lonely knock in the knowledge that there is no obvious chance of an innings in the middle on the horizon. They are obliged to stay cheerful, constantly encouraging and pandering to the lucky boys out in the middle.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:37:33 GMT2016-10-27T12:37:33ZSam Burgess will lead high-flying England against the world champions Australia and No 1 ranked New Zealand, plus a Scotland team with nothing to lose
Fixtures Scotland (28 October, Hull), New Zealand (5 November, Coventry), England (13 November, London)Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:09:00 GMT2016-10-27T09:09:00Z• Manager breached FA rules on pre-match comments before Liverpool match
The Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been charged with misconduct over comments he made about the referee Anthony Taylor prior to the game against Liverpool, the Football Association has announced.
Mourinho, a serial offender when it comes to the FA’s disciplinary unit, broke the rules forbidding members of his profession from speaking about referees in the buildup to matches, questioning whether it would be difficult for Taylor to have “a very good performance” when United visited Liverpool earlier this month.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:18:18 GMT2016-10-27T09:18:18Z• Spinner will replace Surrey team-mate Gareth Batty
The Surrey spinner Zafar Ansari will make his England Test debut against Bangladesh on Friday, the captain Alastair Cook has confirmed. He will replace his county team-mate Gareth Batty in the side, while Steven Finn will replace Stuart Broad as the coach Trevor Bayliss looks to rotate his bowlers to give them experience before the India series ahead.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:03:37 GMT2016-10-27T09:03:37Z
This week’s roundup also features the week’s most suspect tackle, a court-side haircut, and if Monday Night Football did the news
1) Carlos Alberto died on Tuesday, aged 72. His defining moment – that strike against Italy in the 1970 World Cup final – will never grow old. Longer game highlights are here, here’s the goal with Brazilian commentary, and again, brick-by-brick. Alberto joined the New York Cosmos in 1977, and reflected on his time there in a 2013 video. They paid tribute to him this week with a career montage, including the moment he was introduced to fans in New York. “The greatest defender in North American Soccer League history, number five – Carlos Alberto.”
2) World Series of Poker players giving it awkward verbals – headlined by England’s William Kassouf driving Canada’s Griffin Benger to distraction, and posing the question: when does “speech play” become “being a bad person”? Here’s more Kassouf: “I’ll keep it friendly, it’s a friendly table”; and more: “the more I talk, the more I get paid”. Plus other big poker spats: losing with good grace; more bad behaviour; and, of course, the Funniest Outburst in Poker Ever!Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:36:39 GMT2016-10-27T05:36:39Z
Retired spearhead Mitchell Johnson has painted a bleak picture of Australia’s team culture under Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur, describing it as fractured and “toxic”.
Johnson, who recently released his autobiography, Resilient, suggested things were so bad that some team-mates didn’t want to play. The left-armer was one of four players suspended for not completing a feedback task during Australia’s shambolic tour of India in 2013. Clarke and Arthur both rubber stamped the punishments.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:41:20 GMT2016-10-27T03:41:20Z
After Game 1 of the World Series between two storied clubs who had been absent from the championship stage for some time was finished on Tuesday night with little excitement, Wednesday’s Game 2 marked a return to true midwest perseverance on a cold night in northeast Ohio. The start time was moved up an hour to avoid possible thunder squalls moving into Cleveland, and the opening temperature of 43F made it more a test of survival in hard elements.
In the end it was the Cubs who dominated the run of play from start to finish behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, winning 5-1 to level the World Series at one game apiece.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:45:53 GMT2016-10-27T07:45:53Z• England’s bid for competition included target to attract one million spectators
England have won the right to stage the 2021 World Cup, the Rugby League International Federation has announced.
The Rugby Football League got the nod ahead of the United States, largely on the back of playing numbers and heavy government backing.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:24:11 GMT2016-10-27T10:24:11Z
The Yorkshire St Pauli supporters’ group was established in 2011 so fans could meet in a bar and watch matches together, but social action has always been important to St Pauli and their members in Leeds have carried on that tradition
The demolition of the refugee camp in Calais and The Sun’s self-righteous criticism of Gary Lineker has put the humanitarian crisis on the front and back pages of newspapers in recent days, but Lineker is not the only football fan who has shown concern for displaced people who have travelled across Europe looking refuge in the UK. For the past few years a group of football fans in Leeds, who initially came together to support a club in the German second division, have been doing their bit to help refugees in their local area.
The Yorkshire St Pauli supporters’ club was established in 2011 by fans who met at the Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club in Leeds to watch FC St Pauli matches via a live stream. The German club have built an international reputation for their firebrand approach to politics and left-wing activism, and this spirit is imbued in all of their supporters groups. The Yorkshire branch is one of a few hundred St Pauli supporters clubs around the world, with fans meeting in cities such as Brighton, Glasgow, New York and Athens.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:17 GMT2016-10-27T09:00:17Z
League One club have benefited from chairman Stewart Day’s investment but the financial picture is questionable and they aim to leave their long-time home
In a hostile, combustible derby at Gigg Lane on Monday, Bury bumped up against a bigger and stronger Bolton Wanderers side whose 2-0 win lifted them to second in League One after last season’s traumas of relegation and administration. Bury’s old ground, home throughout its history since 1885, hosted an 8,007 crowd, including 3,141 from Bolton, in seats that still bear the fading names of people who chipped in money to save the club from near-insolvency in 2001.
Now Bury are owned by a Blackburn-based property developer, Stewart Day, in whose tenure millions have been invested in manager David Flitcroft’s team, losses are being made, a series of loans taken out mortgaged on Gigg Lane, and winding up petitions issued. The latest, last week, is the third this year brandished by Revenue & Customs, chasing unpaid tax on what must now be a substantial wage bill.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:17 GMT2016-10-27T09:00:17Z
The presidential hopeful lists a handicap of 2.8, unlikely for a septuagenarian part-timer. But he wouldn’t be the first politician to fluff his record
Donald Trump is a man of many amazing boasts, someone who never met a hyperbole he didn’t like. The truth can be a hazy thing in business, real estate and even taxes. But golf is supposed to be different. Golf lives in absolutes and is governed by a strict honor code that players rigidly follow. Or at least they should. And so it is in golf, as most everything else with Trump, where the line between fact and fiction is hazy.
Trump has bragged about having a handicap of three. For years this number was accepted with little public question probably because nobody cared enough to investigate it. Forbes once reported his handicap as four with the caveat that he has yet to produce a signed scorecard as proof. But mostly Trump’s word was that.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:51:54 GMT2016-10-27T12:51:54ZUnless they stop passing off refugees as somebody else’s problem, this government will go down as the one that watched while thousands suffered
The global refugee crisis is not abating. But Britain does not have a refugee crisis at all, despite what you may read in the newspapers.
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) says we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. Globally, nearly 34,000 people a day are being displaced from their homes. There are more than 65 million refugees in total. In Britain, we have let in just a few hundred in total and even this has caused a furore.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:28:47 GMT2016-10-27T12:28:47ZMany will be worried about the ‘early intervention’ trial – and they probably already avoid GPs because of the automatic linking of any problems to obesity
‘So, are we going to talk about it?” was how our family GP raised it with my brother – as he sat in the consulting room, overweight. It was asked gently, and came after a practical discussion had settled the problem he’d come in to talk to her about, but it stayed with him as a negative mark against her, and against GPs in general. He became reluctant to go to see her again, and that had consequences later on.
Fear that “it” will be brought up by a doctor is a given for people who are visibly obese. It’s well within the realm of the probable that someone who has trained to safeguard the health of fellow human beings is going to want to talk to you about it. So the actuality of the “30-second interventions” for weight-loss study published in the Lancet isn’t ground-breaking – little interventions for big problems was not invented for the trial. Yet hearing about it will probably be no less worrying for those who’d hoped they were just being paranoid when they feared their GP would answer a “I’m concerned about this mole on my face” visit with a “I noticed when you walked in that you’re very fat” non sequitur.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:08:16 GMT2016-10-27T11:08:16ZLabour should not contest the Richmond byelection. Instead, it should give the Lib Dems a clear run to beat the constituency’s hard Brexit MP
Zac Goldsmith stands down in Richmond Park to protest against the Heathrow decision, just as he said he would. A man of honour keeping his promise? That’s not how he may emerge on byelection polling day.
Yet again, this spoiled nonentity is cosseted by his party: though he stands as an “independent”, the Conservatives will try to save his bacon by setting no candidate against him, to avoid splitting their vote. That makes it harder for the Liberal Democrats to snatch back this seat – but by no means unlikely, after their strong showing in Witney.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:57:39 GMT2016-10-27T11:57:39ZThe justice committee has called for more leniency for offenders aged 18-25. The sad fact is that this already happens if you’re white and not working-class
In many ways I was the stereotype of a troublesome teenager. I used to spend most of my weekends drinking heavily – sometimes in bars or nightclubs, if I managed to blag my way past the bouncers and could afford it, but more often as part of a group of 20 or 30 kids hanging around in a local park. Illegal drugs like cannabis were fairly common.
As is fairly typical of unsupervised, intoxicated teenagers, people would often end up doing stupid things in an attempt to impress their mates. I remember someone breaking into a crown green bowling clubhouse and nicking all the trophies. Another time, a couple of boys ran down the street picking up and smashing plant pots as they went. Inspired, I think, by an episode of The Simpsons, stealing car hood ornaments was briefly a popular activity. I might not have been an instigator, but I wasn’t always an innocent bystander either.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:00:14 GMT2016-10-27T06:00:14Z
The prime minister promises Brexit, but her conviction remains unclear. She seems to follow instead of lead
Poor Cordelia Gummer. It’s a quarter of a century now since her politician father, John, publicly fed her a burger to quash public fears over mad cow disease – and she is for ever fixed in our minds as a tiny girl in an Alice band, symbolic of everything people most distrust about politicians.
The beef industry eventually recovered, but public confidence in politicians and in their management of risk did not. When they tell us everything’s going to be fine, we don’t swallow the story like we used to. Which brings us to the mysterious affair of Theresa May, and whether or not Brexit is safe to eat.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:16 GMT2016-10-27T08:00:16Z
Disabled people are desperate to work, but we can only get there with the proper support. This government finds it easier to shame us than provide that help
To be disabled and need money to live in modern Britain: this week brings two insights into just what that means.
On the one hand, there is I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s blistering film about a jobseeker who, after a near-fatal heart attack, can get neither work nor benefits. And on the other, the prospect that proposed Conservative cuts mean that soon 45,000 fewer disabled people will have help to find a job. That comes ahead of a long-touted government green paper on health and employment: a list of “promises” – at best, ideas – to help disabled people into work.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:00:21 GMT2016-10-27T12:00:21Z
Gerrymandering, a time-worn practice, is alive and well in 2016. It skews results, drives down turnout and harms minorities – and we need to do away with it
If Donald Trump actually cared about “rigged” elections, he would stop complaining about the demonstrably false “voter fraud” myth he keeps peddling and instead focus on the real problem: gerrymandering – the changing of electoral boundaries for political gain. Of course he’ll never do that, since gerrymandering is a Republican party speciality and the only thing keeping the GOP from losing the House of Representatives this year.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:21:11 GMT2016-10-27T05:21:11Z
I want to explain that we haven’t been able to spare my patient’s mourning wife a mountain of paperwork, delay and inquisition – and that she isn’t the only one
It will soon be a year since you died. The first letter from your wife was a sincere note of thanks, which made me wish I could have done something to prevent your sudden and unexpected slide into multi-organ failure leading to death.
Your cancer had progressed through the year but you were surprisingly well – the end came so swiftly that no one had any time to prepare. You died in intensive care, the family deciding that breathing through a ventilator was not your idea of living.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:19:49 GMT2016-10-26T14:19:49Z
I like to call myself and be called fat. I think fat is a political subject, and as such it feels powerful to reclaim words that are frequently used pejoratively
There are lots of words used to describe people such as me. Medics and their allies will use some Latin or Greek to make their language appear authoritative and scientific. According to them I am obese, or someone requiring bariatric intervention. By extension, in newspapers I am part of an anonymous population blob known as “the obese”.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:50:01 GMT2016-10-26T19:50:01ZWhy the prime minister said one thing in private and another in public is a question that has political ramifications for Britain
Theresa May is not the first politician to have been caught out saying one thing to an audience of bankers and another to voters. Earlier this month Hillary Clinton, the US presidential candidate, was revealed to have taken $675,000 to speak at Goldman Sachs where she adopted a friendlier, more pro-business persona than that offered to the American public. On this side of the Atlantic the Guardian unearthed an audio recording of a previously undisclosed private question-and-answer session the prime minister had with Goldman Sachs bankers this May on the defining issue of Britain’s relationship with Europe. In a wide-ranging discussion the PM went beyond her current gnomic utterance to voters that “Brexit means Brexit”. The then home secretary showed in private that she was more committed to staying in the European Union than the tepid support she gave to the remain campaign. Her most revealing exchange is her stark warning that corporate outlays in the UK would be at risk if the country left Europe. Yet a month earlier in her only major speech she blamed “discrimatory EU policies” for the threat to investment in a post-Brexit Britain.
It is an irony that in the cloistered preserve of Goldman Sachs, a temple of power and privilege, normally guarded politicans lift the veil of caution. We must be thankful for small mercies. In private to bankers Mrs May said if we voted to leave, European business would make rational decisions about the size of the EU trading bloc, and leave Britain. In public she blamed such decisions on Brussels for discriminating against Britain. Jeremy Corbyn, who missed a trick to hammer home this point at prime minister’s questions, later correctly identified Mrs May’s Janus-like pronouncements. The questions raised by the Goldman Sachs tape are clear: Does she believe now what she said then? If not, why not? The evidence is mounting that she was right to point to stormy times for a Brexit economy in the years ahead. A new analysis by the Resolution Foundation finds that the economy is likely to shrink by £60bn, most of this down to leaving Europe.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:44:40 GMT2016-10-26T18:44:40ZPriti Patel, DfID’s new secretary of state, appears ideologically opposed to the work of her department. She needs reminding of the millions of lives that aid has saved and improved
The statement that follows is highly unfashionable, yet is nonetheless true: one of the things modern Britons can be proudest of is their country’s achievements in international development. Thanks to British aid and development over the last few years, two million more girls are attending school in Pakistan. With the help of British funding, villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be able to travel to a hospital, using stretches of 1,800km of roads that were previously almost impassable. UK aid has saved the lives of 50,000 women during pregnancy and 250,000 newborn babies.
Put simply, British development money has saved, changed and improved millions of lives in the past five years alone. Looking for a field in which the UK is a world-beater? Aid is certainly one. Britain is among a handful of countries to have hit the UN’s target of giving 0.7% of its national income to overseas development. And the creation in 1997 of the Department for International Development has given Britain a repository of expertise heeded around the world. To find some of his beloved “soft power”, Boris Johnson should trundle a short distance up Whitehall to the DfID offices.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:00:03 GMT2016-10-26T05:00:03Z
In our Kafka-meets-IDS bureaucracy, disabled people like John are forced into work they can’t do. Like Daniel Blake, he’s being crushed by the system
John’s world was torn apart on a Monday morning three weeks ago. First came a text message that read: “We will ring you within 2-3 hours to discuss the outcome of your work capability assessment.” Then the phone went. A “decision maker” at the Department for Work and Pensions told John he’d been judged fit for work – despite his extreme pain, despite all his doctors had said. One of the benefits he needed to live on – employment and support allowance – would stop immediately.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:23:05 GMT2016-10-26T16:23:05Z
A ‘Blue Lives Matter’ sign appeared instead. Yes, police officers have the right to do their jobs in safety. But the comparison is false, and here’s why
Last winter First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, where I serve as senior minister, voted to hang a Black Lives Matter banner outside our building. Shortly after we hung the banner it mysteriously disappeared. We replaced it and the replacement disappeared as well. This kept happening. For months the thief was silent; there was no inkling of motive. Every Monday we would post a banner or sign, and every Sunday night, it would be removed. Then, last week, we found something new: next to the Black Lives Matter sign appeared a sign that read: “Blue Lives Matter.”
In the history of oppressed groups demanding equality, an equivalent of the 'Blue Lives Matter' sign goes up every timeContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:49:02 GMT2016-10-26T15:49:02Z
TV dramas such as Black Mirror and Westworld might be scaring us with a dystopian vision of technology, but the real problem is that Facebook is too chirpy, fitness apps fuss over our food intake, and our browsers bombard us with targeted ads
I love a television show that makes people talk, and particularly one that makes its viewers ask the big questions. The new sci-fi western drama Westworld is slow, pretentious, confusing, and my new favourite, with its grandiose concerns about playing God and how sentient a sentient creation should be. Tapping into a worry first planted in me by an illicit sleepover viewing of Terminator 2, it is a wide-ranging exploration of what happens when we evolve too far, and what happens if we give robots guns. If you are watching it and not starting to eye up your Fitbit with suspicion, then you are not paying attention.
Likewise with the new episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix, which seems to have caused people to start noticing their daily Black Mirror moments. Did you give star ratings to that book you bought on Amazon, in the same way that they reviewed people in the first episode? Did you experience feelings of loss and disappointment because an Instagram shot of a very funny letter to your local newspaper did not get as many likes as you thought it deserved? Played a stunningly realistic session of Uncharted 4 where the tropical trees looked as if they could have been photographs? Fallen in love wearing stonewashed denim? Black Mirror, Black Mirror, Black Mirror.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:39:10 GMT2016-10-27T10:39:10Z
The former chair of the public accounts committee, Margaret Hodge, tells Owen Jones she fears the Conservative government may think the only way for the British economy to survive following the Brexit vote is to create tax haven-type conditions. She warns this would lead to a race to the bottom with ‘promiscuous capital’ arriving before deserting the country when a better rate comes alongContinue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:17 GMT2016-10-27T09:00:17Z
A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is a new musical collaboration between the National Theatre and Complicite Associates, currently playing at the Dorfman Theatre, with music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by director Bryony Kimmings. Participants and specialists talk about one of the most feared illnesses of our time, alongside background footage and a production that looks at life with a cancer diagnosis, confronting its fears and misconceptions
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:00:14 GMT2016-10-27T06:00:14Z
For the first time there are as many millennials eligible to vote in the US election as there are baby boomers, and nearly half of them might vote for a third-party candidate. Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone travel to Tucson, Arizona, to explore why large numbers of young people appear poised to sit out the election or vote for either Gary Johnson or Jill Stein
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:00:04 GMT2016-10-26T06:00:04Z
The idea that all women want to be mothers is outdated and sexist, argues Julie Bindel. She says people who choose not to become parents are often seen as selfish, but that parents who give up on trying to change the world in order to have children and then only think about their own family receive no judgmentContinue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:42:55 GMT2016-10-25T14:42:55Z
The battle to remove Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul is underway with thousands of Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces combining and making progress towards the outskirts. It was from Mosul that Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called caliphate and it is the last major stronghold for Isis in Iraq. But while the jihadists are outgunned, their ideology has proven remarkably resilientContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:05 GMT2016-10-26T07:00:05Z
In The Accountant, Ben Affleck plays a mathematics genius diagnosed with autism as a child who works for illegal outfits helping them cook their books, and Anna Kendrick a legit accountant who joins him after a hitman targets him for assassination. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, it is released in the UK on 4 NovemberContinue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:54:53 GMT2016-10-24T11:54:53Z
The second Jack Reacher movie is directed by Ed Zwick and features Tom Cruise as the roving baddie-thumper, this time helping out a US army major (played by Cobie Smulders) who has been wrongly charged with spying. Lee Child, author of the original series of novels, talks about how the format allows him to address social issues by stealth, and why it’s never a good idea for authors to adapt their own booksContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:57:50 GMT2016-10-20T06:57:50Z
Northern Ireland, like the rest of the world, is in a crisis of political representation. Working class communities, hit hard by austerity, feel betrayed by their political leaders. Now, with the prospect of Brexit bringing even greater instability, two decades of peacebuilding are at stake. Phoebe Greenwood meets the republican and loyalist marching flute bands at the heart of these communities determined to keep the Troubles from returningContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:16:20 GMT2016-10-21T11:16:20Z
Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning film I, Daniel Blake, depicts the cruelty of the benefit system through the eyes of an older man who’s been found fit for work. In Ashton, Greater Manchester, we look into the lives of the real Daniel Blakes and those who, as in Loach’s film, have began to fight backContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:04 GMT2016-10-21T11:00:04Z
Alabama is the home of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, designed to fight voter suppression. But since 2014, Alabama citizens have been required to present a state-approved photo ID at the polls. The state acknowledges that up to 250,000 voters don’t have the required ID, often due to lack of accessibility. Alabama election officials insist that the law is intended to curb voter fraud. With only one known case of modern-day voter fraud in the state, Alabama citizens and politicians alike question the underlying motive of the lawContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:01:01 GMT2016-10-20T13:01:01Z
David Elliott’s discovery of a toe bone led to the remains of the huge Savannasaurus elliottorum in the latest in a series of finds on his sheep station in remote central Queensland. The new species is a member of the group of dinosaurs known as sauropods – such as the brontosaurus, which have long necks and four thick, pillar-like legs. It belongs to a subgroup called ‘titanosaurs’, thought to have evolved in South AmericaContinue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:51:31 GMT2016-10-27T09:51:31Z
Project to open up miles of the river to enable fish to reach spawning grounds will help to restore threatened and declining species
A scheme to open up miles of the river Severn and its major tributary to help threatened fish has won almost £20m in funding.
The £19.4m project will reopen the UK’s longest river to fish species, many of which vanished from its upper reaches after weirs were installed in the 1800s to help river transport during the industrial revolution.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:49:08 GMT2016-10-27T12:49:08Z
Nicola Sturgeon under fire after Audit Scotland says some health service boards may not be able to balance books next year
Scotland’s NHS faces massive cuts as the health service fails to keep pace with increasing demand, rising costs and the needs of an ageing population, according to the public finances watchdog.
The damning report from Audit Scotland warns that some NHS boards may not be able to balance their books next year, and reveals that the service met only one of its eight key waiting time targets last year.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:19:39 GMT2016-10-27T10:19:39Z
Lance Hart murdered family outside sports centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire, before turning shotgun on himself
A “cold, calculated and scheming” man killed his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself, an inquest has heard.
Charlotte Hart, 19, and her mother Claire, 50, were killed by Lance Hart, 57, near the Castle sports complex in Spalding, Lincolnshire, in July. Lance Hart then shot himself using the single-barrel shotgun.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:34:21 GMT2016-10-27T12:34:21Z
Attorney general Jeremy Wright says worries raised by MPs about nature of evidence used in high-profile retrial of Ched Evans are legitimate
The law could be reformed to make clear that an alleged rape victim’s sexual history must not routinely be used as evidence in court, the attorney general has suggested.
Jeremy Wright told the House of Commons that concerns about the practice were legitimate, after a group of MPs warned that women would be less likely to report rape because of the high-profile retrial of the footballer Ched Evans.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:20:35 GMT2016-10-27T12:20:35Z
TGXP cancels all bookings for days at Dunsfold Park, saying ticket sales fell sharply after changes in the show
The firm behind the Top Gear Experience track days has gone bust, blaming the lacklustre relaunch of the BBC2 show following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
TGXP Ltd cancelled all bookings for days at Dunsfold Park, where the series is filmed, saying: “Despite good reviews and early strong sales for the Top Gear Track Experience, there has been a sharp decline in ticket sales and interest since the changes in the television show.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:40:41 GMT2016-10-27T11:40:41Z
Speaking at Pink News awards, opposition leader also says government should apologise to men prosecuted for their sexuality
A Labour government would make sure children are taught about LGBT history and the significance of figures such as the mathematician Alan Turing as part of the school curriculum, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
The Labour leader made the promise at an awards dinner hosted by Pink News, where he also said the state should apologise to gay men such as Turing who were prosecuted for sexual acts that are no longer criminal.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:46:55 GMT2016-10-27T12:46:55Z
Move by Barclays to set aside extra £600m further inflates already huge cost of UK mis-selling scandal to banking sector
Banks and financial services companies have racked up more than £40bn in costs to handle the payment protection insurance scandal.
The costliest mis-selling bill in UK financial services history became even more expensive on Thursday after Barclays set aside a further £600m to handle the cost of claims.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:13:26 GMT2016-10-27T11:13:26Z
Damon Smith, 19, smiled and waved to public gallery during first appearance in connection with device discovered at North Greenwich station
A first-year university student charged with possessing explosives following a bomb alert on London’s tube network is to appear at the Old Bailey next month.
Damon Smith, 19, smiled, waved to the public gallery and gave a thumbs-up to his lawyer during a hearing at Westminster magistrates court on Thursday. Wearing a grey sweater and trousers, he spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:21:54 GMT2016-10-27T11:21:54Z
Just 17% of people surveyed back the process, the lowest level since the government survey started tracking public attitudes about shale gas
Public support for fracking has fallen to new lows, a government survey has revealed.
Just 17% of people backed the process of extracting shale gas, compared with a third who opposed it, and just under half (48%) who had no opinion, the latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy show.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:20:17 GMT2016-10-27T08:20:17Z
Telecoms firm appoints advisers to assist with inquiry into BT Italia and says non-cash charge will not affect full-year figures
BT has taken a £145m hit after uncovering “inappropriate management behaviour” at its Italian division.
The company, which said the non-cash charge would not affect full-year figures, appointed external advisers to assist with a full investigation into BT Italia.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:01:08 GMT2016-10-27T10:01:08Z
Anthony France was the only journalist whose conviction under the Met’s investigation into payments to public officials was still standing
The only journalist whose conviction for payments to public officials under Operation Elveden was still standing has had his guilty verdict overturned by the court of appeal.
Sun crime reporter Anthony France was found guilty in May last year of aiding and abetting a police officer working for a counter-terrorism command squad to commit misconduct in a public office.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:00:15 GMT2016-10-27T07:00:15Z
The Tinder Foundation argues that these amenities should not receive a ‘get out of austerity free’ card simply because they are libraries
Less than two weeks after peers spoke in the House of Lords about the importance of protecting the nation’s libraries, and as residents in Walsall mourn “absolutely devastating” proposals to close 15 out of their 16 local libraries, a charity has warned that libraries should not “receive an automatic ‘get out of austerity free’ card, merely on the grounds of being libraries”.
‘Digital inclusion’ charity the Tinder Foundation said on Wednesday that libraries should not be protected at all costs, and that those not fulfulling their potential should not receive “a free pass”.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:20:57 GMT2016-10-27T09:20:57Z
Final is most-watched show of the year, with more than half viewing public seeing Candice Brown crowned champion
The Great British Bake Off ended its run on the BBC with 14 million viewers, a record for the show and the most-watched programme of the year so far.
More than half of the viewing public tuned in to see Candice Brown win the Bake Off crown with a series of bakes including a 49-piece royal picnic that judge Mary Berry called “an absolute humdinger of a showstopper”. At it’s peak 14.8 million viewers tuned in.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:30:04 GMT2016-10-27T10:30:04Z
Chancellor sanctions reduction of stake despite shares trading well below price paid by taxpayer in 2008
The taxpayer stake in Lloyds Banking Group has fallen below 9% after Philip Hammond sanctioned a further sale even though the shares are trading below the average paid by the taxpayer during the 2008 bailout.
The reduction was announced to the market the day after the bank said it was taking another £1bn charge for payment protection insurance misselling which knocked its profit in the third quarter of the year.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:27:10 GMT2016-10-27T09:27:10Z
Bank makes extra provision to pay compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance as it reports profits fall
The cost of the payment protection insurance scandal continues to mount after Barclays took another £600m hit to pay compensation to customers who were mis-sold the product.
The extra provision, announced as the bank reported a 10% fall in nine-month profits, takes Barclays’ claims cost to £8.4bn. The total bill for the industry is likely to hit £40bn.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:33:12 GMT2016-10-27T10:33:12Z
Robert Gerrard, 53, a relative of footballer Steven Gerrard, charged with conspiracy to import cocaine after drug raid in the Netherlands
One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, a cousin of the footballer Steven Gerrard, has handed himself in after complaining that the pressure of life on the run had become too much.
Robert Stephen Gerrard had been on the run for three years after a raid on a Dutch cafe uncovered a suspected international drug trafficking operations centre. He was accused of trying to smuggle £60m worth of cocaine into the UK and was wanted by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:50:47 GMT2016-10-27T00:50:47Z
Screening study in England of 10,000 young children found one person at risk of early heart attack for every 125 tested
Screening one-year-olds for high cholesterol during routine vaccination visits could prevent hundreds of heart attacks in young adults each year, researchers in England said on Wednesday.
Their study in the New England Journal of Medicine aimed to uncover a silent killer in young adults known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a genetic disorder that often leads to early heart disease.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Billing itself as the only firm that wants its staff to quit to pursue their dreams, RSVP has 600 wannabe performers on its books
Olivia Coleman cleaned houses, George Clooney was an insurance salesman and Angelina Jolie wanted to be a funeral director. But the stars of tomorrow may come from another run-of-the-mill occupation: the call centre.
A call centre staffed entirely by “resting” actors is to open its doors in MediaCityUK, Salford, next week, employing up to 150 wannabe stars to answer the phones between auditions.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:00:14 GMT2016-10-27T06:00:14Z
Group write to Ipso chair after board member criticised Channel 4’s Fatima Manji in the Sun after her complaint against the tabloid was thrown out
The press watchdog is facing questions over its independence after Trevor Kavanagh, one of its board members, used his regular Sun column to criticise the Channel 4 News reporter Fatima Manji just days after her complaint against the tabloid was rejected.
MPs and lords wrote to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) chair Alan Moses, saying: “We seek your urgent clarification on whether you believe that Mr Kavanagh’s public attack on a complainant to Ipso is in breach of the expectations of an independent press regulator, and whether his position on the board remains tenable.”Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Oxford University research shows link between sanctions and use of charity parcels, a pattern ministers refuse to accept
Benefit sanctions, whereby social security claimants have their payments stopped for at least a month as a punishment for supposedly breaching strict jobcentre rules, are a key driver of hunger and food bank use, according to a study carried out by Oxford University academics.
The study, which mapped official sanctions data against food bank referral figures, concluded that a “robust link” existed between increases in the number of benefit sanctions handed out and rising numbers of adults receiving food parcels.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
College of Policing issues new guidelines on stop and search, and says every police officer is guilty of some sort of bias
Every police officer is guilty of some sort of bias, according to their professional standards body, and acknowledging as much is necessary to help stamp out discrimination in the use of controversial stop and search powers.
The College of Policing on Thursday launches new guidelines for police on stop and search and also warns that an officer should consider if a bias is affecting his or her decision every time before making a stop. If they think prejudice is playing a part, they should not use the power.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Average annual policy costs rise 16% year-on-year, with expensive technology on cars and whiplash claims cited as reasons
Drivers are paying almost £82 more for car insurance than a year ago and are likely to see premiums rise further, according to the latest figures from the Automobile Association (AA).
The average annual cost of a new policy rose to £586 in the three months to the end of September, a 16.3% increase on the same period in 2015, the motoring group said.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:41:53 GMT2016-10-27T12:41:53Z
The two candidates have differing strategies in a state where turnout among Hispanic voters could sway the entire election – and it’s a must-win for Trump
In Little Havana, a vibrant Latino neighborhood just west of downtown Miami, a queue of a couple of dozen prospective voters had formed outside one of Hillary Clinton’s field offices.
Sandwiched between an insurance company and immigration counsel office, the group had arrived for tickets to a free Jennifer Lopez concert. But there was one caveat: to attend the Saturday evening show, at Bayfront Park on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, fans were first required to visit a Clinton campaign field office.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:24:53 GMT2016-10-27T12:24:53Z
Communist party bestows new title on president, putting him in a more powerful position before the 2017 congress
China’s ruling Communist party has declared that President Xi Jinping is the party’s “core”, putting him in a more powerful position ahead of a key congress next autumn.
A statement released by the party following a four-day meeting of party leaders in Beijing, and carried by state media, referred to Xi as “core of the party centre”. Xi is also head of the party and the military as well as head of state.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:10:37 GMT2016-10-27T00:10:37Z
UK joins biggest post-cold war buildup of Nato forces as Russian military engages in series of high-profile manoeuvres
The UK is deploying hundreds of troops, as well as aircraft and armour to eastern Europe as part of the biggest build-up of Nato forces in the region since the cold war. The deployment is taking place during growing tensions over a series of high-profile Russian military manoeuvres.
RAF Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby will be sent to Romania for up to four months, while 800 personnel will be sent with armoured support to Estonia, 150 more than previously planned, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. France and Denmark will also commit more troops, the British government said.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:36:20 GMT2016-10-27T12:36:20Z
Special vice squads to be set up to enforce guidelines forbidding firing of weapons and ‘non-traditional’ dance moves
Authorities in Chechnya plan to set up wedding vice squads to patrol nuptials in the region ensuring nobody gets drunk or performs inappropriate dance moves.
The region, which is part of Russia, is run by Ramzan Kadyrov, who critics say is becoming increasingly dictatorial. The latest crackdown will target any weddings held outside private homes in the republic.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:24:43 GMT2016-10-27T09:24:43Z
Top UN official describes attack on school in rebel-held northern Syria that killed at least 35 people as an outrage and possible war crime
Airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province on Wednesday were possibly the deadliest attack on a school since the Syria war began, a top UN official has said, describing the incident as an “outrage” and a possible war crime.
The strikes by Syrian or Russian warplanes killed at least 35 people, most of them schoolchildren, rescue workers and a monitoring group have said.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:28:59 GMT2016-10-27T12:28:59Z
The company’s quarterly results report dropped at 4am local time in California with news of 9% cuts in workforce but better-than-expected revenue of $616m
Twitter has announced hundreds of layoffs rumored to be coming at the social media company for days.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:52:23 GMT2016-10-27T06:52:23Z
At Virginia mosque campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Gold Star father vows to fight until ‘hatred and political bigotry is wiped out’
With less than two weeks before the general election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign deployed one of its most potent weapons in the fight against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump: Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim war hero killed in the line of duty.
Khan, a Gold Star father whose impassioned speech on the final night of the Democratic national convention helped knock Trump down to his current flailing position in the presidential race, spoke on Clinton’s behalf to congregants and guests of a mosque in Norfolk, Virginia, home to the world’s largest naval base and more than 60,000 active duty military personnel.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:34:43 GMT2016-10-27T10:34:43Z
Sakharov award goes to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Ashar, who became advocates for Yazidi people
Two Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by Islamic State before escaping and becoming advocates for their people in Iraq have won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize.
Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were abducted along with other Yazidi women in August 2014 when their home village of Kocho in northern Iraq was attacked by Isis jihadis.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:00:14 GMT2016-10-27T06:00:14Z
Economist says green development is the only route to global economic growth and points to China leading the world on climate change action
Clean, green development is the sole route to future global economic growth, according to British economist Lord Nicholas Stern, with a continuation of polluting, high-carbon growth only leading to self-destruction.
There is a strong argument that China is now leading the world in action on climate change, Stern said, making the country both a competitor and inspiration for other nations.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:58:07 GMT2016-10-27T07:58:07Z
Fight against Taliban is now America’s longest war but has been all but ignored by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
With all eyes focused on Mosul, Aleppo and Russia’s military buildup in the Middle East, the sharply deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has been all but ignored by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Whoever wins the US presidency, such insouciance will be hard to justify beyond January’s inauguration day.
As this week’s killing of 30 villagers in Ghor province showed, Afghanistan has a way of forcing itself into the political headlights. Barack Obama learned this lesson the hard way. He promised to end the war. Instead, he escalated, faltered, then lost interest.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:04:04 GMT2016-10-27T05:04:04Z
Atoll of fewer than 2,000 people clears its borrowings while hiking pensions and public sector pay, hoping to lure back expatriates but still live within its means
One of the world’s smallest countries has declared itself debt-free and plans to spend the money saved from servicing borrowing on raising pensions and offering incentives to lure expatriates home.
The island of Niue, perched on a coral atoll in the south Pacific, is home to fewer than 2,000 people.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:19:10 GMT2016-10-27T11:19:10Z
Australian resident Jessica Kumala Wongso is jailed for 20 years for giving her friend lethal dose of cyanide in Jakarta cafe
An Australian resident has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering her friend with cyanide-laced coffee.
Jessica Kumala Wongso, 28, remained expressionless as three Jakarta judges sentenced her in a case that has dominated the Indonesian press since it began earlier this year.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:41:23 GMT2016-10-27T09:41:23Z
Justin Trudeau decides at last minute not to get on plane for visit to meet EU leaders
The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has cancelled a trip to Brussels amid ongoing struggles to rescue a landmark trade deal between his country and the European Union.
Trudeau was due to meet the EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Thursday, but decided at the last minute not to get on the plane as Belgian politicians continued to wrangle over the agreement, preventing the EU side from signing it.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:30:14 GMT2016-10-27T06:30:14Z
Campaigners believe Catholic priests are exerting political leverage to further restrict women’s reproductive rights
“It’s a strange thing to say about a country in the middle of Europe, in the 21st century, but this is how it works – nearly all politicians here are afraid of the Catholic church,” said Anna Leszczyńska, a women’s rights activist.
Thousands of campaigners marched through Poland’s largest cities on Sunday and Monday to protest against the government’s proposals to further restrict abortion laws in the country.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:02:24 GMT2016-10-27T09:02:24Z
Guo Chuan, 51, lost contact with his team while attempting to break world record for crossing ocean alone
The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Chinese sailor who lost contact with his team on Tuesday during an attempt to break the world record for a solo crossing of the Pacific.
Rescuers boarded Guo Chuan’s drifting yacht and found his lifejacket but he was not there, they said.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:20:00 GMT2016-10-27T00:20:00Z
Humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien launches blistering attack on UN security council, and Russia in particular, for failing to stop the mass killing of civilians
In a blistering indictment, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien called the failure of the UN security council, and Russia in particular, to stop the bombing of eastern Aleppo as “our generation’s shame”.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:28:11 GMT2016-10-27T05:28:11Z
Lee Jae-Yong joins the board of the electronics giant after Galaxy Note 7 smartphone fiasco brings a huge drop in third-quarter profits
Samsung’s Lee Jae-Yong took a major step towards control of the family-run conglomerate on Thursday, joining the board as the company reported a 30% profit dive following the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 handset.
The nomination was approved by an extraordinary meeting of Samsung shareholders, which also focused on the recall fiasco surrounding the handset that has hammered the reputation of the world’s largest smartphone maker.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:30:17 GMT2016-10-27T06:30:17Z
British banker yelled into streets and brandished a knife at people from his balcony 31 floors up, murder trial is told
Moments after killing two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong apartment, British banker Rurik Jutting shouted and waved a knife at pedestrians on the streets far below, a court heard on Thursday.
In police video interviews shown on the fourth day of the murder trial, Jutting calmly detailed the last moments before calling police to end his nightmarish cocaine- and alcohol-fuelled descent into torture and killing.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:12:01 GMT2016-10-27T01:12:01Z
Hundreds of thousands joined protests against Nicolás Maduro’s presidency, against a backdrop of mass hunger and high crime
Venezuela’s opposition has vowed to turn up the pressure on the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro, calling for a national strike on Friday and a march on the presidential palace next week to demand a recall referendum against the troubled leader.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:12:48 GMT2016-10-26T22:12:48Z
Court ruled in favour of families after children of Okawa primary school died when teachers waited 45 minutes before seeking higher ground
A Japanese court has awarded millions of pounds in damages to the families of 23 schoolchildren who died in the March 2011 tsunami, after their teachers failed to evacuate them to safe ground, even as loudspeakers urged residents to flee.
A total of 74 children and 10 teachers died at Okawa primary school in the city of Ishinomaki, one of the most distressing episodes of a disaster that destroyed a long stretch of Japan’s north-east coast on the afternoon of 11 March 2011. The tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, killed more than 18,500 people, most of them in the coastal prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, where Ishinomaki is located.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:00:07 GMT2016-10-27T07:00:07Z
As we approach the final months of 2016, it’s time to look back at the films our critics have so far rated the finestContinue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:00:15 GMT2016-10-27T07:00:15Z
‘It’s like the opening shot in a film noir, but it was just stupid old me, embarrassing my family again’
This was taken in Belle Glade, a small agrarian town in Florida where my parents were high-school sweethearts. It’s all sugar cane fields round there and they’re basically dissolving back into the earth, causing the town to fall apart. There’s no good news really: Belle Glade has been in decline since the 1980s, when it had the highest incidence of Aids per capita in the US, thanks to the number of Haitian refugee farmers living there in abject poverty.
It was July and they were burning the leaves off the sugar cane. Just being outside was a pretty intense experience: it was raining ash. I was trying to take photographs of these 18-wheeler sugar cane trucks and, to keep my sanity, I’d decided not to leave the car. But it wasn’t working, so I got out and took a shot.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:38:48 GMT2016-10-27T12:38:48Z
The Big Apple generates more than 14 million tonnes of rubbish a year, and spends around $2.3bn disposing of it – sometimes 7,000 miles away in China. Max Galka counts the costs of a city literally built on trash
As the largest city in the world’s most wasteful country, New York generates more than 14 million tonnes of trash each year; reputedly (though possibly inaccurately) more than any other city in the world.
Not only that, New York is also America’s densest city: its narrow, traffic jammed streets make collecting all that garbage a logistical Gordian knot. And New York is located smack in the centre of the Northeast megalopolis, a giant urban expanse where available land for disposing of garbage is in short supply.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:06:37 GMT2016-10-26T17:06:37ZPublisher after publisher reckoned Paul Beatty’s satire The Sellout was too hot to handle. Was it the segregation? The slavery? Or just that he wrung so much humour out of it? He’s having the last laugh now. The Man Booker winner tells allPaul Beatty may be the first American to win the Man Booker prize, after a rule change three years ago that made authors of any nationality eligible for the £50,000 award, so long as they were writing in English and published in the UK. But he very nearly wasn’t published in Britain at all. Beatty calls his fourth novel “a hard sell” for UK publishers. His rumbustious, lyrically poetic novel was turned down, his agent confirms, by no fewer than 18 publishers. And then, finally, a small independent called Oneworld – founded by a husband-and-wife team in 1986 – took it up. The company is celebrating the unusual achievement of a second consecutive Man Booker win, because it also published Marlon James’s A History of Seven Killings. Related: The Sellout rips up rulebook for what award-winning fiction looks like Continue reading...[...]