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Donald Tusk, Russia and the plane crash that changed Poland
In 2010, a plane crash in Russia killed Poland’s president and plunged its prime minister Donald Tusk into crisis. Agata Popęda and Daniel Boffey discuss how this incident still affects Tusk’s political career today. Plus: film-maker Mike Leigh on the 1819 Peterloo MassacreIn 2010, a plane crash in Russia killed Poland’s rightwing president, Lech Kaczyński, and plunged the country’s centrist prime minister into a crisis.That man, Donald Tusk, went on to become president of the European council, a key player in Britain’s struggle to extract itself from the EU. On Sunday, he will chair the critical summit on Brexit. But away from Brussels’ bargaining rooms, Tusk remains locked in a bitter feud with his political rivals in Poland. Agata Popęda and Daniel Boffey join Anushka Asthana to discuss the details.
Surf champion Tyler Wright reveals struggle with chronic fatigue
Saudi Arabia tortured female right-to-drive activists, says Amnesty
Women’s accounts include being given electric shocks and flogged, hung from the ceiling, and subjected to sexual harassmentSeveral activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May, including women who campaigned for the right to drive, have been beaten and tortured during interrogation, Amnesty International has said.Saudi Arabia has detained at least 10 women and seven men on vague national security allegations related to their human rights work, the organisation said on Tuesday. Those detained include Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef, who had campaigned for the right to drive before the decades-long ban was lifted in June. Continue reading...
New Zealand pride parade in chaos after ban on police sparks mass withdrawals
Row engulfs LGBT festival after organisers said some participants felt unsafe marching alongside police in uniformThe New Zealand police, New Zealand Defence Force and numerous major sponsors have pulled out of the country’s largest pride parade after organisers banned police and corrections staff from marching in uniform.Auckland pride parade organiser Cissy Rock said uniformed officers would not be welcome at the February parade, as the organisation had a long way to go in terms of respecting LGBT rights, and some march participants felt unsafe marching alongside uniformed police and corrections staff. Continue reading...
'How can I raise my daughter?' Widow of Qatar World Cup worker fears for future – video
Renuka Chaudhary has said she is fearful for her young daughter's future after her husband died while helping to construct a stadium for the World Cup 2022.Tej Narayan Tharu died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m Al Wakrah stadium, being built for the tournament in Qatar in four years time.After cremating Tharu's body near their home in Nepal, Chaudhary told the Guardian: 'I’m so worried. We have no one to earn money for the family now. How can I pay for [our daughter’s] education and raise her?'
The world's best building? A remote Brazilian school made out of wood
This year’s Royal Institute of British Architects prize goes to the timber and mud-brick Children Village, which doesn’t need air-con even in 45 degree heatA forest of eucalyptus columns extends inside the expansive dormitory complex of the Canuanã school in northern Brazil, as if the nearby woodland has taken over the building. Between the soaring trunks stand clusters of little mud-brick rooms arranged around open courtyards, while a wafer-thin metal canopy floats above the whole scene, providing merciful shade in the sweltering heat.This is the Children Village, designed by young architects Aleph Zero with designer Marcelo Rosenbaum, named this year’s winner of the RIBA international prize for the best building in the world. It is an unlikely accolade to find bestowed on a remote school in a far-flung part of Brazil, designed by a duo in their early 30s who had built little more than a couple of private houses and a few installations before landing this commission. Continue reading...
Family of World Cup worker waits for answers over death at Qatar stadium
Trump lawyers submit president's answers in writing to Mueller questions
Lawyers and Mueller had been in negotiations for months over whether Trump would be interviewed by Mueller in personAttorneys for Donald Trump have submitted the president’s answers in writing to questions posed by special counsel Robert Mueller, multiple news outlets reported on Tuesday.Related: Trump 'stands with' Saudi Arabia and defends crown prince over Khashoggi Continue reading...
US and Canada urged to avoid romaine lettuce amid E coli outbreak
Health authorities are working together after dozens affected by contaminated lettuce in both countriesHealth officials in the US and Canada on Tuesday told people to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of a new E coli outbreak.The US Food and Drug Administration said it was working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states in the US and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Continue reading...
#ThisIsOurLane: NRA's criticism spurs doctors to speak out on gun violence
Healthcare workers, who previously feared professional repercussions, have used #ThisIsOurLane to unify the medical community’s call for actionHours after a gunman shot and killed a doctor, a pharmacy assistant and a police officer at Chicago’s Mercy hospital, American physicians are calling for change, in what could be the most vocal anti-gun violence campaign from healthcare professionals in a generation, advocates said.Related: Chicago hospital shooting: police officer among three killed Continue reading...
Trump 'stands with' Saudi Arabia and defends crown prince over Khashoggi
President issues extraordinary statement of support and repeats Saudi claim that murdered journalist was ‘enemy of the state’Donald Trump has expressed his unstinting support for Saudi Arabia and claimed there was “nothing definitive” linking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.Related: Trump says US is 'standing with Saudi Arabia' despite Khashoggi murder – live Continue reading...
Theresa May heads to Brussels bolstered by failure of Brexiter revolt
Race is on to complete deal before EU summit on Sunday after Rees-Mogg’s ERG fails to muster 48 no-confidence letters
Baby girl found on Gold Coast beach died in NSW, police say
Postmortem shows infant drowned and may have been placed in the water at Tweed Heads, with her body washing up 30km northA baby girl found on a Queensland beach actually died across the border in New South Wales, police say.Police divers were conducting searches at Tweed Heads on Tuesday, after the nine-month-old’s body was found on the beach at Surfers Paradise early on Monday. Continue reading...
Morning mail: Trump backs Saudis, Abbott re-election threat, last whale hunt
Wednesday: US president says he ‘stands with Saudi Arabia’ over killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Plus: recollections of Australia’s last whale hunt in 1978Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Wednesday 21 November. Continue reading...
Anti-asylum Orbán makes exception for a friend in need
Hungary appears to have given special treatment to disgraced former Macedonian PMMacedonia’s former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled the country last week rather than report to jail to serve a two-and-a-half-year sentence for corruption, announced on Tuesday that he had been granted political asylum in Hungary.He wrote on his Facebook page that he had been the victim of a “political witch-hunt” in Macedonia and that Hungarian authorities had granted his request for asylum. Earlier in the day the Hungarian government-linked Magyar Idök newspaper wrote that Gruevski’s application had been approved. Hungarian authorities made no official comment on the matter. Continue reading...
Case dropped against Chinese journalist who allegedly slapped Tory delegate
Kong Linlin was due to appear before magistrates over alleged incident at Tory conferenceA case has been dropped against a Chinese state journalist charged with common assault after she allegedly slapped a delegate at this year’s Conservative party conference.Kong Linlin had been due to appear before Birmingham magistrates on Wednesday to answer the charge. But the case was discontinued on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service. Continue reading...
Labour MP tells court she doesn't know who drove speeding Nissan
Fiona Onasanya accused in court of colluding with brother over speeding ticketA Labour MP facing allegations of deliberately misleading the police over a speeding ticket has been accused in court of colluding with her brother to protect her political career.Fiona Onasanya, MP for Peterborough, repeatedly told untruths to avoid a speeding ticket and refused to answer questions from the police to avoid incriminating either herself or her brother Festus, the prosecution alleged. Continue reading...
If Sark’s lights go off, blame its government | Letter
We will lose over £20,000 per month under the retail price set by Sark’s government, so we have announced that we will not be selling electricity after the end of this month, writes David Gordon-Brown, director of Sark Electricity LimitedThank you for your interesting story about the quirky, car-free island of Sark (Will Sark go dark? Dispute over prices threatens island’s electricity supply, 15 November). But there is another, darker, side to this story. The electricity company on Sark was formed in 1947 and remains a small private company with less than four employees. It has been owned and entirely financed by my family for 50 years. In 2007, Sark was forced to remove its original feudal government and change to a fully elected assembly. This has resulted in an unprofessional and seriously dysfunctional government that feels entitled to take control of the electricity supply without paying for it. Over six years, this has cost the company over £500,000 defending itself – almost a year’s turnover.The government has enacted an electricity price control law and selected a commissioner with no prior experience in the position and no accounting qualifications. He has issued an order that sets the retail price 20% below the cost of production. As the government’s action has largely exhausted our reserves, we have shown it an independent auditors’ report that shows we will lose over £20,000 a month at this retail price and asked it for legal aid to allow us to appeal the price control order. It has refused. Continue reading...
Yemen: Hodeidah sees 'worst fighting yet' despite UN ceasefire calls
Lull in hostilities ends as street fighting breaks out and Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes on Houthi rebels
Mohammed bin Salman expected to attend G20 summit
Argentinian government confirmed Saudi crown prince is on list of attendees but noted he may still change his mindThe Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, widely suspected of ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is expected to attend the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of the month, the Argentinian government has confirmed.Related: Trump inflated importance of Saudi arms sales to US job market, report says Continue reading...
Chinese writer Tianyi sentenced to decade in prison for gay erotic novel
Pseudonymous author was charged under law that makes it an ‘especially serious’ crime to sell more than 5,000 copies of a work classed as pornographicFree-speech campaigners have slammed China’s “flagrant disregard for fundamental human rights” after the author of a gay erotic novel was sentenced to more than a decade in prison for producing and selling pornographic materials.The author, who writes under the pseudonym Tianyi and is from eastern China’s Anhui province, was identified by the state-run Global Times only by her surname, Liu. The paper reported that police were alerted after the book Gongzhan, translated as Occupy, went viral last year. Police in the Anhui city of Wuhu, where Liu was sentenced, said the novel described obscene sexual behaviour between males, and was “full of perverted sexual acts such as violation and abuse”. Continue reading...
Afghanistan suicide bomber kills scores of Muslim scholars
At least 40 dead and 80 injured at Kabul event marking prophet Muhammad’s birthdayA suicide bomber in Kabul has killed more than 40 people and injured dozens more after targeting a crowd of religious scholars marking the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.There are fears the death toll could rise, as hundreds were packed into the large hall near the Afghan capital’s airport, more often used to host weddings. Continue reading...
May suggests Brexiters' customs plan could be Irish border solution
Facing pressure from rebels, PM puts technological model back on cabinet table
UK should rethink Interpol role if Russian gets top job, MPs say
Appointment of Alexander Prokopchuk ‘would be like putting fox in charge of hen coop’The government is under pressure from across the political spectrum to rethink the UK’s involvement in Interpol if the global policing cooperation organisation elects a Russian official as president this week.Alexander Prokopchuk, a veteran of the Russian interior ministry, is one of two candidates to replace Meng Hongwei, who resigned last month after he was detained in China over corruption claims. The election takes place on Wednesday at Interpol’s general assembly in Dubai. Continue reading...
Museum of London eyes Boris Johnson's water-cannon trucks
Former mayor’s crowd-control vehicles sold for scrap after £300k loss to taxpayerParts from Boris Johnson’s useless water-cannon trucks could be salvaged from the scrapheap and placed in an exhibition, under plans being considered by the Museum of London.The museum’s director, Sharon Ament, revealed to the Guardian that she had tried to buy one of the three vehicles outright after they were first put up for sale two years ago. Continue reading...
Clement Attlee took in Jewish child refugee who fled Nazis
Exclusive: Paul Willer, who lives in Gloucestershire, was sponsored by Labour leaderClement Attlee, the Labour prime minister whose government founded the welfare state, looked after a child refugee who escaped from the Nazis in the months leading up to the second world war, it can be revealed.The then leader of the opposition sponsored a Jewish mother and her two children, giving them the confidence and authorisation to leave Germany in 1939 and move to the UK. Continue reading...
Revealed: one in four Europeans vote populist
Exclusive research shows how populists tripled their vote over the past two decades Continue reading...
How populism swept through Europe over 20 years
Populism is spreading across the continent but has different characteristics by region Continue reading...
Why is populism suddenly all the rage?
In 1998, about 300 Guardian articles mentioned populism. In 2016, 2,000 did. What happened?
Italy orders seizure of migrant rescue ship over 'HIV-contaminated' clothes
Prosecutors allege garments on Aquarius should have been labelled as ‘toxic waste’Italian authorities have ordered the seizure of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius after claiming that discarded clothes worn by the migrants on their voyage from Libya to Italy could have been contaminated by HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis.Prosecutors from Catania, eastern Sicily, alleged that the waste was illegally labelled by the ship’s crew as “special waste” rather than “toxic waste”. Continue reading...
MPs demand Facebook and Twitter remove 'abhorrent' far-right video
Yvette Cooper writes to tech giants about illegal video supporting banned National Action groupMPs have written to Facebook and Twitter demanding they take down an “abhorrent” video supporting and promoting the banned far-right organisation National Action.Yvette Cooper, writing on behalf of the home affairs select committee, told the social media giants it was “completely unacceptable” that the video was still available on both platforms despite being taken down by YouTube. Continue reading...
Libya: child refugees abused in UK-funded detention centres
Children tell of being starved and beaten in camps part-funded by British government
Met police caution against public helping officers under attack
London assault prompted federation to question lack of support from passersbyA senior officer has warned the public against helping police deal with violent suspects, following anger about the failure of passersby to intervene during an attack on two officers that was filmed and widely shared online.The Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Sir Steve House said people should only help officers in such situations “if they can safely do so”. Continue reading...
May will finalise Brexit deal in Brussels on Wednesday, says Spain
PM will discuss future plan with European commission president Jean-Claude JunckerTheresa May is to travel to Brussels on Wednesday evening to finalise the Brexit deal in a meeting with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, Downing Street has said.With talk of a backbench coup against the prime minister fizzling out, No 10 said May would head for discussions with Juncker “as part of the ongoing negotiations over the future framework”. Continue reading...
PM's 'defeatist' Brexit deal 'based on lack of understanding'
Brexiters launch pamphlet detailing ‘17 myths’ about leaving the customs unionConservative Brexiters are attempting to reignite opposition to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement by claiming it is based on “defeatist” fears and scare stories about leaving the customs union.Related: Brexit: DUP defends not backing May on finance bill, saying 'consequences were inevitable' - Politics live Continue reading...
Carlos Ghosn no longer able to lead Renault, says French minister
Car executive, who is also chairman of Nissan, arrested in Japan over alleged misconductFrance’s finance minister has said Carlos Ghosn cannot remain in charge of Renault, after the leading figure in the global car industry was arrested on Monday by Japanese prosecutors.“Carlos Ghosn is no longer in a position where he is capable of leading Renault,” Bruno Le Maire told France Info radio. “Renault has been weakened, which makes it all the more necessary to act quickly.” Continue reading...
Second baby dies in Queensland, a day after nine-month-old found on beach
Baby girl dies in Queensland Children’s hospital, as locals say they had contacted authorities about homeless family of first girlA day after a baby girl was found dead on a Queensland beach, a four-month-old girl has died in suspicious circumstances.Police said a woman, 35, and a man, 37, were assisting with inquiries into the death on Tuesday of a four-month-old infant from the Logan district. Continue reading...
Catalonia train crash: one dead in landslide derailment
Train came off tracks between Terrassa and Manresa, towns north-west of BarcelonaOne person has died and 44 have been injured after a commuter train came off the tracks outside Barcelona.The six-carriage train, which was carrying 131 passengers, derailed on Tuesday at 6.15am between the Catalan towns of Terrassa and Manresa due to a landslide, according to the train operator Adif. Continue reading...
Nissan shares slide after Carlos Ghosn's arrest shocks Japan – business live
All the day’s economic and financial news, including the latest on the Carlos Ghosn investigation and a Bank of England hearing at the UK parliament
'This is the moment': activists warm to the task of ousting Tony Abbott
More than 350 people attend meeting organised by GetUp in Warringah, as a rival rightwing group announces its arrivalMore than 350 people turned up to a GetUp information night in Tony Abbott’s Sydney seat of Warringah on Tuesday night – a sign that the former prime minister is facing a highly organised and well-supported campaign against his re-election from within his own community.The crowd at Manly Senior Citizens club, who came to hear what they could do to unseat their MP, filled two rooms and then spilled outside. Continue reading...
Government has broken Brexit promise to DUP, says senior MP
Party voted with Labour against finance bill in warning shot to Theresa MayThe government has “seriously broken” its commitment to the Democratic Unionist party, which forced its MPs to vote with Labour, one of its senior MPs has said, throwing the future of Theresa May’s government into further doubt.Related: Brexit weekly briefing: May digs in after week of turmoil Continue reading...
Trump inflated importance of Saudi arms sales to US job market, report says
Saudi Arabia needs the US far more than the other way round, report argues amid crisis over murder of Jamal KhashoggiUS arms sales to Saudi Arabia give Washington extensive leverage on Riyadh, while accounting for fewer than 20,000 US jobs a year – less than a twentieth of the employment boost Donald Trump has claimed – according to a new report.Trump has repeatedly cited the importance of Saudi arms sales to the US economy as a reason not to cut the supply of weapons in response to the murder of the Saudi writer and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. Continue reading...
Bali Nine's Renae Lawrence praised by prison governor on eve of release
Made Suwendra says Lawrence contributed to prison life and it was ‘time for her to be freed’The governor of Bangli Prison, in a mountainous area of eastern Bali, has praised Australian Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence for being co-operative and quiet during the years she spent there in custody.She had made friends among other prisoners and contributed to prison life. Continue reading...
The cocooned high-rises of Hong Kong – in pictures
For over two decades photographer Peter Steinhauer documented the bamboo scaffolding and bright, tightly wrapped shapes of Hong Kong’s construction sites. His collection, Cocoons, is available from Powerhouse
Stigma pushes disabled children into 'dangerous' Kenyan orphanages
Report reveals widespread neglect in institutions across the country, yet fierce discrimination means such children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in their communitiesBehind the gates of an orphanage at the end of a dirt road on Nairobi’s outskirts, more than 30 children are being given plates of rice and beans in a stuffy room that smells as though it serves as dining room, physical therapy room and toilet. The scent of the food does little to mask the overpowering smell of faeces and urine.Babies lie on worn, stained mattresses. Beside them, four children are tied in standing positions in order to “strengthen their legs”, the physiotherapist says. One boy is in visible pain, screaming and reaching out to one of the care-givers. This session will last two hours. One boy restrained in a chair is being spoon-fed by a staff member, who then slaps the child’s face. Continue reading...
We have a duty to help the children of Palestine | Letters
On the UN’s Universal Children’s Day – 20 November – teachers and lecturers urge the UK government to lobby for the release of child prisoners and an end to the mistreatment of children detained under military lawAs teachers and lecturers, we feel strongly that today, on the UN’s Universal Children’s Day, we must call on our government to work with increased determination to achieve improved welfare for the children living in Palestine under occupation and in Gaza. On this day, we are reminded that we have a duty to advocate for children’s rights as set out in the declaration of the rights of the child, which was adopted in 1959, and the convention on the rights of the child, adopted in 1989.We believe it is shameful that children live in fear, in particular the fear of being detained and imprisoned under military law. Continue reading...
For hard-right revolutionaries, Brexit is cover for a different end | Polly Toynbee
A group of extremists within the Tory party would welcome the havoc unleashed by ‘no deal’ to advance their causeThe vultures circle a wounded prime minister, who is attacked by the hordes of extremists in her party while beset by new inconvenient facts daily exposing the damage Brexit can do. Look, the British army is preparing for the worst: emergency troops are at the ready. Operation Temperer, which usually provides soldiers for terrorist attacks, is now ordered to make 10,000 soldiers available to keep order on the streets and in shops, and to distribute emergency medicines in case of a no-deal crash-out.“Our firms are spending hundreds of millions of pounds preparing for the worst case – and not one penny of it will create new jobs or new products,” warns the Confederation of British Industry chief, Carolyn Fairbairn. Continue reading...
CBA chair says board response to money-laundering failures was inadequate – live
Commonwealth Bank’s Catherine Livingstone takes the stand after chief executive Matt Comyn told to banking royal commission CBA put profit before customers. All the day’s developments, live5.08am GMTAhh, good ol’ “customer satisfaction” ratings.We’re taken to a report prepared by Comyn when he was the head of CBA’s retail banking arm. The board was told that CBA’s retail banking was leading competitors for its customer satisfaction ratings.4.56am GMTLivingstone has been explaining how the board’s treatment of risk has changed since she became chairwoman.She says, amongst other things, that the “rhythm of engagement with the CEO” has changed, and that the board now “challenges” management. Continue reading...
Gloves off in Brunswick as Labor and Greens battle for seat
The ‘polite’ race between Labor’s Cindy O’Connor and Greens’ Tim Read has descended into attack ads, vandalised posters and mudslinging
Australians have finally said enough is enough for desperate children on Nauru | David Isaacs
But please, don’t forget the hundreds of adults remaining on Nauru and men stuck on Manus
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