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Updated 2017-04-29 19:05
First openly gay United Methodist bishop stays, subject to church review
Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security
Users trying to access online encyclopaedia via Turkish internet providers receive ‘connection timed out’ error messageTurkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country’s telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey’s western allies, who say Ankara has curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year’s failed coup. Continue reading...
EU needs solid guarantees for Europeans affected by Brexit, says Tusk – video
European council president speaks to reporters ahead of a summit in Brussels and says that, while the EU wants a ‘close and strong future relationship with the UK’, the bloc will not be willing to negotiate trade agreements until an agreement is reached on Brexit terms• EU leaders set to take tough stance in special Brexit summit Continue reading...
Rare victory for persecuted journalist highlights Mexico's press freedom crisis
Pedro Canché has finally won an apology for being jailed after he criticized a state governor. But, he asked, what about the 104 journalists killed since 2006?Pedro Canché, an indigenous journalist and activist in the southern Mexico state of Quintana Roo, had a hunch the local authorities were closing in on him for his coverage of angry protests over rising water rates in local Mayan communities.So he filmed a video criticizing the intensely image-conscious state governor, Roberto Borge, and uploaded it to YouTube in August 2014. Just a few days later, police pulled Canché from his car and threw him in prison on charges that he had sabotaged a local waterworks. Continue reading...
The 20 photographs of the week
Tension on the border of North and South Korea, the French elections and the ongoing violence in Mosul – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...
From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser
Two boats that once carried refugees across the Mediterranean are now taking daytrippers along Amsterdam’s canals – a reminder to the city of its debt to immigrantsWe wait on the quay, looking at a boat. It’s strangely familiar: the colour of rust, paint flaking, revealing layers of colour beneath, and Arabic lettering on the side. We’ve all seen fragile-looking, battered craft like this.The Alhadj Djumaa, or Mr Friday, was once a people-smuggler’s boat. But rather than smuggling people across the sea, it’s now spread with cushions and plates of bread and dips, ready for Amsterdam’s most original boat tour. Continue reading...
Catholic bishops urged to review celibacy rules amid shortage of priests
Call for commission to reconsider celibacy as condition of priesthood as number of priests in England and Wales plummetsCatholic bishops in England and Wales are facing a fresh call for a national commission on the ordination of married men amid mounting concern that the church’s celibacy requirement is contributing to a shortage of priests.The call for a review of celibacy as a condition of priesthood comes after Pope Francis signalled last month he was open to the possibility of ordaining married men under specific conditions. The issue is expected to raised at a synod next year on vocation.
Le Pen, Putin, Trump: a disturbing axis, or just a mutual admiration society?
The French presidential hopeful has made no secret of her admiration for Russia’s strongman leader, but her relationship with Trump is less clearcutThe week after Donald Trump won the US presidential election last November, Marine Le Pen was inaugurating the headquarters of her own election campaign in Paris, less than a mile from the Elysée Palace she hopes to move into soon.The far-right, anti-immigration Front National leader had been the only French political leader to back Trump in his bid for the White House. She has also made no secret of her admiration for Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Continue reading...
Maxine Peake: 'I'm a Corbyn supporter. We need a coup'
She used to be told she was too fat, too northern, too political. Decades into a stellar career, Maxine Peake is on fighting form
Theresa May remains 'absolutely committed' to HS2 rail link
PM ends speculation that she was preparing to drop new north-south railway from Tory general election manifestoTheresa May has committed to delivering the HS2 high-speed rail link.
Ask Hungary’s young people whether Europe still matters | George Szirtes
Outside Brexit Britain, the EU stands as a symbol of legitimacy to all those opposing Viktor OrbánThe crowds demonstrating in Hungary in recent weeks have numbered many tens of thousands. They are by no means all students of a university the government is threatening to shut down, but they are mostly young and carry two flags: the Hungarian red-white-green tricolour and the European Union flag, with its circle of stars. “Europa! Europa!” they chant.Related: The dirty tricks that demonise George Soros | Nick Cohen Continue reading...
EU leaders to insist UK pays its Brexit bills as precursor to trade talks
Summit to toughen stance as one diplomat says Britain is not only on a different planet but in a different galaxy over divorceEU leaders will toughen their stance on Britain paying its Brexit bills when they agree negotiating guidelines at a special summit on Saturday.EU diplomats have agreed unanimously that Britain must settle its bills before embarking on trade talks. The position has been set out by EU leaders from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, but this will be the toughest statement yet from all 27 countries.
Alexei Navalny on Putin's Russia: 'All autocratic regimes come to an end'
Vladimir Putin is riding high, expecting a fourth term as president and allegedly influencing elections from the US to France – but Alexei Navalny is determined to stop him
Inquiry treated us with contempt, says family of man shot by police on M62
Father calls for investigation into fatal shooting of Yassar Yaqub to be taken over by senior IPCC officersThe official investigation into the police shooting of a man on the M62 motorway is in crisis after the victim’s family said they had been treated with “utter contempt”.The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining the fatal shooting of Yassar Yaqub, 28, by armed police on a slip road of the M62 in Huddersfield on 2 January.
Chinese media warns of 'tax war' after Trump pledge to slash rates
People’s Daily says US president could ‘endanger the global economy’ and damage ‘export-oriented countries’Chinese leaders are worried about Donald Trump engaging in a “tax war” with Beijing, potentially fuelling tensions between the two countries already strained by problems such as North Korea, trade and the South China Sea.
Mark Dreyfus demands answers on Australian police metadata breach
Shadow attorney general also asks why public announcement was made two days after case was reported to the ombudsmanThe shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus has called on the attorney general, George Brandis, to explain the circumstances of the “shocking” and unlawful access of an Australian journalist’s metadata by the Australian federal police.On Friday, the AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, announced at a media conference that his agency had self-reported a breach of Australian telecommunications laws to the commonwealth ombudsman, having failed to obtain a warrant before accessing a journalist’s phone records. Continue reading...
Brazilians sick of corrupt politicians hit the streets to protest austerity measures
Police clash with striking union workers in streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo as protesters in 26 states demonstrate against Michel Temer’s proposed reformsBrazilian unions have ratcheted up the pressure on president Michel Temer with a nationwide general strike that closed schools, disrupted transport networks and led to clashes with public security in several cities.Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo blocked key roads with barricades of burning tires on. Riot police used teargas and percussion grenades to try to disperse the crowds and open the routes. Continue reading...
AFP data breach: six cases of alleged police misconduct investigated
Four of the matters were deemed by the AFP to be ‘not established’, and two were ruled as not requiring further investigationThe Australian federal police conducted six internal investigations in the past 18 months into alleged professional misconduct of officers who had been newly approved to access telecommunications data, Guardian Australia can reveal.The latest revelations will heighten concern about the AFP’s handling of Australians’ personal information, after it revealed it had unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records without a warrant. Continue reading...
Coalition panders to prejudice on welfare as it throws ideological red meat at its base | Lenore Taylor
Alan Tudge seems to understand unemployment is no bludgers’ paradise, but does the rest of his party?An unnamed backbencher, quoted in an article about the Turnbull government’s now-abandoned musings on scrapping work for the dole, argued the program should be retained because it was “red meat for the base”.The prejudices of the Coalition’s conservative “base” are, it seems, a more important consideration than other factors, like a government-commissioned review that found work for the dole increased the chances of an unemployed person getting a job by just 2%, or the fact that charities working in the sector consider the program a “demonstrable failure”. Continue reading...
What can we learn from 100 days of Donald Trump? – Australian politics live
What do the first 100 days of the Trump administration tell us about what it will do in the future? Has the real Donald Trump revealed himself? Michael Wesley, Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University, tells Katharine Murphy that it seems the president doesn’t know where he stands on foreign policy issues until he ends up in the middle of a crisis. Will he show a stronger hand or commit to a foreign policy that amounts to ‘masterful inaction’?
Emmanuel Macron: I'll renegotiate Le Touquet border treaty
Presidential hopeful’s comments on French TV raise the possibility of migrant camp springing up to the UKEmmanuel Macron, the favourite in the race to become the next French president, has suggested that he would want to renegotiate an agreement that allows British border police to operate in Calais.The centrist politician, who will go head to head against Marine Le Pen in the final round of the election on 7 May, said: “I want to put the Le Touquet border deal back on the table. It must be renegotiated, especially the parts that deal with the fate of isolated child migrants.” Continue reading...
Man charged with murder of former navy officer hit with own car
Ryan Gibbons, 29, faces the charge in connection with the death of Mike Samwell in the early hours of 23 AprilA man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a former Royal Navy officer who was allegedly run over by thieves stealing his car.Mike Samwell, from Chorlton in Manchester who served in the navy for 12 years, died in the early hours of 23 April. Continue reading...
Montenegro ratifies Nato membership in historic shift to western alliance
Politicians voted 46-0 in favour, but pro-Russian lawmakers boycotted session and outside parliament hundreds of anti-Nato protesters gatheredMontenegro’s parliament has supported the Balkan country’s membership in Nato in a historic turn toward the west amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition.Politicians voted 46-0 to ratify the accession treaty with the western military alliance. They then stood up and applauded the decision. Continue reading...
Westminster terrorism suspect is 27-year-old British national
Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali is understood to be a British national from Tottenham, north LondonThe suspected terrorist arrested in Westminster carrying knives is a one-time humanitarian activist who is now facing questions from police about whether he was about to stage a murderous attack in central London.Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, 27, was arrested by armed police on Thursday afternoon yards from the Houses of Parliament and the scene of the previous terrorist attack in March in which five people lost their lives. Continue reading...
Trump: US could have 'major, major conflict' with North Korea – video
US president’s remarks are followed by a statement by his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to the UN security council in which he said the US would take military action if necessary to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
Slave traders like Edward Colston should not be forgotten | Letters
Keeping his name on Colston Hall and other buildings and streets will help make Bristol more aware of the abhorrent reasons for its prosperity, readers argueUnlike many of the (mainly) students who campaigned to get the name of Colston Hall changed (Hall drops slave trader’s name after years of bitter debate in Bristol, 27 April), I am a Bristolian born and bred, and I am so incensed that the management has kowtowed to these so-called activists. I have to reluctantly agree for the first time with the former Bristol Conservative leader Richard Eddy that we cannot change history, and that place names give us a link with the past. Edward Colston gave the land on which the eponymous hall stands for the building of a school for orphaned and destitute boys. This is still thriving today, in a different part of the city. He also left money for almshouses for the poor, and with the residue of his fortune a girls’ school was founded (which, incidentally, one of the spokespeople for the anti-Colston name brigade attended, and presumably benefited from its excellent education).Many cities and towns in Britain have monuments and buildings dedicated to people who were not 100% PC to our modern overtender sensibilities – leaders of industry in the north, who allowed children down mines, or forced them to crawl under looms. They did not all give part of their wealth to alleviate the lot of the poor of their cities as Colston did. Where does this nonsense end? Continue reading...
Recognising the value of visual artists | Letters
Pam Foley celebrates the creation of a new union for visual, applied and socially engaged artistsI concur with Martin Jennings (Letters, 17 April) that Millicent Fawcett is the right feminist for a new statue and with Amelia Rowcroft (Letters, 19 April), when she makes the valid point about “big name artists” employing other artists to do the unacknowledged and often woefully underpaid donkey work. The world of visual art and the art workers within it often do not benefit from employment regulations that other workers would expect to be in place in their sectors. This is why the newly created Artists’ Union England, a trade union for visual, applied and socially engaged artists, is long overdue. Those of us who work with our hands as well as our heads need the value of that work to be recognised and remunerated. It’s what Millicent would have wanted.
Fears grow of coup in Venezuela | Letters
Venezuela unrest | Song of the Mugwump | Cameron and Brexit | Serota’s birthday ‘surprise’ | GrandparentsWe note the growing concern across Latin America that elements of the right wing within Venezuela have called again for the ousting of the elected president, Nicolás Maduro – including overt calls on the military to oust the president – before the constitutional end of his term (Editorial, 26 April). This follows the US decision to renew sanctions against Venezuela. With Donald Trump attacking Venezuela during his election campaign, there is great concern that he may step up intervention aimed at regime change. We call for respect for Venezuela’s national sovereignty and an end to such interventions.
Tanzania dismisses 9,900 civil servants over forged college certificates
Crackdown on corruption continues with presidential order after nationwide verification of academic credentialsThe president of Tanzania has ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college certificates.Elected in October 2015, John Magufuli has also dismissed several senior officials, including the head of the government’s anti-corruption body, the tax chief, a senior rail official and head of the port authority as part of a wider anti-corruption drive. Continue reading...
Willesden armed raid was to foil active terrorist plot, say police
Elite firearms officers stormed London house and woman was shot, in operation in which six people have been arrestedAn second active terrorist plot has been foiled in London on the same day, after armed police raided a house in the north-west of the capital, shooting one of the female suspects.A woman in her 20s was shot and injured by counter-terror officers in the raid, which started just after 7pm on Thursday with CS gas being fired into the Willesden property. Witnesses said the injured woman, who was wearing a long dress and hijab, shouted at paramedics not to touch her body as she was treated at the scene. Continue reading...
After-dinner mint: how ex-politicians hit paydirt with public speaking
Barack Obama, George Osborne and David Cameron can all now command six-figure sums for a few pithy bon mots from the podium. But what do their audiences get out of it?When Barack Obama banks the cheque for $400,000 he will receive for talking to an audience of Wall Street bankers and their most important clients in September, the former president might like to quietly thank the statesman who did so much to pioneer the idea of the celebrity political speaker: Winston Churchill.More than 70 years ago, in March 1946, Churchill – recently ousted as prime minister – turned up at Westminster college in Fulton, Missouri to present his views on the state of the world. The audience in Fulton certainly got more than it bargained for, because Churchill used his lecture to coin the phrase that came to describe the cold war: Britain’s wartime premier– with US president Harry Truman in the audience – described how an “iron curtain” had descended across Europe, from Stettin on the Baltic Sea to Trieste on the Adriatic. Continue reading...
Weak pound melts the British dream of a place in the sun
Demand from Britons for holiday homes in Spain and Greece has fallen sharply as Brexit uncertainty and the fall in sterling drive house hunters awayBrits abroad? Not so many, it seems. Uncertainty about the future of Britain in Europe and the fall in the value of the pound are taking their toll on the number of UK buyers investing in a little place in the Mediterranean sun.A report by Spain’s Association of Land and Commercial Registrars last week revealed British demand for second homes in Spain was down nearly 30% on last year’s pre-referendum levels. Continue reading...
Winemakers light fires to fight frost –in pictures
Heaters, candles and water sprays are being used across Europe to protect grape vines from an unexpected late spring cold snap Continue reading...
The article that changed my view … of dairy production
Edyta Mucha was moved to alter her diet, share her views, and support the Guardian after reading a piece about dairy farmingEdyta Mucha, 38, is a veterinary inspector training to become an English teacher. She lives in New Warsaw, Poland.I read Chas Newkey-Burden’s opinion piece Dairy is scary: the public are waking up to the darkest part of farming last month and was immediately struck by how candid it was. It describes in detail the whole process of dairy production, and the practices occurring at a huge number of farms: calves separated from their mothers, huge numbers of animals kept in tiny pens close together, female calves brutally inseminated. It was quite shocking. Continue reading...
Marine A, who killed wounded Taliban fighter, released from prison
Alexander Blackman freed having served three and a half years after murder conviction replaced with diminished responsibility manslaughterAlexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant jailed for killing a wounded Taliban fighter, spent a “relaxing” first day of liberty after serving three and a half years in prison.Blackman – known as Marine A during his original court martial – and his wife, Claire, were whisked away to a country hideaway after he was smuggled from prison in Wiltshire hiding under a blanket in the back of a police car. Continue reading...
'Europe's dirty secret': officials on Chios scramble to cope with rising tensions
Frustration mounts among locals on the Greek island, where refugees feel like prisoners with no hope of getting to mainland EuropeOn a clear day the channel dividing Chios from the Turkish coast does not look like a channel at all. The nooks and crevices of Turkey’s western shores, its wind turbines and summer homes could, to the naked eye, be a promontory of the Greek island itself. For the men, women and children who almost daily make the crossing in dinghies and other smuggler craft, it is a God-given proximity, the gateway to Europe that continues to lure.Samuel Aneke crossed the sea almost a year ago on 1 June. Like those before him, and doubtless those who will follow, he saw the five-mile stretch as the last hurdle to freedom. “You could say geography brought me here,” said the Nigerian, a broad smile momentarily dousing his otherwise dour demeanour. “But it was not supposed to keep me prisoner.” Continue reading...
Italy fears Isis fighters slip into Europe posing as injured Libyans
Italian intelligence document reveals how group has infiltrated Europe using scheme meant to treat wounded Libyan soldiers
Brigitte Macron: ever present beside France's presidential hopeful
Emmanuel Macron’s drama coach when he was 15 is set to break new ground by having a formal description as first ladyLast July, when Emmanuel Macron was economy minister in François Hollande’s government and his barely hidden presidential ambitions were dismissed as a naive fantasy by the political class, he held his first rally at a smart venue on Paris’s Left Bank.Before the crowds arrived, he took to the stage to rehearse his speech in front of a handful of volunteers from his new political movement En Marche! (On the Move), a “neither right nor left” grouping he said would revolutionise French politics. “We are the party of hope,” he told the almost empty auditorium, captured by the film-maker Pierre Hurel, who was discreetly documenting his rise. Continue reading...
Liberia mystery deaths not Ebola, say officials
Chief medical officer rules out return of virus after deaths of 11 people linked to attendance at funeral of religious leaderEleven people have died and five are in hospital in Liberia after contracting a mystery illness the World Health Organisation (WHO) said was linked to their attendance at the funeral of a religious leader, officials have said.“We are still investigating. The only thing we have ruled out is ... Ebola,” said Liberia’s chief medical officer, Francis Kateh, adding that samples from the victims had been sent abroad for further testing. Continue reading...
Can Facebook make live video its future?
Facebook Live makes everyone a broadcaster. But with content ranging from laughing mums to rape and murder, how can it manage the risks of open publishing?What is Facebook Live?
Pret a Manger tries to woo British workers as Brexit looms
Sandwich chain has begun advertising in jobcentres and on social media as it faces up to potential staff shortagePret a Manger has embarked on a charm offensive to attract more British workers as it faces up to potential staff shortages after Brexit.“Traditionally at Pret we just had our recruitment centre and everybody just came to us,” said its chief executive, Clive Schlee. “Now we are preparing for the future by reaching out ourselves.” Continue reading...
Le Pen's replacement steps down after allegedly casting doubt on Nazi gas chambers
FN says Jean-François Jalkh, only named acting president this week, is preparing legal action over comments reportedly made 17 years agoMarine Le Pen’s replacement as acting leader of Front National during the final days of her French presidential campaign has stepped down to prepare his legal action over allegations about past statements he made apparently questioning the existence of Nazi gas chambers.Jean-François Jalkh, who was named interim president of the far-right party after Le Pen’s decision to stand aside, reportedly told an academic in an interview in 2000: “I believe we should be able to discuss this issue [of gas chambers].” Continue reading...
Iran's people care about elections. The so-called democratic fringe doesn't | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Trump’s hard talk has buoyed Iran’s exiled opposition, like the son of the late Shah and the shadowy MEK. But these intemperate voices are not to be trusted
The valley rebels: the French farmer helping refugees cross Europe – video
Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor – denounce him as the leader of a band of smugglers, bringing migrants from Italy into France while flouting official border controls. As Cedric moves from one prosecution to another, why do he and his fellow activists feel compelled to defy the authorities? Continue reading...
Thames garden bridge scrapped by Sadiq Khan
London mayor pulls plug on controversial project, saying he would not give financial guarantees for construction work to beginThe mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has finally pulled the plug on the controversial plan for a garden bridge across the Thames, announcing that he would not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin.In a letter to the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity leading the much-delayed project, Khan said he was taking the decision because of a continuing shortfall in fundraising for the scheme, and a lack of the necessary land use agreements despite three years of talks.
Britons could lose health cover in Europe after Brexit, report warns
If Ehic provision is withdrawn, travellers with illnesses such as diabetes may be forced to spend thousands on insuranceMillions of Britons could have their access to free health insurance taken away after Brexit, a parliamentary report has said.MPs on the health select committee urged the government to offer more guarantees for Britons visiting the continent after hearing evidence that without the right to receive treatment in countries that are part of the European Economic Area, people with cancer could find it too expensive to go to Europe. Continue reading...
Man found fatally stabbed on London bus
Man in his 40s declared dead at the scene after being found wounded on 189 bus in Marylebone after midnightPolice are investigating the death of a man found stabbed on a bus in central London – the fifth fatal stabbing in the capital in a week.The man, in his 40s, was found on the 189 bus in Gloucester Place, near Dorset Square, Marylebone, just after midnight on Friday. Paramedics tended to the man but he was declared dead at the scene. Continue reading...
China convicts rights lawyer Li Heping of 'subversion of state power'
Li, once told that China considered him ‘more dangerous than Bin Laden’, sentenced in secret trial to three years in prison with a four-year reprieveA respected Christian human rights lawyer has been convicted of “subversion of state power” at a secret trial in China, almost two years after he was first detained in a sweeping crackdown.
Seeds of doubt: the fight for Paraguay's farmlands – in pictures
Spanish photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera documents the fallout from Paraguay’s booming agriculture sector, where families are forced from their homes and rivers are filled with pesticides Continue reading...
Friday briefing: Trump fears 'major, major conflict' with Kim
US president hopes North Korean leader is rational … Northern Ireland could join the south in a post-Brexit EU … and Ridley Scott on the real aliens out thereGood morning. This is Martin Farrer with the news roundup you need today. Continue reading...
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