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Latest international news, sport and comment from the Guardian


Biden raises record funds as aides jab 'train wreck' Trump after sorry debate

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 02:12

  • Biden raises $3.8m in an hour as campaign stresses optimism
  • Unedifying Cleveland debate widely seen as an embarrassment

Joe Biden broke fundraising records coming out of Tuesday’s acrimonious presidential debate between the Democratic nominee and Donald Trump.

Related: Biden tells white supremacist groups to 'cease and desist' after Trump's debate 'embarrassment' – live

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Covid live news: study suggests UK infection controls 'may be working'; Madrid lockdown looms

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 07:58

Africa approaching 1.5m cases across its 54 countries; Italy ‘considering extending state of emergency’; record cases high in Ukraine

More than 1.5 million people in Merseyside, north west England, are expected to be banned from mixing in pubs and restaurants under new coronavirus rules due to be announced on Thursday, writes Josh Halliday, the Guardian’s north of England correspondent.

Joe Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, said he expected an announcement on further restrictions for the region on Thursday morning following a meeting chaired by Boris Johnson.

Related: Coronavirus: Ban on mixing in pubs and restaurants in Merseyside expected

Africa is approaching 1.5 million cases of coronavirus across its 54 countries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control.

According to the latest update circulated this morning by the African Union health agency, there have been more than 36,000 deaths from Covid-19 on the continent, while 1.2 million infected patients have recovered.

#COVID19 update in Africa...1 October 2020 as of 9AM EAT. Total cases... 1, 481, 225 Total deaths... 36, 143 & Recoveries... 1, 224, 397
Find more info: https://t.co/xVh2wYTv1u #AfricaResponds #TestTraceTreat #FactsNotFear #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/oX1e0lJpkT

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'In my dreams I'm there': the exodus from Hong Kong

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 01:00

Beijing’s national security law has prompted the exit of people from all walks of life in fear they or their children are at risk

Joe Kwong* loves Hong Kong. But he knows he has to leave.

A university-educated construction worker in his 30s, he is just one of many Hongkongers who have uprooted their lives in recent months – or are now planning to – because of fears over the rapid demise of the rule of law and civil liberties. Hong Kong’s descent into effective Chinese control has been swift, and was cemented in June by the introduction of the national security law, which prohibits acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend speak of 'deep pain' after miscarriage

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 05:56

US model and TV presenter was pregnant with her third child when she was taken into hospital following complications

Chrissy Teigen has said she and husband John Legend are “shocked” and in “deep pain” after she suffered a miscarriage.

The US model and TV presenter had been taken to hospital suffering from excessive bleeding during her pregnancy.

Teigen, 34, later announced she had suffered a miscarriage, writing in a statement on social media: “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.

“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,” she wrote on Wednesday night.

Teigen shared the news with a black-and-white picture showing her crying while sitting in a hospital bed.


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UK offshore detention proposal could create 'human rights disaster', Australian experts warn

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 05:24

At least 12 died in Australia’s offshore detention network, while thousands of others suffered mental illness and self harm

A Downing Street plan to consider emulating Australia’s offshore detention system for asylum seekers risks creating a fresh “human rights disaster”, experts familiar with the immigration policy have said.

On Wednesday, the Guardian reported that documents from the Foreign Office revealed Downing St had sought its advice on “negotiating an offshore asylum processing facility similar to the Australian model in Papua New Guinea and Nauru”.

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Tunisia president calls for return of death penalty following brutal killing

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 06:15

Human rights campaigners warn reinstating capital punishment ‘would be a huge step backwards’, as attack on young woman reignites debate

The brutal killing of a young woman has reignited a debate in Tunisia over capital punishment, with the country’s president suggesting an end to a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty.

President Kais Saied told a meeting of the country’s national security council on Monday that “murder deserves the death penalty” and urged the security forces to redouble their efforts in countering what he characterised as a nationwide increase in crime.

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Hong Kong police out in force to deter protests on China's national day

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 01:32

Last year fierce clashes broke out between protesters and police on 1 October, but the introduction of harsh security laws has largely stifled dissent

Thousands of riot police were stationed across Hong Kong on Thursday to stamp out any large democracy rallies as the financial hub marked China’s National Day under the shadow of a growing crackdown on dissent.

The People’s Republic of China celebrates its founding on 1 October with a holiday and carefully choreographed festivities.

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Alexei Navalny says he believes Vladimir Putin was behind poisoning

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 07:41

Russian opposition figure poisoned by nerve agent says he has no ‘other versions’ of how crime was committed

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who is recovering in Germany after being poisoned in Russia by a nerve agent, has accused the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, of being behind the attack in an interview with a German newspaper.

Navalny’s supporters have frequently maintained that such an attack could have only been ordered at the top levels, though the Kremlin has steadfastly denied any involvement in it.

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Tokyo stock exchange trading halted for the day due to technical problem

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 04:53

Trading called off on Thursday amid uncertainty over when the issue would be resolved

Trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was suspended on Thursday because of a problem in the system for relaying market information.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange said trading would not resume for the rest of the day. It was unclear when it would be resolved and the system would be operating again.

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Global heating warming up 'nights faster than days'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 23:01

Effect seen across much of world will have profound consequences, warn scientists

The climate crisis is heating up nights faster than days in many parts of the world, according to the first worldwide assessment of how global heating is differently affecting days and nights.

The findings have “profound consequences” for wildlife and their ability to adapt to the climate emergency, the researchers said, and for the ability of people to cool off at night during dangerous heatwaves.

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Irish court rules Subway bread is not bread

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 06:40

The US chain’s sandwiches do not meet definition of bread or a staple food, Supreme Court rules in tax case

The Irish Supreme court has ruled that the bread served at Subway – a US sandwich food chain with branches in more than 100 countries – cannot be defined as bread.

Under Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 it cannot even be defined as a staple food, according to the Irish Independent, because it contains too much sugar.

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Russia is spreading lies about Covid vaccines, says UK military chief

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 18:25

Head of armed forces says both China and Russia trying to undermine cohesion in west

Russia is seeking to destabilise countries around the world by sowing disinformation about coronavirus vaccines that is shared rapidly across social media, the head of the armed forces has warned.

Gen Sir Nick Carter, the chief of defence staff, said the propaganda tactic reflected a strategy of “political warfare” aggressively undertaken by Beijing as well as Moscow “designed to undermine cohesion” across the west.

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Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claims

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 17:17

Strand of DNA inherited by modern humans is linked to likelihood of falling severely ill

Modern humans and Neanderthals could be forgiven for having other issues on their minds when they interbred in the stone age. But according to researchers, those ancient couplings laid a grim foundation for deaths around the world today.

Scientists have claimed that a strand of DNA that triples the risk of developing severe Covid-19 was passed on from Neanderthals to modern humans. The genetic endowment, a legacy from more than 50,000 years ago, has left about 16% of Europeans and half of south Asians today carrying these genes.

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China promotes 'revenge travel' to boost economy after Covid lockdowns

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 07:29

Pent-up demand on display at start of Golden Week after months of paralysis

Millions of Chinese people are travelling across the country in a bout of “revenge tourism” after almost a year of quarantines, lockdowns and restrictions on their movement.

China’s ministry of culture and tourism expects around 550 million residents will make trips within the country during the eight-day public holiday marking both the mid-autumn festival and China’s national day.

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Germans embrace fresh air to ward off coronavirus

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 14:18

Angela Merkel says ventilation may be one of cheapest and most effective ways of containing virus

Ventilating rooms has been added to the German government’s formula for tackling coronavirus, in refreshing news for the country’s air hygiene experts who have been calling for it to become official for months.

The custom is something of a national obsession, with many Germans habitually opening windows twice a day, even in winter. Often the requirement is included as a legally binding clause in rental agreements, mainly to protect against mould and bad smells.

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Gone to pot: New Zealand cools on legalising cannabis

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 00:21

With a crowded election cycle, non-committal politicians and a pandemic to worry about, public support for a yes vote in the referendum is eroding

It is believed to be the first country in the world to put the legalisation of recreational cannabis to a national public vote. But amid a pandemic, an election concentrated almost entirely on the Covid-19 crisis, and a simultaneous vote on euthanasia, New Zealand’s upcoming marijuana referendum has not captivated the mainstream public attention that it might have in an ordinary year.

New Zealand would join Canada and Uruguay on the list of countries legalising the sale and use of cannabis for adults if more than half of voters approved it – but public backing for the measure has eroded in polling during 2020, reversing growing support in recent years. In a debate plagued by claims of misinformation from both sides – and taking place during an overcrowded election cycle – some politicians have shied away from the matter altogether, fearing they will end up on the wrong side of a divisive topic.

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How one man spent 34 years in prison after setting fire to a pair of curtains

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 05:00

David Blagdon’s long-term detention has been described as ‘barbaric’. Whatever his disastrous personal choices, the system failed him repeatedly

There’s never a good time to get a phone call from an escaped prisoner. I was at a talent show in Essex in August 2001, watching a succession of soul singers, when three missed calls from an unknown number appeared on my mobile, starting at 10.07pm. Stepping out of the club, I listened to the first message: “It’s David. I’m at King’s Cross station. This is urgent.”

David Blagdon was a longtime prisoner who had become a friend after I interviewed him for a story in 1999. He’d left the number of a phone box for me to call him back, and when we spoke, he said he was on temporary home leave from prison and needed somewhere to stay. I called my neighbours in London, who agreed to let him in. It was after midnight when I returned to find David chatting to my neighbours, eating a sausage and drinking a beer.

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Paul Stephenson: the hero who refused to leave a pub – and helped desegregate Britain

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 05:00

When he sat down in a pub that banned black people, Stephenson helped change Britain’s discrimination laws. He talks about organising the Bristol bus boycott, attacks from the National Front – and why Muhammad Ali composed a poem about him

In 1964, Paul Stephenson walked into the Bay Horse pub in Bristol and ordered half a pint. A bartender served him, but when the pub’s manager noticed, he told Stephenson to get out, saying: “We don’t want you black people in here – you are a nuisance.” Stephenson refused, and the police were called. Eight officers arrived to arrest him for refusing to quit a licensed premises and held him in the police cells until midnight.

The Bay Horse pub may have been notorious for banning black people, but it was not alone. In 1964 it was legal in the UK to refuse service on the basis of someone’s skin colour – and black and Asian people found themselves turned away not just from pubs but from working men’s clubs – and even from housing and jobs.

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Jackass at 20: disgusting, childish, dangerous and ... heartwarming?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 06:49

The show, which started in 2000 on MTV, was a source of controversy for its ill-advised stunts but its ultimate wholesomeness still shines through

The very first episode of MTV’s Jackass, airing on 1 October 2000, bore the striking title Poo Cocktail – referring to a stunt in which Johnny Knoxville is strapped into an excrement-filled porta potty, which is then upended by a forklift truck. Back on solid ground, he emerges triumphantly, covered in human (and dog) waste, and immediately starts to chase the rest of the cast and crew. While showering off – aided by two men in hazmat suits – Knoxville is asked by the cameraman how he thinks it went. “It was disgusting, it was horrible. I was awash in a sea of poo,” he replies, grinning all the while. When the second episode aired the following week and MTV achieved its highest-ever Sunday night ratings, a ragtag group of pranksters from across the United States instantly became icons to legions of fans entertained by their gross-out antics and unusually high pain tolerance.

Related: Are we ready for the big Generation X animation comeback?

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Sober October: 17 ways to unwind after a stressful day – without hitting the booze

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 10:30

Thousands of people will attempt to give up alcohol next month and for many it will be the hour after work that ruins their plans. Here’s how to relax without reaching for alcohol

With Sober October just around the corner, thousands of us will again be attempting to give up booze for a month. But what are the best ways to wind down at the end of the day when alcohol is off the menu? Here are 17 ideas to get you started.

1 Find a new ritual to switch off. “It is important to mark the change in the day – where work ends and your life starts – especially if you are working at home,” says Laura Willoughby, the co-founder of the mindful drinking community Club Soda. “But that does not have to mean an alcoholic drink. Often it has become the time where we do most of our incidental drinking – we open the fridge at the end of the day without really realising.”

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'Who doesn’t love a plaid?’ How the Clueless look was made 25 years ago

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 05:02

Costume designer Mona May talks about the yellow plaid suit, that red Alaïa (“a-what-a?”) dress and other outfits that have ensured Clueless is a permanent fixture on fashion’s watchlist

When it comes to films, the likes of Belle de Jour and Love Story have long been the default fashion classics. But the people name-checking those movies have obviously not seen Clueless. For a generation raised in the 90s, and another one just referencing it, the high school comedy – which came out in 1995 – is the one. It comes with meme-able lines (“Ugh, as if!”, “You’re a virgin who can’t drive”), a cast of characters including Alicia Silverstone’s Cher, Stacey Dash’s Dionne and Brittany Murphy’s Tai, and a wardrobe that stands up to multiple viewings. Here, Mona May, the costume designer behind all of these looks, as well as those for Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Never Been Kissed, reminiscences on 25 years of Clueless.

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Letters to Hong Kong: ‘the final victory will belong to us’

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 04:00

Dissidents and exiles write to Hongkongers to express solidarity and offer hope for the future

Mainland Chinese residents, activists and writers have watched with dismay as Hong Kong – a city that was once a haven of free speech and political expression – becomes more like those across the border as China cracks down on dissent.

Three months on from the launch of Beijing’s national security law, several have shared advice, empathy and thoughts through letters to their counterparts in Hong Kong.

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Beijing's tyranny forced me to flee Hong Kong, but I will fight for democracy in exile | Nathan Law

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 06:00

The national security law brought brutality to the streets of the city I love. Yet I believe we can regain our freedom

• Nathan Law is a politician and activist from Hong Kong, currently in exile in London

It has been three months since I left Hong Kong. With all my belongings in one backpack and a single piece of hand luggage, I travelled to another global financial centre: London.

From 2014, I had the privilege of being a student leader in the “umbrella movement” and becoming the youngest lawmaker in the Hong Kong legislature, at the age of 23. I was eventually imprisoned because of my peaceful political activism. Because of the draconian national security law imposed on Hong Kong three months ago, I had to flee so that I could continue to speak out freely for the city.

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Families plead for Hong Kong activists accused of trying to flee by speedboat

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 14:23

The ‘Hong Kong 12’ - arrested for allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan - have become the latest flashpoint for protesters

The family of a Hong Kong activist detained in China after allegedly attempting to flee to Taiwan by speedboat say they have had no communication from him and are relying on a piece of paper from Chinese authorities as confirmation of his whereabouts.

Andy Li was among 12 people caught by Chinese coastguards on 23 August. He had been arrested earlier that month under Hong Kong’s newly introduced national security law, after which the authorities had confiscated his passport before releasing him on bail.

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The new centre of dissent: Britain becomes hub for Hong Kong activists

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 06:00

Longstanding cultural ties and a newly welcoming government have led to prominent exiles choosing London as their base

The UK has become an international hub for Hong Kong dissidents as China’s harsh new security law leads to an exodus of pro-democracy politicians, campaigners and protesters, who now face jail terms for their activism.

Longstanding cultural ties, a newly welcoming government and Covid-era travel restrictions that have in effect closed off other potential destinations, such as Canada and Australia, have boosted the number of new arrivals to Britain.

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Battered, bloodshot Boris is no longer the star of his own show | John Crace

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 19:21

Keir Starmer barely has to get out of second gear to win PMQs now. It must be driving Johnson mad

Like most narcissists, Boris Johnson is unable to conceive of other people having an independent existence. Rather, they are mere satellites orbiting his ego. Mere objects whose only function is to do his bidding. And to be fair, it’s a world view that has served him well enough up to now as he’s cruised his way, with a flamboyant mixture of broken promises, outright lies and back-stabbing, to his life’s goal of becoming prime minister. Family, friends and colleagues that have been trampled upon along the way are just collateral damage.

But there are growing signs that many people are increasingly deciding that enough is enough. Tory backbenchers have got fed up with being left out in the cold from the government’s coronavirus legislation and the Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, made no attempt to disguise his anger on Wednesday at the way parliament had been sidelined. But the person who most gets under Boris’s skin is Keir Starmer. Because more than six months in, he has yet to get the better of the Labour leader.

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Trump v Biden in the first 2020 presidential debate: our panelists' verdict

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 06:11

Donald Trump set the tone for a brawl that offered a bleak picture of American democracy

As this annus horribilis grinds toward its close, the first (and final?) presidential debate provided further evidence that 2020 is a bad scriptwriter. What might possibly have been an interesting and even educational exchange turned out to be a distressing and largely unwatchable pissing contest.

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Johnson's pledges on the environment are worthless. Worse is how cynical they are | George Monbiot

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 05:00

Pledges are made to distract and placate us - but at this year’s UN biodiversity summit, public anger cannot be extinguished

It’s the hope I can’t stand. Every few years, governments gather to make solemn promises about the action they will take to defend the living world, then break them before the ink is dry. Today, at the virtual UN summit on biodiversity, they will move themselves to tears with the thought of the grand things they will do, then turn off their computers and sign another mining lease.

Ten years ago, at the last summit, world leaders made a similar set of “inspirational” promises. Analysis published a fortnight ago showed that, of the 20 pledges agreed at Nagoya in Japan in 2010, not one has been met. The collapse of wildlife populations and our life-support systems has continued unabated: the world has now lost 68% of its wild vertebrates since 1970. It sounds brutal to say that these meetings are a total waste of time. But this is a generous assessment. By creating a false impression of progress, by assuaging fear and fobbing us off, these summits are a means not of accelerating action but thwarting it.

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Trump heckled, bullied and lied through the debate. It won't help him beat Biden | Richard Wolffe

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 04:53

The president is behind in key states. Fighting on TV won’t turn things around or win over the sliver of undecided voters left

In a bar-room brawl, who wins the fight? The guy swinging his fists or the guy clutching his drink?

From the very first minute of the first presidential debate, the 45th president behaved as he has for the last four years: as unpresidential as possible.

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A Facial Action Coding system to explain what women are thinking? You could just ask | Bidisha

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 06:00

Scientists have been assessing flirty expressions to find the one that makes straight men believe women are interested in them

It’s good to know that the pandemic hasn’t stopped proper academic research being done. Not just research into treatment or a cure for Covid, but something more pressing, such as how to tell if a woman is flirting with you. Because this is a serious study by real scientists, the names and stuff have lots of capitals in them: analysts from the University of Kansas used a Facial Action Coding system and published their findings about flirty expressions in the Journal of Sex Research.

According to the results, the demeanour that most indicates to men that women are flirting with them involves a slightly ducked head-tilt, eye contact and a little smile. Think coy nun, Cadbury’s cartoon Caramel bunny or Princess Diana in her interview with Martin Bashir 25 years ago. You know, that flirty hour during which she discussed years of bulimia, gaslighting from the royal family, media harassment and her husband’s infidelity. Alluring!

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Feminists like me aren't anti-trans – we just can't discard the idea of 'sex' | Susanna Rustin

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 16:12

If we replace ‘sex’ with ‘gender’ as a way of thinking about ourselves, it will be harder to tackle sex-based oppression

Name a female thinker with an eponymous adjective. The man-derived words are commonplace: Aristotelian, Confucian, Trotskyist, Churchillian. Two queens, Elizabeth I and Victoria, have great chunks of British history and culture named after them. But this is not the same thing.

In fact, with the exception of Thatcherism, it’s hard to find a noun describing a woman’s ideas that is in anything approaching general usage in the UK. Even the novelists Jane Austen and George Eliot don’t have a style named after them in the way that Charles Dickens (Dickensian) and Henry James (Jamesian) do.

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Coronavirus is damaging Britain's young people – and that didn't have to happen | Sonia Sodha

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 10:00

The plight of students self-isolating in university halls was entirely foreseeable. Why did the government abandon them?

In September 1939, almost 1.5 million people – including 800,000 schoolchildren – were evacuated from London and other metropolitan areas of Britain over the course of just three days. A year in the planning, the goal of Operation Pied Piper was to remove children from areas at high risk of aerial bombing during the second world war, and send them to live with hosts in rural communities. Decades later, we know that while mass evacuation kept children physically safe from the bombing, many suffered long-term emotional trauma as a result of the separation from their parents and the abuse some faced in their temporary homes.

Related: Freshers' week without all the chaotic socialising? It's just not right | Joel Golby

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Has Covid-19 turned the clock back on women's equality? – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 02:00

Women seem to be bearing the brunt of the economic fallout and taking on a greater share of domestic work and childcare. Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff looks at whether the virus has meant a huge step back for women’s rights

Men have paid disproportionately with their lives during this pandemic, yet it’s women, Gaby Hinsliff tells Anushka Asthana, who seem to be bearing the brunt of the economic fallout. Women working from home are also shouldering more of the housework and childcare than men, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), while young women were hardest hit by redundancies early on, when female-dominated sectors such as retail, hotels and hairdressing salons shut overnight. Gaby says she worries it is turning back the clock on the huge strides forward that women have made over the past few decades.

Anushka also talks to Georgie, a paramedic who was pregnant when Covid-19 hit. She had all her shifts cancelled as a result of pregnancy discrimination, and is now taking her agency to a tribunal. She describes the enormous impact that it had on her mental health and her pregnancy.

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An inevitable crisis: how Covid-19 hit universities - podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 02:00

The academic year has started at universities across the UK but far from the promised freshers’ experience, new students are finding themselves forced to isolate and attend classes online

When the coronavirus outbreak first struck Britain in March, universities scrambled to respond. They moved lectures online, sent students home and cancelled exams. But now at the start of a new academic year and despite a summer to plan, there are chaotic scenes springing up on campuses around the country.

The Guardian’s Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks tells Anushka Asthana that Scottish universities were first to return and have already seen multiple clusters of cases with thousands of students, many away from home for the first time, now forced to isolate. Jordan Hunter is in his 3rd year at the University of Glasgow and editor of its student paper. He tells Anushka that anger levels are rising at both university administrators and the government.

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Why has activist Nathan Law been forced to flee Hong Kong? – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 02:00

Nathan Law is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, but his years of campaigning have made him a target for the Chinese government. He discusses the toll it has taken and why he has now had to flee to London. Guardian correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison looks at what the future holds for Hong Kong

In July, Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent young democracy activists, announced he had relocated to Britain, five days after confirming he had fled his home because of Beijing’s new security law. Law was a founding member of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party that disbanded the same day Beijing imposed its new security law on the semi-autonomous region. Law and other prominent party members such as former the student leader Joshua Wong were vilified by Beijing, often described as “black hands” and separatists who conspired with foreigners to undermine China.

Nathan talks to Rachel Humphreys about why he decided to dedicate his life to activism and the impact that it has had on him and his family. He talks about his decision to come to Britain and how he will continue to campaign from the UK. Emma Graham-Harrison, senior international affairs correspondent for the Guardian and Observer, discusses how China’s introduction of the national security law effectively ends Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy.

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Pogba and Mata send lacklustre Manchester United past Brighton

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 20:57

Ed Woodward should not be fooled by the score. While it was comfortable in the end, the clamour for Manchester United to strengthen their attack is going to only intensify after this misshapen performance from their second string. The search must go on, even if Borussia Dortmund hold firm on Jadon Sancho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær made his point when he turned to his bench moments after Dean Henderson had prevented Brighton’s Leandro Trossard from cancelling out Scott McTominay’s goal. After intending to give Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford the night off, the manager called them into action and United pulled clear to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

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LA Lakers crush Miami Heat in NBA finals opener behind Anthony Davis's 34

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 03:51

LeBron James finally got an easy Game 1 in the NBA finals.

A very easy one, at that.

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Chris Robshaw's career can be measured by the noble manner he handled failures | Andy Bull

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 07:00

Former England captain went through the rugby mill but came out the other side a better player and an unchanged man

Watching Chris Robshaw play his last matches for Harlequins got me thinking about the first time I met him. It was early one winter morning in 2011, in a cafe near Twickenham. Six weeks earlier, England had embarrassed themselves at the World Cup in New Zealand. The fallout was long, and still going on, complicated by a series of leaks about what had gone wrong.

Their captain, Lewis Moody, had already quit, and everyone was talking about who was going to take over from him. Tom Croft and Toby Flood were the two names that kept coming up. Then there was Robshaw, an outside bet, since he had won only the one cap, and that on one of those forgotten summer tours to Argentina.

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Manchester United open talks with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembélé loan

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 20:51

  • United turn to France international after Sancho setback
  • Dembélé would prefer to stay at Barcelona

Manchester United have made contact with Barcelona to see if they can sign Ousmane Dembélé on loan for the 2020-21 season.

United are not entertaining the idea of signing the France international, who has only made 52 league starts for Barcelona since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, on a permanent deal. Barcelona would prefer to sell Dembélé to free up funds for the manager Ronald Koeman to initiate a squad rebuild but realise this may be difficult to achieve.

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How Covid returned English football's resources debate to centre stage

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 07:00

Coronavirus has shone an unforgiving spotlight on the game’s structure and inequalities that can be traced back over 30 years

The coronavirus crisis has presented English football with an opportunity to reset its structure and values. But it has been here before.

In 1990, when the top clubs in England were seeking to escape the control of the Football League and create a new competition, they approached the Football Association for their blessing. Without it, they reasoned, any plans for a “Premier League” would be dead in the water.

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Serena Williams insists her body is still willing after pulling out of French Open

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 18:44

  • Williams picked up injury during US Open semi-final
  • ‘My body is doing really well. It’s just bad timing and bad luck’

When Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open moments before her second-round match against the accomplished Bulgarian veteran Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday, she was quick to insist she is still hunting down Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors.

However, whether time, opponents and the achilles injury that first struck at the recent US Open will allow her to do so remains problematic as the American enters her 40th year – three years after winning her last major.

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Venezuela shortages prompt wave of protests across country

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 09:00

  • More than 100 protests erupt in 17 of 23 states
  • Fuel, electricity, water and household goods in short supply

A wave of demonstrations has erupted across Venezuela as angry citizens flout lockdown restrictions to demand an end to worsening shortages of everything from electricity and water to fuel and household supplies.

Since Sunday, more than 100 protests have broken out in at least 17 of the country’s 23 states, sometimes resulting in skirmishes with riot police.

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India's classical music and dance 'guru' system hit by abuse allegations

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 05:30

Female musicians say abuse by gurus has been an open secret for years in a culture where ‘toxic and old-fashioned patriarchy’ holds sway

One of India’s most venerated cultural traditions – the centuries-old guru-shishya (disciple) method of learning classical music and dance – has been hit by allegations of sexual abuse.

A group of 90 female classical musicians issued a statement in September, alleging sexual abuse and exploitation of female disciples by their gurus. They described a “fear-driven culture of silence” that forced women to submit to the sexual demands of their gurus for fear of having to end their careers.

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Fat bear week: America's most body positive contest nears climax

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 08:00

Big is beautiful in the public vote for the brown bear piling on the most pounds before hibernation in Alaska’s Katmai national park

Deep into a tumultuous and often harrowing year, it will be a relief to many that America has now finally arrived at a cherished annual highlight: fat bear week.

Related: US government issues bear advice: friends don't let friends get eaten

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Stimulus hopes lift markets, as Rolls-Royce launches rights issue – business live

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 07:59

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

Today’s £5bn package of new equity and bonds, and fresh loans, should help Rolls-Royce handle the “crushing impact” of Covid-19 crisis, says Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown:

The aircraft manufacturer is in a bleak position given the collapse in international air travel. There is little end in sight for the falling demand for new planes and it’s already shed assets and announced mass job losses.

It had considered getting a cash injection from sovereign wealth funds in Singapore and Kuwait, but withdrew from those talks. It will instead raise another £1 billion through the corporate bond market.

Weekend speculation over a heavily discounted rights issue has seen Rolls Royce shares continue to decline this week, with management also reported to be in lengthy talks with a host of sovereign wealth funds. At the end of last week there was also speculation that the Kuwait Investment Office was also mulling a stake, which would have put the UK government in a somewhat tricky situation given it has a veto of sorts over any overseas shareholders.

Rolls Royce clearly needs the cash to shore up its balance sheet, given the sharp drop in revenues it has experienced in the last few months, and which is likely to continue for some time to come. The continued procrastination however is not helping, and last night’s news that it had called off its talks with KIO and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund closed off another avenue for the business. It’s being reported that the failure of talks was due to opposition from existing shareholders, which is fair enough, but then these existing shareholders need to come up with alternatives or face the breakup of the business. A vote will be held on the deal on 27th October, where shareholders will have the opportunity to either put up or shut up.

Despite the drag effect from Rolls-Royce, the London stock market has opened higher.

The FTSE 100 index has gained 45 points, or 0.8%, to 5911.

The focus will would be on the talks between Mnuchin and Pelosi today after Mnuchin put forward a new plan, reported to be $1.62trn (Mnuchin described it as in the neighbourhood of $1.5trn), which is an improvement on the previous Republican stance.

Crucially, the new proposals include increased provisions for state and local aid, which has been a key demand for the Democrats. It is not clear whether the proposal also includes a clause for $400bn of additional stimulus if the COVID situation worsens. The improved Republican offer, though short of the $2.2trillion proposed by the Democrats, has raised market hopes that a deal could be reached on the stimulus.

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Scientists use satellite tags to reveal white storks' migratory habits

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 06:30

Scientists look forward to data from tags tracking captive-bred white storks at a West Sussex farm

Marge, a white stork released onto a rewilded farm in West Sussex, is shedding light on the birds’ unpredictable migratory habits by flying to Morocco for her first winter and spending the summer in Spain.

Scientists are using satellite tags to track white storks released onto the Knepp estate to learn what migratory habits the captive-bred birds will develop.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: at least three Syrian fighters killed

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 17:59

Syrians on the ground are believed to be contractors working for Turkish security companies

At least three Syrian opposition fighters have been killed in skirmishes in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Guardian has learned, confirming earlier reports of foreign involvement in the battle between Armenian and Azerbaijan over the territory and increasing fears it may spiral into a wider regional conflict.

As fierce combat between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces stretched into a fourth day, the presence of Syrians on the ground – believed to be contractors working for Turkish security companies – signalled a new frontier for Ankara’s increasingly assertive foreign policy.

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Oui ou non: New Caledonia set for fresh vote on independence from France

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 20:00

Sunday’s vote could lay the foundations for the birth of a new nation in the Pacific after surprising support emerged in 2018 referendum

It’s the final week of campaigning and two flags fly above the competing rallies, concerts, and campaign meetings: the French tricolour and the multi-coloured flag of Kanaky.

On Sunday, voters in New Caledonia will go to the polls for a second referendum on the political future of the French Pacific dependency.

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Facebook removes Trump campaign ads with misleading claims about refugees

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 00:04

The rejected ads claimed, without evidence, that Biden would allow more refugees and thus increase Americans’ risk of Covid-19

Facebook has removed a number of ads from the Trump campaign for making misleading and inaccurate claims about Covid-19 and immigration.

On Wednesday the social media platform took down the Trump-sponsored advertisements which claimed, without evidence, that accepting refugees would increase Americans’ risk of Covid-19. The ad, which featured a video of Joe Biden talking about the border and asylum seekers, claimed, also without evidence, that the Democratic candidate’s policies would increase the number of refugees from Syria, Somalia, and Yemen by “700%”. More than 38 versions of the ad were run on Facebook and were seen by hundreds of thousands of people before the company removed them.

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'How to move to Canada': Americans rush to Google after unwatchable debate

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 16:38

Google reports peak number of searches for ‘How to apply for Canadian citizenship’ after chaotic Trump-Biden skirmish

If you watched Tuesday night’s presidential debate thinking it was the height of civility, you’re probably in the minority. For many Americans, it was enough to trigger a potential mass exodus.

Related: Trump plunges presidential debate into chaos as he repeatedly talks over Biden

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Canada: outcry after video shows hospital staff taunting dying Indigenous woman

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 17:26

Joyce Echaquan is seen grimacing as nurses call her ‘stupid as hell’, renewing calls for country to confront systemic racism

A shocking video showing hospital staff in Canada taunting a dying Indigenous woman has left a community in mourning and renewed calls for the country to confront the realities of systemic racism.

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman, arrived at a hospital in the Quebec city of Joliette on Monday, complaining of stomach pain.

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Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee review – an exceptional biography

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 06:30

An astute study of the dazzlingly clever playwright, which details the parties and famous friends, but also identifies the emotions that drive much of his work

In The Invention of Love, Tom Stoppard has his Oscar Wilde character describe biography as “the mesh through which our real life escapes”. Quoting that line in his biography (twice) is a nice touch. Almost 1,000 pages is a lot of mesh, and it’s best not to press too hard on what might be meant by “our real life”: in Stoppardia, such questions tend to lead to long speeches about chaos theory.

How our experience in the theatre during one of his plays relates to our lives outside is a question that has nagged at discussions of Stoppard’s standing as a writer. His kind of quantum dramatics messes with our minds and our understanding of time and we love it, but when we get home we still have to set the alarm for work the next day. Does this mean that his plays are little more than a diverting display of verbal fireworks, clever but of no significance, or are deeper themes about our experience of life being addressed? At the very least, his work reveals a constant endeavour to decipher the puzzles of existence. As Hannah, a character in one of his best-loved plays, Arcadia, says: “It’s wanting to know that makes us matter. Otherwise we’re going out the way we came in.” She’s not just referring to the exit from the theatre.

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A Perfectly Normal Family review – trans drama told from the heart

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 07:00

Danish director Malou Reymann tells the story of a father transitioning to female with almost too much empathy

Danish director Malou Reymann makes her debut feature with this gentle, open-hearted drama based on her own childhood experience of her dad transitioning to female. The story is told from the perspective of 11-year-old Emma (Kaya Toft Loholt). But Reymann turns the dial on the empathy machine up to 11 – balancing the feelings of all her characters so evenly and with such generosity that in the end I did feel that the niceness of her film left it a bit pale dramatically.

Related: Disclosure: behind Laverne Cox's Netflix documentary on trans representation

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Michael Rosen on his Covid-19 coma: ‘It felt like a pre-death, a nothingness’

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 05:00

Earlier this year, the beloved children’s writer spent six weeks on a ventilator with coronavirus. He talks about the magic of the NHS, the mismanagement of the crisis and how his near-death experience has changed him

“I’m drinking lemon tea,” Michael Rosen says. “Would you like some? It’s what my mother used to call Russian tea, by the way.” And before I am through the kitchen door of his north London home, he has given me a potted history of Russian tea. It is classic Rosen. Rarely does a sentence pass without the much-loved children’s poet and author teaching you something. There are anecdotes within anecdotes, tangents galore and an astonishing frame of reference – from the Palestinian professor Edward Said on “othering” to the former footballer Gordon Strachan on resilience, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah on us all being migrants and the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, on memory banks – and back again. “Sorry to inflict the Arsenal mug on a Man City fan,” he says with a wicked smile. Rosen, it seems, knows everything about everybody.

Earlier this year, the 74-year-old contracted Covid-19. He spent seven weeks in intensive care, six of them on a ventilator. His hair is white and thinner (although still pretty lush), he wears a hearing aid because his left ear is buggered, the bags under his eyes are more scrotal than ever, his left eye is fogged over, his voice is underpowered and he struggles with his breathing. Then there is the dizziness, numb toes, increased arthritis and blood clots on his lungs. Having said that, he is doing amazingly well. He is not hobbling around his kitchen, but cantering. He is writing books and newspaper columns, performing on his YouTube channel (run by his son Joe; 86m views), tweeting like billy-o. And yet there is something different about him.

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More than 200 writers and publishers sign letter in support of trans and non-binary people

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 11:03

Described as ‘a message of love and solidarity’ and with signatories including Jeanette Winterson and Malorie Blackman, it comes days after a host of prominent literary names signed a letter defending JK Rowling

Days after a host of prominent literary names signed a letter defending JK Rowling “against hate”, more than 200 writers, publishers and journalists including Jeanette Winterson, Malorie Blackman and Joanne Harris have put their names to another stating their support for transgender and non-binary people.

The letter, which is described as “a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community”, was pulled together by acclaimed writers Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Daisy Johnson. With signatories also including Juno Dawson, Elizabeth Day, Max Porter, Nikesh Shukla, Sara Collins, Irenosen Okojie, Mary Jean Chan, Naoise Dolan, Olivia Sudjic, Sharlene Teo and Patrick Ness, it states that “non-binary lives are valid, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights”.

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Bob Mould, alt-rock's gay icon, takes on American evil: 'My head's on fire!'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 09:57

The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman is back with a career box set and an incendiary new album, having come to terms with childhood trauma, his sexuality and the death of his bandmate

It’s been a fortnight since Bob Mould could open his windows. “The air is pretty toxic,” he reports from his home in San Francisco, as the California wildfires gradually turn the skies orange. It’s just one example of the unfortunate prescience of his new album, Blue Hearts, which opens with the words “the left coast is covered in ash and flames”.

The veteran singer/songwriter’s response to the Trump presidency, Blue Hearts essays a broken America, from climate change, to rumblings of civil war (Heart on My Sleeve), to the hypocrisy of the religious right (Forecast of Rain, which anticipates Jerry Falwell Jr’s recent scandal). “The terrible division in this country right now comes from the top, from our leader,” he says, scornfully. “This is trickle-down racism.”

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Jimmy Fallon on the debate: 'Felt like getting a Covid test in both nostrils'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 16:10

Late-night hosts lament the incoherent, off-the-rails presidential debate, from Trump’s interruptions to Biden’s frustration

Tuesday night’s presidential debate was, by most accounts, an off-the-rails train wreck, one quickly trashed by late-night hosts. “Usually when you see two guys this age arguing, it’s about leaves being blown on to each other’s lawns,” said Jimmy Fallon of the 90-minute spectacle which pitted Donald Trump against Joe Biden, both in their 70s, for what turned into an incoherent, sinister mess.

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'Denim is rubbish for keeping you warm': experts' tips for cold-weather dressing

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 08:52

Avoid thick socks with tight shoes, try a neck buff and invest in a rechargeable waistcoat – top tips for dressing warm from a groundsman, a National Trust ranger and a cold-water swimmer

Spending time outdoors was fine in June when it might have involved beer, picnic dressing and socially distanced picnic rugs in the local park. And the outdoors remains vital to life right now, whether that is for a sanity-restoring walk or – depending on where you are in the UK – a meet-up with five friends. But when the temperature is somewhere between 7C and 14C, it takes on a different complexion. Taking rambler Alfred Wainwright’s memorable adage that there is no bad weather, only bad clothes, we asked a groundsman, a dog-walker, a professional snowboarder, a National Trust ranger and others what to wear to keep the heat in and the cold out.

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How to make the perfect pasta ai funghi – recipe | Felicity Cloake's The perfect …

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 11:00

Which mushrooms give the biggest umami hit? Which herbs and spices work best? The classic Italian sauce gets the onceover from our resident perfectionist

The Italians are a nation of mycophiles, pouring into woods and forests in their thousands each autumn on the hunt for chiodini, gallinacci and, most prized of all, porcini, to saute, preserve or, as here, turn into a richly flavoured sauce. As well as having an earthy character that comes from a life spent largely underground, mushrooms are high in monosodium glutamate, the same thing that gives parmesan and ripe tomatoes their intensely savoury quality, which makes them an ideal base for a meat-free ragu. But do you need to be out foraging at dawn for the best results, or can you achieve fungi nirvana with supermarket produce?

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They hate each other's political views – so why have they become friends?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 09:00

Our political culture is becoming more and more polarized. In such a partisan world, can we still get along with those whose beliefs we can’t abide?

When Glenn Stanton and Sheila Kloefkorn first ended up in the same room together, they knew they were not going to see eye to eye.

Related: 'It gets into your bones': the unique loneliness of coronavirus lockdown when you live alone

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Google unveils Pixel 5, Chromecast and Nest Audio smart speaker

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 19:07

New Chromecast with Google TV alongside Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones

Google has announced four new additions to its own-brand hardware line including two new Pixel smartphones, a new Chromecast and Nest Audio smart speaker.

The Pixel 5 is Google’s new top phone, which slots in above the well received but heavily delayed Pixel 4a and the new Pixel 4a 5G, which also launches today.

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Glue and scissors: how I rediscovered my teenage hobby amid the pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 10:00

At some point in my adult life, art had become a thing for people who were already good at art. But during the lockdown, I rediscovered collaging

In March came the quarantine. Homebound under the governor’s orders, my only escape was an Apple orchard of electronics – MacBook. iPhone. iPad. – my world flattened to screens. I was now a college professor whose domain had shrunken from a classroom to a Zoom URL, students admiring the lush wall of plants in my living room. As a single-unwed-childless-petless woman with no roommates, I found my social life relocated fully to social media.

By April, my digital ennui ran deep, but I could find no suitable tech-free distraction to float through the hours confined at home. I made daily attempts at improving my read-to-unread book ratio, but my anxious mind insisted on drifting from the page. Often, my attention broke mid-paragraph and I’d be back online checking for breaking news of a Covid cure that wasn’t coming anytime soon, or peering at posts made by friends I used to spend quality time with IRL.

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David Atherton's recipe for beetroot sub rolls

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 12:00

These pink, pillowy rolls – made with grated pickled beetroot and nutritious flaxseed meal – are delicious filled with cured fish and pickles

Sub sandwiches are known for towering layers of filling, but the bread should not be neglected. My favourite sub is stuffed with cured fish, pickles and fresh, crispy lettuce. For this, you want a pillowy, soft roll that can stand up to the strong flavours. The grated, pickled beetroot here keeps the crumb moist and gives it a slightly sour taste and a pretty pink colour. The flaxseed meal and the wholemeal flour feed your gut microbiome without making the bread dense. Finally, the caraway seeds make the fish sing.

Makes 4

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Trump ensures first presidential debate is national humiliation | Analysis

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 07:19

Analysis: Only one man looked remotely presidential on the debate stage in Cleveland, Ohio, and it was not the incumbent

Cry, the beloved country. Donald Trump ensured Tuesday’s first US presidential debate was the worst in American history, a national humiliation. The rest of the world – and future historians – will presumably look at it and weep.

More likely than not, according to opinion polls, his opponent Joe Biden will win the November election and bring the republic back from the brink. If Trump is re-elected, however, this dark, horrifying, unwatchable fever dream will surely be the first line of America’s obituary.

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'There's a lot of hurt': four years of fire take toll on California's wine country

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 12:57

Residents are now wearily familiar with the enervating routine of wildfires, alerts and being ready to flee at a moment’s notice

As Will Abrams and his wife worked desperately in the early hours of Monday to distract their panicking children from the wildfire flames that crept closer and closer to their car as they fled Santa Rosa, it was not so much fear he felt but a sense of frustration.

Fear was waking up one October night in 2017 with his house ablaze from the Tubbs fire, his children screaming and embers catching in the yard. Fear was having to move burning logs out of the driveway in order to escape.

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Plan to solve Florida's non-existent protest problem is pure 'mini-Trump'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 10:00

Governor Ron DeSantis wants to crack down on demonstrators to distract from a disastrous pandemic response, critics say

For many who heard Ron DeSantis outline his proposed “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting Act” it was a head-scratcher.

Why would Florida’s Republican governor suddenly be pushing severe penalties on protesters in a state that escaped the disorder of summer Black Lives Matter gatherings elsewhere? Why threaten to withhold state money from municipalities that defund police even as Florida cities including Miami and Tampa were actually increasing law enforcement spending?

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America's year of fire and tempests means climate crisis just got very real

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 06:30

Record-breaking wildfires and hurricanes were just the most high-profile effects of global heating – and this is only the start

In a flurry of recent fires and storms, the climate crisis has left unmistakable wounds on America. Even in a tumultuous year not short of anguish elsewhere, scientists warn the climate-fueled disasters of 2020’s summer point to major shifts that will upend Americans’ lives like no other threat.

The American west has experienced its biggest year of fire on record, with blazes the collective size of Connecticut roaring across a tinderbox-dry landscape, consuming thousands of buildings, claiming several dozen lives and turning the Bay Area’s sky an eerie orange.

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'They save lives': the lettings agency that's exclusively for homeless people

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 06:00

Through its high-street shopfront in leafy Walton-on-Thames, RentStart aims to help beat the stigma around homelessness

The affluent town of Walton-on-Thames in Surrey is probably the last place you would expect to find a lettings agency for homeless people. But on the corner of the high street stands RentStart, on the site of a former bank and estate agents, its shop window looking into a light-flooded space with high ceilings and modern, funky furniture.

Before its completion in July curious passersby knocked on the door to ask “are you opening a new bar?”, says RentStart chief executive Helen Watson.

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Tell us about your return to the UK from countries on the quarantine list

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-24 13:10

The number of places which people need to self-isolate after returning from is growing. Share your experiences

We would like to hear from people about their experiences arriving at UK airports, ports and train stations from countries on the quarantine list, such as Croatia, France, Spain and Luxembourg.

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Belarus: what is the mood like in the country?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 08:35

If you live or work in Belarus, we would like to hear your reaction to the situation in the country

After 10 days of protests in Belarus, EU leaders are to hold emergency talks to discuss the country’s political crisis in the country.

Whether you live or work in Belarus, we would like to hear your reaction to the situation in the country. What do you think the mood is like at the moment? Are you taking part in protests? Do you have any concerns?

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Help us document the US healthcare workers who die fighting coronavirus

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-27 15:04

We’d like your help identifying the US frontline healthcare workers who die after treating or helping patients with coronavirus

Lost on the frontline is a project by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News that aims to document the life of every healthcare worker in the US who dies from Covid-19 during the pandemic. From doctors to hospital cleaners, and from nursing home aides to paramedics, this project will capture the diverse range of frontline health workers risking their lives to help others in this fight. You can read more about the project here .

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You can send a news tip direct to Guardian journalists here. For stories that need a high level of security then contact us here

Get in touch with your news tips and stories by filling in our encrypted form below.

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A contrast of styles: New Zealand v US leaders' election debate – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 04:28

New Zealand and the United States both had leaders' debates this week, and some political junkies noticed a distinct difference in tone. In New Zealand, where the Labour leader and incumbent prime minister Jacinda Ardern faced off against National leader Judith Collins, the pair exchanged compliments in a debate described by Collins as 'robust and a win for politics'. Meanwhile, in America, president Donald Trump's attacks on his Democratic rival Joe Biden turned highly person 

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Troubled Florida, divided America: will Donald Trump hold this vital swing state? - video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 08:59

Donald Trump’s presidency has changed American society. With six weeks until the most important election in a generation, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone are crossing the US to uncover the fault lines that underpin American politics. In the vital swing state of Florida, where disinformation on Covid-19 has spread unchecked, the race for the White House is tightening by the day

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Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region – video report

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 19:29

Dozens have been killed in clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over a disputed area in the south Caucasus region, with international calls mounting for an immediate ceasefire.

Tensions between the countries have been growing for months over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, an enclave legally considered to be part of Azerbaijan, but which has been run by ethnic Armenians since it declared independence in 1991.

Fighting was reported overnight on 27 September and throughout the following day, with both sides accusing each other of using heavy artillery, targeting civilians and deploying foreign mercenaries

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Rescuers work to save whales in worst mass stranding in Australia's history – video report

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-23 10:03

Hundreds of whales have died in what is suspected to be Australia's largest mass stranding on record.

More than 450 long-finned pilot whales were caught on sandbanks and beaches on the Australian island state of Tasmania.

Rescuers have managed to save about 50 whales so far, with efforts to save any whales that are still alive ongoing

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her own words – video obituary

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-19 00:05

The supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, arguably the single most important female lawyer in the history of the American republic, has died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old.

Appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg was a stalwart of the court’s liberal bloc, which Donald Trump appears now to have the opportunity to confine to a minority for a generation.

Later nicknamed RBG, Ginsburg was an icon, especially for women, and provided an essential vote in watershed rulings that combatted gender discrimination and protected abortion rights, equal pay, civil liberties and privacy rights.

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'I feel sick, violated': former model alleges sexual assault by Donald Trump – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-17 09:45

Amy Dorris alleges she was sexually assaulted by Donald Trump in 1997, when she was 24. Speaking publicly about the alleged incident for the first time, the former model claims Trump grabbed her as she came out of the bathroom of his VIP box at the US Open tennis event, forced his tongue down her throat and held her in a grip from which she could not escape. Trump's lawyers said he denied in the strongest possible terms having ever harassed, abused or behaved improperly toward Dorris

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Can Belarus protesters topple Europe's last dictator? – video explainer

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-11 16:31

Thousands of Belarusians have defied beatings and arrests to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, after he claimed victory in an election they say was rigged. Protesters have flooded Belarus's capital, Minsk, every week for a month to call for new, free and fair elections, as well as an end to police violence. But Lukashenko has held on with the support of the police and military. Can the protesters topple the man often called Europe's last dictator?

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Voter suppression: how Trump is undermining the US election – video explainer

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-04 08:00

Americans are increasingly encountering barriers to exercising their most fundamental of democratic rights during this 2020 presidential election – the right to vote. 

The Guardian's Sam Levine looks at how voter suppression has been unfolding across the US, four key tactics being used in attempts to block votes, and how president Donald Trump is trying delegitimize November's election

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'Compassion, trauma and hope': a fresh perspective on addiction – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2020-10-01 06:00

Nik Roche’s photos of addicts living on the boundaries of society capture a community whose complex circumstances deserve more than just a glance

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Airborne jubilation at the Women's World Cup: Rob Cianflone's best photograph

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 14:22

‘I was about to shoot Alex Morgan, captain of the USA team, celebrating – when Kelley O’Hara flew in, fists clenched and ponytail up in the air’

The key to a great sports shot is timing … and a lot of luck. There might be an amazing shot about to happen and then a player or an official steps in front of you. One time I was shooting a game where there were seven goals scored – but six of them happened at the other end of the pitch! One player alone scored four and I didn’t have anything of it because I was at the opposite end.

For this shot, it all came together. It was the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the USA were about to win their quarter-final against the hosts, France, at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Once we hit the 90-minute mark I followed the USA team’s captain, Alex Morgan, around the pitch with my lens, hoping she’d do something. During stoppage time she had moved away from me and I was worried she’d be too far off. I had a backup plan to photograph the bench instead, because the substitutes and staff often come running on to the pitch at the final whistle, but luckily the play came back towards my end.

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Visions of love: 30 years of Mariah Carey's style

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 13:01

As she releases her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey we look back at 30 years of Mariah’s style from the classic 90s/00s jeans and nice top to becoming the Queen of Christmas

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Nights at the circus: beyond the big top – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 10:09

From acrobatics to contortionists, delve into Guardian photographer Tristram Kenton’s archive of circus shots showing performers at their gravity-defying best

All photographs by Tristram Kenton

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Close Up Photographer of the Year - in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 08:00

The annual photography competition devoted to close-up, macro and micro shots has announced its winning image, taken by Galice Hoarau, a French professor of marine molecular ecology. His night-time shot of an eel larva won CUPOTY, and was chosen from more than 6,000 entries from 52 countries. Here is a selection of the best

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How Covid sowed the seeds of food security in Johannesburg

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 06:45

During South Africa’s strict lockdown, groups of activists decided to distribute parcels of vegetables as wells as seedlings and gardening materials as well as to hundreds of vulnerable households

Photographs by Miora Rajaonary

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