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Trump’s impeachment, starring Bill Clinton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extinction Rebellion activists stage die-in protests across globe

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

Police reassess terror warning signs as hunt for accomplices goes on

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

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

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

Pressure builds on Sri Lankan officials as Isis claims Easter attacks

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

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

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

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

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

Leader of Isis in Philippines killed, DNA tests confirm

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

Sudan protesters demand civilian government in talks with military rulers

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

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

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

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

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

Trump administration sabotages major conservation effort, defying Congress

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

Canada may regulate social media companies to avoid election meddling

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

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

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

US revokes ICC prosecutor’s visa over Afghanistan inquiry

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

Leaked reports reveal severe abuse of Saudi political prisoners

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

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

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

‘In Afghanistan, We Laugh Differently’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The French must drink less wine, say health officials

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

Mueller suspected Trump lawyer may have been acting as foreign agent

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

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

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

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

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

New Zealand: Twin terrorist attacks kill dozens at Christchurch mosques

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

Youth climate strikes to take place in more than 100 countries

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

French gynaecologists’ union threatens to stop performing abortions

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

One soldier to face charges over Bloody Sunday killings

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

European agency bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 from airspace

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

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

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

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

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

Brazil’s Bolsonaro ridiculed after tweeting explicit carnival video

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

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

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

Endangered species face ‘disaster’ under Trump administration

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

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

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

Heatwaves sweeping oceans ‘like wildfires’, scientists reveal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEEING DOUBLE/ Identical twin sisters who married identical twin brothers

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

Nigeria election marred by vote buying, tech failures and violence

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

Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, says Bangladesh

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

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

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

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

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

Venezuela: Juan Guaidó denies bid to unseat Maduro has failed

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

Gospel glamour: how Nigeria’s pastors wield political power

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

Former US air force officer charged with spying for Iran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women press ahead with change in Iran

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

Iran marks 40 years since Islamic revolution

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

Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

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

Philip Green accused of racial, physical and sexual abuse

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

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

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

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

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

El Salvador: Nayib Bukele wins presidential election

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

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

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

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report

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

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

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

Polar vortex: eight dead as Arctic air spreads across midwest

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

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

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

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

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

Fresh alert over Brazil dam collapse as relatives’ anguish intensifies

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

Juan Guaidó: Venezuela has chance to leave chaos behind

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

Brazil dam collapse: hundreds missing after mining disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italy evicts more than 500 people from refugee centre

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

Venezuela: Trump recognises opposition leader as president

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

Supreme Court Revives Transgender Ban for Military Service

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

French Alps avalanche kills seven climbers

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

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

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

Thousands cut off by wintery weather in Austria, Germany

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

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

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

Gunfire and explosions at upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi

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

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

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

Albania/Students vote unanimously for boycotting and seizing

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

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

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

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

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

Sell the kidney to buy the iPhone

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

Hallucinations and $100,000

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

Brain scans show social exclusion creates jihadists, say researchers

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

Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia’s king

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

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

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

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

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

Trump makes unannounced visit to US troops in Iraq

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

Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

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

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

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

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

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

The terrorist attack in Strasbourg

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

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

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

The Italian craftsman who makes umbrellas for actors and popes

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

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

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

Rare pre-Prohibition whiskeys offer a taste of American history

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

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

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

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

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

BERLIN: HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS CELEBRATE HANUKKAH

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

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping declare trade truce at G20

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

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

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

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

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

Afghanistan suicide bomber kills scores of Muslim scholars

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

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

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

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

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

How to make the perfect pilau rice and peas

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

Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for a Thanksgiving feast

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

Why is wombat poop cube-shaped?

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

Ford wants to eliminate odor from new cars by baking them

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump blames forest management again on California fires visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saudis shield crown prince as death penalty sought over Khashoggi murder

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

Is coffee healthy?

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

Should you try ‘souping’?

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

Disgusting Food Museum opens in Sweden

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

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

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

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

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

Gallery: the world’s best police cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Custom KitKat shop opens in Japan

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

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

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

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

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

Late Sergio Ramos penalty seals win for Real Madrid against Valladolid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to refocus the spotlight on female writers

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

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

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

Trump has abandoned civility. And so has the Republican party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Khashoggi’s body was dismembered, Turkish chief prosecutor says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trick and treat: how to eat leftover Halloween pumpkin

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

Nigel Slater’s celery soup with toasted cheese

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

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

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

Apple unveils new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini

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

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

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

The other reasons you should care if Chris Pine gets naked

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

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

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

Rare color photos cast new light on World War II

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

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

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

The Pope likes this kind of investing

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

$1.5-million perfume set for exclusive show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy fish and chip pie recipe

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

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

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

How do I stop men talking over me at work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can men get postnatal depression?

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

Is owning a dog good for your health?

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

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

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

Halloween-time traditions around the world

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

The Greek beach bar with an incredible moving roof

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

Would you pay more for sustainable sneakers?

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

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Halloween recipes for kids

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

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for salt cod and chickpea soup

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

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

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

Peruvian villagers face murder and intimidation from land traffickers

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

Galgos: how rescue greyhounds became fashionable in Barcelona

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

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

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

Top Saudi prosecutor arrives in Turkey to assist with Khashoggi inquiry

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

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

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

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

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

Highest-End Must Have: The VapeXhale Cloud EVO Vaporizer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tycoon fond of parties and expletives: Sir Philip Green profile

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

What is the salary of Taimur’s nanny?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

European parliament approves curbs on use of antibiotics on farm animals

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

Suspicious package sent to Robert De Niro

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

Nigel Slater’s baked sweet potato with lentils recipe

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

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

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

Scarlett Johansson reportedly turned down film funding from Saudi prince

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

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

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

Barcelona v Inter: revisiting their Champions League classic in 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guaranteed to blow your mind: the real Freddie Mercury

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

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

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

Xbox One Dolby Vision Problems: TCL Responds

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

New research on horse eyesight could improve racecourse safety

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

Which country has the best food?

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

World’s largest underwater restaurant nears completion

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

Keita Sagaki reproduces classic paintings using hundreds of tiny manga characters

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

What your sexual fantasies say about you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Africa, ‘Paper Parks’ Are Starved for Cash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does Botox curb your sexual pleasure?

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

Sculpture by the Sea’s opening weekend – in pictures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ultimate Luxury Gers In Mongolia’s Expansive Gobi Desert

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

What Amazon Did This Week

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

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

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

Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline chaos

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

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

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

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

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

10-minute dessert recipes

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

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for spiced beef kofte with braised chickpeas

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

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

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

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

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

Can’t sleep? Perhaps you’re overtired

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCTV footage appears to show Khashoggi body double in Istanbul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Khashoggi mourners demand ‘true justice’ after Saudi disclosures

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

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

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

Midterms: how the votes of vulnerable groups are being suppressed

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

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

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

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

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

EU leaders ready to help May sell Brexit deal to parliament

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

EU willing to extend Brexit transition, says Irish foreign minister

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

Montenegrin Opposition Leaders Visit Moscow to Reaffirm Ties

On the second anniversary of the alleged coup attempt in Montenegro – which Russia is suspected of organising – leaders of the country’s main pro-Russian opposition alliance have visited Moscow. Democratic Front leaders Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic, alongside several Serbian citizens, are still on trial for plotting to take over parliament and assassinate the […]

Trump’s win shredded the election playbook. What will that mean for the midterms?

Roughly 10 days before the 2016 presidential election one of America’s largest unions sent a bus of volunteers from Iowa, where Hillary Clinton looked sure to lose, to Michigan, where union leaders heard she was in trouble. They called Clinton’s team to tell them what they were doing only to receive a stern rebuke. Turn the bus around they […]

US-China tensions soar as ‘new cold war’ heats up

The US and China have shrugged off rules and constraints that have kept their 21st-century global rivalry in check, opening the way for an escalating conflict on many fronts that neither side appears willing or able to stop. Chinese officials have accused Washington of starting a new cold war, but the jostling between the two powers has already […]

Theresa May appeals to EU to keep Brexit door open

Theresa May will urge EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday to keep the door open to continuing Brexit negotiations, after a two and a half hour cabinet meeting that underscored the challenge of bridging the gap between London and Brussels in the days ahead. May told her colleagues on Tuesday: “If we as a government stand […]

Golden passports’ threaten European security, warns EU commissioner

Europe’s security is being put at risk by so-called “golden passport” schemes that have allowed states to sell citizenship or residency to potentially “dangerous” individuals, the EU justice commissioner has warned. Věra Jourová described the programmes as “problematic” and “unfair” – echoing the private concerns of Europe’s intelligence agencies, who fear “golden passports” have been […]

Khashoggi: Trump defends Saudi Arabia as Pompeo heads to Turkey

Donald Trump has defended Saudi Arabia against mounting international condemnation of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning against a rush to judgment as his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, headed to Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The US president in an interview with the Associated Press, compared the case of Khashoggi – whom Turkish […]

Jamal Khashoggi: US secretary of state arrives in Saudi Arabia for crisis talks

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has arrived in Saudi Arabia for crisis talks with King Salman, as reports emerged that the kingdom was poised to acknowledge that the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside a diplomatic building in Istanbul. Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and met the king immediately to discuss the crisis surrounding […]

Indian Minister at Center of #MeToo Case Calls Abuse Accusations ‘Wild and Baseless’

MUMBAI — A high-ranking Indian minister said on Sunday that multiple allegations of sexual assault against him were “wild and baseless” and that he planned to take legal action against the women who had made the accusations. At least 10 women went public in the past week with accounts of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment […]

Kidnapped Aid Workers in Nigeria May Have Just Hours Before Being Killed

Either of two aid workers kidnapped by a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria may have only hours to be rescued before being executed, according to a fervent appeal by the aid organizations they work for. Hauwa Muhammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife at a government health care center supported by the International Committee of […]

For Khashoggi, a Tangled Mix of Royal Service and Islamist Sympathies

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Jamal Khashoggi landed in Washington last fall, leaving behind a long list of bad news back home. After a successful career as an adviser to and unofficial spokesman for the royal family of Saudi Arabia, he had been barred from writing in the kingdom, even on Twitter, by the new crown prince. […]

3,121 desperate journeys Exposing a week of chaos under Trump’s zero tolerance

On 6 April 2018, the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, issued a memoto federal prosecutors along the US-Mexico border directing them “to adopt immediately a zero-tolerance policy” for violations of a federal law barring “improper entry” into the country. “You are on the front lines of this battle,” Sessions wrote, as if rallying his troops against […]

Battle rejoins between TV’s two biggest stars: Netflix and Amazon

The contest for cinemagoers and TV viewers was once fought between studios, film stars and broadcast networks with captive audiences. But in the reshaping of the entertainment industry for the 21st century there are only two tribes that matter: Netflix and Amazon. And the competitive terrain has changed. Blockbusters and primetime must-sees are not cornerstones of either […]

Brexit: Raab in Brussels for talks with Barnier before EU summit

The UK Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, is holding crunch talks with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, after making an unexpected dash to Brussels days ahead of a “moment of truth” leaders’ summit. Raab arrived in the Belgian capital on Sunday for a 4pm meeting, with the talks expected to last late into the night, sources […]

Saudi Arabia says it will hit back at ‘threats’ over Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia has said it will retaliate against any sanctions imposed over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market had its biggest fall in years. A host of western companies have distanced themselves from the Gulf state following the journalist’s disappearance, imperilling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts at economic reform. Khashoggi has […]

California chef in sexual misconduct scandal criticised for ‘dunk tank’ plan

An embattled California chef accused of sexual harassment is facing renewed backlash after announcing he would sit in a “dunk tank” as part of his efforts to reform himself and make women “feel safe” in his restaurants. Charlie Hallowell, an Oakland restaurateur who faced misconduct allegationsfrom more than 30 employees over the last year, has released an “open letter” and “apology” detailing […]

Revealed: secret Brexit plans to appease DUP with transition extension

Secret plans to allow an extension of the transition period in the Brexitwithdrawal agreement could result in the UK living under all EU rules well beyond the 21 months so far negotiated, the Guardian can reveal. The expected offer of an extension is designed to convince Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist party, that […]

Saudi isolation grows over Khashoggi disappearance

Saudi Arabia has found itself further isolated over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after the business world turned its back on a high-profile investment conference in the kingdom and US officials claimed audio and video recordings had captured the moment the journalist was murdered in Istanbul. The Future Investment Initiative conference, to be held in Riyadh […]

Hungary’s homeless fear they are Viktor Orbán’s next target

Many countries have struggled to deal with the issue of homelessness but Hungary may be the first to put a constitutional ban on living on the streets. From next week, being homeless in Hungary will violate the constitution. Activists fear the move could be the start of a political campaign against homeless people by the rightwing government […]

Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 4 as Floridians urged to flee

Hurricane Michael has strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it continues to plow through the Gulf of Mexico towards a potentially catastrophic landfall along the Florida Panhandle, where 500,000 people have either been ordered or advised to evacuate. By midday on Wednesday it is expected to become one of the Panhandle’s worst hurricanes in memory, […]

Zagatti Whisky Museum Opens It’s Doors, Showcasing Famed 3,000 Bottle Collection

The museum showcasing Valentino Zagatti’s famed whisky collection of over 3,000 bottles opened today, on October 9th 2018, in Sassenheim. Valentino Zagatti, now 83, began collecting spirits and wines in Italy back in the 1960s. The reason? He had just quit smoking and had some extra cash to spare. Eventually, upon realizing how vast the drinks […]

Redefining The Retreat With SHA Wellness

Transforming a life in just three or four days. That’s the aim at SHA Wellness in Alicante, Spain. Today the word “wellness” is batted around constantly, and it has come to mean everything from an informed and transformative haven like SHA to saying no to a croissant at the morning buffet. A remedy for the conveyor-belt speed of […]

The Universe Has A Speed Limit, And It Isn’t The Speed Of Light

When it comes to speed limits, the ultimate one set by the laws of physics themselves is the speed of light. As Albert Einstein first realized, everyone looking at a light ray sees that it appears to move at the same speed, regardless of whether it’s moving towards you or away from you. No matter […]

What A MacArthur ‘Genius’ Gets Wrong About The Poor

What authenticity should we expect from persons who want to lecture us about compassion, welfare and poverty? Should we not expect them to help individual poor persons they encounter? To understand the institutions that help the poor? To invest time on local efforts? These questions arise from a much hyped recent article in the New York […]

Putin allegedly gave Skripal poisoning suspect hero’s award

Vladimir Putin personally bestowed a “hero of Russia” award on Alexander Mishkin, one of two military intelligence officers who allegedly poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, it was claimed on Tuesday. The investigative website Bellingcat, which identified Mishkin, said a photograph existed of him shaking hands with the Russian president. Bellingcat revealed Mishkin’s […]

UK fracking rules on earthquakes could be relaxed, says minister

Rules designed to halt fracking operations if they trigger minor earthquakes could be relaxed as the shale industry begins to expand, the energy minister, Claire Perry, has said. A series of small tremors seven years ago prompted tough regulations that mean even very low levels of seismic activity now require companies to suspend fracking. The shale gas […]

Why Phones Are All The Same

It’s the fault of the networks. I was amused by a story in Mobile News in which Lenovo, custodian of the Motorola brand, denied that networks choose the design of phones. If that is true, then one of two things has happened. Either the networks don’t think Motorola is significant enough to be lent on anymore, or […]

‘Venom’ Is A Hit Because It Learned From ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Jem’ And ‘The Mummy’

As of this moment, Sony’s Venom has earned $80.25 million in North America and $205m worldwide. The massive opening weekend (bigger than the inflation-adjusted domestic debuts of Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and both Ant-Man movies) is both a huge win and a major vindication against folks like me who was sure that a stand-alone Venom movie would be the second-coming […]

Banish Pet Hair From Your Home With These 5 Robot Vacuums

Having a cat or dog at home instantly fills your house with love. Unfortunately, it also fills your house with pet hair. Any animal-lover knows that fur and dander gets everywhere: on favorite sofas, on black sweaters and, most obviously, on floors. It gathers in carpet fibers as well as nooks and crannies in the […]

How 20-Year-Old Kylie Jenner Built A $900 Million Fortune In Less Than 3 Years

Kylie Jenner sits at a dark-wood dining table at her mother’s home in Calabasas, California, flicking through display options for a forthcoming pop-up shop. The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner industrial complex needs to decide how to showcase products by her Kylie Cosmetics makeup company. She taps her black iPhone X with a silver glittery […]

Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2018

There’s never been a better time to be famous. The world’s 100 top-earning celebrities pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year; 11 superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined. Those are just a few of the […]

Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’

At this moment in time, A Star Is Born has earned $44.255 million in North America and $57m worldwide. It’ll have a slow rollout overseas, but the $36m-budgeted romantic drama will likely be able to become profitable just from domestic theatrical alone. So, yes Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. and MGM’s remake of an oft-remade movie (this is the […]

Following Public Outcry, Houston City Council Nixes Robot Brothel

Not in our city. No way, no how. This was the message that Houston city council members sent last week when they unanimously voted to change a city ordinance that regulates sex businesses to block a proposed robot brothel from opening. Houston residents and politicians were quick to voice their opposition to the proposal after Toronto-based Kinky […]

Drink Good Do Good: John Legend and Misty Copeland Lead Naked Juice’s Latest Charitable Campaign

As a kid, John Legend experienced a great deal of food insecurity. “We had a grocery store that had fresh vegetables and fruit, but there were so many people in my community who were on food stamps and barely had enough to feed their families,” says the award-winning musician, who grew up with three siblings in Springfield, Ohio. […]

Cannabis In Space Is Just Around The Corner

As legal marijuana profits continue to reach stratospheric heights, it appears so too may the cannabis plant itself expand into space — soaring 250 miles above Earth within NASA’s International Space Station (ISS). With plans to test how hemp plants react in the low-gravity setting of space orbit, scientists at bioengineering company Space Tango — specializing in research […]

Vita Power’s Tesla-Inspired Electric Speedboat Steals The Show At Star-Studded Monte Carlo Gala

As I learned recently during a chance meeting at the Blue Marine Yacht Club’s annual party in Monaco, Vita Power‘s Stewart Wilkinson and Louisa Bonello are bringing fresh ideas and “energy” to what can be a pretty traditional craft—boatbuilding. Their ideas come from some of the brightest minds in automotive technology, yacht design, and engineering. And the […]

New York City Rooftops Up Their Game For The Fall

It’s no secret that warm weather and rooftops go hand in hand, and the return of rooftop season is always an exciting time in New York City. With fall in full swing, we’re swapping our frosé with cider, but it turns out that the rooftop party doesn’t have to stop when the temperatures drop. At […]

World’s longest nonstop flight

Singapore to New York, nonstop. Almost 19 hours in the air. Starting October 11, 2018, passengers on Singapore Airlines’ newest plane, the Airbus A350-900 ULR — for Ultra Long-Range — will travel on a record-breaking, globe-spanning flight that will reconnect the two major metropolises. The airline used to fly the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 on the 9,500-mile route, with […]

The serious business of #FoodPorn

This story is from The Food Porn Business, an episode of Business Daily presented by Elizabeth Hotson for the BBC World Service. To listen to more episodes, please click here. The red carpet is out and hundreds of smartphone camera bulbs go off. But the centre of this photographic melee isn’t a famous singer or reality TV […]

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C. Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented […]

Armenia’s ancient city on the brink of change

A months-long peaceful protest movement in Armenia has brought new hope and booming business to its capital, Yerevan. Though a small country of just three million people, Armenia made global waves last spring with its Velvet Revolution – a months-long peaceful protest movement that eventually resulted in the resignation of the long-standing prime minister Serzh Sargsyan and election […]

One of art’s most enduring puzzles ?

Pieter Bruegel the Elder transformed observations of daily existence into complex visual parables. As a new exhibition of his work opens in Vienna, Kelly Grovier explores the elusive symbolism of one of the artist’s more deceptively straightforward paintings. It is one of the most riddling paintings in all of art history: a pair of white-collared […]

Everything to play for if MPs reject Brexit deal, says Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon hopes the Scottish National party can help engineer a political crisis at Westminster that will force MPs to reconsider continued UK membership of the EU single market and customs union after Brexit. The first minister used a television interview on the eve of her address to the party’s annual conference in Glasgow to say […]

The IPCC global warming report spares politicians the worst details

Areport by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the enormous wisdom that governments showed in Paris in December 2015, when they agreed to the goal of “pursuing efforts” to limit global warming to 1.5C. The report’s summary for policymakers paints a sobering picture of the potentially terrible impacts of allowing global mean surface temperature to rise […]

The white southerners who changed their views on racism

The first song Krista Hinman learned to play on the piano was Dixie, the de facto battle hymn of the Confederate States of America. She learned the minstrel-song-turned-slavery-anthem growing up in Southaven, Mississippi, a predominantly white suburb of Memphis, Tennessee. “Everything I ever did was white,” Hinman, now 44 and a professional bartender, says on a […]

Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil vote but not outright victory

After a campaign as improbable and electrifying as any Brazilian telenovela –although infinitely more consequential for the future of one of the world’s largest and most diverse democracies – Bolsonaro secured 46.93% of votes – with 94% of all votes counted. The second-placed candidate, the leftist Workers’ party Fernando Haddad, won 28% of the vote, according to […]

We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The authors of the landmark report by […]

No time for the gym? Then try HIIT, the workout you can do anywhere

It doesn’t take much time to improve your health. HIIT has become a staple in the fitness world and for good reason: it’s the time-efficient, super-effective way to get fitter that’s backed by science. But it doesn’t always have to mean donning your lycra – in fact, research shows that as little as a minute of HIIT […]

How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge

Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland ‘Pantsdrunk’ has been elevated to an official activity. It’s been a long day: one meeting after another. You leave your office, happy the working day is finally over. You could head out, network […]

Florence Pugh: ‘You never see an unplucked brow in Hollywood’

Legend has it that, in the early 20th century, Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár threw the keys to the New York cafe in Budapest into the Danube, in the hope of getting the cafe to open round the clock. Fast forward to 2018 and Florence Pugh, an actor and short-term resident at the cafe’s accompanying hotel, […]

Banksy auction prank leaves art world in shreds

Canvas of Girl With Balloon passes through shredder in frame shortly after £1m sale Banksy has played what could be one of the most audacious pranks in art history, arranging for one of his best-known works to self-destruct after being sold at auction for just over £1m. Girl With Balloon was the final item in an […]

Not the only one: how Yoko Ono helped create John Lennon’s Imagine

On 29 January 1971, a letter was sent to a stately home in Berkshire confirming a bulky delivery, a birthday present for the buyer’s wife – a grand piano, spray-painted white and costing £1,891. Later that year, a photograph of the buyer playing the instrument would be turned into a poster folded inside his new […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov taps out Conor McGregor then sparks melee in crowd

Khabib Nurmagomedov finally, at long last, sunk in the rear-naked choke, and almost immediately, Conor McGregor’s right hand struck his left shoulder, a signal of submission, and the proverbial white flag in a war of attrition. It was the shining moment of the Russian’s career. But then, in an act of spontaneous stupidity, the moment […]

Lewis Hamilton win Japan Grand Prix and moves closer to drivers’ championship

Win puts Hamilton’s fifth world championship firmly in his grasp as Sebastian Vettel finished sixth Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix from pole with a controlled and untroubled run at the front of the field. The win puts his fifth world championship firmly in his grasp. With his title rival Sebastian Vettel only able to manage […]

19-Carat ‘Pink Legacy’ Diamond Could Fetch $50 Million

The top item at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on November 13 will be The Pink Legacy, an 18.96-carat fancy vivid pink diamond. Its estimate is $30 – $50 million. It is the largest and finest fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered at auction by Christie’s, and it was once owned by the Oppenheimer family, the […]

Best Ladies Watches Of 2018: Nominees for the Grand Prix D’Horlogerie De Genève

Next month, a jury of 30 experts will choose winners in 10 categories of the Grand Prix D’Horlogerie De Genève, the Academy Awards of watchmaking. One of the most interesting categories is ladies’ watches, because that is where the creativity and imagination of watch companies can really shine. A woman’s watch presents an opportunity for high decoration, […]

This Disneyland Dinner Costs $15,000 And People Can’t Get Enough Of It

If you’ve ever wanted to shell out $15,000 for an exclusive dinner inside one of Walt Disney’s hidden getaways, you’re in luck. 21 Royal, the ultra-élite dining room set in a little-known sanctuary in Disneyland, offers precisely that. Now accepting reservations for dinner parties of up to twelve people, you can get a taste of some […]

Turkey begins investigation into missing Saudi journalist

Turkish prosecutors have begun investigating the disappearance of the prominent Saudi Arabian commentator Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for four days after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Turkish broadcaster NTV reported on Saturday. Khashoggi, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Washington DC for the past year fearing retribution for his critical […]

Ray Galton, co-creator of Steptoe and Son, dies aged 88

Ray Galton, one half of Galton and Simpson, the writing team regularly voted the funniest in sitcom history, has died at the age of 88. The scriptwriter died “peacefully” on Friday night after a “long and heartbreaking battle with dementia”, his family has said. Born in Paddington, London, Galton worked throughout his 60-year career with […]

Brett Kavanaugh set to be confirmed to supreme court in major win for Trump

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to be confirmed as a US supreme court justiceon Saturday, handing Donald Trump a major victory after weeks of shocking allegations, rage-fuelled hearings and rancorous protests that have further divided America. The final vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, which was poised to fall almost entirely along party lines in the afternoon, would confirm Kavanaugh to the lifelong position – and tilt America’s highest court in a conservative […]

Collins and Manchin Will Vote for Kavanaugh, All but Ensuring His Confirmation

WASHINGTON — Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh appeared destined for final confirmation to the Supreme Court after two key undecided senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — announced Friday that they would support his elevation to the high court after the most divisive confirmation fight in decades. Ms. Collins’ […]

May secretly woos key Labour MPs to back her Brexit deal

Theresa May has drawn up plans for a secret charm offensive aimed at persuading dozens of Labour MPs to back her Brexit deal even if it costs Jeremy Corbyn the chance to be prime minister, the Guardian has learned. Senior Conservatives say they have already been in private contact with a number of Labour MPs over a period of […]

Melania Trump criticised for wearing colonial-style hat during Kenyan safari

Melania Trump has prompted consternation, some anger and much derision by choosing a pith helmet – a symbol of colonial rule across Africa – as headwear for a brief safari in Kenya. On the penultimate day of her tour of the continent – her first solo trip overseas – the first lady visited an orphanage in […]

Six of the best US national trails – chosen by experts

To mark today’s 50th anniversary of the US national trails system, six hikers and outdoor writers pick their favourite routes across the American wilderness. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Length: 3,700 miles Route: St Louis, Missouri, north-west over the Rockies to Oregon By Bart Smith, as told to William R Buck The Lewis and Clark National […]

World’s first high-altitude cable car roof terrace opens in France

Hikers, skiers and sightseers can now ride on top of the Grande Motte cable car, almost 3,500m above sea level, for even more spectacular views of the Alps I’ll be honest, I’ve never been in a cable car, 3,000 metres above sea level and thought: this is lovely, but it would be even better if […]

10 of the best off-grid adventures in Europe: readers’ tips

From islands in Sweden to peaks in Georgia, readers reveal their favourite unspoilt corners. Winning tip: Roaming Romania The Fagaras are Romania’s highest mountains and we spent a couple of days hiking them from our base in the beautiful town of Victoria; the open-air market had everything we needed for the day, and trail markings […]

This Lab Raised $10 Million To Expand Cannabis And Hemp Cloning Production

Industrial scale production has dominated store shelves for decades. Now that formula is being adopted by the cannabis industry. For Front Range Biosciences (FRB), mass propagation of crops starts in the lab, where consumer cannabis is selectively cultivated and sold to licensed growers. Today, the agricultural biotech startup, which works with coffee strains and industrial hemp clones as […]

How to make time for self-care at work

You’re never going to bring your best self to work unless you have the ability to look after that self . I have a job in a startup and work really hard from 9am-8pm, then just want to crash out on the sofa before getting up and going through it all again. How do I make […]

Fit in my 40s: can’t sleep? Try these six tricks

I cannot tell you which of these things worked: I can only tell you that one of them did Insomniacs say it’s the only malady in the world that people who don’t suffer it treat with naked glee. “Really? I sleep like a baby!” they will exclaim, as if the good sleeper has actually won […]

Cheeseburger spring rolls are gluttonous hangover food – and I instantly want more

This takes a dish so perfect that dismantling it feels like making a collage out of the Birth of Venus. But the artery-clogging result is delicious. It is hard to imagine the size of the night out that led to the invention of the cheeseburger spring roll. It must have produced a hangover so monstrous […]

Ollie Templeton’s recipe for girolle tagliatelle, egg yolk and crispy sage

This rich, comforting dish combining mushrooms, pasta and cream is perfect as autumn draws in This pasta fits the feeling you get with the shift in the seasons: summer starts to feel like a distant memory and the craving for richer, more comforting foods begins. Girolles have just come into season, and it’s always a […]

Tamal Ray’s recipe for panna cotta with poached dried fruits

The perfect panna cotta is easy to make and adds a light, elegant finish to any meal Iused to be suspicious of panna cotta. After one too many gelatinous disasters, I’d written it off as the hallmark of a dodgy restaurant; a pale blob that appeared on dessert menus out of obligation rather than a […]

How to cook the perfect pasta al pomodoro – recipe

Felicity Cloake’s easy-to-follow recipe for the timeless Italian classic Described as “the national dish of Italy” by Christopher Boswell, executive chef of the Rome Sustainable Food Project and enjoyed, according to restaurateur Lucio Galletto, “from the small islands south of Sicily to the mountain villages perched high in the Alps”, pasta al pomodoro has a lot going for […]

Would you watch Fifty Shades with your baby? The parent and child screening scandal

Councils have begun policing adult films at parent and baby screenings, claiming they ‘traumatise’ infants. But the mothers at this showing say the films help keep them sane When a cinema in Bath applied to for a licence to screen 15- and 18-certificate films at mother-and-baby screenings, Bath and North East Somerset council refused them for […]

Night terrors: what do anxiety dreams mean?

These are anxious times – but how does this affect our sleep, and what can we learn from the exam crises and missed trains that haunt the small hours Antonio Zadra, a psychologist, is sharing a memory of a horrific experience at sea. He had almost made it to shore, but knew he was about […]

Madame Tussaud: the astounding tale of survival behind the woman who made history

Edward Carey was terrified by her wax museum as a child, worked there as an adult, and has now written a novel about Tussaud, who survived the bloody French Revolution and built her own myth in London ome 20 years ago, in a freefall from university and picking up odd jobs in London, I spent […]

UFC ignores Conor McGregor’s troubles as it targets Nurmagomedov payday

The Irishman is UFC’s biggest earner but his recent behaviour has been erratic and provocative. But in Dana White’s world, money is king On a chilly Thursday afternoon in April, Conor McGregor stormed into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and proceeded to wreak havoc. The Irishman snuck into the building with the intention […]

China planted chips in Apple and Amazon servers, report claims

Both firms deny report they found chips giving backdoor access to computers and data A Chinese military unit has been inserting tiny microchips into computer servers used by companies including Apple and Amazon that give China unprecedented backdoor access to computers and data, according to a new Bloomberg report. The tiny chips, as small as the […]

Science confirms what the heart already knows: Hugs really do make you feel better

Feeling down in the dumps? Stressed? A little off-kilter because of some disagreement? Hug it out! A new study suggests that just reaching out and touching someone — consensually, of course — can reduce bad feelings associated with the typical ups and downs of our social interactions. The study from the Department of Psychology at […]

Here’s how much fast food Americans are eating

Fast food has become a major part of the American diet, and a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals just how many adults eat it. Between 2013 and 2016, about 37% of US adults consumed fast food on any given day, according to the data brief published Wednesday by the National Center for […]

This painting is poised to smash auction records

David Hockney painting poised to smash auction records A well-known painting by British artist David Hockney is poised to smash the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” is set to be sold at a Christie’s sale in November, at an estimated price of $80 […]

PAY UP, ZUCK Facebook could be forced to pay YOU £6,000 after ‘disaster’ hack attack that left 50million users exposed

The social network’s cybersecurity gaffe could prove very costly for billionaire Zuck and his pals HACKED Facebook users could be owed as much as £6,000 ($7,800) in compensation as a result of the security breach revealed last week. Legal experts have told The Sun that damages could run into the “thousands” for anyone affected by […]

Why mainstream brands are embracing modest fashion

For many years — especially after the attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 — the fashion industry was deeply averse to being publicly associated with Muslims, whether as designers, models, consumers or influencers. That Muslim clients from the newly rich petro-economies of the Gulf provided essential support to European couture houses from […]

How To Succeed As A Female Chef In The Male-Dominated Culinary World

As the Head Chef and Head Recipe Developer at meal kit market leader HelloFresh, Claudia Sidoti leads a team in creating simple, delicious meals that home cooks can make in 30 minutes or less and that require little cleanup. On any given day, she is tasting and offering constructive feedback to developers, procuring ingredients, cooking […]

60 Year-Old Whisky Sells For Over $1 Million At Auction

Auctioned off by Bonhams in Edinburgh, the bottle was purchased by a private collector in Asia who bid over the phone. Yep, a quick one million dollar phone call later, the famed Macallan expression was sold. Distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, this bottle is number 5 of 12 signed by a famed Italian artist. The gorgeous […]

Disney To Serve Alcohol At Theme Parks

    While the legendary theme park has long poured a variety of wine and beers at its parks in Japan and Paris, it has rarely served alcoholic beverages in its parks in California and Florida. The amusement park had briefly launched a California wine country-themed section of a new addition to its California location. […]

The Pastagram Opens In New York City With Free Pasta On October 3

  The Pastagram, a pasta restaurant designed with Instagram and #pastagrams in mind, will open in the Manhattan’s Financial District on Tuesday, October 3, with a special promotion to lure in carb-loving ‘grammers: Free Pasta. A more casual downtown sibling to SoHo’s Sola Pasta Bar, The Pastagram is designed with iPhone photography and social media in […]

Meet The First Kiss, University Of Minnesota’s Newest Apple

A new apple in town, developed by the University of Minnesota’s Horticultural Research Center, promises to wow. That’s senior research fellow David Bedford’s hope anyway. Twenty-one years in the making, the First Kiss/Rave apple will be available for consumers next August. Peak season for its debut year has already come and gone. First Kiss is […]

Ken Fulk Has Designed a Sumptuous New Coffee Sanctuary in Midtown

It took some convincing to get Ken Fulk, the interior designer behind Legacy Records in Hudson Yards and The Battery in San Francisco, on board for Felix Roasting Co., a tony new “coffee concept” opening at 450 Park Avenue South this week. “Getting Ken to do a café is like getting Michelangelo to do your bathroom,” jokes owner Matthew Moinian, […]

One of the Longest Hiking Trails in the World Just Opened in Chile

For those who’d walk 1,000 miles (and 700 more), a new adventure awaits. The Chilean government just announced the creation of the Route of Parks, a 1,700-mile hiking trail that runs through Patagonia to Cape Horn. The entire route connects 17 national parks and winds through lakes, volcanoes, rainforests, and the Andes Mountains. It will be one of […]

Thai Superstar Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund Was Best Dressed at Louis Vuitton Spring 2019

Of Course This Thai Superstar Was Louis Vuitton’s Best Dressed Guest Louis Vuitton’s front row is populated by some of the most stylish stars on the planet and with Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander, Thandie Newton, and more present for this evening’s Spring 2019 show at the Louvre, the competition for best-dressed attendee was stiff. Nevertheless, […]

Netflix’s Elite Is Your New Trashy Euro Teen Soap Obsession

I’ve written about my soft spot for guilty-pleasure European TV—The Chalet! Suburra! Witnesses!—so it was no surprise that the trailer for Élite, a new Netflix Original from Spain, caught my eye when it appeared a month ago. The vibe: The OC by way of Riverdale by way of Cruel Intentions. Three working-class Spanish kids crash a top prep school on scholarships. Sex and murder ensue. […]

Theresa May v the ‘Great Twatsby’ at the Tories’ Groundhog conference

When David Cameron held his referendum to “settle the issue of Europe for a generation”, I wonder if he envisaged a Conservative party conference like this one taking place more than two years after the fact. It is the third conference since the EU referendum, and the second since article 50 was triggered. The Tories […]

As Bangkok sinks, could this anti-flood park be the answer?

Bangkok is sinking – fast. As urban development continues unabated, this city of more than 10 million people is getting lower by 2cm a year, according to Greenpeace estimates. Meanwhile, the surface of the Gulf of Thailand is rising by 4mm a year – above the global average. With the Thai capital currently approximately 1.5 metres […]

Why did that lion go woof? When zoos play fast and loose with the truth

Telford Exotic Zoo has a brand new visitor attraction: a £60,000 penguin enclosure. Unfortunately there is a bit of a penguin shortage, thanks to a national outbreak of avian malaria, so the penguins currently on show at the zoo are, um, plastic models. Deception is not the intent, according to zoo owner Scott Adams; it […]

‘I won’t stay silent’: Nicaragua’s ‘blond commander’ vows to fight on from exile

Branded a terrorist by the government and a hero by her fellow protesters, Nahomy Urbina has become a leading figure in the uprising against Daniel Ortega, the president of Nicaragua. Known as “comandante macha”, or the blond commander, she earned widespread respect not only for her efforts in mobilising young people since protests began in April, but for […]

Theresa May lambasts Labour as she calls for Tory unity over Brexit

Theresa May has promised the Conservatives they can end a decade of austerity and see off “the Jeremy Corbyn party” if they unite behind her Brexit plans. In an upbeat speech closing the party’s conference in Birmingham, which has been marred by divisions over Europe, the prime minister warned her colleagues that if they failed to back […]

I saw my neighbours get buried alive’: the mud-swamped Indonesian village

“It’s like that movie, 2012: doomsday,” says 24-year-old Joshua Michael, as he struggles for a fitting reference to the fate of Petobo, his village on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where more than a thousand are feared buried in the mud that swept over it after Friday’s earthquake. Standing next to the remains of his house, the […]

Vladimir Putin calls Sergei Skripal a scumbag and a traitor

Vladimir Putin has called the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal a “scumbag” and a “traitor”, as he angrily denied allegations that the Kremlin ordered his poisoning with a nerve agent. Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, the Russian president accused the west of portraying Skripal, who was poisoned with novichok in Salisbury, as an […]

World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2019 – Singapore To Be The First Asian Country To Host The Awards

October 2nd – It has just been announced that the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in 2019 will take place in Singapore, the first country in Asia to host the prestigious culinary awards. Singapore will also be hosting the World’s Best Bar Awards 2021, as part of a new partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board. This will make […]

Style Meets Tech: How To Give Your iPhone A High-Fashion Makeover

I don’t know about you, but I perpetually face a dilemma when it comes to my iPhone: I love its sleek design but, unfortunately, I know all too well just how delicate it is too. Read: A case is absolutely essential—and if you’ve recently splurged on the new iPhone XS or XS Max, you certainly should protect your investment. Admittedly, I’ve foolishly forgone cases in the […]

Booth Museum Features More Than Sculpture In Fredric Remington Exhibit

From priceless originals displayed in the Oval Office to cheap, miniature knock-offs for sale at discount, wholesale grocery stores, Frederic Remington‘s western-themed sculptures are pervasive to the point of ridiculous. Remington’s sculptures, however, are not the focus of the Booth Museum’s as new “Treasures of the Fredric Remington Art Museum and Beyond” exhibit. This showcase focuses on […]

Balenciaga Introduces the Track, A New Luxury Sneaker to Rival Its Triple S

Move over, Triple S, a new style is looking to usurp the thrown. Last weak, Balenciaga put out its Track Sneaker, a style that was first introduced on its Fall 2018 runway. It drops at a time when the French luxury label is riding high on the success of the Triple S, which has received a great […]

Lenny Kravitz Joins Champagne House Dom Pérignon As Its First-Ever Global Creative Director

The story of Dom Pérignon has always been one of fortuitous encounters. After a history of collaborations with bold, inspiring creative talents like Marc Newson, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Marcel Wanders, Karl Lagerfeld, David Lynch, Christopher Waltz and Tokujin Yoshioka, the vintage-only champagne house created by Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon at the Abbey of Hautvillers in Epernay in […]

How to be a good man: what I learned from a month reading the feminist classics

A year after the first Harvey Weinstein revelations, how can men show solidarity with women? One Swedish professor decided it was time for some deep reading “He covered my mouth with his hand and introduced his penis. I thought my last hour had arrived. I had the feeling my stomach was turning.” These are not […]

Charred beef ribs and truffle brie dumplings: the world of Hong Kong’s top chefs

Hong Kong is home to an increasing number of innovative chefs transforming the food scene with fantastic fusion food and new takes on old classics. Here, we meet six of the best For decades, there were only two options for dinner in Hong Kong: sticky, late-night dim sum bars and white-tableclothed European restaurants. But the middle […]

Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms severe, says new report

Existing guidance that symptoms are minimal leads to misdiagnosis and ‘harmful long-term prescribing Half of all those taking antidepressants experience withdrawal problems when they try to give them up and for millions of people in England, these are severe, according to a new review of the evidence commissioned by MPs. Guidance from the National Institute […]

Deaths of high-profile Iraqi women spark fear of conservative backlash

All four shared public presence and an ‘untraditional’ attitude many now regard as reckless Even to a country inured to violence, the images were shocking. A man on a motorbike pulled up next to a car window and fired three shots at Tara al-Fares, killing her on a Baghdad street. The daylight assassination, captured by […]

Trump Renames NAFTA, But What’s So Great About New Trade Deal

POTUS got a much-needed win on trade. President Trump delivered on his campaign promise yesterday to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement into something more friendly to American manufacturing, which means more support for blue-collar workers. Trump’s new trade deal is called the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. NAFTA has become the USMCA. But beyond […]

How Trump Is Trying—And Failing—To Get Rich Off His Presidency

When Donald Trump opened Trump Tower in 1983, it marked a seminal moment in American retail, as six stories of glitzy shops like Harry Winston and Cartier beckoned luxury buyers who strode past a live pianist and a 60-foot indoor waterfall. “We got the highest rents ever, anywhere,” says former Trump Organization executive Barbara Res, […]

Kavanaugh faced police questioning over 1985 bar brawl – report

The embattled supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was questioned by police more than three decades ago following an altercation at a bar, according to reports. The incident took place in September 1985 when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale University, according to a police report obtained by the New York Times on Monday. It is being made public at […]

2019 ForbesLife Luxury Car Guide: Game-Changing Sports Cars and SUVs

A guide to the best luxury sports cars and crossover SUVs for 2019, which take performance and poshness to new levels. Plus: Harley goes electric. The old automotive categories are blurring with one another at turbocharged speeds. There are now sport-utility vehicles that are as quick and stylish as many hot-blooded sports cars. Among passenger cars, there […]

Latin America’s murder rate is skyrocketing. The United States should help.

BAD AS gun violence is in the United States, there is a region of the world where your chances of being murdered with a firearm are 4.2 times greater. We refer to the area between the Rio Grande and Tierra del Fuego, where the number of gun deaths per 100,000 people reached 16.21 in 2016, […]

The man who lives with hyenas

Spotted hyenas are the second largest land predator in Africa (after lions). They are feared for their raids on towns where they have been known to kill small children. However, the inhabitants of Harar, Ethiopia have invited wild hyenas into their community, believing they consume evil spirits with each cackle. Every night for the last 400 years, […]

The secret behind Italy’s rarest pasta

It’s so difficult and time-consuming to prepare, that for 300 years only the women of a single Sardinian family knew how to make it. Away from its famed cerulean seas, Sardinia’s craggy interior is a twisting maze of deep chasms and impenetrable massifs that shelter some of Europe’s most ancient traditions. Residents here still speak […]

Anna Maxwell Martin: ‘I’ve been bullied by other women in the industry – in fact more so than I have by men’

Anna Maxwell Martin walks into the room, in the heatwave, sits down in a stripy blue dress that crumples all around her, and says she’s going to do this photoshoot in the nude. “Tits out, full frontal – this is it guys,” she says. “First time, this is it. Oh look,” she adds, brightening, as […]

We must listen to Soon-Yi Previn, as well as Ronan and Dylan Farrow

The first, and most obvious, thing to say is that Soon-Yi Previn has every right to tell her story, and any publication has the right to publish it. Obvious, and yet, obviously, not the opinion of everyone. Previn is best known as the adopted daughter of André Previn and Mia Farrow, and the wife of Farrow’s very much ex-boyfriend, Woody Allen. […]

Iran says response to terrorist attack on military parade will be ‘crushing’

Iran has vowed a crushing response to Saturday’s terrorist attack on a military parade that killed at least 29 people, including conscripts and children, as it accused its US-backed regional rivals of incubating insurgent separatist groups. In the deadliest terrorist attack Iran has seen in years, four assailants disguised in military uniforms opened fire when military personnel were marching […]

‘Things are getting worse’: economic collapse looms again in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe faces a deepening economic crisis as hopes fade of a new wave of international investment and aid following historic elections in July. The poll, the first after the military takeover that led to the ousting of Robert Mugabe, was won by the ageing autocrat’s former righthand man, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa’s campaign slogan was “Zimbabwe is open for […]

My husband of 17 years is kind but our marriage is loveless

The dilemma I have been married for 17 years and we have three beautiful children, aged between 12 and 17. Over the past 10 years our marriage has become more and more unsatisfying. We don’t feel emotionally close any more. It seems we are sticking it out for the kids, so neither of us has […]