Israel-Hamas war live: efforts to extend ceasefire as deadline nears; reports of Israeli raid on West Bank city of Jenin
Egyptian media report that an extension has been agreed in principle as Israel says any deal depends on the release of more hostages
Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries have said in a joint statement that they support the further extension of the truce and future pauses in order to increase assistance and facilitate the release of all hostages.
The group urged Hamas to release all the hostages “immediately and unconditionally”.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 09:07
Poisoning with ‘heavy metals’ puts wife of Ukraine intelligence chief in hospital; thinktank says storm forced Russian warships into port
This is the Guardian’s live coverage of the Russian war against Ukraine, which has entered its 644th day. Here are the main developments:
Marianna Budanova, the wife of Ukraine’s intelligence head, Kyrylo Budanov, was poisoned and received treatment in hospital, a Ukrainian military intelligence official confirmed. She fell ill reportedly after eating food laced with “heavy metals”.
Russian shells struck homes on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring at least five, Ukrainian officials said. A five-storey building was hit in the southern town of Nikopol, said the Dnipropetrovsk region governor, Serhiy Lysak.
Tornadoes were forecast for the Black Sea region after a storm that killed at least 14 people and left more than 2 million people without electricity in Russia and Ukraine including occupied Crimea.
The Institute for the Study of War said the storm forced Russia to return all of its naval vessels and missile carriers to their bases, and suggested that the threat of mines drifting in the Black Sea would increase because the storm dispersed minefields.
There were also reports that the storm damaged railways in coastal areas, which could have an impact on the Russian military’s logistics capabilities in occupied Crimea and southern Ukraine, the ISW said. The damage affected “the tempo of military operations along the frontline in Ukraine” but had not stopped them entirely.
In an intelligence update, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Russia had made small advances on the northern axis of a pincer movement as part of an attempt to surround Avdiivka. “Although Avdiivka has become a salient or bulge in the Ukrainian frontline, Ukraine remains in control of a corridor of territory approximately 7km wide, through which it continues to supply the town.”
The US Senate will begin considering legislation that includes aid for Israel and Ukraine as soon as next week, the leader of the Democratic majority, Chuck Schumer, said on Tuesday, adding that an aid bill is needed even if there is no agreement with Republicans, who demand linked funding for US border security.
Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania said their foreign ministers would boycott a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in North Macedonia on Thursday and Friday because the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, intends to take part.
Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, urged members of the alliance to “stay the course” in supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia’s invasion. “It’s our obligation to ensure that we provide Ukraine with the weapons they need,” Stoltenberg said after arriving for a gathering of foreign ministers from Nato countries at its headquarters in Brussels.
The EU has agreed to more than quadruple its spending on training Ukrainian soldiers, investing close to an extra €200m (£173m), AFP reported.
Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has said military and financial support for Ukraine is of “existential importance” to Europe. In a speech to parliament, he was quoted by AFP as saying: “We will continue with this support as long as it is necessary. This support is of existential importance. For Ukraine … but also for us in Europe. None of us want to imagine what even more serious consequences it would have for us if Putin won this war.”Continue reading... 29th November 2023 09:04
Union Berlin’s interim joint assistant manager will break new ground when the German side travel to Braga on Wednesday
When Marie-Louise Eta takes her seat in the away dugout at Braga on Wednesday night women across the world will have reason to cheer long and loud. In her capacity as interim joint assistant manager at Union Berlin, Eta is set to become the first senior female coach to be actively involved in a men’s Champions League group stage game.
There was a time, not so long ago, when such a scenario seemed impossible. Indeed the inherent challenges involved dictate that Eta’s achievement still feels almost akin to a human walking on the moon. At elite levels of the men’s game gender diversity often remains a vague aspiration rather than anything approaching reality, so quite a watershed was achieved when, on Saturday, Eta helped choreograph Union Berlin to a 1-1 home draw with Augsburg. In the process she became the first female assistant manager in Bundesliga history.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 09:00
Plus: chains of substitutes, sharers of Spurs’ injury-time pain and the legality of using an opponent’s back as a springboard
“What are the ‘biggest’ (competitive) international and club matches that have never occurred, ie the teams that have never played each other competitively?” asks David Mills.
Pete Tomlin kicks things off for us with the kind of researched answer that could put us out of work. “I have been looking at international matches and used the current Fifa rankings to decide which are the biggest matches that have not occurred, depending on the teams’ current placings,” he begins. “It also depends what you class as competitive – there are tournaments such as the Confederations Cup, Umbro Cup, etc which may be seen as competitive by some but are not officially.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 09:00
An account of the teenage Mozart’s operatic awakening is packed with humanising detail
Of all the stories that are told about Wolfgang Mozart’s visits to Italy, one exceeds all others in fame. It concerns the day in Rome in April 1770 when the 14-year-old Mozart first heard Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere, an unaccompanied nine-part polyphonic setting of a psalm that normally lasts about 13 minutes. The Miserere rises repeatedly to an ethereal top C, a haunting moment that had already given the work Europe-wide mystique in Mozart’s time and ensures that it is still widely performed and recorded today.
The Miserere had been written in the 1630s for the exclusive use of the Sistine Chapel choir and for performance only during Holy Week. The score was a ferociously guarded Vatican secret. No written versions were supposed to exist. Yet, in the chapel that day, young Mozart listened to the Miserere once, then went home to his lodgings and wrote the entire thing down from memory.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 08:30
I’m an outspoken Black woman in France – so a powerful man tried to silence me with the law | Rokhaya Diallo
A celebrity targeted me online, but under a system that should protect all equally, I was the one charged with a criminal offence
As someone who has been in the public eye for the past 15 years, I am used to scrutiny and criticism. Online hate – especially when it targets women, and Black women in particular – has been extensively documented. So I have a pretty good idea of what to expect if I choose to speak out about sexism and racism in a country unwilling to acknowledge its misdeeds. Anonymous abuse and attacks from political or public figures come with the territory, and I have little choice but to face them.
But I could never have imagined that a French celebrity could subject me to persistent criticism in plain sight, yet escape being called out for it by any of the media figures who invite him to appear on their shows and platforms. It has been a chilling lesson to realise that instead it was me who would end up victimised and put on trial for attempting to expose what I felt was harassment.
Rokhaya Diallo is a Guardian columnist. She is a writer, journalist, film director and activistContinue reading... 29th November 2023 08:00
Alice Englert directs and stars alongside a mesmerising Connelly in this inconsistent tale about a troubled former child star who checks into a retreat
Much like the little girl with the curl in the well-known rhyme, when this film is good, it’s very good. But when it’s bad it’s … well, the original poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow says “horrid,” but Bad Behaviour is more very awkward and self-indulgent. But the good largely outweighs the “oof” and this is a first feature for writer-director-co-star Alice Englert who should be applauded for taking interesting if not always successful risks.
At least Englert made a safe bet by casting Jennifer Connelly in the lead, for one of her best roles for many years. Here she plays Lucy who, like Connelly herself, was once a child star but is now filled with rage and bitterness with her parents, her (never seen) ex-husband – and even her grown daughter Dylan (Englert) who is working as a stunt double in New Zealand when the story begins. Lucy calls Dylan from Oregon where she’s just about to check into a retreat to say she’ll be incommunicado for a while, but Dylan is distracted and the line is bad.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 08:00
In a department store in Tokyo, I realised buying stuff wasn’t the point. The thrill was in choosing the person you might become
When I was growing up in Auckland in the 1980s, my relationship with clothing was all about utility. Clothes needed to be comfortable and keep me at the right temperature. They should work for climbing trees, or riding horses. I had a very clear picture in my head of how I wanted to look. Insouciant, lanky – a tomboy. Someone who didn’t care about clothes. Someone who had interesting stuff in their pockets.
I particularly hated getting dressed up. If it was unavoidable, I would dodge mirrors. When I did look, dressed for an occasion in clothes picked out by my mother, I saw a girlish girl with fluffy hair. A girl in a hideous pale yellow mohair sweater and a skirt with no pockets at all.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 08:00
Authorities appeal for calm, saying spike is due to end of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions
A surge in respiratory illnesses in China, particularly among children, has reportedly swamped paediatric units in city hospitals, while authorities have urged calm, attributing it to a post-lockdown wave of illness.
Many hospital wards are full, according to state and other media reports in China. The Global Times reported on Tuesday that the Beijing Children’s hospital was receiving up to 9,378 patients a day and had been at full capacity during the past two months. It also said outpatient clinics, paediatric clinics, and respiratory departments at several Beijing hospitals were booked out for at least seven days.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 07:56
A showdown is brewing over money, oil and carbon. Here's what's at stake at the COP28 climate summit
COP28 will be the biggest accountability moment for climate action in history, according to one global climate expert.29th November 2023 07:38
Global governments should engage with the Taliban because some in the regime support reversing the ban, says Rangina Hamidi
There are many Taliban officials who would support reversing the ban on schooling for girls in Afghanistan, according to the country’s last education minister before the takeover.
Under Taliban rule, Afghanistan has become the only country in the world where girls are banned from schooling beyond the age of 11. The group has also imposed what has been described as a policy of “gender apartheid”, banning women from most work and public spaces.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 07:00
A brave leader would admit he is cornered and set out a new direction to his party and the public. He’s not that guy
Rishi Sunak will not “stop the boats” carrying asylum seekers across the Channel. He still promotes that general ambition, but with synthetic enthusiasm that contains more exasperation than confidence.
Even if the scheme for removing asylum claimants to Rwanda were up and running, the deterrent effect on people launching dinghies from Calais is doubtful. Facilities in Kigali can handle only a few hundred cases at most. UK government policy envisages deporting thousands. But that’s academic anyway, because the supreme court has ruled that Rwanda cannot be considered a “safe third country”, so sending refugees there would be unlawful.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 07:00
Several former first ladies and presidents, including 99-year-old former President Jimmy Carter, attended a ceremony for Rosalynn Carter, who died last week at age 96. Mark Strassmann reports.29th November 2023 06:39
The decision Monday came four months after a Detroit-area jury said the document was a valid will under Michigan law, despite scribbles and many hard-to-read passages.29th November 2023 06:38
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."29th November 2023 06:35
Ukrainian History Global Initiative brings together 90 academics to put the country’s historical contributions on the map
The opening salvo in Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February last year was not a rocket or a missile. Rather, it was an essay.
Vladimir Putin’s On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians, published in summer 2021, ranged over 1,000 years of history in its 7,500 words to assert that the two countries are “one people”.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 06:30
Marianna Budanova is the wife of Lt. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine's military intelligence agency. She is undergoing treatment in a hospital.29th November 2023 06:10
A CDC analysis of 2022 data finds that U.S. life expectancy is improving after being knocked backwards during the COVID emergency. But it's still lower than it was pre-pandemic.29th November 2023 06:01
Lead author says study led by University of Sydney is longest ever to have looked at relationship between the two drugs
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Cannabis should not be considered an effective long-term strategy for reducing opioid use, according to a new study released amid the global shift towards cannabis legalisation.
A study led by the University of Sydney, published on Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, followed 615 people with heroin dependence, many of whom also used cannabis, over 20 years.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 06:00
We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors
This week, from 2019: The noisy dispute over the meaning of populism is more than just an academic squabble – it’s a crucial argument about what we expect from democracyContinue reading... 29th November 2023 06:00
The natural world is caught in a vicious cycle – extreme weather is destroying natural habitats and wildlife, yet these are crucial to fighting the climate crisis
Nature loss and the climate crisis are locked in a vicious cycle. These two issues are separate yet inextricably linked. As the climate crisis escalates, natural habitats are being destroyed. This in turn exacerbates the climate crisis and loss of wildlife. Here are 10 ways the two issues are connected:Continue reading... 29th November 2023 06:00
Hospitality and payments Craig Whittaker has accepted include Madonna tickets worth £2,000 from the Betting & Gaming Council
A Tory MP who accused the gambling regulator of being too “heavy handed” has received more than £8,000 in hospitality and payments from the betting industry this year, including tickets to see Madonna.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 06:00
Global energy watchdog says Russia cutting supplies has prompted efficiency upgrades and move to heat pumps
The Ukraine crisis has marked a turning point for Europe’s gas consumption, which is expected to fall again this year as homes and firms embrace efficiency upgrades and heat pumps, according to the global energy watchdog.
A report from the International Energy Agency found that the continent’s developed economies reduced their gas use by 15% in 2022 after Russia cut off flows after its invasion.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 06:00
Mounjaro is more effective than Ozempic for weight loss in overweight and obese adults, real-world study says
Patients on Eli Lilly's Mounjaro were more likely to lose weight and experienced larger reductions in body weight compared to those on Novo Nordisk's Ozempic.29th November 2023 05:17
The expanded scope of the breach comes ahead of Okta's earnings report, and after the company first disclosed the breach in November.29th November 2023 04:59
Cuban has appeared on "Shark Tank" since 2011 as a permanent investor, or "shark."29th November 2023 04:11
The self-decribed ‘Marxist from Long Island’ documented working class lives and the elite of show business and Manhattan society
Larry Fink, an acclaimed and adventurous photographer whose subjects ranged from family portraits and political satire to working class lives and the elite of show business and Manhattan society, has died at 82.
Robert Mann, owner of the Robert Mann Gallery, told the Associated Press that Fink died Saturday at his home in Martins Creek, Pennsylvania. Mann did not cite a specific cause of death, but said that Fink had been in failing health.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 04:10
How did far-right politician Geert Wilders win so many seats in the Dutch election? Jon Henley and Senay Boztas report
Since winning the most seats in the Dutch election last week, Geert Wilders has been attempting to form a government. The controversial figure is the leader of the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) and has campaigned for anti-Islamic policies in the past, including a ban on the Qur’an and headscarves.
Senay Boztas tells Michael Safi about her experience interviewing Wilders and how his approach to policies has evolved over time. Jon Henley explains how the governing of Mark Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) laid the ground for Wilder’s ascent. And he delves into why the far right is finding success in parliaments across EuropeContinue reading... 29th November 2023 04:00
Saltwater damage could see precious historical Buddhist artworks dating back hundreds of years slowly fade entirely from view
If you look closely, you can just about see the characters and scenes that once stretched across the walls of Wat Prasat, a temple in Nonthaburi. There’s the dark shape of an elephant’s head, a figure slouching on its back; outlines of swords pointing upwards to the centre of the display; patches of curved roofs.
“The mural used to be more vivid,” says Phra Maha Natee, the abbot of Wat Prasat. Even when he was a novice monk, 20 years ago, the image – which shows one of the jātakas stories that recall the Buddha’s past lives – was easier to understand. “The colour was brighter and sharper,” he says.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 03:37
Miriam Adelson’s family, which runs the Las Vegas Sands casino, said they will be selling shares worth $2bn to purchase a team
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is working on a deal to sell a majority stake in the NBA franchise to the family that runs the Las Vegas Sands casino, a person with knowledge of the talks said Tuesday night.
The agreement would be in the valuation range of $3.5bn and take weeks for the league to process, according to the person, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details weren’t being made public.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 03:23
Seventeen-year-old Hamidreza Azari was executed along with Milad Zohrevand, 22, as UN agency calls for moratorium on capital punishment
The United Nations said Tuesday it deplored the executions of a 17-year-old and a 22-year old in Iran and urged Tehran to immediately stop applying the death penalty.
The UN Human Rights Office said it was troubled by Friday’s executions. “The execution of Hamidreza Azari, who was accused of murder, is the first reported execution of an alleged child offender in Iran this year,” spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell said in a statement.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 03:21
While Cuban would sell the team to Miriam Adelson, the widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, he would retain control of basketball operations. The agreement would be in the range of $3.5 billion.29th November 2023 03:11
The House will try for a third time this year to expel New York Rep. George Santos after the Ethics Committee released a scathing report detailing his alleged lawbreaking.29th November 2023 03:11
Vatican says ‘flu-like condition’ will prevent pontiff from making historic visit to summit where he was expected to urge more action to tackle climate crisis
Pope Francis has cancelled his upcoming trip to Dubai for the Cop28 climate talks, on the advice of doctors concerned about his recent flu-like symptoms, the Vatican said.
The 86-year-old, who has made protecting the environment a cornerstone of his 10-year papacy, had planned to become the first pontiff to attend the UN event since the process began in 1995.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 02:37
Jim Nakano, who opened The Donut Man in 1972, was sent to a Japanese internment camp when he was just 2 years old.29th November 2023 02:14
Jim Nakano was sent with his mother to a Japanese internment camp when he was just 2 years old. In 1972, he opened The Donut Man, which has become a beloved staple of his Southern California community. Adam Yamaguchi has the story.29th November 2023 02:10
Meta details more updates to its political advertising policy, taking in account AI.29th November 2023 01:54
Specialized training and access to necessary equipment could be the difference between life and death for critically ill children in the emergency room. Janet Shamlian takes a look at how one Colorado hospital is beefing up its training to help save lives.29th November 2023 01:46
House Democrats on Tuesday moved to force a vote on the expulsion of GOP Rep. George Santos. The embattled congressman is accused of using campaign funds on Botox and other personal expenditures. Scott MacFarlane has the latest.29th November 2023 01:45
The first of three U.S. military flights arrived in Egypt with much-needed humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza.29th November 2023 01:34
In second radical action in a month, pontiff hits back at retired prelate Raymond Burke, one of his most vocal critics
Pope Francis has decided to punish one of his highest-ranking critics, Cardinal Raymond Burke, by revoking his right to a subsidized Vatican apartment and salary in the second such radical action against a conservative American prelate this month, according to two people briefed on the measures.
Francis told a meeting of the heads of Vatican offices last week that he was moving against Burke because he was a source of “disunity” in the church, said one of the participants at the 20 November meeting. The participant spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the contents of the encounter.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 01:24
Former President Jimmy Carter, who turned 99 last month, was in attendance, watching family and friends pay tribute to former first lady Rosalynn Carter.29th November 2023 01:23
The move would end one of the highest-profile partnerships between giants in the tech and banking sectors.29th November 2023 01:16
Heavy winds on Tuesday afternoon knocked down the National Christmas Tree outside the White House. It was upright again a few hours later, the National Park Service said.29th November 2023 01:07
Akron police chief Steve Mylett wrote in an internal review that the shooting of 25-year-old Black man Jayland Walker in June 2022, "while certainly tragic," was "objectively reasonable."29th November 2023 00:53
Warren Buffett said Berkshire Hathaway could not have been built without Munger's "inspiration" and "wisdom."29th November 2023 00:35
The 17-year-old from County Durham starred on the game’s biggest stage and local hero provided green shoots of joy
Power finds a way. Albeit for Paris Saint-Germain, the road to redemption here would consist of a scandalous late penalty, a midfield made of sugar syrup and some of the worst distance shooting seen this side of a Soccer AM Crossbar Challenge. At full time the Parc des Princes roared with relief, heaved and exhaled, not with conviction but with the begrudging acceptance of something stolen, not earned.
And this really was tough on Newcastle, who were 97 minutes in to perhaps their greatest away win in Europe. Annihilated by injuries and with about three grown adults on their bench, they weathered everything the world’s richest club and the world’s greatest forward could throw at them: a home crowd, chances saved and blocked and thwarted, the sort of pressure that makes the Montpelliers and Lyons of this world crumble on a weekly basis.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 00:29
Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby said the job of the court is to "decide cases," and not to "elaborate and expand laws in order to make them easier to understand or enforce."29th November 2023 00:21
- Barça beat Porto 2-1 at home to earn last-16 spot
- Borussia Dortmund win in Milan; Atlético eliminate Feyenoord
João Cancelo and João Félix scored in each half to earn Barcelona a 2-1 comeback win at home against Porto that booked their spot in the Champions League knockout rounds for the first time in three seasons.
The visitors wasted several chances before Pepe put them in front in the 30th minute with a close-range strike from a rebound. But Barça hit back quickly with a fine curling shot into the top corner by Cancelo two minutes later.Continue reading... 29th November 2023 00:10
A gathering of first ladies and presidents joined other political figures in a tribute service. But a parade of speakers said her global stature wasn't what defined her.28th November 2023 23:57
"We think so much alike that it's spooky," Warren Buffett once said of Munger.28th November 2023 23:51
The emotional testimony from victims who had been duped by the disgraced lawyer came before a judge accepted a deal sentencing Murdaugh to 27 years in prison for stealing about $12 million.28th November 2023 23:47
Famed sports content publisher used artificial intelligence to write stories under fake author bylines, report claims.28th November 2023 23:47
Invitation comes after tech billionaire accompanied Benjamin Netanyahu to inspect Israeli kibbutz that was attacked by Hamas
Hamas has invited Elon Musk to Gaza to witness the devastation of the Palestinian territory under Israeli attack after the hi-tech billionaire accompanied Benjamin Netanyahu to inspect a kibbutz targeted by Hamas.
“We invite him to visit Gaza to see the extent of the massacres and destruction committed against the people of Gaza, in compliance with the standards of objectivity and credibility,” Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, said in a press conference in Beirut on Tuesday.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 23:25
Pep Guardiola was proud of his players’ fight when transforming what appeared certain defeat when Manchester City trailed 2-0 at half-time into a late victory. He was less enamoured of the actual display.
In introducing Julián Álvarez and Jérémy Doku early in the second half, Guardiola performed a masterstroke. Each was pivotal, the former finding the winner from a move that was decorated by Doku’s mastery of the ball before Phil Foden set Álvarez up.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 23:10
Activist investor Anson Funds is pushing for a sale or business divestiture at Twilio after building a stake in the enterprise software company.28th November 2023 22:54
Politicians and public figures gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the former first lady Rosalynn Carter’s life following a public memorial. Former president Jimmy Carter, 99, attended the tribute for his late wife of 77 years, traveling from his hospice care at home to the Glenn Memorial church in Atlanta.
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AWS will host a computing cluster for Nvidia to use. Simultaneously, AWS announced a new chip for training AI models, an Nvidia GPU alternative.28th November 2023 22:43
Hugging Face and Cohere, which compete with OpenAI, have both said they've seen increased inquiries from clients following the drama surrounding Sam Altman28th November 2023 22:38
The company said the period of Nov. 17 to Cyber Monday marked its "biggest ever" holiday shopping event compared to the same 11-day stretch last year.28th November 2023 22:34
Buffett and Munger together built Berkshire Hathaway into a multi-billion dollar behemoth.28th November 2023 22:34
Book reportedly revealed who expressed ‘concerns’ about what skin colour Harry and Meghan’s son would have
A new book about the royal family has been taken off shelves in the Netherlands after reports it named the person who allegedly expressed “concerns” about what skin colour Harry and Meghan’s son Archie would have.
Xander, publishers of the Dutch translation of Endgame by the journalist Omid Scobie, have put sales of the book on hold “temporarily” over what it called an “error”.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 22:26
The bakers are virtually identical, the format repetitive, the standards low – we’ve just seen everything on this show far too many times before. Until one final moment livens things up …
‘Boring is too strong a word,” said Paul Hollywood, “but it’s on its way.” He was talking about a showstopper cake presented to him by Josh, a Leicestershire 27-year-old who hoped his three-tiered celebration of the English seasons, complete with a biscuit greenhouse, would win him series 14 of The Great British Bake Off. But the veteran judge could have been referring to this year’s final.
Josh seemed the obvious winner from the start of the last episode, despite presenters and judges trying to impress us with his rivals’ achievements in earlier rounds. “They’ve all had a handshake!” protested Prue Leith, referring to the gesture of approval that used to be sporadic and understated, but which has now become awkward and somehow slightly icky. Perhaps we have just seen everything in this show one too many times.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 22:15
Recently released Eitan Yahalomi, 12, suffered ‘horrors’ at the hands of militant Palestinian group, according to family member
A 12-year-old boy who was held hostage in Gaza for 52 days was forced in captivity to watch videos of the 7 October atrocities, his aunt has claimed.
Eitan Yahalomi, a French-Israeli national, was kidnapped from the Nir Oz kibbutz with his father, Ohad Yahalomi, who remains captive.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 22:03
Man who used machete to murder Toronto massage parlour employee in 2020 pleaded guilty in July
A Canadian man who used a machete to murder a Toronto massage parlour employee has been sentenced to life in prison for a killing the judge deemed to be an act of terrorism motivated by the online “incel” subculture.
The man cannot be named because he was 17 at the time of the February 2020 attack in which he killed Ashley Noelle Arzaga, 24, and seriously wounded another woman identified only by the initials JC.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 21:50
Americans for Prosperity Action plans to spend millions to try to unite Republicans behind Nikki Haley's presidential bid.28th November 2023 21:47
Disney CEO Bob Iger told employees he looks forward to building again after cuts and "fixes" defined 2023.28th November 2023 21:32
With a legendary musical career that spans decades, John Cale is still restlessly creating and collaborating on new music.28th November 2023 21:29
Francis' planned Saturday address would have been the first time a pope had addressed a U.N. climate conference, which is taking place in Dubai.28th November 2023 21:23
Under an extension of a temporary cease-fire, Hamas freed 12 more hostages on Tuesday, including 10 Israelis and two foreign nationals, Israel's military said. About 160 hostages remain in captivity.28th November 2023 21:14
The Cybertruck arrives at a time when automakers are lowering the price of their EVs to appeal to more buyers.28th November 2023 21:07
Organisation warns that people are starving, lack clean water and the diarrhoea rate is up 45 times compared with a year ago
Gaza is not getting enough aid to meet even basic emergency needs, the UN has warned, and the population is so ravaged by hunger, bombing and the lack of clean water that deaths from disease could outstrip those from war.
“All this aid is triage, and it’s not even enough for triage,” a Unicef spokesperson, James Elder, told a press conference in Geneva, speaking by video link from inside Gaza. “Everything here is emergency care.”Continue reading... 28th November 2023 20:55
Main networks gave 18 times more coverage to 2016 ‘deplorables’ remark; while top papers give it 29 times more, Media Matters finds
Major US news outlets devoted significantly less time and space to covering Donald Trump’s description of his enemies as “vermin” this month than they did in a similar period in 2016 to Hillary Clinton’s reference to Trump’s supporters as “deplorables”, a new study has found.
Findings by the progressive watchdog Media Matters included 18 times more coverage of Clinton’s remark than Trump’s by the “Big Three” broadcast networks (NBC, ABC and CBS) in the first week after the remark was made; and print reports among the top five circulating newspapers (Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today) in which mention of Clinton’s remark outnumbered Trump’s 29-1 in the same period.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 20:52
- Mary Cain said alleged abuse forced her from sport
- Nike scrapped elite athlete program in 2019
Nike and disgraced coach Alberto Salazar have settled a $20m lawsuit with a former athlete over allegations she suffered “emotional and physical abuse” at his hands.
Mary Cain, who qualified for the world championships as a 17-year-old and was considered a once-in-a-generation star, was coached by Salazar as part of the sportswear giant’s Nike Oregon Project for elite athletes from 2013 to 2016. The Oregonian reported on Tuesday that the case has now been settled, according to court documents. Terms of the settlement have not been released but are believed to be in the range of millions of dollars.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 20:51
"I support abortion access for all women," Brown said in a recent text to voters, adding that his three GOP opponents "would overturn the will of Ohioans by voting for a national abortion ban."28th November 2023 20:48
Hawaii's attorney general issued subpoenas targeting three Maui departments in an independent probe initiated by the governor. The move comes after sources told CBS News some Maui County officials are being uncooperative in the investigation into the deadly August 8 wildfire. CBS News' Jonathan Vigliotti reports.28th November 2023 20:42
Combs temporarily stepped down as chairman of the TV network he co-founded in 2013, a spokesperson for the record executive confirmed. The move follows lawsuits against Combs alleging sexual abuse.28th November 2023 20:25
A new exhibition collates more 800 objects to give insight into the zine scene, a way to democratize art and journalism
A medium that basks in the unruliness and unpredictability of the creative process, zines are gloriously chaotic and difficult to pin down. Requiring little more to produce than a copy machine, a stapler and a vision, zines played a hugely democratizing role in art during the 20th century and have managed to stay popular and relevant in spite of web-based innovations, like blogs, that might have supplanted a less compelling medium.
The Brooklyn Museum’s substantial and exciting new exhibit, Copy Machine Manifestos, offers a welcome, thorough examination of zines made by artists. With over 800 objects on display, Copy Machine Manifestos is a crucial step toward documenting the zine scene, even if, in zine terms this show is a proverbial drop in the bucket. As the exhibition co-curator and art historian Drew Sawyer put it in an interview: “Even if we wanted to be very inclusive and seemingly comprehensive, we knew it would be impossible to claim to be comprehensive in any way. It would be delusional to think anyone could be comprehensive on a history of zines.”Continue reading... 28th November 2023 20:06
The Guardian view on betting the planet: a big oil producer presiding over Cop28 is a risk | Editorial
The success of this week’s UN climate summit will depend on one man who must know that a favourable result would be bad news for the industry he represents
History was made in Glasgow in 2021 when “fossil fuels” appeared in the Cop26 declaration. It was the first time they had ever been mentioned in the text of a Cop agreement – officially recognising the taproot of a human-led climate emergency. Two years is a long time in geopolitics. This year’s Cop28, which begins on Thursday in Dubai, will be presided over by Sultan Al Jaber, the chief executive of the state oil company of the United Arab Emirates, which has the largest net-zero-busting expansion plans of any fossil fuel business in the world.
It was already doubtful that Mr Al Jaber was fit to lead global climate negotiations while responsible for planet-wrecking activities. This week’s revelations that he planned to lobby on oil and gas deals during meetings with foreign governments ahead of Cop28 further damage his credibility as an honest broker in climate negotiations. Mr Al Jaber had a hard enough job without hustles making a mockery of his independence.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 19:45
A stock sale "will shine a spotlight on the business model and financials" of the fast-fashion giant about which little is known, said one analyst.28th November 2023 19:34
He pointed out a variety of areas where progress has been made, suggesting the Fed at least won't need to hike rates further from here.28th November 2023 19:31
Kfir Bibas, his four-year-old brother and their parents may have been handed over to another Palestinian militant group
The family of a baby who is the youngest hostage in Gaza have called for his release along with that of his four-year-old brother.
Kfir Bibas, who is 10 months old, has spent nearly a fifth of his life in captivity after being kidnapped from his home in a southern Israeli kibbutz during the 7 October Hamas attack on Israel, in which about 1,200 people were killed and 240 taken hostage.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 19:30
New imaging technology has allowed geologists to see the bare earth, and its potential red flags, around Yellowstone like never before.28th November 2023 19:30
Allison Cozzi of Greenwich, Connecticut, alleges that a salad she bought contained a piece of the manager's finger.28th November 2023 19:27
Computer scientist Joy Buolamwini warns that facial recognition technology is riddled with the biases of its creators. She is the author of Unmasking AI and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League.28th November 2023 19:21
They’re bulky, awkward and rarely have personality. But even the most stylish dressers can’t seem to shake them
Karl Lagerfeld once said that sweatpants were “a sign of defeat” and that anyone buying them had “lost control” of their life. (It should be noted that this was pre-pandemic, and the French designer was kind of an awful person.) But for me, my personal fashion Waterloo was when I finally purchased a puffer.
Undeniably warm, puffer coats are a wintertime staple. Still, a certain style-conscious set bemoans their frumpy, bulbous, all-consuming silhouettes and drab colorways.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 19:00
Peter Antonacci, the head of Florida's elections fraud office, had just left a heated meeting when he collapsed in the hallway of the governor's office, according to a newly released investigation.28th November 2023 18:43
Home prices were 3.9% higher in September compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index.28th November 2023 18:37
A federal judge denied a bid by Donald Trump to issue subpoenas for records related to a select House committee that investigated the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.28th November 2023 18:32
Poisoning of Kyrylo Budanov’s wife, Marianna Budanova, suggests Moscow has undercover assets in Ukraine
The wife of Ukraine’s top spy chief is recovering in hospital after being poisoned, a spokesperson for the country’s military intelligence agency said on Tuesday, after apparently eating food laced with “heavy metals”.
Marianna Budanova is the wife of Kyrylo Budanov, who heads Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence agency. It is unclear when the alleged poisoning happened. She complained of feeling unwell and was admitted to hospital for tests.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 18:25
Temporary closure comes after Finnish intelligence suggested Russia was helping asylum seekers reach the border
Finland has announced it is temporarily closing its entire border with Russia after weeks of tensions between the countries over asylum seekers that Helsinki has labelled a “hybrid operation” by Moscow.
With just 24 hours’ notice, the Finnish government said on Tuesday it would close Raja-Jooseppi in Lapland, its last remaining border crossing point with Russia, on Wednesday night.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 18:25
Rishi Sunak and Oliver Dowden get tough on foreigners and tough on the causes of foreigners
Rishi Sunak kicked off his Prada loafers and sprawled out on the sofa. It had been another long day of everything going exactly to plan. The autumn statement in which taxes were going down while still going up. The net migration figures where getting tough on foreigners meant allowing more of them into the country. He couldn’t quite understand why people weren’t more grateful for everything he had done.
A rare half hour with time to kill. Rish! reached for the laptop and began scrolling the Harrods website. He could do with a new suit. Tricky. He couldn’t decide on the fit. Was he a size 8- to 10-year-old? Or 10 to 12? One was too small with the trousers coming halfway up his legs, the other too large. Or were these emotional age groups? In which case he might be better off in the toddler range.
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On Monday 11 December 8pm–9.30pm GMT, join John Crace, Marina Hyde and Pippa Crerar for a livestream discussion on another year of anarchy in British politics.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 18:19
- Deadline for 31 December for commercial deal to be finalised
- Woods: ‘I was frustrated the players were never involved’
Tiger Woods has admitted to being “very frustrated” by the circumstances surrounding the controversial framework agreement between golf’s established tours and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Speaking for the first time since he withdrew from the Masters in April, the 15-times major winner made plain alternative investment deals remain very much an option for the PGA and DP World Tours.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 18:12
Divorce doulas guide clients through the brutal, byzantine legal process of separation, giving emotional and practical support
Divorce is complicated and expensive. There are convoluted legalities, logistical headaches and financial restructuring. Lawyers help with a lot of that, in exchange for nosebleed-inducing sums. But what about the various emotional quandaries that arise as you dissolve a marriage? How do you handle attending your kid’s tee-ball game if your ex will be there? What do you do when your estranged spouse is texting so much you can’t use your phone? If you send that angry email, will it hurt your legal case?
Enter divorce doulas.Continue reading... 28th November 2023 18:00
Consumers can score great travel deals on Tuesday, but scammers can also scuttle trips and ruin budgets.28th November 2023 17:51