The Guardian
Wimbledon 2022: Williams in action; Nadal survives scare, Swiatek wins – live!

In the men’s draw, David Goffin is already a break and 2-0 up against Radu Albot. That’s on Court 14. Both are unseeded.

Yulia Putintseva (seeded 27) is under way against Alize Cornet on Court 10 and it’s 2-2 in the first set. Neither player has managed to hold on to their serve yet.

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28th June 2022 23:35
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Rafael Nadal survives scare and sinks Francisco Cerúndolo

  • Second seed beats Argentinian 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
  • Nadal playing Wimbledon for first time since 2019

Two lines on a Covid test proved devastating for Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday morning but for at least half a dozen players in the bottom half of the men’s singles draw, including the former champion Rafael Nadal, the chance of a run all the way to the final next week improved significantly with the bookies’ second-favourite removed from the reckoning.

Nadal, the winner in 2008 and 2010, has not reached the final since 2011, and there were moments in his four-set defeat of Francisco Cerúndolo on Centre Court on Tuesday when a first-round exit, for only the second time in his Wimbledon career, felt a good deal more plausible than a run into the second week.

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28th June 2022 23:30
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Russia-Ukraine war: Biden and Johnson congratulate Finland, Sweden and Turkey on Nato agreement – live

US president calls move a ‘crucial step … which will strengthen our alliance’ while UK prime minister hails ‘fantastic move’

The Ukrainian authorities of Mariupol have posted a message from the city’s mayor, Vadym Boychenko, expressing concern for the fate of the elderly in the city under the occupying forces of Russia. It quotes him saying:

People of respectable age were taken care of in Mariupol. They created conditions for them to meet a decent old age. But the Russian occupiers took it away from them. Instead, they are forced to somehow survive without quality medical care, without medication and care. Most of them are children of World War II, for whom the Russian occupiers repeated what the whole world says “never again.” Staying in the city is dangerous for their health, because they will be the first to suffer from infectious outbreaks.

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28th June 2022 23:19
The Guardian
Early human ancestors one million years older than earlier thought

Fossils from South African cave are 3.4 to 3.6m years old and walked the Earth at same time as east African relatives

The fossils of our earliest ancestors found in South Africa are a million years older than previously thought, meaning they walked the Earth around the same time as their east African relatives like the famous “Lucy”, according to new research.

The Sterkfontein caves at the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site southwest of Johannesburg have yielded more Australopithecus fossils than any other site in the world.

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28th June 2022 23:10
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Jan 6 committee hearings live: Cheney describes possible witness tampering after ex-aide’s testimony

The Guardian’s Ashifa Kassam and Ramon Antonio Vargas report:

Fifty suspected migrants were found dead and at least a dozen others were hospitalized after being found inside an abandoned tractor-trailer rig on Monday on a remote back road in south-west San Antonio, officials have said.

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28th June 2022 23:04
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Michael Vaughan steps back from BBC duties in light of ‘ongoing dialogue’

  • Former England cricket captain leaves BBC ‘for the time being’
  • BBC ‘respect’ decision but say Vaughan remains under contract

Michael Vaughan has made the decision to “step back from work with the BBC” in light of the “ongoing dialogue” around the former England cricket captain’s broadcasting role with Test Match Special for the three-Test series against New Zealand.

Vaughan was dropped from coverage of the Ashes last November after he was accused by several players of making a racist comment before a Yorkshire game in 2009. He has repeatedly and categorically denied doing so.

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28th June 2022 23:03
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Venus Williams set for Wimbledon mixed doubles pairing with Jamie Murray

  • Former world No 1 has not played on tour since August 2021
  • Andy Murray and Serena Williams paired up in 2019

Two of tennis’ most famous families are poised to join forces once again at Wimbledon with Venus Williams requesting a late wildcard entry in the mixed doubles alongside Jamie Murray.

The 42-year-old Williams has not played on tour since August 2021, and there has been speculation she could be easing herself back into tennis before the US Open, which starts at the end of August.

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28th June 2022 22:22
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Turkey lifts objections to Finland and Sweden’s Nato bid

Ankara had previously blocked the Nordic countries from joining the alliance over concerns about arms exports and terrorism

A last minute agreement has been reached between Turkey, Finland and Sweden to allow the two Nordic countries to become Nato members on the eve of the military alliance’s summit in Madrid.

Nato said a trilateral deal had been reached at a meeting between Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Sauli Niinistö of Finland and the Swedish prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, in the Spanish capital.

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28th June 2022 21:42
The Guardian
A curious time for parsimony from ‘best friend’ of Ukraine

Analysis: Downing Street’s call for a reality check on defence spending comes at an unexpected moment

Flying to a Nato summit – at a time when there is a major war at the other end of Europe – is a curious time for Boris Johnson to be drawn into a row about defence spending, and whether a manifesto commitment has been broken.

The message from Downing St over the course of Tuesday was that a promise to increase defence spending by inflation plus 0.5% a year has become too expensive, with the cost of living at 9.1%, its highest rate in 40 years.

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28th June 2022 21:15
The Guardian
Iga Swiatek shows tantalising glimpses of new era of supremacy | Barney Ronay

The Pole’s record-breaking 36th successive win poses questions about how far she can go – both at Wimbledon and in the future

For 10 minutes in the mid-afternoon, halfway through a first-round victory during which she seemed to be moving through a lighter air than her opponent, Jana Fett, Iga Swiatek did something interesting.

Swiatek had just taken the first set 6-0. At which point she fell apart. Very briefly. And not in a way that mattered, or amounted to much more than a ripple, a 21-year-old drifting off midway through a stroll against the world No 252.

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28th June 2022 20:55
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Texas tragedy highlights migrants’ perilous journey to cross US border

The number of migrant deaths in 2021 was 650, a stark reminder of the human cost of US immigration policies

The deaths of 50 migrants – traveling from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras – in terrible conditions in Texas has cast a spotlight on the immense risks people are willing to take to cross the US border in search of a better financial life or escaping violence in their native countries.

Laura Peña, the legal director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, represents asylum seekers at the border. Responding to the tragedy in San Antonio, she said both the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, and President Biden have “utterly failed people who are trying to seek safety by crossing the border”.

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28th June 2022 20:54
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Fashion brands pause use of sustainability index tool over greenwashing claims

H&M has suspended its use of product labelling tool, The Higg Materials Sustainability Index

An alliance of major fashion brands has announced that it is pausing its use of a tool to measure garments’ sustainability after critics described it as greenwashing.

Until this week, shoppers could go on to H&M’s website and check the environmental impact of 655 of its garments, as rated by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), a suite of tools launched last year by a global non-profit alliance, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).

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28th June 2022 20:48
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Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking crimes

Maxwell’s attorneys had pushed for leniency after 60-year-old was convicted in US in December of five of the six charges she faced

Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison in her New York sex-trafficking case for procuring teen girls for Jeffrey Epstein for him to abuse. Maxwell, 60, has maintained her innocence.

Epstein, a convicted sex offender and financier whose elite associates once included Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton, was captured by federal authorities in July 2019, on sex-trafficking counts. He killed himself in a New York City federal jail just over one month after his arrest.

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28th June 2022 20:31
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UK calls for extra vigilance on China ahead of Nato summit

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss among those saying Ukraine war highlights potential Chinese threat to Taiwan

Boris Johnson and his ministers are going into the Nato summit with fresh warnings that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has shown the need for extra vigilance and caution over potential Chinese action against Taiwan.

Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, who is joining the prime minister at the Nato gathering in Madrid, was most explicit, calling for faster action to help Taiwan with defensive weapons, a key requirement for Ukraine since the invasion.

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28th June 2022 20:25
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Airbnb to make global party ban permanent

The company said the move has reduced violence, rule violations and health concerns since last year

Airbnb is making its ban on parties at properties listed on the site for short-term rentals permanent, the company announced on Tuesday.

San Francisco-based Airbnb said it believes the ban has worked to reduce violence, rules violations and health concerns, with reports of parties at listed properties having dropped 44% from a year ago. More than 6,600 guests were suspended last year for related violations, the company said.

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28th June 2022 20:16
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More than 100 murders in 18 months in Syria’s al-Hawl camp, UN says

Many victims at detention facility for families of Islamic State fighters have been women, top official says

More than 100 people, including many women, have been murdered in a Syria’s al-Hawl detention camp in 18 months, according to the UN.

The camp is becoming increasingly unsafe and child detainees are being condemned to a life with no future, said Imran Riza, the UN resident coordinator in Syria, who called on countries to repatriate their citizens from the sprawling facility.

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28th June 2022 20:00
The Guardian
Nicola Sturgeon seeks supreme court ruling on Scottish independence vote

First minister tells MSPs she wants to hold second independence referendum on 19 October 2023

Nicola Sturgeon has set herself on a collision course with Downing Street by asking the supreme court to rule on the legality of holding a new referendum on Scottish independence without Westminster’s permission.

In an attempt to force the issue, Scotland’s first minister said the lord advocate, Dorothy Bain QC, had written to the supreme court in London at her request, asking it to establish whether the Scottish government had the necessary legal powers to stage a consultative referendum on its own.

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28th June 2022 19:42
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Police raid ecstasy lab on Belgian airbase housing US nuclear weapons

Two suspects arrested at the Kleine-Brogel base in northeast Belgium over the production of MDMA

Belgian police have raided an illegal lab producing the rave drug ecstasy on an airbase that reportedly houses part of the US nuclear arsenal in Europe.

Two suspects – not military personnel – were arrested during the raid, according to a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office in the Belgian province of Limburg.

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28th June 2022 19:34
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Dakota Johnson: making Fifty Shades of Grey was ‘psychotic’, ‘crazy’ and ‘always a battle’

Anastasia Steele actor describes constant disagreements on the set of the hit erotic thriller due to disagreements with Fifty Shades author EL James

Dakota Johnson has described the making of the hit erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey as “crazy” and that she “signed up to do a very different version of the film [she] ended up making”.

Johnson, who is currently appearing in award-winning indie comedy Cha Cha Real Smooth and about to release an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Persuasion, spoke to Vanity Fair about Fifty Shades of Grey, in which she starred opposite Jamie Dorman as Christian Grey in a 2015 film version of EL James’ best selling novel directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Two further films, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, were released in 2017 and 2018 respectively, with James Foley replacing Taylor-Johnson as director and over which James was given what has been described as “unprecedented control”.

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28th June 2022 19:33
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There are countless Peter Pan adaptations – but this underrated version is the best

PJ Hogan’s 2003 film is uniquely magical, with Jason Isaacs doubling splendidly as Captain Hook and Mr Darling

All children grow up, except one. And almost 20 years since this adaptation was released, PJ Hogan’s film Peter Pan still charms the youngster in all of us.

Since its origin, first as a play in 1904, then a novel in 1911, JM Barrie’s story has had many iterations on screen. From the 1953 Disney animation, to retellings from the point of view of Wendy, Tinkerbell and even a grown up Pan, it is Hogan’s 2003 live action film that is perhaps the most underrated adaptation. Equally gratifying, Finding Neverland (2004), which followed soon after, brought Barrie’s influences and inspiration to life.

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28th June 2022 19:30
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Woody Allen confirms he will shoot 50th film in Paris – but it may be his last

In an Instagram Live interview with Alec Baldwin, Allen has said filming will begin in the French capital this autumn, but that much of the thrill of moviemaking has gone

The director Woody Allen has confirmed that he will shoot a new film in Paris this autumn. Speaking to the actor Alec Baldwin over Instagram Live, Allen, 86, suggested that his 50th film – previously said to be a drama similar to 2005’s Match Point – was likely to be his last.

“A lot of the thrill is gone,” said Allen. “Now you do a movie and you get a couple of weeks in a movie house, and then it goes to streaming or pay per view. It’s not the same. It’s not as enjoyable to me.”

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28th June 2022 19:16
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Thieves in flat caps carry out daylight raid on Dutch art fair

Two Belgians arrested after smartly dressed robbers smash jewellery case in front of terrified visitors

Armed robbers wearing flat caps have staged a brazen daylight raid on an international art fair in the Netherlands, smashing a jewellery case with a sledgehammer in front of terrified visitors.

Police said they pulled over a car and arrested two Belgians in their 20s after the four smartly dressed thieves held up the the European fine art fair (Tefaf) in the southern city of Maastricht on Tuesday.

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28th June 2022 19:06
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Ukraine mall strike caught on CCTV from nearby park

Footage shows people in Kremenchuk park running to safety after explosion, which claimed at least 18 lives

Shocking CCTV footage has emerged of people spending a summer’s day at a peaceful park suddenly running for their lives after a Russian cruise missile strike on a nearby mall sent debris flying into the air.

The CCTV images were taken from a park opposite the shopping centre in Kremenchuk that was hit on Monday, in an attack claiming at least 18 lives and leading to a prolonged search in the rubble for survivors and bodies.

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28th June 2022 19:02
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What a knob! Beautiful handles for your home – in pictures

Recycled fire-hose handles, sustainable brass pulls and reclaimed fittings can update your kitchens, doors and drawers

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28th June 2022 19:00
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Alexei Navalny appears in Russian court via video link after prison transfer

Court rejects opposition leader’s appeal that his lawyers be allowed recording equipment while visiting him in custody

The jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has appeared by video link in his first court session since he was transferred to a high-security prison earlier this month.

Navalny has faced near-total isolation since his arrest early last year. On Tuesday, the court rejected his appeal that his lawyers be allowed recording equipment while visiting him in custody.

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28th June 2022 18:59
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Chelsea close to £55m swoop for Raphinha but still face battle over move

  • Arsenal and Barcelona interested in the Brazilian forward
  • Chelsea still keen on Ousmane Dembélé and Nathan Aké

Chelsea are close to agreeing a £55m deal with Leeds to buy Raphinha, but must convince the Brazilian to snub interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.

The left winger, who has also been a target for Tottenham, is poised to become the second key player to leave Leeds this summer, after Kalvin Phillips, who is joining Manchester City.

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28th June 2022 18:00
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Manchester United agree £15.7m deal for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia

  • Lyon had verbal agreement to buy Netherlands international
  • Malacia shares agent with United target Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United have a €17m (£15.7m) deal in place to sign the Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia after hijacking Lyon’s attempt to buy the 22-year-old Netherlands international.

Lyon had a verbal agreement for Malacia of €12m plus €3m in add-ons and were waiting for the player to travel for a medical and sign a contract but on Monday night United jumped in.

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28th June 2022 18:00
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‘There could be children’: search continues amid Kremenchuk rubble

People fear for loved ones a day after shopping centre in Ukrainian city hit by two Russian missiles

Twenty-four hours after two Russian X-22 cruise missiles hit a crowded shopping centre in Kremenchuk, small plumes of black smoke could still be seen rising from the smoking ruins. Dozens of people who feared their loved ones had been inside the building when the deadly explosions ripped through it looked on in grim silence as a giant crane removed sections of the collapsed roof, exposing blackened debris and twisted metal underneath.

Away from onlookers, rescue workers had placed a stretcher where they carefully placed fragments of charred human remains found in the rubble.

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28th June 2022 17:46
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Hamas releases video of Israeli citizen held captive since 2015

Hisham al-Sayed seen lying in bed wearing a mask, with what appears to be an oxygen canister next to him

Gaza’s Hamas rulers have released a video of a captive Israeli citizen held incommunicado since 2015, showing the man lying in a hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask.

It was the first image of Hisham al-Sayed to be released since he wandered across the frontier from southern Israel into Gaza. Its release came a day after Hamas said the condition of one of the Israelis it was holding captive had deteriorated.

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28th June 2022 17:32
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Trying to erase the biological definition of sex isn’t just misguided – it’s dangerous | Susanna Rustin

Proposals to rewrite the law take gender self-identification too far. Here’s the feminist case against

In one sense, old-fashioned feminists like me should be grateful for The Future of Legal Gender, a four-year publicly funded research project. That’s because it makes crystal-clear what is sometimes denied by advocates of the new gender politics: that there are some who aim to reduce the importance of sex (the set of biological characteristics that distinguish male and female people) in law and society, and to replace it with the more slippery concept of gender.

The claim often made of the campaign for “gender self-identification”, already introduced in several countries and on its way into Scottish law, is that this is simply a technical adjustment to make the existing legal framework for transgender people to change their legal sex more humane. Currently, in the UK, a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is needed for a person to go through the process set out in the Gender Recognition Act, whereby a transgender person’s legal sex is altered to match their acquired gender. Activists argue that this requirement should be removed, so that the process is demedicalised and becomes a less onerous statutory declaration.

Susanna Rustin is a writer and a Guardian leader writer

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28th June 2022 17:16
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LCD Soundsystem review – revenant dance-rockers play the hits

O2 Brixton Academy, London
Even if James Murphy’s cred has taken a hit of late, the frontman still aces the anthems that gave the band its powerful punk-disco potency

Multiple-night residencies have become an a la mode currency for artists who have the pulling power to fill arenas, yet still prefer to sweat it out within touching distance of the faithful. For LCD Soundsystem, that means a weeklong takeover at Brixton Academy in celebration of their 20th anniversary, with ringleader James Murphy, this century’s pre-eminent disco evangelist, opting only to rest on the fourth, not seventh, day.

Murphy’s reputation as a generational mouthpiece has taken a few knocks in recent years, chiefly the result of his vacillation between relatable world-weariness and questionable grand gestures: attempting 20 dates in New York during last winter’s Covid spike, shilling for crypto, or reversing course after an extravagantly ballyhooed retirement.

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28th June 2022 17:12
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Why superhero satire The Boys turned off its rightwing fanbase

Amazon’s subversive smash hit has irked some fans with a more overtly political season that dares to position the show’s villain as a Donald Trump stand-in

There seems to be a low-key competition within the culture at the moment as to who can produce the worst sort of fan. For years, Star Wars has been the far and away winner, with fans bitching and crowing like wounded animals any time the series dares to venture out of its very narrow parameters. And Rick and Morty had a decent shot at the title a few years ago, when fans furious that their favourite show had the temerity to hire a female writer published her personal details online.

But now, thanks to a large and increasingly dunderheaded minority, it would appear that the show with the worst fans alive is currently Amazon’s The Boys. These fans have just twigged that the show’s main villain is actually a villain, and they’re absolutely furious.

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28th June 2022 16:37
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Paris men’s fashion week SS23: the key collections – in pictures

Great balls of fire! Jock straps! Cowboy boots! The Paris spring-summer 2023 collections were anything but dull

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28th June 2022 16:30
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My boyfriend watches porn every day but only wants sex once a month

Our love life used to be amazing, but after a year together he barely touches me. Does he want other women, or find me boring?

I’m a 29-year-old woman, my boyfriend is 32 and we have been together for more than a year. We moved in together a month after meeting. At the beginning, we had an amazing love life, often having sex daily. But after six months it was only once a week and it is now just once a month. I tried to talk to him about his lack of desire but he said that just made it worse. Recently, I found out he watches pornography every day and masturbates, which he doesn’t want me to know about. I don’t understand why he doesn’t want to have sex with me but likes watching porn. Is it because he wants other girls, or he’s bored by what we get up to? He said he loves me and he does show it in other ways. Do you think things will change? I love him, but I want to have a good sex life, too.

You are smart to consider the long-term possibilities for your relationship. It is still early days in your discovery of each other, both sexually and in terms of other important factors such as trust. In order to be truly intimate and happy, a couple have to be able to talk about important issues, to trust each other and listen to each other’s needs. In your case, none of these things appears to be present. Sometimes couples need to learn to have important conversations regarding trust and sexuality in a productive way without feeling blamed – and a therapist can help with that. Some men are compulsively fixated on porn to the extent that they require professional help. You should talk through your needs and find out why exactly he has withdrawn sexually. There may be a medical or psychological reason, so try to approach him as a helper, without blame – and without assuming he is no longer attracted to you.

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

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

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28th June 2022 16:24
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Revealed: how Prince Charles pressured ministers to change law to benefit his estate

Newly discovered documents show government yielded to heir’s demands amid fears of a constitutional crisis

Prince Charles exploited a controversial procedure to compel government ministers to secretly change a proposed law to benefit his landed estate, according to documents uncovered by the Guardian.

Official papers unearthed in the National Archives reveal ministers in John Major’s government yielded to his demands amid fears that resisting the heir to the throne could spark a constitutional crisis.

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28th June 2022 15:56
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Fifty-one inmates die in Colombia prison riot

Prisons agency boss says fire broke out after inmates lit mattresses during protest at jail in Tuluá

Fifty-one inmates have died during a riot in a prison in the Colombian city of Tuluá in one of the worst recent incidents of its kind in the country.

The director of the national prisons agency said a fire had started during a protest by prisoners overnight.

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28th June 2022 15:14
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In this government by Grand Designs, Johnson has spaffed the budget and the roof is leaking | Marina Hyde

The PM touting for a £150k treehouse while voting against free school meals makes the MPs’ expenses scandal look like a halcyon era

In many ways it was impressive to get a whole two days into Boris Johnson’s world statesman tour before it emerged he’d tried to get a Tory donor to fund a £150,000 treehouse for his then infant son. No matter what Commonwealth/G7/Nato posturing comes after that, you’ll have found it rather difficult to suspend your disbelief. It’s like hearing that Churchill whined and whined to get some mid-century sad-sack to buy his grandson a pony. Fine: 30 ponies.

The story of the treehouse somehow still retains the power to shock, if only as a reminder that there really is no beginning to the prime minister’s financial morality. As reported by the Times, Johnson and his wife planned to build an eye-wateringly expensive treehouse in the grounds of Chequers in autumn 2020, potentially funded by the Tory donor Lord Brownlow. “He was told it would look terrible,” a government source told the paper, yet the PM pressed ahead. It was only when the Johnsons’ security staff objected definitively on the basis that the treehouse was visible from the road that the welfare king and queen of Downing Street had to reluctantly abandon their plans. At the time, their son would have been about six months old.

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Marina Hyde is a Guardian columnist

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28th June 2022 15:00
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How to cook a lighter summer Sunday roast | Kitchen aide

Vegetables, summer leaves and tumbled salads will lighten a Sunday roast when the weather’s warm – and who knew that a chicken gravy dressing goes so well with little gems?

• Do you have a culinary dilemma? Email feast@theguardian.com

It’s summer, but I still want a Sunday roast. How can I make it lighter?
Jenny, Cambridge

The first port of call, Jenny, is to reassess your roast’s entourage. “Bringing in lighter sides is the answer,” says Tom Harris, chef and co-owner, alongside Jon Rotheram, of the Marksman pub in east London. “Maybe lose the sauces and gravies; we tend to move more towards condiments, too, which means lots of herb aïolis and the like.” That’s not to say you have to do away with gravy altogether. Rotheram suggests adding chicken gravy to dressings (with vinegar or creme fraiche): “That works really well with little gems, as does beef gravy with a vegetable tumbled salad.”

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28th June 2022 15:00
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Need an abortion? Better hope you have a generous boss | Arwa Mahdawi

It’s great that US companies are offering to reimburse employees who have to travel for a termination. But access to abortion should be a civil right, not a corporate perk

Not so long ago, shortly before everything went to hell, employers wooed workers with perks such as ping-pong tables and free snacks. Now, in a sign of increasingly dystopian times, they are offering all-expenses-paid abortion trips. In the wake of the US supreme court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v Wade, a number of large corporations have announced they will pay for employees located in states that have banned abortion to travel to places where it is still allowed. Disney, Netflix, Goldman Sachs and Meta are just some of the companies that have said their benefits packages will cover this.

I applaud any company that is genuinely trying to do the right thing. But before we all take a moment of silence to appreciate the benevolence of our corporate overlords, it is worth asking what some of the companies who profess to care so much about reproductive rights are up to behind the scenes. The answer, in many cases, is writing fat cheques to the politicians and political groups who are responsible for dismantling abortion rights.

Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist

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28th June 2022 14:51
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Aftermath of shopping centre attack in Ukraine – in pictures

Photojournalist Alessio Mamo was at the scene after a Russian missile attack on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, on Monday

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28th June 2022 14:38
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Lewis Hamilton demands action after Piquet uses racist epithet about him

  • Former world champion used derogatory term in Portuguese
  • Mercedes: ‘Lewis is a true champion of diversity on and off track’

Lewis Hamilton has said “the time has come for action” after a video emerged with the three-times F1 world champion Nelson Piquet using racist language when speaking about the British driver. Piquet used the term in an interview that was conducted last year but which was released publicly on Monday night.

Formula One and Hamilton’s Mercedes team had already condemned Piquet on Tuesday morning but Hamilton reacted with anger via Twitter, stating: “It’s more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life. There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.”

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28th June 2022 14:26
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Putin needs a drawn-out war – the west’s timidity gives him one | Keir Giles

President Zelenskiy and Ukraine want it finished by winter, but Russia still holds the balance of power

Russia’s latest attack on civilian targets in Ukraine, causing at least 18 deaths in a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, far from the frontline, could be interpreted as a message to the G7 and Nato meetings under way in Germany. The message is one of Russia’s indifference to condemnation of its crimes. Moscow will not back down. And that in turn may be based on confidence – whether sound or misguided – that over the long term the war is going Russia’s way.

Russia has been making gains. Its eastern Ukraine offensive slowly grinds forward by destroying everything in its path, and there is a growing realisation in the west that there will be no early end to the conflict. But the war is dragged out even further by Russia successfully deterring Ukraine’s western backers from providing it with the weapons systems it needs – including more ammunition, drones, jammers, radars, and means of intercepting Russia’s long-range missile strikes like the ones seen over recent days.

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28th June 2022 14:14
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Glastonbury 2022: David Levene’s backstage view – in pictures

The Guardian photojournalist David Levene put his access all areas pass to the test as he got to photograph on stage at Glastonbury for the first time. Here he talks us through some of his shots

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28th June 2022 14:02
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Coast Guard school and San Antonio: Tuesday’s best photos

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

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28th June 2022 13:54
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Italian hairdressers face fines for shampooing amid heatwave

Mayor of town near Bologna says thousands of litres of water wasted due to double-shampooing of customers’ hair

The mayor of an Italian town has banned hairdressers and barbers from shampooing their customers’ hair twice in an attempt to conserve water during one of the most severe droughts in decades.

Carlo Gubellini, the mayor of Castenaso, near Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region, said thousands of litres of water was squandered each day through double-shampooing, which many hairdressers believe is beneficial, and hence double-rinsing.

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28th June 2022 13:09
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Nigel Slater’s recipe for pea and wasabi fritters

A crispy herby midweek treat with a touch of eastern warmth

Cook 500g of peas for 4-5 minutes in boiling, lightly salted water. Drain in a colander and leave to cool under cold running water. Tip the peas into a food processor, add 40g of butter and process to a thick, smooth paste. Do not overprocess. Transfer to a mixing bowl and chill.

Once the mixture is cold, beat 2 egg yolks lightly and stir in thoroughly, then mix in 5 tbsp of fine, dry breadcrumbs and 1 small tsp of wasabi paste.

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28th June 2022 13:00
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Former Nazi camp guard, 101, convicted of complicity in murders

Josef Schütz given five-year jail sentence in Germany but is unlikely to be put behind bars

A German court has handed a five-year jail sentence to a 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard, the oldest person so far to go on trial for complicity in war crimes during the Holocaust.

Josef Schütz was found guilty on Tuesday of being an accessory to murder while working as a prison guard at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, between 1942 and 1945.

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28th June 2022 12:58
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Cop15: lack of political leadership leaves crucial nature summit ‘in peril’, warn NGOs

Nairobi biodiversity talks end in stalemate, prompting open letter to world leaders calling for action before Montreal conference

UN biodiversity negotiations have reached crisis point due to a lack of engagement from governments, leading NGOs have warned, three years after experts revealed that Earth’s life-support systems are collapsing.

Last week, countries met in Nairobi for an extra round of talks on an agreement to halt the human-driven destruction of the natural world, with the final targets set to be agreed at Cop15 in Montreal. Governments have never met a target they have set for themselves on halting the destruction of nature despite scientists warning in 2019 that one million species face extinction, and that nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history.

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28th June 2022 12:54
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Why were Democrats caught flat-footed by the end of Roe v Wade? | Jill Filipovic

Democrats can’t fix the past. But the least they can do is learn from it – and change course accordingly

With Roe v Wade overturned by the US supreme court and American women now living in a nation where our most fundamental rights are dependent on the state in which we reside, a lot of us are looking around and asking, “how did we get here?”

There is much blame to go around, and the bulk of it rests on the shoulders of the right-wing anti-abortion movement that sprung out of the white supremacist movement that fought to maintain Jim Crow and school segregation. The racist, misogynist Religious Right gained tremendous power within the Republican party; the Republican party proved itself willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get their way; and as a result, Americans are now living in an undemocratic nation of reactionary minority rule.

Jill Filipovic is the author of the The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

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28th June 2022 12:11
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I saw first-hand how the tech giants seduced the EU – and undermined democracy | Georg Riekeles

Silicon Valley used opaque lobbying to weaken crucial new regulations. Firms like Google and Meta must be held to account

The tide is seemingly turning against Meta, Google and other tech giants. Groundbreaking new European Union legislation is imminent, aimed at forcing the large digital platforms to do more to keep users safe and cutting down market abuses, data capture and surveillance infrastructure.

As the Digital Services Act package was being finalised, the very public crossing of swords between Elon Musk and the European Commission over Twitter captured headlines. Yet the Musk spectacle was a sideshow.

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28th June 2022 12:01
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‘I won’t survive’: queer California man facing deportation after 44 years in US

Salesh Prasad could be sent to Fiji, where he fears anti-LGBTQ+ violence, with California law enforcement aiding his detention

A 50-year-old California man who was born in Fiji but has lived in the US since he was six years old is facing deportation to a country where he has no family and is at risk of violence and abuse as a queer person.

Salesh “Sal” Prasad was detained by federal authorities after he was granted parole from state prison, where he had been incarcerated for years. His case has sparked outrage among human rights activists and local lawmakers who say it highlights the cruelty and expansive reach of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) under a Democratic president who has promised a more humane approach and in a state that claims to be a sanctuary for immigrants.

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28th June 2022 12:00
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Chilli peppers, coffee, wine: how the climate crisis is causing food shortages

Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods and fires are putting food production at risk

Sriracha fans are a passionate bunch. They have been known to get tattoos of the popular hot sauce on their bodies and dress up like the red plastic squeeze bottle for Halloween.

So it’s no surprise that an unprecedented shortage of the beloved condiment would send loyalists scrambling to avoid a spiceless summer.

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28th June 2022 12:00
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Scrapping the NI protocol is just the start. Johnson’s trade wars are Trumpism in action | Simon Jenkins

Brexit has left Britain out on a limb. Yet the PM seems hellbent on alienating our trading partners to boost his own position

Britain’s foreign policy is now at the mercy of Boris Johnson’s reckless quest for survival. At home he grasps for votes with Irish border controls, protectionist tariffs and immigrant quotas. Abroad, he tours Europe demanding total victory in someone else’s war while promoting the most intense economic disruption in the continent’s peacetime history. Every visit is treated as a photo opportunity. An absurd “bromance” is even staged with the equally embattled French leader, Emmanuel Macron. Never was machismo so synthetic.

Yesterday’s Commons vote on a bill which would allow him to scrap the Northern Ireland protocol was a classic. It was motivated by a desire to appease the province’s fast-disintegrating Unionist majority. The price is to be a predictable standup row with the EU, but one that Johnson thinks will bolster him with his party’s Brexiter right wing. The government’s suggestions for a “soft” border with Ireland are actually quite sensible. But Downing Street’s three years of anti-EU rhetoric have exhausted any wish in Brussels to be co-operative.

Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist

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28th June 2022 11:26
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Bolivia’s corrupt system failed to stem femicide. Now, feminists are fighting back

The case of Richard Choque, a serial rapist and murderer, who was placed only under house arrest, prompted outrage

In parts of La Paz, every surface is papered with layers of bleached and peeling posters: adverts for events, jobs, apartments – and missing women.

In 2021, there were at least 108 femicides in Bolivia, among the highest rates in South America. Many of the perpetrators are either never caught, not punished or go free soon after.

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28th June 2022 11:15
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‘Why did you murder my father?’ How Liz McGregor confronted a killer

After a painful and lengthy murder trial, the journalist still had questions about why her father had died. So she set out to meet the gang member jailed for the killing

Two days after burying her mother’s ashes in the summer of 2008, Liz McGregor received a devastating phone call. Her 79-year-old father, Robin, was also dead – and his house 75 miles north of Cape Town, where she lived, was now the scene of a murder inquiry. His car, a bronze-coloured Mercedes that had for years been his pride and joy, had been discovered by police a few miles away in a poor neighbourhood with its lights on. A man was arrested as he tried to run away and officers found blood on his clothes. In the house itself there were no fingerprints, because whoever had murdered Robin McGregor had been wearing gloves.

So began a story that brings McGregor face to face with South Africa’s brutal history and the violence it has spawned. Her new book, Unforgiven: Face to Face with My Father’s Killer, is so unflinching that it challenges its readers to look away first: it’s her way of processing the horror, she says. “It changed me fundamentally. When you get such a profound shock, you rethink everything. I’ve always lived my life afraid of what might happen, and when this earthquake happens, at the start you become slightly numb, then you become grief-stricken and terrified and angry, and gradually you become slightly more inured to things.”

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28th June 2022 11:00
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Fears of violence against pro-choice protests intensify amid wave of attacks

Use of teargas and arrests by police and targeting by anti-abortion activists disrupts demonstrations in multiple states

Fears over police violence and attacks by anti-abortion activists have been growing following a wave of incidents at demonstrations against the US supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, which upheld the constitutional right to an abortion.

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at protests objecting to the ruling. The protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful but some have seen incidents of police violence – including attacks on protesters – and an incident of a car driving dangerously through marchers.

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28th June 2022 11:00
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The Barkley Marathons: the hellish 100-mile race with 15 finishers in 36 years

Participants in the Tennessee race must negotiate extreme temperatures, wild terrain and more than 50,000 feet of accumulated ascent

At 6.54am on 8 March 2022, 39-year old Johanna Bygdell from Sweden was perched next to her tent in the middle of Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, eating breakfast with her boyfriend when she finally heard the noise she had been both craving and dreading. It was the blowing of a conch, marking one hour until the start of arguably the world’s most hellish race: the Barkley Marathons.

“Finally, let’s get the party started,” she thought.

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28th June 2022 10:00
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Climate change role clear in many extreme events but social factors also key, study finds

Professor says link to extreme weather sometimes overestimated but climate costs underestimated

Climate change is to blame for the majority of the heatwaves being recorded around the planet but the relation to other extreme events and their impacts on society is less clear, according to a study.

“I think on the one hand we overestimate climate change because it’s now quite common that every time an extreme event happens, there is a big assumption that climate change is playing a big role, which is not always the case,” said Friederike Otto, a climate change and environment professor at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, who was one of the lead authors of the research.

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28th June 2022 09:00
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 review: cheaper, faster, better compact notebook

Small-frame Windows 11 machine has good keyboard, trackpad, slick design and better performance

Microsoft’s second attempt at a lower-cost Surface Laptop is faster, quieter and cheaper than its predecessor, while keeping all its good features.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at £529 ($599/A$1,099) and costs £20-£170 less than the first iteration depending on version. The starting model has been upgraded with modern components making it much more tempting, too, although it is still mid-range priced rather than a truly budget laptop.

Screen: 12.4in LCD 1536 x 1024 (148 PPI)

Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-1135G7 (11th generation)

RAM: 4 or 8GB

Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD

Graphics: Intel Iris Xe

Operating system: Windows 11 Home

Camera: 720P front-facing

Connectivity: wifi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.1, USB-A, USB-C, headphones, Surface Connect, fingerprint sensor

Dimensions: 278.18 x 205.67 x 15.69 mm

Weight: 1,127g

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28th June 2022 08:00
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‘A mirage at the top of a hill’: food, drink and adventure in Spain’s Vejer de la Frontera

This Andalucían town has centuries of stories to tell, from the Moors to the Romans. But it’s a Scotsman who has written its latest chapter, transforming a sleepy backwater into a tourist hub

Just above the horizon, wild horses gallop around a white domed building while, within petting distance, a small donkey munches on wild poppies and purple periwinkle. We are pausing to take in the view, before we cycle back after a day of hiking and swimming surrounded by forests of pine trees on the Andalucían coast.

Later that evening, the light fades to a delicious pink hue, bathing the streets as tourists pass by the pomegranate tree at the foot of the small town. They always pause – and sometimes point upwards to – what appears to be a mirage at the top of the hill. Yet this impossibly white enclave tumbling down the hillside is not a mirage, but the town of Vejer de la Frontera, in the Spanish province of Cádiz.

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28th June 2022 08:00
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Urban Wildlife Photography Awards 2022: in pictures

An amateur photographer who works in digital advertising has won the inaugural Picfair Urban Wildlife Photography Awards for his image of two coyotes on a dimly lit suburban street in Ontario.
All Picfair profits on print sales will go to global conservation non-profit Re:Wild

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28th June 2022 08:00
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Revealed: Greek police coerce asylum seekers into pushing fellow migrants back to Turkey

Six forcibly recruited men speak out about brutal illegal pushbacks involving threats, beating and looting

In a militarised border zone, in the dead of night, asylum seekers say they have been coerced into violent, illegal pushback operations run by Greek police.

Kept locked up between operations, the asylum seekers claim they were forcibly recruited or lured there by a Syrian man living in a container in the yard of a Greek police station, and then used as boatmen to ferry other migrants back to Turkey.

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28th June 2022 07:45
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In the drink after a drink? Spanish city to charge for emergency rescues at sea

San Sebastián is counting the rising cost of ocean rescues. Now it plans to charge anyone found to be negligent or reckless

It was still dark in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastián when the two men – one Spanish, the other Brazilian – were struck with the idea of going for a swim. They raced into the frigid, lapping waters of the city’s Playa de La Concha, capping off a night of hard partying.

Their troubles started soon after. The currents in the Bay of Biscay were strong, pulling them deeper into the 13C (55F) waters. A police officer spotted them struggling, and set in motion a rescue that brought more than 20 first responders to the scene.

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28th June 2022 07:30
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Arrest that joke! A history of gags so offensive that punters called the cops

Standup Joe Lycett has revealed that he was reported to police for one of his routines. From Sacha Baron Cohen to Jo Brand, our writer looks at what happens when laughter and the law collide

When news broke last week that comedian Joe Lycett had been reported to the police for a routine in his touring show, the joke was very much on the offended punter. “Imagine someone calling the police over a joke they didn’t like? Snowflakes everywhere,” tweeted Lycett’s fellow comic Janey Godley, while the Spectator fulminated: “We need to kick the cops out of comedy.” But where there’s comedy, cops have seldom been far away. Trace their interactions over the years, and you find the art form sharpening its rebellious self-image, but also its role as a lightning rod for social anxieties. You’ll find a few sense of humour failures, too.

Lycett has yet to reveal which particular joke prompted police interest. But my guess is it’s the home video he screens onstage of his childhood self, frolicking half-naked. Because images of child nudity are illegal, Lycett tells his audience, he has concealed his private parts in the film with a disproportionately large digital penis – or a “giant donkey dick”, as reported in last week’s coverage. It’s a cheerfully puerile visual gag, if not an obviously offensive one. But can we be surprised – after the recent furore around theatre production The Family Sex Show, for example – that there are people who might find Lycett’s priapic tot too hot to handle?

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28th June 2022 07:00
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‘If you love or are a woman, don’t go to Malta,’ say couple in abortion drama

After her ‘babymoon’ became a tragic medical crisis, Andrea Prudente wants to use her story to oppose bans on abortion

When Andrea Prudente was sitting in a Maltese hospital waiting for her foetus’s heart to stop beating, she was offered grief counselling. Prudente, an American photographer, began to miscarry her pregnancy at 16 weeks during a holiday with her partner on the Mediterranean island, and had been told there was no hope for it.

But because of the heartbeat – and despite Prudente’s own life-threatening risk of haemorrhage and infection – doctors at the Mater Dei hospital in Msida would not intervene to end her very wanted pregnancy. Malta’s ban on abortion in all circumstances – the only EU country to do so – prevented it.

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28th June 2022 07:00
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‘The enemy is planning something’: Kharkiv fears new Russian attack

Putin’s advance on Ukraine’s second city was halted in March, but its defenders sense another offensive is looming

In the thick pine forests on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Konstantin was watching over his troops as they inspected their weapons.

Some were greasing shells from the 1970s, preparing them to be used for an even older 57 mm AZP S-60 anti-aircraft gun developed just after the second world war.

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28th June 2022 06:00
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‘The Punisher’: Rodrigo Duterte’s violent reign as Philippines president to end

Analysis: Duterte’s popularity remains undented among people in poorer areas despite attacks on human rights, rule of law and media

Six years ago, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City, known as “the Punisher” because of his merciless approach to crime, was on the brink of taking national power in the Philippines. He promised to move power away from Manila elites, tackle poverty, corruption, and drugs. “When I become president,” Rodrigo Duterte told one rally, “I will order the police to find those people [involved in drugs] and kill them. The funeral parlours will be packed.”

The latter prediction was, at least, correct. When Duterte steps down on 30 June, having reached the end of his term limit, he will leave behind a country in which human rights, the media and rule of law have been weakened, say analysts.

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28th June 2022 06:00
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The women’s lives in danger in a post-Roe America

Jessica Glenza reports on the supreme court ruling and the profound consequences it will have for women facing unwanted pregnancies across the United States

On Friday the US supreme court overturned Roe vs Wade, the legal precedent that had protected the right to an abortion since 1973.

After the decision, 26 state legislatures moved to ban abortion immediately or as soon as practically possible. This will leave millions of women without access to a legal termination in their home state. Many will have to travel hundreds of miles to access a safe abortion in another state or try to terminate their pregnancy themselves.

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28th June 2022 04:00
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Cloud of yellow gas after storage tank leak at port in Jordan – video

A cable lifting a storage tank filled with toxic gas snapped, sending the container crashing down. Several people were killed and authorities called on nearby residents to stay indoors

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27th June 2022 21:19
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Lost Irish history reclaimed in immersive 3D experience

Beyond 2022 project recreates documents and maps lost during 1922 Four Courts battle

When the Public Record Office of Ireland was reduced to rubble and ashes in the Irish civil war, seven centuries of precious historical documents were lost.

Exactly 100 years later, the public will be able to step back in time into the six-storey Victorian building in Dublin to experience it as it was on the eve of its destruction in June 1922 via an immersive 3D experience, and access many of those records thanks to a pioneering global project reclaiming Irish history.

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27th June 2022 15:00
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Return of the big beast: in search of Romania’s wild bison – in pictures

After becoming extinct in the wild, European bison were reintroduced to Poland in 1954 and Romania in 2012. Photographer Alexander Turner went in search of Europe’s largest land mammal with rangers from Foundation Conservation Carpathia

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27th June 2022 08:30
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Drone footage captures the moment a bullfight stand collapses in Colombia – video

Dramatic footage captured by a drone has shown how part of a wooden stadium collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia. The disaster took place in a stadium in the city of Espinal in Tolima state during a traditional event called corraleja in which members of the public enter the ring to engage the bulls. There were reports of several deaths and upwards of 70 people injured in the disaster

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27th June 2022 04:37
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Can Colombia’s first leftwing president deliver change? – podcast

Gustavo Petro has been elected as the Latin American country’s first leftist leader. But he faces a huge challenge if he is to deliver on his promises, says Joe Parkin Daniels

Throughout Latin American history, as leftwing parties have taken power across the continent, one country has kept them out of office, very often through force: Colombia.

Last week that changed – and when Gustavo Petro formally takes over in August, Colombia will have its first leftist leader.

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27th June 2022 04:00
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Greta Thunberg makes surprise appearance at Glastonbury festival

19-year-old activist warns world faces ‘total natural catastrophe’ unless citizens take urgent action

Greta Thunberg has warned that the world faces “total natural catastrophe” unless citizens take urgent action as she made a surprise appearance at Glastonbury festival.

The 19-year-old activist led chants of “climate … justice” after delivering a rousing speech from the Pyramid stage which painted an apocalyptic picture of the future of the planet.

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25th June 2022 20:01
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Thousands protest against G7 in Munich as leaders gather for summit

Demands include end to fossil fuels, preservation of biodiversity and greater social justice

About 3,500 protesters have gathered in Munich as the G7 group of leading economic powers prepare to hold their annual gathering in the Bavarian Alps in Germany, which holds the rotating presidency this year.

Police said earlier that they were expecting a crowd of about 20,000, but initially fewer people showed up for the main protest, which started at midday on Saturday, the German news agency dpa reported.

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25th June 2022 16:18
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Rome to impose new rules to curb ‘wild west’ e-scooter incidents

Authorities concerned about riders speeding, mounting pavements and abandoning vehicles

Authorities in Rome are to impose new electric scooter rules, such as restricting use to adults with ID, after a number of crashes and near-misses in the city.

The e-scooter rental market has boomed in recent years, with 14,500 scooters currently available in the Italian capital, provided by seven licensed companies.

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25th June 2022 15:34
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Artificial intelligence: conscious or just very convincing? – podcast

Alex Hern reports on recent developments in artificial intelligence and how a Google employee became convinced an AI chatbot was sentient

Google software engineer Blake Lemoine was put on leave by his employer after claiming that the company had produced a sentient artificial intelligence and posting its thoughts online. Google said it suspended him for breaching confidentiality policies.

Earlier this month, Lemoine published conversations between him and LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), Google’s chatbot development system. He argued that Lambda was a being, with the intelligence of a child, who should be freed from Google’s ownership.

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24th June 2022 04:00
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Eight convicted over theft of Banksy artwork from Paris attack site

Work paying homage to victims of 2015 attack – painted on door at Bataclan concert hall – was stolen in 2019

A French court has convicted eight men for the theft and handling of a Banksy painting paying homage to the victims of the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Three men in their 30s who admitted to the 2019 theft were given prison sentences, one of four years and two of three, although they will be able to serve them wearing electronic tracking bracelets rather than behind bars.

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23rd June 2022 19:54
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Brexit is working and naysayers have axes to grind, claims David Frost

UK’s former chief negotiator launches staunch defence of Brexit on sixth anniversary of EU referendum

Brexit is working and anyone who says it has hit the economy and trade has an axe to grind, the former Brexit negotiator David Frost has said on the sixth anniversary of the UK voting to leave the EU.

Lord Frost stopped short of painting a picture of “sunny uplands” but said official figures used to predict a 4% decline in output caused by Brexit were “zombie” numbers, based on academic studies of former communist countries, and not fact.

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23rd June 2022 13:52
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'What is stopping us becoming Ukraine 2.0?': The Estonian women preparing for war

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

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23rd June 2022 09:23
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Putin's Russia: dictator syndrome and the rise of a 'mafia state' – video

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

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20th June 2022 13:00
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Tell us: do you know any centenarians – or are you one?

The Guardian’s Saturday magazine is looking to speak to people aged 100 and over about their secret to a long life

There are more centenarians than ever in many countries around the world – including the UK. Around the world people are living for longer and some are doing extraordinary things. In the past few months year the Guardian has reported on an Italian woman who became her country’s third 100+ driver; a US park ranger who retired from duty at 100; a 105-year-old American athlete who broke the 100m record for her age group and an Indian woman who learned to read, aged 104.

We are looking to speak to centenarians from all over the world, or their close relatives and friends, who can share the wisdom of people in their 100s and their tips for a long, happy life for a feature in Saturday magazine.

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20th June 2022 12:47
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'Defenders of nature': a tribute to Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips – video

The 10-day search in the Amazon for Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and journalist Dom Phillips came to an end on Wednesday. Their deaths have horrified Brazil and underline the dangers faced by those defending the country's environment and Indigenous communities. Jonathan Watts, the Guardian's global environment editor and Phillips's friend, provides insight into their lives, their work and their legacy

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17th June 2022 13:50
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Made in Tredegar: the Welsh town that changed the world – video

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

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9th June 2022 12:17
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Inside the strange world of NFTs

Celebrities, sports people, politicians – anyone and everyone seems to be getting into NFTs. These non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have changed the business of buying, selling and owning art and digital property, and 'collectibles' like 'Bored Apes' have sold for millions online. Many say they are buying these images to be part of a community and because they love the art. But, in reality, how much of this is a speculative bubble that could soon burst?


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7th June 2022 12:14
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‘Victory will be ours’: Zelenskiy marks 100th day of war – video

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday pledged to continue defending his country as Russia’s assault entered its 100th day. Flanked by some of his closest allies, including prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, and presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, Zelenskiy echoed a similar defiant video published shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine

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3rd June 2022 21:34
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Why did pitch invasions become such a prevalent issue in the 2021-22 season? – video

Pitch invasions 'are a traditional form of celebration for fans' and have occurred for years. However, the past season has seen 'a noticeable rise in disorder' accompanying the celebrations. The end of the campaign featured numerous scenes of problematic pitch invasions, with incidents of players being accosted and teams needing to be escorted off the pitch. Paul MacInnes explains what pitch invasions are, why they suddenly appear to be more disruptive and what clubs and authorities think of them.

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2nd June 2022 18:02
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Russians: tell us what the mood is like in your country

We would like to the views and experiences from Russians at this stage of the Russia-Ukraine war

More than 80 days after the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, we would like to hear from those living in Russia on what the mood is like in the country.

How are you, family and friends feeling about the situation at the moment? What are your thoughts on the developments? We would also like to hear from Russians living in the UK, US or elsewhere.

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16th May 2022 18:07
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‘It’s precedent’: how supreme court justices spoke about Roe v Wade in the past – video

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

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5th May 2022 00:00
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Tell us: how have you been affected by the situation in Ukraine?

We would like to hear from people in Ukraine about events in the country. We would also like to hear from others who are affected

We would like to hear from people who are affected by the war in Ukraine. You can share news tips or experiences directly with our journalistsby getting in touch below.

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24th February 2022 10:33
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