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Keir Starmer clashed with Corbyn on Brexit 'to brink of resignation'
Shadow Brexit secretary said to have shown outrage at ‘ambush’ with customs union paper earlier this yearKeir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, was pushed to the brink of resignation early this year after Jeremy Corbyn and his allies tried to kick his customs union plan into the long grass, senior Labour sources have told the Guardian.Labour’s Brexit policy has evolved over the past 18 months through a series of painstaking negotiations between key players at the top of the party, the most fraught of which came at a stormy meeting of the “Brexit subcommittee” early this year. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:35:09 GMT)

Fate of Brett Kavanaugh hearing unclear as Senate scrambles to set terms
Questions remain as Senate firms up details of the supreme court nominee’s hearing following sexual assault allegationsSupreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hangs in the balance as the Senate scrambles to set the terms of a public hearing scheduled in the wake of a woman’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.The timing of the hearing – scheduled for Monday morning in Washington – is politically perilous for both parties, with the November midterm election less than two months away. It will also play out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, a cultural development that has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment and toppled powerful men in government, entertainment, the media and other businesses. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:45:12 GMT)

'Fire whirl' sucked up crews' hose in British Columbia blazes, video shows
Officials say the relatively rare phenomenon is caused when heat from the fire and ground temperature combine to create upliftDramatic footage of a rare “fire whirl” filmed by a Canadian forest firefighter has shown the intensity – and danger – of the record blazes that engulfed much of western Canada this summer.In a video posted to social media, a fire crew in British Columbia can be seen struggling to regain control over a fire hose, which has been sucked into the sky by high winds, as a nearby flame swirls in a vortex. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:58:29 GMT)

Spanish golf champion Celia Barquín found dead on Iowa course
Man charged with murdering 22-year-old, whose body was discovered on MondayPolice in the US have charged a man with first-degree murder after the body of a promising young Spanish golf champion was found on a course in Iowa.Celia Barquín Arozamena, 22, who won the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship in July was from Cantabria, northern Spain, and had been studying civil engineering at Iowa State University. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:20:09 GMT)

'I'm not on the menu': McDonald's workers strike over 'rampant' sexual harassment
The #MeToo movement has inspired low-wage workers to speak out about sexual harassment that they say is systemicWhen Teresa Cervantes entered her manager’s office at a Chicago McDonald’s, a different manager asked what she wanted, as Cervantes recounted in Spanish during a one-day strike of McDonald’s workers, outside the Chicago corporate headquarters on Tuesday.The manager asked if she was there for “pito” – a word for male genitalia – since Cervantes’ boss was known for pressuring workers to have sex in the office or store bathrooms, said Cervantes, who worked at the city’s famous Rock ‘N’ Roll McDonald’s and other locations. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:38:50 GMT)

Ireland collects more than €14bn in taxes and interest from Apple
Money will be held in escrow fund pending appeal against European Union tax rulingIreland’s government has fully recovered more than €14bn (£12.4bn) in disputed taxes and interest from Apple, which it will hold in an escrow fund pending its appeal against a European Union tax ruling.The European commission ruled in August 2016 that Apple had received unfair tax incentives from the Irish government. Both Apple and Dublin are appealing against the original ruling, saying the iPhone maker’s tax treatment was in line with Irish and EU law. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:04:39 GMT)

Tesla under investigation by US justice department after Elon Musk tweets
Shares drop 7% on news DoJ has begun criminal inquiryMusk tweeted ‘funding secured’ over take-private planMore bad news is piling up for Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of the electronic car company Tesla. Tesla is now under investigation by the US justice department over statements the company and Musk made last month. Related: Tesla workers speak out: 'Anything pro-union is shut down really fast' Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:07:20 GMT)

Friend of student who died after taking MDMA could go to jail for supplying drugs
‘All sentencing options remain open’ for Katherine Lavin, friend of deceased Joana Burns The friend of a student who died after taking ecstasy as she celebrated finishing university has been told she could receive a custodial sentence for supplying controlled drugs.Joana Burns, 22, who was studying maths at Sheffield Hallam University, died after taking £7 worth of the drug, also known as MDMA, an inquest into her death heard this year. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:40:07 GMT)

Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating
Exclusive: pornographic actor says Trump ‘didn’t want to be president’ in her book Full DisclosureTrump’s insecurity and ‘bullshit’ hush money: key takeawaysIn a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump, wonders if he is fit to be president and claims he offered to cheat for her in his reality TV show. Related: Stormy Daniels: 'little girl from Baton Rouge' posing big problem for Trump Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:26:41 GMT)

Londoners arrogant and insular, according to those outside capital
Majority of UK residents feel their local area has not been a beneficiary of London’s successMost people in Britain who live outside London do not believe the capital contributes very much to their local area and many consider Londoners arrogant and insular, according to a survey.The results show the need for radical ideas to spread London’s prosperity, according to the Centre for London, the thinktank that commissioned the YouGov poll. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:59:01 GMT)

Spurs suffer, spitting in Serie A and corner umbrellas – Football Weekly
Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Lars Sivertsen to look back at Liverpool’s triumph, an Eden Hazard masterclass, Santi Cazorla, Douglas Costa and more from EuropeJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon to look back at a packed weekend of football, starting with Liverpool’s win at Wembley, as they beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley. Continue reading...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:19:28 GMT)

Brawn again: why Hollywood's muscle heroes are bigger than ever
From Mark Wahlberg to The Rock, America’s cinema strongmen have increasingly big biceps – is it something to do with waning power? If global politics had left you in any doubt, the commotion caused by Mark Wahlberg last week confirmed that we are truly in the age of the strongman. The publication of the actor’s daily routine – which includes two gym sessions, six meals and one hour cultivating his torso in a cryogenic recovery chamber – confirmed what many of us had suspected for some time: a man’s cultural worth these days can be accurately gauged by the circumference of his biceps.Telltale evidence had already arrived last year, when the eighth film in the Fast and Furious series shattered the global box-office record for an opening weekend, taking an absurd half a billion dollars in three days. That would be the Fast and Furious series fronted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel, two men whose pre-Hollywood years were spent as pro wrestler and nightclub bouncer respectively, and whose current whey-powered incarnations make pipsqueaks of their former selves. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:49:24 GMT)

Trump's insecurity and 'bullshit' hush money: key takeaways from Stormy Daniels' book
Daniels’ memoir Full Disclosure contains vivid details about Trump’s beauty regime and his rapport with Hillary ClintonWhile its level of salacious detail about the sitting president is extraordinary, Stormy Daniels’ memoir also chronicles her career and her life. Related: Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:08:36 GMT)

The bodyguard should be a woman: what TV dramas get wrong
Are court cases decided by last-minute evidence? And are some therapists a tiny bit bonkers? We look at the assumptions behind some of our favourite TV dramasNo one expects TV dramas to be just like real life. That would be too dull. But do they get the smaller details right? Would, for example, a police officer and the minister he was guarding be thrown so closely together that they were practically guaranteed to end up in bed together, as seen in Bodyguard? We asked six real-life experts to give their verdict on series set in their worlds. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:46:19 GMT)

Catchphrase comedy is dead. Am I bovvered?
The former head of BBC comedy claims catchphrases are out of fashion. But as Corporal Jones might say, ‘Don’t panic!’ There’s life in sloganeering yet Catchphrase comedy is a dying art, according to the former head of BBC comedy, Jon Plowman. “Playgrounds and canteens are denied catchphrases,” he writes in the Radio Times, fretting that “the art will be lost.” Which begs the question: am I bovvered? Are catchphrases really on the wane? And if so, is that a meaningful index of the health of UK comedy?I write as someone who came of age in the “comedy is the new rock’n’roll” era, my university days a blur of “milky milky” and “That’s you, that is”. I thought then, and I’ve thought since (at arena comedy shows, among thousands of people shouting “What’s on the end of the stick, Vic?” or “This is an outrage!”) that catchphrases are the first refuge of the moronic. A chance to participate in comedy without recourse even to the basic skills needed to tell a joke. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:34:04 GMT)

Sorry, Netflix: we don't need another freak show
Afflicted has enraged its participants, but it wouldn’t be the first TV show to use people with disabilities as entertainment fodderAn open letter to Netflix was published on Tuesday criticising its recent docu-series, Afflicted, which chronicles the lives of seven people with chronic illnesses. The letter highlighted what it called the show’s “stigmatising portrayal of disability” and was signed by a Nobel laureate as well as film-makers, writers and activists including Monica Lewinsky and Lena Dunham.Billed as portraying “baffling symptoms and controversial diagnoses”, the show follows patients as they search for treatments and some relief. But it was alleged in an article in the LA Times that producers used “unethical practices”, editing footage to suggest participants’ medical conditions were psychosomatic disorders, using few expert doctors and focusing on sceptical medics who cast doubt on whether the individuals were ill at all (that science doesn’t understand many health conditions doesn’t make their symptoms less real). Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:58:30 GMT)

Singled out: the Top 40 formats that fell by the wayside
Remember when a pop rookie and grandee would team up? Or when a soap star could call in Beyoncé to guest on their single? We pay tribute to the song types consigned to chart historyCustom has staled what was once the infinite variety of the singles chart. The algorithmic analysis of what makes a hit has led to Top 40s dominated by teams of songwriters following templates. The means of calculating sales has caused charts filled by songs from the same album. The focus on Spotify and radio playlists has restricted the number of genres that might appear, and led to the disappearance from the charts not just of certain kinds of artists, but whole subsets of records. Doubtless some would have disappeared anyway, and good riddance to them, but some are worth mourning … Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:31:11 GMT)

London fashion week: the inside scoop
Sex, gender and rebellion were what everyone was talking about – and designers with the most to say didn’t show clothes at allMy favourite part of a really good catwalk show often happens about three minutes after the last model has walked down the runway. There is the bow, the applause and then, amid the general rush for the exit, a breakaway group battles backstage (an inelegant bunfight, this bit) to pin down the designer, and record their thoughts on a swarm of iPhones.Sometimes, the chat is about Harris Tweed; sometimes it’s about David Hockney. Sometimes it’s hard to tell, in the backstage din. One time, I thought Miuccia Prada said her collection had been about democracy and another paper’s fashion editor thought she had said it was about moccasins. Could very easily have been either. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:42:24 GMT)

iPhone XS and XS Max review roundup: you might want to wait
Early consensus from tech press is these are best iPhones to date. But is it worth holding on for the cheaper iPhone XR?The first wave of verdicts from select reviewers given early access to Apple’s latest iPhone XS and XS Max are live.Gone are the traditional iPhones of yesteryear, with three devices launched all with a design in line with last year’s iPhone X. The iPhone XS is a direct replacement for the 2017 iPhone X, complete with a 5.8in screen costing £999. The iPhone XS Max is a larger, more expensive phone costing £1,099 and with a 6.5in screen, the largest on an iPhone. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:27:40 GMT)

Can men be nice to some women and rape others? Of course | Arwa Mahdawi
Following allegations against US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, two ex-girlfriends came out in his defense. But there is a problem in the logic at playI hate to state the obvious, but apparently it needs to be done. Just because someone has never sexually assaulted you, it doesn’t mean they’ve never sexually assaulted someone else. Just because someone has been nice to you, it doesn’t mean they’ve acted the same way with everyone else in their life.It’s not really a difficult concept to get your head around, is it? And yet, every time a man is publicly accused of sexual assault, the accusations are swiftly followed by a chorus of incredulous female friends, swearing the guy in question had always been angelic to them. “He’s a nice guy really. He’s one of my best friends. He’s always been a perfect gentleman. He would never do that.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:08:30 GMT)

Ben Jennings on the latest round in the US-China trade row – cartoon
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(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:51:23 GMT)

Vince Cable's 'exotic spasm' fails to rouse Lib Dem conference | John Crace
Laugh or pretend nothing happened? The party’s leader staggers on regardlessThere’s an art to announcing the time of one’s departure. Make it too late and it will look to everyone as if you’ve been pushed. Make it too immediate and it will look as if you are desperately clinging on to power. Vince Cable has seemingly achieved the impossible by doing both at the same time. Related: Vince Cable calls on Lib Dems to liberate Britain from 'Brexit nightmare' Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:37:14 GMT)

The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial
The tit-for-tat between the two countries continues, but macho political posturing will not deal with the real issues“It is easier to start a war than to end it,” Gabriel García Márquez once observed. This is true even when the skirmishes are fought over cotton hammocks, ornamental fish, motorboats and soya bean oil rather than territory. On Monday, Donald Trump ramped up his trade offensive by announcing that the US would impose new tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese imports – and another $267bn if Beijing made any attempt to retaliate. The US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, crowed, prematurely, that China is “out of bullets”.The metaphor was not an accident. Mr Trump is interested in the fight, not a deal. Billionaire Jack Ma’s forecast that the dispute could last 20 years was gloomy, but he was surely right that “if you want a short-term solution, there is no solution”. Even if they go ahead, bilateral talks mooted for this month are unlikely to make significant progress. Mr Trump would love to proclaim victory if the opportunity presented itself, but is counting on the chance to pose as the champion of the ordinary American, all the more so as political storms gather and the midterms approach. He can also count on increased antagonism to China across the political spectrum, prompted not only by its economic policies but also more generally by its growing might and the way it exercises that. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:31:27 GMT)

If Labour is serious about power it must back a people’s vote on Brexit | Polly Toynbee
Next week’s conference is the party’s chance to set aside internal division and save the country from Tory chaosIn Salzburg on Wednesday the sound of Brexit may be reassuringly anodyne, to ease Maria von May through a perilous Tory party conference. Climb every mountain and agreement is somewhere up there, will be the reassuring message from her ”few minutes over dinner” address to the 27 EU leaders. Only when – or if – she survives contact with her party will they put her impossible demands through the wringer. Related: Labour NEC braced for row over leadership election proposals Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:54:39 GMT)

Universities must follow Glasgow and own up to their role in the slave trade | Afua Hirsch
The legacy of slavery in the UK should be studied, starting with universities acknowledging their own historyPity our universities. They have become globalised into a competitive market, each one’s brand resting on the depth of its history, the accomplishments of its alumni, and the integrity of its intellectual rigour. What happens when these very features turn out to be in conflict? Take the University of Glasgow, for example, one of whose most historic figures, a former student and rector, went on to use his education to assist in the lucrative tax affairs of the slave trade. It’s hard to ignore the story of Robert Cunninghame Graham, receiver-general in late 18th century Jamaica, and owner of numerous slaves. Related: Glasgow University to make amends over slavery profits of past Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:49:05 GMT)

Liverpool v PSG: Champions League – live!
Champions League updates from the 8pm BST game at AnfieldMatch report: Internazionale 2-1 TottenhamThe Fiver: sign up now and get our daily football emailAnd you can email Paul your thoughts or tweet @Paul_Doyle 9.42pm BST 86 min: Mané exchanages a one-two with Salah in th ePSg boxes and then dinks the ball over the lunging Kimpembe and dashes down the byline. He tries to lash it into the net from an acute angle but misses. 9.41pm BST 84 min: Milner brings a half to a Neymar scramble with a vital touch at the edge of the Liverpool box. In the last minute or so Neymar has sparked into life ... Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:42:35 GMT)

Spurs stunned by Matías Vecino’s injury-time winner for Inter
Another game, another set-piece concession for Tottenham and another morale-shuddering setback, which will only intensify the questions about the team’s mentality.After the defeats by Watford and Liverpool that shadowed Spurs to Milan, this breakdown cut them to the core. A draw might not have been the worst result in the world and that was what Tottenham looked to have within their grasp as a slow-burning tie entered stoppage time. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:58:14 GMT)

Tommy Fleetwood: ‘Teeing off at the Ryder Cup will tick off a lifetime goal’
Three years ago the Southport golfer had the yips so badly he feared for his future in the game, but now he is a household nameNext Friday, 28 September, will forever hold a place in Tommy Fleetwood’s heart. It is hardly being dismissive of the golfer’s idyllic family backdrop to suggest that in 2018 the date will carry extra resonance. “It will be a very special day,” Fleetwood explains. “I’ll stand on the tee and it’s my son’s first birthday as I play in my first Ryder Cup. As a Friday goes, that one will take some beating. The funny thing is Frankie won’t have a clue, he isn’t bothered one little bit.”Daddy is prepared for a wave of emotion. And no wonder; Fleetwood’s Ryder Cup debut is just the latest high point in a career he has retrieved from the depths of despair. “I’ll quite happily go with the flow,” the world No 12 adds. “I have spoken about it to people I work with; it is important to me to take the moment in and realise where you are, what an amazing achievement it is to get there. You owe that to yourself, to enjoy that moment on the first tee. It’s a moment everybody wants in their life. As nervous as people say you are – and don’t get me wrong, I’ll be really, really nervous – you owe it to yourself to embrace it because that’s what you have wanted for such a long time.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:00:07 GMT)

Surrey’s Rory Burns maintains push for England spot with runs at Somerset
• Day one: Surrey 368-4 v Somerset• Surrey’s top four all pass 50 on a tough day for bowlersThis will not be such a stressful match for the pitch liaison officer. Two weeks ago in Somerset’s match against Lancashire 22 wickets fell on the first day; against Surrey there were four. Phil Whitticase can sleep easily unless he concludes this surface is too flat for the good of the game – an unlikely outcome since liaison officers rarely reach that conclusion even though this proposition is sometimes well worth considering.This is likely to be a stress-free match for both sets of players as well. Surrey have already secured the championship pennant while Somerset would like to guarantee themselves another second place. A couple of weeks ago this was destined to be a tense championship decider but Surrey sprinted home as Somerset faltered. There is no doubt who are the best side in the summer of 2018. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:13:10 GMT)

Lionel Messi hits hat-trick as Barcelona trounce PSV Eindhoven
Lionel Messi scored the eighth Champions League hat-trick of his career as 10-man Barcelona eased to an emphatic 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in Group B.The Argentinian was once again in imperious form as the hosts overcame a low-key start to cruise past their Dutch opponents, with Ousmane Dembélé also getting on the scoresheet. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:06:03 GMT)

David de Gea back in contract spotlight while United face artificial threat
• Manchester United goalkeeper refuses to be drawn on new deal• José Mourinho makes light of Young Boys pitch, citing FedererDavid de Gea has passed up an opportunity to commit his future to Manchester United, with the goalkeeper’s deal set to expire next summer.While United have an option of a further 12 months the club are keen to ensure De Gea stays for a lot longer. Yet asked if he intends to remain at Old Trafford, the Spain goalkeeper refused to be drawn. “I feel really loved in this club – from the fans, from all the people who are for this club,” he said. “I am really happy to play for this club, one of best clubs in the world, so for me it’s really good to be part of this club.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:05:14 GMT)

England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly
The RFU’s decision to award contracts is groundbreaking, says the editor of women’s rugby website Scrumqueens.comThere is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their women’s sevens players in 2011, the rest of the women’s rugby world has been playing catch-up – off the pitch at least – in the game’s rapid acceleration towards the pro ranks. Related: RFU's full-time contracts for England women's team 'hugely significant' Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:27:00 GMT)

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales charged with bringing cricket into disrepute
• England pair to face two-day London hearing in early December• Both men charged with two counts for September 2017 brawlBen Stokes and Alex Hales have both been charged with two counts of bringing the game into disrepute and face a two-day disciplinary hearing this December following last year’s involvement in a street brawl in Bristol.While Stokes was last month found not guilty of affray at Bristol crown court for his part in the incident on 25 September 2017 – and Hales was not charged – the pair are centrally contracted England players and still liable for cricketing sanctions. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:51:30 GMT)

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

Violent winds, raging water, mudslides: Typhoon Mangkhut’s path of chaos – video
Hong Kong was hit by heavy wind and rain, causing extensive damage as super Typhoon Mangkhut hurtled by. The transport system was clogged, leaving commuters stranded for hours. In the Philippines, the search continued for villagers feared buried under a landslide while others had been rescued from raging floodwaters. One couple was walking down the aisle when the storm cut power and sent shockwaves through the wedding party• Mangkhut leaves death, destruction and chaos from Philippines to China Continue reading...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:27:14 GMT)

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

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

Healing the scars of war: the women rebuilding Mozambique's national park - video
In the heart of central Mozambique, Gorongosa park was destroyed in the crossfire of the country's civil war. Now women are leading the way in its restoration, helping to heal the scars left by the conflict and inspiring young girls from the surrounding communities, through an education programme that offers them the promise of a brighter future Continue reading...
(Fri, 07 Sep 2018 06:00:33 GMT)

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

Is Brexit definitely going to happen? – video explainer
On 29 March 2019 Britain will officially leave the European Union. It's a historic moment, no country has ever left the EU before. But some campaigners believe it's not too late to stop Brexit from happening. Are they right? And how would it work anyway? The Guardian's political correspondent Jessica Elgot explores whether Brexit is in fact inevitableCorrection: Ece Özlem Atikcan is an assistant professor at the University of Warwick and a visiting senior research fellow at UCL Other videos in the series: Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives – video explainerUnfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainerAfter you: the psychology of queues and how to beat them - video explainerFrom hip-hop to Carrie Bradshaw: what's in a nameplate necklace? - video explainer Continue reading...
(Fri, 24 Aug 2018 10:00:14 GMT)

Move over Bodyguard: how crime drama Shiro's Story became a YouTube hit
Written in freestyle rap, this story of love, betrayal and drug violence is what kids watched while their parents tuned into Bodyguard. We meet the ex-gang member behind the online sensationAs millions of parents settled down in front of the telly for the latest Bodyguard on Sunday night, their kids were getting their phones out for the denouement of another British crime thriller hit. Shiro’s Story, which airs on YouTube, clocked up 7m views for its first two episodes, while that final instalment has already passed the 2m mark. The response has been rapturous, with part two winning video of the year at the recent Rated awards.Shiro’s Story was created, directed and narrated by Andrew Onwubolu, aka Rapman, a kind of omniscient one-man Greek chorus who tells this tale of double-crossing lovers and drug-dealers in longform freestyle verse, with actors mouthing his raps as he hops between characters and genders. Onwubolu then peppers these scenes with extraordinarily naturalistic dialogue. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:20:56 GMT)

Danez Smith becomes youngest winner of Forward poetry prize
Chair of judges Bidisha pays tribute to collection Don’t Call Us Dead’s ‘passionate and very contemporary’ verseThe 29-year-old African American poet Danez Smith has beaten writers including the US poet laureate to become the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Forward prize for best poetry collection – and the first winner to identify as gender-neutral.Smith, who prefers the pronoun “they”, confronts race, police brutality and gender in their collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, as well as their HIV-positive diagnosis. In its opening sequence, “summer, somewhere”, Smith imagines an afterlife for black men shot dead by the police. In “dear white America”, a poem that went viral on Youtube, Smith writes: “i can’t stand your ground. i’m sick of calling your recklessness the law. each night, i count my brothers. & in the morning, when some do not survive to be counted, i count the holes they leave.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:30:08 GMT)

Sailor's rape confession uncovered in 17th-century journal
National Maritime Museum discovers concealed note in Edward Barlow’s diaryA 17th-century sailor’s confession about a rape, of which he became so ashamed that he sought to cover it up for ever, has been exposed by conservation workers who discovered the note hidden under a rewritten version in his journal.The confession went unseen for more than 300 years because the sailor pasted his second account so neatly over the top of the original that scholars missed it. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:26:15 GMT)

Joe Penhall: 'Stephen Jeffreys soothed you through failure and cheered your success'
The work of his friend and fellow playwright, says Penhall, was warm, incisive, unassuming but clever – just like the man‘You’re not going to like me …” Thus began The Libertine, the most famous play by Stephen Jeffreys, a friend and a great influence on my playwriting who has died after a long illness. I remember him finishing the play and reading me the first paragraph. He used to giggle at his own good lines – as all playwrights should. And of course we all liked him. He helped rear a generation of Royal Court writers as the theatre’s literary associate, yet, as a playwright, was surprisingly underrated. An entire generation of dramatists was bonded to him, a symbol of selflessness in a sometimes narcissistic profession.And what a generation. He mentored Sarah Kane whose Blasted had its first champion in Stephen. Jez Butterworth’s first play Mojo was produced on his watch; I remember him raving to me about it and urging me to take note. Martin McDonagh’s Beauty Queen of Leenane emerged under Stephen’s watchful eye – the play’s ruthless symmetry, black wit and machine-tooled brilliance delighted him. He was a friend and mentor to Roy Williams, Jonathan Harvey, Rebecca Pritchard and Michael Wynne and, I dare say, every other playwright who passed through the doors of the Royal Court in the 90s and noughties. His lectures on structure were famous. (He’d rifle through a box of matches, fiddle with the match at length, only lighting it at the very end … to teach us about suspense and the pay off.) He soothed you through failure, cheered you on in success. When he was impressed, you knew you’d got it right. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:30:07 GMT)

Knock knock review – 'I like a laugh as much as the next miserable critic!'
South London GalleryThere are old jokes, new jokes, even Welsh sheep jokes. But the real star of this show about humour in art is the rescued fire station much of it is housed inKnock Knock! Who’s there? A Welshman overly fond of sheep. Rodney Graham, seated on a park bench, eyeing the world through two small holes torn in the newspaper he’s pretending to read. A clown and a tin-foil flailing rock-god guitarist. Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse and the real Snow White. Here comes everybody.Filling the South London Gallery and its new expansion into the 19th-century fire station across the Peckham Road, Knock Knock – the title taken not just from the hoary old formula for a joke, but also from a drawing by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein – has been curated by South London Gallery director Margot Heller and artist Ryan Gander. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:08:43 GMT)

Steel review – sharp-witted political drama from Chris Bush
Crucible, SheffieldBush tackles sexism and racial prejudice in a cross-generational commentary on contemporary politicsIn Chris Bush’s new play, steel is a multi-faceted metaphor. It’s resolve. It’s the unbending tenacity needed to break into a world designed to exclude you. And it’s Sheffield, the never-named but ever-present backdrop to her sharp-witted political drama. In 1988, a young woman of colour fights to get elected to the local council. In 2018, her present-day counterpart is the ambitious candidate parachuted in from London for the metro mayor contest – or, at least, so her Yorkshire-born-and-bred antagonists believe.Amid the plastic chairs and scuffed wooden fittings of Madeleine Girling’s beautifully observed set, both time frames stage a meeting of new blood and old guard. In the 80s, steelworks engineer and union rep Josie is taken under the wing of old hand Dai; in the present, Vanessa forms an uneasy working partnership with her election officer Ian, a proud local and old-fashioned Labour man. Alongside sexism and racial prejudice, the two women confront generational differences and, in Vanessa’s case, the north-south divide. “You don’t fit here,” says Ian, meaning Sheffield – though he might as well be talking about the male-dominated world of politics. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:20:08 GMT)

‘Pimples are in’ – the rise of the acne positivity movement
From Justin Bieber to Lorde, celebrities and bloggers are going bare-faced on social media and opening up about skin problems. And with 25% of women over 30 experiencing acne, it’s not just a teenage afflictionIt was on a family holiday that Kali Kushner discovered, abruptly, just how others viewed her skin. “At the end of the day I washed off my makeup,” she recalls. “My nephew said: ‘Why is your face so dirty?’ It took me a minute to realise he saw my foundation as a ‘clean face’ and acne as dirt.”Soon after, Kushner, 23, from Cincinnati, Ohio, began documenting her struggle with acne on the Instagram account @myfacestory – her experience with the drug Accutane, dermarolling, makeup, scarring, hyperpigmentation, alongside all the ways people have responded to her acne, from her husband, who has been steadfastly supportive, to the traffic police officer who assumed she was a junkie. To her surprise, people began following. Today, with more than 50,000 followers, she makes up part of the growing acne positivity movement. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:30:21 GMT)

Politics, pinstripes and soft power at London fashion week
No 10 reception is heavy on the suits as Brexit frays nerves of British fashion industryThis London fashion week focused on hard numbers rather than soft power, and closed with a businesslike Downing Street reception. The cocktail-hour celebration regularly held at No 10 was downsized this season to a 90-minute afternoon reception at which – unusually for a fashion week event – suits outnumbered party dresses. Related: Richard Quinn offers a fashion education with LFW show Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:41:20 GMT)

'Your father's not your father': when DNA tests reveal more than you bargained for
Genetic tests are seen as harmless fun. But the secrets they can reveal can split families and leave users traumatisedThe first surprise of Michèle’s DNA test was how much saliva it took. “It was daunting. It took us, like, 20 minutes. And the more we laughed, the harder it was to do.”It was May 2016, and she and her now husband had ordered the kits as very early Christmas presents for themselves. They had been researching their family trees – Michèle had traced her father’s family back as far as the 1600s – and had wanted to test their DNA but had been put off by the cost. They were saving for a fertility treatment and had only recently moved to Florida from New York. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:00:15 GMT)

A backpacker’s guide to Chile: a one-month itinerary
From historic Santiago to boho Valparaíso and into staggeringly beautiful mountains and desert, this is a pulse-racing trip. Explore Chile with our guide on what to see and where to staySqueezed between the Andes and the Pacific and stretching from the Atacama Desert to the glaciers of Patagonia, this strip of a country opens its secrets to backpackers prepared to push into the lesser-known quarters: to the lava fields of Conguillío national park with its monkey puzzle trees, or to the wild beaches of Hueicolla. Along the journey you can sip bitter-sweet pisco sours, squirm at salty raw piure (bizarre red-fleshed sea creatures) and fill your boots with world-class Chilean wine. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:15:31 GMT)

Richard Quinn offers a fashion education with LFW show
After the Queen last season, this time it was schoolchildren the designer wanted to impressHow do you follow the coup of having the Queen front row at your fashion show? That was the question Richard Quinn had to answer at London fashion week, the first since Her Majesty watched on in February. For his third show, Quinn instead filled the front row with schoolchildren, from Quinn’s former school and sixth form – plus students from Central Saint Martins – who took up the space more usually occupied by celebrities and fashion editors.The students watched a show on Tuesday that had the drama to intrigue potential future designers. It was soundtracked by an orchestra and a film of thunder and lightning was projected on the walls. The first model wore a black tulle concoction, with black velvet leggings and a black version of the balaclavas in Quinn’s previous collection. The following outfits showed Quinn to be developing in the tradition of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Like them, he favours drama, romance and glamour. With print a running thread, there were flapper dresses with marabou layers, debutante ballroom dresses with a feel of The Crown, bright kaftans fit for a 70s-era heiress and floral 80s party frocks with matching tights. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:39:26 GMT)

What does your regional accent mean to you?
We would like to hear your thoughts and experiences for an upcoming article discussing the themeAccents can shape our identity. They affect how we are seen, and how we like to be seen by others. They are a marker of geographical or societal belonging, and can give us a sense of being tied to family, friends or a community long after we have left it. Related: The death of dialect? Don't believe a word of it Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:15:04 GMT)

The big family bond: Polpo's Russell Norman and his brother, Lloyd
One is a charismatic food entrepreneur with a chain of restaurants. The other runs his own green energy consultancy. They grew up in a big family of four boys – and to each other, they are brothers first and foremost Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:52:37 GMT)

Different paths, mutual respect: Susan and Jo Wokoma on sisterhood
Susan’s an actor and Jo’s a nurse – the Wokoma sisters inhabit very different worlds. But that doesn’t prevent them being each other’s most avid supporter“Jo has this incredibly noble job,” says Susan Wokoma of her little sister, a nurse. “But she’ll say: ‘When we were growing up, we’d watch TV and now you’re in programmes I watch.’ That makes me feel proud of what I’ve done.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:48:00 GMT)

A journey home with Edith Bowman and her brother
We join Scottish siblings Edith and Alex Bowman for a pint and a catch-up in their childhood stomping ground of coastal FifeBased at opposite ends of the country, Edith and Alex Bowman don’t meet up for a pint very often. Like many adult siblings, they rarely make time for a catch-up at all. Their lives have taken dramatically different paths since Edith left home in the East Neuk of Fife in Scotland aged 19, at the start of a journey that would eventually lead to London and a highly successful career as a radio, TV and podcast broadcaster. Her brother Alex, seven years her junior, studied sports science in Edinburgh, was capped for Scotland under-18s as a young footballer and had stints coaching in America, but has otherwise kept it close to home for most of his life, first running a much-loved pub in Elie, along the coast from their childhood home in Anstruther, before later retraining to work offshore. Continue reading...
(Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:57:39 GMT)

Chef Tom Oldroyd on his inspirational siblings and post-Polpo ventures
Tom Oldroyd is one of London’s hottest chefs. We visit his Islington eatery along with his brother and sister – William and Olivia – for an overdue catch-up beer and lunchCreativity runs in the Oldroyd family. Chef Tom Oldroyd is known for his reinvention of classic European dishes, first at Polpo, where he was chef-director, and now at his own restaurant, Oldroyd, which he opened in Islington in 2015. His flair for imaginative thinking is a trait he shares with his siblings, William, a director whose 2017 debut film Lady Macbeth was Bafta-nominated, and Olivia, who manages exhibitions at the V&A.“We’re all pretty similar, really,” says Tom, 36. “All three of us have followed our passions and we’ve been lucky enough to make them into our careers.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 21 May 2018 09:50:19 GMT)

Father has no memory of fatally stabbing daughter, court told
William Billingham is accused of murdering eight-year-old at his home in West MidlandsA man accused of murdering his eight-year-old daughter by plunging a kitchen knife into her chest claims to have no memory of the alleged stabbing, a jury heard.William Billingham attacked “trusting and defenceless” Mylee Billingham at his home moments after threatening to kill her mother, Tracey Taundry, Birmingham crown court was told. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:11:23 GMT)

Couple who fell ill in Salisbury not exposed to novichok, police confirm
Nationality of pair not revealed after a witness on Sunday reported they were RussianA couple who fell ill in an Italian restaurant in Salisbury, sparking a fresh novichok scare, were not exposed to any kind of nerve agent, police have confirmed.The pair, a 42-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, were taken to hospital on Sunday evening after becoming ill in a Prezzo restaurant. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:05:23 GMT)

Don't cut BBC Parliament, Bercow urges corporation
Commons Speaker calls on BBC director general to reverse plans to remove original programming from channel John Bercow has criticised the BBC’s plans to scale back coverage on its parliamentary channel, arguing that it will result in a loss of focus on crucial Brexit debates during the “biggest constitutional upheaval” in a generation.The Commons Speaker has shared fears that the BBC eventually wants to scrap the channel, which attracts an audience of 600,000 a week, as it struggles to make financial savings. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:24:34 GMT)

Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds
Charity condemns tactic and says Met’s gangs matrix marks out individuals for harassmentThe police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless checks sometimes multiple times a day.Based on in-depth interviews with young Londoners named on the Metropolitan police’s controversial list of gang suspects – the gangs matrix – the report (pdf) also raises concerns about how the police’s “gang nominal” assessment has an impact on the lives of those listed. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:33:41 GMT)

Educating Greater Manchester head quits over 'council vendetta'
Harrop Fold school head Drew Povey, who was suspended over ‘administrative errors’, hits out at Salford councilThe headteacher star of Channel 4’s Educating Greater Manchester has quit, accusing the local council of having a vendetta against him.Drew Povey was suspended from Harrop Fold school just before the summer holidays, along with three other members of staff, after Salford council began an investigation into the school. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:02:16 GMT)

BBC programming not sustainable without more cash - Tony Hall
Director general tells Royal Television Society conference ‘cracks are beginning to show’ after repeated budget cutsThe BBC’s director general says the corporation urgently needs to find more cash if it is to continue providing the same level of service to viewers – raising the prospect of further cuts to programming, more commercial cooperation, or a long-term increase in the licence fee.“We do not believe what we currently do is sustainable with the resources we have,” Tony Hall told the Royal Television Society conference in London. “We need to find more money and that could come from a variety of different sources.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:50:47 GMT)

Rightwing thinktanks unveil radical plan for US-UK Brexit trade deal
Groups linked to Trump and Fox want foreign competition in NHS and regulations bonfireA radical blueprint for a free trade deal between the UK and the US that would see the NHS opened to foreign competition, a bonfire of consumer and environmental regulations and freedom of movement between the two countries for workers, is to be launched by prominent Brexiters.The blueprint will be seen as significant because of the close links between the organisations behind it and the UK secretary for international trade, Liam Fox, and the US president, Donald Trump. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:41:30 GMT)

Storm Ali to batter UK with 80mph winds and rain
Warning of danger to life from flying debris as warm weather gives way to autumnal gustsScotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England have been advised to batten down the hatches for the first named storm of the season. Related: From Ali to Wyn: names of coming UK winter storms revealed Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:37:36 GMT)

‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors
UN investigators publish report detailing evidence for accusation of genocide against Burmese military• Warning: graphic information in this report may upset some readersHorrific accounts of murders, rapes, torture and indiscriminate shelling allegedly committed by the Burmese army against the Rohingya people and other minority groups have been laid out by UN investigators in an extensive new report detailing evidence for their accusation of genocide.The report from the fact-finding mission, presented to the UN human rights council (UNHRC) on Tuesday, said Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, had committed “the gravest crimes under international law”. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:44:05 GMT)

Germany's spy agency chief loses job over Chemnitz video claims
Hans-Georg Maaßen to leave BfV intelligence agency for role at interior ministryGermany’s domestic intelligence chief has been forced to step down after he provoked controversy by questioning the authenticity of video footage showing far-right protesters in Chemnitz chasing down migrants and appearing to downplay the violence.The removal of Hans-Georg Maaßen, the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), followed more than a week of political clashes that revealed deep fissures in Angela Merkel’s coalition. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:51:53 GMT)

Facebook sued over allegations of gender bias in male-targeted job ads
Lawsuit claims that Facebook provides job ads which allows employers to choose who they want based on their age and sexFacebook and a group of 10 employers are being sued by workers for alleged gender discrimination after job adverts on the social media site targeted male users and did not appear to women.The case is being brought by three female workers and the union, the Communications Workers of America, which represents hundreds of thousands of female workers. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:30:09 GMT)

China hits back at US with $60bn of new tariffs
Response to Donald Trump’s imposition of $200bn tariffs further escalates trade warChina is to slap tariffs on an additional $60bn (£46bn) of imports from the US in retaliation against $200bn of new trade sanctions on Chinese goods announced by Donald Trump.The latest moves represent a new step towards a full-scale trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. Further escalation is deemed likely because Trump is facing low approval ratings ahead of the US midterm elections in November, while China will not want to be seen to back down. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:37:31 GMT)

Burkina Faso botched FGM leaves 50 girls in hospital
Girls as young as four taken to hospital amid fears that cutters are targeting younger girls and crossing borders to avoid detectionAround 50 girls, including some as young as four, are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after they underwent female genital mutilation (FGM).Two women, along with some of the girls’ relatives, have been arrested. Not all the girls who underwent the circumcision have been traced, the minister of women’s affairs, Laurence Marshall Ilboudo, told the BBC. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:30:57 GMT)

Florence death toll rises to 32 as floodwaters linger in North Carolina
Storm has claimed lives in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, including a one-year-old boyThe death toll from Hurricane Florence had increased to 32 people on Tuesday morning, as officials rushed to get relief to a North Carolina city still largely marooned from the rest of the state by flood water.The storm has claimed lives in three states, including 25 in North Carolina, according to a count by the Associated Press. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:59:01 GMT)

Maduro's Turkish feast sparks outrage as Venezuelans go hungry
Opposition figures condemn Venezuelan president for visiting famed Nusr-Et steakhouse in Istanbul on way back from ChinaA viral video showing the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, feasting on a steak prepared by a celebrity chef at a time many in his crisis-racked nation are going hungry has provoked fury from opponents of the embattled socialist leader. Related: Hunger eats away at Venezuela’s soul as its people struggle to survive Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:42:41 GMT)

Pakistan's Imran Khan skirts issue of Afghan refugees' citizenship
After political backlash prime minister appears to row back on passports for child refugeesImran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, has appeared to drop his promise to grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees living on the margins of Pakistani society.On Sunday Khan announced that he would start work immediately to provide passports to the children of refugees born in the country. However, after a backlash from politicians and supporters of the country’s powerful military, he said on Tuesday that no decision had been made. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:34:53 GMT)

Citizens remain wary of Russia but Idlib truce better than bombing
Surprise initiative welcome respite for Syrian opposition and people of the provinceRelieved locals and rebel groups in Idlib have been trying to unpick details of an eleventh-hour truce that excludes much of the northern Syrian province from a Russian-led attack for at least one month and sets up a buffer zone intended to shield 3 million civilians.The surprise initiative, brokered by Turkey and Russia on Monday, assuages fears of an immediate widespread humanitarian catastrophe and sets the scene for a swathe of northern Syria to remain out of central government control indefinitely. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:59:07 GMT)

Democrats taking Senate 'would be bigger shock than Trump in 2016'
YouGov pollster plays down talk of a blue wave sweeping away Republican majority: ‘Democrats have to win seven of the nine. I think the odds of that happening are not good’Democrats aiming to take the US Senate in November need results “more shocking than Trump winning the 2016 election”, a leading polling expert said on Monday, playing down expectations of a blue wave.Democrats lead Republicans nationwide by 54% to 46%, enough to take 225 seats and claim a narrow majority in the House, according to YouGov data released at the Hoover Institution, a conservative thinktank in Palo Alto, California. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:25:50 GMT)

'For me, this is paradise': life in the Spanish city that banned cars
In Pontevedra, the usual soundtrack of a Spanish city has been replaced by the tweeting of birds and the chatter of humansPeople don’t shout in Pontevedra – or they shout less. With all but the most essential traffic banished, there are no revving engines or honking horns, no metallic snarl of motorbikes or the roar of people trying make themselves heard above the din – none of the usual soundtrack of a Spanish city.What you hear in the street instead are the tweeting of birds in the camellias, the tinkle of coffee spoons and the sound of human voices. Teachers herd crocodiles of small children across town without the constant fear that one of them will stray into traffic. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:00:21 GMT)

Donald Trump's reliance on Chinese restraint is risky
Xi Jinping may grow tired of role as ‘adult in the room’ in dealings with US presidentChina’s response to Donald Trump’s escalating trade war has been relatively restrained so far. But Tuesday’s latest $200bn (£152bn) increase in US tariffs, with the threat of more to come, may provoke tougher, asymmetrical retaliation as Xi Jinping, China’s president, comes under pressure to stand up to perceived American bullying.Mildly criticising Trump’s actions as “incorrect”, China has until now confined itself to reciprocal tariff rises – on Tuesday hitting the US back with $60bn of new tariffs. But indications that Beijing will boycott scheduled talks on the dispute, due in Washington next week, suggest a more robust, possibly wide-ranging response may be under consideration. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:48:37 GMT)

The African youth boom: what's worrying Bill Gates | Polly Toynbee
The philanthropist warns that stability in Africa makes a huge difference to the world, and that investing in the health and education of its young people is vitalWhat worries Bill Gates most? The booming population of Africa looms over his foundation’s latest global survey. By the end of this century there will be 4 billion more people on Earth – and 3 billion of these extra souls will be born in Africa. The challenge, he says, is that “Africa must almost quadruple its agricultural productivity to feed itself. That’s very daunting.”The philanthropist is torn between sending out a message of hope and a message of fear when I meet him at his foundation’s spacious campus in the heart of his hometown, Seattle. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:01:14 GMT)

Police diversity: the numbers still don't add up
Five police forces in England and Wales have just one black officer and cuts have hit non-white staff hardestA decade of cuts has set back public sector diversity | Jane DudmanIn the UK, 13% of people are from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic (BAME) background, according to the latest government figures. Yet only 10% of local government workers, 12% of UK civil servants and 6% of prison officers in England and Wales are from a BAME background. And a decade of cuts has laid waste to diversity in the police, with the deepest cuts at the lowest ranks of officers, precisely those with a greater number of BAME staff.Only just over 6% of police officers were found to be non-white in a census last March, and five of the 43 forces in England and Wales each reported just one black officer: Warwickshire, North Wales, Dyfed-Powys, Durham and Cleveland. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:53:00 GMT)

From red-carpet statements to Emmy 2018 winners – in pictures
A marriage proposal, glittering gowns and a whole lot of awards. The best images from the annual ceremony celebrating US televisionEmmy winners 2018: the full list Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:01:51 GMT)

Backstage fashion and orange lions: Tuesday's best photos
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:27:21 GMT)

Strictly analogue: Polaroid's past, present and future - a photo essay
Guardian photographer Christian Sinibaldi tours the world’s last Polaroid film factory, in the Netherlands, the only remaining factory still making film for the much-loved instant camerasThe Polaroid Corporation was launched in 1937 becoming a touchstone for American innovation and engineering prowess. It was the brainchild of scientist and inventor Edwin Land and his Harvard tutor George Wheelwright and at first made the plastic for polarising sunglasses. In time, it was to create and popularise instant photography, launching a seriesof pioneering cameras and film formats. These inspired generations of artists, including Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Maripol, Keith Haring and Guy Bourdin. They helped to raise Polaroid to the status of cultural icon.This month, Polaroid Originals, launched the OneStep+ instant analogue camera which brings analogue instant photography up to date, as it can be connected to a smartphone app, enabling a range of effects. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:00:17 GMT)

John F Kennedy's childhood photos published – in pictures
Images have been released as part of a year-long effort by the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to make 1,700 vulnerable nitrate negative photographs available online. They provide a glimpse of the Kennedy family from before JFK’s birth through to the early 1950s Continue reading...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:27:51 GMT)

Women of the World Nomad Games – in pictures
This year’s World Nomad Games, a celebration of nomadic heritage, took place in the Issyk-Kul province of Kyrgyzstan. Eleanor Moseman photographed female competitors who had travelled from all over central Asia and eastern Europe, and explored the difficulties and challenges they face as competitors Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:00:17 GMT)

Denis Thorpe: a view from the north – in pictures
The award-winning Guardian photojournalist covered assignments across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, China, India, the Soviet Union, the US and Japan during his 23-year career based at the paper’s Manchester office. He received many press awards for his picture essays and news photography, and there have also been several books and exhibitions of his work.An exhibition of his work is at the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery from 15 SeptemberWe are offering Guardian readers a chance to own exclusive limited edition prints of his work Continue reading...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:00:15 GMT)

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