The Guardian

  • Fleetwood charges into Open contention as Kisner and Johnson set the pace

    • Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner the leaders at six under
    • Fleetwood one shot behind, McIlroy and Spieth in the hunt

    It was almost as if the clouds summoned the stars. The impetus this Open Championship arrived in the most unlikely of circumstances as squally second-round conditions formed a backdrop to a much-needed cavalry charge. The R&A, about as receptive to criticism as Muirfield’s membership might be to a lunch request from the Quakers, could breathe a sigh of relief. The third major the year, hitherto a slow burner, has a beating heart.

    Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson warmed the mood of Carnoustie galleries who had been reacquainted with a cold, wet Scottish summer’s morning. Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead at six under par. Fleetwood, Pat Perez and Xander Schauffele are one behind. A leaderboard stacked with golf’s modern day royalty equates to a wide open championship.

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  • Child spies used only when very necessary, says Downing Street

    Theresa May’s spokeswoman defends practice revealed by House of Lords committee

    David Davis, the Tory former cabinet minister, has branded recruitment of child spies “morally repugnant”, as he led politicians and human rights groups in condemnation of police and intelligence agencies’ use of the tactic.

    The recruitment of children as so-called covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) emerged this week after a House of Lords committee raised the alarm over proposals to loosen restrictions surrounding it.

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  • North Korea: US calls on Russia and China to tackle breaches of oil sanctions
    • Mike Pompeo alleged at least 89 ship-to-ship transfers this year
    • Russia and China reject call to step up UN sanctions regime

    The US has urged Russia and China to clamp down on repeated breaches of the oil sanctions regime imposed on North Korea, saying America had evidence of at least 89 illegal ship-to-ship oil transfers this year.

    Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, was speaking at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, the day after Russia and China at the UN sanctions committee rejected a US call to step up sanctions saying it needed further evidence of North Korean sanctions evasion.

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  • Martin Rowson on Donald Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin – cartoon
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  • Is eating bananas whole gay? Fragile masculinity's bizarre new 'hetiquette' | Arwa Mahdawi

    Rapper Wiz Khalifa’s insistence that ‘you gotta break it in pieces, bro’ is but one example of gender expectations affecting food

    Rapper Wiz Khalifa thinks heterosexual men shouldn’t eat bananas straight out of the peel. Khalifa shared his fruity thoughts on the Breakfast Club radio show earlier this week, telling host Charlamagne Tha God that men should break their bananas into little bits. It’s simple “hetiquette”.

    “If you bite into a banana, you sus,” Khalifa said. “Sus” is slang for suspect, and in this instance, seems to be implying that eating a banana whole is a gay thing to do.

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  • Novichok poisonings: victim Charlie Rowley released from hospital

    Salisbury hospital says Dawn Sturgess’s partner poses no contamination risk as police search park visited by couple

    A Wiltshire man poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent has been discharged from hospital 12 days after his partner died after exposure to the same substance.

    Hospital bosses made it clear that Charlie Rowley had been decontaminated and posed no risk to the community.

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  • William Haggas believes Sea Of Class can make her name in Irish Oaks
    • Trainer not concerned about possible Ballydoyle tactics
    • ‘She exercised on the July Course and worked beautifully’

    Ireland has not traditionally been a happy hunting ground for William Haggas, who has trained a grand total of three winners there since he sent his first runner over in 1994. But the Newmarket man flies over for Saturday’s Irish Oaks with high hopes of getting his second bit of Group One glory there this year, which would put him one ahead of the man who traditionally dominates events at The Curragh, Aidan O’Brien.

    Three weeks ago, O’Brien had three fancied runners for the Pretty Polly but all were bested by Haggas’s 9-1 rag, Urban Fox. This time he is taking over Sea Of Class, who has been brought along steadily but is now thought to be ready for a first tilt at the best of her generation.

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  • Trump threatens to hit all $505bn of Chinese imports with tariffs

    President indicates readiness to slap tariffs on the entirety of Chinese goods, saying it is ‘the right thing to do for our country’

    Donald Trump escalated economic global tensions on Friday, lashing out a range of targets that included the European Union, the Federal Reserve and China, indicating that he is prepared to raise tariffs on Chinese imports from $34bn to cover the entire $505bn of Chinese imports.

    “I’m willing to go to 500,” he said during a taped interview with the business channel CNBC, an escalation he was prepared to make because it “was the right thing to do for our country” and because the rise in stocks – the S&P 500 is up 31% since his election – allowed him to pursue a more aggressive trade policy.

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  • Newspaper issues correction over ‘booze-fuelled orgy’ claims

    Northern Echo’s report also linked party guests’ behaviour to alleged food poisoning

    A newspaper has printed a front-page correction after wrongly suggesting a woman’s 40th birthday meal had become a “booze-fuelled orgy with sex toys and candlesticks” in a dispute over chicken liver parfait.

    The Northern Echo claimed a group of women had indulged in “lewd sexual behaviour, including passing around sex toys and taking part in sex acts with hotel candlesticks while climbing on restaurant tables and chairs”.

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  • Nine people injured in attack on bus in Germany

    Suspect detained after several passengers sustained stab wounds in Lübeck

    Nine people have been injured after a man started wielding a knife on a bus in Lübeck, northern Germany.

    The bus, which was carrying about 70 people, was passing through the city’s Kücknitz district on Friday afternoon when the suspect, 34, dropped his rucksack and started attacking passengers, six of whom sustained stab wounds, with a further three injured through punches or falls.

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  • Damian Hinds pledges to help teachers overwhelmed by excessive workload

    Education secretary says more will be done to tackle stress that is driving qualified staff away

    The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has admitted too many teachers in England are being overwhelmed by excessive workloads and has pledged to do more to relieve the causes of stress that have been pushing qualified staff out of the classroom.

    The move came as Hinds argued that schools were on a par with the NHS as a “special case” for extra government spending, as behind the scenes negotiations over funding continued to delay any announcement on a pay rise for teachers.

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  • A plague on Hatchimals, and all the other collectables from hell | Emma Brockes
    I refuse to believe today’s coveted toys are just the same as the Top Trumps et al of my youth. It’s all in the marketing

    If you are lucky, you live in a world in which the words Shopkins and Hatchimals don’t mean anything. When you go to the supermarket, you don’t pilot a course based on the rigid avoidance of stacks of small, coloured pods, inside which nestle a variety of plastic figures, the opening of which sends small children into a frenzy. The price point of these items – a few quid at most – is expertly pitched to wear down a parent’s resistance. If you have to bribe your child to pipe down, better plastic rubbish than sweets.

    At least, that’s what I used to think. But this week, after having a mega-clearout of my apartment, I piled up a year’s worth of disposable “collectible” toys, and it was so depressing, so environmentally horrific, that Shopkins and their ilk went instantly to the top of my list of non-Trump-related things to be furious about.

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  • Seagull rage: why humans and birds are at war in Britain
    There have been a number of bird attacks reported, including one man persecuted by seagulls each morning and another man who reacted violently to having his chips stolen

    Name: Seagull rage.

    Prevalence: High in coastal areas.

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  • Success in Ashford stands as a model for attracting shoppers

    A third of shops at Park Mall were empty, but council investment has seen a marked turnaround

    “We were a town that, like others, was dying with empty shops,” says Gerry Clarkson, the no-nonsense leader of Ashford borough council, of why it bought a run down shopping centre.

    A third of the stores in the Kent town’s 1980s-built Park Mall lay empty and even the charity shops that had moved in were struggling to scratch a living. Things were so grim the town received a handout in 2012 after being picked as a Portas pilot, named after TV retail guru Mary Portas whose high street review was prompted by the wave of store closures that followed the post-credit crunch recession.

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  • Nicaragua: Ortega blames 'satanic sect' for uprising against his rule

    President claims the unrest that has left over 300 dead is due to a ‘diabolical force’ from a US-backed conspiracy to topple him

    Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has hit out at what he has claimed is a “murderous, coup-mongering satanic sect” behind a three-month uprising against his rule that has left more than 300 dead.

    There is growing international consensus that Ortega’s own forces and pro-government militias are responsible for the overwhelming majority of the violence that has gripped Nicaragua since protests erupted in April.

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  • How thrillers offer an antidote to toxic masculinity

    This genre’s modern incarnation of the ancient hero myth can give boys essential but neglected lessons in how to be a good man

    In the cultural conversation – whatever the hell that is – we hear endless talk about toxic masculinity. But we never seem to talk about positive masculinity.

    This absence of strong men leaves us mistaking bullies and tyrants, bruhs with backwards baseball caps, and politicians who say whatever they think as leaders to be emulated. We have to give young men role models who are good and courageous and willing to take risks in the name of adventure. The best place to start is in books, film and TV.

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  • Maurizio Sarri aims to lighten the mood at Chelsea after Conte era | Jacob Steinberg
    Maurizio Sarri spoke in Italian in his first press conference but got his message across – and he could make a refreshing change at Chelsea if given time

    When Claudio Ranieri first arrived in the Premier League, he caused a minor stir because of his inability to speak to the media in English. “Ranieri finds trouble in translation” was the headline in the Guardian after Chelsea lost to Everton in November 2000, which goes to show how tough it was for the affable Italian during his early days as an outsider in a strange and suspicious country.

    The man who would eventually lead Leicester City to the title was the Manuel to English football’s Basil Fawlty, raising the hackles with his inability to communicate with players and supporters. Yet at least Ranieri’s insistence on speaking to the media in Italian gave rise to one of the great comedy episodes. The story goes that when Ranieri had finished giving a detailed three-minute answer, his interpreter would nod and say “It’s a game of two halves” in English.

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  • Boys given 10 and 12 years for Columbine-style plot in Yorkshire

    Custodial sentences given to Alex Bolland and Thomas Wyllie who planned school attack

    Two 15-year-old boys have been given custodial sentences of more than a decade for planning a Columbine-style massacre at their Yorkshire school.

    After representations from the media, the judge agreed to name the two defendants: Thomas Wyllie, sentenced to 12 years, and Alex Bolland, who received 10 years.

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  • Why does Burberry destroy its products and how is it justified?

    News that British fashion label destroyed £28m of clothes and cosmetics has raised questions

    Burberry has destroyed more than £28m of its fashion and cosmetic products over the past year to guard against counterfeiting. The news earlier this week raised several questions about the British fashion label’s practice.

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  • Greg Rutherford set for emotional farewell to London Stadium

    • Long jumper hindered by ankle pain before Anniversary Games
    • ‘I haven’t trained since Monday,’ 2012 Olympic champion says

    Greg Rutherford has said he is emotionally preparing for one final return to the London Stadium – the scene of his long-jump Olympic gold in 2012 – but admitted that constant pain in his left foot has left his training schedule in tatters.

    Rutherford was part of the British trio including Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill who won Olympic gold on Super Saturday six years ago, but after a rough couple of years he exclusively revealed to the Guardian last month that he will retire later this summer. His performances at the Anniversary Games this weekend will dictate whether he makes the Great Britain squad for a final swansong at the European Championships next month but, no matter the result, Rutherford is hoping to soak up the atmosphere in London one final time.

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  • The Guardian view on police and child spies: ends don’t always justify the means | Editorial
    The revelation that juvenile sources are being used in covert operations is alarming – but what we do not know is as concerning as what we have found out

    Downing Street tells us that child spies are used very rarely by British police and intelligence agencies, and only when it is judged really vital. How reassuring. We would not know they were being used at all were it not for government plans to relax the controls on their use. The House of Lords committee on secondary legislation has revealed that children are being used in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers, and child sexual exploitation (and in doing so, incidentally, demonstrated parliament at its best and most useful, in a week where it has often looked at its worst).

    Home Office correspondence suggests children are not merely giving police information, but are actively assigned to collect it. In the case of 16- to 18-year-olds, approval from a parent or guardian is not required. Under-16s cannot be deployed to obtain evidence against a parent – but presumably can against other family members; and there appears to be no such control on those aged between 16 and 18. The authorisation process does not appear to include social workers or other relevant agencies, raising questions over how it fits with the government’s own guidance on safeguarding children. And as the committee notes, the offences under investigation are “serious, violent crimes and we have grave concerns about any child being exposed to such an environment”.

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  • Pragmatic Rory McIlroy plays Open conditions to stay in contention
    • World No 8 shoots second consecutive 69 at Carnoustie
    • ‘I was trying to be aggressive, I just couldn’t do it’

    Rory McIlroy virtually had the putting green to himself as he finished off the preparations for his second round, striding purposefully after a couple of long ones and then a medium-length attempt before he joined his caddie and they headed off for the 1st tee. He looked as if he meant business.

    It was just after 7.50am, light rain had started a couple of hours earlier and there was room to spare in the stands surrounding the tee-box as he hammered his drive down the right-hand side of the fairway, a good 100 yards beyond those of his playing partners, Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen, who both opted for irons.

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  • Cervical cancer testing drive will aim to tackle huge surge in no-shows

    Campaign will mark 10 years since the death Jade Goody, which led to a rise in screening

    Women will be urged to get tested for cervical cancer in a high-profile campaign prompted by alarm among doctors at a sharp rise in those ignoring invitations to be screened.

    The campaign will launch early next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Jade Goody from cervical cancer in March 2009, the reality TV star whose death led to a surge in the number of women getting checked.

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  • The will of the people? These Brexit ideologues are destroying democracy | Jonathan Freedland

    The Vote Leave scandal and the sharp practice in parliament last week show the Brexit process is harming key institutions

    First, a confession. One that relates to the current threat facing our democratic way of life and which involves a decision I made nearly 15 years ago. It turns on the unlikely name of Brian. In January 2004, I covered for this newspaper the publication of the Hutton report into one of the most vexed aspects of the Iraq war: the death of the scientist and weapons inspector David Kelly, and the accusation by the BBC that Tony Blair’s government had “sexed up” its dossier on the threat supposedly posed by Saddam Hussein. Lord Hutton exonerated the government entirely, coming down hard on the BBC. Like many other opponents of the invasion of Iraq, I branded the whole exercise a “whitewash”.

    Related: Jo Swinson pairing row: Conservatives admit chief whip asked MPs to break arrangements

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  • The Guardian view on cybersecurity: trust – but verify | Editorial
    The use of Chinese-made equipment in Britain’s broadband infrastructure demands, and gets, careful scrutiny

    How far can we trust Chinese companies to supply our critical national infrastructure? The question was raised by the Hinkley Point power station, but is even more pressing in the telecoms business. Broadband internet is now as critical a part of the infrastructure as the road or rail network. So the question seems to answer itself. Many countries are extremely reluctant to allow two Chinese telecoms companies in particular, Huawei and ZTE, to do business with them. They view both of them as arms of the Chinese state, even though Huawei is legally a private company. In fact the US government nearly shut down ZTE altogether this year by forbidding its American component suppliers to deal with it, although it was later allowed to resume operations on payment of a $1bn fine. The British National Cyber Security Centre has already warned telecoms companies against the use of ZTE equipment or services.

    Huawaei had already abandoned the US market in 2013, but in the UK it has had a central position in BT’s broadband operation since 2010, having won its first contract in 2005. A 2013 report by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee was extremely critical of the way in which that deal had been nodded through without any ministerial input at all. Partly as a result, an arrangement was reached that allowed experts from GCHQ to examine the code in Huawei equipment used in Britain. The latest report from the oversight committee, which watches the progress of monitoring, suggests that there is more work to be done in some areas, mostly to do with third party components. This is not very alarmist language, and the company claims that it shows the process is working as designed. But it still reminds us of the inherent dangers of an obscure situation.

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  • House of Fraser landlords take action over store closures

    Property owners file legal complaint, claiming insolvency process treats them unfairly

    House of Fraser is facing a legal challenge from a group of landlords over a plan to close more than half its stores by next spring.

    The landlords, who filed a complaint via the court of session in Edinburgh on Friday, say that they were “unfairly prejudiced” during an insolvency process known as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that was approved by a majority of creditors, including landlords, last month.

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  • Manchester City investigate if newly jailed sex abuser had links to club
    • William Toner jailed on Friday for indecent assault
    • Toner claimed he scouted for City’s junior system

    Manchester City’s independent inquiry into the Barry Bennell scandal is investigating claims that another sex offender, jailed on Friday for four counts of indecent assault against a teenage boy in the 1990s, had connections to the club.

    William Toner, 74, was jailed for three years and two months after a trial heard he preyed on a junior footballer after claiming to work for City, as well as having links to clubs in Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Cambridgeshire.

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  • Barnier dismisses Theresa May's Brexit white paper demands

    EU’s Brexit negotiator raises concerns over smuggling, red tape and competition

    The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has forensically picked apart Theresa May’s white paper after a meeting of the EU27, warning that the prime minister had failed to offer Brussels a firm basis for the negotiations.

    In a reflection of the widespread concern about the stability of May’s premiership, Barnier said he would be polite, but went on to illustrate in stark terms how the UK’s demands fell foul of the EU’s red lines and founding principles.

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  • Michael Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to Playboy model – report
    • New York Times reports tape seized by FBI in raid
    • Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirms recording exists

    Donald Trump was secretly recorded two months before the 2016 election discussing a potential payoff to a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with him, it was reported on Friday.

    The New York Times reported that Trump’s longstanding personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, taped the conversation, and the recording was seized this year by the FBI during a raid on Cohen’s office.

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  • Climate campaigners lose high court battle over carbon target

    Charity had argued the government was in breach of international obligations under the Paris agreement

    Environmental campaigners have lost their high court challenge against the government over its policy for tackling climate change.

    The charity Plan B Earth brought legal action against the government’s stance on the 2050 carbon target, set out under the Climate Change Act 2008.

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  • Ex-teacher at London private school charged with sexual offences

    Ken Zetie taught at St Paul’s boys’ school in Barnes, which George Osborne attended

    A former teacher at a private school attended by the former chancellor George Osborne has been charged with sexual offences.

    Ken Zetie, 51, who taught for 17 years at St Paul’s School for boys in Barnes, south-west London, will appear at East Berkshire magistrates court in Slough on Tuesday.

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  • The end of UnREAL: why it's time to say goodbye to TV's darkest comedy

    The surprise launch of the final season of the reality TV satire brings the end to an award-winning water cooler hit that ultimately fizzled out

    Spoilers ahead

    When UnREAL, a scathing satire of the behind the scenes world of dating reality TV, first came out, it was heralded as a darkly comic masterpiece. The show’s first season won a Peabody, an AFI award and received two Emmy nominations, and was celebrated for its presentation of the enduring frenemyship of two very different, difficult women, each of whom is well aware that the show they are producing is deeply misogynistic. The following two seasons continued to probe into this same world, but received a more lukewarm response from critics, many of whom claimed that despite tackling topical issues, the show never quite recaptured what made the first season so novel, fun and smart.

    Related: 'No-warning TV': why are surprise releases becoming so popular?

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  • Dustin Johnson fights his own game until Carnoustie lands knockout blow | Kevin Mitchell
    The world No 1 cut his power but struggled for precision and a double bogey at the last left him sure to miss the cut

    It is usually all or nothing for Dustin Johnson. After an opening day when Carnoustie intimidated a few, seduced others and encouraged the usual suspects, the nervous dance towards the cut on a Friday that brought rain, wind and more frustration to the 147th Open proved too much for the No 1 player in the world.

    It is odd to see such a magnificent athlete with all the required weapons swing violently between triumph and failure but his game is so finely tuned that, if it is marginally off, it can knock like an old banger. On day one, Johnson was a Rolls Royce with a spark plug missing. On day two, he charged and crashed. Four bogeys and a double cancelled out five birdies in a second-round 72 that will not save him from the axe.

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  • Westminster knife attacker Khalid Ali jailed for 40 years

    Al-Qaida bomb-maker who plotted attack on MPs and police gets three life sentences

    An al-Qaida bomb-maker who plotted a knife attack on MPs and police outside the Houses of Parliament has been handed three life sentences with a minimum term of 40 years.

    Khalid Ali, 28, had three knives when he was arrested by armed police in Parliament Square in April 2017 following surveillance by counter-terrorism police.

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  • Caldey Island victim: 'It should be given over to the National Trust'

    A victim of Thaddeus Kotik returns to Caldey after 35 years and is haunted by memories of abuse

    In the bright sunshine, the monastic island of Caldey looked a picture. Visitors, young and old, hopped off the day trippers’ boats and milled around the abbey, the perfumery, the chocolate factory and lighthouse, occasionally catching faraway glimpses of the Cistercian monks who live, work and worship there.

    For Mark, a retired public servant in his 60s, however, this was no holiday visit. Mark is a victim of the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the island off the south Wales coast since it was revealed in the Guardian last November.

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  • Peter Sagan wins stage as Prudhomme’s call for Tour calm goes up in smoke
    • Slovakian wins his third 2018 Tour de France stage in Valence
    • Flare thrown into peloton despite Tour director’s appeal to fans

    Christian Prudhomme’s appeal for calm before Friday’s 13th stage fell on deaf ears when a lit flare was lobbed into the peloton a few hours later.

    The flare was thrown from the side of the road towards the end of the stage – which was won by Peter Sagan in a sprint finish – and added weight to the warning sounded by the Tour de France director.

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  • 'Putin for dinner, Weinstein for movie night': late-night hosts on Trump-Russia

    Comics, including Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, discussed Russian attempts to infiltrate the US and another disastrous week for Trump

    Late-night hosts discussed relations between the US and Russia following the fallout over Donald Trump’s much-criticized press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

    Related: Samantha Bee: 'Republican leaders are every bit as compromised as Trump'

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  • Revealed: Tory donors who paid £7m to socialise with May

    Jacob Rees-Mogg’s business partner, Brexit backers and wife of Putin minister among benefactors

    Jacob Rees-Mogg’s business partner, a string of Brexit backers and the wife of a former senior minister to Vladimir Putin are among the Conservative donors who have paid more than £7m to socialise with Theresa May since the general election.

    Eighty-one party benefactors have paid a total of £7.4m to the Conservative party for access to the prime minister at dinners, lunches after PMQs and drinks receptions since July 2017, records show.

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  • Toblerone to revert to original shape but with bigger size and price

    Poundland will be forced to drop the chocolate bar as it will weigh 200g and cost £3

    Toblerone is reverting to its traditional shape after an outcry over a move to widen the gaps between the triangles – and push though a huge price rise at the same time.

    The 150g bar was reduced from 170g in 2016 as a way to keep prices steady at about £1 a bar. The gappy new version was likened to a bicycle rack.

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  • KSI v Logan Paul: YouTubers trash talk ahead of world wide web title fight

    The pair have been verbally sparring for months – soon they will face off at Manchester Arena

    York Hall, in London’s Bethnal Green, is one of Britain’s oldest boxing venues. Opened in the 1920s, it still hosts professional bouts in front of audiences of 1,200 people.

    But in its near-century, the venue has never seen anything like the event that took place on Wednesday, when more than 1,000 teenagers queued to watch two of YouTube’s biggest stars – and rivals – trade insults ahead of their highly publicised boxing match next month.

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  • Ibis that was extinct in wild taught to migrate by following aircraft

    Birds bred in captivity led on three-week migration south from Germany by human ‘foster parents’

    Leaning out of an ultralight aircraft, Corinna Esterer turns toward a flock of peculiar black birds soaring just a few metres away. “Come, come ibis,” she yells through her megaphone. Drawn by Esterer’s voice, the birds dart to the aircraft, and follow it to a field overlooking Lake Constance in southern Germany. Once on the ground, the ibis flock to Esterer. To the birds, the young woman is their parent.

    For more than 300 years, the northern bald ibis has been extinct in the wild in central Europe, with small populations surviving only in zoos. But recently, it has celebrated a slow but steady comeback thanks to human foster parents who have shown the birds how to migrate south by leading the way in ultralight aircraft.

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  • There is no honour in ‘honour killings’, only male shame | Naz Shah

    The global scale of gendered violence, FGM or forced marriage is staggering. The Honour Her campaign deserves your support

    Saturday 14 July marked the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Honour Based Violence, a day established to commemorate the birthday of Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed, murdered by her parents in a so-called honour killing in 2003. It took nine years to bring her killers to justice. And today marks the second anniversary of the brutal rape and murder of my constituent Samia Shahid. Another senseless death, another “honour killing” and another woman denied justice.

    Looking at these and other recent cases, it’s hard to imagine that in this modern world women and girls still suffer such appalling violence based solely on the outdated notion of “honour”. Despite the global media coverage, education and campaigning around Shafilea’s murder, Samia was still killed. We must address what this tells us. If there’s one thing that more than 25 years of involvement in campaigns to end violence against women has taught me, it is this: the chain of violence can only be broken when survivors are empowered to break their silence, and communities accept their responsibility to address difficult truths and make changes to the dynamics within them.

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  • Breaking vote pairs has dire consequences, says Michael Heseltine

    Peer voices concern as PM insists breach of Commons convention was honest mistake

    Breaking House of Commons voting conventions has “appalling consequences for the management of government”, Michael Heseltine has warned, as Theresa May continued to insist this week’s breach of pairing rules was an honest mistake.

    Lord Heseltine, who was a cabinet minister when John Major’s government was defeated over the Maastricht treaty, said he was deeply concerned at the idea of May pushing through Brexit legislation using “any device, threat, or chicanery”.

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  • Record number of anti-Muslim attacks reported in UK last year

    Report by monitor group Tell Mama finds women are being disproportionately targeted

    A record number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse were reported last year, with women disproportionately targeted by mostly male teenage perpetrators, the monitoring group Tell Mama has said.

    In its annual report, the group noted a surge in Islamophobic attacks, with 1,201 verified reports submitted in 2017, a rise of 26% on the year before and the highest number since it began recording incidents.

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  • Libya rejects EU plan for refugee and migrant centres

    Blow to Italy as Tripoli snubs proposal to set up processing centres in Africa

    Libya has rejected a EU plan to establish refugee and migrant processing centres in the country, adding that it would not be swayed by any financial inducements to change its decision.

    The formal rejection by the Libyan prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, is a blow to Italy, which is regarded as being close to his Tripoli administration.

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  • Community venues breathe life into the UK's left behind areas

    From Wanstead to Ramsgate, entrepreneurial locals are setting up shops, cafes and bars

    In 2013, as the craft ale craze took off, TV producer Dan Clapton decided to try selling bottled beer on a stall at the Sunday market in the east London suburb of Wanstead. To his surprise he sold out and soon he was looking for premises.

    Rents on Wanstead high street were too high so Clapton opted for a railway arch in Forest Gate, Wanstead’s less well-heeled neighbour.

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  • How can we help my violent young granddaughter?

    Give her time and space to try to begin to explain what’s wrong, says Annalisa Barbieri

    I am in an awful situation and at a loss as to what to do. My 59-year-old husband is in a nursing home with a terminal condition. I have a 19-year-old who has just left home (I gave her an ultimatum because of repeated bad behaviour), and my 27-year-old daughter and nine-year-old granddaughter live with me. Until a few months ago, my older daughter had only dated; she didn’t introduce my granddaughter to any of these men. However, she has now met a lovely man who stays on weekends, and that is becoming a problem. My granddaughter is happy in his company until her bedtime, when she becomes abusive and violent (she has trashed her bedroom many times). She is mostly fine with me – she can be a bit rude, but I can handle that. At Easter, when my daughter and her boyfriend were out on a date, my granddaughter cut long slits in their clothes and bed sheets.

    They go out a lot at the weekend all together and, despite having great experiences, my granddaughter can still sulk and be moody. She says she hates her mother’s boyfriend, but is happy to spend time with him alone. What can we do?

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  • Sorry to Bother You: why Boots Riley’s surreal race allegory is this year’s Get Out

    A rip-roaring tale of code-switching and capitalism, it’s the most significant state-of-the-nation satire since Jordan Peele’s masterpiece

    Early on in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, wet-behind-the-ears telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is smarting from yet another person hanging up on him. His co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) gives him a much-needed tip: success in this game requires him to ditch his natural tone and start speaking in a “white voice” (“I’m not talking about Will Smith white,” he says). Suddenly, people stop slamming their phones down and start listening. His sales increase. Then they skyrocket. Cassius’s “white voice” (dubbed by Arrested Development’s David Cross) gets him promoted up and up until he is elevated to a “power caller”, an exclusive broker to the wealthiest 1%.

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  • 'Forces of darkness have taken over': Soubry accuses May of capitulating to hardline Brexiters

    Former Conservative minister says Jacob Rees-Mogg’s faction is ‘now running Theresa’

    The Conservative rebel Anna Soubry has accused Theresa May of capitulating to “the forces of darkness” in her party and warned that, as a result, she and her fellow soft Brexiters may not back the final deal the prime minister obtains from Brussels.

    The former minister accused Jacob Rees-Mogg’s faction of pursuing a hard Brexit that would cost “hundreds of thousands of jobs” and said they were “now running Theresa” because the prime minister was forced on Monday to accept their amendments to the customs bill.

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  • Woman says thieves who ran her over knew her baby was in car

    Birmingham police hunting carjackers as Clare O’Neill, 39, recovers from ordeal

    A woman whose four-week-old baby was taken in a carjacking has said the car thieves were fully aware her child was in the vehicle and that they deliberately ran her over as she tried to stop them.

    In a statement released by West Midlands police on Friday, Clare O’Neill said she was thankful her daughter was returned to her safe and well, but added: “I am still extremely shaken about what has happened and we as a family are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

    “Eliza is thankfully safe and well, but the people responsible clearly knew she was in my car when it was taken, putting the life of our four-week-old baby at risk as a result of their personal greed.”

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