Opinion Drama

  • UK general election 2019: Tories secure majority as Corbyn says he won’t lead Labour into next election – live news
    by Haroon Siddique (now), Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson (earlier) on December 13, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Updates and reaction as Conservatives seal historic victory and Boris Johnson says Brexit is now the ‘unarguable decision of the British people’Full election resultsJohnson leads Tories to historic general election winFive reasons why Labour lost the electionPolly Toynbee: Corbyn leads Labour into the abyss 11.40am GMTAs expected the prime minister entered number 10 without making any comment, just waving a few times. A big cheer could be heard from inside number 10 as he entered. 11.35am GMTBoris Johnson has left Buckingham Palace, having asked the Queen for permission to form a government, and is heading back to Downing Street.The meeting lasted more than 35 minutes. Continue reading…

  • Klopp signs new Liverpool deal and more: football countdown – live!
    by David Tindall on December 13, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Dave, tweet him or post BTL 11.45am GMTJurgen Klopp on his new deal at Anfield …For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve. When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow. People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it’s not the only measure. I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of. When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that. It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024. If I didn’t I would not be re-signing. This club is in such a good place, I couldn’t contemplate leaving. 11.33am GMTBut much bigger news from Anfield now – Jürgen Klopp has agreed a new deal with Liverpool until 2024.BOSS ✊We’re delighted to announce Jürgen Klopp has agreed a contract extension https://t.co/Eg13Fjj3Ek Continue reading…

  • Australia v New Zealand: first Test, day two – live!
    by Adam Collins (now) Geoff Lemon (earlier) on December 13, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Updates from the second day of play at Optus StadiumSciver century leads England women to series win over PakistanAny updates? Email or tweet @collinsadam 11.45am GMTRidiculous. STEVE SMITH! It doesn’t get any better than that! #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/fxMje4Ms7I 11.44am GMTA ONE-HANDED RIPPER! One of the best catches you’ll ever see from Steve Smith, diving to his right at full stretch at second slip, his right hand dragging the chance in. Starc beat him with a beauty the ball before and now wins the contest. A huge moment in this game. Continue reading…

  • FTSE 250 rockets to record high as banks, housebuilders and utilities surge – business live
    by Graeme Wearden on December 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Shares and sterling are rallying as the financial markets react to the Conservative Party’s election triumphLatest: UK stock market jumpsFTSE 250 hits all-time highIntroduction: It’s Blue Friday in the CitySterling hits 18-month high vs US dollarThe mood on the trading floor 11.32am GMTThe resounding Conservative victory leads to three conclusions for the markets, says Olivier Konzeoue, FX Sales Trader at Saxo Markets: Uncertainty has been removed, 10 Downing Street will be able to take care of the UK Economy, capital inflows should therefore gradually resurface, but much remains to be done with regards to achieving a trade deal with Europe and the fundamental data we have seen slowing down over the last year will potentially materialise in the coming months.In short, the result is positive for markets, but patience will be key from now on.” 11.20am GMTAfter more than three hours of frenzied trading, the FTSE 250 index is still at a record high.UK-focused companies are among the biggest risers, including estate agents Savills, transport group Go-Ahead, housebuilders Bellway and Crest Nicholson, and pub chain Wetherspoons. Continue reading…

  • Hope in the dark: culture to make you feel less terrible about the UK election
    by Peter Bradshaw, Alexis Petridis, Kate Abbott, Hannah J Davies, Richard Lea, Alison Flood, Imogen Tilden and Keith Stuart on December 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

    You may be distraught at the result, or just want a break from politics – so find solace in our critics’ pick of 30 films, songs, books and more to hide under a duvet withBlades of Glory Will Ferrell and Jon Heder enjoyed their finest hours in this comedy as egotistical ice-skaters barred from the sport after a disgraceful display of bad temper. They realise their only shot at a comeback is to settle their differences and compete jointly as a men’s pair. A film to release the dove of hope from the spangled Lycra costume of optimism. Continue reading…

  • Sardines squeeze into Italian cities for biggest anti-Salvini protests yet
    by Angela Giuffrida in Turin on December 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Over 120,000 people expected to join a Rome rally on Saturday against Matteo Salvini’s populist politicsClutching rosaries, prayer books and a large crucifix, a group of around 20 people gathered outside a court in Turin on Tuesday morning to pray for Matteo Salvini. The leader of the far-right League and Italy’s former deputy prime minister is on trial in the northern city for allegedly defaming the judiciary, but he didn’t show up for the first hearing.The fan club, called I Cinque Sassi (The Five Rocks), emerged in response to the “Sardines”, a rapidly proliferating movement against the politics of Salvini and his far-right allies. “The only fish that interests us is the symbol of the first Christians,” Angela Ciconte, the group’s founder, told reporters outside the court. Continue reading…

  • Harvey Weinstein still hasn’t faced real consequences. And he won’t | Jill Filipovic
    by Jill Filipovic on December 13, 2019 at 11:15 am

    If he has any conscience, he would apologize sincerely and individually to the women who have accused him, and use every last cent he has to make amendsTwo years ago, Harvey Weinstein was very sorry. He came of age in a different time, he said in a rambling statement after more than 80 women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and assault. He realized he needed to be a better person. He quoted Jay-Z: “I am not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.” He could not be more remorseful to the people he hurt, he wrote, and he planned “to do right by all of them”.That was then. Continue reading…

  • The joy of sex for the first time at 37: ‘We celebrated and high-fived afterwards’
    by Elle Hunt on December 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Libby’s virginity felt like a weight she had to carry around. Determined that 2019 would be her year, she signed up to online dating – with unexpected resultsThis time last year, Libby was looking back on 2018 with regret. At 37, she was still a virgin.Libby (not her real name) was one of four thirtysomething virgins to share their stories with the Guardian in June. The piece struck such a chord that there was cause for a follow-up article on the many readers who got in touch to say they started their sexual lives in their 30s – and urged those who were worried about not having lost their virginity not to give up hope. Continue reading…

  • The Upside’s best things that happened in 2019
    by Mark Rice-Oxley on December 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Here are our highlights – tell us yours and we’ll showcase them in next week’s Christmas newsletterHow’s it been for you? Annus horribilis or golden year? We’d love to hear from Upside fans about their 2019: what was the best thing that happened? The funniest thing you witnessed? The very best joke? The most promising dab of progress that you came across? Anything that made it good to feel alive?Email us at the usual address (theupside@theguardian.com). We’ll showcase a sample in next week’s festive edition, the last newsletter of the year. The best email wins a hole punch. Continue reading…

  • For America’s black politicians, winning an election can lead to jail | Cliff Albright
    by Cliff Albright on December 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    The motivations behind today’s efforts to overturn elections and remove black elected officials are not very different than Reconstruction-era motivationsOn 5 November, Hester Jackson-McCray, a black woman, narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Ashley Henley by 14 votes in a heated race for a seat in the Mississippi house of representatives.Shortly after, Henley asked the Republican-dominated Mississippi house to overturn the election results, based on claims including that one precinct didn’t collect voter signatures (a technicality required to process ballots in the state) and that her campaign had found three uncounted paper ballots. Jackson-McCray, meanwhile, pointed out that the election had been run by the Republicans – Henley’s party – making it unlikely that she had manipulated the race in her favor. This turn of events was particularly surprising because the Republican party tends to cast doubts on the existence of voter suppression, the idea that political parties find ways to prevent Americans from voting, calling it a Democratic myth. Continue reading…

  • There is hope: Boris Johnson’s big majority could unleash the social liberal within | Simon Jenkins
    by Simon Jenkins on December 13, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Everything is now in Johnson’s hands: and that includes opting for a softer Brexit, and dialling back his rightwing rhetoric • Latest election news – live updatesNow what? Boris Johnson’s bonus for a stunning election victory is room for manoeuvre. He promised to “get Brexit done” and the UK will surely leave the EU in January. But he was careful not to say how. He only said that he would also leave Europe’s single market and customs union, a choice for which he will now claim a mandate. A mandate is not a plan. Related: The Brexit party folded, but make no mistake: Farage won it for Johnson | Darren Loucaides Continue reading…

  • Labour won’t win again until it works out why it lost | Gary Younge
    by Gary Younge on December 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

    It’s not enough to blame Jeremy Corbyn, Brexit or the media. The picture is far more complex than thatFull election results hereThis changes everything. The fourth national vote in four years has broken the parliamentary logjam with devastating effect. It was a rout. Labour’s vote in its traditional strongholds finally collapsed. The demographic, geographic and social ties that bound its coalition together have unravelled. We have yet to see if they can be put back together again. Britain has elected the most rightwing government for decades handing the least principled leader in living memory such a massive majority that it could take a decade to get rid of him. Last night was bad. The worst is yet to come.The left must now find the space to grieve and think simultaneously. Because it’s not about us. It’s about the more hopeful society we want to create, the people we want to create it with, and the dystopia that they are in the process of creating. And we won’t be in a position to win again until we work out why we lost. Continue reading…

  • Fifty shades of dismay as grimmest campaign ever finally comes to an end | John Crace
    by John Crace on December 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Could EL James dominating the decade’s bestseller list be one reason Britain has fallen apart?Latest election reaction – live updatesIt’s often said that all political careers end in failure. Increasingly, many seem to also start in it. But few leaders can have suffered as big a fall from grace as Aung San Suu Kyi who was kept under house arrest by the military for 15 years between 1989 and 2010 for her attempts to bring democracy to Myanmar. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel peace prize and she became a global icon for bringing power to the powerless through non-violent protest. For years, she was one of my political icons, up there with Nelson Mandela, as an unequivocal force for good in the world. Continue reading…

  • St Vincent/Nina Kraviz: Masseduction Rewired review
    by Aimee Cliff on December 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

    (Loma Vista)Russian producer Kraviz moves St Vincent’s 2017 album through a variety of gloomy musical lenses, from footwork to dubThroughout the 2010s, the album has become somewhat amorphous. Today’s artists are more prone to releasing multiple versions of their records, and many of the old rules about the format have gone out of the window. Continue reading…

  • The US air force gave her a choice: your baby or your job
    by Jessica Glenza and Alana Casanova-Burgess in Sierra Vista, Arizona on December 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

    As a new culture war rages around abortion, scholars believe a 1970s case taken up by Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows the lengths the US government has gone to in the past to control women’s sexuality Listen to Susan Struck interviewed on WNYC’s On the MediaTell us: have you had to decide between pregnancy and your US military career?It was the spring of 1970 and war was rampant in south-east Asia. Capt Susan Struck of the US air force was serving in Vietnam as a nurse.She had asked to be sent. Continue reading…

  • Microsoft names its new games console Xbox Series X
    by Keith Stuart on December 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

    The machine previously known as Project Scarlett will be four times as powerful as Xbox One X with a range of next-gen features Microsoft has revealed the name for its new games console – Xbox Series X. The machine, previously known by the codename Project Scarlett will launch in “Holiday 2020”, and will ship with a redesigned version of the Xbox wireless controller.The new name was announced during the annual Game awards in Los Angeles. At the event, a promotional trailer was shown for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, a sequel to the critically acclaimed adventure title from UK developer Ninja Theory, which is being designed to leverage the capabilities of the new technology. Continue reading…

  • This defeat leaves Labour support unrecognisable from 35 years ago | Lewis Baston
    by Lewis Baston on December 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

    The party has lost poor urban areas and gained affluent remainer enclaves since Michael Foot’s historic defeat in 1983Each election invites us to revisit the lessons of the previous one. Just as the 2017 election showed that while a lot of people had an appetite for change and Labour policies, they had not been willing to embrace Ed Miliband as a leader in 2015, the 2019 election sheds a harsh light on how poor a campaigner Theresa May proved to be in 2017. Boris Johnson, avoiding the media and repeating platitudes as banal as the Maybot, unlocked the mandate that she sought last time around. It was an expertly timed election, thanks as much to the blunders of Jo Swinson and Jeremy Corbyn as to the Machiavellian planning of Johnson and Dominic Cummings. Running against chaos worked for Cameron in 2015, and even more so for the Tories in 2019.Though the Tory majority didn’t reach three figures, it is not unreasonable to think of the 2019 election as a landslide Continue reading…

  • Two arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of terrorism
    by PA Media on December 13, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Man and woman held over links to Islamist-related terrorism, say West Midlands police Two people have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.A 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were detained in Birmingham on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, West Midlands police said. Continue reading…

  • Exhibition showcases female street photography – in pictures
    by Sarah Gilbert on December 13, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Street photography has traditionally lacked a strong female presence, but an exhibition at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 in New York is challenging that. Curated by Gulnara Samoilova, the founder of @WomenStreetPhotographers, the show contains works by 94 women from around the world and runs until 2 January 2020 Continue reading…

  • Experience: a burglar made me think I was losing my mind
    by Niamh Tulley on December 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Things were going missing, but everybody told me it was probably nothingLast year, I moved into a new flat in London. It was the first time I’d lived by myself. In the past, I shared a student house with five others, then later with friends. I’d always been fairly messy and if something went missing it was likely it had been borrowed or misplaced. More often than not, it would turn up.But in my new home, living alone, I was exceptionally tidy; everything had a place. I’d been there for about six months when I couldn’t find a pair of gold hoop earrings I wear almost every day. I’d been to the park the day before, and felt sad that they must have slipped out without me noticing. A day or two later, I noticed a couple of my rings weren’t there. I told my boyfriend that jewellery had gone missing, and he dismissed it, saying perhaps I’d lost them. I figured he was right. Continue reading…

  • My life in sex: the woman who has a thing for Moomins
    by Anonymous on December 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I used to work as a seamstress and was able to create a realistic latex outfitWhen I met H, he was everything I thought I wanted in a man – quiet, resourceful and somehow physically reassuring. He was in his late forties and had a gentle, homely quality that I found sweet and nourishing. But soon he was to show me that I wanted more from a man – more from a human – and that he could give it to me.That winter, we were staying in a cosy ski lodge when H introduced me to the Moomins. I was instantly hooked. I loved their solidarity, their love of nature, their sweetness, and their white curves – I was astonished to find myself aroused by them. At first I felt baffled and ashamed. But then I started dropping hints: I nicknamed H Pappa Moomin, bought him a top hat, fed him up. Continue reading…

  • Why people in Canada’s remote Arctic capital are obsessed with Amazon Prime
    by Thomas Rohner in Iqaluit on December 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Goods can only reach the communities by air or – when the Arctic Ocean thaws – by sea, making the free year-round shipping vitalIguptaq Autut, a comedian from Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut, knew he had truly arrived in the territory’s capital the day he walked out of the post office with an Amazon box under his arm. Continue reading…

  • Richard Kind: ‘I’m a team player, but I also want to win’
    by John Patterson on December 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    The comedy veteran – a star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spin City and A Serious Man – is an essential ensemble player. He talks about not taking centre stage and his upcoming role as Rudy GuilianiIt’s an unpromising day to meet Richard Kind, as the first big rainstorm of the winter pounds Los Angeles. The Burbank golf club seems an odd place to meet for breakfast (8am sharp), with hundreds of crows thronging the 18th hole, but, inside the dining room, all is toasty and cozy, especially my beaming host, who exudes the particular warmth and bonhomie that underpins his work.Now, you may not think you know Richard Kind, but really, you know Richard Kind. He is the indispensable ensemble member: rarely up front in TV or movies, but always crucial to the piece he’s in, always the consummate team player. He has been Larry David’s cousin Andy on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has played big supporting roles in Mad About You and Spin City, has done sterling voice work in Pixar movies including Cars and Inside Out, and was the slightly unhinged brother in A Serious Man. His face, built for comedy, with its wedge-shaped mouth and wide-eyed haplessness, always reminds me of a big, wet, happy dog. You are always delighted to see him, and he is exactly as lovable in person. Continue reading…

  • Nigerian students deported from Croatia had visas to stay
    by Lorenzo Tondo on December 13, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Documents show pair who were forcibly transferred to Bosnia had right to remain Two Nigerian student table tennis players wrongly deported to Bosnia by Croatian police who mistook them for undocumented migrants had regular visas valid until 3 December.Abia Uchenna Alexandro and Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, who arrived in Croatia on 12 November to participate in the fifth World InterUniversities Championships, had the right to remain in the country. Continue reading…

  • The Brexit party folded, but make no mistake: Farage won it for Johnson | Darren Loucaides
    by Darren Loucaides on December 13, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Whatever Nigel Farage does next, his decision to stand aside against 317 Tories and target Labour leavers was monumental• UK election results liveUntil 11 November, many had assumed that Nigel Farage’s Brexit party was revving up for a general election. But that morning, Farage told an audience of supporters and journalists in Hartlepool that his Brexit party would be standing down in 317 Conservative-held seats to avoid splitting the leave vote. The audience was stunned; there was muted applause after he finished. Related: Nigel Farage’s project falls flat as Brexit party set to win zero seats Continue reading…

  • Brexit: EU leaders call for swift ratification after Tory victory
    by Daniel Boffey in Brussels on December 13, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Relief tinged with sadness as EU27 hope Johnson majority may bring clarity to UK plansElection reaction – live updatesEU leaders have expressed cautious confidence that Boris Johnson will pivot to back a close economic relationship with the bloc and called for swift ratification of the withdrawal agreement after the prime minister’s election triumph.The size of Johnson’s majority was welcomed in Brussels, where the 27 heads of state and government have gathered for a two-day summit. Continue reading…

  • Rich and famous help Famalicão shake up Portuguese football
    by Ed Aarons on December 13, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Club are third in top flight after a rapid rise assisted over the past 18 months by a billionaire owner and agent Jorge MendesFamalicão’s players are used to performing in front of crowds of 5,000 at a club that was languishing in Portugal’s local amateur leagues a decade ago. When they take the pitch at Benfica’s 65,000-capacity Estádio da Luz on Saturday it will complete a rapid rags-to-riches story made possible by funding from one of Israel’s richest men and his growing relationship with football’s most famous agent, Jorge Mendes.The Israeli is Ider Ofer, whose father is the shipping magnate Sammy Ofer and who has raised most of his estimated $5bn fortune through his shipping, drilling and mining businesses. After Ofer increased his stake in Atlético Madrid from 15% to 32% in February 2018 through his Guernsey-based holding company Quantum Pacific, he decided to expand his involvement in football. His first port of call was Mendes, who had helped in negotiations with Atlético’s then Chinese shareholders Wanda Group the previous year through his Gestifute agency. Continue reading…

  • How did Boris Johnson achieve his landslide victory? A visual guide
    by Josh Holder, Antonio Voce and Caelainn Barr on December 13, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Johnson’s gamble on a ‘Brexit election’ paid off, with big gains in Labour’s leave-voting heartlandsGeneral election results and reaction – live newsThe Conservative party gained 66 seats to secure its biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 victory. Boris Johnson’s party cemented its lead in many of its existing seats and made gains in traditional Labour heartlands across the north. Brexit dominated the campaign, bringing the party a thumping win across England and handing Johnson control of Westminster with 364 seats. Continue reading…

  • Report on far-right Republican Matt Shea in hands of Washington legislators
    by Jason Wilson on December 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Lawmakers from both parties tight-lipped on contentsIndependent investigators reported on lawmaker’s activitiesOutside investigators have submitted a report to the Washington state house about the activities of the far-right Republican state representative Matt Shea, but legislators on both sides of the aisle remain tight-lipped about its contents.Shea has been the subject of multiple exposés in the Guardian that have revealed his extreme Christian nationalist views that include believing in a coming civil war, bigoted statements about Muslims and numerous conspiracy theories often popular with the “alt-right”. Continue reading…

  • The Ivy Asia, London EC4: ‘Showy, daft, but also joy-making’ – restaurant review | Grace Dent
    by Grace Dent on December 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    The newest Ivy requires the same mindset as you need to watch a Jason Statham film: thinking is not going to help. Just enjoy the spectacleSometimes a restaurant is so ridiculous that I phone my editor before I’ve even opened the menu, demanding he clears space because all the words babbling behind my eyes need to flood somewhere. “The Ivy Asia’s got a candyfloss-pink glass stairway. And lifesized models of samurai warriors by the urinals in the gents,” I rock and gibber. “And you can eat sashimi in black garlic and yuzu foam while overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. And they have a pudding with chocolate soil and samurai horns made out of biscuit!”“But isn’t it just another branch of The Ivy,” the editor says, “of which there are now at least 30?” Continue reading…

  • UK election 2019: how the Tory triumph unfolded – video report
    on December 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Exit polls, first results and the biggest winners and losers – here’s how ‘the most important election in a generation’ unfolded overnight as it became clear the Conservative party was headed for a strong majority while Labour faced its worst result in decadesWhat we know about the 2019 election so far – at a glanceElection reaction – live updatesContinue reading…

  • Elmo’s antics and Alan Johnson’s rage: strangest moments of election night
    by Martin Belam on December 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Sturgeon’s celebrations, Francois’ analogies, and two different Johnsons going off on one live on air. What you missed while you were asleepLatest election news – live updatesIf you’ve been asleep and want to know what has happened in the election you’ll need our full results page. On the other hand, if you just want to the catch up with the moments that made people go “Hang on, did that just really happen?” during the night, look no further. Continue reading…

  • European Green Deal to press ahead despite Polish targets opt-out
    by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels on December 13, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Poland opts out of 2050 net-zero emissions after hours of wrangling over timetables and moneyEuropean Union leaders have vowed to press on with a major economic plan to confront the climate emergency, despite Poland’s opt-out from a net-zero emissions target by 2050.The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, told journalists he had secured an exemption for Poland on the 2050 target, which is meant to become the legally binding centrepiece of the “European Green Deal” , a plan to transform Europe’s economy announced two days ago. Continue reading…

  • Sierra Leone ordered to revoke ban on pregnant schoolgirls
    by Kate Hodal on December 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Regional court ruling hailed as ‘landmark moment for thousands of girls’ who will no longer be forced to miss lessons and examsPregnant schoolgirls in Sierra Leone will no longer be banned from attending class or sitting exams, after a regional court ordered the immediate overturn of a “discriminatory” policy that has denied tens of thousands the right to finish their education.In a ruling handed down in Nigeria on Thursday, a top regional court found that a 2015 directive barring pregnant girls from attending school amounted to discrimination and a violation of human rights. Continue reading…

  • Farewell Brady and Brees? The NFL quarterback retirement index
    by Oliver Connolly on December 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

    A golden generation of quarterbacks are now in their late 30s and early 40s. Who should press on for glory and who should call it a day?The NFL’s old guard is nearing the end. Advances in training, sleep science and nutrition – not to mention the expansion of the league’s passing rules – allow veteran quarterbacks to play into their late 30s and beyond, but time always wins, eventually. Peyton Manning was the first to go. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Peyton’s younger brother, Eli, will soon follow him. Below, we look at what the future holds for the four veterans. Continue reading…

  • What became of the great Pacific pumice raft?
    by Naaman Zhou on December 13, 2019 at 8:42 am

    It captured the world’s imagination when it appeared in the middle of the ocean – but where did it come from, and where is it going?It floated into the collective consciousness in August, twice the size of Manhattan and probably powerful enough to exfoliate the feet of the entire world. The giant Pacific Ocean pumice raft was as mysterious as it was vast.The world only knew of its existence thanks to Michael Hoult and Larissa Brill, two Australians who sailed into it while travelling by catamaran to Fiji. Photographs they took showed a mass of grey stretching as far as the eye could see. Continue reading…

  • ‘The first time I cried over an election’: readers on the Tories’ victory
    by Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo on December 13, 2019 at 8:22 am

    You have been reacting in the comments to Boris Johnson winning the biggest majority since the 1980sGeneral election results – live newsThe turkeys voted for Christmas. They won’t like it when they get stuffed by Brexit, dismantling of the NHS, reduced civil liberties, reduced employments rights, reduced scrutiny of executive powers, lowering of environmental protections, and continued hostile environment towards non-British citizens and anyone claiming benefits. Postconventional Continue reading…

  • Beijing silent on US reports of China trade deal
    by Lily Kuo in Beijing on December 13, 2019 at 7:52 am

    White House expected to announce accord but Beijing silentUS offered to halt new tariffs and up to 50% cuts on existing onesReports that the US and China have reached an initial trade deal were met with silence in Beijing where officials declined to confirm whether an agreement had been made.Asked about the status of the trade talks during a daily briefing on Friday, the Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated that Beijing was committed to resolving outstanding issues but that a deal had to be mutually beneficial. She did not comment on whether the two sides had reached an agreement or the terms of any deal. Continue reading…

  • Devoid of agility, charisma and credibility, Corbyn has led Labour into the abyss | Polly Toynbee
    by Polly Toynbee on December 13, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Yes, the manifesto was magnificent. But Corbyn has allowed his party to be riven by sectarianism, antisemitism and BrexitThe nightmare has happened. The worst of men is elected prime minister. The hardest of times lie ahead. Unfit in every way for any kind of office, Boris Johnson takes up the reins of absolute power bestowed on any leader with such a majority. Related: Labour has been catapulted into conflict. That’s not necessarily a bad thing | Zoe Williams Continue reading…

  • Boris Johnson leads Tories to historic general election win
    by Heather Stewart and Rowena Mason on December 13, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Gamble of triggering snap poll to unite Brexit vote pays off, decimating Labour’s supportElection reaction – live updatesBoris Johnson has clinched a historic Conservative general election victory, winning a string of seats from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party in its traditional heartlands.Johnson’s gamble of triggering a snap poll in the hope of uniting the Brexit vote in leave-supporting seats across Wales, the Midlands and the north of England paid off spectacularly, setting him on course for the Tories’ strongest performance for decades. Continue reading…

  • Share your reaction to the UK general election result
    by Guardian community team on December 13, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Wherever you live in the UK, we’d like to hear your view on the general election resultsThe Conservative party has won its biggest majority in more than 30 years with Labour losing over 40 seats in what Corbyn called “a very disappointing night for the party”.Wherever you are in the UK we’d like to hear from you and find out the mood across the country. Continue reading…

  • Jamal Khashoggi: US spy chief given deadline to name Saudi writer’s killers
    by Julian Borger in Washington on December 13, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Trump ally Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accusedCongress gives intelligence chief 30 days to assign responsibilityUS intelligence agencies will be given a month to make a formal declaration on whether the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the murder of the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.The annual military spending bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was passed by a large majority in the House of Representatives on Wednesday and is expected to be approved by the Senate next week before being signed into law by Donald Trump. Continue reading…

  • ‘He was a musical warlock’: reflecting on Frank Zappa’s greatest album at 50
    by Jim Farber on December 13, 2019 at 7:15 am

    The 50th anniversary of the experimental musician’s album Hot Rats carries with it resurfaced material and a re-examination of its finer pointsThe first songs most people hear as children are nursery rhymes and lullabies. The first songs Ahmet Zappa heard as a child were the shock-treatment tracks on Hot Rats, a groundbreaking 1969 set by his father Frank. “This is the stuff I was drinking my milk bottles to,” Zappa said with a giggle. “It’s magical.” Related: ‘From Abba to Zappa’: Michael Putland’s shots of rock royalty – in pictures Continue reading…

  • Dennis Skinner to Zac Goldsmith: election winners and losers
    by Jim Waterson on December 13, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Jo Swinson and Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes took a battering as under-fire Tories held onGeneral election 2019 – live newsAs they happen: full election resultsAs election night wore on, the fates of politicians from across the political spectrum hung in the balance. Here are the winners, the losers and the survivors. Continue reading…

  • Five reasons why Labour lost the election
    by Kate Proctor political correspondent on December 13, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Corbyn’s unpopularity, a muddled manifesto and its Brexit stance cost the party dearFive reasons the Tories won the electionLatest election news – live updatesLabour has suffered one of its worst general election results in living memory with dozens of seats that the party had held on to for decades falling to the Conservatives. On Friday morning the party will begin its analysis of why this happened, with the debate likely to affect how Labour bounces back on the road to the next national vote. Below we look at five reasons why the Labour defeat happened. Continue reading…

  • From dog walks to Secret Santa anxiety: this week’s fashion trends
    by Guardian Staff on December 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    What’s hot and what’s not in fashion this weekPanisses AKA chickpea chips. On menus, from Skye Gyngell’s Heckfield Place to Soho’s Folie. Do not add vinegar. Continue reading…

  • In this climate of make do and mend, I love fixing things | Hannah Jane Parkinson
    by Hannah Jane Parkinson on December 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    My solutions aren’t exactly kosher, but I don’t care a jotMending is back in fashion. As more of us wake up to the 1.2bn tonnes of carbon produced by the global fashion industry annually, the impact of our wardrobes on the environment is getting harder to ignore. Harder than hiding, on the back hangers, that ugly but expensive top you wore a single time.I messed about during home economics and textiles lessons at school. I messed about in most lessons, in fairness, but particularly when it came to learning to use a sewing machine. Put one in front of me and it might as well be the Enigma machine. Continue reading…

  • The best pink pieces for all ages – in pictures
    by Styling: Melanie Wilkinson Photography: David Newby on December 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Fashion’s love affair with pink isn’t going anywhere. Rosy looks cosy on a coat, oversized sleeves make a statement and a pale silk shirt with a white party suit looks modern Continue reading…

  • Flying pigs and mathematicians: inside the Cambridge pub facing demolition
    by Jim Butler on December 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Artist Jim Butler has spent years sketching the locals and music acts at his local pub. But a redevelopment plan for the area means the pub’s future is uncertain To anyone living in a British city today, the sight is familiar: an area is being redeveloped and the ordinary, vernacular buildings which give a place its character are being lost. The Flying Pig, an early Victorian pub, now stands isolated on a site that has been earmarked for development for the last decade.Its neighbour, The Osborne Arms, was demolished in 2012 while the seven-storey Botanic House was built in the same year. At the time of writing, the Flying Pig’s future is uncertain. There is an ongoing public consultation about the developer’s plans while an online petition to save the Pig has attracted over 13,000 signatures. Continue reading…

  • ‘I thought you’d like to read this’: the etiquette of gifting books
    by Elle Hunt on December 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Should you write an inscription, or choose a book to change a loved one’s mind? There’s nothing simple about literary presentsA man was walking in New York City when he passed a street vendor with books laid out on the pavement. In the $1 pile was a copy of the latest Philip Roth novel, which he’d loved. He picked it up, turned to the first page – to find a very loving inscription, written by himself, to his newly ex-girlfriend.This is a true story, says rare book dealer and author Rick Gekoski, told to him by a good friend. “He said it was very embarrassing. I said: ‘Did you buy it?’ He said, ‘Of course. Then I threw it in the nearest wastepaper basket.’” Continue reading…

  • Election 2019: what just happened? – podcast
    by Presented by Anushka Asthana with Heather Stewart, Owen Jones, Alan Johnson, Ruth Davidson andJosh Halliday; produced by Elizabeth Cassin, Joshua Kelly, Hannah Moore, Courtney Yusuf and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson on December 13, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Anushka Asthana is joined by Guardian reporters and columnists to tell the story of election night. A massive swing to the Conservative party means Boris Johnson will continue as prime minister and now has a majority for his Brexit dealBritain’s voters have made their decision to keep faith with Boris Johnson as prime minister handing him a mandate to leave the European Union by the 31 January 2020. In a night that saw previously staunch Labour seats in the north of England fall to the Conservatives, we hear from from political editor Heather Stewart and north of England reporter Josh Halliday. Continue reading…

  • Did Marie Kondo fans keep their houses tidy all year? ‘We’ve got rid of 20% of our stuff’
    by Sirin Kale on December 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

    The Japanese decluttering star launched her Netflix show in January. Five enthusiasts discuss whether her tidiness tips are still sparking joyNot since Mary Poppins wielded a supersized handbag and parrot-topped umbrella has anyone done as much to celebrate tidying up as Marie Kondo. With her perky attitude and impeccable bob, the Japanese decluttering superstar inspired millions across the world to embrace the delight of a spring clean. On New Year’s Day, Netflix released the show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, a televised version of her series of books, which have sold more than 10m copies in 42 countries.Naturally, it was an instant hit. Sales of drawer dividers and storage systems soared, as people confronted the mounds of clutter in their homes and asked themselves the question Kondo suggests you put to every object in your home: “Does it spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, well, the big black sack is waiting. (After the Netflix show aired, charity shops reported receiving increased donations.) But could the declutterers keep up the regime long-term? Or are their houses as chaotic as they were before? We caught up with five people who tried to Marie Kondo their lives this year. Continue reading…

  • The 50 best films of 2019 in the UK: No 6 – The Favourite
    by Catherine Shoard on December 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Yorgos Lanthimos served up a gout-ridden Queen Anne, a social-climbing viper and a pistol-packing Churchill. No wonder the awards juries lapped it upThe 50 best films of 2019 in the UKMore best culture of 2019The escalation of this nutty slab of period fruitcake from Yorgos Lanthimos – from Venice chatter-point to awards season triumph – was enough to restore your faith in the whole shaky process. Loosely based on real events, The Favourite is set in the court of a bedraggled, gout-ridden Queen Anne (Olivia Colman – in a performance that won her the best actress Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globes) in the early 18th century. There, life is as trussed up and dazzling as its ruler is crippled and miz. The men wear vertiginous wigs and slather on the makeup. They race ducks and pelt each other with fruit for sport. The women are scrubbed clean of slap and crack on with running the country. Or, specifically, Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz – Bafta for best supporting actress) does: the Queen’s oldest friend and confidante who takes decisions where her flummoxed lover cannot. Continue reading…

  • Who turned out the lights? How the decade’s final month changed cinema for ever
    by Ryan Gilbey on December 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

    The intensity of audience reception to The Irishman and Marriage Story has knocked the film industry sideways. Suddenly the future has arrived – but is anyone besides Netflix happy? The year and the decade are ending and the battle appears to have been lost. On your television, laptop, tablet or smartphone, the evidence is there, cold as a body on the slab: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, two of the most impressively scaled films of the year, are now available to watch at a time of your choosing, or to play in the background while you chat, eat, scroll through social media or ignore them entirely.These movies have entered our homes without undergoing the traditional cinematic lifecycle: a few months on the big screen, then a further three or four months in limbo before arriving on DVD, television and the repertory circuit, where they will see out the rest of their days. Most people are not willing to wait that long, and Netflix has been instrumental in predicting, shaping and indulging our impatience. It has not merely closed the theatrical release window, but lobbed a brick through it. Tied to that brick is a note that reads: “Welcome to the future.” Continue reading…

  • Clenching and counting: how I get through the holidays with OCD
    by Anna Beyer on December 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

    The holidays are a soup of stress that stirs up and intensifies my OCD: travel anxiety, socializing, pressure to make holidays special, and obsession with catastrophesIt is a few weeks until Christmas. I’m sitting at a table with my hands clasped at my chin. I probably look like I’m meditating, praying, or just deep in thought. But I’m gripping and releasing, gripping and releasing my hands in rhythm with clenching my jaw as I think about the lists I need to make and the events I must control to get through holidays.I remind myself to try to enjoy the season, let happier thoughts diffuse the seriousness and the desperate gripping. But this is life with obsessive compulsive disorder. Every person with OCD has a unique experience, but for me it boils down to obsession with order and correctness, intrusive thoughts about catastrophe, and rituals to maintain an illusion of control. Continue reading…

  • ‘Johnson unleashed’: what the papers say about the Conservative election ‘landslide’
    by Warren Murray on December 13, 2019 at 5:39 am

    L-word is widely displayed as the UK front pages respond to the Tories’ projected victoryThe election results make it clear that Tory MPs will comprise the many and Labour will be the few in the next parliament. Here is how the papers cover it this morning.“Labour in meltdown as Johnson seizes majority” – that’s the Guardian after a calamitous election result for Jeremy Corbyn. The paper gets into its final edition the Labour leader’s speech saying he will not lead the party into the next election – but intends to cling to the helm to oversee a “period of reflection”. Continue reading…

  • Drag racer: Brazilian man dresses as mother to take driving test
    by Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro on December 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Heitor Márcio Schiave’s mother had already failed three times but his cunning plan to secure a pass was soon rumbledOn her fourth attempt at the driving test, Maria Schiave – an elderly woman in the small town of Novo Mutum Paraná in the Brazilian Amazon – arrived two hours late.The other candidates had already completed their attempts at parallel parking, and examiners were about to take them out on the road when Dona Maria finally appeared. Continue reading…

  • Labour has been catapulted into conflict. That’s not necessarily a bad thing | Zoe Williams
    by Zoe Williams on December 13, 2019 at 4:56 am

    The party now faces a reckoning. What were the reasons for its defeat, and how can it rebuild?There is no gilding this result: it assures a Johnson-style Brexit, and his abiding style is fecklessness. It unfolded exactly as the Conservatives, the pollsters, the commentators predicted: it was won and lost on the “red wall”, Labour seats that hadn’t shifted since the 1950s toppling to the Conservatives.Blyth Valley, which declared third, before midnight, said it all: except it didn’t, because a majority counted in three digits never really says anything. Workington was a decisive win for the Conservatives, and had the added boost of being an election meme – Workington man, always Labour, likes rugby, voted Brexit, wants it done – which came true. Labour gaining Putney was a bizarre flash, a recollection of something that seemed terribly important a mere 12 hours ago. Chingford and Woodford Green was especially painful, a stark reminder of what everyone knew: that if the Liberal Democrats and Labour had managed to come together, huge figures of the Conservative party could have been deprived a seat. Continue reading…

  • Vote on articles of impeachment delayed after marathon debate
    by Tom McCarthy in New York, Lauren Gambino in Washington and Maanvi Singh in San Francisco on December 13, 2019 at 4:53 am

    After hours spent sparring over proposed amendments to the two counts against Donald Trump, the vote was moved to FridayThe House judiciary committee on Thursday abruptly postponed a historic vote to advance articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, following a 14-hour meeting that devolved into a rancorous, deeply-partisan debate that stretched late into the night.The committee will reconvene on Friday morning, when Democrats are poised to pass along party lines two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstructing Congress. Continue reading…

  • Buckethead gives Boris the finger, but Johnson gets last laugh – election night TV review
    by Stuart Heritage on December 13, 2019 at 4:27 am

    The moment gave the night a brief boost, before Labour soul-searching took over the airwavesGeneral election 2019 UK – liveElection results trackerLabour party begins election inquestAt 12 minutes past 10 last night, BBC One interrupted a funeral with a tombola. The results of the exit poll had just landed like an anvil, knocking the wind out of everyone in sight. Anchors and pundits stammered and stuttered as they tried to grasp the magnitude of the predicted Conservative majority. Huw Edwards, scowling beneath a pristine Peaky Blinders haircut, was even more sombre than usual.But then POW. It was off to Newcastle, where Naga Munchetty was leaping from foot to foot like a first-time firewalker, roaring with excitement because some people were about to count some ballot papers really quickly. Maybe 45 minutes! Maybe less! There was a new computer system! Imagine! Munchetty was far too enthusiastic given the circumstances. Was this her Supermarket Sweep audition tape? Continue reading…

  • Traditional Thai massage gains Unesco heritage status
    by Agence France-Presse on December 13, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Practice of nuad Thai, which has gained global recognition, is added to Unesco’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’ listThe body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage have been added to Unesco’s prestigious heritage list.Originating in India and practised in Thailand for centuries, the massage was popularised when a special school opened in the 1960s to train massage therapists from around the world. Continue reading…

  • White Island volcano: six bodies recovered in military operation
    by Eleanor Ainge Roy in Whakatāne on December 13, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Divers searching surrounding waters fail to find last two victims killed in Monday’s eruptionA military operation to retrieve eight bodies from the White Island volcano in New Zealand has been a partial success, with six victims of Monday’s earthquake being taken off the island. Divers searched the surrounding waters but two bodies remained unaccounted for.More information emerged on Friday afternoon about the mission to recover the bodies, which was carried out by a specialised rescue team, thought to include SAS soldiers. Wearing protective clothing and breathing apparatus, the rescuers landed on the island at 8am and recovered the bodies to a central point before helicopters took them to HMNZ Wellington. Continue reading…

  • Australia’s bushfires have emitted 250m tonnes of CO2, almost half of country’s annual emissions
    by Graham Readfearn on December 13, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Exclusive: forest regrowth can reabsorb emissions from fires but scientists fear natural carbon ‘sinks’ have been compromisedBushfires in New South Wales and Queensland have emitted a massive pulse of CO2 into the atmosphere since August that is equivalent to almost half of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, Guardian Australia can reveal.Analysis by Nasa shows the NSW fires have emitted about 195m tonnes of CO2 since 1 August, with Queensland’s fires adding a further 55m tonnes over the same period. Continue reading…

  • Thousands of ‘penis fish’ appear on California beach
    by Vivian Ho in San Francisco on December 13, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Fat innkeeper worms typically burrow under the sand but recent storms have swept away layers, leaving them exposedI’m not sure this is what the Weather Girls meant when they sang, “It’s raining men.” Related: ‘Truly astounding’: inside the Farallon Islands’ battle against a plague of mice Continue reading…

  • Boys born underweight ‘more likely to have infertility problems’
    by Nicola Davis on December 13, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Experts say men have a higher risk of reproduction issues if born below average sizeBaby boys born small for their gestational age have a greater chance of infertility as adults than those born at an average weight, research suggests.About one in seven heterosexual couples in the UK experience infertility, meaning a year or more of trying for a baby without conceiving, figures show. Continue reading…

  • Stormzy: Heavy Is the Head review – a bright light on the dark side of fame | Alexis Petridis’ album of the week
    by Alexis Petridis on December 13, 2019 at 12:01 am

    (#Merky/Atlantic UK)He’s become so famous that even the Archbishop of Canterbury loves him – but this brilliant second album shows how difficult Stormzy finds stardom“When Banksy put the vest on me,” says Stormzy, a matter of minutes in to his second album, “it felt like God was testing me.” It’s the second time he’s mentioned his headlining appearance at this year’s Glastonbury in as many tracks, but who can blame him? A risky but ultimately triumphant, even epochal performance, it served to underline Stormzy’s unique position among his UK rap peers.Britain is currently teeming with fantastic MCs, but Stormzy is the only one your dad knows the name of. In the two years since the release of his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, he has become a boundary-crossing figure in British cultural life. Not only is he able to take a single as uncommercial as the dark, minimal Vossi Bop to No 1, but he has translated his commercial success into roles as a philanthropist, publisher and activist with enough clout to have his opinions raised by those interviewing the prime minister. He has attracted praise not just from the usual sources but from the vice-chancellor of Cambridge University and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has said he prepares for officiating major events by listening to Stormzy’s 2017 single Blinded By Your Grace: neither are figures noted for their in-depth knowledge of freestyles, diss tracks and Lord of the Mics clashes. Continue reading…

  • Boris Johnson aide tried to stop media using image of boy on hospital floor
    by Jim Waterson on December 12, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    PM’s senior adviser contacted press regulator on behalf of child’s mother, Sarah WillimentA senior adviser to Boris Johnson was involved in trying to stop the media reporting images of a four-year-old boy photographed sleeping on a hospital floor.The Conservative aide contacted the press regulator Ipso on behalf of Sarah Williment, the mother of the boy, after the health secretary, Matt Hancock, spoke to her by phone, according to individuals with knowledge of the case. Continue reading…

  • UK property funds suffer worst week since Brexit referendum
    by Patrick Collinson on December 12, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Demands for withdrawals from funds accelerate after M&G blocks redemptionsA dash for the exit by investors has left UK property funds nursing their worst week of withdrawals since the Brexit referendum, and raised fears that further funds may be forced to close.Last week M&G, one of the UK’s biggest asset managers, shocked small investors when it blocked withdrawals (called ‘redemptions’) from its high-profile £2.5bn property fund. Continue reading…

  • Trump’s latest attack on Greta Thunberg was sexist, ableist – and perhaps jealous
    by Poppy Noor on December 12, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    As the first lady campaigns against bullying, her husband targets a 16-year-oldOn Thursday, after the 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg was crowned Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, Donald Trump tweeted in less than encouraging terms. He said it was “so ridiculous” and said Thunberg, a teenager who has an autism spectrum diagnosis, needed to work on her “anger management problem”. Sexism and ableism all rolled into one – and who said men couldn’t multi-task?So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE Continue reading…

  • Light lies the crown before Michael van Gerwen’s visit to the Palace | Jonathan Liew
    by Jonathan Liew on December 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Dutchman is strong favourite to retain his world title while Gerwyn Price looks best equipped to offer a challengeTo the Palace, then, for the 27th edition of a tournament that over its rich and eclectic history has come to occupy a cherished and strangely comforting place in the festive sporting calendar. Depressed by the election result? Fearful of climate change? Never mind: the darts is back on the telly and, for the next three weeks at least, everything’s going to be fine.Of course, regular followers will be entitled to point out that darts is hardly ever off the telly these days, such has been the prodigious growth of the sport over the last two decades. And yet even in a fattened calendar, in a world of new stars and dizzying new frontiers, there remains a particular cachet to the world championship, a shared bloodline that connects your John Lowes and Eric Bristows to today’s sponsor-encrusted, mineral water‑supping superstars. Continue reading…

  • UK woman accused of making up gang rape must spend Christmas in Cyprus
    by Helena Smith in Athens on December 12, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Judge tells woman, 19, she will have to stay on the island until 30 December for verdictA British teenager accused of fabricating claims she was gang-raped in Cyprus by 12 Israeli tourists has been told she will have to spend Christmas on the island before a verdict is reached.The ongoing ordeal for the 19-year-old was further prolonged on Thursday when a court in Paralimni said the final judgement would be reached on 30 December – almost six months after the alleged incident occurred. Continue reading…

  • Victoria Aggar resigns from Wada and says it is now ‘silencing athletes’
    by Sean Ingle on December 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    • British Paralympian served on Wada’s athlete committee• Aggar says ‘spineless’ decision on Russia provoked exitThe World Anti-Doping Agency has been rocked by the resignation of Victoria Aggar, a highly respected member of its own Athlete Committee, who said she quit after Wada broke its promises and failed to protect clean athletes.The Guardian revealed on Tuesday that Aggar, a retired British Paralympian who has served six years on the committee, was on the brink of going because of Wada’s “spineless and appalling” decision not to issue a blanket ban on Russia. Continue reading…

  • Lachlan Murdoch’s $150m Beverly Hillbillies mansion buy breaks record
    by Associated Press on December 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Son of Rupert Murdoch purchases house seen in credits of the TV show, setting new highest home price ever in CaliforniaA Los Angeles mansion built in the 1930s and seen in the credits for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies has been sold for about $150m, the highest home price ever in California.The buyer of the Chartwell estate is Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and co-chairman of publishing company News Corp, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. Continue reading…

  • Inquiry into police over monitoring of London Bridge attacker
    by Nicola Slawson on December 12, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Usman Khan killed two people in the attack last month after his release from prisonAn investigation into Staffordshire police has been launched following the London Bridge attack last month in which a terrorist killed two people before being shot dead.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has begun an investigation into the force’s role in the management of the attacker, Usman Khan, following his release from prison last year after serving a term for terrorism offences. Continue reading…

  • Disabled woman called ‘lying bitch’ by welfare official awarded £5,000
    by Patrick Butler Social policy editor on December 12, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Phrase was discovered in court papers after woman challenged decision to cut benefitsA disabled woman has been awarded £5,000 in an out-of-court settlement after being called a “lying bitch” by a welfare official in formal legal papers after challenging a decision to cut her disability benefits.The claimant, who suffers from a degenerative condition affecting her heart and lungs, took legal action against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the summer after it accepted the slur had caused her “severe distress and hurt”. Continue reading…

  • George Soros hedge fund makes £16m bet against Daily Mail owner shares
    by Jasper Jolly on December 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    SFM UK Management took out a short position representing 0.9% of the shares of DMGTThe hedge fund owned by the billionaire investor and anti-Brexit donor George Soros has made a £16m bet against shares in the owner of the Daily Mail newspaper.SFM UK Management, the London arm of the New York-based Soros Fund Management, this week took out a short position representing 0.9% of the shares of Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), according to filings to the Financial Conduct Authority published on Thursday. Continue reading…

  • Judge makes preliminary ruling in Carole Cadwalladr libel case
    by David Pegg on December 12, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Arron Banks, who funded Leave.EU campaign, has brought defamation action against journalistA judge has issued a preliminary ruling in a libel action against the investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr and warned that broadcasts and public speeches should not be interpreted as though they were formal written texts.Cadwalladr has won a series of prestigious journalism prizes for her work published in the Guardian and Observer exposing the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal and spending by pro-Brexit campaigners in the EU referendum. Continue reading…

  • Alfie Meadows: police officer cleared of causing brain injury at student protest
    by Damien Gayle on December 12, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Det Con Mark Alston was not the officer who struck student in 2010, panel findsA police officer has been cleared of using unreasonable force in an incident during the 2010 university tuition fees protests that left a 20-year-old student needing emergency brain surgery.Alfie Meadows, then a philosophy student at Middlesex University, suffered a brain injury after he was struck in the head with a police baton during the protests nine years ago against the tripling of university tuition fees. Continue reading…

  • The Amazon is a matter of life and death for all of us. We must fight for it | Jonathan Watts
    by Jonathan Watts on December 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Those who care about the planet’s survival must do more than express messages of support – it’s the world’s new ‘great cause’The fires in the rainforest have finally been extinguished by the arrival of the rainy season, but threats and violence continue unabated against forest defenders. They need international support if the Amazon is to be at the centre of climate action rather than just another distant frontline in the war against nature. Related: Don’t invest in Brazilian meat, warn deforestation campaigners Continue reading…

  • Woman who spent £16m in Harrods says court order is ‘intrusive’
    by Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent on December 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Zamira Hajiyeva subject to unexplained wealth order on £15m home and £10.5m golf courseA woman who spent £16m at Harrods has launched a legal challenge to try to overturn the UK’s first unexplained wealth order (UWO) that would force her to reveal the source of her fortune.Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of the jailed Azerbaijani banker Jahangir Hajiyev, complained to the court of appeal on Thursday that the UWO was “intrusive” and based on the “grossly unfair trial” of her husband, who was convicted of defrauding an Azerbaijani bank out of up to £2.2bn. Continue reading…

  • Aung San Suu Kyi pleas with court to dismiss genocide claims
    by Owen Bowcott in The Hague on December 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Leader says a report from an internal inquiry into Myanmar soldiers was due soonIn a defiant closing address to the UN’s highest tribunal, Aung San Suu Kyi has pleaded with its 17 international judges to dismiss allegations that Myanmar has committed genocide and urged them instead to allow the country’s court martial system to deal with any human rights abuses.The 74-year-old leader of the Asian country informed the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague that she expected a report by an internal inquiry to recommend more prosecutions of Myanmar soldiers soon. Continue reading…

  • Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall closes with the loss of 100 jobs
    by Sarah Butler on December 12, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Watergate Bay restaurant uses celebrity chef’s name but is owned by charitable trustFifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay, one of the last outposts of Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant empire, has closed its doors with the loss of 100 jobs.Chefs and waiting staff at the restaurant, which uses the celebrity chef’s name under licence but is owned and run by a charitable trust, were told the business would be shutting its doors on Thursday afternoon. About 70 people work at the restaurant and a further 30 work at the Cornwall Food Foundation charity, which will also be wound up. Continue reading…

  • Taking the lead: dogs at polling stations – in pictures
    by Matt Fidler on December 12, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    A now classic feature of election coverage, the UK’s dogs are heading to polling stations around the country and then waiting outside for their ownersFollow the general election live blog hereContinue reading…

  • AI expert calls for end to UK use of ‘racially biased’ algorithms
    by Henry McDonald on December 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Prof Noel Sharkey says systems so infected with biases they cannot be trustedAn expert on artificial intelligence has called for all algorithms that make life-changing decisions – in areas from job applications to immigration into the UK – to be halted immediately.Prof Noel Sharkey, who is also a leading figure in a global campaign against “killer robots”, said algorithms were so “infected with biases” that their decision-making processes could not be fair or trusted. Continue reading…

  • How visualising death can help us accept it – video
    by Leah Green Shay Notelovitz on December 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Leah Green tries out a form of meditation which aims to help people who suffer from death anxiety. In the sixth episode of Death Land she visits Alua Arthur, an end-of-life doula who facilitates the meditation. Through visualising the process of death, the treatment aims to demystify mortality Continue reading…

  • First snow and polling stations: Thursday’s top photos
    by Guy Lane on December 12, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading…

  • A Wonderful Life: celebrating the greatest New York photography – in pictures
    on December 12, 2019 at 7:00 am

    On 17 December at Bonhams in New York, photographs from the collection of film-maker and collector Peter Fetterman will go up for sale. The auction, entitled A Wonderful Life, features photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Elvis Presley as well as a large selection of New York snapshots, from Times Square in the 50s to Bob Dylan in the 60s Continue reading…

  • Lynn Goldsmith’s best photograph: the Patti Smith Easter sessions
    by Interview by Dale Berning Sawa on December 12, 2019 at 6:00 am

    ‘When she started putting her poetry to rock’n’roll, Patti Smith was electric. So I always chose colours – yellow, red, blue – that punctuated that aspect of her’ It was 1977 and I was shooting Patti Smith for the cover of her album Easter. I was thinking a lot about Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the palette he uses in his painting The Annunciation: white for purity, red for the blood of Christ, blue for the heavens.Patti brought the white dress, which had been given to her by Robert Mapplethorpe. She brought the red scarf too – she still has it. And one of us threw in the feathers. The blue background is pretty much the exact blue in the Rossetti. That’s not what makes Patti’s eyes pop though. She has Elizabeth Taylor eyes. They always pop. Continue reading…

  • From carriages to kiss selfies: 150 years of photos at Stonehenge
    by Steven Morris on December 12, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Visitor photos dating back to 1875 go on display at ancient site after public appealSnapshots capturing 150 years of family holidays, honeymoons, wild parties and emotional goodbyes with Stonehenge as a dramatic backdrop are going on display at the ancient monument.Many of the photos, taken by visitors to the great stone circle in Wiltshire, feature joyful moments – from children playing hide-and-seek to new age travellers relishing the madness of summer solstices. Continue reading…

  • Election 2019: John Crace on the lowlights and the gaffes
    by Presented by Anushka Asthana with John Crace and Patrick Butler, produced by Rachel Humphreys, Courtney Yusuf and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard on December 12, 2019 at 3:00 am

    The Guardian’s political sketch writer, John Crace, runs through the highs and the many, many lows of the 2019 general election campaign. And: Patrick Butler on the Guardian and Observer Christmas appealAs the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, John Crace has spent the past five weeks catching trains at the crack of dawn to secure a front row seat at events – anywhere in the country – where he can scrutinise the key players in this election. He talks to Anushka Asthana about what he has witnessed.And: the Guardian’s social policy editor, Patrick Butler, on the Guardian and Observer charity appeal 2019, which is supporting four charities that provide natural solutions to tackle the climate crisis. There is more information here. Continue reading…

  • The empty doorway: the people behind Britain’s homeless statistics – podcast
    by Presented by Anushka Asthana with Simon Hattenstone, Daniel Lavelle and Haroon Siddique; produced by Elizabeth Cassin, Courtney Yusuf and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson on December 11, 2019 at 3:00 am

    A record number of homeless people died in 2018 and charities are warning this year could be worse. Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle have been delving behind the statistics into the lives of those sleeping rough. Also today: Haroon Siddique on how British Hindus are being targeted in this election Homeless people are dying on Britain’s streets in record numbers. It is a crisis that shows itself in towns and cities across the country and its causes and solutions are complex and varied. The Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle have been investigating homelessness for months and pieced together the lives of nine people who died this year. They tell Anushka Asthana that cuts to local services have hit hard and the problems of addiction, domestic abuse, mental health and family breakdown all intersect in ways that can overwhelm charities and support networks. Continue reading…

  • Fishlake flooding: how have you been affected?
    by Guardian community team on December 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    We want to hear from residents of the Yorkshire village about what has happened since November. Last month, over a thousand properties were evacuated across the North of England and the Midlands after heavy downpours caused rivers to burst their banks.One of the heavily affected areas was Fishlake in Doncaster, where recovery work is still underway to clean up the aftermath of the floods. While over 100 homes were damaged, it’s believed that many residents are still living in temporary accommodation. Continue reading…

  • Anywhere but Westminster | Scotland: fear and Lothian on the campaign trail – video
    by John Domokos, John Harris, Jem Talbot, Bruno Rinvolucri and Katie Lamborn on December 10, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    As election day nears, John Harris and John Domokos head for a SNP/Labour marginal and talk to people whose lives have been turned upside down by universal credit, a policy imposed by the Tories in Westminster.  But they also get immersed in grassroots social activism that gives cause for hope, and a working-class self-help organisation blazing a trail into the future  Continue reading…

  • What would you like us to cover in 2020? Share your thoughts
    by Molly Blackall and Guardian community team on December 10, 2019 at 9:35 am

    We want to know what you hope to make space for next year and what you would like to see us coverAs 2019 comes to a close, we want to reflect on our journalism and look ahead to next year’s stories. To do this, we’d like to hear from our readers to find out what you want to read in the Guardian next year. From the climate crisis to Brexit, help us set the priorities on our pages. Continue reading…

  • My homeless brother died on the streets of Glasgow. Who will be next? – video 
    by Kyri Evangelou, Maeve Shearlaw and Katie Lamborn on December 10, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Mark Starr died on the streets of Glasgow earlier this year; his family found out five weeks later on social media. As part of the Guardian’s empty doorway series we retraced his final steps alongside his brother Tony. Did Mark have friends? Did anyone give him support? And how hard is it to be homeless in Glasgow?  Continue reading…

  • Border line: a journey through the Irish heart of the Brexit crisis – video 
    by Phoebe Greenwood Ekaterina Ochagavia , Mick Browne, James Armstrong, Marina Costa and Katie Lamborn on December 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    In the weeks leading up to the general election triggered by the Brexit crisis, Phoebe Greenwood and Ekaterina Ochagavia have driven the length of the border that has proved one of the most contentious issues in the Brexit debate. We hear from the people living along it, and what they think is at stake in the election  Continue reading…

  • Black Pete: why is the Dutch blackface tradition still going strong? – video
    by Kyri Evangelou, Andy Hayward and Katie Lamborn on December 4, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Zwarte Piet or Black Pete has been a festive tradition in the Netherlands for generations – which sees thousands of people, who are often white, dress up as the character wearing afro-style wigs, red lipstick and full blackface makeup. There have been attempts to make the holiday character less controversial but the tradition is still widely practiced. We went to the festivities this year to find out if time is nearly up for the tradition Continue reading…

  • Inside the mission to create an army of Greta Thunbergs – video
    by Richard Sprenger, Christopher Cherry, Alex Healey, Noah Payne-Frank and Katie Lamborn on December 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Melanie Harwood is an education entrepreneur and self-styled ‘disruptor’, who has partnered with the United Nations to educate teachers about climate change. The Guardian’s Richard Sprenger joined her on a trip to Dubai, to witness her unorthodox approach first hand Continue reading…

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