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Londoners at greater risk of crime as Met budgets tighten
Home secretary Amber Rudd accused of ducking responsibility by office of London mayorThe government has given its clearest sign yet that it will not increase budgets for the Metropolitan police amid warnings a funding crisis will leave nine million Londoners at greater danger of crime.The Home Office said the Met gets more officers and money per head of population than other forces, as the office of London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan said the Conservative government would not meet to discuss funding. Continue reading...
Winter Olympics closing ceremony: 10 highlights from Pyeongchang
The Games came to a spectacular end. Here’s what stood out from the two-hour show
Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner give New Zealand dramatic win over England
• England 284-8; New Zealand 287-7 – NZ win by three wickets
Lives in limbo: public housing residents face eviction in Victoria
Developers have to allocate only 10% of properties for social housing in the redevelopment of nine inner-city estatesMargaret Scarratt was “devastated” when she heard her home of more than 50 years could be demolished. In May, she and her husband, John, heard that their home, a walk-up flat in a Clifton Hill public housing estate, and eight other estates, had been earmarked by the Victorian government for a “renewal” program.The program will begin with the redevelopment of the nine inner-city housing estates – all in highly lucrative areas for developers in inner Melbourne. Clifton Hill is only 4km from the CBD and its median property price is well above the average. Continue reading...
'I miss her so much': Australian man pleads for wife's release from Chinese prison
High school sweethearts – both originally from China’s Xinjiang Uighur region – dreamed of living together in AustraliaThe last time Almas Nizamidin saw his wife was on Valentine’s Day last year, when he flew from Australia to China to surprise her. Now she’s in prison.A month after his visit to China, his newly pregnant wife, Bizainafu Abudourexit, was caught up in a Chinese crackdown on the Uighur Muslim minority group, detained without charge, and sentenced to seven years in jail with no legal support. Continue reading...
Nissim Baruch Black: the rapper who gave up bling for Jewish redemption
The former drug dealer tells of his journey from a tough Seattle neighbourhood to an ultra-orthodox family life in JerusalemOnce he rapped about gangs, guns and drugs. But since swapping his gold jewellery for a black hat, the message of Nissim Baruch Black’s music has been one of hope and redemption.Black, who grew up in a tough neighbourhood in Seattle and was selling drugs by the age of 12, now lives in the most uncompromising ultra-orthodox Jewish area of Jerusalem as a devout family man who reads the Torah, keeps kosher and strictly observes the sabbath. Continue reading...
Justin Welby warns of divisive Brexit and crushing austerity
Archbishop of Canterbury calls for new narrative based on solidarity and resilienceAusterity is “crushing the weak” and Brexit has divided the country, the archbishop of Canterbury has warned. In a dramatic assessment of the state of the country, Justin Welby said there is a danger of a “schism” in society that the most vulnerable are falling into.The Anglican leader issued a plea for Britons to be “generous” in adapting to newcomers to the country and called for people to show “care for each other”. Continue reading...
Romanian film about fear of sexual intimacy wins Golden Bear at Berlin film festival
Surprise win for Touch Me Not means Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs has to settle for best director prizeTouch Me Not, a Romanian film about fear of intimacy and achieving sexual liberation was the unexpected winner of the Golden Bear, the Berlin film festival’s top award at the festival’s concluding ceremony on Saturday.Directed by Adina Pintilie, Touch Me Not was picked ahead of 18 other films, including Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Utoya July 22, by a jury headed by German director Tom Tykwer, best known for Run Lola Run. Based around an English woman’s attempt to overcome her intimacy issues, and ranging across everything from disability to sex clubs, Touch Me Not blends fiction and documentary and is Pintilie’s first feature film. Continue reading...
South Australian state election first big opportunity for Cory Bernardi’s party
Australia Conservatives could prove highly influential in a fractured legislative councilHe’s the high-profile South Australian politician challenging the big parties with his own upstart political movement – and no, we’re not talking about Nick Xenophon.
Police name woman found dead on M20 in Kent
Police say body was that of Dominique Worrall, 32, and call for more witnesses to come forward
Who are EXO – the boyband about to thrill the Winter Olympics?
Sunday’s closing ceremony will feature one of K-Pop’s biggest acts, who fans say will deliverThe world’s eyes will be on Pyeongchang on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics – and they are about to be introduced to South Korea’s boyband sensation EXO.Fans say the K-pop band were chosen to perform at the ceremony not just because of their current popularity, but in part because of the unity they have represented in the region. Continue reading...
Syria death toll over 500 as eastern Ghouta bombing continues
Scale of attacks preventing recovery of bodies as medics struggle to treat injured
Identity of Joyce sexual harassment accuser revealed by Australian against her wishes
Woman’s lawyer says many alleged victims are put off coming forward for fear of ‘being dragged through a scandal’The identity of an alleged victim of sexual harassment by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was revealed by the Weekend Australian against her wishes, the woman’s lawyer has said. Continue reading...
George Christensen calls for 'shackled' Nationals to split from ‘aimless’ Liberals
Outspoken Queensland MP says the compromise is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodateGeorge Christensen has used the resignation of Barnaby Joyce to call on the National party to formally end its coalition with Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals.The outspoken Queensland MP posted on Facebook that in the absence of an elected federal leader, the National party should push “the reset button” and slash the ties of their 95-year partnership with the Liberals. Continue reading...
Dismayed to discover a bear behind at the Baftas
This week I pondered awards shows, curling, fashion, antidepressants and ‘managed ambitious divergence’Monday
Nauru mould problem was of ‘epic proportions’, microbiologist says
Dr Cameron Jones, who was contracted by Transfield, says his 225-page report on the problem was covered upThe microbiologist contracted to assess the mould in the Nauru immigration centre says the contamination was “of epic proportions” and presented a serious health hazard to those in the camp, but that his report on the problem was covered up.
Chinese government takes over troubled insurance giant Anbang
The Upside: Homes for the homeless, equal pay - and a clean up in paradise
Week two of our series examined solutions for community breakdown and the gender pay gapSome of the most significant challenges that we are interested in exploring in this series are community breakdown, gender discrimination and protecting the environment. This week, Guardian journalists ventured around the world to report on initiatives tackling all three.
Alina Zagitova, 15, wins Olympic figure skating title for OAR's first gold
North Korea’s graphic artistry – in pictures
Everyday objects, such as sweet wrappers and posters, will be exhibited for the first time outside the communist republic at a London show to showcase the country’s graphic art. Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK is at the House of Illustration until 13 May Continue reading...
The downfall of Barnaby Joyce: a timeline – video
The deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has resigned more than 16 days after news broke of his relationship with a former employee. Here’s how it unfolded Continue reading...
Claremont serial killings: Man charged with murder of Sarah Spiers
Police confirm ‘significant development’ as Bradley Robert Edwards charged with murder of missing teenagerPolice investigating the 1996 disappearance of teenager Sarah Spiers, the first suspected victim in Perth’s so-called Claremont serial killings, have charged Bradley Robert Edwards with her murder.Edwards, 49, of Kewdale, was charged in late 2016 with the murders of the other known Claremont victims, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. Continue reading...
Nigerian schoolgirls feared missing after Boko Haram attack
Dozens may still be unaccounted for amid conflicting reports reminiscent of 2014 Chibok kidnappingDozens of girls abducted from their school by fighters from the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram may still be unaccounted for, in a chilling repetition of the notorious 2014 kidnapping of the Chibok girls.Heavily armed insurgents attacked the village of Dapchi on Monday evening in camouflaged trucks, according to witnesses, heading directly for the school and shooting as they went, scattering pupils and teachers. Continue reading...
Eight died in 'avoidable collision' on M1, court told
Polish national, Ryszard Masierak, and David Wagstaff, both deny causing death by dangerous drivingOne lorry driver was twice the drink drive limit and another was on a hands-free call with the vehicle on cruise control when a crash on the M1 killed eight people, a court heard.Polish national, Ryszard Masierak, 32, allegedly stopped for 12 minutes in the slow lane in the early hours of 26 August 2017, despite there being miles of hard shoulder available. Continue reading...
Brexit strategy vacuum filled by useful idiots and aural valium
Anger management therapy for arch leavers was all the European scrutiny committee could offerYou could say it was all a bit previous. With Theresa May’s inner cabinet off to Chequers in the afternoon to see if it could agree – if only for a day or so – on a vaguely plausible Brexit negotiating strategy, it was expecting a lot of the junior Brexit minister Robin Walker and Tim Barrow, the UK’s ambassador to the EU, to provide any great clarity on the government’s position before the European scrutiny select committee in the morning.There again, even on the off-chance that the prime minister were to come up with some sort of Brexit Santa list later in the day, it would be highly unlikely that anyone would bother to tell Walker. Or if they did, that he would understand. So there was as much to be gained from grilling him before as after. Continue reading...
Novartis bribery claims: Greek MPs vote to investigate top politicians
MPs to look into accusations 10 senior officials accepted bribes from Swiss pharmaceutical firmThe Greek parliament is to investigate ten of the country’s top politicians over accusations they accepted bribes from the Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis in return for patronage that resulted in huge losses for the nation.After a raucous 20-hour debate, MPs voted early on Thursday to form a parliamentary committee tasked solely with investigating two former prime ministers and eight other ministers in connection with the allegations. Continue reading...
Borgen envy: Dutch look to emulate Danish TV success
The Netherlands’ council of culture says careful investment can boost its small-screen sectorFirst there was Scandi noir. Then gritty French crime dramas. It seems even Belgium has got in on the act. Now, the Dutch are fighting back.Unloved and uncelebrated, the small screen industry in the Netherlands has been screaming out for help as its European competitors soaked up the international plaudits. Meanwhile, its home audience has increasingly turned to English language shows rather than the local fare. Continue reading...
'Capitalism makes you ill': the radical 70s 'anti-therapists' who turned to terrorism
The theories behind Germany’s Socialist Patients Collective turned medical treatment on its head – but led some of them to the Red Army Faction“Turn illness into a weapon,” proclaimed the manifesto of the SPK, or Socialist Patients’ Collective. “The kidney stone that makes you suffer,” it declared, was the same as “the stone thrown into the control room of capitalism.” Published in 1972 by a group of students at Heidelberg University – with a foreword by Jean-Paul Sartre, who said he was “extremely impressed” by its ideas – the SPK’s manifesto stated that mental illnesses were the result of wider ills in capitalist societies. To heal the patient, the patient had to heal the system first – by violent means, if necessary. Continue reading...
Aid agencies call for urgent ceasefire in besieged Syrian enclave
UN secretary-general demands suspension of fighting in eastern Ghouta, which he says is ‘hell on earth’Aid agencies, including the Red Cross and World Food Programme, are calling for an urgent ceasefire to allow them to reach the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, as rockets and barrel bombs dropped by pro-regime forces killed dozens more people on the fourth day of an intense assault.The calls were echoed by the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, who demanded an immediate suspension of “all war activities” in the rebel-held Damascus suburb, which he described as a “hell on earth”. Continue reading...
Man dies in grenade attack on US embassy in Montenegro
US citizens are warned of ‘active security situation’ at embassy in capital Podgorica after man blows himself up with second deviceAn unknown man threw a grenade at the US embassy in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up with a second device, government officials have said.The attack happened just before midnight on Wednesday, with people in the area hearing two explosions. No one else was hurt and there was no major damage. Continue reading...
Nick Xenophon raps and dances in South Australian election ad – video
The SA Best leader, Nick Xenophon, has made headlines with his so-bad-it's-good South Australian election campaign music video. But Xenophon isn't the first Australian politician to try and connect with voters through cringeworthy renditions. Clive Palmer infamously twerked for votes in 2013, Scott Ludlam ran a respectable turntable session at a Greens party fundraiser in 2014, Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull achieved lacklustre results as rappers in 2017, and Craig Emerson's 2012 rendition of the Skyhooks classic Horror Movie was exactly that Continue reading...
'Yo, Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell?' asks Stormzy – video
After winning two of the night’s biggest awards, the south London MC expressed dismay over the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster and castigated the Daily Mail. Stormzy delivered a verbal attack on Theresa May in a show-closing freestyle performance, asking the prime minister, 'Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?', adding that the government 'just forgot about Grenfell, you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.'Stormzy asks 'Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell?' at Brit awards Continue reading...
China is no threat to Australia, Turnbull says before visit to US
Beijing has enormous capability but lacks hostile intent, Australian PM saysChina is not a threat to Australia because it lacks “any hostile intent”, Malcolm Turnbull has said as he embarks on his US visit.Speaking to Sky News on Thursday, the Australian prime minister sought to play down a more hostile approach to China by the US, rejecting the “out-of-date cold-war prism” of seeing the two superpowers as in competition. Continue reading...
Father of baby about to lose life support denied hospital access
Lanre Haastrup challenges ban in court after hospital staff allege he was aggressiveThe father of Isaiah Haastrup, the profoundly brain-damaged baby boy whose life support system is to be turned off, has been banned from visiting him in hospital even though his son may only have days to live.Related: Man accuses hospital of rushing to kill brain-damaged son Continue reading...
Home Office contractors 'cuffed detained migrants' inside coach on fire
Immigration detainees disclose to Guardian that staff refused to to let panicking people outImmigration detainees whose coach caught fire as it took them to a deportation flight were handcuffed by escort staff before they were allowed to get off, in breach of Home Office rules, eight of the detainees have said.In interviews with the Guardian, the detainees said that just minutes before the vehicle exploded and as fumes filled the cabin, one of the guards started handing out handcuffs to his colleagues. Continue reading...
Florida shooting: students walk out of schools to call for gun control – video
Students across the US are walking out of their schools to protest against gun violence and demand stricter gun laws after last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. They're marching in solidarity with the survivors of the second deadliest public school shooting in US history to call for a ban on the sale of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week Continue reading...
Five sermons from Billy Graham, the father of showman evangelicalism – video
Billy Graham, the renowned evangelist preacher, has died aged 99. Graham was famous for his impassioned sermons delivered to millions of people across the United States and around the world.He visited at least 185 countries to spread his message andwas a confidant of several US presidents. Photograph: Everett/Rex/Shutterstock
Mount Brexit threatens to blow as May calls cabinet to Chequers
The recent increase in seismic activity suggests a major eruption could be imminentTectonic plates are grinding ominously underneath a 16th-century manor house in Buckinghamshire. As Theresa May locks her cabinet away at Chequers on Thursday to agree an escape plan, the sharp uptick in seismic activity suggests Mount Brexit may be about to blow.
Thousands of Gazans rush to border as Egypt opens crossing
Scores, many sick, wait for their names to be called out as Rafah crossing point is opened for four days for humanitarian casesEgypt opened its border with Gaza on Wednesday, providing rare passage for thousands stuck in the coastal enclave who have lived under blockade for more than a decade.Thousands of Palestinians – some sitting since dawn next to suitcases packed in the hope that Egypt will allow them in – gathered at a stadium before being sorted on to buses. They raised their identification papers as their names were called out from a list. Continue reading...
Cost of living pushing Australian workers into homelessness
As wages fail to catch up to rising housing costs, thousands more are seeking helpThe number of employed Australians seeking help for homelessness has jumped by almost 30% in three years, sparking concerns that stagnant wage growth and high housing costs are pushing workers to the brink.The Victorian-based Council to Homeless Persons has released an analysis showing 20,302 employed Australians sought homelessness support in 2016-17, well up from 15,931 in 2013-14. Continue reading...
No 10 says Brexit transition period will not be open-ended
Rebuttal follows leaked Whitehall paper revealing UK is challenging EU’s 21-month limit
Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to crack down on immigration
Activists say proposals to speed up requests threaten rights of asylum-seekers in FranceTough proposals to crack down on immigration and asylum in France have been unveiled by Emmanuel Macron’s government amid complaints from human rights groups and street protests by some public agents in charge of asylum procedures.The legislation is aimed at speeding up the process for asylum requests and for expelling migrants who aren unable to claim asylum. It would also double to 90 days the time a person without papers can be kept in a holding centre. Continue reading...
Netanyahu aide 'agrees to implicate PM over corruption claims'
Israeli media report that Shlomo Filber has made a deal to testify after being arrestedThe Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is battling for his political career in the face of various corruption allegations, has suffered a potentially devastating blow after a former confidant reportedly agreed to turn state witness.A week after police recommended the country’s second-longest serving prime minister be indicted for bribery, Israeli press reported that Shlomo Filber would testify against his former boss to avoid jail. Continue reading...
‘I’ve been here for 50 years’: the scandal of the former Commonwealth citizens threatened with deportation
They have lived nearly all their lives in the UK, working and paying taxes. But in the draconian new immigration climate, an increasing number of elderly people are being told that they are here illegally
Motorway between London and Dover closed after body found
M20 closed in both directions following discovery of body and separate collisionMotorists on a major link to the Channel Tunnel and Dover port have been experiencing miles of tailbacks after a body was found on the road and a separate collision forced police to close the M20 motorway in both directions.Officers were called to the London-bound carriageway between junctions 10 and nine, near Ashford, Kent, at 6.05pm on Tuesday after a body was found. The person was pronounced dead at the scene. Continue reading...
Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion call for privacy for sake of son
Deputy PM says media must ‘move on’ and that some coverage has been ‘malicious’Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion have appealed to the public and the media to “move on” after two weeks in which revelations about their affair has dominated Australian politics and threatened to tear the Coalition government apart.The deputy prime minister and Nationals leader has faced repeated calls to stand aside after his relationship with his former staffer – now pregnant with his son – was made public. Continue reading...
Italy election: violence and harassment rise in echo of 1970s unrest
Palermo mayor slams ‘shameful state of politics’ highlighted by beating of far-right activistPolitical violence ais increasing in Italy in the final weeks before the country votes in national elections, with skirmishes between fascists and leftwing activists, and racially motivated attacks on migrants reported.The incidents, including an attack on one of the leaders of the far-right group Forza Nuova in Palermo on Wednesday morning, are reminiscent of a far more violent era in Italy – the so-called Years of Lead that began in the late 1960s when the country suffered a wave of domestic terrorism by forces on the extreme left and right. Continue reading...
PMQs verdict: Corbyn finally, but feebly, tackles May on Brexit
Call for detail on government plans for leaving EU reveals Labour leader’s reluctance on issue
Number of eastern EU nationals in UK workforce falls by 5%
Figures also show significantly slower rise in number of western EU workers as Brexit looms
Hard Brexit would cost Irish economy €18bn, says study
Report estimates no-deal exit for UK would result in Ireland’s GDP shrinking 7% by 2030Britain’s departure from the EU will hit the Irish economy more than any other country in Europe, with a hard Brexit costing the country about €18bn (£16bn), a new study has found.
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