The Guardian

  • The rehabilitation of Tony Blair?

    Tony Blair’s legacy since leaving office has been the subject of heated debate both within the Labour party and the country at large. As Paul Lewis reports, his re-entry into the national debate on Brexit comes at a time of a crisis of trust in British politics and a rise in populism. Also today: Jim Waterson on the Saudi investment in the Evening Standard

    Tony Blair is Labour’s most electorally successful prime minister, but his legacy has been the source of bitter rows ever since he left office. Now he is back, and making a series of impassioned interventions on Brexit.

    He has recently released a video defending his record as prime minister after Jeremy Corbyn lumped together Blair’s Labour government with the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron.

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  • US to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East, citing 'hostile behavior' by Iran

    Tensions between countries on the rise after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on oil tankers

    The US is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East in response to “hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups”, Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, announced on Monday.

    The move further heightens tensions between the two nations. Last week Washington blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tanker ships, which came more than a year after Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal and restoring economic sanctions.

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  • Xi Jinping to meet Kim Jong-un in first state visit to North Korea

    Move is first such trip by a Chinese president in 14 years and comes amid stalling nuclear talks with the US

    Chinese president Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to North Korea this week, state media have announced, amid stalling US talks with the regime on its nuclear program.

    Xi will meet Kim Jong-un during the visit on Thursday and Friday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said. It said the trip will be the first by a Chinese president in 14 years.

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  • Photograph lays bare reality of melting Greenland sea ice

    Research teams traversing partially melted fjord to retrieve weather equipment release startling picture

    Rapidly melting sea ice in Greenland has presented an unusual hazard for research teams retrieving their oceanographic moorings and weather station equipment.

    A photo, taken by Steffen Olsen from the Centre for Ocean and Ice at the Danish Meteorological Institute on 13 June, showed sled dogs wading through water ankle-deep on top of a melting ice sheet in the country’s north-west. In the startling image, it seems as though the dogs are walking on water.

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  • Hedgehogs ahead! New sign warns drivers of animals on roads

    Launch welcomed by nature and motoring groups hoping to cut deaths and accidents

    After decades of being killed on the road in huge numbers, hedgehogs are finally to get their own road sign warning drivers to watch out for them.

    The new signs bearing the silhouette of the animal in a red triangle will be placed in areas where the accident risk is highest and will also be used to warn about squirrels, badgers, otters and other small animals crossing.

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  • Prison review says family contact reduces reoffending by women

    Report finds that inmates who receive family visits are 39% less likely to break law again

    Family ties are “utterly indispensable” and must be strengthened if women caught up in the prison system are to avoid reoffending, according to a Ministry of Justice report.

    The review carried out by Lord Farmer, a former Conservative party treasurer, found that more than half of women in prison had children under the age of 18, yet only 5% remain in the family home when their mother is jailed.

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  • Universal credit is failing military veterans, study finds

    Veterans with complex needs report overwhelmingly negative experiences of benefits system

    Ex-service personnel with physical and mental health issues have described how they felt ignored and let down by their country after falling foul of a social security system that failed to offer adequate support when they fell on hard times.

    Research has found that many armed forces veterans with complex needs report overwhelmingly negative experiences of universal credit, fit-for-work tests used to gauge eligibility for disability benefits, and benefit sanctions.

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  • Labour propose a new ombudsman for gambling industry

    Tom Watson says the move would tackle abuse and target help at problem gamblers

    Labour would set up a new gambling ombudsman to protect consumers, deputy leader Tom Watson will say on Tuesday, citing a string of scandals that have raised concerns about “predatory” practices in the industry.

    In a speech at the thinktank Demos, Watson will unveil the latest plank of a plan to overhaul betting regulation via a new Gambling Act, following a party review published last year.

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  • Reality TV encourages children to drink and smoke, experts warn

    Shows such as Love Island risk ‘renormalising’ habits for young people

    Reality TV shows such as Love Island are encouraging children and young people to smoke or drink under age by showing contestants regularly engaging in both pursuits, public health experts warn.

    An analysis of how often alcohol and tobacco were depicted or referenced in five popular reality series found they featured much more often in those programmes than on other primetime shows.

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  • New Tintagel Castle footbridge retraces line of ancient land link

    Built using technology usually found in Alps, footbridge will follow path of old land bridge

    A spectacular footbridge that will link the Cornish mainland with the island fortress of Tintagel is beginning to take shape thanks to technology usually employed for challenging construction projects in the Swiss Alps.

    Hefty sections of steel, each weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, have arrived in Tintagel village having been manufactured off-site and are being manoeuvred into place this week.

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  • NHS needs extra £8bn or long-term plan will fail, say hospital bosses

    New analysis shows key health service policy will struggle without extra funds

    Ministers must spend an extra £8bn a year on health, on top of the NHS’s £20.5bn budget boost, or the service’s long-term plan will fail, according to hospital bosses and NHS experts warn.

    Waiting times will keep getting worse, hospitals will remain overstretched and efforts to reduce ill-health will falter without a further major injection of cash, they claim in a new analysis.

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  • Talking Horses: Phoenix Of Spain to reign on first day of Royal Ascot

    Charlie Hills’s grey beat Too Darn Hot fair and square in the Irish Guineas and can confirm the form of that three-length success in the St James’s Palace Stakes

    The big question for punters on day one at this Royal Ascot is: how many excuses do you make for a horse who was brilliant last year but has yet to show it this season? Too Darn Hot is the relevant animal and he probably still has bundles of talent, despite being winless since autumn.

    But Phoenix Of Spain (4.20) beat him fair and square in the Irish Guineas and I hope to see Charlie Hills’s grey confirm the form of that three-length success in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Reportedly, he had a troubled preparation for that outing and may well be better again here. He got within two lengths of Too Darn Hot in September, looking very much like a horse who would do better with time, so there surely was no fluke about his Classic win.

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  • Indian magician's body found after tragic Houdini-style stunt

    Chanchal Lahiri’s still-chained body found 1km downstream on bank of river in Kolkata

    Indian police have recovered the body of a magician who drowned when a Houdini-like stunt in a river went wrong.

    Chanchal Lahiri, 42, known by his stage name of Mandrake, went missing on Sunday after a ferry took him towards the broadest part of the Hooghly river in Kolkata at around noon. There, he was lowered by crane into the muddy waters with chains and ropes. Lahiri was inside a small, padlocked cage. His arms and legs were apparently tied and he was blindfolded.

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  • James Maddison: ‘My trophy cabinet is empty. I am desperate to win’ | Andy Hunter

    Leicester midfielder is raring to go as England start their campaign in the Euro Under-21 finals against France in Italy

    James Maddison can pin-point the moment England enthralled him as accurately as a set piece for Leicester. It was almost 15 years ago to the day when, sitting at home in Coventry in a kit bearing the name Rooney, he watched the teenage sensation lead England into the European Championship quarter-finals with two goals against Croatia. The long wait to make his own mark on the international stage is just about over.

    There is a genuine, giddy excitement about Maddison as he prepares to face France in England’s opening game of the European Under-21 Championship on Tuesday. At 22 he is one of the most senior members of Aidy Boothroyd’s squad and has Premier League pedigree to support that status. Yet in terms of international competition he is a novice; four years older than Wayne Rooney was at Euro 2004 but still waiting for the opportunity to emulate a boyhood hero.

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  • England’s Toni Duggan is all praise for Phil Neville’s passing philosophy | Louise Taylor

    Barcelona winger says players are happy with their manager’s firm support for a Pep Guardiola-like playing strategy

    It may be stretching a point to describe Phil Neville as the “new Pep Guardiola” but Toni Duggan has detected pronounced similarities between England’s manager and his Manchester City counterpart.

    Although the Lionesses’ much-vaunted stylistic evolution still has some way to go before it can be described as “Phil-tastic”, Barcelona’s Duggan is not alone in drawing comparisons between the pair’s philosophies.

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  • Sound of Hong Kong's defiance reverberates in Beijing

    Beijing’s public support for Hong Kong leader likely hides private fury, but letting her go would be another humiliation

    The most obvious casualty of Hong Kong’s extraordinary uprising against chief executive, Carrie Lam, and her campaign to tie the city more closely to China, will be the bureaucrat-turned-politician’s own career. If she stays on, it will only be as a lame duck leader.

    But the city’s turmoil is also a major challenge to her boss and patron, Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

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  • Wendie Renard’s twice-taken penalty pushes France past Nigeria

    A furious Nigeria manager, Thomas Dennerby, claimed the officials had ruined the match after Wendie Renard’s retaken penalty following a double VAR check ensured France progress to the last 16 having topped Group A. Nigeria’s hopes of a third-place finish now hang by a thread.

    “If I gave you honest opinions, they would probably send me home,” he said, bluntly. When asked about his team’s performance, he replied: “My players are heroes.”

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  • Thatcher: A Very British Revolution review – the Iron Lady's downfall in compelling detail

    The final part of this even-handed series covered Margaret Thatcher’s departure from Downing Street. I couldn’t feel sorry for her, but I did begin to understand her a little better

    Watching the five-part documentary series Thatcher: A Very British Revolution (BBC Two), marking 40 years since the UK’s first female prime minister came to power, I realised how little I heard her speak at the time. My dad worked in the arts and my mum was an NHS doctor in a fairly deprived area of south-east London and it is safe to say they were not fans. Whenever she appeared on our TV screens or those strange, effortfully strangulated tones started emanating from the radio, my parents would throw themselves at the off-switch, determined not to let her pollute our home, even if there was little they could do – apart from send money to the miners and vote against her at every opportunity – to stop her poisoning every aspect of life outside.

    But for the past five weeks, we have been given a leisured, measured portrait of the woman in what seemed at least like her entirety, put together with a light editorial hand that did away with spoonfeeding and placed a pleasing amount of faith in the viewer’s understanding of those crazy 80s days. It began by sketching her pre-election ascendancy and went on through contemporaneous footage of her greatest hits interleaved with commentary from some of the surviving greatest sh … Well, never mind. This is a family newspaper. There are those, such as Michael Heseltine, who are almost dribbling with glee at having lived long enough to get to present their version of history without the interfering old bag getting in their way and others, such as Chris Patten, whose eyes slide sideways, away from the camera whenever he oozes his way towards a verdict, not wanting, even now, to be held to anything.

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  • Alex Jones sent Sandy Hook victims files with child sex abuse images, say lawyers

    Far-right conspiracy theorist denied the allegations and accused one of the lawyers of framing him

    Lawyers for relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting allege that far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent them documents relating to the court battle they are fighting that included electronic files containing images of child sexual abuse, as the latest twist in the defamation case against the Infowars website host.

    Jones denied the allegations during his web show last Friday and accused one of the lawyers involved of framing him.

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  • US Open winner Gary Woodland testament to teaching of Pete Cowen | Ewan Murray

    Yorkshireman has coached most of the world’s top golfers at one time but maintains ‘it’s about the players’

    Sitting in a quiet corner of an airport lounge in San Francisco as the US Open hurtled towards its conclusion, Pete Cowen realised that he could not lose. The Yorkshireman took over full-time coaching duties for Gary Woodland at the end of last year. Brooks Koepka, who ultimately failed to catch Woodland at Pebble Beach, has been a long-term Cowen pupil.

    “I did the warm-up with Gary and he said that he had never felt more at ease with his swing,” Cowen said. “That’s my job done then. Off to the airport. It’s like a racehorse trainer. You do your work on the gallops, then you can’t do anything when they’re racing.”

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  • Galápagos Islands: outcry after Ecuador allows US military to use airstrip

    Political row sparked after government gave US permission to use island for anti-narcotics flights

    The Galápagos Islands are at the centre of political row in Ecuador after the government agreed to allow US anti-narcotics planes to use an airstrip on the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

    Dozens of people demonstrated outside the main government office in Quito on Monday to protest against a plan they described as a threat to the world heritage site’s unique environment – and an attack on Ecuador’s sovereignty.

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  • Yemen's Houthi rebels accused of diverting food aid from hungry

    Head of UN’s World Food Programme threatens suspension of food aid if safe delivery not assured

    The head of the United Nations food agency has accused Yemen’s Houthi rebels of diverting food from the country’s hungriest people and threatened to suspend food aid.

    David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), said the agency had found “serious evidence” that food supplies had been diverted in the capital, Sana’a and other Houthi-controlled areas in the country, which is in the midst of a four-year civil war. He called on the Houthis to implement agreements that would allow the UN agency to operate independently.

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  • Tom Watson on Brexit: ‘Me leave Labour? It’s leaving me’

    Deputy leader calls for party to back a second referendum and remaining in the EU

    Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has said he believes his party would be “leaving me” if it cannot fully endorse a second referendum, hours after giving a speech in which he said it should be the party of remain.

    Watson told the BBC that Labour “certainly might lose some votes” for backing a referendum, but would pay “a very high electoral price” for not taking a clear position on Brexit.

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  • Matteo Salvini: Italy wants to be Washington's closest partner in Europe

    Hard-right leader speaks on arrival in US of ‘common vision’ with Trump administration amid EU turmoil

    Matteo Salvini has said Italy wants to be Washington’s closest partner in Europe during the hard-right leader’s visit to the US capital for talks with the Trump administration.

    Salvini made it clear that he sees an opportunity to forge a closer US-Italian relationship at a time of European turmoil and alignment between populist governments in both countries.

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  • Colombia leader hits out at 'hypocrisy' of middle-class cocaine users

    Iván Duque decries social acceptability of drug that inflicts environmental and social damage on producers

    Middle-class cocaine users are inconsistent hypocrites if they fail to recognise the environmental and social damage their drug use is inflicting on producer countries, the Colombian president has said during a visit to London.

    In an interview with the Guardian on Monday, Iván Duque said that cocaine’s social acceptability had to end. “There are many people who present themselves as environmentalists, and if they want to be coherent, they must understand all the environmental damage that is caused by the production of cocaine – not just destroying tropical forests, [but] spreading chemicals in protected areas and destroying human capital,” he said.

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  • More silence from Boris after rivals’ plain talking hits the buffers | John Crace

    At the lobby hustings, the candidates largely tried to give straight answers. It didn’t go well

    The Tory leadership circus rolls on. This time for a hustings arranged for lobby journalists in Westminster, where the format was more individual than group therapy, with each candidate free to explain – without interruption from the others – how their relationship with reality had irretrievably broken down.

    Though still without Boris Johnson, the Conservative party’s very own priapic Mr Blobby, who is acting as if he is on the run from the Child Support Agency. The country has seen more of Julian Assange in the last six months than it has of Johnson. Something for which normally we’d be all very grateful, only Boris is the clear frontrunner to become next prime minister. It says something for Johnson’s innate self-destruction that his minders believe their man says it best when he says nothing at all. Doesn’t bode well for him reopening the Brexit negotiations with the EU.

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  • How canines capture your heart: scientists explain puppy dog eyes

    Study finds animals developed a facial muscle to wield emotional power over humans

    In a project that has all the makings of a Roald Dahl classic, scientists have hit on an answer to the mystery of how man’s best friend got its puppy dog eyes.

    The sad, imploring expression held such power over humans during 33,000 years of canine domestication that the preference for dogs that could pull off the look steered the evolution of their facial muscles, researchers have said.

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  • Reversible superglue proves strong enough to hold average man

    Snail slime-like substance appears to solve problem of weak and reversible or strong and irreversible adhesive

    A reversible superglue that mimics the under-appreciated properties of dried snail mucus has proved strong enough to bear the weight of an average man.

    Scientists who tested the slime-inspired product found that two sticky squares the size of postage stamps were sufficient to hold an 87kg (192lb) weight in the form of a volunteer engineering student.

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  • Boris Johnson accused of making contradictory Brexit promises to MPs

    Eurosceptic backer warns that hardliners want frontrunner to rip up May’s deal

    Boris Johnson has been accused of giving MPs contradictory promises on Brexit to win their votes, as one of his highly Eurosceptic backers warned that hardliners want to see him effectively tear up Theresa May’s deal with the EU.

    The Conservative leadership frontrunner will face questions on his Brexit stance in a television grilling for the first time in the campaign on Tuesday, amid frustration among his rivals that he is getting away with pledging to be “all things to all MPs” on issues from Brexit to HS2 in one-on-one meetings with them.

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  • Ruthless Shakib drives Bangladesh to victory over hapless West Indies
    • West Indies 321-8, Bangladesh 322-3
    • All-rounder outstanding in comfortable seven-wicket win

    A blistering innings of 124 from Shakib al Hasan led Bangladesh to a straightforward win against West Indies. The target was 322 and Bangladesh reached it with seven wickets and 8.3 overs to spare. This was a record-breaking performance, Bangladesh’s highest successful run chase in ODI cricket and the second highest – after Ireland’s triumphant pursuit against England in Bangalore – in World Cup history.

    For West Indies it was heartbreaking. Their early defeat of Pakistan raised hopes of a revival in this form of the game but since then they have been frail in body and mind. Here they tried to impose their plan A when defending a substantial total. That failed. And they did not have a plan B. The selection of their side did not permit one. They played five fast bowlers with Gayle as the only spin option. Four of the pacemen were tall right-handers inclined to bang the ball into the pitch. But this did not worry the Bangladesh batsmen a jot.

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  • Nick Kyrgios leads latest outpouring of disrespect towards top players
    • ‘I probably don’t show them respect – they’re just good at tennis’
    • Daniil Medvedev says he always wanted Roger Federer to lose

    Nick Kyrgios says he is happy to keep his feud with Novak Djokovic ticking over at Wimbledon next month – while Daniil Medvedev, another of the sport’s young rebels, uttered the ultimate heresy on Monday when he revealed he always wanted Roger Federer to lose.

    For the first time since 2013, when the Latvian loose cannon Ernests Gulbis accused Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray of being “boring”, there is insurrection in the air and boredom seems the underlying cause of the latest unrest.

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  • Theresa May could yet give us the ultimate parting gift: a Brexit referendum | Polly Toynbee
    The outgoing prime minister could blow away her detractors and say that too much is being decided by a tiny Tory electorate

    The obscene sight of Tory leadership candidates splashing out cash by the bucketload is just one of the head-clutching, this-can’t-be-happening unbelievables of this extraordinary time. Spaffing it up the wall doesn’t begin to express the revolting spectacle of wild tax cuts and eye-catching gimmicks from the same austerians who garrotted every public service. Theresa May is the biggest spender, spraying goodbye billions on mental health, schools, colleges and a zero-carbon pledge, while Philip Hammond’s Treasury declares it “immoral” to steal from the emergency no-deal fund. What does she care? She is taking her revenge on them all.

    Who knows the dark recesses of her mind, this locked-in woman incapable of communication?

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  • The Wahaca row shows why workers need a new way to unite | Zoe Williams
    The perceived injustice of a waiter’s treatment tells us employers hold all the cards. But online outrage can become online solidarity

    A row recently erupted over workers’ conditions in the restaurant group Wahaca that turned out to be a little more complicated than it looked. Some diners had done a runner; another, law-abiding punter, Sarah Hayward, overheard the ensuing row and took to Twitter to complain: “Ppl next to us left without paying and their server is made to foot the bill from his wages. Apparently company policy. Utterly shameful employment practice.”

    After some social media to-ing and fro-ing, it turned out the server had been docked £3 on the £40 bill, then reimbursed as it did not amount to “gross negligence”. The company’s founder, Thomasina Miers, concluded: “It is a crazy world where one is hung before even being asked a question … it really saddens me that people are so quick to presume the worst.”

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  • 'There's more knife crime, more drugs': east London frustration at latest stabbing

    Death of a man early on Monday followed three murders in city in 24 hours

    Residents of Stratford, east London, have voiced their fears and frustration over rising violence in the area after the fatal stabbing of a man in his 40s in the early hours of Monday.

    The death in Whalebone Lane was one of four suspected murders to occur in four days in London. It followed three homicides in the space of 24 hours, including two teenagers who were killed on Friday evening.

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  • Not so hospitable – waiters on their restaurant horror stories

    There was outrage when it was suggested a waiter should pay towards the bill of diners who had done a runner. We asked readers to share their most memorable experiences of working in bars and restaurants

    This weekend it emerged that the restaurant chain Wahaca asked a waiter to pay back part of a bill after his customers left without paying. Although Wahaca later decided against doing so – blaming the incident on an “internal communications issue” and amending its eat-and-run policy – it shows that service-industry workers have got it bad. The Guardian asked readers for their experiences. Here are some of the most egregious responses, which have been published anonymously at their request.

    Hi @wahaca just eaten in your Kentish Town restaurant for the last time.

    Ppl next to us left without paying and their server is made to foot the bill from his wages. Apparently company policy. Utterly shameful employment practice.

    Food's great, company is crap.@thomasinamiers

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  • Call to arms: how can Australia avoid a slow and painful decline?

    Australia has been warned it risks ‘drifting into the future’ if it fails to respond to challenges in a fast-changing world

    Australia is at a crossroads. Drift towards a future of slow decline economically and socially or, if action is taken now to address our most important challenges, create a future of greater prosperity for all, globally competitive industries and a sustainable environment.

    That is the conclusion of a major report bringing together the thinking of more than 50 leaders in business, academia, NGOs and the community sector, working with the CSIRO to model alternative futures for Australia. The report is described as a “clarion call” for the nation.

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  • Hong Kong: pressure builds on Carrie Lam as public rejects apology

    Calls for leader to stand down as police chief admits officers had sought to arrest wounded demonstrators in hospitals

    Protesters have kept up pressure on Hong Kong’s leader by blocking streets outside the shuttered legislature building and welcoming the city’s most prominent political activist, Joshua Wong, on his release from jail.

    As the political crisis entered its second week, Hong Kong’s police chief admitted that his officers had sought to arrest wounded demonstrators in hospitals after a previous protest, but claimed criminal screening was routine for anyone arriving at A&E.

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  • The Guardian view on a Brexit election: the unicorns are back | Editorial
    The frontrunner in the race to be the next prime minister is trading in Trumpian fantasy and his peers are following his lead. When their words catch up with them, the nation will pay

    The eccentric and extreme nature of Brexit has led to some bizarre outcomes. Perhaps the strangest is that the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union has been downgraded from a national emergency to a party one. Instead of discussing ways out of the political, constitutional and economic crises that Brexit represents, those in the race to lead the Conservative party are finding ways of getting deeper into them. This can, in part, be explained by the mechanics of the debate. The main contenders are attempting to out-silly the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, who is peddling the fiction that he can get better Brexit terms by refusing to cough up the £39bn Britain has already agreed to pay. As Lord Kerr, former UK ambassador to Brussels, put it: “The unicorns are back, frolicking in the Tory forest.”

    Because the electorate is the Tory party membership, it might make sense at this time to give full attention to the party over the competing claims of government and the nation. The trouble is that rather than doing so in a sensible manner, the contest to succeed Theresa May has seen candidates taking up surreal positions. This will have deleterious consequences for the nation. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, who at one point had been sane enough to warn hard Brexiters that leaving the EU without a deal was “not a policy choice available to the next prime minister”, dropped out and backed Mr Johnson, who thinks it is.

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  • I’m pregnant and forced to choose between being an MP and a mum | Stella Creasy
    MPs are not entitled to maternity leave. The equality battle is far from over
    • Stella Creasy is a Labour MP

    Even when you’ve spent a lifetime fighting for equality, you can still be floored by the way discrimination manifests itself. I never thought parliament would tell me to choose between being an MP and being a mum. My Labour colleague Tulip Siddiq was forced to postpone a C-section so she could cast a vote in the debate on Theresa May’s Brexit deal in January and that caused a rightful outcry. Westminster can – when it wants – make it possible to combine parenthood with legislating and Siddiq’s push for progress on a system that would have allowed her to vote by proxy demonstrates it. But allowing an MP to nominate someone to vote on their behalf when they need to be at home with their children is just one piece of a much bigger equality puzzle.

    During my first miscarriage, aching and bleeding, I joined a protest for the extradition of a man who had raped and murdered a constituent. The day after I found out that another baby’s heartbeat had stopped, I led a public meeting on gang crime. I even scheduled the procedure to remove the body on a day I didn’t have a constituency advice surgery. Heartbroken by all the years that I have struggled with fertility, I’ve kept these events to myself and made sure my constituents have never been affected.

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  • Why is it so hard for Labour to find a woman to be leader? | Suzanne Moore

    The Tory leadership is just men talking among themselves, and the opposition has no one to counter it

    On Sunday night, I may have watched some men in suits talking nonsense. I may have been in the pub. I may have fallen asleep because the Tory-leadership candidate who is actually going to win couldn’t be arsed to turn up. Such is power. Some of these guys aren’t recognisable to me. Such is politics.

    The winner will stand against Jeremy Corbyn. We all know Corbyn is very concerned about having more women in the Labour leadership. But not concerned enough to actually have many. Emily Thornberry couldn’t be called on to do PMQs as she made the terrible faux pas of telling the truth about the European elections. In the US, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden feel entitled enough to lead despite all the great Democrat women who are running against them.

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  • Gloria Vanderbilt, New York artist, model, heiress and socialite, dies at 95

    Gloria Vanderbilt, an American heiress who became a successful model, designer, writer and artist, has died, her son Anderson Cooper announced on Monday on CNN. She was 95.

    Related: Gloria Vanderbilt: farewell fashion's innovative heiress

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  • UN report condemns its conduct in Myanmar as systemic failure

    Exclusive: ‘Serious errors’ found in agencies’ approach to Rohingya crisis in Rakhine

    A damning report by the UN on its own conduct in Myanmar has condemned the organisation’s “obviously dysfunctional performance” over the past decade and concluded there was a systemic failure.

    The report, seen by the Guardian before publication, was commissioned by the secretary general, António Guterres, after accusations that the UN system ignored warning signs of escalating violence before an alleged genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.

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  • Stella Creasy: MPs' standards authority does not recognise maternity leave

    Expectant Labour MP reveals previous miscarriages and says she is forced to ‘choose between being a mum and MP’

    The Labour MP Stella Creasy has said she feels parliament is telling her to “choose between being a mum and being an MP”, revealing that the parliamentary standards authority has told expectant mothers it does not recognise any form of maternity leave and will not automatically provide extra support for constituency work after she gives birth.

    Writing in the Guardian, Creasy said she had decided to speak out after experiencing two miscarriages during which she was forced to continue to work as normal without any additional support.

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  • Removal of homeless camps trebles as charities warn of 'out of control' crisis

    Exclusive | Figures show camp clearances by local authorities across UK have surged in last five years

    The number of homeless camps forcibly removed by councils across the UK has more than trebled in five years, figures show, prompting campaigners to warn that the rough sleeping crisis is out of control and has become an entrenched part of life in the country.

    Tents, cardboard structures and a garden shed were among the hundreds of homeless encampments torn down by local authorities in the last five years, with the number of tent city clearances rising from 72 in 2014 to 254 last year.

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  • Why it's time to stop buying pedigree dogs

    As the Kennel Club warns the old English sheepdog faces extinction, consider rehoming if you are looking for a new best friend – whatever its ancestry

    ‘What breed is she?” is one of the questions I’ve learned to avoid in the dog park, along with “Ooh, what’s he rolling in?” and “Are you sure that’s play-fighting?”. The park seems to be populated entirely by saints who have spent inordinate amounts of time and money rescuing mutts from conflict zones. There’s no greater piece of canine one-upmanship than the casual reply: “Oh, she’s a Syrian street dog.” At which point I have to admit that I bought my dog as an eight-week-old pedigree puppy, a decision that seemed wise at the time, as neither my partner nor I had ever cohabited with one before, but that now makes me feel like a cross between a eugenicist and a child trafficker.

    Clearly, pedigree dogs are an outmoded, ridiculous idea, so the news that the old English sheepdog – a perfect visual representation of the genre, with its utterly impractical silky mop – is now on the Kennel Club’s endangered “at watch list” might seem like a vindication for progress, but it’s hard to feel that way, looking into its … well, I presume it has eyes somewhere under all that hair. Other native breeds at risk of dying out include the sleek little Manchester terrier, and my beloved sturdy Scottie.

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  • Gloria Vanderbilt: farewell fashion's innovative heiress

    The model-turned-designer established a $100m empire that began with her signature jeans. But her personality was key to crafting that fortune

    Gloria Vanderbilt first ventured into the fashion world as a model. She was photographed by top names including Richard Avedon and Horst P Horst and appeared in Vogue as well as Harper’s Bazaar. It wasn’t until the 1970s, when Vanderbilt was in her 50s, that she established her design credentials, becoming an early pioneer of stretch jeans.

    Vanderbilt worked with manufacturer Mohan Murjani to popularise jeans for women at a time when they were largely designed for men. She was among the first to use a famous family name in the marketing of a fashion line, emblazoning her signature across the back pocket of the famously fitted designs. The Amanda jeans which – as she put it – “really hug your derrière” cemented her place in fashion history, and proved innovative enough to spark a $100m (£79m) empire.

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  • Gloria Vanderbilt – a life in pictures

    Known as ‘the poor little rich girl’, she survived family tragedy and a sensational court case to become an actor, designer and fashion icon. She died on Monday aged 95

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  • Bomb attack on busy market kills 30 people in north-east Nigeria

    Further 42 people wounded as three people detonate devices in Konduga, Borno state

    Thirty people were killed when three people blew themselves up on Sunday night in a busy market in north-east Nigeria, which has seen a recent increase in attacks by militant groups.

    Many were watching the evening news and waiting for the football to come on when the bombs went off in the village just outside Konduga, Borno state, wounding a further 42 people.

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  • John Oliver on impeachment: 'The case for inaction is starting to get weak'

    The Last Week Tonight host made a case for impeaching Trump in the name of equality and fairness under the law

    On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the growing calls for impeachment and what it might actually mean for Donald Trump and Democrats.

    “Ever since this president was elected, some people have been dying to see him impeached, sometimes literally,” Oliver opened, showing an Inside Edition clip where two old men passed away only after their families told them impeachment had begun.

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