McDonald’s to sell its business in Russia after 30 years

McDonald’s has initiated a process to sell its business in Russia after 30 years of operating its restaurants in the country in the light of Moscow’s war on Ukraine. The fast food operator said the humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s invasion and the unpredictable operating environment meant continuing operating in Russia was untenable as it was no longer […]

Alone under siege: how older women are being left behind in Ukraine

Halyna Vasylivna lives alone in a tiny “Khrushchevka” flat. At 94, she has outlived her sons and her husband, and her grandchildren live outside the city. Her apartment, named after the Soviet leader under whom the five-storey buildings in Kyiv’s Podil district were built, is too far from the bunker so she hides in her […]

War in Ukraine Threatens to Upend Politics in Bulgaria

By invading Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin may have united Europe, but he certainly has not united Bulgarians. For a government that rode to power on a wave of hope for radical change after the Boyko Borissov era, the conflict risks stirring political divisions, within society and the cabinet. A week into the invasion of […]

Week in Review: Taking Stock and Reassessing

As the war in Europe’s east trundles miserably on, countries in south-east Europe are recalibrating and reassessing everything, from defence spending to the potential impact on the economy. As part of the European solidarity effort with Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, there have been calls within the European Union to offer Ukraine formal EU candidate status, […]

Dead coral found at Great Barrier Reef as widespread bleaching event unfolds

Dead corals are being recorded in aerial surveys across the Great Barrier Reef in what the marine park’s chief scientist says is a widespread and serious bleaching event on the world heritage icon. Aerial surveys have covered half of the 2,300km reef, with the worst bleaching observed in the park’s central region off Townsville, where corals on […]

Fighting reaches central Mariupol as shelling hinders rescue attempts

Fighting has reached the centre of the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, as attempts to rescue people trapped under the rubble of a bombed-out theatre were again hampered by Russian shelling. The Russian defence ministry said its forces were “tightening the noose” around the city, and that “fighting against nationalists” was taking place in […]

Ukraine mourns its fallen as Zelenskiy says 1,300 soldiers killed

Ukraine’s announcement that at least 1,300 of its soldiers have been killed so far during Russia’s invasion has been accompanied by an increasingly public acknowledgement of the country’s losses. Sombre funeral processions have become a daily sight, with photographs showing rows of flag-draped coffins being delivered for their funerals in cities including Lviv – with […]

Future of world’s most exclusive horse race on thin ice due to global heating

Each February the rich and famous descend upon St Moritz, not just for the slopes and après-ski but for one of the world’s most exclusive horse races, held on ice. Though the luxury resort has a nearby airport mainly catering to private jets, and visitors can be seen being ferried around in helicopters and Ferraris, […]

The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan review – who tipped off the Nazis?

On 4 August 1944 Gestapo officer Karl Josef Silberbauer, together with three Dutch policemen, marched into a spice merchant’s on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht and demanded: “Where are the Jews?” It was a piercing moment in 20th-century history, one that never becomes dulled by retelling. Within minutes Silberbauer and his accomplices had located a dummy bookshelf, behind […]

Ukraine crisis: Biden to deploy more US troops to eastern Europe

Joe Biden will deploy more than 3,000 US troops in Germany, Poland, and Romania, as Russia continues to build up its forces around Ukraine, and after talks between Washington and Moscow failed to bring any breakthrough or easing of tensions. The US is sending 1,700 troops from the 82nd Airborne division to Poland, a headquarters unit […]

Coming down: why has shock teen show Euphoria become such a drag?

Euphoria, the slick, explicit, high-budget teen drama halfway through its second season on HBO, has from the start been a soap layered in heady seriousness. The show, adapted by Sam Levinson from an Israeli series of the same name and co-produced by Drake, took on a near encyclopedia of Today’s Teen Issues – sex shaming, drug […]

Tom Brady retires from NFL after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl victories

Tom Brady, the most successful quarterback in NFL history, has brought his brilliant career to an end after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl victories. News of the 44-year-old’s apparent retirement had emerged over the weekend before he said he was still deciding his future. However, on Tuesday he confirmed his final game came when […]

Illegal overfishing by Chinese trawlers leaves Sierra Leone locals ‘starving’

Along Tombo’s crumbling waterfront, dozens of hand-painted wooden boats are arriving in the blistering midday sun with the day’s catch for the scrum of the market in one of Sierra Leone’s largest fishing ports. In a scrap of shade at the bustling dock, Joseph Fofana, a 36-year-old fisherman, is repairing a torn net. Fofana says […]

No 10 refuses to say if it will reveal if Johnson is fined over Covid breach

Downing Street has refused to confirm whether it will reveal if Boris Johnson or any No 10 staff receive fines for breaching Covid rules after a Metropolitan police investigation. No 10 has pledged to “publish what we receive” from Sue Gray, after Johnson was challenged to publicly commit to publishing the full report on Downing Street parties […]

Has Russia Already ‘Won’ Over Ukraine?

Russia is taking an awfully long time to invade Ukraine. It may happen any day. President Joe Biden appears to think it’s either inevitable or a “distinct possibility” some time in February, as he told Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy in a Thursday phone call. But blitzkrieg this isn’t. Russian troops have been rumbling noisily around Ukraine’s borders for […]

Austria lifts ‘lockdown of the unvaccinated’ as Europe slowly opens up

Austria has lifted its “lockdown of the unvaccinated”, Switzerland is gearing up for a “turbo” reopening and Germany’s finance minister has demanded an end date for Covid curbs as more countries prepare to ease pandemic controls. It follows the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and France, who last week began to take steps to return to a semblance of normal life, with the Danish government declaring Covid-19 “should no […]

US Senate panel close to approving ‘mother of all sanctions’ against Russia

The leaders of the Senate foreign relations committee said on Sunday they were on the verge of approving “the mother of all sanctions” against Vladimir Putin, warning there would be no appeasement as the Russian president contemplates an invasion of Ukraine. “We cannot have a Munich moment again,” the panel’s Democratic chair, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, told […]

‘We pray for rain’: Ethiopia faces catastrophic hunger as cattle perish in severe drought

The circumference of Nimo Abdi Duh’s upper arm measures just 12cm and, while the number means nothing to her, it does to the health workers treating her. Nimo, two, like so many children in the arid lowlands of Ethiopia, is suffering from malnutrition. “We have been affected by the drought,” says her mother, Shems Dire, looking […]

Boris Johnson does not believe he broke Covid rules at party, says minister

The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, has insisted the prime minister was “very, very sincere” when he apologised for attending an alcohol-fuelled gathering in the Downing Street garden, but did not believe he had broken the rules. Boris Johnson told MPs on Wednesday he thought he was at a “work event” when he dropped into what his […]

German court jails former Syrian intelligence officer for life

A German court has sentenced a Syrian former intelligence officer to life in prison in a case the UN rights chief said could lead to accountability for other perpetrators of the war’s “unspeakable crimes”. Anwar Raslan, a former colonel loyal to the regime who later defected and gained asylum in Germany, was deemed by the […]

Women 32% more likely to die after operation by male surgeon, study reveals

Women who are operated on by a male surgeon are much more likely to die, experience complications and be readmitted to hospital than when a woman performs the procedure, research reveals. Women are 15% more liable to suffer a bad outcome, and 32% more likely to die, when a man rather than a woman carries […]

Prince Andrew’s lawyers to urge judge to dismiss sexual assault lawsuit

A US judge is to hear arguments by the Duke of York’s legal representatives to have the sexual assault civil lawsuit brought against him dismissed without trial in a crucial New York hearing. Prince Andrew, 61, is being sued by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, for alleged sexual assault that she claims took place when she […]

Polish president vetoes media law criticised by US and EU

The Polish president has vetoed a media ownership law that critics said was aimed at silencing the US-owned news channel TVN24, side-stepping a row with Washington as tensions rise in eastern Europe amid what some countries see as increased Russian assertiveness. “I am vetoing it,” Andrzej Duda said in a televised statement, after the EU and the […]

Donald Trump golf resorts claimed at least £3.3m in UK furlough support

Donald Trump’s loss-making Scottish golf resorts claimed in excess of £3.3m in emergency support from the UK government, to help furlough staff during the Covid pandemic. Company accounts for the former president’s resorts at Turnberry in Ayrshire and Balmedie, north of Aberdeen, show his businesses cut 273 jobs due to the Covid crisis last year, […]

‘It could feed the world’: amaranth, a health trend 8,000 years old that survived colonization

Just over 10 years ago, a small group of Indigenous Guatemalan farmers visited Beata Tsosie-Peña’s stucco home in northern New Mexico. In the arid heat, the visitors, mostly Maya Achì women from the forested Guatemalan town of Rabinal, showed Tsosie-Peña how to plant the offering they had brought with them: amaranth seeds. Back then, Tsosie-Peña had […]

Sex, race and the city: how has And Just Like That handled diversity?

Rejoice! The new Sex and the City (SATC) reboot is not quite the depressing slog it appeared to be. Following two lackluster debut episodes, the third installment of And Just Like That finds our girls regaining their former strides. Carrie, spiraling from the discovery that her late husband just left his ex-wife $1m, is back […]

America’s death penalty divide: why capital punishment is getting better, and worse

More than half of the states in the US have either abolished the death penalty or have formal suspensions in place, as the country’s use of the brutal punishment continues to wither on the vine. When Virginia became the first southern state to scrap capital punishment in March, it raised to 23 the number of states that […]

Germany suspends approval for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Germany has suspended its approval process for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline which would double its reliance on Russian gas following growing geopolitical pressure to scrap the project. Energy markets across Europe surged after the German energy regulator suspended its certification process, in a big setback to Kremlin-backed Gazprom’s plans to extend Russian gas dominance […]

Anya Hindmarch returns to the checkouts with ‘next generation reusable shopping bag’

With the exception of a new must-have brand of oat milk and an aesthetically pleasing tin of chopped tomatoes, the supermarket experience is not an especially chic one – unless Anya Hindmarch is along for the ride. Having sent shoppers wild in the aisles of Sainsbury’s with the I Am Not a Plastic Bag bag that opened […]

Meghan chose to write letter to father to protect Prince Harry, texts reveal

The Duchess of Sussex chose to write a letter to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, to protect Prince Harry from “constant berating” from the royal family to do something to stop him talking to the media, texts reveal. Meghan also believed a letter was better than an email or text as it “does not open […]

Astroworld festival concert crush leaves at least eight dead

Officials in Texas said at least eight people were dead and several injured after a crowd surge at a music festival on Friday night. A compression towards the stage at the Astroworld Festival occurred just after 9pm and while the rapper Travis Scott was performing, Samuel Peña, the Houston fire chief, told reporters. “The crowd […]

‘The time for change is now’: demonstrators around the world demand action on climate crisis

People on almost every continent were gathering for marches and rallies on Saturday to mark a Global Day for Climate Justice, halfway through the Glasgow climate change summit. Activists in the Philippines, eight hours ahead of the UK, had already finished their rally as protesters gathered in Scotland. There were also rallies in South Korea, Indonesia, the Netherlands […]

Biden hails ‘monumental step forward’ as Democrats pass infrastructure bill

Joe Biden saluted a “monumental step forward as a nation” on Saturday, after House Democrats finally reached agreement and sent a $1tn infrastructure package to his desk to be signed, a huge boost for an administration which has struggled for political victories. “This is a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America,” he said, “and it’s long overdue.” There […]

Unexpected Find During Home Renovation

While in the middle of renovating their 40’s home, a married couple from Ohio found something that will turn their lives upside down. Soon after cleaning up the first and second stories of the house, it was time to start in the basement. Little did they know something surprising would catch their attention while cleaning […]

If You Thought These Companies Are Still American, You Are Wrong

From Starbucks to Apple, many of the biggest companies in the world started in the United States. Before these businesses became leaders in their own fields, they had been small ventures. The world of business is never as straightforward as it might seem, however. A company might have been founded on US soil, but this […]

‘The bikini line is still a no-no’: why does dance have a problem with body hair?

Chests must be de-fuzzed, armpits shaved, legs waxed. But as dance becomes more diverse, should it stop policing what grows naturally? Top performers speak out about their body hair. The ideal dancer’s body is unrealistic in many ways: bendier than a Barbie, incredibly lean but super-strong, with very particular proportions (in ballet, small head, long […]

Cop26 emission pledges may limit global heating to below 2C

The pledges on greenhouse gas emissions on the table at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow would limit global temperature rises to below 2C, the first time the world has been on such a trajectory, according to research. Plans by India, the world’s third biggest emitter, have made a sizeable difference to the global temperature estimate, research by […]

‘My name is Cleo’: how an 18-day search ended with an Australian detective holding a four-year-old girl

When detective Cameron Blaine broke his way into the room of the small house on the outskirts of the Western Australian town of Carnarvon, he was pretty certain the four-year-old girl inside was the one he had been searching for. But he needed to be sure. “I asked her what her name was. One of […]

‘One of the best singers ever’: remembering Eva Cassidy, 25 years after her death

On a late May day in 1996, the singer Eva Cassidy and her bandmate Chris Biondo drove to a remote factory in rural Virginia to collect copies of the recording that turned out to be the last she would ever make. “We picked up a total of about 1,100 cassettes and CDs,” Biondo recalled. “When […]

Parallel metaverses: Facebook’s name change is challenged by Arizona retailer Meta PCs

Meta PCs, an Arizona-based company that sells computers, laptops and software for gamers was an unremarkable retail outfit a week ago. Then on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his company would be changing its name to Meta and it found itself in an IP war with tech’s biggest behemoth. Lucky for Meta PCs, it’s already a few months […]

Cop26: world leaders agree deal to end deforestation

World leaders have agreed a deal that aims to halt and reverse global deforestation over the next decade as part of a multibillion-dollar package to tackle human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Xi Jinping, Jair Bolsonaro and Joe Biden are among the leaders who will commit to the declaration at Cop26 in Glasgow on Tuesday to protect vast areas, […]

These People Seriously Regretted Shopping Online

Shopping online is a great option to have as an alternative when you don’t feel like going to a brick and mortar store. Often, the selection online is much better and you can conveniently shop for goods without ever having to leave your home. The one downside is not being able to see what you’re […]

Woman Stunned Once She Sees What’s Inside Necklace Boyfriend Gave Her 2 Years Before

Men don’t have the reputation of buying the most thoughtful presents for their significant others. However, sometimes men can surprise you and really go the extra mile in hopes of finding the perfect gift. Others may use their creativity and imagination to make the most romantic gift for their wife or girlfriend. With that being […]

Businesses in Thailand urge government to reverse alcohol ban

Businesses in Thailand have urged the government to lift restrictions on alcohol sales as the country reopens to tourists, warning the measures are destroying its famous nightlife and risk deterring visitors. Thailand plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from 45 countries on 1 November, after 18 months of restrictions that have devastated its tourism industry. Just weeks before the […]

World has wasted chance to build back better after Covid, UN says

The world has squandered the opportunity to “build back better” from the Covid-19 pandemic, and faces disastrous temperature rises of at least 2.7C if countries fail to strengthen their climate pledges, according to a report from the UN. Tuesday’s publication warns that countries’ current pledges would reduce carbon by only about 7.5% by 2030, far […]

Sudan’s PM detained at home of coup leader ‘for his own safety’

The Sudanese military leader who took power in a bloody coup on Monday has said he is keeping the deposed prime minister detained at the general’s personal residence “for his own safety”, as concerns mount over the wellbeing of senior arrested officials. The prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and other ministers have not been seen since their detention […]

Springsteen and Obama on friendship and fathers: ‘You have to turn your ghosts into ancestors’

President Barack Obama Good conversations don’t follow a script. Like a good song, they’re full of surprises, improvisations, detours. They may be grounded in a specific time and place, reflecting your state of mind and the current state of the world. But the best conversations also have a timeless quality, taking you back into the […]

Cop26 climate deal will be harder than Paris accord, admits Sharma

Achieving a global climate deal in Glasgow in the next three weeks will be harder than signing the Paris agreement of 2015, the UK president-designate of the Cop26 talks has said. Alok Sharma, the cabinet minister in charge of the UK-hosted talks, just over a week away, said the task would be to get nearly 200 countries to implement […]

Saudi Arabia sets target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s top oil exporters, has announced it aims to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060 and more than double its annual target to reduce carbon emissions. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the announcement in brief scripted remarks at the start of the kingdom’s first Saudi Green Initiative Forum. “The […]

China warns against ‘wrong signals’ as Biden suggests US would defend Taiwan

China has urged the US to “avoid sending any wrong signals” after President Joe Biden for a second time in three months said the US would come to Taiwan’s defence if it was attacked. In both instances, the White House has clarified that there has been no change in US policy, which officially maintains so-called “strategic ambiguity” […]

Luxembourg first in Europe to legalise growing and using cannabis

Adults in Luxembourg will be permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants in their homes or gardens under laws that will make it the first country in Europe to legalise production and consumption of the drug. The announcement on Friday by Luxembourg’s government was said to deliver fundamental changes in the country’s approach to recreational cannabis […]

Alec Baldwin kills woman by firing prop gun on film set of Rust

Alec Baldwin is at the centre of a police investigation after shooting and killing his director of photography with a prop gun on the set of a movie in New Mexico in what appeared to be an accidental misfire. A statement from the Santa Fe sheriff’s office said Baldwin, who is acting in and producing […]

Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets

Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources. The social media platform examined tweets from elected officials in seven countries – the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. It also studied whether political content from news organisations was amplified on Twitter, focusing primarily […]

Russia’s population undergoes largest ever peacetime decline

Russia’s natural population has undergone its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, according to an analysis of official government statistics made by a prominent independent demographer, as the country battles a deadly fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The natural population, a number calculated from registered deaths and births, excluding […]

Dutch royals can marry person of same gender without giving up throne, says PM

A Dutch monarch can marry a person of whatever gender they choose without forfeiting their right to the throne, prime minister Mark Rutte has said. Rutte was responding to questions from parliament that arose from a recent book, Amalia, Duty Calls, which argued that old laws would appear to exclude the possibility of a same-sex […]

Dominic Cummings says UK always intended to ditch NI protocol

The UK government always intended to “ditch” the Northern Ireland protocol, Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings has claimed. In a string of tweets, Cummings said the flawed Brexit deal had been a way to get out of the electoral doldrums and “whack [Jeremy] Corbyn”, and “of course” the government should be allowed to “sometimes break deals… like […]

Calls to ban neofascist groups after violence at Rome Covid pass protests

Calls are growing in Italy to abolish neofascist movements after violent protests against Covid-19 vaccine passes in Rome, during which demonstrators tried to force their way into the official residence of the Italian prime minister. Twelve people, including Roberto Fiore, the founder of the far-right Forza Nuova party, were arrested in connection to Saturday’s unrest, in which […]

New cancer treatment destroys tumours in terminally ill, finds trial

A new cancer treatment can wipe out tumours in terminally ill patients, scientists have discovered. In a landmark trial, a cocktail of immunotherapy medications harnessed patients’ immune systems to kill their own cancer cells and prompted “a positive trend in survival”, according to researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, and the Royal Marsden NHS […]

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry

The world is poised to make a big leap forward at the UN Cop26 climate summit, with world leaders “sharpening their pencils” to make fresh commitments that could put the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement within reach, John Kerry has said. Kerry, special envoy for climate to Joe Biden, gave an upbeat assessment of the prospects for […]

France cool on efforts by Australia to repair Aukus rift damage

France has said any future talks between Emmanuel Macron and the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, over the fallout from Canberra’s decision to tear up a €56bn (£48bn) submarine deal will have to be “seriously prepared” and have “substance”. The Élysée Palace has denied it is refusing to take Morrison’s calls, saying the president is “always available to […]

My husband shows no interest in me and won’t talk about it

The question I’ve been with my husband for 22 years. Ten years ago, I suffered depression. My doctor said it was nothing and dismissed me. My husband showed no interest in me, we barely talked or had sex, I’d try to get his attention with meals or looking nice, and he’d get angry and tell me all was fine and why […]

I am about to get married – but just tried to kiss a colleague. Should I tell my fiance?

I have been with my partner for more than a decade and we are due to get married next month. My fiance is my best friend and everything has seemingly fallen into place. However, about a year ago, a colleague began to show an interest in me, which I returned. I didn’t tell him about my fiance and […]

Pep Guardiola’s tinkering keeps Manchester City A-listers on their toes

Rodri, João Cancelo, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva: the Manchester City A-list acts recently dropped by Pep Guardiola for culpabilities (apparently) unknown. This is the savant manager’s intriguing idiosyncrasy: an enigmatic bent for removing star turns from the XI that can cause bafflement and that yields mixed results. Now, as City play Chelsea, […]

The crisis manager: Angela Merkel’s double-edged European legacy

It was Monday 13 July 2015 and dawn had broken when Angela Merkel said it was all over: Greece would be leaving the eurozone. After 15 hours of all-nightcrisis talks, it looked like disaster. Merkel gathered her papers and was heading towards the door. If the summit had ended at that moment the history of […]

Wild boar on streets of Rome are being used against me, says mayor

00:14 Wild boar family navigate traffic in Rome – video A group of wild boar strutting along a traffic-filled road in Rome has catapulted the issue of the Italian capital’s state of decay to the top of the debate ahead of mayoral elections. Much to the bemusement of onlookers, about 13 boar, distinguished by their […]

Experts say China’s low-level cyberwar is becoming severe threat

Chinese state-sponsored hacking is at record levels, western experts say, accusing Beijing of engaging in a form of low-level warfare that is escalating despite US, British and other political efforts to bring it to a halt. There are accusations too that the clandestine activity, which has a focus on stealing intellectual property, has become more […]

US admits Kabul strike killed 10 civilians and not Islamic State militants

A US drone strike in Afghanistan last month killed 10 civilians – including seven children – and not an Islamic State extremist as first claimed, the Pentagon has admitted. In a briefing on Friday, the commander of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, said he now believes it was unlikely that those who died were Islamic State militants or […]

Grief runs deep in Musa Qala as Taliban victory brings weary relief

Aparade of white Taliban flags lines Musa Qala bazaar right up to the central monument where two kidnappers were hanged in a public execution earlier this year. The flags flutter from almost every shop in celebration, some rough and handmade, others printed and lined with tinsel. t – albeit hyperlocal – international ceasefire negotiations with the […]

Opposition Ex-Leader’s Fate Overshadows Return of Albanian Parliament

Albania’s opposition Democratic Party will end its boycott of parliament on Friday, but faces serious questions over how it will handle a decision by party leader Lulzim Basha to remove his predecessor and mentor, Sali Berisha, from its parliamentary caucus. Read more Balkaninsight

New COVID-19 Rules Keep Travel To-From Balkans Limited

With COVID cases still rising, some Balkan countries have imposed stricter measures for passengers arriving from abroad recently – while travel from the region to Western Europe remains a complex, bureaucratic business. Measures to enter some Balkan and European countries have been tightened in the last 30 days as the number of newly registered COVID-19 […]

UN human rights chief warns of escalating crisis in Afghanistan

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, has said she is profoundly alarmed by the escalating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and called for a dedicated investigatory mechanism to monitor the crisis in the country. The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has so far not set up such a mechanism, an omission that has been […]

At least four killed in Taliban crackdown on protests, says UN

The Taliban’s violent crackdown on protests against their hardline rule has already led to four documented deaths, according to a UN human rights official who said the group had used live ammunition, whips and batons to break up demonstrations. Ravina Shamdasani, the UN’s rights spokesperson, told a briefing in Geneva that it had also received […]

Biden tells Xi US and China must not ‘veer into conflict’

Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have spoken in their first phone call for seven months, amid continuing tensions between the world’s two largest economies. During the 90-minute call, which was initiated by the US president, the two leaders discussed their shared responsibility to ensure competition does not “veer into conflict”, according to a readout from […]

Kamala Harris Vietnam trip delayed after two US officials report Havana syndrome

US vice-president Kamala Harris’ trip from Singapore to Vietnam was delayed by several hours on Tuesday by an investigation into two possible cases of the so-called Havana syndrome in Hanoi, administration officials said. The investigation was in its early stages and officials deemed it safe for Harris to make her scheduled stop in Vietnam, which is […]

Afghanistan: 2,000 people who worked for UK still to be airlifted

Two thousand Afghan interpreters and others who worked for the British government are still to be airlifted out of Kabul by the RAF, defence sources said as the emergency evacuation reaches its final stages. There also remain an unidentified number of “special cases” – human rights activists, judges, LGBTQ+ advocates and others – placed on […]

Afghan president in urgent talks as Taliban push closer to Kabul

Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, held urgent talks with local leaders and international partners on Saturday as Taliban rebels pushed closer to Kabul, capturing a town south of the capital that is one of the gateways to the city. “As your president, my focus is on preventing further instability, violence and displacement of my people,” Ghani said […]

Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House

Luke Harding, Julian Borger and Dan Sabbagh Thu 15 Jul 2021 11.00 BST Vladimir Putin personally authorised a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council, according to what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents. The key meeting took place on […]

‘I know it’s weird’ – Jumbo: the film about a woman who falls in love with a funfair ride

Inspired by Erika Eiffel, who married the Eiffel Tower, this surreal debut tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a big, swirling fairground ride. Its director explains all. Just imagine the pitch. “I want to make my debut film about a girl who falls in love with a funfair ride. Um, […]

‘South Sudan is one long poem’: the music that shaped a nation – photo essay

“What comes first is a culture and then a nation,” says David Otim, a musician from Bahr el Ghazal, who performs and teaches South Sudanese songs. “Our [civil] war, which was caused by a foreigner, led us to not understand ourselves, made us go and destroy our culture out there [in refugee camps].” Musician David […]

My summer of love: ‘I’m in search of the perfect fleeting encounter’

Who needs for ever? I want a summer of beautiful vignettes. As a friend told me, the length of a relationship needn’t reflect its significance. Afriend of mine told me about this guy she met in the queue at Tesco Metro. They both lunged for the same meatball wrap, and he said: “This is like […]

‘An attack on us all’: European leaders condemn shooting of Dutch reporter

European leaders and press freedom campaigners have condemned the shooting of journalist Peter R de Vries on a busy Amsterdam street, demanding his attackers face justice as the veteran Dutch crime reporter fights for his life in hospital. “This is a crime against journalism and an attack on our values of democracy and rule of law,” the […]

Taliban attack city as US ramps up Afghanistan withdrawal

The Taliban launched an assault on a provincial capital in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the first since the US military began its final drawdown of troops from the country, as insurgents press on with a blistering offensive. Fierce fighting erupted in the western city of Qala-i-Naw, the capital of Badghis, with the militants seizing police headquarters and offices […]

Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, has been assassinated in his home by a group of armed men who also seriously injured his wife, according to a statement and comments made by the country’s interim prime minister. Speaking on a local radio station, Claude Joseph confirmed that Moïse, 53, had been killed, saying the attack was […]

PM to confirm 19 July end to Covid rules despite scientists’ warnings

Boris Johnson is to announce that the lifting of most remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England will go ahead on 19 July amid a backlash from government scientific advisers who have warned that doing so would be like building new “variant factories”. Despite cases having risen to their highest level since January 2021, the prime minister […]

Hong Kong police say mourning officer’s attacker is like backing terrorism

Police in Hong Kong have told citizens that mourning the death of a man who stabbed a police officer last week is “no different to supporting terrorism”, as the case was taken over by the national security department. The comments followed the stabbing of an officer in the back on Thursday night by a 50-year-old man at […]

Hurricane Elsa races toward Haiti, threatening floods and landslides

Hurricane Elsa raced towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Saturday, threatening to unleash flooding and landslides before heading for Cuba and Florida. The category 1 storm was about 110 miles east-south-east of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic, moving west-north-west at 31mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 75mph and was expected to become a tropical storm after […]

At least two people dead and 19 missing after Japan landslide

Two people are dead and at least 19 others are missing after a huge landslide caused by days of heavy rain swept away homes in central Japan on Saturday morning. Television footage showed a torrent of mud crushing some buildings and burying others in Atami, a resort town south-west of Tokyo, while residents ran as it crashed […]

Trump Organization executive surrenders to face charges in tax investigation

The Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, has surrendered to the Manhattan district attorney’s office as he and the Trump family business prepare to face criminal charges in a tax-related investigation. Weisselberg, who has worked for the Trump family for nearly 50 years, entered a building housing Manhattan’s criminal court, where he and a […]

British Columbia sees 195% increase in sudden deaths during Canada heatwave

At least 486 sudden deaths were reported over five days during British Columbia’s unprecedented heatwave, suggesting the extreme weather that affected western Canada in recent days was far deadlier than initially believed. Typically, 165 sudden deaths would occur in the province over that period, the province’s chief coroner said, suggesting more than 300 deaths could be […]

‘I am furious’: shock and anger after Bill Cosby’s conviction overturned

The surprise reversal of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction by Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday drew widespread shock and fury – particularly in and around Hollywood, where the comedian was once a sitcom titan known as “America’s Dad”. “I am furious to hear this news,” wrote the actor Amber Tamblyn on Twitter. The Sisterhood of the Traveling […]

How I realised my family of two was perfect for me

It is a strange irony that the thing we want most in life is often that which eludes us. The writer and feminist Rebecca Solnit says, “Often it is the desire between us and the object of desire that fills the space in between with the blue of longing.” The protagonist in my debut novel, The […]

New York prosecutors set deadline for Trump on legal action – report

New York prosecutors have given lawyers for Donald Trump 24 hours to respond with any last arguments as to why criminal charges should not be filed against his family business, according to a report on Sunday. The deadline set for Monday was another strong signal that the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, and the New York attorney […]

Parts of Australia under new Covid lockdown after cases of Delta variant

Australia is grappling with several outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant of coronavirus, with a wave of restrictions rolling across the country and plunging some cities into lockdown for the first time since the pandemic began. Residents of every state and territory in the country – except the island state of Tasmania – are […]

Kosovo’s Broadcaster at Crossroads as MPs Ready to Sack Board

As parliament readies to dismiss the board of RTK because of nepotism and mismanagement, experts say the next board must not be politicised and drawn from members of the ruling party. Ilir Bytyci, member of the board of Kosovo’s public broadcaster, Radio Television of Kosovo, RTK, submitted his abrupt resignation on Thursday, claiming he was […]

Former Research Centre Pupils in Serbia Accuse Staffer of Sexual Abuse

In the latest sexual abuse allegation to rock Serbia, five former students at a prestigious science centre have claimed that an unnamed staffer photographed them naked against their will, Vreme newsmagazine reported. Five women, former students at the Petnica Science Centre, near Valjevo, western Serbia, have claimed an employee subjected them to sexual harassment, the […]

A letter to… my alcoholic husband, in lockdown

I’m sitting with the folding doors open, appreciating the sunshine while you sleep in, yet again. Our children have been excitedly planning how they will win the water fight you promised to have with them at 10am. Now, at 11.30am, they are feeling despondent. We have been together for more than 20 years and parents […]

One person killed after suspected tornado hits Auckland

One person has died and two people have been injured after a suspected tornado hit a shipping container site in the New Zealand city of Auckland on Saturday morning. Fire crews were also attending about 100 calls after the tornado ripped through the suburb of Papatoetoe, bringing down trees, tearing off roofs and smashing windows, Stuff reported. “I […]

Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi hailed as Iran’s new president

Ebrahim Raisi, the hardline head of Iran’s judiciary, has been hailed the country’s new president after his three main rivals congratulated him on his victory and preliminary results showed he had secured 17.8m votes, a huge 14.5m more than his nearest rival. With 90% of the votes counted, Iranian officials said 28.6 million people had cast […]

Hong Kong police arrest editor-in-chief of Apple Daily newspaper in raids

Hong Kong’s national security police have arrested the editor-in-chief and four other directors of the Apple Daily newspaper in early morning raids involving hundreds of officers, over their role in the publication of dozens of articles alleged to be part of a conspiracy to collude with foreign forces. The city’s security chief, John Lee, accused […]

‘The next pandemic’: drought is a hidden global crisis, UN says

Drought is a hidden global crisis that risks becoming “the next pandemic” if countries do not take urgent action on water and land management and tackling the climate emergency, the UN has said. At least 1.5 billion people have been directly affected by drought this century, and the economic cost over roughly that time has been estimated […]

Indian pilots fight for compensation after colleagues die of Covid-19

New Delhi (CNN)The pilot had just completed a commercial flight from the United States to Covid-struck India when he received the news his colleague had died of the virus. “We parked the plane in Delhi, switched off the engines, switched on our phones, and the guy sitting next to me said, ‘Oh my God, so-and-so […]

British politics is still drunk on Brexit spirit, and Boris Johnson won’t call time

There is a simple reason why Boris Johnson and European leaders failed to find common ground over Brexit at last week’s G7 summit. They are not even talking about the same thing. For the British prime minister, Brexit is a matter of national character that cannot be described in legal documents. For continental politicians, legal texts contain the true […]

World’s third largest diamond discovered in Botswana

The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery in Botswana of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world. The company showed the stone, which was found on 1 June, to the country’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, in the capital Gaborone. “It is believed to be the third largest gem-quality […]

Basha Reelected Leader of Albania’s Democrats Despite Election Rout

Less than two months after his party lost the general elections on 25 April for the third time to the Socialist Party, Lulzim Basha won internal leadership elections, confirming his grip on the party for the next four years. The party now is in a difficult position after losing elections for a third time and […]

Romania Arrests Mayor for Alleged Rape of 12-Year-Old

Romanian police have arrested a municipal mayor on charges of raping a 12-year-old girl at a party in 2018, amid continuing international concern over the extent of trafficking and abuse of children in the EU country. Romanian police on Thursday arrested the mayor of the Stefanestii de Jos municipality, Robert Stefan, on charges of having […]

Central, Eastern Europe Citizens Believe Corruption is Growing: Report

Significant percentages of people in Central and South-East Europe think that corruption has increased over the past year, says a new report by watchdog organisation Transparency International. A new report by Transparency International, published on Tuesday, says that almost a third of European Union citizens “think corruption is getting worse in their country and almost […]

I’m a U.S. Citizen. Where in the World Can I Go?

More than half the world’s countries have reopened to tourists from the United States, although nearly all have some coronavirus precautions in place, like pretesting or proof of vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, continues advising Americans not to travel internationally until they are fully inoculated against Covid-19. In addition to restrictions that individual countries […]

Nicaragua rounds up president’s critics in sweeping pre-election crackdown

Nicaragua’s Sandinista rulers have launched an unprecedented crackdown on the country’s opposition, arresting a string of prominent critics of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, in an apparent attempt to crush any serious challenge in November’s elections. Six opposition figures were arrested at the weekend, including revered former guerrillas who fought alongside Ortega during […]

Hungary passes law banning LGBT content in schools or kids’ TV

Hungary’s parliament has passed a law banning gay people from featuring in school educational materials or TV shows for under-18s, as Viktor Orbán’s ruling party intensified its campaign against LGBT rights. The national assembly passed the legislation by 157 votes to one, after MPs in the ruling Fidesz party ignored a last-minute plea by one […]

UK and EU try to settle standoff over Northern Ireland Brexit checks

The Brexit minister Lord Frost and the European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, are expected to meet virtually this week to try to break the deadlock over Brexit checks in Northern Ireland. But as the countdown begins to a 30 June ban on the sale of chilled meats, including sausages, from Great Britain in Northern Irish supermarkets, tensions […]

Nato summit: leaders declare China presents security risk

Nato leaders have declared China presents a security risk at their annual summit in Brussels, the first time the traditionally Russia-focused military alliance has asserted it needs to respond to Beijing’s growing power. The final communique, signed off by leaders of the 30-member alliance at the urging of the new US administration, said China’s “stated […]

Lorde’s comeback single is a lesson in letting pop stars take their time

Lorde has said she was “waiting for the right moment” to release her comeback single, Solar Power, and opted for 11 June to coincide with the year’s only solar eclipse (although leaks may have forced her hand). Her chosen date resonates beyond the obvious thematic associations of her hazy, sun-worshipping comeback single and its cheeky cover art. Pop […]

Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel culpability for Iran attacks

The outgoing head of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, has signalled the country’s clear responsibility for a series of attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear programme in an interview that appeared to have as much to do with Israel’s febrile politics as with Iran. In a public intervention that appeared timed to help Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin […]

Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report

The US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass testing programme. In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the tests should be […]

Life on the other side: meet five people who’ve had an extreme change of heart

‘The other women in my prison had real problems. I listened’: Janice Nix, 62, London My life as a criminal wasn’t glamorous. People think of the money, but not what happens after midnight: the police you have to hide from; the family members who won’t talk to you; the thieves, robbers and informants on your […]

Teenager in court charged with conspiracy to murder over Sasha Johnson shooting

An 18-year-old man has appeared in court charged with conspiracy to murder in relation to the shooting of the Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson. Johnson, 27, was shot at a house party in Peckham, south-east London, in the early hours of Sunday and remains in a critical condition in hospital. Cameron Deriggs, from Lewisham, […]

Live Blog: Central, Southeast Europe Responds to Uptick in COVID-19 Pandemic

Follow the latest updates as governments in Southeast and Central Europe struggle to tackle the rising number of cases of the coronavirus in the region. After reopening in as early as April, the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic is again worsening. While some countries in Southeast and Central Europe seem to have the pandemic under […]

Australian scientist gets baby fish to bust a move to MC Hammer classic

DJ and neuroscientist Rebecca Poulsen – aka BeXta – has studied what happens to a zebrafish’s brain when it hears U Can’t Touch This. What happens inside the brain of a baby zebrafish when you play MC Hammer’s timeless 1990 hip-hop track, U Can’t Touch This, and why is this even a question? “I’ve spent […]

United Airlines will run first Covid free transatlantic flight from London to New York this week in pilot scheme that raises hopes of travel corridor between the two cities

A new pilot scheme has raised hopes of a London-New York travel corridor being approved as pressure grows on the government to reopen the busy business route. United Airlines will run the scheme over the month that guarantees all passengers do not have the virus and the findings will be shared with officials on both […]

Fury at ‘vicious and cowardly’ attacks on Carrie Symonds amid claims Cummings allies branded her ‘Princess Nut Nut’ and accused her of ‘wanting to be the new Princess Diana’

The vicious Downing Street civil war escalated again today as insiders voiced fury at ‘vicious and cowardly’ attacks on Carrie Symonds – including jibes that she wants to be the ‘new Princess Diana’. The wave of negative briefing is threatening to tear the government apart, with complaints from the Vote Leave faction that the PM’s […]

Former medical tsar Dame Sally Davies says Britain’s obesity crisis has led to 50,000 Covid death toll

The UK’s former chief medical officer has said thousands of Covid-related deaths could have been avoided if the government had tackled the country’s obesity crisis. Professor Dame Sally Davies said the country’s high death toll is down to the country’s obesity rate and the ‘structural environment’ which allows junk food adverts and large portion sizes. […]

Bosnian Serb Wartime Commander to Stand Trial in Belgrade

Rajko Kusic, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Rogatica Brigade, is accused of involvement in more than 150 killings as well as forced relocations and unlawful detentions. Rajko Kusic, the former commander of Bosnian Serb Army’s Rogatica Brigade, who is accused of commanding and participating in attacks in which civilians were unlawfully detained, […]

Kosovo War Victims’ Relatives Hope Thaci Trial Brings Justice

Families of victims of the Kosovo conflict said that they hope that the war crimes trial of recently-resigned Kosovo President Hashim Thaci will finally deliver the justice they have waited for since 1999. Amid a relatively muted reaction in Serbia to the news that former Kosovo Liberation Army political leader Hashim Thaci stepped down as president before […]

Debate offers Trump chance to yank stubbornly stable 2020 race his way

After months of anticipation, Donald Trump and election rival Joe Biden were scheduled to meet on a debate stage for the first time in Cleveland on Tuesday night, in what could be Trump’s last best chance to turn the presidential race his way and win re-election. Suffering from weeks of negative revelations in the news and terrible poll […]

More than 500,000 people in North Wales are BANNED from leaving their local area in new Covid crackdown – with Welsh First Minister urging Boris Johnson to bring in similar measures in England

More than 500,000 people in North Wales will be plunged into a local lockdown amid a spike in infections, the country’s health minister announced tonight. From 6pm on Thursday, residents of Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham will be banned from mixing indoors with other households. People will also not be allowed to enter of leave these […]

Kosovo War Veterans’ Deputy Leader Appears at Hague Court

Kosovo Liberation Army War Veterans’ Organisation deputy leader Nasim Haradinaj appeared in court in The Hague after being arrested for alleged obstruction of justice and witness intimidation over leaked documents from war crimes cases. KLA War Veterans’ Organisation’s deputy leader Nasim Haradinaj appeared at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague on Tuesday after being […]

Live Blog: Central, Southeast Europe Responds to Uptick in COVID-19 Pandemic

Follow the latest updates as governments in Southeast and Central Europe struggle to tackle the rising number of cases of the coronavirus in the region. After reopening in as early as April, the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic is again worsening. While some countries in Southeast and Central Europe seem to have the pandemic under […]

Trump says overturning Roe v Wade ‘possible’ with Barrett on supreme court

President tells Fox & Friends ‘maybe they’d give it back to the states’ regarding 1973 ruling which made abortion legal in the US. Donald Trump has said it “is certainly possible” Amy Coney Barrett will be part of a supreme court decision overturning Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling which made abortion legal in the US. “She is certainly […]

China’s Huawei Opens Tech Centre, Consolidating Presence in Serbia

Huawei opened an Innovations and Development Centre in Belgrade just a week after Serbia signed an agreement in Washington which appeared to commit it to excluding the Chinese tech giant from cooperating in its 5G network. Huawei’s Innovations and Development Centre was opened on Monday in the presence of Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and […]

Romanian Ruling Party to Open Branches Across Moldova

The PNL, Romania’s main right-wing party, opened its offshoot in the Moldovan capital, PNL Chisinau, on Monday evening, and promised to open further branches all over the neighbouring country. “We laid the foundations for the establishment of local organisations, and I started by setting up the local organisation PNL Chisinau,” the president of the PNL […]

India’s invisible catastrophe: fears over spread of Covid-19 into poor rural areas

Where better to seek sanctuary from a virus roaring through a crowded metropolis than a remote mountainside with views of the Himalayas? This was the reasoning that prompted Lalit Upreti, 34, to leave the Indian capital, Delhi, where he works as a cook, two months ago to return to his hamlet Khankari in Uttarakhand, near […]

Brazil: outcry as religious extremists harass child seeking abortion

Scores of Brazilian women have taken to the streets to protect a 10-year-old child who was being persecuted by religious extremists for trying to legally undergo an abortion after allegedly being raped by her uncle. The girl, from São Mateus, a small town in the south-eastern state of Espírito Santo, was admitted to hospital on 7 August […]

‘Resign!’: Alexander Lukashenko heckled by factory workers in Minsk

Alexander Lukashenko’s grip on power in Belarus took a further hit on Monday, as workers heckled him during a visit to a factory on the outskirts of Minsk and several hundred employees of state television, a key part of the government propaganda machine, went on strike. The country’s vast factories are the backbone of its neo-Soviet economy, […]

Tirana Promises Albanians Abroad Voting Rights in Elections

Changes to the electoral code approved as part of a wider agreement between the parties foresee giving Albanians outside the country the right to vote in elections without having to travel back home – although the exact procedures has yet to be determined. Albania plans to provide “citizens residing abroad” with the right to vote […]

Beirut blast: judge questions security chiefs as third minister resigns

A Lebanese judge has begun questioning the heads of the country’s security agencies over last week’s devastating blast in Beirut, as another cabinet minister resigned in protest. Judge Ghassan El Khoury began by questioning Maj Gen Tony Saliba, the head of state security, according to the state-run National News Agency. It gave no further details, but […]

Belarus opposition candidate rejects election result after night of protests

The main opposition candidate in Belarus’s election has rejected the official results that gave President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory and her team has vowed to stay in the country to campaign for a change of power. “I will believe my own eyes – the majority was for us,” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told reporters in the capital, Minsk, […]

Pregnant coronavirus patient pleads for public to stay home – video

  A heavily pregnant woman with coronavirus has begged the public to stop going out in an emotional video from her hospital bed. Karen Mannering, 39, said she had pneumonia in both lungs and had been ill for two weeks. ‘I’m fighting for me and my baby,’ she said. ‘I’ve got three kids at home […]

Survey of thousands of Home Office staff revives bullying row

Thousands of Home Office employees claim they have been discriminated against, bullied or harassed at work, according to the results of a staff survey. The Home Office people survey, which was conducted in autumn 2019 and was completed by 21,095 employees, is part of a civil service-wide assessment. The results show 16% of respondents claim they had […]

Hague court orders Dutch state to pay out over colonial massacres

An Indonesian man forced to watch his father’s summary execution by a Dutch soldier when he was 10 years old has spoken of his gratitude after a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch state to pay compensation to victims of colonial massacres in the 1940s. Andi Monji, 83, who travelled to the Netherlands to tell his […]

Coronavirus: senior US official accuses China of lack of transparency

A senior White House official has called on Beijing to be more transparent over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak as Chinese authorities expanded “wartime” measures to limit its spread. Casualties from coronavirus reached nearly 1,400, with more than 5,000 new cases reported on Friday, dampening optimism that the virus will soon be contained. At […]

Tusk: EU would be enthusiastic if Scotland applied to rejoin

Donald Tusk, the former president of the European council, has said there would be widespread enthusiasm in the EU if Scotland applied to rejoin after independence. In remarks that will boost Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign for a second referendum, Tusk told the BBC he had great sympathy with the desire of many Scots to rejoin the […]

Fury in China as footage appears to show officials taking doctors’ face masks

Footage of government officials in Wuhan appearing to take face masks intended for health workers battling the highly infectious coronavirus has fuelled a growing wave of anger over how Chinese authorities have handled the outbreak. Images of medical staff making protective equipment out of rubbish bags, sleeping in hospitals, and crying in frustration and exhaustion […]

Coronavirus evacuations begin as China cases outstrip Sars

Japan and the US have airlifted hundreds of their citizens from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, as officials in China said the death toll from the disease had risen sharply overnight to 132, with nearly 1,500 new cases in the country. A government-chartered plane carrying 206 Japanese nationals arrived in Tokyo from Wuhan on Wednesday […]

China’s first coronavirus hospital OPENS after workers and volunteers spend two days converting an empty building into a 1,000-bed medical centre

China‘s first coronavirus hospital has opened today in a city near Wuhan after workers and volunteers spent just two days converting an empty building to a 1,000-bed emergency facility. The first batch of coronavirus patients were transferred to the Dabie Mountain Regional Medical Centre at around 10:30pm local time today, reported local media. The project […]

Trump’s impeachment, starring Bill Clinton

President Donald Trump may be the one fighting in the Senate to keep his job, but on Capitol Hill and across the country, it can feel like someone else is still on trial: Bill Clinton. Clinton’s own impeachment trial, once a fading cultural artifact in the C-SPAN archives, has suddenly received new life. The Washington […]

Australia bushfires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists

The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world if temperatures are allowed to rise to dangerous levels, according to scientists. “This is what you can expect to happen … at an average of 3C [above pre-industrial levels],” said Richard Betts, professor of geography at Exeter University. “We are seeing a sign […]

Post-Brexit UK always welcome back in EU, says Timmermans

Britain has been unnecessarily damaged by Brexit and “more will follow”, the vice-president of the European commission has written in a “love letter” to the British people in which he promises a warm welcome back should attitudes change. Frans Timmermans, who is Ursula von der Leyen’s deputy in her role as European commission president, writes that British scepticism […]

Israel: voting under way in Likud primary seen as threat to Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu faces a serious threat to his grip on power as members of his ruling Likud party begin voting in an internal ballot to decide who will lead them in an unprecedented third Israeli election in quick succession in March. Despite battling three damning corruption indictments, the 70-year-old incumbent prime minister is widely predicted to win […]

Islands in the illiberal storm: central European cities vow to stand together

The mayors of four central European capitals signed a so-called “Pact of Free Cities” in Budapest on Monday, vowing to stand together against populist national governments in the region. Budapest’s mayor Gergely Karácsony was joined by his counterparts from Warsaw, Prague and Bratislava to sign the document, which promised to promote the “common values of […]

Indian students join fierce protests against ‘anti-Muslim’ citizenship law

Intense protests against a divisive Indian citizenship law that excludes Muslims have spread to university campuses across the country, fuelled by a brutal police crackdown on a demonstration in Delhi at the weekend. Police entered the Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) campus in the capital on Sunday and detained more than 100 students, beating activists […]

After audience with the sun goddess, Japan’s emperor Akihito prepares to abdicate

Japan’s emperor Akihito is preparing to become the country’s first monarch to abdicate in two centuries, a day before his eldest son takes his place as the new occupant of the chrysanthemum throne. Akihito, who expressed a desire to abdicate in 2016, fearing his age would make it difficult for him to carry out public duties, will […]

Extinction Rebellion activists stage die-in protests across globe

Extinction Rebellion supporters around the world have held a series of mass die-ins to highlight the risk of the human race becoming extinct asa result of climate change. Protesters in France, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, The Netherlands, the UK and other countries lay across the ground on Saturday at transport hubs, cultural centres and […]

Police reassess terror warning signs as hunt for accomplices goes on

All day people were coming in and out of the house with the pale-pink walls, and neighbours were becoming suspicious. An elder in the village of the eastern Sri Lankan city of Kalmunai was summoned to confront the men who had rented the property a few weeks before. The discussion soon became tense, and a […]

Trump baby blimp back and could be even bigger for UK state visit

The Donald Trump baby blimp, which became the focal point of protests against the US president’s visit to the UK in July, will rise again for the state visit and could be accompanied by a bigger version, activists have revealed. Anti-Trump campaigners are considering launching a hot air balloon, five times the size of the blimp, which […]

Pressure builds on Sri Lankan officials as Isis claims Easter attacks

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people, the group’s Amaq news agency has said, with experts saying the attacks bear the hallmarks of the group. It is the deadliest overseas operation claimed by Isis since it proclaimed its “caliphate” almost five years ago, and would […]

Theresa May could put off Queen’s speech amid Brexit turmoil

Theresa May could put off the Queen’s speech until later this year, with government sources saying there were no immediate plans to bring one forward while parliament had not yet approved a Brexit deal. May had been widely expected to schedule a Queen’s speech setting out the government’s legislative agenda within weeks, because she announced a […]

Rape and abuse: the price of a job in Spain’s strawberry industry?

Last April, Samira Ahmad* kissed her baby goodbye and boarded a bus, leaving her home in Morocco for the strawberry fields of southern Spain.In her bag was her Spanish visa and a contract that promised €40 a day plus food and accommodation. In the three months she’d be away, she hoped the pain of being […]

Leader of Isis in Philippines killed, DNA tests confirm

DNA tests have confirmed the death of Philippines Isis leader known as “Abu Dar”, the last surviving leader of Isis-affiliated Maute Group, after a months-long military operation. The defence secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, told the Guardian: “It means that the self-proclaimed Isis leader is dead. His group is leaderless in the meantime and also they are scattered after […]

Sudan protesters demand civilian government in talks with military rulers

Sudanese protest organisers have presented demands to the country’s new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations has said. Thousands remained encamped outside Khartoum’s army headquarters overnight and into Sunday to keep up the pressure on the military council that took power after ousting veteran leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday. […]

Horror on the Hudson: New York’s $25bn architectural fiasco

‘One thing that’s always been true in New York,” says Dan Doctoroff, “is that if you build it, they will come.” He is referring to Hudson Yards, the $25bn, 28-acre, mega-project that he had a critical hand in originating while he was deputy mayor of the city under Michael Bloomberg in the early 2000s. He can […]

Obama’s message to Democrats was not timidity but focus on priorities

The Democratic party is currently presented with both a crisis and an opportunity, and its unfolding primary is about how best to respond. The crisis is the Trump presidency. But so is the opportunity. Trump is a historically unpopular president who has galvanized the left to an extent unseen in multiple generations. Enthusiastic liberals and […]

Trump administration sabotages major conservation effort, defying Congress

Scientists and officials around the US have told the Guardian that the Trump administration has withdrawn funding for a large, successful conservation program – in direct contradiction of instructions from Congress. Unique in scale and ambition, the program comprises 22 research centers that tackle big-picture issues affecting huge swaths of the US, such as climate change, flooding […]

Canada may regulate social media companies to avoid election meddling

The world’s major social media companies are not doing enough to help Canada combat potential foreign meddling in this October’s elections and the government might have to regulate them, the cabinet minister in charge of ensuring a fair vote has said. The democratic institutions minister, Karina Gould, spoke shortly after Canada’s electronic signals spy agency said it was very […]

US woman, 61, says being surrogate was ‘gift’ for her son and his husband

A 61-year-old woman who served as a surrogate mother for her son and his husband has described her role as a “gift for her son”. Cecile Eledge thought doctors in her home state of Nebraska would not allow her to carry a baby for the couple because of her age. But the family rejoiced when Uma Louise […]

US revokes ICC prosecutor’s visa over Afghanistan inquiry

The US has revoked the visa of the international criminal court’s chief prosecutor in response to her intention to investigate potential war crimes by US soldiers in Afghanistan. A statement from the office of Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian national, said she would continue to pursue her duties for the court, in The Hague, “without fear or favour” […]

Leaked reports reveal severe abuse of Saudi political prisoners

Political prisoners in Saudi Arabia are said to be suffering from malnutrition, cuts, bruises and burns, according to leaked medical reports that are understood to have been prepared for the country’s ruler, King Salman. The reports seem to provide the first documented evidence from within the heart of the royal court that political prisoners are facing severe […]

TV comic takes lead in Ukraine election first round – exit poll

Polls in Ukraine closed on Sunday evening with actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy expected to hold a commanding lead in the first round of the country’s presidential elections. An exit poll run by a number of Ukraine’s leading polling agencies showed Zelenskiy leading with 30.4% of the vote. The current president, Petro Poroshenko, took second place with […]

‘In Afghanistan, We Laugh Differently’

HERAT, Afghanistan — A 2017 wall calendar dangled from a nail over Kawsar Roshan’s bed on the otherwise blank wall of her room. “Best year for me” she had written, in curly script, above aerial photos of lakes and waterfalls. She drew a smiley-face next to her wobbly English letters. The out-of-date calendar was “nothing […]

Spring Brings Surge of Migrants, Stretching Border Facilities Far Beyond Capacity

Some of the children detained under the bridge in El Paso hide their faces in their hands, shielding themselves from the blowing dust. Behind the razor wire, families sit on gravel littered with paper cups, potato chip bags and torn Mylar blankets. “This place looks like a concentration camp and we’re not supposed to have […]

US woman kidnapped in Afghanistan says husband’s abuse ‘was just like my captors”

A Canadian man who was kidnapped with his wife in Afghanistan was controlling and violent towards her before, during and after their five-year hostage ordeal, she told a Canadian court on Friday. Caitlan Coleman, 33, gave testimony for a second day at the trial of Joshua Boyle, 35 who faces 19 criminal charges, including sexual assault, unlawful […]

Houthi leader attacks UK’s Jeremy Hunt over efforts to relax Saudi arms ban

The leader of the Houthi movement in Yemen has condemned the British foreign secretary for pressing Germany to relax its arms sales ban on Saudi Arabia, saying it was not possible for the UK to be a peace-broker in the country and an arms seller. “Britain sending aid does not change the tragic reality of its […]

The French must drink less wine, say health officials

“Quoi, just two glasses?” asked the headline on the English page of therolling news station France 24. It was the incredulous reaction to a campaign launched this week by French health officials seeking to persuade the public to drink no more than two glasses of wine per day – and not every day either. According to […]

Mueller suspected Trump lawyer may have been acting as foreign agent

Robert Mueller persuaded a judge within weeks of being made special counsel in 2017 that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s legal fixer, may have been secretly working for a foreign government. Legal filings unsealed on Tuesday said investigators working for Mueller were granted access to Cohen’s personal email account on 18 July 2017 on the basis that […]

‘My heart and soul is in grief’: Muslims in Christchurch mourn victims of massacre

In the silence that wrapped Christchurch after a day of sirens, many struggled to find the language for what had happened to the city. At a cordon several metres from the mosques where the deadly rampage unfolded on Friday, people came, one by one, to pay their respects. A few shed quiet tears or spoke in hushed […]

World agrees on first global commitment to curb single-use plastics

Nations agreed to “significantly” curb items such as plastic bags and straws by 2030. Environmentalist groups warn the measures don’t go far enough, with the US reportedly blocking efforts for more significant action. United Nations member states agreed on Friday to “significantly reduce” single-use plastics over the next decade. The pledge came after marathon talks with nearly […]

New Zealand: Twin terrorist attacks kill dozens at Christchurch mosques

New Zealand’s Muslim community was left reeling on Friday after at least one suspected right-wing extremist opened fire on two mosques in the city of Christchurch. At least 49 people died and dozens of others were injured in the twin terror attacks, which were carried out as worshipers took part in Friday prayers. At least one of […]

Youth climate strikes to take place in more than 100 countries

Hundreds of thousands of children are expected to walk out of their classrooms on Friday for a global climate strike amid growing anger at the failure of politicians to tackle the escalating ecological crisis. Children at tens of thousands of schools in more than 100 countries are due to take part in the walkouts which […]

French gynaecologists’ union threatens to stop performing abortions

A French gynaecologists’ union has threatened to halt pregnancy terminations in an attempt to force the country’s health minister to meet disgruntled doctors. The Syngof union wrote to its 1,600 members calling them to be prepared to stop carrying out abortions to “make ourselves heard” and force the government’s hand. Syngof, which represents about a […]

One soldier to face charges over Bloody Sunday killings

‘Soldier F’ to be prosecuted for murder and attempted murder over 1972 killings in Derry. Only one former British paratrooper is to be charged in connection with the killings of civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, drawing dismay and calls for accountability from the families who lost loved ones more than 40 years ago. Northern […]

European agency bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 from airspace

The European Aviation Safety Agency has banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights in its airspace following last Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines tragedy. It came after Germany, France, and Britain announced national prohibitions. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) later said it would be grounding all flights involving the plane, widening to prohibition to all EU member states. Germany […]

Opinion: The ‘Russian internet’ is Soviet-era oppression

Russians took to the streets over the weekend protesting Kremlin plans to erect an “online Iron Curtain” that would divide the internet. If it happens, it will set the country back decades, warns DW’s Juri Rescheto. Thick cigarette smoke, monotonous voices: News from the production line, politburo announcements, the weather — these are my childhood […]

UK MPs vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 391 to 242

Lawmakers in the UK’s House of Commons have voted against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The government had claimed it had secured “legally binding” changes to its withdrawal agreement with the European Union. The British Parliament has voted not to support a Brexit deal secured by Prime Minister Theresa May and EU negotiators. But opposition […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro ridiculed after tweeting explicit carnival video

Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has sparked outrage, disgust and ridicule after tweeting a pornographic video in an apparent attempt to hit back at criticism of his administration during this year’s carnival. Revellers across the country have used the annual street party as an opportunity to protest against their extremist leader who is notorious for his […]

I make vegan cheese in Amsterdam. And no one here calls it faux

For environmental reasons I started following a plant-based diet in 2017. I found the transition surprisingly simple, the only stumbling block was cheese. So last year, I began making plant-based cheese at my home in Amsterdam. After several months of experimenting, I was sufficiently encouraged with the results to launch my vegan cheesebusiness. My British grandparents were […]

Endangered species face ‘disaster’ under Trump administration

Trump’s push to expand oil and gas drilling is eroding protections for some of America’s most at-risk wildlife. When America was choosing its national animal, Benjamin Franklin was determined the bald eagle shouldn’t prevail. The eagle, Franklin said, was a “bird of bad moral character” with a better option being the turkey, which Franklin considered […]

The ultimate lovely legs competition: the world’s nine most beautiful spiders

This burrow-dwelling, blue-legged tarantula is turning heads – and there are plenty of other charismatic eight-legged friends out there. In case you missed the news in the latest journal of the British Tarantula Society, a rather lovely new spider with iridescent, electric-blue legs has been discovered. The burrow-dwelling spider [Birupes simoroxigorum] has reportedly been “feted by experts as […]

Heatwaves sweeping oceans ‘like wildfires’, scientists reveal

The number of heatwaves affecting the planet’s oceans has increased sharply, scientists have revealed, killing swathes of sea-life like “wildfires that take out huge areas of forest”. The damage caused in these hotspots is also harmful for humanity, which relies on the oceans for oxygen, food, storm protection and the removal of climate-warming carbon dioxide […]

Only six countries in the world give women and men equal legal work rights

If you’re a woman and want to be on an equal footing with men, it’s best to live and work in Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg or Sweden. The World Bank, which has tracked legal changes for the past decade, found these were the only countries in the world to enshrine gender equality in laws affecting […]

Pakistan returns Indian pilot shot down over Kashmir in ‘peace gesture’

Pakistan has returned an Indian pilot who had become the face of the worst military crisis between the two countries in decades, in a gesture aimed at demonstrating its willingness to de-escalate the conflict. Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was shot down during the first publicly acknowledged dogfight between the countries in 48 years on Wednesday, was […]

Viral ‘Momo challenge’ is a malicious hoax, say charities

It is the most talked about viral scare story of the year so far, blamed for child suicides and violent attacks – but experts and charities have warned that the “Momo challenge” is nothing but a “moral panic” spread by adults. Warnings about the supposed Momo challenge suggest that children are being encouraged to kill […]

Pakistan says it has shot down Indian jets after Kashmir cross-border attack

Pakistan has conducted airstrikes over the ceasefire line in disputed Kashmir and claims to have shot down two Indian jets that responded by entering Pakistani airspace, capturing both of the pilots. India confirmed that one of its pilots is missing in action and said it shot down one of the Pakistani jets as it escaped over the […]

George Pell’s lawyer says child abuse was ‘plain vanilla’ sex as cardinal heads to jail

Cardinal George Pell has been taken in custody following a sentencing hearing in which his lawyer, Robert Richter, described one of Pell’s offences as a “plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating”. After the hearing, with Pell’s lawyer having withdrawn his application for bail, the chief judge, Peter Kidd, said: “Take him […]

SEEING DOUBLE/ Identical twin sisters who married identical twin brothers

BRITTANY and Briana and Josh and Jeremy Salyers are enjoying double newlywed bliss, after the identical twin sisters married the identical twin brothers in a “double fairy tale” ceremony last year. Their “lifelong dream” to become a foursome came true, when they threw a matching double wedding on August 4, 2018, at Twins Days festival, […]

Nigeria election marred by vote buying, tech failures and violence

Nigeria’s long-awaited presidential election went ahead on Saturday, marred by heavy gunfire in the north-east, killings in the south and reports of technology failures and vote buying across the country. Some voters arrived at polling stations at 3am to ensure their ballot was counted in an election dominated by the current president, Muhammadu Buhari, and […]

Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, says Bangladesh

Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there is “no question” of her being allowed into Bangladesh, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs has insisted, setting up a clash with the UK after Sajid Javid’s move to strip the teenager of her UK citizenship. “The government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that [Begum] has been erroneously identified […]

Gilets jaunes: Paramilitaries ‘ready to intervene’ in France protests

A key figure in France’s “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests) movement has been secretly filmed claiming paramilitaries are ready to intervene in the anti-government protest. Christophe Chalencon — whose recent meeting with Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio intensified a diplomatic row between Rome and Paris — made the assertion to journalists from Italian television show Piazzapulita. […]

Climate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action

Thousands of schoolchildren and young people in the UK are taking part in climate strikes with the support of a former UN climate chief, who said it was “time to heed the deeply moving voice of youth”. Christiana Figueres, who led the historic 2015 Paris agreement, said the fact that children were so worried about […]

Venezuela: Juan Guaidó denies bid to unseat Maduro has failed

The Venezuelan opposition leader spearheading efforts to unseat Nicolás Maduro has rejected his rival’s claim that his campaign has failed but admitted the “trickle” of military defections to his side had so far been insufficient to force change. In an interview with the Guardian, Juan Guaidó – now recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president by more than 50 governments […]

Gospel glamour: how Nigeria’s pastors wield political power

Dressed in a white outfit delicately striped with gold and carrying a white tambourine, one of the contenders in Nigeria’s presidential election steps out of a white Rolls-Royce and strides up the aisle of the Household of God, flanked by bodyguards. Chris Okotie, a 1980s pop star turned pentecostal pastor and four-time presidential candidate, is leading the […]

Former US air force officer charged with spying for Iran

A former US air force intelligence officer who defected to Iran in 2013 has been charged with espionage, giving away the identity of a US agent and other secrets. Monica Witt, aged 39, was a cryptologist and a counter-intelligence investigator for the US air force for more than 10 years before working as an intelligence analyst for […]

Iran suicide bomber kills 27 in attack on border guards’ bus

A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying personnel affiliated to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, killing 27 people and wounding 20 in the country’s south-east. An Sunni extremist group linked to al-Qaida and which operates across the border in Pakistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. It came on the same day that a conference […]

Brexit: May has ruled out Corbyn’s customs union plan – No 10

Theresa May is to update MPs on her Brexit progress on Tuesday, a day earlier than previously announced, No 10 has said, while stressing the prime minister had completely ruled out Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal of a departure deal involving customs union membership. “We are absolutely clear on this: we’re not considering Jeremy Corbyn’s customs proposals; we’re not […]

Nigeria election: ‘Mr Honesty’ tainted by failure to tackle corruption

Nigeria’s president, who came to power with a pledge to tackle corruption, has said he needs more time to sort out the problem but has begun no successful prosecutions and has appeared to condone colleagues tainted by serious allegations. Muhammadu Buhari was elected four years ago on a wave of disgust at the perceived avarice of […]

Women press ahead with change in Iran

Forty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini founded the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is little excitement left from those times; even pro-reform forces are exhausted, except for the women among them. Sadegh Zibakalam is not expecting much from the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. “On the anniversary, politicians will hold speeches again. They will talk […]

Iran marks 40 years since Islamic revolution

People flooded Tehran’s Freedom Square as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 ousting of the monarchy. Anti-US sentiment was on show with some demonstrators chanting “death to America” and burning US flags. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the capital Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of […]

Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. […]

Philip Green accused of racial, physical and sexual abuse

Sir Philip Green allegedly subjected people working in his business empire to abuse and other inappropriate behaviour that was at times racial, physical and sexual, according to a report. A host of serious allegations were published on Friday evening by the Daily Telegraph after an injunction obtained by the businessman was lifted. The paper said some of the […]

Trump, ‘blackmail’ and a Pecker: Bezos delivers scandal with something for everyone

Another Hollywood awards ceremony passed with the usual red carpet fashion show, earnest acceptance speeches and mingling of the rich and famous. So few found it remarkable when billionaire Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, was photographed at an after-party with TV presenter and helicopter pilot Lauren Sanchez. But just a few days after the Golden Globes, […]

A woman has made a blouse…out of 12,000 living bees

Stomach-churning photographs show a woman with 12,000 bees crawling on her naked chest. But not to fear, this is something 44-year-old Sara Mapelli likes to do on a regular basis. The self-proclaimed ‘Bee Queen’ from Oregon let photographer Holly Wilmeth capture her indulging in her quirky passion, with the close-up shots set to make the […]

El Salvador: Nayib Bukele wins presidential election

Former mayor Nayib Bukele on Sunday won El Salvador’s presidential election, the Supreme Electoral Court said. Bukele had 54 percent of the votes with 90 percent of ballots counted. His biggest challenger, Carlos Callejas of the Nationalist Republican Alliance, was far behind in second with 32 percent, while even further back were former Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of the Farabundo Marti National […]

EU nations get behind Venezuela’s Juan Guaido as acting president

The EU is increasing the pressure on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro to call early elections, after a raft of member states recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president. What started as a trickle has turned into a flow of EU countries who have now officially declared Guaido as interim president. However, according to diplomatic sources in […]

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report

At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people. Even if carbon emissions are dramatically and rapidly cut and succeed in limiting global warming to 1.5C, 36% of the glaciers along […]

Emiliano Sala: family desperate for plane to be lifted from seabed

The family of the footballer Emiliano Sala are desperate for the plane he was travelling in to be recovered from the seabed after it emerged that a body had been spotted in the wreckage. The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has not said if it believes the body is that of Argentinian striker or the pilot, David […]

Polar vortex: eight dead as Arctic air spreads across midwest

Frozen Arctic winds brought record-low temperatures across much of the US midwest on Wednesday, as a blast of Arctic air known as the polar vortex unnerved residents accustomed to brutal winters. As of Wednesday evening, at least eight deaths were linked to the system, including an elderly Illinois man who was found several hours after […]

Venezuela’s Guaidó urging west to keep up pressure, says Hunt

The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has directly urged the west to keep up the pressure to bring about elections in his country within four weeks, the UK foreign secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt spoke with Guaidó by phone on Wednesday before an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Romania on Thursday that will discuss what further […]

‘Trauma packs’ being stockpiled in UK over fears of no-deal Brexit

Emergency “trauma packs” flown into the UK during terrorist attacks are being stockpiled on British soil by the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson over concerns of a risk to life from border delays in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The company said the move was being made due to the danger posed to the […]

Fresh alert over Brazil dam collapse as relatives’ anguish intensifies

Fading hopes for survivors of a deadly dam collapse in Brazil were further dashed on Sunday when rescue efforts were temporarily halted because of concerns that another dam operated by the same company was also at risk of rupturing. As the search was paused authorities began evacuating several neighbourhoods in the south-eastern city of Brumadinho […]

Juan Guaidó: Venezuela has chance to leave chaos behind

The opposition leader who last week declared himself Venezuela’s rightful interim president has played down fears of a possible armed conflict and claimed his economically devastated nation was living through an “almost magical moment” in its newly revived quest for democracy. In one of his first interviews since last Wednesday’s surprise move, Juan Guaidó told […]

Brazil dam collapse: hundreds missing after mining disaster

As many as 200 people are missing after three dams operated by the mining giant Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, releasing a wave of red mining waste and prompting fears of widespread contamination. At least 50 people died in the disaster on Friday, Avimar de Melo, mayor of the nearby town […]

Venezuela: Juan Guaidó urges fresh protests and bids for Russia and China backing

The leader of Venezuela’s newly energized opposition, Juan Guaidó, has summoned fresh street protests and reached out to China and Russia as he intensified his campaign to force Nicolás Maduro and his “arrogant” dictatorship from power. In his first public appearance since declaring himself Venezuela’s interim president on Wednesday, the 35-year-old politician urged citizens to take to the streets […]

Roger Stone says he won’t testify against Trump after Mueller indictment

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, has said he will not testify against the president after he was arrested by the FBI on Friday morning and indicted on seven criminal charges. Stone, a veteran Republican operative, appeared in federal court in Fort Lauderdale charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with obstruction, lying to Congress and witness […]

Venezuelan general says US-backed ‘criminal plan’ risks civil war

The head of Venezuela’s armed forces has thrown his weight behind the embattled president, warning that the country could be thrust into a devastating civil war by what he called a US-backed “criminal plan” to unseat Nicolás Maduro. In a live address to the nation on Thursday, the defense minister, Vladimir Padrino, accused the Venezuelan opposition led […]

Italy evicts more than 500 people from refugee centre

More than 500 people are being ousted from a refugee reception centre in a town close to Rome in the first major eviction since Italy’s rightwing populist government enacted hardline immigration measures into law. Thirty people were evicted from the centre, the second-largest of its kind in Italy and the place where Pope Francis washed residents’ […]

Venezuela: Trump recognises opposition leader as president

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself interim president, in a dramatic escalation of efforts to force out Nicolás Maduro who has overseen the country’s slide into authoritarianism and economic ruin. The move was immediately welcomed by the US, Canada and several Latin American governments, including Brazil and Colombia. Donald Trump said he would use the “full weight” […]

Supreme Court Revives Transgender Ban for Military Service

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the Trump administration’s policy of barring most transgender people from serving in the military. In a brief, unsigned order, the justices temporarily allowed the ban to go into effect while cases challenging it move forward. The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s five conservative members […]

French Alps avalanche kills seven climbers

Seven people have been killed by an avalanche in the French Alps in one of the country’s worst snowslides in a decade. The avalanche struck at around midday at the Snow Dome in the Alps’ Massif des Écrins, an easily accessible 4,000-metre (13,000-ft) mountain popular with climbers. The snowslide, which was the deadliest avalanche to […]

Revealed: Spice Girls T-shirts made in factory paying staff 35p an hour

Spice Girls T-shirts sold to raise money for Comic Relief’s “gender justice” campaign were made at a factory in Bangladesh where women earn the equivalent of 35p an hour during shifts in which they claim to be verbally abused and harassed, a Guardian investigation has found. The charity tops, bearing the message “#IWannaBeASpiceGirl”, were produced […]

Thousands cut off by wintery weather in Austria, Germany

Despite a let-up in the wintery weather, inhabitants of Europe’s high-lying Alpine areas have found themselves cut off by snow. In the Austrian province of Salzburg alone, some 41,000 people were left isolated. A fresh wave of snow hit central Europe on Monday, piling on the misery for residents of high-lying communities in the Alps. […]

Donald Trump’s fast food banquet – feeding the people Whoppers, as ever

It’s another day, and that means another slice of absurdity served up in Trump’s America, guys! Or in this particular case, slices of pizza. And some hamburgers and other assortments of fast food. This is the spread the president put on for the visiting Clemson University football team, who had won the College Football Playoff National Championship. […]

Gunfire and explosions at upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi

Blasts and heavy gunfire have been reported at an upmarket complex in Kenya’s capital, where witnesses and police at the scene say an attack is under way. The complex in Nairobi includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices. Several vehicles are burning and people are being rushed and carried away from the […]

Brexit amendment that might have limited PM’s losses is rejected

A backbench Tory amendment to Theresa May’s Brexit deal that Downing Street had hoped could limit the extent of her likely losses on the key vote has not been selected by the Speaker, John Bercow, meaning MPs will not get a chance to express their view on it. The amendment, tabled by Conservative MP Andrew Murrison […]

Albania/Students vote unanimously for boycotting and seizing

The students of the Faculty of Economics after the joint meeting have come out in a statement to the media where they have announced that they will continue their protest, as their demands have not been met. The students informed the media that they would remain locked in the faculty even at night. Meanwhile, they […]

Trump losing battle to avoid blame for shutdown as it enters day 23

Donald Trump is losing the battle to avoid blame for the government shutdown, according to a new poll. The president has reportedly, told advisers he thinks the 23-day partial closure of the US government, the longest ever, is a win for him. Around the US, about 800,000 federal workers face increasing hardship without pay and government […]

Himalaya lamp / how to find out if it is true or not

Himalayan lamps are now widely found in the Albanian market and its soothing properties are widely known. Such a lamp that shines in your room will clean the air, improve sleep quality, reduce stress, respiratory allergies, and so on. This lamp has as its base the natural pink salt that comes from the lowland of […]

Sell the kidney to buy the iPhone

Do you remember the last time you talked to someone in the eye without having to check the phone, tablet, or reply to an email? It certainly happened years ago, when technology had not “conquered” yet our lives. Of course, innovations in the field of telecommunications have created new opportunities for communication, access to information […]

Hallucinations and $100,000

Three – or was it four? – days after he shut himself in a pitch-black bathroom, Rich Alati started to hallucinate. He saw little white, bubble-like balls, floating around the room. To calm himself he imagined he was in a magical cloud, cozy and relaxed. Embracing the visions was key. “Or else,” he says, “you […]

Brain scans show social exclusion creates jihadists, say researchers

For years western policymakers have tried to establish what causes individuals to be radicalised. Now a pioneering study has used medical science to gain fresh insight into the process – in the brains of potential jihadists. University College London (UCL) researchers were part of an international team that used neuroimaging techniques to map how the […]

Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia’s king

Malaysia’s king has abdicated, royal officials have said, ending weeks of speculation about his future. The announcement on Sunday follows a leave of absence by the head of state and rumours he had married a former Russian beauty queen. Sultan Muhammad V’s decision marks the first time a king has abdicated in the Muslim-majority country […]

Brexit: May says vote on deal will go ahead as speculation mounts of delay

Theresa May has insisted she will go ahead with a crucial vote on her Brexit deal amid growing speculation that it could be delayed. The prime minister said she was seeking further clarification from the EU to address the concerns of MPs, as well as specific measures relating to the backstop on Northern Ireland before […]

Sad! Not enough life, in Albania a million dollars can be reached for 182 years

This year’s beginning we have a more joyous reason. Albanians will need less time to make their first million. Already to make such money together will take an average of 1 century and 82 years. In the year that followed, we would have to spend 2 centuries and 14 years to make $ 1 million […]

Trump makes unannounced visit to US troops in Iraq

Donald Trump has made his first visit to a war zone with a surprise trip to Iraq one day after Christmas. The unannounced visit, which lasted around three hours, came after the US president faced growing pressure to spend time with troops stationed in the Middle East. It also comes a week after the president stunned […]

Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

Japan is facing international condemnation after confirming it will resuming commercial whaling for the first time in more than 30 years. The country’s fleet will resume commercial operations in July next 2019, the government’s chief spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said of the decision to defy the 1986 global ban on commercial whaling. Suga told reporters the country’s […]

Top Amazon boss privately advised US government on web portal worth billions to tech firm

A top Amazon executive privately advised the Trump administration on the launch of a new internet portal that is expected to generate billions of dollars for the technology company and give it a dominant role in how the US government buys everything from paper clips to office chairs. Emails seen by the Guardian show that the Amazon […]

Sunda Strait tsunami death toll likely to rise, say Indonesian officials

The death toll from a tsunami that struck tourist beaches and coastal areas around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait is expected to rise, authorities have said. Officials said 222 people were confirmed dead and a further 843 injured after waves, thought to have been caused by underwater landslides triggered by a volcanic eruption, surged towards the coastlines […]

The terrorist attack in Strasbourg

Strasbourg striker Cherif Chekatt is taught to tell the taxi driver he used to flee after the massacre in the Christmas market that he took this act as a vengeance for Muslim brotherhoods killed in Syria. The news comes from “Le Parisien”, according to which the 29-year-old emigrant released the taxi driver he escaped just […]

Paris under siege as gilets jaunes open ‘Act IV’ – a fourth weekend of protest

Even before the sun had risen on Place de la Bastille, the enduring symbol of the French Revolution, France’s security forces were taking no chances. As gilets jaunes enjoyed an early morning coffee in a cafe on the square, police and gendarmes deployed. In the middle of a long line of vans filled with CRS riot police […]

The Italian craftsman who makes umbrellas for actors and popes

Mario Talarico has been making umbrellas for 75 years. The fourth generation of a family of umbrella makers, he grew up surrounded by them. “They say that opening umbrellas [indoors] is bad luck. If that was the case, I would have died before I was born!” At 87 years old, he still works every day […]

Japan’s most beautiful ryokans invite you to do absolutely nothing

 Part of the experience of staying in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse, is the relief you’ll feel as soon as you walk in the door. It’s a mindset shift, the opportunity to fully switch to a different, older pace of life where there’s little to do but relax and enjoy the serene surroundings. Ryokan […]

Rare pre-Prohibition whiskeys offer a taste of American history

When Jean-Baptiste (J.B.) Leonis, the early 20th-century builder, banker, and wine and liquor merchant who founded the town of Vernon, California, spotted Prohibition on the horizon, he was not about to take any chances with his beloved whiskey. At both his home in tony Hancock Park and his weekend retreat in Little Tujunga Canyon (where […]

Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s all-diamond ring sells for $256K

A one-of-a-kind ring cut from a single large diamond sold at auction for more than $256,000 Wednesday evening. Designed by Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson, the one-piece design does away with the metal band and settings traditionally used by jewelers. The item has between 2,000 and 3,000 facets, a number […]

Japan has so many vacant homes it’s giving them away

Four years ago, Naoko and Takayuki Ida were given a house. For free. It’s a spacious, two-story home nestled amid trees on a winding country road in the small town of Okutama, in Tokyo prefecture. Before moving, the couple and their children — two teenagers and a five-year-old — were all living with Naoko’s parents. “We […]


Jewish people around the world are celebrating Hanukkah. Menorah-lighting ceremonies are being held in 4 major global cities. In Berlin, Holocaust survivors marked the day by sounding a warning about a rise in anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping declare trade truce at G20

Donald Trump has delayed for 90 days his threatened imposition of 25% tariffs on most Chinese imports after a dinner meeting with Xi Jinping, to give time for negotiations on longstanding trade disputes between the two countries, the White House has said. Trump said their dinner after the G20 summit in Buenos Aires “was an amazing and […]

Paris riots: Macron to hold emergency meeting after worst unrest in decade

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will hold an emergency meeting of senior ministers on Sunday after central Paris saw its worst unrest in a decade on Saturday. Thousands of masked protesters fought running battles with police, set fire to cars, banks and houses and burned makeshift barricades on the edges of demonstrations against fuel tax rises. On Sunday […]

Can the right childminder turn my baby into an infant prodigy?

‘Do they get much time outside?’ I asked our prospective childminders, gaining a flash of admiration from my wife. Like me, she couldn’t quite tell if we were interviewing or being interviewed. With more trivial concerns, I’m great at posing probing questions. I grilled our broadband guy like I was in Mossad, and if someone […]

Afghanistan suicide bomber kills scores of Muslim scholars

A suicide bomber in Kabul has killed more than 40 people and injured dozens more after targeting a crowd of religious scholars marking the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. There are fears the death toll could rise, as hundreds were packed into the large hall near the Afghan capital’s airport, more often used to host […]

Trump ‘stands with’ Saudi Arabia and defends crown prince over Khashoggi

Donald Trump has expressed his unstinting support for Saudi Arabia and questioned whether Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, knew about the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. In the extraordinary statement issued on Tuesday – which begins with the words “The world is a very dangerous place!” – Trump quotes Saudi officials as […]

Natural Remedies for Colds & Flu (To Help Recover Faster)

When the flu bites, when the cold stings … these are a few of my least favorite things! (And I bet I’m not alone!) Fortunately, it is possible to protect against some cases of illness with natural remedies that boost the body’s amazing natural immune system. Even once an illness has struck, there are things […]

How to make the perfect pilau rice and peas

Muttar pilau, made with basmati rice and peas, can be enjoyed as a satisfying vegetarian main or as a glorious accompaniment Rice and peas with real peas, or muttar pilau, is a satisfying vegetarian dish popular in Pakistan and northern India, where fresh peas are plentiful, though the frozen sort has made it a year-round […]

Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for a Thanksgiving feast

Red rice with mushrooms, jerk duck and black-eyed beans, finished with a pecan roulade Any excuse for a celebration, right? But as a person of little faith who has a general suspicion of moments of national glory, I don’t find it easy to rally behind the official reasons for a feast. This is why Thanksgiving […]

Why is wombat poop cube-shaped?

Wombats are the only animals in the world that produce cube-shaped scat. But why—and how—do they do it? Scientists now have an idea why. Wombats are a burrowing animal native to Australia perhaps best-known for being, well, pudgy—and quite cute. But there’s something you might not know about these adorable marsupials: Wombats are the only animals […]

Ford wants to eliminate odor from new cars by baking them

Ford Motor Co. has filed a patent application for an odor-removal process that eliminates the new car smell after a vehicle has been purchased. This is the latest attempt in an industry effort to accommodate consumer tastes in different parts of the world: Consumers in China say they hate the new car smell. “Unpleasant interior […]

China Box Office: ‘Venom’ Enjoys Spectacular $87 Million Second Weekend

“Venom” enjoyed a spectacular $87 million second weekend at the Chinese box office. That was almost double the opening score by “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in the Middle Kingdom. According to data that excludes online ticket fees, supplied by Asian theatrical industry consultant Artisan Gateway, “Venom” scored $87.2 million, a drop of just […]

The Gifted Is the Best Superhero Show You’re Not Watching

Remember the X-Men animated series from the ’90s, with its relatable characters who had cool mutant powers and its important messages of tolerance and unity? Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a modern, live-action version of that? There is, and it’s called The Gifted. Now in its second season, Fox and Marvel’s mutant family […]

My sister has always bullied me. And she still makes me anxious

You are making it easy for your older sister to dominate you, Mariella Frostrup tells a woman in her 20s that she no longer needs to play by the old rules. The dilemma My older sister and I are both in our mid-20s but have never been close. From a young age she would show her […]

Trump blames forest management again on California fires visit

Donald Trump said he hoped the Camp fire would be the last wildfire in California while visiting the state on Saturday, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for. “Hopefully this is going to be the last one of these because it was a really, really bad one,” Trump said while standing with California politicians in […]

French whistleblower welcomes U-turn on study into babies with missing limbs

The whistleblower who raised the alarm over clusters of babies born with missing upper limbs in France has welcomed the government’s decision to set up a national scientific committee to search for a cause. Emmanuelle Amar said the move, announced by the health ministry, vindicated her work after she had been “dragged through the dirt”, and more […]

Trump refuses to listen to audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi’s ‘vicious’ murder

Donald Trump has refused to listen to audio tape of the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, while saying the milling was “vicious”. In an interview with Fox News to be broadcast on Sunday, the president told presenter Chris Wallace: “I don’t want to hear the tape, no reason for me to […]

Canada: how a dying man’s wish that his tattoos outlive him came true

Chris Wenzel hoped his children could appreciate the intricate designs that adorned his body after his death. An Ohio-based company made it happen It was a dying Canadian man’s wish that the tattoos that covered much of his body should outlive him. Chris Wenzel of Saskatoon hoped his children, and even maybe his grandchildren, would […]

‘We come in peace’: migrants start asylum journey as caravan reaches US border

Standing on the beach at the point where Mexico meets the US, Carlos Castellano rested his hand on the fence posts dividing Tijuana from San Diego and smiled broadly. “I feel so excited. Just getting this far was difficult, but it went well, and people helped us a lot,” he said. It was the end of a […]

Saudis shield crown prince as death penalty sought over Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia says it will pursue the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of the Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, in the latest effort to distance the country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from the grisly murder. The Saudi public prosecutor claimed Saudi agents, including the head […]

Is coffee healthy?

Yes, go ahead and grab that cup of joe, or two, or more. Doing so may improve your health and help youlive longer, suggests new research. In an observational study involving close to 20,000 individuals, people who consumed at least four cups of coffee daily had a 64% lower risk of early deathcompared to those never […]

Should you try ‘souping’?

When I first heard of “souping,” it brought me back to my clinical days working in a hospital, where pureed soups and other easy to digest foods — also known as “full liquids” — would be prescribed for patients recovering from gastrointestinal surgery, or those who had difficulty chewing or swallowing. Then I reflected upon […]

Disgusting Food Museum opens in Sweden

 When it comes to food, one person’s “yuck” is another person’s “yum.” That was one of the major ideas behind the new Disgusting Food Museum, which opens today in Malmo, Sweden. The museum’s founder, Dr. Samuel West, is a psychologist by day and a museum curator by night. His first project, the Museum of Failure, defied […]

Melbourne Cup: Magic Circle aims to break curse of British trainers

It’s one of racing’s holy grails, but the Melbourne Cup remains a mystical prize for British trainers. Plenty have tried, but it’s as if there is a curse on the British in Australia’s famous “race that stops a nation.” Hoping to break that spell this year is Magic Circle, trained by Ian Williams. Another strong […]

Gunman in Florida yoga studio shooting made misogynistic comments on YouTube, NYT reports

The man who police said opened fire at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday evening made numerous racist and misogynistic comments in YouTube videos posted in 2014, according to a report from The New York Times. In the videos, the man identified with “involuntary celibates” — otherwise known as “incels” — and also made derogatory remarks […]

Gallery: the world’s best police cars

A comprehensive list of the world’s weird and wonderful cop cars, from Lambos to Caparos We’re used to seeing the Italian police roll around in Alfa Romeos or Lamborghinis. Today, though, the Carabinieri has revealed its latest patrol car. A Jeep. You can read all about it here, but first catch up on some of the […]

Serena Williams: Roger Federer says American ‘went too far’ in US Open final

Roger Federer says fellow tennis great Serena Williams “went too far” in her outburst at the umpire during September’s US Open final. Williams received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “liar” and a “thief” during her defeat by Naomi Osaka. Federer said […]

Is a low-salt diet as unhealthy as having to much ?

Some scientists are arguing that a low-salt diet is just as dangerous as high salt consumption. What’s the reality? Last year a video of Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe lovingly seasoning a massive steak with a pinch of salt amassed millions of views online and earned him the nickname ‘salt bae’. But it wasn’t just his attention to […]

Asia’s meth boom: How a war on drugs went continent-wide

From the jungles of Myanmar to the streets of Hong Kong, police throughout Asia are fighting a war against methamphetamine. By many indications, they’re losing. Demand for both crystal meth and yaba, tablets that typically contain a mixture of meth and caffeine, is skyrocketing. Production is increasing at an unprecedented clip, and so is the […]

Custom KitKat shop opens in Japan

These days, you can customize your car, your house and your clothes. So why not your favorite sweet? Just when we thought KitKat mania couldn’t go any farther, Nestle opened a made-to-order chocolate shop this October at Namba Station, in the Chuo ward of Osaka, on Japan’s Honshu island. The premium KitKat Chocolatory isn’t just […]

What shade of brown is the French word for mole? The Weekend quiz

From Rio to Romola Garai, test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz The questions 1 How did Polish pianist André Tchaikowsky enjoy a posthumous theatrical career? 2 Ben Macdui is the highest peak in what mountain range? 3 Which particles come in six flavours? 4 Which London market relocated to Nine Elms in 1974? 5 In the US, which general […]

‘I’m black, I can’t do method acting’: Brian Tyree Henry on Atlanta and Widows

The Tony-nominated actor stars in two of autumn’s biggest films, Widows and If Beale Street Could Talk. So why has he suffered from imposter syndrome? He might wear it lightly, but Brian Tyree Henry is a star. Over the next few months he appears in two of the most anticipated films of the year: Steve […]

Late Sergio Ramos penalty seals win for Real Madrid against Valladolid

Real Madrid’s manager has changed and so has their luck. Their play is another matter, but they have at last won in the league – six matches later. Santiago Solari, the interim manager who replaced Julen Lopetegui and has 10 days left in the job before Madrid must make a permanent appointment, took up his […]

Angela Merkel’s legacy: has she saved or destroyed Europe?

German leader retires with reputation both for calm reliability and lack of vision. Angela Merkel’s approach to a problem, wrote one of her biographers, is “to sit it out”. Rather than entertain grand ideas of a “historic mission” or “strategic vision”, she aims to “solve today’s problems, in a way that ensures she stays in […]

‘School is very oppressive’: why home-schooling is on the rise

Exams, rules, timetables: do teachers know what’s best for children? Increasing numbers of British parents don’t think so Every morning Ben Mumford starts his school day with maths. At the age of 10 he is already working at GCSE level, but he doesn’t always bother to get out of his pyjamas in time for the […]

‘I thought it was a miracle. Then I started shaking’: the danger of buying diet pills online

They promise instant results, but put lives at risk. So why is the market booming? Elaine Gormley was desperate when she turned to slimming pills. She had been obese since childhood, but lost a significant amount of weight by going to Slimming World classes in her early 20s. But by 2012, following a breakup and […]

Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN

The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a ‘silent killer’ as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief. The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s […]

Francis Ford Coppola Goes From Wine To Weed With New Cannabis Lifestyle Company

It’s officially lights, camera, cannabis for legendary filmmaker-turned-winemaker-turned-hotelier Francis Ford Coppola. Following in the footsteps of Constellation Brands, which owns multiple major vineyards in the area and announced a $4 billion minority investmentin Canopy Growth, Coppola’s new venture is a pursuit independent from The Family Coppola, anchored in Sonoma County with Hideaways around the world. Named for an […]

This Robot Truck Startup May Have An Edge Over Waymo In Bad-Weather Driving

Mention self-driving vehicles and people probably envision Waymo’s minivans or test models from General Motors’ Cruise or Uber, which have drawn the lion’s share of funding and media attention. But the impact of autonomous technology may be felt earlier in the vast and lucrative commercial trucking industry, where competition is ramping up fast. Waymo plans […]

Revealed: The Secret Techniques You Need To See (And Survive) The Northern Lights

I get so many people asking me “where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?”. That’s the easy part. The difficult part is trying to get across that to see the Northern Lights requires some careful planning, patience, and luck. So here’s my one piece of advice: Don’t visit the Arctic Circle for ONE night and […]

On yer way, Pinochet! The factory workers who fought fascism from Glasgow

When Scots refused to service Chile’s jet fighters after the 1973 military coup, their protest all but grounded the air force – and may have saved prisoners’ lives. Nae Pasaran, a powerful documentary, tells their story The artificial spiders’ webs hanging in the windows of the Royal British Legion in East Kilbride, on the edge […]

How to refocus the spotlight on female writers

Women too often have their lives rather than their books reviewed. Writers including Joyce Maynard and Olivia Sudjic consider how this can be resisted What does exposure mean for a female writer? It’s a question with which the novelist Olivia Sudjic grapples in a new book-length personal essay, Exposure, just released by the crowdfunded publisher Peninsula […]

Why do the Turkish media seem to be out to get Loris Karius?

Stories about the goalkeeper, on loan at Besiktas from Liverpool, being dropped or sent back to England are simply not true so why are they being written? Nearly six months on from the Champions League final and Loris Karius has been making the headlines again for all the wrong reasons. There have been almost weekly reports claiming […]

Trump has abandoned civility. And so has the Republican party

Vulgar and impulsive, shredding the social fabric is what Trump unapologetically does Donald Trump, meet Avery Brundage, the former president of the International Olympic Committee. Back in the day, the day being September 1972, Brundage declared that the Munich Olympics “must go on” after Palestinian terrorists had massacred 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team – the same […]

‘We feel like hermit crabs’: Myanmar’s climate dispossessed

In the coastal town of Khindan, the catastrophic effect of rising sea levels is all too apparent On a stiflingly hot morning, Daw Mya Htay rolls up her longyi, a Burmese sarong, ready to wade into the sea. “The well used to be the centre of our village,” Mya Htay says, grasping the side of a cement […]

Feel the love, feel the hate – my week in the cauldron of Trump’s wild rallies

There is no understanding Donald Trump without understanding his rallies. They are the crucible of the Trump revolution, the laboratory where he turns his alternative reality into a potion to be sold to his followers. It is at his rallies that his radical reimagining of the US constitution takes shape: not “We the people”, but […]

Stockholm says no to Apple ‘town square’ in its oldest park

In the pictures, it looks lovely. Young urbanites mingle around cafe tables outside a glass facade running almost the whole width of a park, topped off with a sliver of roof that tapers at the edges like the lid of a MacBook Air computer. Which modern capital would not scream to have this Foster + […]

Dubai is now home to a trash-eating ‘shark’ drone

A shark prowling the coastline is normally a worrying sight, but this waterborne drone terrorizes floating trash instead of people. Developed by Dutch company RanMarine, the WasteShark takes nature as its inspiration with its whale shark-like mouth. But instead of vacuuming up krill, this device collects waste. Conceived in 2016, the marine drone will begin operations […]

Khashoggi’s body was dismembered, Turkish chief prosecutor says

The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dismemberedafter he was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the chief prosecutor’s office in Istanbul said Wednesday. This was carried out as part of a premeditated plan, according to a statement by the chief prosecutor’s office. The statement is the clearest yet […]

Gender inequality linked to deaths of girls under 5, new analysis says

In countries where women face more unequal treatment in society, young girls have a lower chance of survival, a new analysis finds. Gender inequality is linked to more deaths than expected among girls under the age of 5 compared with boys of the same age, especially in lower- and middle-income countries, says the study, published Tuesday. […]

Matt Hamon’s best photograph: his daughter Lur feeding a beheaded deer

‘She was picking grass, putting it in a yogurt tub and feeding it to the deer, not yet understanding death’ Lur is my daughter. Her name means earth or homeland, the place where you’re from. She’s five now, but she was about three when I shot this. It was in the fall and that’s a […]

A ‘perfect storm’ for the paranormal: touring America’s most haunted town

Stroll Gettysburg’s darkened streets on any autumn evening and you’ll see guides in period costume leading packs of uneasy tourists from one macabre site to the next, lanterns held aloft. Approximately 10,000 lives were lost here, and 30,000 more people wounded, in the three-day 1863 battle to which the Pennsylvania town lends its name. Depending on who […]

Moka pot, machine, filter or instant – which produces the best coffee?

The company behind the iconic Italian stovetop gadget is in financial difficulties – is that because there are now better ways of making coffee? We put the most popular methods to the test Italians may find their morning espresso tastes awfully bitter this week, as the Bialetti group – the maker of the iconic stove-top […]

From MeToo to deforestation: Indonesian writers on their country’s biggest challenges

Ubud’s annual writers festival attracts global speakers but it also gives Indonesian thinkers access to a worldwide audience The 15th Ubud Writers and Readers festival wrapped up on Sunday, after five days of panels featuring more than 150 speakers. Established by Ubud businesswoman and writer Janet DeNeefe to invigorate the economy after the devastating Bali […]

Origin of chocolate shifts 1,400 miles and 1,500 years

Cacao was in use in South America centuries before its exploitation by civilisations in Mexico and Central America, experts say The key ingredient of chocolate was being used in South America centuries before it was exploited by civilisations in Mexico and Central America, according to new research. The cacao tree, and in particular the drinks […]

Frankenstein and the gory gang: how the novel blazed a trail for high art horrors

One stormy night in 1816, while staying at Lord Byron’s villa near Lake Geneva, an 18-year-old woman tossed and turned in the thunder-filled darkness. Her name was Mary Shelley, and she was having a nightmare about a monster made from scraps of humans. Frankenstein, the novel Shelley would fabricate from her vision, is regarded as a […]

Jaguar Land Rover to cut costs after quarterly loss of £90m

Fears of further job losses as carmaker suffers 44% year-on-year sales drop in China Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s biggest carmaker, has launched a £2.5bn plan to cut costs and free up cash after slumping £90m into the red in the three months to September, hit by falling sales in China and Europe. JLR will reduce […]

‘Quietly, people were forging ahead’: the evolution of 3D printing

Since additive manufacturing was invented, in 1981, there have been significant advances. Is this technology ready to transform the way we design, engineer and buy products? Throughout the late noughties and early years of this decade, many futurists and tech journalists claimed that a new era of consumer manufacturing was just around the corner. No […]

Trick and treat: how to eat leftover Halloween pumpkin

The downside of the annual carving frenzy is the thousands of tonnes of flesh that go to waste. But there are many scrumptious ways to eat it. When carving your pumpkin this Halloween, consider the eerie fact that more than 18,000 tonnes of them will end up in landfill afterwards. The environmental impact – the […]

Nigel Slater’s celery soup with toasted cheese

A deep, satisfying soup bursting with flavour. The recipe Wash and trim 700g of celery. Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6. Cut each stick of celery in half and then put them in a roasting tin with 3 large shallots, peeled and cut in half lengthways. Add 6 whole and unpeeled cloves of garlic […]

What is the meaning of Theresa May’s £750 ‘twofer’ coat?

George Osborne’s Caesar haircut showed that budget-day dressing is ripe for analysis. So, what does the prime minister’s Italian double-coat tell us? If it feels unfair to analyse what Theresa May is wearing in the picture above, bear in mind that there are few days when a politician’s clothes matter more than budget day, regardless […]

Apple unveils new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini

Apple has brought its fanfare to Brooklyn. CEO Tim Cook kicked off his company’s second keynote in two months on Tuesday. This one, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, follows its splashier September press event where it unveiled the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Apple unveiled what it’s calling the biggest change to the iPad since […]

Rare 3,000-year-old Assyrian art work expected to fetch more than $10M at auction

A rare, 3,000-year-old sculpture is expected to fetch at least $10 million when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s New Yorktomorrow. Billed as the finest example of Assyrian art to come on the market in decades, the solid slab of gypsum depicts a seven foot-tall deity. If the sale price exceeds $11.94 million, it will […]

The other reasons you should care if Chris Pine gets naked

People are talking a lot about Chris Pine’s new film “Outlaw King,” in which he has apparently done some very decent acting, portraying Scottish king Robert the Bruce. But people are taking more note of his penis, which is fleetingly visible in the film, than his overall performance. The movie — which will arrive on Netflix on November […]

Leicester City: Healing a broken city after ‘horrific time for everybody’

No words can soothe heartbreak, which is why Leicester has fallen silent. It is a city stunned, a city grieving. On an October day cold enough to freeze breath, little was said as players and staff of Leicester City gathered, heads bowed, outside the King Power Stadium to observe the ever-increasing field of flowers, shirts […]

Rare color photos cast new light on World War II

Color film was rare in World War II. The vast majority of the photos taken during the conflict were in black and white, and color photography as a whole was still a relatively new technique. It’s this fact that makes the photos from a new book published by Imperial War Museums so mesmerizing. They are […]

The business students of today want to ‘do well by doing good’

Top universities often tout their MBAs as a path to high-paying jobs and a powerful network. But a growing number of students are more interested in learning how to change the world through business. Students at Columbia Business School in New York are among those leading the way. They founded Microlumbia, an impact investment fund, which measures […]

The Pope likes this kind of investing

For some Catholic investors, it’s no longer enough to do no harm. They want their money to help the world’s poorest, and they’ve got the backing of Pope Francis. While Catholic investment funds have traditionally avoided businesses that are inconsistent with church teachings, there’s a growing movement towards “impact investments” that actively deliver a social […]

$1.5-million perfume set for exclusive show

The world’s most expensive fragrance is heading to the United States. But anyone hoping to smell the $1.5 million luxury scent will need an invitation to an exclusive private art tour. Le Monde sur Mesure, crafted by French company Morreale Paris, will be exhibited at luxury Los Angeles properties in November to a select guest […]

Andre Brasilier: Horses are a ‘symbol of divinity,’ says renowned French painter

At the grand old age of 88, French painter Andre Brasilier maintains a zest for “spiritual adventure.” On a perennial “quest for beauty”, he recently traveled with his wife from Paris to London for the opening of his latest exhibition at the city’s Opera Gallery. And he’s as animated in conversation as he is with a […]

1.1 kg and 5,655 carats: An emerald like no other has been unearthed in Zambia

he world’s largest producer of green stones has unearthed a 5,655-carat emerald crystal at its mines in Zambia. The stone, which weighs more than 1.1 kg (almost 2.5 lbs), was found at the Gemfield mines in Kangem, the company said in a statement Monday. The emerald is being called “Inkalamu,” which means “lion” in the local Zambia […]

NASA probe is now closest ever aircraft to the sun, and it’s getting nearer

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has broken the world record for the closest approach to the sun ever achieved by a man-made spacecraft — and it’s not stopping yet. The probe surpassed the previous record of 26.55 million miles from the star’s surface on Monday October 29 at around 1:04 pm ET. The previous record was […]

Barra (and prawns) is the new salmon: what seafood is sustainable now?

Farmed Tasmanian salmon is off the menu but there are plenty of other sustainable and homegrown seafood options. With the news out that farmed Tasmanian Atlantic salmon is off the menu – at least for now – you may be wondering what the alternatives are. Eating fish at least once a week is good for your brain and your […]

Healthy fish and chip pie recipe

There’s nothing more delicious – or greasy – than fish and chips. Here’s a yummy but healthy one-tin wonder. Ilove the idea of fish and chips on a Friday or Saturday night, as a weekly routine, where you all sit together and just hang out. But the reality of it, all of the oil and […]

No more snooze button: a complete guide to waking up feeling fantastic

As the clocks go back and days get shorter, it can be hard to get out of bed. But, from dawn simulators to a regular wakeup time, here are 16 ways to start the day well. Do you wake up to the sound of birdsong or an electronic ringtone? Perhaps you use a dawn simulator […]

How do I stop men talking over me at work?

Try an app to track interruptions, says Sharmadean Reid, then make it clear all voices must be heard. I work for a big corporate business, and men keep talking over me in meetings; one male colleague will never address me directly, even though I’m more experienced than him. What do I do? How frustrating. Luckily, there’s an app that can […]

Is alkaline water a miracle cure – or BS? The science is in

Beyonce and Tom Brady swear by it – but experts throw cold water on the new beverage fad. My friend Kate has become very basic lately. She seems to have a bottle of alkaline water with her at all times and, the way she goes on about it, you’d think it was the elixir of […]

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance review – spells, smoke and taboo-busting

Nottingham Contemporary A powerful exhibition of works by 40 female and non-binary artists highlights how women have fought oppression – and offers a new way of looking at art. Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise has become a clarion call to feminists, anti-racism campaigners and to any oppressed group that can identify with the sensation of being […]

Diminish and Ascend staircase: the New Zealand sculpture that is murdering gulls

An artwork in Christchurch has killed at least two birds after they flew into it and impaled themselves. And that’s not the only reason it’s unpopular with some. Name: Diminish and Ascend staircase. Age: It has been in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand since 2016. Before then, it was on display at the Sculpture by the Sea […]

Can men get postnatal depression?

More than a quarter of new fathers in a new study showed significant levels of depression – what are the causes, and what can they do about it? Men don’t go through pregnancy or childbirth. Their hormone levels don’t nosedive. They don’t get sore nipples. What exactly have they got to be depressed about? Quite […]

Is owning a dog good for your health?

A new study suggests canine-lovers could be 23% less likely to die from heart disease – or it could just be that healthier people prefer dogs. Dogs really are our best friends, according to a Swedish study that says canine ownership could reduce heart disease. A study of 3.4 million people between the ages of 40 and […]

Manchester United ready to back José Mourinho with £100m-plus in January

José Mourinho will be backed in January to strengthen Manchester United if the right deal is possible in what can be a difficult transfer window for finding value. The manager wants a central defender and goalscoring forward after trying unsuccessfully to sign one of each in the summer. More than £100m is potentially available. Mourinho was interested […]

Halloween-time traditions around the world

In the United States, it’s that time of year when children dress in costume and parade the neighborhood, asking for sugary treats. Families may share scary stories around a bonfire, or curl up with popcorn to watch horror movies. Halloween is upon us, with more than 175 million Americans planning to partake in festivities this […]

The Greek beach bar with an incredible moving roof

 Who knew a roof could become an Internet sensation? At the picture-perfect Greek resort of Costa Navarino in Greece, that’s exactly what’s happened. The Barbouni beach bar restaurant’s canopy ceiling has become ubiquitous on Instagram, thanks to an incredible architectural feat — when the wind ripples through the ridged canopy, the roof whistles and moves in the breeze. […]

Would you pay more for sustainable sneakers?

They’re leather-free and have a sole made from recycled plastic bottles. Could Vejasneakers be the most sustainable shoes in the world? The French fashion brand’s founders, Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion, certainly hope so. The two childhood friends visited clothing and food factories in South America, Asia and Australia while running a nonprofit group — and […]

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Halloween recipes for kids

No tricks – it’s treats all the way with these recipes for marshmallow ghosts, honeycomb monsters and caramel apples. I’ve come full circle with Halloween. From an infantile infatuation with skeletons to a bah-humbug resentment of corporate marketing, I have now rejoined the wacky bandwagon (with the help of my young children) and wonder why I […]

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for salt cod and chickpea soup

In Rome, fish on Fridays is still a thing – and it’s often baccalà, fried, baked or simmered into a rich soup. Walk around Rome on a Friday and you might notice a sign saying baccalà bagnato, or a tub outside a shop filled with water and fillets of fish so white, they seem to glow. […]

Mexico City’s Day of the Dead parade 2018 – in pictures

People take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City Photograph: Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images FacebookTwitterPinterest It is the third time a parade like this has been held in the city Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images FacebookTwitterPinterest The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed into other deep traditions in honour of dead people […]

Peruvian villagers face murder and intimidation from land traffickers

Shortly after sunset, along an isolated stretch of highway leading out of a dusty hamlet in northern Peru, a band of five weary farmers clad in reflective neon vests and armed with traditional whips made of bull penises set out on a solemn march. The Ronderos – self-governing peasant patrols – are resuming their nightly rounds […]

Galgos: how rescue greyhounds became fashionable in Barcelona

For the faithful greyhounds of southern Spain, life is fast, furious and often short. At the end of hunting season each year, thousands are rewarded for their efforts with a swift execution. Some are throttled with wire to save on bullets. Now, however, the movement to confront such barbarity is gathering pace as rescued greyhounds – galgos in […]

Migrants claim recruiters lured them into forced labour at top Qatar hotel

The Guardian has found evidence that hotel staff in the world’s richest country are paid below the minimum wage for enduring long shifts in intense heat. The Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel rises like a fairytale palace from a manmade island on an exclusive stretch of Qatar’s coastline. Even by the standards of the richest country in […]

Top Saudi prosecutor arrives in Turkey to assist with Khashoggi inquiry

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has arrived in Istanbul to assist with Turkey’s ongoing investigation into the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as footage emerged of Saudi consulate cars being cleaned after his murder. Saud al-Mojeb held talks with the Istanbul chief prosecutor on Monday morning. He is also expected to visit the Saudi consulate building where […]

German chancellor Angela Merkel ‘won’t seek re-election in 2021’

Angela Merkel won’t seek another term as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021, sources from her Christian Democrats party have told German media, ending a more than decade-long era in which she has dominated European politics. Merkel also told senior party figures she will not seek re-election as party chairwoman in December, kickstarting the […]

San Francisco’s Top-Of-The-Market Is A $45M ‘Biophilia’ Private Listing Overlooking The Bay

Just announced this week, the home behind a nondescript gate in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, is this 9,500-square-foot property with a main house plus detached cottage designed as a wellness center—complete with steam room, sauna, outdoor shower and hot tub with ultraviolet filtration. This contemporary dwelling, quietly listed off-MLS with an asking price of […]

Highest-End Must Have: The VapeXhale Cloud EVO Vaporizer

If you only knew how many ultra-high-end vaporizers I’ve received (thank you) to test over the last months. It’s a little overwhelming quite frankly to have so much high-priced technology at my disposal when a simple stonedware pipe and a supply of hemp cordage is usually my go/to. But in the deepening cavern that is my equipment closet and […]

First Look: McLaren’s Ultimate Road Car, The $2M Hyper-GT Speedtail

This is the Speedtail, McLaren Automotive’s first hyper-GT, joining the marque’s pinnacle “Ultimate Series”. With speeds of up to 250-mph, it is the most powerful road car built by the British company. The Speedtail honors the McLaren F1 icon with its inventive three-seat cabin design. It is ultra-exclusive too, with production kept strictly to a limited […]

This Week In XR: AR Glasses From North, Changes At Facebook, VCs Back Resolution And Spatial

Good Morning XR! This week in XR has seen a range of exciting announcements, starting with the introduction of XR Glasses from North, which wants to be the Warby-Parker of XR. Under $1,000 and your prescription, too! ICYI, earlier this week we recapped AWE Munich, visited a new free roam VR venue inside a Go-Kart Attraction, and covered the launch […]

Terror in focus: the photographer who captured the rise of Nazism

In 1920, Roman Vishniac and his new bride Luta arrived in Berlin. Having fled the turmoil of post-revolutionary Moscow, the couple had hastily been married by a station master in a Latvian border town, before traveling to Riga and on to the German capital. There, Vishniac was reunited with his wealthy parents, who had left Russia three […]

This boy’s life – the fabulous return of Boy George

Oi,” shouts Boy George, from the top of the stairs, his voice strident south London. “Are you coming up then?” TheObserver’s interview with the 57-year-old frontman of Culture Club does not, it’s fair to say, get off to a great start. I’d imagined that he might want a few minutes to change his clothes after the […]

What happened when migrants moved into my family’s Sicilian village

At the same time every afternoon, while seated on the same bench, my father-in-law, Rosario Buttaci, silently watches John Babalola Wale and his family climb the steep walkway in the village of Sutera that leads from Piazza Europa to the old Arab quarter of Rabato. In Rosario’s day, the “foreigner” who came to this picturesque […]

Obama on feminism and other lessons from the first United State of Women summit

“Wow, that’s a lot of women.” Those were the first words my taxi driver uttered since we left my Washington DC hotel and embarked on our journey to the White House-convened United State of Women (USOW) summit. As I opened the car door, I couldn’t help but blurt out “and now I am one of them”. Normally, […]

Why are protesters dressing like The Handmaid’s Tale in Argentina? – explainer

When US vice-president Mike Pence visited Philadelphia on 23 July, he was greeted by a now familiar sight: a wall of women dressed in scarlet cloaks, with oversize white bonnets obscuring their faces. The outfit worn by Margaret Atwood’s handmaids in her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale and its recent TV adaptation has been in evidence from […]

Tycoon fond of parties and expletives: Sir Philip Green profile

Sir Philip Green lives during the week in a suite in the five-star Dorchester hotel. On Fridays he flies by private jet to the family home in tax-free Monaco or to wherever their £100m superyacht Lionheart is moored. It’s a life far removed from Green’s first job buying up excess clothing from bankrupt companies and selling […]

What is the salary of Taimur’s nanny?

f Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi is one of the most popular star kids on the block, his nanny, too, is not indifferent to all the media glare. So much so that the nanny has fan pages on social media. But what not many know is that the salary that she pockets in to take care of junior […]

Amnesty says tax raid at its Indian office is assault on civil society

Amnesty International has condemned what it described as an “assault on civil society” in India after its office in the south of the country was raided by tax authorities. Amnesty India’s bank accounts have been frozen after tax investigators spent more than 10 hours searching the Bangalore headquarters of the London-based organisation on Thursday. Staff […]

Parate nuk e blejne dot dashurine/Propozim i vecante/Shikoni videon

Me sa duket paratë nuk e blejnë dot dashurinë. Është kjo ajo që ka për protagonist një djalë të ri, i cili i dhuroi të dashurës së tij një makinë Lamborghini, ngjyrë portokalli. E bëri në sy të të gjithëve dhe me tullumbace në formë zemre në makinë. Më pas u ul në gjunjë para […]

Victim? Survivor? After 20 years of Britney Spears, the jury’s still out

Twenty years ago a teenage Britney Spears launched herself – or, to be fair, was launched – by a song and video made by middle-aged men. … Baby One More Time was a catchy (but morally wrong) song set during a long golden-hued afternoon at the tail end of summer term. A school uniform-clad Spears daydreamed in […]

European parliament approves curbs on use of antibiotics on farm animals

The European parliament has approved a suite of restrictions on the use of antibiotics on healthy farm animals in a bid to halt the spread of “superbugs” resistant to medical treatment. Europe’s animals consume more antibiotics than humans on average, often via livestock feeds on factory farms, where farmers routinely use them as a prophylactic against the […]

Suspicious package sent to Robert De Niro

Police in New York are investigating a suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro following a wave of pipe bomb discoveries this week. CNN and NBC’s New York affiliate reported the package was similar to ones sent to prominent Democrats and was sent to an address in lower Manhattan that houses a restaurant and offices owned by the actor. Authorities […]

Nigel Slater’s baked sweet potato with lentils recipe

A hint of spice in a sweet potato filling makes a delicious simple supper. The recipe Bake two large sweet potatoes on a baking sheet at 200C/gas mark 6 for approximately 50 minutes until they are soft to the touch. Peel and roughly chop a couple of medium-sized onions, then put them in a deep […]

When I went home with period pains I told my boss I had a cold. Should I have told the truth?

Last month I had to leave work in the middle of the day. I was in a great deal of pain from my period, a problem I have had for several years. Sometimes I can manage it with painkillers, but not always. Even when I can cope with the pain, my periods affect my sleep, […]

Scarlett Johansson reportedly turned down film funding from Saudi prince

Scarlett Johansson reportedly vetoed funding from the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for her next film. The actor is set to play the Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a biopic directed by Ridley Scott, but when she found out the initial set of funders included Bin Salman, she rejected his involvement. “Scarlett Johansson said […]

Real Madrid edge past Viktoria Plzen but time is short for Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui will still be Real Madrid’s manager when they face Barcelona in el clásico on Sunday night, despite him walking off to the sound of whistles. Although Real won for the first time in five games and much as Lopetegui expressed hope that it was a turning point, a 2-1 victory over Viktoria Plzendid not convince supporters […]

Barcelona v Inter: revisiting their Champions League classic in 2010

Internazionale’s return to the Champions League for the first time in six seasons will produce a flood of memories for the club’s fans, but few occasions will evoke as much nostalgia as their trip to Barcelona this week. Luciano Spalletti takes his team to the Camp Nou – the scene of a stirring triumph on their way […]

Could Donald Trump Jr be the next US president? Be afraid

George W Bush followed in his father’s footsteps and Don Jr’s involvement in the midterm elections campaign makes clear that he, too, has political ambitions. How far will he go? Name: Donald Trump Jr. Age: 40. Appearance: As if someone tried to make an off-brand Mr Potato Head toy. That’s a bit mean. Would you say that about Malia Obama? Of course […]

The KKK’s Mount Rushmore: the problem with Stone Mountain

It is the biggest Confederate monument in the US – civil war leaders hewn into Atlanta’s Stone Mountain. It is also a huge tourist draw, hosting a laser light show and 100ft flame cannons. But with its links to the Ku Klux Klan, and as Confederate memorials are being torn down, is Stone Mountain’s time […]

Selfie, baby or a picture of your cat: what your phone background reveals about you

Mary-Kate Olsen has a photograph posing with her husband Olivier Sarkozy. But whether yours is a generic landscape or something unexpected, your choice says more than you think. We don’t often get an unvarnished view of celebrities’ private lives, but on Wednesday we caught a glimpse of One of the Best Relationships of Our Time. […]

Guaranteed to blow your mind: the real Freddie Mercury

Unlike the sanitised character in the new film Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen frontman was debauched, outrageous – and proud. We celebrate a rock legend in tight shorts, leather and leotards. Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that suffered from a difficult gestation. It was announced in 2010 but, in the intervening eight years, everyone from the lead […]

Stephen King sells film rights for story to Welsh teenagers for $1

Horror writer lets Blaenau Gwent Film Academy make version of Stationary Bike The horror writer Stephen King has given a group of teenage fans from south Wales permission to turn one of his tales into a film at a cost of $1 for the rights. Youngsters from Tredegar in Blaenau Gwent will spend the next couple of […]

Xbox One Dolby Vision Problems: TCL Responds

The Fall system update for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X introduced support for the premium Dolby Vision high dynamic range system from compatible streaming apps. While this was mostly great news, however, given the benefits Dolby Vision can bring to picture quality, it came with a pretty big string attached. Namely that […]

New research on horse eyesight could improve racecourse safety

The way horses see the world is almost entirely differently to that of humans — from the distances they can see, to the colors they can process. New research carried out by the University of Exeter not only provides a better understanding of equine vision, but also demonstrates how the information can be used to […]

Which country has the best food?

We love to write about food. We love to celebrate the good stuff and lambaste the bad. This is our take on some of the best food cultures and destinations, but of course it’s subjective. It’s time to find out once and for all, which cuisine is king as you plan where you’ll travel next. 10. United States […]

World’s largest underwater restaurant nears completion

Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe’s first underwater restaurant is nearing completion. The 110-foot long structure, an oblique concrete slab that looks like a sunken periscope, was submerged in July 2018 and work is now underway to complete the interiors, in anticipation of the public […]

Keita Sagaki reproduces classic paintings using hundreds of tiny manga characters

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is one of the world’s most reproduced and reinterpreted paintings — but no one has done it quite like Japanese artist Keita Sagaki. From a distance, Sagaki’s replica looks like a pen-and-ink version of the original. But a closer inspection reveals that the picture is composed from hundreds of tiny […]

What your sexual fantasies say about you

We all fantasize, whether that means daydreaming about a tropical island or telling off your boss. Although you might not act on your fantasies, they can provide a healthy outlet for stress and even inspire you to make positive changes in your life. Sexual fantasies are no different — and they can offer a glimpse […]

Witness in case of alleged rape of nun in India found dead

A witness in the trial of an Indian Catholic bishop accused of raping a nun has died, according to police, prompting a probe into his death. Father Kuriakose Kattuthara was around 62 years old, police said. He died just weeks after giving his testimony in the case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been accused […]

Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of fashion giant Benetton, dies age 77

Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of Italian fashion label Benetton Group, died Monday at the age of 77. Gilberto died at his home in Treviso, northeast Italy, following a brief illness, the Benetton Group said in a statement provided to media. His wife Lalla, daughters Barbara and Sabrina and son-in-law Ermanno were with him in his final moments. […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping opens world’s longest sea-crossing bridge

Chinese President Xi Jinping officially opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge Tuesday at a ceremony in the southern city of Zhuhai. The $20 billion megaproject further connects mainland China with the semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau, with a 55-kilometer (34-mile) road bridge that has been in the works for almost nine years. It’s a […]

In Africa, ‘Paper Parks’ Are Starved for Cash

As if illegal mining, logging and poaching weren’t bad enough, Africa’s national parks face another dire threat: They’re vastly underfunded. According the most comprehensive analysis of conservation funding to date, 90 percent of nearly 300 protected areas on the continent face funding shortfalls. Together, the deficits total at least a billion dollars. Failing to address […]

U.S. Seeks Answers on Jamal Khashoggi Killing as Mnuchin Meets With Saudi Prince

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, confronted with further evidence of a cover-up in the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, veered on Monday between defending the value of its alliance with Saudi Arabia and pressing the Saudi government for answers. The White House sent the director of the C.I.A., Gina Haspel, to Istanbul to help the […]

The secret to… mending your child’s first broken heart

Acknowledge their pain, take them for lunch and never say, ‘It’s not the end of the world’ Take it seriously. It might seem like an eternity since you were in the throes of heartbreak, and that your child is too young to be suffering. But if it’s making them unhappy, then it matters. If you’re delighted […]

Want to ‘upgrade’ your partner? Why the modern approach to love is killing it

A quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds want the opportunity to treat their relationship like a phone contract, a survey says. Perhaps the commoditisation of life is to blame. If you thought you could leave the blue-sky thinking of business-speak in the office, there is bad news. According to a ComRes survey, a quarter of 18- […]

Does Botox curb your sexual pleasure?

New research suggests women find it harder to orgasm after having botulinum treatment – but not everyone is convinced this means facial expressions are key to feeling pleasure. Most people dread the idea of anyone seeing their sex face, but it may be saving their sex life. According to research by Cardiff University, women experience […]

Sculpture by the Sea’s opening weekend – in pictures

Grey skies threatened to dull the first days of Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney’s free annual beachside art exhibition, with the unveiling of 107 sculptures along a 2km stretch of coastline at Bondi. While heavy rain over the past few weeks meant a handful of sculptures were yet to be installed, a burst of warm […]

Edward Burne-Jones review – art that shows how boring beauty can be

Halfway through Tate Britain’s loving homage to the Victorian “visionary” Edward Burne-Jones I was startled to see a painting I gave a damn about. It’s a portrait of William Graham, colonial businessman, Liberal MP and art collector. His emaciated, sick-looking face stares straight at you from a small dark canvas. Two mad sweeps of white hair sprout from […]

Countries where smacking children is banned ‘are safer to grow up in’

Research reveals that fighting between youths – particularly females – is less common where corporal punishment has been outlawed. Countries that ban the smacking of children appear to be safer for young people to grow up in, according to research revealing that fighting between youths – particularly females – is less common where corporal punishment […]

‘I love it when the leaves fall in’: the flat that takes open-plan living to extremes

Fashion designer Maureen Doherty’s stunning mews home is as un-private as they come. As you mount the narrow stairs up to Maureen Doherty’s home, there is a distinct smoky smell. I am in the home of a style doyenne, so assume it’s one of those fashionable, charcoal-scented candles, burning expensively in a corner. But no. […]

Musk’s Tweets Aside, The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Remains As Elusive As Ever

Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that Tesla has begun taking orders for a “lower cost, mid-range” version of its electric Model 3 sedan starting at $45,000. That’s a lot less than the $54,000 base price for an all-wheel-drive version of the car Tesla’s been selling recently, but the mercurial billionaire’s tweets failed […]

Silent Giant: America’s Biggest Private Company Reveals Its Plan To Get Even Bigger

Thirty miles outside Minneapolis, the only structures interrupting miles of waist-high corn are a few long buildings covered in white siding. Those structures belong to Cargill—the $115 billion-in-sales agricultural giant that has topped Forbes’ list of America’s largest private companies for 28 of the past 30 years—and they house one of Cargill’s most important projects.   Stretched out along the […]

The Ultimate Luxury Gers In Mongolia’s Expansive Gobi Desert

The best places in the world are often the hardest to get to. I’ve found this time and time again at places such as the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Uganda, the Galapagos Safari Camp in Ecuador, Nihi Sumba in Indonesia, and the Explora resort in Patagonia. Now on my list is the Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia, a wildly obscure and pristine luxury ger […]

What Amazon Did This Week

#WADTW is the regular post that looks at everyone’s favorite behemoth, Amazon, from a variety of angles from specific moves, acquisitions, fringe/subsidiary activities, new patents, partnerships and beyond over the last seven days [#WADTW ARCHIVE]. The aim? Be your one-stop-shop on Amazon every Sunday. The archive is here but if I missed something let me know, email or drop me a line […]

A letter to NBA rookies: beware sharks, hazing and your own arrogance

A basketball career isn’t just about figuring out what kind of player you want to be, it’s also about figuring out what kind of man you want to be. Dear NBA rookie, You have nothing to prove. As you start your NBA career this month, remember that you are one of the top basketball players in the country […]

Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline chaos

• Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho during 2-2 draw • United manager warned after trying to confront Italian Chelsea’s assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho following Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser for […]

Premier Inn unveils no-frills hotel brand with pod-style rooms

Owner Whitbread creates spin-off Zip as it refocuses after sale of Costa Coffee to Coca-Cola. Premier Inn’s owner, Whitbread, is launching a no-frills hotel chain with small pod-style rooms as the company seeks to refocus its business after the sale of its cafe chain Costa Coffee to Coca-Cola. Called Zip by Premier Inn, the new hotels […]

It’s a jungle out there: Costa Rica with kids

Full of exotic animals and rainforests but also child-friendly, Costa Rica is the perfect natural playground for a family adventure. It’s dark in the rainforest, the air thick with strange croaks and chirps, and our group moves slowly, following José’s torchlight. As he gestures for us to stop, we gather around in silence, the adults […]

10-minute dessert recipes

Quick, easy versions of classic puddings, from tiramisu to apple tart, using only a handful of ingredients. Tiramisu Prep 10 min Chill 2-8 hr Serves 6–8 450g mascarpone 85g caster sugar 400ml double cream 550ml chilled espresso  1 tbsp brandy 28 sponge finger biscuits  Grated chocolate, to decorate Beat the mascarpone and sugar until smooth. Add the cream, beat to stiff peaks, then add […]

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for spiced beef kofte with braised chickpeas

A Middle Eastern-inspired treat that’s as simple to make as it’s delicious. These kofte are very much Middle Eastern in influence. When I was in my early 20s, I had a favourite Persian restaurant, which served theirs with a wonderfully aromatic chickpea broth, heady with saffron and other spices. They were glorious. We often recreated […]

‘Everyone I know buys vintage’: the Depop sellers shaking up fashion

The fast-growing social media app combines Instagram-style image creation with digital market bargaining. Caitlin Young is one of millions of teenagers and 20-somethings who are shaking up the fashion industry by digging out their parents’ cast-offs, raiding charity shops and scanning boot sales to build mini businesses online. Young picks up 1990s and “Y2K” early […]

Home run! Yankees cap hits the headlines – with a £315 price tag

Perennial baseball favourite has moved from pitch to celebrity centre stage. More than the kits of the Chicago Bulls or LA Lakers or the recent World Cup strip of Nigeria, the New York Yankees cap has found favour far beyond the pitch. A long-time celebrity favourite, stalwart of the streetwear scene and perennial on the high street, […]

Can’t sleep? Perhaps you’re overtired

We’re used to seeing toddlers who can’t switch off at bedtime. But some experts think that our ‘always on’ lifestyles mean that many adults have the same problem Nerina Ramlakhan remembers when her daughter was a toddler, and how if she got too tired she would be unable to switch off. “There was a healthy […]

‘Disneyland for adults’: John Portman’s dizzying interior legacy

Atlanta is the future. At least, makers of films and TV series think so, especially those who create visions of times to come. In The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead and Divergent, the city appears, unnamed, as the setting for omnipotent rulers and dark deeds. Sometimes you see its towers; sometimes soaring, swirling atria of […]

After what I lived through?’: survivors of Brazil’s dictatorship fear Bolsonaro

José Carlos Giannini will never forget the horrors he endured at the hands of Brazil’s 21-year military dictatorship: the savage torture-sessions he and others considered leftist enemies of the state suffered after being cast into São Paulo’s dank political dungeons. Nearly five decades on – and with the country poised to elect a dictatorship-praising, pro-torture populist who plans […]

Unlikely candidate’s hidden camera documentary lifts lid on Italian politics

In early 2017, Ismaele La Vardera, a 22-year-old Sicilian journalist, surprised the Italian political scene when he announced his candidacy for mayor in the southern city of Palermo. Even more surprising was his decision to stand for the League, whose leader, Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has repeatedly denigrated southern Italians. On election night on 12 […]

UK will not renege on Irish border backstop deal, says Bradley

Karen Bradley, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, has given assurances that the British government will not renege on the “backstop” commitment over the Irish border issue in Brexit negotiations. She said the government was fully committed to the agreement it had struck with the EU last December when Theresa May and the European commission […]

CCTV footage appears to show Khashoggi body double in Istanbul

Newly leaked CCTV footage has emerged that appears to show a man leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul wearing the clothes of the murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CNN aired the footage on Monday, citing a Turkish official who identified the man as Mustafa al-Madani, a “body double” and member of a 15-man Saudi team […]

Busy Philipps: ‘I’ve been on three big TV shows but was broke by the age of 28’

As guilty pleasures go, there are some that are painful to admit even to yourself. Not because they’re shameful, but because they’re so mindless that they make you question why you ever even bothered learning to read. Here’s one of mine: every day I go on Instagram and watch Busy Philipps, who is possibly the […]

Jamal Khashoggi death: give us the facts, western countries tell Saudis

The UK, France and Germany have pressed Saudi Arabia to provide facts for its account of what happened to the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as ministers from western governments lined up to reject the official line from Riyadh. After two weeks of denials that the kingdom was involved in Khashoggi’s disappearance on 2 October, late on Friday […]

No more silence: how I helped give Franco’s victims a voice at last

On Christmas Eve 1981, an 18-year- old girl from the Spanish town of La Línea de la Concepción, just over the border from Gibraltar, was admitted to hospital. She was young, pregnant and unmarried – sinful in the eyes of a conservative society only just emerging from 40 years of dictatorship. María Mercedes Bueno never […]

Khashoggi mourners demand ‘true justice’ after Saudi disclosures

Friends and colleagues of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have resumed their vigil outside the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul where he was killed two weeks ago to mourn his death and demand those responsible be bought to “true justice”. “This is not over. It’s just starting,” Turan Kışlakçı, the president of the Arab Turkish Media Association, […]

‘Juarez in a bottle’: Mexican moonshine made with snakes resurfaces in US

When the US banned alcohol production and importation in 1920, spirits from Mexico began illegally crossing the border. Alongside mass quantities of tequila was the lesser-known sotol: a north Mexican moonshine with a similar flavor profile. “We exported 300,000 liters during prohibition,” said Ricardo Pico, of the Chihuahua-based distillery Sotol Clande, who has spent years studying the drink. […]

Midterms: how the votes of vulnerable groups are being suppressed

With just over a month before the crucial midterm elections, Americans in some states will return to the polls two years after the election of Donald Trump to face new laws that could make it harder to vote. Since a landmark supreme court ruling in 2013, which repealed key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights […]

‘Adults in the room’: Greens surge across Europe as centre-left flounders

In conservative Bavaria, the Greens doubled their vote in state elections to become the second largest party. In Belgium’s local elections they achieved record scores of more than 30% and finished first in several Brussels districts, and runners-up overall. In Luxembourg’s general election they increased their tally of MPs by 50%. The elections in three […]

Pope suggests he may be open to Kim’s Pyongyang invitation

Pope Francis has indicated he may make an official visit to North Korea, one of the worst countries in the world for persecuting Christians, thousands of whom are incarcerated in labour camps. An invitation from the closed state’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was relayed to the pope by South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, a Catholic, during a […]

EU leaders ready to help May sell Brexit deal to parliament

EU leaders are preparing to back Theresa May in building a “coalition of the reasonable” in the UK parliament, in a desperate bid to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Following what has been described by diplomats as a “call for help” by the prime minister at a crunch summit in Brussels, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, stressed […]

EU willing to extend Brexit transition, says Irish foreign minister

The EU is willing to extend a transition period after the UK leaves the bloc, Ireland’s foreign minister has confirmed, but warned Britain must not renege on previous agreements to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland. The confirmation came as the environment secretary, Michael Gove, warned a Brexit deal may not be in place until the December […]