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Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resign as Boris Johnson apologises for Chris Pincher ‘mistake’ – UK politics live

Chancellor says government must be run ‘properly, competently and seriously’; health secretary adds ‘I can no longer continue in good conscience’

Nicola Sturgeon asked Boris Johnson to discuss a fresh referendum on independence when the two spoke by phone on Monday evening. According to a Scottish government readout of their conversation, she warned him she would not be deterred if he refused to grant one.

Downing Street has not yet issued a readout of the conversation – lobby reporters should get one at their morning briefing later. We do not know what the prime minister said in reply to Sturgeon’s request for permission to stage a referendum, under a section 30 order granted by the UK government. Johnson has yet to reply in writing to Sturgeon’s demand by letter that Holyrood gets that section 30 order.

The two leaders agreed that a heads of government meeting will take place in the near future to discuss the current cost of living crisis. Both governments will work together to develop proposals ahead of that meeting to help those most in need of support.

In discussing Scotland’s future the first minister again made clear that the Scottish government is ready and willing to negotiate a section 30 order to secure a referendum on independence but reiterated that the absence of a section 30 order will not mean Scotland is refused the democratic right to choose.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 7:06 pm

California: explosive wildfire more than doubles in size overnight

Fast-moving Electra fire forces hundreds to evacuate and threatens crucial power infrastructure east of Sacramento

An explosive wildfire that erupted in California on Fourth of July more than doubled in size overnight, quickly consuming more than 3,000 acres by Tuesday morning.

The fast-moving Electra fire, burning through the dried grasses and steep, rugged terrain east of Sacramento has forced hundreds of evacuations and continues to pose threats to critical power infrastructure according to officials with the California department of forestry and fire protection (CalFire).

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 7:01 pm

The Guardian view on the cabinet resignations: endgame for Boris Johnson | Editorial

The departure of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid should herald the end of a discredited premiership

The prime minister’s dissembling, his taste for obfuscation and self-serving half-truths, and his willingness to mislead are by now sadly familiar. To that extent, it came as no surprise on Tuesday to learn that Boris Johnson had indeed – despite multiple assertions to the contrary – been told of specific sexual misconduct allegations prior to appointing Chris Pincher as deputy chief whip. But sooner or later a tipping point was coming for ministers obliged to trash their own reputations to defend a dishonest, delinquent prime minister. On Tuesday night it came.

The seemingly coordinated resignations of the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and the health secretary, Sajid Javid, surely signal that the waters are closing over Mr Johnson’s premiership. It had already become clear that a succession of scandals – and above all the prime ministerial contempt for the public demonstrated by Partygate – had done irreparable damage to Mr Johnson’s standing. But it took Tuesday’s extraordinary, devastating intervention by Simon McDonald, a former top civil servant at the Foreign Office, to convince Mr Sunak and Mr Javid to act.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:54 pm

The Guardian view on Covid’s resurgence: act now or pay later | Editorial

Infections and hospitalisations in the UK are soaring. Action is needed to protect the vulnerable and the NHS

If Covid was now “no worse than a cold”, as some would have us believe, there would not be more than 10,000 people in hospital in the UK with the disease. Nor would there be 2 million people living with long Covid. Infection rates have surged, rising more than 30% in the week ending 24 June to 2.3 million people, thanks to the highly transmissible Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. The number of admissions to hospital with Covid has climbed steeply too.

Though vaccinations and immunity through previous infections may not prevent infection and transmission, they are still protecting most people from severe illness. Treatment has also improved. No one is suggesting that the high levels of sickness merit a return to lockdown, or anything approaching it. But other mitigation measures, at minimal social and economic cost, are both possible and demanded. The impact of such high levels of transmission on the clinically extremely vulnerable (especially the half a million people who are immunocompromised), the prevalence of long Covid and the impact on the National Health Service – already buckling under existing strains – all make action a matter of urgency.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:53 pm

Taliban excavates founding leader’s car, buried to escape US troops

The extremist group said the white Toyota, which belonged to Mullah Mohammad Omar, should be displayed

The Taliban have dug up a white Toyota used by their founding leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, to escape into hiding in southern Afghanistan after the US invasion.

Senior officials have called for the vehicle to be put on display at the national museum in Kabul. It already houses the cars and coaches of former kings and prime ministers, including one with bulletproof glass fragmented by an assassination attempt.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:49 pm

Boris Johnson limps on for now but for how much longer?

Analysis: while Javid and Sunak resignations did not lead to deluge of other departures, many in party believe end is nigh for PM

It was the blow to Boris Johnson that every one of his backbench critics had been waiting for.

Sajid Javid, the health secretary, followed shortly by Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, posted their letters of resignation on Twitter, criticising the competence of the government.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:45 pm

Cameron Norrie digs deep to sink David Goffin and reach semi-final

In the first grand slam quarter-final of his blossoming career, Cameron Norrie had every reason to feel incensed by how things seemed to be progressing. Faced with the opportunity of a lifetime, his nerves early on were plain for all to see. He constantly dropped the ball short. His forehand leaked too many errors. All the while, his far more experienced opponent picked him apart.

But even as the biggest match of his career was falling out of his control and from his grasp, Norrie carried himself as he always does. He remained composed as points fell away from him, furiously searching for a solution to his troubles. After successful points, he kept his chest high and his fist pumped, offering himself constant encouragement.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:43 pm

Leave or remain? The ministers quitting the cabinet – and those staying

As Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid announce their resignations minutes apart, could further departures follow?

Two of Boris Johnson’s most senior cabinet minsters have quit, raising doubts over the prime minister’s future and questions over whether other members of his team will support him or turn their backs. Here is the state of play among key figures:

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:38 pm

Russia-Ukraine war: governor of Donetsk urges 350,000 civilians to evacuate as Russian troops advance – live

Pavlo Kyrylenko says getting the 350,000 people remaining in Donetsk out is necessary to save lives and to enable the Ukrainian army to better defend towns

Ukraine’s governor of Luhansk, Serhai Haidai, has posted an update to Telegram casting aspersions on the ability of pro-Russian proxies to restore stability in the newly occupied areas of Ukraine. He writes:

In the recently occupied territories, the Russians establish their own rules, talk nonsense about the opening of schools from 1 September, the rapid restoration of communications. This is all a lie, the same thing happened in Mariupol. The only thing the Rashists [a term for Russian fascists] are capable of is terrorising the local population. Orcs [derogatory slang for Russians/pro-Russian forces] are already looking for activists and military families, collaborators are helping with this.

Over these few months, more than 800 saboteurs were detained and handed over to the SBU [Ukrainian security service] for further procedural actions. And often, they are “sold for thirty pieces of silver”: the price for treason to the motherland reaches no more than 300 dollars.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:31 pm

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid’s resignation letters in full

Read chancellor and health secretary’s full letters explaining why they are leaving cabinet

Rishi Sunak has resigned as chancellor and Sajid Javid has quit as health secretary, throwing Boris Johnson’s troubled government into further turmoil on a day where more allegations emerged in the Chris Pincher scandal.

Here are their resignation letters in full:

Prime Minister,

It was a privilege to have been asked to come back into Government to serve as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care at such a critical time for our country.

Dear Prime Minister,

It is with deep sadness that I am writing to you to resign from the government.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:30 pm

Singling out Sainsbury’s over the living wage may not be that pragmatic | Nils Pratley

A shareholder resolution at one retailer is an imperfect weapon for a scrap over pay that really relates to sector-wide issues

That’s part one of Sainsbury’s interesting week out of the way: a trading update that showed a drop in sales amid the squeeze on consumers’ budgets but, critically, also contained a prediction that profits for the financial year will arrive within the previously advertised range of between £630m and £690m. Part two should be more lively because Thursday’s annual meeting will consider, in a roundabout way, how the spoils should be divided fairly.

The campaign group ShareAction has tabled a special resolution that would force Sainsbury’s, against the will of its board, to become an accredited “real living wage” employer. Half the companies in the FTSE 100 index are members of the Living Wage Foundation, which sets voluntary rates above legal minimums. Why can’t an upright supermarket chain that boasts about wanting to “make a difference to our colleagues and communities” also sign up?

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:13 pm

Discovering your child has a food allergy can be a shock. But with the right support you can find a way forward

Food allergies among children are on the rise, I’m grateful for the medical care and empathy shown by friends, family and community

I was at a trendy cafe when I bought a fancy açai bowl with perfectly sliced fruit. I mashed a piece of a banana and fed it to my nine-month-old son.

Within 10 minutes, his face reddened like he had been in the sun for too long. For a microsecond, I thought he was reacting to banana. Then, I remembered the peanut butter on top. Still, I didn’t believe it was an allergy. After all, I had given him peanut butter twice before when he was six months old and it was uneventful on both occasions. We also didn’t have any family history of food allergies. His three-year-old sister ate everything fearlessly.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:30 pm

I’ve never seen a Marvel movie – so why not start with Thor: Love and Thunder? | Brigid Delaney

At 29 films in, it felt like too much work to enter the MCU – but Chris Hemsworth’s latest outing as Thor turned out to be great fun

There are 29 movies in the Marvel universe – and until recently, I had seen none of them.

Once there are that many movies, that many heroes, villains, plots, deaths, worlds lost, worlds regained, monsters destroyed – it’s too late to start. But out of the blue, an email arrived from Marvel Studios. It was an invitation to enter the universe – albeit at this late, decadent stage of the empire. Would I attend the Australian premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder?

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:30 pm

Children in England ‘increasingly worried about impact of cost of living’

The children’s commissioner for England urged MPs to take urgent steps to tackle child poverty

The children’s commissioner for England has called on the government to develop urgent plans to tackle child poverty, amid the cost of living crisis that is hitting the most vulnerable in society hardest.

Rachel de Souza said children were increasingly worried about the soaring price of basic essentials and the impact on their lives, telling MPs on the Commons education committee that urgent steps were required to tackle poverty ahead of a difficult autumn for families.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:24 pm

Highland Park shooting: police say suspect used women’s clothing disguise

YouTube has taken down page belonging to man in custody, while Instagram and Twitter have terminated his accounts

Seeking clues for a possible motivation, police were combing through the social media profile and published songs of the alleged attacker in the shooting that left at least six dead and 30 wounded in a Chicago suburb on the Fourth of July.

Robert E Crimo III, 22, was detained hours after the shooting Monday as a person of interest in the case, said the police chief of Highland Park, Illinois. Investigators have stopped short of calling Crimo a suspect, but on Tuesday they described finding evidence that he disguised himself in “women’s clothing” before opening fire on strangers with a high-powered rifle styled after an AR-15.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:23 pm

Toronto: Sikh guards fired or demoted over ‘humiliating’ facial hair policy

Staff at homeless shelters required to be ‘clean-shaven’ to ensure N95 masks fit but for Sikh facial hair is key expression of faith

More than one hundred Sikh security guards in Toronto have lost their jobs or been demoted after refusing to cut their beards in order to wear a face mask, highlighting a city policy that critics describe as discriminatory and “humiliating”.

Under Toronto’s current rules, staff at homeless shelters and other congregate settings must wear a N95 respirator when exposed to people with Covid-19 or during suspected outbreaks.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:00 pm

Keir Starmer’s Brexit plan is cowardly and devoid of principle | Letters

Now was the time for a radical denunciation of the whole failing enterprise, writes David Pollock. Plus letters from Richard Carter, Marie Catterson, Diana Francis, Tim Lambert, Dr Mark Wilcox and Michael Ayton

Your editorial (4 July) welcoming Keir Starmer’s “pragmatic” (some might say unprincipled) reversal of policy on Brexit is disappointing. The terms for rejoining could not be as good as previously, but the EU regretted our departure and would quietly welcome us back. The public are progressively disillusioned with Brexit, with a poll of 200 polls now showing 49% counting it as a mistake against 38% still clinging to it. They realise that it was sold on a lying prospectus by a now proven liar and his cronies, who have demonstrably failed to deliver on their promises.

Now was the time for a radical denunciation of the whole failing enterprise, coupled with similarly radical economic policies aimed at credible levelling (up and down) towards equality, undoing the damage of the last 12 years.
David Pollock
Stoke Newington, London

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:56 pm

Disgraceful failures of Greater Manchester police continue | Letter

Oldham councillor Sam Al-Hamdani on the systematic failings of the first police force to be placed in special measures

While there has been much focus on the Metropolitan police being placed into special measures, Greater Manchester police (GMP), the first force to be placed into that category, has received much less attention (Editorial, 30 June). The charge sheet against GMP is long and disheartening: 80,000 cases (one-fifth of those reported) not recorded; at least £27m wasted on a failed crime-recording IT system; serial warnings that they were failing domestic abuse victims; and sadly too many more to recount.

In a review into child sexual exploitation in Oldham last month, the authors noted that GMP provided no information for the first two years of their investigation, and only with regard to one of the 11 cases under review and one member of the Rochdale grooming gang, both of which showed repeated failures. Little wonder that the authors concluded that they struggled to provide assurance on GMP’s performance. It is disgraceful that the Met has been placed into special measures; it is worse that GMP had already, and yet has sunk further. For the sake of officers and residents alike, there must be change.
Cllr Sam Al-Hamdani
Liberal Democrat, Oldham council

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:55 pm

Novak Djokovic overturns two-set deficit to surpass Sinner at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic knew there was something about Jannik Sinner long before the Italian threatened to bundle him out of Wimbledon on Tuesday afternoon. What he rediscovered about himself after coming back from two sets down to beat Sinner in five sets in the first quarter-final was that winning has never been easy for him in the tournament he treasures above all others.

Seven times in his career, Djokovic has recovered from two sets down to win. Yet there has been a shakier hand on his racket under pressure at Wimbledon, where, 20 times now, he has lost the first set and recovered to win just 11 times. In baseball parlance, he’s not always batting a thousand at the place where he has won six titles and might win a seventh next Sunday.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:54 pm

Independence vote may be ‘unlawful’, says Scotland’s lord advocate

Dorothy Bain QC releases her letter to the UK supreme court seeking its ruling on Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a second referendum

Scotland’s lord advocate has confirmed she fears Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a fresh independence referendum may be unlawful.

Dorothy Bain QC has now released the letter she wrote to the UK supreme court last week seeking its ruling on whether Sturgeon has the legal powers to stage a referendum without the UK government’s authority.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:51 pm

Sainsbury’s boss warns UK living costs squeeze will ‘only intensify’

UK’s second-biggest supermarket says it will invest £500m to keep prices low as Marks & Spencer echoes outlook for coming months

The inflationary pressure on households will “only intensify” through the rest of this year, the boss of Sainsbury’s has warned as he said the supermarket would invest £500m in attempting to keep prices low.

The dour sentiment was echoed by the chair of Marks & Spencer, Archie Norman, who told shareholders at the retailer’s annual general meeting on Tuesday that there was a “coming winter in consumer demand”.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:50 pm

FA moves towards independence for WSL after rebuffing private equity firms

The Football Association is aiming to move ownership of the Women’s Super League and Championship into its own company in January and has rebuffed any advances from private equity firms looking to buy the leagues.

Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA director of women’s football, said: “We’re working with the clubs to create a company which will be an FA subsidiary and the FA will still be there as a shareholder.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:26 pm

Wout van Aert claims thrilling solo stage win to extend Tour de France lead

Wout Van Aert, wearing the leader’s yellow jersey, took a spectacular win in stage four of the Tour de France in Calais, after attacking from the peloton alone in the closing stages of the 171.5km stage from Dunkirk.

In a collective show of strength from his Jumbo-Visma team, the Belgian broke clear on the final climb, the Cote du Cap Blanc-Nez, after his teammates, Tiesj Benoot and Jonas Vingegaard, set a fierce pace on the steepest sections of the headland.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:11 pm

Portugal drops all Covid entry requirements

As high summer approaches, visitors to the country no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to be allowed in

Portugal has become the latest country to drop all Covid travel restrictions, so British tourists no longer need to show proof of vaccination or take a test. The country previously required all travellers to show either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR/antigen test, but this has changed with the new rules coming into effect immediately.

The Visit Portugal website said the rules applied to all “national territory”, including the Azores and Madeira, but that the measures could be reviewed “in accordance to the evolution of the pandemic”. Face coverings remain mandatory on public transport, in taxis and when visiting care homes, nursing homes and health facilities. Social distancing and frequent hand washing are still advised.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:10 pm

Grenfell Tower families finally hear harrowing details of how loved ones died

Inquiry examines causes of death, starting with eight people who died sheltering in two 23rd floor flats

With friends to support them and boxes of tissues at hand, families whose loved ones died at Grenfell Tower gathered on Tuesday to finally hear in public the harrowing detail of how they perished.

Five years and 21 days since fire engulfed the west London block, killing 72, public inquiry hearings recording the causes of death, last words and movements of the deceased began with an account of eight people who died after sheltering in two flats on the 23rd floor.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 4:08 pm

European stock markets tumble on rising fears of recession

Euro slumps to 20-year low against US dollar as jump in natural gas prices intensifies economic strain

Rising worries about a European recession hit stock markets on Tuesday as the euro slumped to a two-decade low and the pound fell to its lowest since the start of the pandemic.

Shares tumbled in London and across Europe as a jump in natural gas prices intensified the strain on the European economy.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:59 pm

‘This was just the warning’: the fuel price protesters planning more action

Those who joined Monday’s protests – which created headlines and provoked ministers – are already organising their next moves

They were a disparate group – truckers, farmers, businesspeople, carers, bikers, teenagers and retirees. Even a group of door supervisors from a West Country market town. Some of the fuel protests were slickly organised; others were, frankly, a little chaotic.

But they had the desired effect of causing traffic jams, creating headlines and provoking the UK government.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:52 pm

Premier League footballer further arrested over two more rape allegations

A leading Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of rape has been further arrested on suspicion of two incidents of rape against a different woman.

The player has been released on bail until August by the Metropolitan police after questioning and inquiries are ongoing.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:44 pm

Daphne Caruana Galizia: suspect confesses to killing Maltese journalist

George Degiorgio says he would have asked for bigger payment for murder had he known more about victim

One of the men accused of detonating the car bomb that killed the anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has confessed to the crime and said he would have asked for a bigger fee for the murder had he known more about her.

George Degiorgio, who along with his brother Alfred and an associate, Vince Muscat, has been charged with murdering Caruana Galizia in Malta in October 2017, also said he would implicate others in the plot to kill her.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:37 pm

Billy Horschel blasts ‘hypocrites’ playing the LIV Series and established tours

Perhaps locker-room cameras should have been installed at the Scottish Open this week. In the latest chapter in golf’s civil war, Billy Horschel used a press conference at the Renaissance Club to take direct aim at “hypocrite” golfers who have cited a light schedule as the basis for accepting hugely lucrative offers to join the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Series.

The DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, announced that any member who had participated on the breakaway LIV circuit would be banned from teeing up at the Scottish Open on Thursday. Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding challenged that sanction via arbitration permitted in DP World Tour rules. Having been successful, they were added to the Scottish Open field. The Saudi Arabia-backed LIV model has staged two $25m events thus far, with a further six planned throughout 2022.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:37 pm

England and Lauren Hemp lead the way in Women’s Euros that promise much

At Old Trafford on Wednesday night the Women’s European Championship will get under way in front of a crowd of 73,000. England, the tournament hosts, will play Austria with Sarina Wiegman’s team hoping to prove their credentials as leading contenders for the trophy. Alongside a lavish opening ceremony, it is guaranteed there will be fireworks – a showcase for a sport exploding in popularity.

When England last hosted a Women’s European Championship finals, in 2005, the mood was very different. The coach of the national team – the pioneering Hope Powell – declared before the tournament that “the women’s game here is a second-class sport”. Her players were part-time, matches were played only in the north-west, and only eight teams took part. Lennart Johansson, then the president of Uefa, suggested one way to grow the sport further might be for sponsors to run campaigns featuring a “sweaty, lovely looking girl” playing in the rain.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:37 pm

Snow at one of world’s highest observatories melting earlier than ever before

Peak at Sonnblick in Austrian Alps has melted more than a month before previous record time

The snow at the highest observatory in the world to be operated all-year-round is expected to completely melt in the next few days, the earliest time on record.

Scientists at the Sonnblick observatory in the Austrian Central Alps, which is 3,106 metres (10,190ft) above sea level, have been shocked and dismayed to see the snow depleting so quickly.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:36 pm

Winold Reiss: the ‘immigrant modernist’ who changed American art

An exhibition at the New-York Historical Society looks back at the German artist’s often undervalued influence on early 20th-century art

In 1913, the German artist Winold Reiss arrived on American shores with aspirations common to many immigrants: he was in search of the opportunity to have a better life. But unlike the countless others that reached the United States in the early 20th century, Reiss was bringing an artistic revolution with him. A force for the modernism that was thriving in Germany at the time, Reiss was destined to make a deep and lasting impact on the shape of American art, showcasing his talents in realms as varied as restaurant interiors, advertising, metalwork, portraiture, fashion and furniture.

Reiss is the subject of a new show at the New-York Historical Society that aims to resurrect his legacy and put him back on the map as the force that he was. “I want to show the public the extent of Winold’s life,” said the show’s co-curator Marilyn Kushner. “To make people recognize that he’s an important part of the canon.” To that end it has convened a major re-entry for Reiss, with an exhibit of 150 pieces that begins to lay out the full breadth of the man’s immense talents and prodigious output.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:35 pm

‘It’s crazy’: Maria into first grand slam semi a year after second child’s birth

Miracles do happen. At the age of 34, Tatjana Maria, a woman who this time last year had just given birth to her second daughter, reached her first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon on Tuesday, beating another German, Jule Niemeier, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Mixing forehand slices with outstanding movement and great net play, the world No 103 came from 4-2 down in the third set to clinch a place in the last four.

“I have goosebumps everywhere,” said Maria, who sealed victory when Niemeier netted a backhand volley. “It was such a tough match against Jule, she’s from the same country as me, we’re both German. Today I think we made Germany really proud.”

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:32 pm

Mona Hammond obituary

Trailblazer for black actors in Britain best known for her roles in EastEnders and Desmond’s

Mona Hammond, who has died aged 91, was a trailblazer for black actors in Britain who co-founded the Talawa theatre group before finding television stardom in EastEnders as Blossom, matriarch of the Jackson clan.

Her EastEnders character moved in with her grandson, Alan, and his partner, Carol, at Dot Cotton’s former Albert Square house in 1994. While giving support to Alan (Howard Antony) as he went through a string of jobs and to Carol (Lindsey Coulson) whenever she needed a sympathetic shoulder to cry on – as well as Carol’s four children – Blossom worked at the Bridge Street cafe alongside Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth).

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:28 pm

Culture and easy elegance grace Chanel’s autumn/winter catwalk

Virginie Viard’s tweed-filled couture collection championed accessible silhouettes with an edge

Chanel’s Paris couture show on Tuesday afternoon opened with its famous tweed jacket – but instead of it being worn by a gamine catwalk model emerging from backstage, it featured in a film projected on to the venue’s walls, worn by the musician Pharrell Williams, who was playing drums.

Culture was in the air in the bright, greenhouse-style hall, which featured ergonomic sculptures by artist Xavier Veilhan. Along with the customary perfume on each seat, goodie bags contained records by French singer and songwriter Sébastian Tellier, who sat front row – also in a tweed jacket – with Keira Knightley and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Tellier’s music soundtracked the show.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:21 pm

EU scraps 115 grants for UK scientists and academics amid Brexit row

Move follows dispute over Northern Ireland protocol, as one academic says UK is going down a ‘dark path’

British scientists and academic researchers have been dealt a blow after 115 grants from a flagship EU research programme were terminated because of the continuing Brexit row over Northern Ireland.

One academic said he was “relieved” to be exiting the country and feared the UK was going down a “dark path” like Germany in the 1930s.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:14 pm

Stokes wants England to be rock stars, says Root as India are left all shook up

Joe Root said England were “still heading into the unknown” after he led them into uncharted waters by serenely steering the team to the highest successful run-chase in their history to beat India by seven wickets at Edgbaston and draw the series.

The message from Root and England was clear: expect further exploration of the distant peaks of what was previously unimaginable.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:05 pm

Cloned mice created from freeze dried skin cells in world first

Breakthrough could help conservationists revive dwindling populations of endangered species

Researchers have created cloned mice from freeze dried skin cells in a world first that aims to help conservationists revive populations of endangered species.

The breakthrough paves the way for countries to store skin cells from animals as an insurance policy, as the cells can be used to create clones that boost the species’ genetic diversity if they become threatened with extinction in the future.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:00 pm

Bizet’s Carmen is a mashup of male-fantasy sexual encounters. She needs reinventing

The Gypsy heroine is an impossible, exotic male fantasy who is not one woman, but many. Her murder matters less than it should, argues opera director Mathilde López

Directing Carmen is terrifying. First, you must overcome the opera’s huge fame and the expectations of audiences in order to carve yourself some space to think. Then you have to work out who she is – while unpacking the misogyny and sporadic dashes of exotic Gypsy colour that pervade the story.

I am a French woman from a mainly Spanish family with some Gypsy origins. My great-grandmother was a Gypsy woman from AAndalucía who was taken away from her family by a Frenchman - to Morocco. She danced flamenco and never stopped making music on the kitchen pots. Theoretically, this should give me an “in” on who Carmen is. But my first attempts at thinking about the piece needed no French, Spanish or Gypsy DNA.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 3:00 pm

China imposes Covid lockdown in Xi’an after handful of cases

Zero-Covid strategy shuts down north-central city of 13 million following 18 reported cases of Omicron

A highly transmissible Omicron subvariant, which is already dominant in Britain and the US, has sent parts of the ancient Chinese city of Xi’an, home to 13 million, into a seven-day lockdown.

Businesses, schools and restaurants in Xi’an will close for one week, officials said on Tuesday, after the Chinese city logged a handful of Covid-19 cases. The capital city of Shaanxi province has reported 18 cases since Saturday in a cluster driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, according to official notices.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:58 pm

The British siesta: how Peter Andre tried to get the UK into bed

The singer suggested to Downing Street that an afternoon nap could improve productivity. No 10 said Britons would just spend the time in the pub

Length: Twenty minutes is ideal.

Age: At least 2,000: “siesta” is derived from the Roman “sexta hora”.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:56 pm

The Fiver | PSG’s very modern parting of the ways with Mauricio Pochettino

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The Fiver has never been dumped, and you can probably join the dots on that one. But we have enough of our fat finger on the pulse to know about the modern ways in which people have conscious uncoupling imposed upon them: the sudden “we need to talk”, the text, the FaceSpace status, the tears. Today, Paris Saint-Germain introduced a new one: the afterthought.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:56 pm

Texas death row inmate asks to delay execution so he can donate kidney

Lawyers for Ramiro Gonzales, who is set to die by lethal injection on 13 July, requested 30-day reprieve so he can provide donation

A Texas man set to be executed in less than two weeks asked to delay his execution so he can donate a kidney.

Ramiro Gonzales, 39, who is set to die by lethal injection on 13 July, has submitted formal requests to postpone his execution so he can provide a kidney donation for someone urgently needing a transplant.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:55 pm

Nick Kyrgios faces charge of assaulting ex-girlfriend in Australia

Tennis player who has reached Wimbledon quarter-finals is due to appear in court in Canberra next month

The tennis player Nick Kyrgios is due to face a court in Australia after being summonsed to face a charge of assaulting a former girlfriend.

The 27-year-old Australian, who reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on Monday, will appear in court in Canberra next month.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:54 pm

‘He’s elegant, troubled, and very sexual’: Mahmoud Khaled’s museum to an imaginary gay man

From a rotating leather bed to quotes from James Baldwin, the Egyptian artist has imagined the home and inner life of a fictitious, insomniac aesthete

Definition of a contemporary nightmare: you lose your phone and your most intimate details are made public. Such is the premise of an intriguing new exhibition by Egypt-born artist Mahmoud Khaled called Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost It. The artist, who is based in Berlin, has constructed an elaborate fictitious narrative of loss, longing and desire around the life of an unknown gay man who mislaid his unlocked, sim-less phone in a public toilet.

“Based on the content of his phone, this is apparently a very elegant person – he has particular taste in art and history – and he’s very sexual,” says Khaled, when we meet at the show’s venue, the Mosaic Rooms in London. “But he’s also very troubled,” he adds. “He’s dealing with severe insomnia and has a lot of sleep-aid and dating apps.”

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:49 pm

‘I knew this was different’: Nick Drake’s producer on misunderstood classic Pink Moon

In the dead of night 50 years ago, two men came together to make a pared-back masterpiece that is still beguiling fans to this day. John Wood remembers the singer’s intense, astonishing reinvention

It is 50 years since Nick Drake made Pink Moon, his third and final studio album, yet his gossamer melodies still beguile us. They are as mysterious as their creator, who almost never performed live and rarely agreed to be interviewed. Songs from the album such as Know and Harvest Breed are fragile haikus, as luminous and elusive as the day they were first played.

Keen to know more about the album, I contact John Wood, its sound engineer and producer. “I probably have a reputation for not giving many interviews about Nick, and in particular Pink Moon,” he says via email. “The overriding reason is that there’s not much to say about two evenings in the studio making an album that only lasts 20 minutes or so.”

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:21 pm

‘Every year it gets worse’: on the frontline of the climate crisis in Bangladesh

Young volunteers are leading rescue teams helping women and girls hardest hit by catastrophic flash floods in Sylhet

Ever since she was a little girl, Amina Ahmed has been afraid of the water. Growing up in Sylhet, north-east of Bangladesh, the heavy rainfall that typically occurs during monsoon season would make her anxious.

But this year’s flooding has been unlike anything she’s ever seen before. “Every year, it gets a little worse but I don’t think anyone expected anything this extreme,” Ahmed says.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:19 pm

In pretending that Covid is over, the UK government is playing a dangerous game | Stephen Reicher

Acting like the virus is no longer a risk undermines our trust in public health measures and the scientists proposing them

Covid is alive and kicking. About 2.3 million people are infected with the virus in the UK, including as many as one in 18 in Scotland. There are more than 10,000 Covid patients in hospital. These infections are increasing the burden on the NHS and contributing to the staff shortages that are already causing chaos in airports and elsewhere. And that’s before we even consider deaths and long Covid.

Yet our government talks and acts as if Covid is dead and gone. The health secretary, Sajid Javid, claims that we are in a post-pandemic phase. The prime minister insists that sky-high infections are no cause for concern (and indeed that Covid is so trivial that he hasn’t even bothered to think about the issue “for a while”). The government’s own website recommends wearing masks in enclosed crowded spaces (as do other agencies such as the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control), but ministers and MPs conspicuously fail to wear masks in spaces such as the House of Commons.

Stephen Reicher is a member of the Sage subcommittee advising on behavioural science. He is a professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an authority on crowd psychology

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:16 pm

Critics told ‘lives at stake’ over Belgium-Iran prisoner swap treaty

Belgian justice minister tells MPs if bill not approved threat to Belgian interests will increase

Belgian politicians who support a treaty that would permit the swap of an Iranian diplomat jailed in Belgium for Belgians held prisoner in Tehran have told the treaty’s opponents that “lives are at stake”.

MPs were told during a debate on Tuesday that there were serious risks to Belgians being kept in Iran if they voted against ratifying the treaty, which is set to be a first of its kind among European countries.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:08 pm

Sats suggest Covid disruption affecting primary school attainment in England

Just 59% of 10- and 11-year-olds reach expected standards in literacy, writing and maths in this year’s assessment

The Covid pandemic and disruption has undone many of the improvements in primary school test results within the last five years, according to this year’s Sats assessments taken by pupils in England.

Just 59% of 10- and 11-year-olds reached the Department for Education’s expected standards in literacy, writing and maths, the lowest rate since 2017 and below the 65% recorded in 2019 before the pandemic.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:05 pm

Oldham doctor who killed woman in botched procedure jailed for three years

Isyaka Mamman, thought to be 85, admitted causing death of Shahida Parveen, 48, in bone marrow biopsy

A doctor who carried out a botched procedure that led to the death of a woman has been jailed for three years.

Dr Isyaka Mamman, who is believed to be 85, had already been suspended for lying about his age and colleagues thought he should be retired after botching similar procedures before the fatal incident.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:05 pm

Sloviansk mayor urges residents to flee city as Russia steps up shelling

Vadim Lyakh says 40 houses hit on Monday as Moscow shifts focus to main cities in Donetsk region after fall of Lysychansk

The mayor of Sloviansk has called on its remaining residents to evacuate as the Russian invaders stepped up their shelling of the frontline Ukrainian city after the capture of Lysychansk on Sunday.

Vadim Lyakh said 40 houses had been shelled on Monday while other officials later said two people were killed and seven injured after Russian forces struck a market and a residential area in the city.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:38 pm

Director Paul Haggis released from hotel detention following sexual abuse claim

Director’s lawyer says prosecutors in Italy are deciding whether to investigate allegation he had sex with a woman without consent

A judge in southern Italy on Monday ordered the film director Paul Haggis released from detention at his hotel while prosecutors decide whether to pursue their investigation of whether he allegedly had sex with a woman without her consent over two days, his lawyer said.

Michele Laforgia told the Associated Press that his client Haggis, who is also a screenwriter and an Academy Award winner, was still in Italy. The ruling was made by Judge Vilma Gilli, based in Puglia, which is the region that forms the “heel” of the Italian peninsula.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:25 pm

UK gas prices hit three-month high as Norway workers strike

European energy crisis intensifies amid suspension of production in Equinor oil and gas fields

Norwegian gas supplies to the UK could be shut off this weekend if a dispute over pay for oil and gas workers escalates, a pipeline operator has warned.

The European gas crisis has intensified after one of Norway’s biggest operators was forced to shut three oil and gas fields after workers went on strike.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:20 pm

UK Covid cases are rising – should we wear masks again?

Three experts weigh in on the benefits of reintroducing face coverings in certain settings

With Covid infection levels increasing and hospitalisations following suit with the rise of the Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5, some experts have called for a reintroduction of mask-wearing in certain settings, with the chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, Sir Andrew Pollard, saying it would be “sensible” for hospitals to reintroduce the practice.

Here’s what other scientists have to say.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:07 pm

Jackie Kay on Jamaica Kincaid: ‘I’ve never read anyone like her’

The Scottish poet pays tribute to the Antiguan-American author’s ‘fearless’ coming-of-age novel Annie John

When I first read Annie John in 1986, the year after it was first published, I had never read anything like it. Over the years, I’ve read everything by Jamaica Kincaid, and I’ve still never read anyone like her. If you are new to Kincaid, I envy you. For she is a writer you don’t just read; she is a writer that takes you back to yourself. She’s candid, clear, clarifying – and her books talk to each other as if they are in conversation across time. I would sit down if I were you and read everything she has ever written.

Re-reading Annie John for the umpteenth time in 2022, I was surprised to find that it is a wee book. In my head it was bigger. In my head, Kincaid is big. (She is, she is six feet tall.) It is big because her themes are huge; her principal character is time itself. She is afraid of nothing as a writer, and never seeks her reader’s approval; you’ll love her or not, she doesn’t mind. She is fearless, her work feeds off mythical realities, rich rivalries, her work is deadly alive, brazenly breaking customs and conventions. You might return to her work years later and find it still blooming like the gardens she writes about so vividly.

But what am I to do with this droopy, weepy sadness in the middle of summer, with the color and shape reminding me of mourning, as it does in spring remind me of mourning but mourning the death of something that happened long ago (winter is dead in spring, and not only that, there is no hint that it will ever come again).

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:01 pm

Thor: Love and Thunder review – Taika Waititi hammers home franchise fun

Followup to Thor: Ragnarok repeats some of that masterwork’s tongue-in-cheek approach as Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster takes over tool-throwing duties

In 2017 Taika Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok, which still strikes me as the best MCU movie, and a few years before that the superb and franchise-igniting vampire romp What We Do in the Shadows: both comedy gold, and way better than his misjudged and overrated middlebrow Panzer-crash Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit. Now Waititi has directed, and co-written with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, an entertaining followup to his MCU masterpiece. Like the first film, it’s a tongue-in-cheek cosmic spectacular in the tradition of Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon, with some nice gags, big cameos (though I missed some of the major characters from Thor: Ragnarok) and Chris Hemsworth returning to deliver his easygoing turn as the great flaxen-haired Norse god. And of all the Hollywood movie stars currently taking the MCU shilling, Hemsworth is the most utterly unembarrassed, most visibly enjoying himself, most utterly relaxed in his own skin and in front of his own greenscreen.

In this instalment Thor has to confront evil Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale, who with his terrifying necro-sword is slaying divinities all over the shop out of a sense of bitterness that the gods once allowed his infant daughter to die. Thor finds himself initially fighting alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, who are his tonal equivalents in Marvel’s now well-established humorous mode, but recruits his own crew to battle Gorr when this supervillain abducts all the children in New Asgard. His new team includes Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (played by Waititi himself), as well as his longtime amour and now ex (their breakup sketched in during a comedy romcom-style flashback). This is Dr Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, suffering from a serious illness which has been put into remission by the mighty cosmic powers of Thor’s once shattered hammer Mjölnir.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:00 pm

Wanted: puddings I can cook on a barbecue | Kitchen aide

You can work magic with fruit on a barbecue – smoked cherries, smoky peach melba, and honey-, rum- and lime-glazed pineapple …

• Got a culinary dilemma? Email [email protected]

What desserts can I make on the barbecue?
Sam, Hay-on-Wye, Powys

You’re essentially looking at fruit here, Sam. But that doesn’t necessarily mean chocolate-stuffed bananas, says Helen Graves, author of Live Fire – “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Stone fruits are also a very good friend of the barbecue, because they take on that smoky flavour so well. To this end, Graves halves and stones peaches, then pops them in an oven tray with “warming spices” (think cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla) and a splash of dessert wine.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 1:00 pm

How Ukraine’s ‘Venice’ has borne the brunt of fight for Snake Island

The battle for the strategic outcrop has shaken the fishing village of Vylkove, where boats can no longer put out to sea

It is remote, inhospitable, windswept and largely uninhabited, but it has been fought over for centuries. Legend has it that the rocky outcrop in the Black Sea was created by the sea god Poseidon as a home for the greatest of all Greek warriors: Achilles. And just like the demigod, the small, cross-shaped island has seen its share of wars. Today, the tiny piece of land is known as Snake Island (Zmiinyi Island), and on Monday Ukrainian forces raised the country’s flag there once again after seizing the island back from Russian occupiers, driven away after months of heavy bombardment.

The fight for Snake Island has strategic value, but most important it is of national significance for all Ukrainians, especially in their country’s darkest hour, with their back to the wall in Donbas. However, in the tiny fishing village of Vylkove, on the Ukrainian side of the Danube River and the closest inhabited area to the Island, the battle to regain control over this outcrop has upended the lives of inhabitants.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:49 pm

Reality is finally dawning on the cabinet: Boris Johnson is NOT your friend | Marina Hyde

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid have decided they’re finally done with 2022’s full-scale debasement of public life. Who’s next?

Watching Dominic Raab react to Simon McDonald’s bombshell letter live on air this morning was like watching a character in a movie discover he’s been dead all along. When Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resigned this evening, Boris Johnson should have been realising something similar.

A big day for Big Dog, then – who has surely had his day. Even as Raab was touring the studios pushing the latest Frankenstein’s monster of a line on what No 10 knew – and when – about multiply accused sex pest Chris Pincher, the former head of the diplomatic service was releasing a letter to the parliamentary standards commissioner blowing the whole thing apart. There had been formal complaints in 2019 about the man Johnson went on to promote; they were investigated and upheld; and Johnson was briefed in person about the investigation and outcome. “You get to the point when you have to do the right thing,” observed McDonald later, with deadly mildness.

Marina Hyde is a Guardian columnist

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:41 pm

Jermaine Baker lawfully shot dead by Met officer, inquiry rules

Unarmed 28-year-old killed by police marksman in 2015 when part of a gang trying to free a prisoner

A firearms officer acted lawfully in shooting dead Jermaine Baker, an unarmed man who was trying to spring a prisoner from custody, an inquiry concluded, but criticised the Metropolitan police for 24 failings.

In what was described as a “loud wake-up to a [soon to be] newly appointed commissioner”, the inquiry criticised a lack of police meeting notes as “indicative of a widespread and arrogant attitude towards compliance and formality and of a failure to appreciate the importance of accountability and maintaining an audit trail”.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:30 pm

Switzerland resists Ukrainian plan to seize frozen Russian assets

President says violating property rights would set dangerous precedent and needed legal justification

Ukrainian plans to seize as much as $500bn (£418bn) in frozen Russian assets to fund the country’s recovery have met firm resistance from Switzerland, the hosts of an international two-day Ukraine recovery conference.

The Swiss president, Ignazio Cassis, pushed back on the plan, saying protection of property rights was fundamental in a liberal democracy. He underlined at a closing press conference the serious qualms of some leaders that proposals to confiscate Russian assets will set a dangerous precedent and needed specific legal justification.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:24 pm

Owners of Whiskas and Pedigree pet food pause supplies to Tesco in latest price rise row

Brands owned by US group Mars are running low in some stores as the supermarket says it won’t ‘pass on unjustifiable price increases’

The owner of pet food brands Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree has paused supplies to Tesco in a new row over price rises.

Supplies of some of the brands owned by US group Mars were running low in stores and online in the supermarket chain’s second fallout with a major supplier in a fortnight. Mars’ chocolate and confectionery products are not affected by the dispute.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:23 pm

Smuggled tortoises and bullfighting protesters: Tuesday’s best photos

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

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:22 pm

Porch pirates have been stealing my online shopping, but now I have a secret weapon | Arwa Mahdawi

The number of packages stolen from doorsteps has soared. Security cameras and video doorbells haven’t helped me, but then I met someone who could

Every time I decide to do something vaguely useful with my life, the universe conspires against me. Last week, for example, I decided I was going to get into gardening. Growing stuff seemed a healthy sort of way to cope with the disintegration of American democracy and the rapid rollback of civil rights. It’s certainly healthier than my usual coping mechanisms: drinking wine and complaining.

Now, I don’t know very much about gardening but I do know that you need soil, so I ordered a couple of large bags of the stuff online. The soil took a couple of days to arrive and just minutes to be stolen by porch pirates. Two guys dressed like delivery men scurried over to my doorstep and hauled it off in their car. Instead of spending that evening cultivating my garden, I drank wine and complained.

Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:20 pm

‘Within five minutes everything changed’: town mourns victims of glacier tragedy

Locals were closely aware of rapidly changing glacier but never anticipated catastrophe of this kind

A Sunday climb on the Marmolada, the largest glacier in the northern Italian Dolomites, was only intended to be a warm-up for Filippo Bari and his friends before an even bigger challenge this weekend.

Such was the 27-year-old mountain climber’s joy at being on the glacier that he sent a selfie to his brother. Hours later, the father-of-one from the Veneto town of Malo, was among the first victims identified after a huge mass of the glacier broke off, sending an avalanche of ice, rocks and debris thundering down the slope and onto a popular hiking trail.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 12:16 pm

Royal Mail managers to strike over jobs and pay

Unite members will work to rule over plan to cut 700 jobs and slash pay by up to £7,000

Royal Mail managers across the UK are poised to take industrial action in the next two weeks in a dispute over jobs and pay.

Unite, the union that represents the workers, said 2,400 managers would work to rule between 15 and 19 July, followed by strike action between 20 and 22 July over Royal Mail’s plan to cut 700 jobs and slash pay by up to £7,000.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:49 am

Turkey seizes Russian ship carrying ‘stolen’ Ukrainian grain

Kremlin denies owning the cargo despite boasting of the ‘first ship’ to leave occupied territory

A Russian-flagged ship carrying thousands of tonnes of grain is being held and investigated by Turkish authorities in the Black Sea port of Karasu over claims its cargo was stolen from Ukraine.

Turkish customs officials acted after Kyiv claimed the Zhibek Zholy was illegally transporting 7,000 tonnes of grain out of Russian-occupied Berdiansk, a Ukrainian port in the south-east of the country.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:32 am

Bank of England warns that economic outlook has ‘deteriorated materially’

UK households likely to face more inflationary pressures arising from Ukraine war, says central bank

The outlook for the UK and global economy has “deteriorated materially” due to inflationary pressures largely stoked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, putting extra strain on British household and business finances, the Bank of England (BoE) has warned.

The worsening economic outlook has caused volatility in global markets in recent months with more turbulence likely, the Bank said in its quarterly health check on the UK’s financial system.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:21 am

‘Everything felt new’: the cross-cultural joy of Ghana’s ‘burger highlife’ music

Political turbulence in 1980s Ghana drove musicians to Europe, where they created a glorious new style. Now working as London church ministers and more, the original stars look back

In 1970s Ghana, nightlife was booming: live bands played James Brown, Kool and the Gang, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones in packed dancehalls, and pop music from Europe and the US was dominating the radio. Traditional sounds were often sidelined as DJs turned to funk, soul, disco and rock – but these heady days didn’t last.

Political turbulence stemming from a succession of coups and military dictatorships was soon to drive out many of the country’s most talented musicians. As the country headed towards an economic crisis in the 1980s, the government of Jerry Rawlings placed an embargo on live music and introduced a 160% import tax on musical instruments. “People who were making a living out of playing live music could no longer do it,” recalls Herman Asafo-Agyei, later the bassist of the bands Osibisa and Native Spirit. “So people fled.”

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:11 am

Italy declares state of emergency in drought-hit northern regions

Five areas have experienced unusually early heatwave and lack of rainfall, in particular the Po valley

Italy has declared a state of emergency in five northern regions and announced emergency funds over a worsening drought that has plagued the Po valley in recent weeks.

The cabinet approved a state of emergency in five regions – Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto – until 31 December, the government said in a statement that also announced a €36.5m (£33.8m) fund to help those affected.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:05 am

‘They shouldn’t have built houses here’: navigating disaster in the flood waters of Sydney’s north-west

Windsor locals watching rising water swallow roads and houses for the third time this year struggle with the dilemma of rebuilding

In the suburbs that hug the Hawkesbury River in Sydney’s north west, some residents are lost for words about the latest floods. To locals anxiously watching water swallow bridges, roads, houses and entire suburbs for the third time this year, it feels relentless.

“What more is there to say really?” asks 35-year-old mother Tracey, who has lived in the Hawkesbury her whole life. While recalling all the floods that have occurred over the past two years, she momentarily loses count.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:00 am

I led the US lawsuit against big tobacco for its harmful lies. Big oil is next | Sharon Y Eubanks

We may be approaching a legal tipping point for fossil fuel companies and the spin masters that work for them

In 2005, I was the lead counsel on behalf of the US in one of the biggest corporate accountability legal actions ever filed. That trial proved that the tobacco industry knew it was selling and marketing a harmful product, that it had funded denial of public health science, and had used deceptive advertising and PR to protect assets instead of protecting consumers.

Today, the fossil fuel industry finds itself in the same precarious legal position as the tobacco industry did in the late 1990s. The behaviour and goals of the tobacco and petroleum industries are pretty similar – and there are many similarities in their liabilities.

Sharon Y Eubanks served as lead council in the federal tobacco litigation United States v Philip Morris USA, et al. She is the co-author of Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:00 am

Nigel Slater’s recipe for crisp gnocchi and chopped salad

A cool and hot, crispy and succulent summer salad

Hot, crisp garlic gnocchi, ice-cold cucumber, tomato and radishes.

Cook 500g of gnocchi in deep, generously salted boiling water until the dumplings float to the surface – a matter of 2 or 3 minutes. Drain the gnocchi, tip into a bowl and trickle with a little olive oil.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 11:00 am

The teens disrupting Minions screenings might actually be the saviours of cinema | Stuart Heritage

‘Gentleminions’ being turned away from showings of the latest Despicable Me spinoff should be nectar for the ailing industry

Nobody really knew what the state of cinema would be post-Covid. Would audiences stay at home through fear? Would streaming kill off the theatrical experience for good? Or would cinema itself take on a whole new form; a bold and exciting incarnation characterised by hundreds of teenagers dressing up in suits and relentlessly screaming nonsense at the screen, to the tangible chagrin of everyone else in attendance?

It’s too early to say for sure but, judging by the reaction to the recently released Minions: The Rise of Gru, it’s definitely the latter. In fact, so many young people are attending Minions screenings in formalwear in order to honk full-volume gibberish at the screen that cinemas have started to turn people away.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 10:52 am

Could new countries be founded – on the internet? | Sam Venis

Coinbase’s former chief technology officer wants to use social networks to create states. What doesn’t fit into his vision are things like poverty, illness and ageing

In The Network State, a buzzy new book by Balaji Srinivasan, the former chief technology officer of Coinbase, poses a devious question: how do you Larp a country into existence?

Released provocatively this 4 July, the book presents Srinivasan’s case for a new model of digital statehood run and managed in the cloud. A network state, as he describes it, is basically a group of people who get together on the internet and decide that they’re going to start a country. With a social network to connect them, a leader to unite them, and a cryptocurrency to protect their assets, Srinivasan says a country can be born with laws, social services and all. A network state is a country that “anyone can start from your computer, beginning by building a following” – not unlike companies, cryptocurrencies, or decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). In a world where billionaires can run companies larger than countries, Srinivasan asks, could such a state achieve recognition from the United Nations?

Sam Venis is a writer based in New York

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 10:25 am

BA cancels more than 1,000 summer flights from Heathrow and Gatwick

Services to holiday destinations including Málaga, Palma and Faro to be affected

British Airways is to cancel more than 1,000 additional flights this summer from Heathrow and Gatwick as staff shortages continue to affect its operations, while refuelling staff at Heathrow have announced they will down tools later this month.

More than 100,000 travellers, including those planning to visit popular holiday destinations such as Málaga, Palma and Faro will be affected, although BA will primarily cut back routes with multiple daily departures.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 10:10 am

New Yorkers will put up with a lot – but don’t blaspheme the bodegas

A midwestern transplant is the latest target of the city’s wrath for daring to criticize the beloved corner stores

A piece of advice for anyone considering a move to New York: don’t mess with bodegas.

The celebrated stores – which vary widely but generally function as convenience stores, delis, food markets and coffee shops – have been a city staple for decades, inspiring unwavering loyalty from locals: “If you’re not cool with your corner store guy, you’re not from New York,” as one worker told NPR.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 10:00 am

Tell us: are you house swapping in the UK this summer?

We’d like to hear from people who are housesitting or swapping in the UK in order to have a more affordable holiday

Rising costs mean many will be unable to afford to get away this summer, particularly as the price of holidaying in the UK has jumped since the pandemic.

However, there are ways to avoid spending a fortune on accommodation, with a number of websites enabling users to stay at someone else’s home while they’re away.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:59 am

JCVI chief calls for mandatory masks in hospitals amid Covid surge

Prof Andrew Pollard says there are ‘extraordinary’ number of infections in England, with 1,000 people being admitted daily

It would be “sensible” for hospitals to reintroduce mandatory mask-wearing, the chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said, as several trusts in England and Wales announced the move.

When NHS rules on wearing masks in England were dropped on 10 June, local health bodies were given the power to draft their own policies. Their guidance, however, is no longer legally enforceable.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:58 am

Frankie Dettori’s ‘sabbatical’ cut short after reuniting with Gosden for rides

John Gosden has revealed Frankie Dettori will be aboard both Inspiral and Emily Upjohn in their next outings, with the post-Royal Ascot “sabbatical” between the trainer and jockey appearing to be over.

There had been plenty of speculation over who would take the ride on the two Clarehaven fillies with the long-time partnership between the duo seemingly strained following several high-profile defeats this season. One of those came on Emily Upjohn in the Oaks when she lost by the barest of margins having stumbled coming out of the stalls. But Gosden, who trains in partnership with his son Thady, has made a quick U-turn and the 51-year-old Dettori’s name will appear against Inspiral’s when the Coronation Stakes winner lines up in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:48 am

David Squires on … Euro 2022 coming to merry old England

Our resident cartoonist on this summer’s Women’s European Championship and the sometimes bumpy journey to get here

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:30 am

‘Doctors should prescribe it!’: the joys of wild camping – and why it is under threat in England

Designated areas of Dartmoor are the only places in England where you can camp out in the wild if you respect the environment. But for how long?

What was that?! I was asleep, now I’m suddenly wide awake. It’s the middle of the night, I’m alone in the middle of Dartmoor, and there’s someone or something moving around outside my tent. Over the whistling of the wind, I’m sure I heard footsteps, and a sinister grinding noise. A murderer maybe? An escaped convict, filing through his leg irons, before coming to do me in. Dartmoor prison is just beyond that hill, after all. (OK, so it’s mainly for non-violent criminals these days, but you try telling yourself that in the dark, on the moor. Fear does funny things to the imagination.) Or is it a beast, perhaps – the actual Hound of the Baskervilles?

Then I remember the pot-bellied horses I saw walking up here yesterday, and summon up the courage to unzip the door for a peek. Ha, not a Dartmoor pony, but a sheep. The grinding was the sound of mastication. Baaaa, now bugger off. It’s still not very inviting out there, driving drizzle, there’ll be no star-gazing tonight, so I zip back up and huddle down.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:00 am

Potentially deadly superbug found in British supermarket pork

Tests found more than 10% of sampled products resistant to antibiotic used to treat serious illnesses in humans

Some British supermarket pork has been infected with a potentially fatal superbug, an investigation has found.

Tests discovered that more than 10% of sampled pork products, including joints, chops and mince, were infected with bacteria that showed resistance to a “last resort” antibiotic used to treat serious illnesses in humans. The contaminated products included some pork sold under the “Red Tractor assured” label and RSPCA-assured and organic products.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:00 am

‘Go home’: Honduran islanders fight against crypto colonialists

The battle over land rights and sovereignty on the island of Roatán has galvanized the whole country

Straight ahead of Wilford Webster’s hilltop home, waves break over the turquoise waters that surround the reefs offshore.

“Look at this,” he said, his arms framing the panorama. “Who wouldn’t want this?”

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:00 am

Dangerous strain of salmonella becoming more common in UK meat

Unpublished government records show rise in poultry products testing positive for salmonella infantis

A dangerous strain of salmonella is becoming more common in meat in the UK, unpublished government records show.

Test results obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) and the Guardian reveal a rise in poultry products contaminated with salmonella infantis, with raw and processed meat found to be affected. Beef, pork and animal feed have also tested positive for the bacteria, which can cause serious illness that sometimes proves fatal.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 9:00 am

Now I’ve given birth, I’m worried I may never want to have sex again

My husband is an excellent lover. But five months on, I don’t even like him touching me

I gave birth five months ago and still have very little interest in sex. More than that, when anything goes near my vagina I flinch. Everything has to be very gentle and slow – even then, very little penetration is possible. My husband is an excellent lover and is fine when I push him away (which happens a lot). I didn’t think mine was a particularly traumatic birth, but maybe having IVF, followed by ventouse, forceps, an episiotomy, was all too much? I’m still breastfeeding and co-sleeping, so maybe that has something to do with it? Before, we had a great sex life; we each listened to what the other wanted and it was very pleasurable. But post-birth, it has taken me a long time to let my husband even touch me. One time he caressed me at 5am and my initial reaction was to be livid about it. He understands and when I tell him it didn’t give me any pleasure, he is thoughtful about it. My friend told me I should “get back into it” because this is how the sex life of a marriage disappears. Half of me is worried I may never be interested in intimacy again. The other half knows my husband and I will be fine: we love each other and are a brilliant couple together. Will my interest in sex return organically or is it something I need to be working on?

Be kind to yourself. It is going to take a while longer to feel sexual desire and pleasure – and that is absolutely normal. Eventually your hormones will be back on track, your body will be healed, and then the natural process of feeling like your old sexual self will begin. It would be a mistake to listen to your friend and try to force yourself to go through the motions. This course of action could actually be detrimental physically and emotionally. It is never a good idea to bypass your feelings and have sex despite pain or lack of interest – that can cause more pain and can even lead to a sexual disorder. In any case, it seems your husband is being caring and sympathetic to your needs during this natural adjustment period. Listen to the half of you that believes he will continue to be fine. You deserve patience and understanding during this healing period, your husband deserves to be praised for his support … and your baby deserves your full attention.

Pamela Stephenson Connolly is a US-based psychotherapist who specialises in treating sexual disorders.

If you would like advice from Pamela on sexual matters, send us a brief description of your concerns to [email protected] (please don’t send attachments). Each week, Pamela chooses one problem to answer, which will be published online. She regrets that she cannot enter into personal correspondence. Submissions are subject to our terms and conditions.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 7:00 am

Women behind the lens: a life or death moment on Malawi’s Covid wards

In January 2021, Malawi had its biggest surge in cases. I risked my life to capture the urgency of that time, when people were dying due to the oxygen shortage

This picture was taken in January 2021, as part of an assignment to photograph a Covid-19 ward at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital in Blantyre, southern Malawi. Malawi registered its first Covid-19 case in April 2020, but despite the many challenges the country had in controlling the pandemic, the spread of the virus was slower than in many other countries.

In 2020, life was almost normal – there were no lockdowns, markets and other public spaces were open. Then in January 2021, Malawi experienced its biggest surge in Covid cases, with the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe accounting for most of the total.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:45 am

Global oil and gas prices have been highly volatile – what will happen next? | Kenneth Rogoff

Supply and demand shocks seem likely to keep prices up despite fears of recession in US and Europe

Over the past two and a half years, world oil and gas prices have been subject to demand shocks and supply shocks – and sometimes both simultaneously. The resulting volatility in energy markets is a reflection and a microcosm of a careening global economy.

The price of Brent crude oil declined from a “normal” $68 a barrel at the end of 2019 to $14 a barrel in April 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic spread worldwide. Two years later, in March 2022, the price soared to $133 a barrel after Russia invaded Ukraine. Now it is falling again amid growing fears of a recession in the US. But the price could rise sharply if the Chinese economy bounces back from the stupor induced by its zero-Covid policies.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:20 am

Great transformations: queer identities in the Amazon – in pictures

From drag performers to those transitioning, Daniel Jack Lyons collaborated with subjects from marginalised communities who were desperate to be seen

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:00 am

Hoist the sails – if you feel like it: a Thames barge break

Guests can join Snark, a barge built to 1898 plans, on chunks of its voyage to all four UK capitals – doing as many sailing tasks or as few as they please

There is a pirate ship on Margate beach – although instead of a skull and crossbones, it is flying the flags of the four UK nations. Sunbathers are crowding round, taking pictures of the town’s unusual visitor.

A hundred years ago, no one would have batted an eyelid. The boat, named Snark after the fictional animal in the Lewis Carroll poem, would have been one of a dozen such ships in the bay. It is not really a pirate ship, of course, but a swashbuckling Thames barge. These six-sail barges were once a common sight on the Kent coast and beyond, carrying cargo in and out of London. At the turn of the 20th century, there were more than 2,000. Today, there are only about 30 left.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:00 am

After Roe, are Republicans willing to expand the social safety net?

The party has shown little enthusiasm to help those affected by unplanned pregnancies – is anything likely to change?

Republicans across the United States cast the supreme court’s decision last month that allowed states to ban abortion as a victory for “life”. Left unsaid was the quality of life that families and mothers set to be left dealing with unplanned pregnancies might have.

For years, the Republican party has pushed to ban a procedure that is mostly sought out by people who are poor, while showing much less enthusiasm for efforts to permanently expand the country’s social safety net. Critics have labeled the party’s stance as caring a lot politically about unborn fetuses, but losing interest in them when they are born as American citizens.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 6:00 am

Legal, yet virtually banned: Turkish women denied right to free, safe abortions

With a de facto ban across much of Turkey, women are having to beg from hospital to hospital or seek private terminations – if they can afford it

When Esra*, a 27-year-old from Istanbul fell pregnant by mistake, she knew she had no choice but to get an abortion.

Abortion is legal on request in Turkey to all women up to the 10th week of pregnancy, and up to the 20th week for medical reasons. According to the law, it should be done in any public hospital for free.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:30 am

‘It’s hard getting money to stretch’: single mothers say they need support

Women in Leicestershire on how soaring bills have hit their finances – and why one-off payments aren’t enough

Kelly Ross, a single mother to her three-year-old son Charlie, has just found out her energy bills are tripling in price, from £94 a month to £292.

With summer holidays on the horizon, there’s not much left in the pot for anything other than essentials, and she finds it hard to escape the constant burden of money worries.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:00 am

‘They saw me as calculating, not a child’: how adultification leads to black children being treated as criminals

The police strip-search at school of Child Q caused outrage. But experts say it is just one example of how black children are perceived as more mature – and culpable – than white peers

Ahmed has a recurring nightmare. The specifics change, but the script stays the same: he is in terrible danger, he tries to call the police, but no one responds. He is alone. In the latest version, bullets were shot through his window, but the line was dead when he picked up a phone to call the police.

It is not hard to see why Ahmed (not his real name) can’t shake such dreams. When he was 12, he was sitting in class when he was called into the headteacher’s office. Two police officers were waiting for him, with his headteacher. They told him a man had handed himself into the police for the rape of a minor he had met on a dating app and that the number he had given for the child matched Ahmed’s. Ahmed says he asked for his parents to be called, so they could be with him during his questioning, but he was ignored.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:00 am

Promised land: how South Africa’s black farmers were set up to fail

After apartheid, when black people were given back their land, many felt driven to prove they could farm as well as white South Africans. But even before they had begun, the system was stacked against them

The tiny plane banked and headed north. It was a sunny morning in 2015, and the pilot and I were flying out of a Johannesburg airfield towards the Zimbabwe border. Having lived in South Africa for six years, I wanted to see from the air a problem I had often thought about: a problem proposed by the end of apartheid, when black people had to enter into and possess a world that white people believed they had created.

Two decades earlier, in 1994, Nelson Mandela had been inaugurated as the country’s first black president. He’d gripped the hand of FW de Klerk – its last white president – and said in Afrikaans, his former jailers’ language: “Wat is verby, is verby!” (“What is past, is past”). These words had expressed the hope for the country’s transition: that with the right attitudes – repentance from white people and forgiveness from people of colour – the damage that segregation had done could be left in the past.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 5:00 am

Understanding the cryptocurrency crash | podcast

This year has been a disaster for many investors in cryptocurrencies. Alex Hern draws the parallels of the spreading panic in the new digital economy with the 2008 financial crisis

When the global financial system went into meltdown in 2008, banks collapsed and governments around the world were forced to step in to prevent the entire financial system from collapsing. It cost billions of dollars and, as well as that, it proved a pivotal moment: it profoundly shook the confidence that many had in their governments.

As Alex Hern tells Nosheen Iqbal, this period also coincided with the rise of a new technology allowing a new type of currency: one that is not underwritten by governments but instead exists purely online: bitcoin was born. At first it was a novelty, useful for buying illicit goods on the dark web and not much more. But bitcoin grew and grew and despite some significant bumps along the way, it reached a peak of $69,000 per bitcoin. Anyone who’d invested in it, or a swathe of other competing cryptocurrencies, found themselves incredibly rich – in theory anyway.

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Posted on 5 July 2022 | 2:00 am

Women’s Euro 2022: our writers predict the winners and surprises

Who will take the Golden Boot? Who will be the breakthrough star? Our correspondents gaze into the Guardian’s crystal ball

Anita Asante This is a fantastic opportunity for England to reach a European final with huge support from a home crowd, but also they have so much depth and cover in every position. I can see France joining England in the final if they get a good run of form because they have equally strong threats in attack. Tough shout, but England to win.

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 8:00 pm

Women’s Football Weekly: Euro 2022 preview show – podcast

Faye Carruthers is joined by Suzanne Wrack, Robyn Cowen and Jonathan Liew to preview the groups of Euro 2022, which kicks off on Wednesday

It feels like we’ve been talking about it forever – but Women’s Euro 2022 finally kicks off on Wednesday.

You can’t miss the Lionesses, whether it’s on crisp packets, drinks bottles, billboards or the cliffs of Dover. But what about the other teams who stand in their way?

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 6:13 pm

Tell us: how are you affected by the cost of living crisis?

We need your help to find out more about the impact of the cost of living emergency in the UK

We’d like you to help us understand more about the impact of the cost of living emergency in the UK.

Your experiences can help inform our reporting on the ongoing crisis – so if you’re struggling with food or energy costs yourself or your job gives you an insight into the different ways people are affected, we’d like to hear from you.

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 3:00 pm

Why are UK fuel prices at a record high when cost of oil has fallen?

Explainer: Motorists are paying more than ever at the pump despite a dip in wholesale price

As fuel price protests block motorways in England and Wales, petrol prices have again hit a record high. That is despite a slight easing in sky-high wholesale costs for retailers, which had been blamed for the pain at the pumps.

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 2:49 pm

Tell us: how has the DVSA backlog affected you?

We would like to hear from learner drivers and driving instructors about the impact of the backlog and reselling of test slots

A backlog in driving tests has led to a rise in operators bulk booking slots and reselling them at a profit.

Learners in some cities are having to choose between waiting for several months for a slot or paying hundreds of pounds to sit their test due to pent-up demand caused by the pandemic, according to the BBC.

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 2:37 pm

Tell us: how have you been affected by fuel protests?

We would like to hear from people involved in or affected by the protests in Wales, Devon and Essex

Police have warned of disruption on motorways in the South West as protesters calling for a cut to fuel duty have begun to target roads in Wales, Essex and Devon.

If you’re involved in any of these protests or ones in other parts of the UK, we’d like to hear from you. You can tell us your experiences using the form below.

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 9:18 am

MYOP in Arles 2022: Work in Progress – in pictures

This year, Agence MYOP will present an ensemble of works in progress by its members at the Arles Photography Festival. The unfinished works – built from dreams of future photography ventures, soon-to-be-published book layouts and unending quests – form a selection of the agency’s latest projects in four chapters, including one devoted to documenting the war in Ukraine

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 6:00 am

Surviving Britain’s homelessness crisis – podcast

Journalist Daniel Lavelle on his experience of homelessness and what it taught him about the impact of government cuts

“It’s almost like I’d been prepared for it my entire life. I mean, it’d be more of a surprise if I hadn’t ended up homeless.”

Journalist Daniel Lavelle tells Nosheen Iqbal about how he ended up pitching a tent at the side of a bridle path in 2013. He was 26 and had been living in a small flat in Greater Manchester, but after months of abusing alcohol, struggling with depression and tragedies in his family, he ended up in arrears.

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Posted on 4 July 2022 | 2:00 am

Adele, Sensation and a pet tortoise: the weekend’s best photos

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

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Posted on 3 July 2022 | 12:12 pm

The big picture: the persistence of normality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Finbarr O’Reilly’s shot of a hair salon in Ituri province documents the continuation of everyday life in one of the world’s most fractured communities

Violence in the Ituri province in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has lately forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes. There are perhaps 100 separate armed militias operating in the territory, using systematic terror tactics of looting, murder, beheadings and rape in ongoing ethnic conflicts and wars over mineral resources.

The photographer Finbarr O’Reilly has been documenting that shifting horror story. His new book, Congo, A Sublime Struggle, takes its title from a hopeful speech given by independent DRC’s first president, Patrice Lumumba, before his CIA and-MI6-backed assassination in 1961. The full quotation reads: “Brothers, let us commence together a new struggle, a sublime struggle that will lead our country to peace, prosperity and greatness.”

Congo, A Sublime Struggle by Finbarr O’Reilly is published by Reliefs/Fondation Carmignac. Life After Conflict is at the UN headquarters in New York until 29 July

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Posted on 3 July 2022 | 6:00 am

Defending the Amazon: retracing Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira's fatal journey - video

Organized crime in the remote Javari valley region of the Amazon is rampant. Drug trafficking, illegal fishing, mining and logging now go by almost unchecked, making it a frontline in the war on nature. It is this violence that cost journalist Dom Phillips and Indigeneous activist Bruno Pereira their lives. The Guardian's Oliver Laughland travels to the small riverside town of Atalaia do Norte, to retrace part of the journey Dom and Bruno took before they were killed.

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Posted on 1 July 2022 | 7:32 am

50 years of Pride and why we still need it – podcast

In 1972, members of the LGBTQ+ community marched through London demanding equality and celebrating their identities. Five decades on, Ted Brown from the Gay Liberation Front recounts his memories of that time

“I came out to my mother with the words: ‘Mum, I think I’m becoming homosexual.’”

Ted Brown grew up in London at a time when homosexuality was illegal. When he was 14, he felt very alone and isolated, and decided to come out to his mother “out of depression about the situation”. He recalls his mother, who had been involved in the civil rights movement in the US, saying to him: “There’s nothing wrong with your being homosexual and you deserve equal rights in the same way as black people have been fighting for our rights.”

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Posted on 1 July 2022 | 2:00 am

Made in North Edinburgh: bringing a festival back to life – video

Edinburgh is famous for its festivals. But far from the Royal Mile, in the north Edinburgh communities of Pilton and Muirhouse, a local gala tradition has been lost. The Guardian has collaborated with Screen Education Edinburgh, a film training organisation based in the heart of Pilton to tell the story of residents' fight to bring back their festival

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Posted on 29 June 2022 | 1:43 pm

Women’s Euro 2022: your complete guide to all 368 players

Get to know every single squad member at the tournament. Click on the circular player pictures for a full profile

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Posted on 29 June 2022 | 10:00 am

Made in London: the TikTok star taking on poor social housing – video

Kwajo Tweneboa watched his father die in a damp, dilapidated flat. Then he took on the system, harnessing the power of social media to make change with videos exposing atrocious conditions in social housing across London

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Posted on 27 June 2022 | 11:39 am

'What is stopping us becoming Ukraine 2.0?': The Estonian women preparing for war

In the months since the invasion of Ukraine, Estonians, who share a border with Russia, are increasingly concerned about potential Kremlin aggression. Despite the threat being low, more than 1,000 ordinary women have volunteered to join the Women's Defence Organisation since the conflict began. Car mechanic Mari Klandorf is one. She now spends her weekends training in first aid, guerrilla warfare and firearms and says: 'Russia might not be coming tomorrow, or the next day, but I want to be prepared.' The Guardian's Kyri Evangelou reports.

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Posted on 23 June 2022 | 7:23 am

Putin's Russia: dictator syndrome and the rise of a 'mafia state' – video

Guardian correspondent Luke Harding chronicles the defining moments in Putin's early presidency that helped turn Russia into a 'mafia state' – from the clampdown on the independent media, to shocking assassinations and the emergence of pro-western democratic movements in neighbouring Georgia and Ukraine

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Posted on 20 June 2022 | 11:00 am

‘We want kids to take their first steps more mindfully’: the children’s shoe brand with sustainability at its heart

Shocked at the fast fashion nature of children’s footwear, Jeroo Doodhmal took matters into her own hands, launching Pip & Henry, a children’s shoe brand that puts the planet first

When Jeroo Doodhmal’s daughter began walking, she took her to get her feet measured and bought her first pair of shoes. But within a matter of months she had grown out of them and needed another pair, and Doodhmal began to feel dismayed at the way waste was mounting up.

“When I became aware of the effects of fast fashion in the children’s world, I was horrified,” she says. “British families buy 80 million pairs of children’s shoes each year, and the majority end up in landfill or an incinerator.”

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Posted on 20 June 2022 | 8:51 am

‘It’s an investment in the future’: the creative company displaying growth through sustainability

When business slowed during the pandemic, creative design and print agency KGK Genix took the opportunity to start its journey towards net zero

For Graham Pitts, group managing director of the creative design and print agency KGK Genix, it was the pandemic that prompted him to rethink how he runs his business.

His company specialises in designing and creating brand activations, retail displays, event graphics and exhibition stands throughout Europe, and when retail shut and events stopped, 65% of its business disappeared. Working primarily with blue-chip clients, Pitts had seen how many businesses were working towards the 2030 sustainable development goals, including the 2050 net zero emissions target, and how they were looking for eco suppliers. Boosting his company’s environmental credentials seemed like the obvious path to take. “We had lots of time to think about how we would recover and set ourselves apart,” he says. “Coming up with new ways of doing the same things means we stand out from the crowd and won’t get left behind.”

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Posted on 17 June 2022 | 8:48 am

‘Our customers expect it of us’: the children’s skincare brand with grown-up eco values

On founding her children’s skincare line, Toddle Born Wild, Hannah Saunders put sustainability at the heart of the company

When Hannah Saunders’ son Etienne was tiny, she wanted to share her passion for adventure and the outdoors with him, so she’d pop him into a baby backpack and head off on long hikes and hill walks.

“He loved being outside, but I noticed he’d get chapped lips and windburned cheeks,” she says. Unable to find products to protect his delicate skin, she decided to make her own – and her sustainable children’s skincare brand, Toddle Born Wild, was born.

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Posted on 17 June 2022 | 8:47 am

‘Going green is expensive’: and four more sustainable business myths, busted

Moving towards a net zero future has many benefits for small businesses, and it’s easier and more rewarding than you might think. Here, we address five common misconceptions

Although the vast majority of small and medium enterprise (SME) founders recognise the importance of sustainability, when it comes to implementing their own green strategy, many find reasons not to do so. Whether it’s the perceived cost, or feeling like their business is too small to make a real difference, taking steps towards net zero can feel overwhelming.

The truth is, taking your first steps towards sustainability is much easier than you probably think. Don’t believe us? Well, here are five common sustainable business myths, busted.

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Posted on 10 June 2022 | 1:22 pm

Made in Tredegar: the Welsh town that changed the world – video

Tredegar is a town in the Welsh valleys that changed the world. Its medical aid society – and local MP Nye Bevan – provided the inspiration for the NHS. Nearly 80 years later, a small group of community film-makers with a keen sense of history set up a huge network of volunteers to help the people of the area through the pandemic. Now, as the cost of living crisis hits, they ask where is the political will to learn from what groups like theirs did all over the country, and change the world again?

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Posted on 9 June 2022 | 10:17 am

‘It’s precedent’: how supreme court justices spoke about Roe v Wade in the past – video

With Roe v Wade on the brink of defeat, following the leak of a supreme court opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito and signed by four other conservative judges, the court’s views – and track record – on abortion are under extreme scrutiny. The Guardian looks back at what Alito and four other justices have said on the landmark 1973 case in the past. Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were adamant when pressed at their own confirmation hearings that they viewed Roe v Wade as ‘precedent’, with Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett citing the Planned Parenthood v Casey decision in 1992, which reaffirmed the landmark ruling.

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Posted on 4 May 2022 | 10:00 pm

Hear Here: sign up for our curated weekly podcast newsletter

Discover new audio delights with a weekly selection of must-listen podcasts and hidden gems, hand-picked by Guardian writers

Hear Here highlights the best new podcasts and essential series to catch up on every week. Sign up and we’ll send you an email filled with the latest shows as reviewed by our podcast critics, plus best of lists and talking points from the world of audio. From entertainment to sport to politics and everything in between, you’ll find the best audio recommendations in your inbox every Thursday morning.

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Posted on 30 March 2022 | 3:28 pm

Sign up for Pushing Buttons: Keza MacDonald’s weekly look at the world of gaming

Sign up to receive our video games editor’s unique insight into the most interesting goings on in the video games world, as well as a selection of the best games journalism from the Guardian and around the world

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Posted on 24 November 2021 | 4:02 pm

Sign up for TechScape: Alex Hern’s weekly guide to the world of technology

Starting 14 July, a weekly newsletter from our UK tech editor, that will offer a unique insight into the goings on in Silicon Valley and beyond

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Posted on 25 June 2021 | 11:00 am

Design Review: get the newsletter for the way we live now

Sign-up of a monthly dose of creative inspiration, emailed directly to you. From algae T-shirts to homes of the future, via art movements and handcrafted homewares – there’s a lightbulb moment for everyone

‘Design’ is a word used to describe architecture and products, ideas and visual arts. Design makes your sofa comfortable, but it can also save the planet if you’re developing innovative building materials. In this age, every aspect of design is considered by the switched-on reader, so the Design Review newsletter focuses on thinking and process as much as products to buy.

The way we think about lifestyle is changing. As our focus turns to sustainability and away from the short fix of fashion and trends, we have updated our lifestyle journalism to reflect this. Following on from the Observer’s quarterly Design magazine, our monthly newsletter to bring you more of these features and stories.

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Posted on 9 September 2020 | 12:19 pm