Opinion Drama

  • Trump firm’s bid for second golf course in Scotland to get green light
    by Severin Carrell Scotland editor on September 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Approval of plan expected days before more controversial proposal of 550 luxury home development on nearby land Donald Trump’s family business is expected to win approval to build a second golf course on his Aberdeenshire estate, more than a decade after it was first promised.Local councillors are expected to rubberstamp the proposal on Tuesday after it was endorsed by Aberdeenshire’s planning officers, days before the council votes on a far more controversial bid by the Trump Organisation to build 550 luxury homes nearby. Continue reading…

  • Thomas Cook travel chaos: firm’s collapse leaves 150,000 stranded abroad – live updates
    by Kate Lyons (earlier) and Graeme Wearden (now) on September 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled Latest summary: Rescue efforts underwayWedding in ruins due to overnight collapseFull story: Thomas Cook announces administration after last-ditch talks failThomas Cook collapse: your questions answeredHow have you been affected? 6.10pm BSTThe collapse of Thomas Cook today has cast a huge cloud of worry over one of its hotels, half an hour’s drive southwest of Palma airport. “I thought he was asking who was going to drive us back home from the airport, but then I looked in the Norwegian papers and saw what was going on.”“I asked the receptionist about it but she said that Scandinavia wasn’t affected, but of course we’re all involved. I hope we get some information on Wednesday, otherwise we’ll have to start looking at our options.”“All the information we’re getting is off the telly.It’s the old people who are staying here that we feel sorry for. It’s not very nice for them and they’re worried about it. You could just tell the atmosphere was different this morning.” 6.05pm BSTThere’s been a big political row over Thomas Cook today.The government insists it was right not to intervene and risk taxpapers’ money, while and Labour and the unions criticised its refusal to help save thousands of jobs and hundreds of thousands of holidays. Related: Row breaks out over government’s refusal to rescue Thomas Cook Continue reading…

  • Al Alvarez obituary
    by John Sutherland on September 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Writer, critic and poetry editor of the Observer best known for The Savage God, a meditation on literary suicideIf one credits the title of his autobiography from 1999 – Where Did it All Go Right? – the word that best sums up the life of the writer, poet and critic Al Alvarez is “luck”. There is, however, a more appropriate four-letter word for the life he chose to live: “risk”. Not for him the percentage game. Alvarez, who has died aged 90 of viral pneumonia, confronted risk head-on in his favoured recreations – rock-climbing and poker – and in his career as an academic without a permanent post.Alvarez was also, he claimed, a man without full nationality. “I am a Londoner, heart and soul,” he protested, “but not quite an Englishman.” His Sephardic Jewish family had been resident in the country for 200 years. Enriched in the clothing trade on the side of his father, Bertie, and property on that of his mother, Katie (nee Levy), they had been assimilated for generations. Although they were no longer quite as rich as they had been by the time Al was born, the family’s mansion in Hampstead, north London, retained a full complement of servants and a high level of cultivation. Classical music was, Al said, one of the great joys of his life even if, like his father, he could play nothing but the gramophone. Continue reading…

  • The Green Carpet fashion awards 2019 – in pictures
    by Leah Harper on September 23, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Here’s what an ethical red carpet looks like: the event celebrating sustainable style, now in its third year, saw celebrities and designers wear vintage, rented and ethically produced outfits Continue reading…

  • Afghan forces kill up to 40 wedding guests during raid
    by Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul on September 23, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    House used by Taliban to train suicide bombers was next to bride’s home in Helmand, say officialsAn airstrike has killed a large number of civilians, with some reports saying as many as 40, as they celebrated a wedding in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, Afghan officials have said.The group were hit during commando raids by Afghan and foreign forces in Musa Qala district, that the Afghan defence ministry said targeted “foreign terrorists”. Continue reading…

  • Eurozone economy slows amid trade decline and Brexit fears
    by Phillip Inman on September 23, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    German private sector shrinks, contributing to wider manufacturing recession The eurozone economy came close to stalling in September after declines in global trade and the threat of a no-deal Brexit triggered the fastest fall in manufacturing output in nearly seven years.Germany was the main driver of the slump after a survey of private sector activity found that the growing threat to international trade from the tit-for-tat US-China trade war had left it in the worst position since 2009. Continue reading…

  • EU nations come to Italy’s aid over relocating migrants
    by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo on September 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Germany, France and Malta to accept people rescued from Mediterranean in new planFour EU countries have sought to break the deadlock over European migration policy, as Italy’s new government underlined its move away from the hardline policies of former deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini.Interior ministers from Germany, France, Italy and Malta have agreed a joint proposal to relocate people rescued at sea and end the plight of migrant rescue boats adrift in the Mediterranean while countries bicker over who should help. Continue reading…

  • Danh Vô review – the extraordinary artefacts of a Vietnam escapee
    by Adrian Searle on September 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    South London Gallery and Mariam GoodmanHe fled Vietnam in a boat built by his father. Is that why this sly, sexy spellbinding exhibition – which includes the personal belongings of ex-US secretary of defence Robert McNamara – revels in serendipity?Danh Vô’s is an art of coincidence: of people and places, history and anecdote, objects and images. Overwhelming in its complexity, Vô’s exhibition at the South London Gallery is further complicated by a concurrent show at Marian Goodman’s London gallery.Born in Vietnam in 1975, Vô escaped with his family in 1979, in a boat built by his father that was picked up by a Danish vessel. This perhaps accounts to some degree for the role of serendipity and chance encounters in his art. Every work, every group of photographs, every object is an amalgam of stories, references and symbols. The SLG provides a useful commentary to Vô’s exhibition, which he calls Untitled; a lazy non-title you might say, until you realise that a reversal of his name to Vô Danh means unnamed or nameless in Vietnamese, the words often found on gravestones in the country, where so many died, unidentified, in the war with the US. Continue reading…

  • Democrats ramp up pressure on Trump over Ukraine whistleblower scandal – live
    by Joan E Greve in Washington on September 23, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer pushes for access to whistleblower complaint while CNN poll puts Warren on 22% to Biden’s 20% 6.02pm BSTHere’s where the day stands so far: 5.41pm BSTDemocratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has raised more than 500,000 since his campaign sent out a desperate weekend email asking supporters to offer financial support to his bid.“Here’s the bottom line: Cory 2020 needs to raise an additional $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization necessary to continue competing for the nomination,” his campaign manger, Addisu Demissie, wrote in an email to supporters on Saturday. “Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward.”This is a herculean challenge—but it can be done. I know because we’ve done it before. So today, I’m asking for your help. Chip in $5, $10—whatever you can—to help keep my voice in this race: https://t.co/thGpnEeVEd Continue reading…

  • Brexit: Labour delegates back Corbyn and reject plan to commit now to remain – live news
    by Andrew Sparrow on September 23, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Rolling coverage of the Labour conference in BrightonLabour rows over Brexit worsen before crucial votes at conferenceMcDonnell says Labour would introduce 32-hour working weekHow the Labour plan to move to 32-hour working week might workMcDonnell says Labour would expand public services available for free 5.48pm BSTNichols takes the vote on composite 14 (the pro-leadership one). It gets carried.So the two pro-leadership motions have been carried. 5.47pm BSTSome delegates are calling for a card vote.Wendy Nichols, the chair, seems to be resisting this. Continue reading…

  • Airbnb could share identities of hosts to prevent illegal renting
    by Robert Booth social affairs correspondent on September 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Plans for register follow complaints in UK of council homes used for holiday letsAirbnb hosts could have their identities shared for the first time to prevent illegal short-term rents and the use of scarce council housing as holiday accommodation.The San Francisco-based property rental platform will this week begin drawing up plans for a register of hosts after pressure from politicians and community leaders across the UK who have complained they are powerless to act when whole blocks are sometimes overrun by short-term rentals. Continue reading…

  • County cricket liveblog: Somerset reach 75-4 against Essex before the rain – as it happened
    by Tanya Aldred (earlier) and Rob Smyth (later) on September 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Heavy rain meant only 27.5 overs were bowled at Taunton on a frustrating day for Somerset, who reached 75-4 in the title decider against Essex 6.03pm BSTThat’s it for our county blog on a frustrating day for Somerset. They won an important toss on a Taunton dustbowl and reached a useful score of 75 for four before rain stopped play for the rest of the day. We’ll be back in the morning, when the forecast is goodness knows, so please join Tanya then. I’ll leave you with the close-of-play scores from around the country. Night! 5.49pm BSTBJ Watling (83*) and Ben Raine (26*) are frustrating Glamorgan at Chester-le-Street, where Durham are 197 for six with a few overs remaining. Continue reading…

  • Netanyahu narrowly ahead in consultations with all parties
    by Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem on September 23, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Israeli president tasked with choosing candidate to form Israel’s next government after inconclusive electionBenjamin Netanyahu has come out narrowly ahead of his rival, Benny Gantz, during consultations with Israeli parliamentarians on who should lead the next government, although it remained unclear if he would be chosen to form a coalition.President Reuven Rivlin ended two days of talks on Monday with representatives from all the Knesset parties, following a stalled election last week that has thrown uncertainly over the country’s political future. Continue reading…

  • Haiti: photojournalist shot in face as senator opens fire outside parliament
    by Ruaridh Nicoll in Port-au-Prince on September 23, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Jean Marie Ralph Féthière draws handgun amid chaotic scenesChery Dieu-Nalio avoids serious injury; another man woundedTwo men including an Associated Press photojournalist have been shot and injured by a Haitian senator who opened fire outside the country’s parliament, amid chaotic scenes as the government attempts to confirm the appointment of a new prime minister.A bullet grazed Chery Dieu-Nalio, an AP photographer, in the face, but he was not seriously wounded. Dieu-Nalio and Leon Leblanc, a security guard and driver, were taken to hospital after the incident in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Continue reading…

  • Iran says it considered exchanging Zaghari-Ratcliffe for £400m owed by UK
    by Julian Borger and Patrick Wintour in New York on September 23, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Mohammad Javad Zarif says he would have argued for release if UK repaid tank deal moneyIran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said the UK offered to release long-frozen Iranian funds in return for him intervening to help free the British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, detained in Iran for more than three years.Zarif said the suggestion had first come from Philip Hammond, some time before he left the Foreign Office to become chancellor in July 2016. The funds involved were £400m owed by the UK for a decades-old tank sale. In return, the Iranian foreign minister said he was prepared to argue for Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release at an Iranian court. Continue reading…

  • Five people wounded in shooting at Kansas City swingers club
    by Associated Press on September 23, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Police say they responded to a shooting Sunday at The Spott Lifestyle and Swingers club, and that motive is still unknownAuthorities say five people were shot and wounded at a swingers club near Kansas City.Sheriff Darryl Forte of Jackson county said in a tweet that deputies responded around 3.30am on Sunday to the shooting at The Spott Lifestyle and Swingers Club. It is located in an unincorporated area less than 10 miles (16.09km) east of downtown Kansas City. Continue reading…

  • David Lammy blames Trudeau’s blackface outfit on ‘racist tropes’
    by Kate Proctor on September 23, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Labour MP says Canadian PM’s scandal reveals ‘even liberal leaders’ succumb to racismThe Labour MP David Lammy has blamed the decision by Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, to blacken his face at a party on pervasive racist tropes that even “liberal leaders” succumb to, as he made calls to tackle white supremacy and privilege.Speaking at a fringe event at the party’s conference in Brighton, the anti-racism campaigner spoke out about old pictures that have emerged of Trudeau in blackface, including one of him dressed up for an Arabian Nights themed gala while still a teacher in 2001. Continue reading…

  • ‘It has saved countless lives’: readers’ picks of the best books this century
    by Guardian readers on September 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    After we published our list of the greatest books since 2000, you sent in your own suggestions – from Chinese sci-fi to a history of musicOur list: the 100 best books of the 21st centuryAn interview with the author of our No 1“London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd (2000) made me fall in love with London all over again. The blood of the city’s history soaked into the clay. Quiet hidden corners, conspiratorial whispers in coffee houses, the dirty Thames and the Great Stink. Invasions, bridges, fires and fog. It’s a very human tale told with the verve of a novelist, the detail of a diarist and the grace of a poet.” – dylan37“The one novel I’ve read from the century to date that I am sure will stay with me for the rest of my life, for personal as well as for general reasons, is The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller (translated by Philip Boehm in 2012). It was published in German as Atemschaukel in 2009, just before she (deservedly) won the Nobel prize for literature. It’s an extraordinarily dense and poetic work and one that seems to transcend language – so perfectly written that text and idea are fused, yet still overflowing with humanity.” – nilpferd Continue reading…

  • The referendum was not David Cameron’s biggest mistake | Suzanne Moore
    by Suzanne Moore on September 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    George Osborne wants to rewrite history and pretend everything was fine until the vote. Tell that to the people whose lives were shattered by austerityI could not take the sentimental send-off David Cameron got from the House of Commons when he resigned, and said so at the time. History was immediately being rewritten when it came to this man who had just made the mistake of having an unnecessary referendum. Poor chap. Sorry, but this is just not the case. Cameron’s self-belief deluded others into thinking that he stood for something other than himself.He was ruthless, and his shininess hid the reality of what his ministers were doing: what his chancellor George Osborne, for instance, unleashed on ordinary people. The decimation of the public sector, the deliberate impoverishment of the already poor was a national disaster. It still is. Continue reading…

  • Why is the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower scandal so serious?
    by Adam Gabbatt in New York on September 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Reports that Trump urged a foreign leader to investigate Joe Biden have rocked Washington and intensified calls for impeachmentLive blog: Democrats ramp up pressure over UkraineDonald Trump is facing on one of the most perilous periods of his historically perilous presidency. Related: Impeachment talk intensifies over Trump’s call with Ukraine president Continue reading…

  • Solskjær’s rebuild talk cannot mask Manchester United’s sense of drift
    by David Hytner on September 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    The manager’s honeymoon period is over and the defeat at West Ham demonstrated their lack of high-grade options againIt was a soundbite from Ole Gunnar Solskjær designed to cut through the hysteria that always accompanies a bad Manchester United defeat and, make no mistake, Sunday’s 2-0 reverse at West Ham was as bad as anything on the manager’s nine-month watch – with the exception of the 4-0 drubbing at Everton last April. Related: Mark Noble the beating heart of West Ham wherever they want to call home | Richard Williams Continue reading…

  • Italian hunter killed his father thinking he was a wild boar, say police
    by Angela Giuffrida in Rome on September 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Son, aged 34, charged with manslaughter after Martino Gaudioso shot deadA 55-year-old man was killed by his adult son during a hunting expedition in southern Italy after being mistaken for a wild boar, police have said.Martino Gaudioso was said to have been shot dead by his son, aged 34, during a wild boar hunt in a densely wooded area of the Alburni mountains, near Salerno in Campania, on Saturday afternoon. The men were in an area that is off-limits to hunters. Continue reading…

  • Ofcom investigates CGTN over coverage of Hong Kong protests
    by Jim Waterson Media editor on September 23, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    UK regulator to look at whether Chinese state-backed channel broke impartiality rulesThe Chinese state-backed news channel CGTN is under investigation by the British media regulator over claims its coverage of protests in Hong Kong breached broadcasting rules.Ofcom announced on Monday that it was looking at whether the station “broke our rules requiring news to be presented with due impartiality” on four occasions in August and September while covering anti-government demonstrations in the city, which has seen millions of people take to the streets. Continue reading…

  • Hollywood has been failing Jennifer Lopez for decades – Hustlers proves it
    by Hannah J Davies on September 23, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Her few outstanding roles have been buried in a sea of dross, such as Gigli and Maid in Manhattan. Could she finally be in with a chance of an Oscar?“This whole country is a strip club. You got people tossing the money and people doing the dance.” So proclaims Jennifer Lopez’s wily stripper turned con artist, Ramona, in Hustlers, which raked in $33.2m (£26.6m) in the US on its opening weekend, making it J-Lo’s biggest opening weekend for a live-action movie.Hustlers is a pretty decent film about a pretty indecent proposal – namely that Ramona and her colleague, Destiny (Constance Wu), drug and steal from their moneyed clients in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Continue reading…

  • Is this the worst guide to impressing your colleagues ever written?
    by Guardian Staff on September 23, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Five Ways to Impress on Your First Day suggested following the most popular person around the office and buying everybody lunch. But was the backlash justified?Name: Five Ways to Impress on Your First Day.Age: Very short-lived. Continue reading…

  • Cats bond with their people too, study finds
    by Nicola Davis on September 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Scientists say felines display similar ‘attachment styles’ with caregivers as dogs and children – but not everyone is convincedCats may sometimes seem aloof, contrary and utterly nonplussed by humans, but it turns out that might not be the full story.Researchers say they have found that, like children and dogs, cats form emotional attachments to their caregivers including something known as “secure attachment” – a situation in which the presence of a caregiver helps them to feel secure, calm, safe and comfortable enough to explore their environment. Continue reading…

  • Salmonella alert issued after 100 people infected by UK eggs in three years
    by Andrew Wasley, Alexandra Heal and Fiona Harvey on September 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Warning follows joint investigation that uncovered hundreds of regulation breaches by farms, packing stations and wholesalers The government has issued a salmonella warning after an investigation revealed that at least 100 people had been poisoned by British eggs in three years.On Saturday, following the joint investigation, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a food alert, warning consumers that eggs from a specific English flock could be contaminated with salmonella. The eggs in question were marked with the British Lion stamp, which is supposed to guarantee they are safe. Continue reading…

  • Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’ – video
    on September 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    ‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ climate activist Greta Thunberg has told world leaders at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York. In an emotionally charged speech, she accused them of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying: ‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you!’UN secretary general hails ‘turning point’ in climate crisis fightContinue reading…

  • UK to snub Franco-German ‘alliance for multilateralism’
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on September 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    UK decision not to send minister to meeting is sign of how Brexit is shifting foreign policyBritish ministers are to snub a major new “alliance for multilateralism” being launched by France and Germany at the United Nations general assembly this week in a fresh sign of how Brexit is shifting British foreign policy.The alliance, due to be launched by the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, and the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, is intended to act as a bulwark against what Le Drian has described as “the wilding of the world” and the abandonment of the rules-based order set up after 1945. Continue reading…

  • EU’s chief negotiator calls Johnson’s backstop solution ‘unacceptable’
    by Daniel Boffey in Brussels on September 23, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Barnier pours scorn on PM’s Irish border proposal as it would not avoid customs and VAT checks post-BrexitMichel Barnier has described Boris Johnson’s solution for replacing the Irish backstop as “unacceptable” as the EU’s chief negotiator gave his most downbeat assessment yet of the chances of striking a Brexit deal by 31 October.Standing alongside the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas following a meeting in Berlin, Barnier said the UK government’s position had to change for there to be any hope of success. Continue reading…

  • Should meat be banned to save the planet?
    by Emine Saner on September 23, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    A barrister has called for new laws against practices that harm the environment – including eating meat. But some experts say criminalising carnivores could do more harm than goodThat late-night kebab might be considered a guilty pleasure, but could it one day be seen as a crime against the planet? Will the time come when the only means of procuring a slab of Aberdeen Angus is from a dodgy dealer with a cool box? The barrister Michael Mansfield has suggested that we should have new laws against ecocide – practices that destroy the planet – and that under them, meat could be targeted. “I think when we look at the damage eating meat is doing to the planet, it is not preposterous to think that one day it will become illegal,” he said.A study last year by researchers at the University of Oxford, published in the journal Nature, showed meat and dairy produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and takes up 83% of farmland, but delivers just 18% of calories and 37% of protein. Continue reading…

  • Could it BE any funnier? The 25 best Friends episodes
    by Stuart Heritage on September 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Joey’s hand twin, Rachel’s meat trifle, Ross’s luminous teeth … as the most popular show on the planet hits 25, here are its most classic momentsTwenty-five years ago, a sitcom debuted on NBC. Starring a clutch of beautiful yet little-known starlets, the sitcom was envisioned as a line in the sand for young Generation X-ers. This was their show, discussing the things they wanted to hear about. It was vital. It was epochal. The sitcom was called Madman of the People, and it was cancelled after one season after reviews called it “impoverished” and “noxious”.However, the show that debuted one hour before Madman of the People was Friends – a sitcom that became so staggeringly popular it still qualifies as one of Netflix’s most watched shows. What better way to celebrate this anniversary than picking through all 236 Friends episodes to find the funniest 25? Continue reading…

  • Brazilian indigenous leaders denounce Bolsonaro before UN speech
    by Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent on September 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Open letter decries ‘colonialist and ethnocidal policies’President expected to attack left and foreign critics in New YorkIndigenous leaders in Brazil have denounced Jair Bolsonaro’s “colonialist and ethnocidal” policies as the far-right populist headed to New York to defend his treatment of the Amazon and its inhabitants.Bolsonaro is set to make the opening speech at the UN general assembly on Tuesday morning after a wretched few weeks for Brazil’s international reputation in which reports of soaring deforestation and his response to the Amazon fires have cemented his reputation as South America’s “Captain Chainsaw”. Continue reading…

  • If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them | Greta Thunberg
    by Greta Thunberg on September 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    We are in the middle of a climate breakdown, and all they can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growthThis is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight. Continue reading…

  • Manchester airport incident: arrested man is taken to hospital
    by Maya Wolfe-Robinson on September 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Man is arrested as trains and buses suspended and nearby offices evacuated A man arrested at Manchester airport has been taken to hospital for assessment after bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect package on Monday morning, and the airport interchange and surrounding offices were evacuated.Police officers rushed to the airport’s transport hub in response to reports of a man acting erratically at around 7am. A witness told the Manchester Evening News that a naked man had been seen running in and out of the terminus, waving his arms in the air. Continue reading…

  • Turbine Hall artist Kara Walker: ‘Apparently, the only thing I am is black’
    by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff on September 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Her racially-charged work has caused controversy in the US. What does she have in store for her Turbine Hall commission? We meet the artist in her Brooklyn studioBefore I set out to meet Kara Walker at her studio in Brooklyn, she texts me a warning. “I may be a little hungover, I guess.” Her honesty, even on a small matter like this, is affecting. It makes you want to be candid too. “I’m jetlagged,” I text back. “I’m sure we’ll even out.”Next month, Walker will become the fifth artist to take on the Hyundai commission at Tate Modern – creating a large, site-specific work in the vast Turbine Hall that’s bound to get people chattering about black art, continuing the success of such grand London exhibitions as Soul of a Nation, about the black power era in the US, and Get Up, Stand Up Now, which celebrated black British culture over the past 50 years. Continue reading…

  • Untitled Goose Game review – a honking good time
    by Patrick Lum on September 23, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    PC, Switch; Panic Inc/House HousePlaying the role of a loud, waddling waterfowl trying to disrupt village life isn’t rocket science, but this puzzle-stealth hybrid is a delightIf you break Untitled Goose Game (which, for the purposes of this review is the game’s title, never mind that it is clearly not untitled) down to its base elements, you might describe it as a puzzle-stealth hybrid, a kind of bird-based Metal Gear Solid where you must accomplish small tasks while remaining undetected. This fails, however, to describe the true joy of Untitled Goose Game, which is simply this: you are an annoying goose.That detail, that context, changes Goose Game from a merely competent brain-teaser into something far more coherent and fulfilling. Where most stealth games deal in the stark intensities of violence and death, Goose Game instead lowers the stakes back into the realm of comedy and slapstick, and comes off all the better for it. Continue reading…

  • Cannabis-based drug for childhood epilepsy approved for use in UK
    by Julia Kollewe on September 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Plant-derived Epidyolex is first medicine of its kind to be given green light by regulatorsThe first cannabis-based medicine for childhood epilepsy is expected to be available soon in the UK and the rest of Europe after its UK manufacturer, GW Pharmaceuticals, received the green light from European authorities.Cambridge-based GW said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European commission had approved Epidyolex for seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome for patients aged two years and older. Continue reading…

  • CCTV firm staff jailed over leaked Emiliano Sala mortuary photos
    by Steven Morris and agency on September 23, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Sherry Bray and Christopher Ashford receive 14 months and five months in jail respectivelyA man and a woman who worked for a CCTV company have been jailed for illegally accessing and watching footage of the footballer Emiliano Sala’s postmortem.Company director Sherry Bray, 49, and employee Christopher Ashford, 62, were jailed for 14 months and five months respectively. Continue reading…

  • Barristers accuse MoJ of false economies in crown court backlogs
    by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent on September 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Row centres on government’s decision to reduce number of sitting days it pays for recordersA dispute over delays to crown court trials has broken out after criminal barristers accused the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) of making false economies by not reducing case backlogs.Figures obtained by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) show two of London’s busiest crown courts, Snaresbrook and Isleworth, had almost 2,000 cases outstanding according to the latest figures. Continue reading…

  • Jonny Bairstow left out of England Test squad for New Zealand tour
    by PA Media on September 23, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Batsmen Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley earn first call-upsLancs bowlers Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson also tourEngland have not included Jonny Bairstow in their Test squad for the tour of New Zealand while four players are handed maiden call-ups for the two-match series.Warwickshire opener Dominic Sibley is rewarded for his remarkable summer with a place on the plane alongside Kent batsman Zak Crawley and Lancashire duo Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson. Continue reading…

  • A raccoon cafe and the Rugby World Cup: Monday’s best photos
    by Compiled by Joe Plimmer on September 23, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world, including the Emmy awards, the Milky Way and Corbyn in a wicker car at the Labour party conference Continue reading…

  • Dizzying Rugby World Cup opening leaves referees and players in a spin
    by Robert Kitson on September 23, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    The opening weekend of the tournament put officials in the spotlight and showed the value of tactical versatilityThe opening week of a Rugby World Cup is always a blur of first impressions and fast-changing perceptions but, by anyone’s standards, Japan has been something else. It is not the world’s biggest rugby tournament alone that has been widening visitors’ horizons, in a dizzying, delightful and occasionally disorientating few days. Related: Wales’ first-half blitz ensures victory over Georgia in Rugby World Cup Continue reading…

  • Iran says UK-flagged tanker seized in July is free to leave
    by Michael Safi on September 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Stena Impero was dramatically seized on 19 July, sparking crisis in shipping in GulfThe British-flagged tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards more than two months ago has been released, according to Iranian officials.“The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move,” Ali Rabiei, Iran’s government spokesman, said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency. Continue reading…

  • Westminster council accused of ‘double standards’ over Pride charges
    by Frances Perraudin on September 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Figures reveal organisers charged more than £150,000 in three years because it is not classed as a political marchWestminster council has been accused of applying “double standards” by charging organisers of London’s annual Pride march more than £150,000 over three years to host the event.This summer, about 30,000 people from more than 600 groups took part in the parade celebrating LGBT communities, which was attended by an estimated 1.5 million people. Continue reading…

  • Concrete art: Mark Leckey’s M53 motorway bridge at Tate Britain
    by Mark Brown on September 23, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    London gallery calls Turner Prize winner’s immersive exhibition ‘an audio-visual play’“There’s a big motorway bridge in there,” said artist Mark Leckey, pointing to the large gallery in Tate Britain hosting his ambitious and immersive exhibition, which opens to the public on Tuesday.Specifically, it is a recreation of an M53 concrete flyover where an eight-year-old Leckey, growing up in Ellesmere Port, would hang out and play with his friends. Continue reading…

  • ‘Why did they let us book?’: Thomas Cook customers turn up at UK airports
    by Jedidajah Otte and Maya Wolfe-Robinson on September 23, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Passengers disappointed after booking with collapsed travel firm just weeks agoThomas Cook travel chaos – live updatesPassengers scheduled to fly out of the UK with Thomas Cook continued to turn up at Gatwick and Manchester airports on Monday, with some saying they had only learned of the company’s collapse on their way to the airport and others complaining of mounting prices on other airlines. Related: Row breaks out over government’s refusal to rescue Thomas Cook Continue reading…

  • Lewis Hamilton admits that Ferrari hold advantage on the track
    by Giles Richards on September 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    • Mercedes acknowledges it made mistake in strategy• Hamilton still 65 points clear at the topLewis Hamilton has warned that he expects Ferrari to have the advantage in forthcoming races after they took a one-two victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton finished fourth at Marina Bay, with Sebastian Vettel winning in front of his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc. The British driver suffered from the wrong strategy call by his Mercedes team but nonetheless acknowledged that Ferrari had made great steps forward in pace.Vettel won from third on the grid, passing Leclerc with an undercut through the pitstops. Hamilton, in second place, wanted to follow the undercut strategy but Mercedes instead left him out to go long. On worn tyres it cost him time and track position and with overtaking almost impossible at Singapore in similarly matched cars, once he had lost his place he was unable to come back. Continue reading…

  • ‘I wish I’d delayed coming to the UK’ : overseas students call for further visa extensions
    by Abby Young-Powell on September 23, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Foreign students will be offered a two year work visa after graduating from a British university in 2021. But students currently enrolled will miss outUK work visas for foreign students: all you need to knowInternational students at British universities fear the government’s plan to offer two-year post-study work visas to future students could leave them worse off if the extra time is not given to them too.Last week the government said foreign students will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university. But the new policy will only apply to those graduating from summer 2021, according to the announcement. Continue reading…

  • Migrant workers and children to pad out crowd for World Athletics Championships
    by Exclusive by Sean Ingle on September 23, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    • Sluggish ticket sales raise fears of half empty stadium• Free tickets will be given away by Qatari organisersTicket sales for the World Athletics Championships in Doha are far more sluggish than expected, making it highly likely that large numbers of free tickets will be given away to migrant workers and children who will be bused in by organisers, informed sources have told the Guardian.Organisers are already blanking off the top section of the 40,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium to make the event, which starts on Friday, look better on TV. However even with a reduced capacity and reasonable ticket prices starting at 60 Qatari rial (£13), seats are still readily available. Continue reading…

  • Mark Noble the beating heart of West Ham wherever they want to call home | Richard Williams
    by Richard Williams on September 23, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Many West Ham fans feel the club is not the same since the move from Upton Park but their captain is a player who embodies the unselfish work ethic of many of his predecessors‘This is not a bear pit,” one of the Sky pundits said of West Ham’s new home on Sunday. “This is not the old Upton Park.” In geographical, architectural and atmospheric terms, no dispute there. But one man in the claret and blue performed against Manchester United as though he had made his way to work past the market stalls and the Boleyn pub on Green Street and stopped for pie and mash at Nathan’s before taking to the pitch with the hot breath of the crowd on his neck and the anthems of the home supporters shaking the old stands. And that player won the man of the match award. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading…

  • Wales’ first-half blitz ensures victory over Georgia in Rugby World Cup
    by Paul Rees at City of Toyota Stadium on September 23, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    • One-sided half resulted in Wales leading 29-0 at half-time• Georgia fought back after interval and edged third-quarterAfter a week under siege, Wales went on the attack. Three tries in the first 15 minutes and a bonus point before half-time was an emphatic response to last week’s forced departure of Rob Howley, the man who shaped the way the Six Nations champions used possession for 12 years.Wales won the grand slam earlier this year through an aggressive defence but what tended to be lost, after five scores under 30 points, was the capacity they had to come from behind to win, most notably when they trailed France by 16 points in Paris, but also against England in a far tighter contest. They showed a creative side, even if they did not flaunt it. Continue reading…

  • Man appears in court charged with Keeley Bunker’s murder
    by PA Media on September 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Wesley Streete, 19, remanded in custody over death of woman found in Staffordshire woodsA 19-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with murdering a young woman whose body was discovered in woodland in Staffordshire.Wesley Streete, of no fixed address, is alleged to have murdered Keeley Bunker on Thursday last week. Continue reading…

  • How we met: ‘I told her I loved her – in Uzbek. She had no idea what I was saying’
    by Emine Saner on September 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Sarah Heywood-Rakhimova, 30, and Akmal Rakhimov, 29, are actors and live in New York‘“She would come to my house to teach me English, and I would teach her Uzbek,” remembers Akmal. “But my motive,” says Sarah, “was to get as physically close as I could – so how do you turn a lesson into a date?” They ended up kissing.This wasn’t real life, but a scene they developed and performed as part of a theatre course in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2009. Akmal was from Uzbekistan; Sarah, from the US. Both had enrolled for three years at the renowned Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil. Continue reading…

  • Ed Miliband calls for ‘wartime’ mobilisation to tackle climate crisis
    by Kate Proctor Political correspondent on September 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Former Labour leader also warned against splits over fixed decarbonisation targetsEd Miliband has said Labour needs a “wartime” mobilisation on the climate emergency in the next decade as he warned the party not to splinter over fixed decarbonisation targets.The former secretary of state for energy and climate change praised Labour activists for their Green New Deal campaign which demands Labour commit to a net zero carbon date of 2030. The Tories have pledged to do so by 2050, and Liberal Democrats by 2045. Continue reading…

  • ‘You give Don a voice’: courier’s widow praises Ken Loach film
    by Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent on September 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Gig economy film Sorry We Missed You is partly inspired by the death of Ruth Lane’s husbandThere is a scene in Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach’s new film about a parcel courier driven to the brink by his brutal gig economy job, when his wife finally loses patience with his ruthless depot controller and screams at him to give her disintegrating husband a break.“Isn’t that funny,” whispered Ruth Lane as she watched the first UK public screening on Sunday night in Brighton. “I went into the depot office and shouted at Don’s manager, complaining that he didn’t have time to eat. I said you are bloody killing him. You are working him so hard.” Continue reading…

  • Labour is finally reaching out to minority voters to help shape policy | Rachel Shabi
    by Rachel Shabi on September 23, 2019 at 11:42 am

    For too long the party has focused on white voters in leave areas, while taking the support of everybody else for grantedThe Jeremy Corbyn project wants to hear from people within minority communities across Britain. At last. Speaking at the Labour party’s annual conference in Brighton, Dawn Butler, the shadow women and equalities secretary, said, “I need help with my race and faith manifesto” and asked for ideas. The plan is for “nationwide listening events” with ethnic minority groups, intended to help shape party policy.And Labour wants to get the ball rolling with issues ranging from political representation to making public services more inclusive, as well as examining the legacy of slavery, colonialism and empire. Butler said a better understanding of this British history was a “vital component in the fight against the far right”, which she added was the fastest-growing terrorist threat in the UK. Her words are backed up by the police. In 2018, figures showed that hate crimes had more than doubled in the past five years. And earlier this year, a leading children’s charity found that children were whitening their skin to avoid this terrifying increase in racial abuse. Continue reading…

  • Spanish police arrest Catalan separatists on suspicion of terrorism
    by Stephen Burgen in Barcelona on September 23, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Nine people linked to network calling for civil disobedience arrested in Barcelona areaNine Catalan independence activists have been arrested in Barcelona and face charges of “rebellion, terrorism and possession of explosives”, authorities have said.Police said they confiscated material they alleged could be used in bomb making during raids early on Monday morning. The raids were aimed at aborting actions that “could have caused irreparable damages”, prosecutors said. Continue reading…

  • Milan fashion week spring/summer 2020: 14 key shows – in pictures
    by Jo Jones and Scarlett Conlon on September 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

    From J-Lo and Donatella Versace breaking the internet, to Prada favouring timeless style over fashion, the Italian capital had plenty of memorable moments this season Continue reading…

  • Rachel Roddy’s Italian confit chicken recipe | A Kitchen in Rome
    by Rachel Roddy on September 23, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Confit chicken, or pollo sott’olio, slow-cooked in a bath of fragrant extra-virgin olive oil on a bed of herbs and zestIt is estimated that fragments of 53m terracotta amphorae once containing olive oil make up Monte Testaccio in Rome. The hill was constructed between the first century BC and the third century AD, when billions of litres of oil from Baetica (modern-day Spain), Tripolitania (Libya) and Byzacena (Tunisia) were imported into imperial Rome. This was not simply oil for drizzling on leaves, but fuel for an empire – for lamps, cleaning, balm, perfume and medicine. Once the oil was decanted, the impregnated amphorae couldn’t be reused – which is why they were smashed and, in highly organised feats of stacking, made into a hill that rose nonchalantly, the Leonard Cohen of landmarks, in the middle of Rome.Over the centuries, the hill – which stands at 35m and has a circumference of half a mile – has taken on a life of its own: grass, shrubs and trees have taken root on its slopes; restaurants, nightclubs and mechanics at its base. Depending from where you approach it, Monte Testaccio can look like a woodland wilderness, a hub of charming trattorie, a scruffy and seedy clubland, an urban farm or a neatly stacked exhibit. It is from inside Testaccio’s other unlikely landmark, a former slaughterhouse, that you can best understand the monte, the pieces of broken pot visible on the slopes. Continue reading…

  • Thomasina Miers’ recipe for spiced blackberry and brown sugar crumble cake | The Simple Fix
    by Thomasina Miers on September 23, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Bulk up the bounty of blackberry season with a crunchy crumble topping – and not an apple in sightAs much as I love a crumble, I have always been squeamish about cooked apples. Although blackberries are in full season, it’s hard to pick enough from the hedgerows to make a whole crumble. Instead of mixing them with apple to bulk them out, toss them into this cake instead and top with the irresistible crumble mix. Happy blackberrying. Continue reading…

  • How we made A Nightmare on Elm Street
    by Interviews by Thomas Hobbs on September 23, 2019 at 10:43 am

    ‘The character has never left me. If I’m stuck in traffic in LA, I’ll do the Freddy voice and shout: “Get out of my way!”’Before I played Freddy Krueger, I was in a lot of best-friend roles. I needed something more distinctive – and thought this little indie film called A Nightmare on Elm Street might be it. Wes Craven, the director, looked preppy, wearing Ralph Lauren and chinos, but looks were deceiving as he had a visionary mind. Remember: he discovered both Johnny Depp and Sharon Stone. He used to tell me that Freddy was the “bastard father of us all”. The character was supposed to signify the loss of innocence, as teenagers turn into adults and become corrupted. Continue reading…

  • A local’s guide to Helsinki, Finland: 10 top tips
    by Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen on September 23, 2019 at 10:00 am

    The Finnish capital, which has committed to being carbon neutral by 2035, is great for island-hopping, nightlife, cool design and steaming saunasJust a 10-minute boat ride from Helsinki’s Market Square (JT-Line ferry, round trips and same-day island-hopping tickets from €7), the island of Lonna is an ecological oasis and a great place to hike and relax in nature. Once used as a storage site for naval mines, Lonna is now a refuge from city life and well-placed for sunset views over downtown Helsinki. There’s a restaurant serving locally sourced, organic food, as well as a coffee shop, bar, event venue and sauna. Every summer I enjoy a yoga retreat on the island, but it’s lovely at any time of year. Continue reading…

  • I thought I’d made it when I got to Cambridge University. How wrong I was | Daniella Adeluwoye
    by Daniella Adeluwoye on September 23, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I was sold a dream of upward mobility. But from cash to culture, it’s clear my working-class background still counts against meI’ve always been a diligent worker. Having had a part-time in a fish and chip shop throughout my A-levels, I know what hard work means. When I received my offer to study at Cambridge University I was congratulated by my colleagues for finally “making it”. In the warm heat of June, a few days before my last exam, I thought this would be the last time I would smell the fish in batter as it hit the sizzling oil. I reflected on the idea that Cambridge meant I was finally competing on a level playing field with socially and economically privileged students.Within my first four days at university, by which time tickets had already sold out for the winter ball, I realised this was not the case. Around me, students effortlessly parted with well over £100 for that one night out. I could only struggle to do the same, so I applied to work for half of the ball in order to enjoy the other half for free. It soon dawned on me that, for a working-class student, a Cambridge education did not give me equal status. Continue reading…

  • Knitwear that blends seamlessly into the background – in pictures
    on September 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Photographer Joseph Ford and knitting guru Nina Dodd have collaborated to create bespoke jumpers for people, humans and even fruit that are incorporated into their surroundings in painstaking detail. Invisible Jumpers is published by Hoxton Mini Press Continue reading…

  • Today the world belongs to Fleabag! For once, the Emmys didn’t mess up
    by Stuart Heritage on September 23, 2019 at 9:15 am

    In a rarity for these awards, all the winners actually deserved it – which made Game of Thrones’ final triumph after a night of sustained losses feel hollow• Emmys 2019: Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at Brit-dominated awards• Emmys 2019: best of the ceremony, fashion and red carpet – in picturesGod, it’s weird to watch the Emmys not screw everything up, isn’t it? For decades now, we’ve been conditioned to expect the worst from the ceremony. The patter would be hacky and ill-advised (hello Sofia Vergara on a rotating plinth). The jury would giddily fling awards at movie stars, however mediocre, who deigned to dip their toes into the low-rent world of television. Modern Family would win things. It’s usually such a mess.So last night was strange. For the most part, the awards went to people who actually deserved them. Fleabag won. Barry won. Succession won. Killing Eve won. Ben Whishaw won. Chernobyl won. All the shows you wanted to win, but assumed wouldn’t because they were slightly more challenging than the usual Emmys fare, all won. Continue reading…

  • Six ways to stay healthy when you’re stressed
    by Sirin Kale on September 23, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Keeping on top of your mental health in today’s taxing world can be tough. But a few changes can help lift the burdenHuman beings are not built to endure prolonged periods of stress. If you want to see an extreme example of what it can do to a person, observe prime ministers as they enter and exit Downing Street. Before, fresh-faced, they simper for the cameras. Afterwards, they are gaunt, grey and lined. It is like watching an accelerated version of ageing, and a reminder of how stress corrodes the human body.We live in stressful times, though. More people are scratching a living in the gig economy, without paid leave or long-term job security. Austerity has ripped through communities like bullets through plasterboard, destroying the mental health of those forced into dehumanising encounters with the machinery of the welfare state. The Amazon is burning, a no-deal Brexit is looming and we are hurtling headfirst towards climate catastrophe. It is no wonder that our mental health services are in crisis, more young people are seeking help for anxiety and schoolchildren are being taught mindfulness to cope with the stresses of social media. According to a 2018 study, 75% of Britons experienced such profound stress in the previous year that they felt unable to cope. Continue reading…

  • Have you been affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook? Share your stories
    by Guardian readers on September 23, 2019 at 7:47 am

    If you’re a holidaymaker who’s travelled with Thomas Cook and are overseas we’d like to hear from you. We’re also interested in hearing from workersThomas Cook has ceased trading after talks failed to save the travel company, placing 9,000 British jobs at risk and triggering a huge repatriation effort to bring home 150,000 UK holidaymakers overseas.The Guardian understands that airlines including British Airways and easyJet will be involved in the repatriation – codenamed Operation Matterhorn, for holidaymakers using Thomas Cook, whose destinations range from mainland Europe to north Africa, the Middle East, the US and the Caribbean. Continue reading…

  • Nestlé launches made-to-order luxury KitKats for £14 a bar
    by Zoe Wood on September 23, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Tea-break snack gets gourmet makeover for Christmas, with 1,500 flavour combinationsWe used to be content just nibbling milk chocolate off KitKat fingers, but soon Britons will be able to snack on a “luxury handcrafted” version – for up to £14 a bar – as the tea-break staple gets a gourmet makeover.Bespoke KitKats are expected to be one of this year’s must-have Christmas presents after its owner, the food giant Nestlé, revealed the upmarket KitKat Chocolatory range. Continue reading…

  • 20 best easy autumn recipes: part 1
    by Simon Hopkinson, Henriette Helstrup, Allan Jenkins, Claudia Roden, Yasmin Khan on September 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Anna Jones’s apple and pear crisp and Claudia Roden’s tagliatelle – our favourite recipes for when the nights draw inOf an occasional Sunday evening, Dad would make the most delicious mushrooms on toast. Well, actually, he didn’t make toast; rather, he would make the most delicious, perfect squares of immaculately fried bread. It seems obvious when you think about it, for however well-toasted is a slice of bread – even the most accommodating of crusty sourdough – it will, inevitably, begin to slightly sog about halfway through munching. But a nicely thick slice of fried bread will hold its own until the last mouthful. Always the thoughtful and considered cook, my dear old dad. Continue reading…

  • China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
    by Lily Kuo in Beijing on September 23, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Video shows what appear to be Uighur or other minority prisoners led away by policeDrone footage has emerged showing police leading hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men from a train in what is believed to be a transfer of inmates in Xinjiang.The video, posted anonymously on YouTube last week, shows what appear to be Uighur or other minorities wearing blue and yellow uniforms, with cleanly shaven heads, their eyes covered, sitting in rows on the ground and later being led away by police. Prisoners in China are often transferred with handcuffs and masks covering their faces. Continue reading…

  • Bolsonaro targets the Catholic church over its ‘leftist agenda’ on the Amazon
    by Tom Phillips in Tabatinga on September 23, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Gathering at the Vatican has triggered a political storm in Brazil as bishop denies undermining the government The Prayer of Saint Francis welcomes worshippers to Adolfo Zon’s riverside cathedral in this far-flung Amazon outpost: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”But when the 63-year-old bishop sets off from his Amazonian sanctuary this week and boards a plane for Rome, he will be travelling to the frontline of a smouldering political skirmish between a left-leaning, green-minded Argentinian pope and Brazil’s far-right, climate skeptic president, Jair Bolsonaro. Continue reading…

  • In praise of autumn dawns: ‘a slice of magic before the winter hell’
    by Nell Frizzell on September 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

    One of the joys of autumn, and the drawing in of the days, is that even we full-fat shlubs can live through beautiful sunrisesAs the nights draw in, temperatures drop and darkness spreads across our lives like so much bad gravy, many of us will become crepuscular. Don’t worry, it’s not contagious – and there is really very little by way of rashes or twitches to give us away. Rather, like barn owls, bats or skunks, we can often be found haring through the half-light like – well, like a hare.You see, one of the great joys of our creaking, pink-edged tumble into autumn and the misty creep of winter in the willows is that regular, full-fat, white-flour schlubs can start to live through beautiful sunrises almost every day. Suddenly you don’t need to be the sort of person who starts the day with ice baths to get that first-light rush. This week, the sun is rising at 6.45am in the south of England, soon to be 7am. By the end of October, before the clocks change, we’ll be having crunchy orange dawns at a heady 7.42am. Sure, the lack of daylight may eventually turn us into miserable husks, staring at toaster filaments in lieu of UV rays as our skin turns to clay. But for this moment, this conker-strewn, apricot-sky early autumn, those early mornings are a slice of magic. Continue reading…

  • Britain’s common ground is lost. But there are glimmers of hope we can find it | John Harris
    by John Harris on September 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Media-fuelled Brexit divisions have created a culture of mutual loathing. Grassroots initiatives can help bring us together “I’ve given up watching the news,” said the man in the other room. “It’s all lies.”We were both in a hi-fi shop in Bath – me immersed in an arcane conversation about amplifiers, while he asked for help with his internet-enabled flatscreen television. He was sixtysomething, with the look of someone being endlessly annoyed by the world, or what he saw of it. These days, he said, all his information about current affairs came from online videos. What, I wondered, was he watching? Claims of faked bombings in Syria? False warnings about the dangers of vaccines? Or labyrinthine theories about the global cabal intent on stopping Brexit? Continue reading…

  • What is the point of the UN general assembly?
    by Julian Borger World affairs editor on September 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    As its 74th session looms, we examine the annual meeting where world leaders get their 15 minutes in the spotlightThe UN general assembly is the world’s parliament, where all the UN’s 193 member states are represented. Each sovereign state gets one vote so it is not exactly representative of the world’s population but then again, its votes are not binding on the membership, except in budgetary matters. Continue reading…

  • Emmys 2019: best of the ceremony, fashion and red carpet – in pictures
    on September 23, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Bold fashion, a passionate call for pay equality, the rise of Fleabag and a triumphant farewell to Game of Thrones. The best images from the 71st annual Emmy Awards.Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at Brit-dominated EmmysContinue reading…

  • ‘The mystery must be resolved’: what befell Swede who saved Hungarian Jews?
    by Jon Henley on September 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Raoul Wallenberg is thought to have saved as many as 30,000 Jews but his descendants do not know how, when or why he diedSeventy-five years after the amateur Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg embarked on his desperate mission to rescue Budapest’s Jews, his descendants still do not know how, when or why he died.This week, they are travelling to Stockholm to demand the government finally does a bit more to help them find out. Continue reading…

  • The British spy who tried to stop the Iraq war – podcast
    by Presented by Anushka Asthana with Martin Bright, Katharine Gun and Carrie Gracie; produced by Elizabeth Cassin, Gary Marshall and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard on September 23, 2019 at 2:00 am

    In the weeks leading up to the war in Iraq, Katharine Gun exposed a US plot to spy on the UN in leaks published in the Observer. She joins former Observer journalist Martin Bright to tell their story ahead of a forthcoming Hollywood adaptation. Plus the BBC’s Carrie Gracie on how she fought for equal payIn the weeks before the invasion, Tony Blair and George W Bush continued to make the case for war in Iraq despite the lack of evidence that Saddam Hussein had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. In Cheltenham, a young Mandarin-language specialist at the UK spy agency GCHQ, Katharine Gun, was at her desk when she received an email detailing a secret plan by the US government to spy on the United Nations to try to secure a resolution from the security council to authorise an attack. In an attempt to prevent a war she believed to be deeply wrong, she leaked the memo and it landed on the desk of the then Observer journalist Martin Bright, who broke the sensational story. The leak was picked up around the world but a mishap by a young Observer newsdesk assistant, Nicole Mowbray, almost killed the story. Continue reading…

  • Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of ‘bored’
    by Guardian readers on September 22, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘bored’The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘bored’.Share your photos of what bored means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box. Continue reading…

  • From Beyoncé covers to indie shoots: the new generation of black fashion photographers
    by Kemi Alemoru on September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Why Tyler Mitchell, Nadine Ijewere and others are shaking up the industryTyler Mitchell was only 23 when he was invited to photograph Beyoncé for American Vogue’s September 2018 issue. In one of the two covers, she smoulders at the camera, wearing barely-there makeup and balancing a halo of colourful flowers on her head. In the other, she stands outside in an Alexander McQueen tiered dress with pan-African coloured lace, lifting white material above her natural braided hair. There is a raw beauty to both, casting the almost superhuman pop star in an unusually intimate light. But that wasn’t the only noteworthy thing about the pictures: Mitchell had made history, as the first African American photographer to shoot a Vogue cover.A few months later, Nadine Ijewere became the first black woman to reach a similar milestone, when she shot the singer Dua Lipa in a Gucci gown for the January 2019 issue of Edward Enninful’s British Vogue. Both covers were widely celebrated as landmark moments, but Mitchell is quick to level an awkward question at the media gatekeepers: “Why did it happen so late? If it were up to me, it would have happened earlier,” he tells me on the phone from New York. Continue reading…

  • Send us your questions for John Humphrys
    by The Observer on September 20, 2019 at 10:49 am

    The Today presenter has asked his final question. Now it’s your turn to quiz the BBC inquisitor…Thursday was John Humphrys’s last day presenting the Today programme, during which he interviewed former prime minister David Cameron about his memoir, For the Record. The veteran presenter, who joined the programme 32 years ago, had announced his plans to step down in February, telling Radio 4’s World At One: “I love doing the programme, I have always enjoyed it, always loved it. And I still [do], that’s the problem; obviously I should have gone years ago.”Born in Cardiff in 1943, Humphrys left school at 15 and started his career working for local papers. He joined the BBC as a reporter based in Liverpool in 1966, becoming presenter of the Nine O’Clock News in 1981 and of the Today programme in 1987. Over the years, he has reported on stories such as the Aberfan disaster, Watergate and apartheid in South Africa. Continue reading…

  • Where did it all go wrong for David Cameron?
    by Presented by Anushka Asthana with Patrick Wintour and George Monbiot; produced by Joshua Kelly, Gary Marshall and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson on September 20, 2019 at 2:00 am

    As the former PM publishes his memoirs, Patrick Wintour tells Anushka Asthana that Cameron’s pursuit of austerity and decision to call an EU referendum sowed the seeds of his demise. Plus, in opinion, George Monbiot on the global climate strikeDavid Cameron announced his intention to resign as prime minister the morning after Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum he had decided to hold and then lost. It came after years of austerity, his government’s response to the global financial crisis, in which huge cuts to local services had hit communities hard. The Guardian’s diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, tells Anushka Asthana that as political editor at the time, he watched Cameron’s rise to the leadership and then into Downing Street. But his premiership was to be defined by those two big crises: the 2008 economic crash and Brexit. As Cameron publishes his memoirs, the consequences of the decisions he made as prime minister are still playing out in real time. Continue reading…

  • ‘We will fight to the last drop of blood’: embattled Kashmiris target freedom – video
    by Sami Ullah , Siddarth Bokolia, Rebecca Ratcliffe, Ahmer Khan, Alex Healey, Claudine Spera, Katie Lamborn on September 19, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Determined to prevent security forces from entering their community, people in the suburb of Anchar, in the disputed region of Kashmir, stand united in their desire to achieve freedom from India. Defying teargas and pellets, they are the last remaining pocket of resistance in the country’s only Muslim-majority state Continue reading…

  • County lines: how drugs gangs are recruiting children – podcast
    by Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Aamna Mohdin and Owen Jones produced by Joshua Kelly, Gary Marshall and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson on September 19, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Aamna Mohdin tells Rachel Humphreys how county lines gangs are stepping up their operations by using short-term holiday flats and recruiting local teens to sell drugs in small towns around Britain. Plus Owen Jones on Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘neutral’ stance on Brexit Drug gangs in major cities such as London and Liverpool have been expanding their operations into small towns in recent years. They use teenagers as runners and have been known to take over the homes of drug addicts as bases to deal from. The Guardian’s Aamna Mohdin has been reporting on the rise of county lines gangs and tells Rachel Humphreys that the gangs are now professionalising. They have begun using Airbnb flats and luring local teenagers into the trade with cash payments and free takeaways. Continue reading…

  • I’ll kick out Iain Duncan Smith because of ​’​austerity he inflicted on my ​mum’ – video
    by Kyri Evangelou, Maeve Shearlaw and Katie Lamborn on September 18, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Is the chaos in Westminster breeding a new type of politician? We hit the campaign trial with Labour’s Faiza Shaheen, who is trying to kick out the Tory grandee Iain Duncan Smith from his Chingford and Woodford Green seat. Shaheen grew up in the area and describes herself as the polar opposite of Duncan Smith. What are her chances of success? And could she be hindered by Labour’s Brexit position?  Continue reading…

  • Neil Rankin: ‘If you keep your food and drink simple, the night is more sociable’
    by Neil Rankin and Josh Lee on September 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Chef, restaurateur and doyen of all things grilled, Neil Rankin explains why it’s all about quality not quantity when it comes to putting together beautiful small plates and cocktailsAny social occasion needs three things: abundant food, great conversation and even better drinks. It sounds simple, but when you want to impress, the temptation to overcomplicate food can leave you feeling overwhelmed and overworked. So how do you make food to remember, without breaking your back in the kitchen? The answer is to take inspiration from the French – not their haute cuisine, but their countryside cooking, which is just as tasty and a fraction of the effort. The secret is simply to use the best quality ingredients, which should be left to do the culinary talking for you. When the basics are really good, there’s not much more you need to do other than throwing them together. Continue reading…

  • Homeless deaths: share your tributes
    by Guardian readers on September 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

    As part of a new series, we would like to hear your memories and stories of people you knew who have died while homeless In recent decades countless homeless people have died on the streets of UK cities, or while in temporary accommodation. Far too often their stories have died with them.Not only are there no precise figures(official government estimates on homeless deaths in England and Wales were published for the first time last year, but the real numbers could be higher), but in many cases their deaths were not properly investigated, so we may never know who these people were and what happened to them. A new series by G2 and Guardian Cities tells the stories of homeless people in cities around the UK who have died, piecing together details about their lives to commemorate them and to try to answer crucial unanswered questions: why did they die? Could their deaths have been prevented? However, we know that far more homeless people have died without proper recognition than we can report on. So, we want tohear your stories: are there people you know, or people in your community, who have died while homeless? Who would you like to share your memories of and pay tribute to? Continue reading…

  • Edward Snowden in exile: ‘you have to be ready to stand for something’ – video
    by Ewen MacAskill, Laurence Topham, Marina Costa and Katie Lamborn on September 13, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Edward Snowden has spent the last six years living in exile in Russia and has now decided to publish his memoirs, Permanent Record. In the book he reflects on his life leading up to the biggest leak of top secret documents in history, and the impact this had on his relationship with his partner, Lindsay Mills. The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill, who helped break Snowden’s story in 2013, has been given exclusive access to meet him‘I was very much a person the most powerful government in the world wanted to go away’Continue reading…

  • Uncle Wong, 82: protecting Hong Kong protesters with his walking stick – video
    by Ekaterina Ochagavia, Edwin Lee, Christopher Cherry, Andy Chung, Katie Lamborn and Charlie Phillips on September 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Uncle Wong is part of Protect the Children, a community group whose members put their bodies between the police and young Hongkongers protesting against the government. Waving his walking stick in the air and wearing swimming goggles to protect against teargas, he tries to reason with police and provide a distraction to allow activists to evade arrest. As tensions continue to rise between protesters and police, however, so does the emotional burden on Uncle Wong Continue reading…

  • We’re quitting smoking, so why is big tobacco booming? – video
    by Leah Green Shay Notelovitz Joseph Pierce Simon Roberts Ben Kape Ryan Baxter Paul Boyd Chiara Fiorillo on September 12, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Smoking rates are falling in the UK, US and much of Europe. Forty-five per cent of Brits smoked in the 60s and 70s, compared with just 15% today. You would think this was bad news for cigarette profits, but tobacco companies are making more money than ever. They claim they no longer market traditional cigarettes, but behind-the scenes tactics suggest otherwise. Leah Green explains how the most successful business enterprise in history has weathered its fall from grace Continue reading…

  • Anywhere but Westminster | ’All this has to stop’: our real Brexit crisis – video
    by John Harris, John Domokos, Bruno Rinvolucri, Ken Macfarlane, Marina Costa and Katie Lamborn on September 11, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Away from the drama in London, what’s actually  going on? In Wigan, Bury, Manchester, Nuneaton and Macclesfield, John Harris and John Domokos find confusion and weariness about Brexit and fury at the so-called coup – as well as homelessness, hunger and the deep roots of the UK’s current meltdown in what Anywhere but Westminster began chronicling 10 long years ago   Continue reading…

  • Quiz: Can you tell these past Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlisted albums by their covers?
    by Lauren Franklin on September 5, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Great albums and memorable sleeve designs tend to go hand in hand. Test your knowledge of the best of British and Irish music of the last few years by matching these album cover snippets with their artistWhich album is this?Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1The xx – I See YouFontaines DC – DogrelWhich album is this?Anna Calvi – HunterSEED Ensemble – DriftglassFontaines DC – DogrelWhich album is this?Florence + the Machine – High as Hope Wolf Alice – Visions of LifeSons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile Which album is this?Slowthai – Nothing Great About BritainLittle Simz – Grey AreaDave – PsychodramaWhich album is this?Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s GoneKate Tempest – Let Them Eat ChaosDinosaur – Together, As OneWhich album is this?alt-J – RelaxerThe Big Moon – Love in the 4th DimensionEd Sheeran – Divide Which album is this?Anohni – HopelessnessSkepta – Konnichiwa Michael Kiwanuka – Love & HateWhich album is this?Blossoms – BlossomsThe xx – I See YouBat For Lashes – The BrideWhich album is this?The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of ItThe Big Moon – Love in the 4th DimensionDavid Bowie – BlackstarWhich album is this?Jamie Woon – Making TimeThe Comet Is Coming – Channel the SpiritsRadiohead – A Moon Shaped PoolWhich album is this?Idles – Joy as an Act of ResistanceCate Le Bon – RewardNao – SaturnWhich album is this?J Hus – Common SenseBlack Midi – SchlagenheimStormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer9 and above.Your music geekery knows no bounds.5 and above.You appreciate great artwork, but you usually only see it on tube posters.0 and above.Have you even seen an album cover recently?Watch the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize live on Thursday 19th September, BBC Four – 9pm. Discover more: mercuryprize.hyundai.co.uk Continue reading…

  • Should we abolish private schools? – video
    by Maya Goodfellow Ian Anderson Simon Roberts Joseph Pierce Ryan Baxter Ben Kape Paul Boyd on August 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

    A disproportionate number of people who occupy the top jobs across the UK – from the prime minister and leading politicians to judges and entertainers – were privately educated. Campaigners who think this situation has gone on too long are asking why we have private schools and whether it is time to get rid of them. Maya Goodfellow explores the case for abolitionBritain’s private school problem: it’s time to talkContinue reading…

  • Ottawa for foodies: an insider’s tour
    by Joe Callaghan on August 5, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Canada’s capital city is making a name for itself as a foodie destination, as well as a cultural and outdoor hub. There are food trucks with daily specials, a diverse range of newcomers and ice-cream parlours aplenty, writes Joe CallaghanEvery four years, there’s the potential for a new broom to sweep through Ottawa and bring with it an entirely new government, with new policies and new people decamping to the nation’s capital.The city is much more than a political hotbed, though. While its status and stature as Canada’s capital city — and all the cultural cornerstones that come with such a designation — is what attracts so many of the visitors who flock here in greater numbers each year, there are so many strings to Ottawa’s bow. Continue reading…

  • What financial advice would you have given to your younger self?
    on June 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    From pension pots to property and investments, we asked three people with a wealth of experience what they wish they had known earlier on in lifeIt’s often said that we regret the things we didn’t do more than the things we did. The road not taken. But these regrets are typically rooted in explicit choices and decisions we’ve made. Often, however, we regret things that we weren’t even aware were options – the roads we didn’t know about. This kind of regret is particularly pertinent when it comes to managing our money. Although we make dozens of choices with our money every single day, we are blind to the options we didn’t even consider.For instance, even if we’re prudent enough to put some money aside instead of spending it on items we hardly ever use, we typically just stick it into a savings account. Or we put it into bricks and mortar. Many of us don’t even consider investing. Continue reading…

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