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Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 126 of the invasion
Zelenskiy calls on UN to visit site of Kremenchuk shopping centre attack as Turkey lifts objections to Finland and Sweden joining NatoUkraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russian leader Vladimir Putin Tuesday of becoming “a terrorist” leading a “terrorist state” and urged Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations. In a virtual address to the UN security council, Zelenskiy urged the UN to establish an international tribunal to investigate “the actions of Russian occupiers on Ukrainian soil” and to hold the country accountable.Zelenskiy said urgent action was needed “to make Russia stop the killing spree,” warning that otherwise Russia’s “terrorist activity” will spread to other countries, singling out the Baltic states and Poland.The Ukraine president also called for the United Nations to visit the site of a missile strike on a shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk. “I suggest the United Nations send either a special representative, or the secretary-general of the United Nations … so the UN could independently find out information and see that this indeed was a Russian missile strike,” he said of Monday’s attack which killed at least 18 people.Rescuers continued to work through the devastation left behind by the strike in Kremenchuk, with dozens of people still missing.The Russian army claimed Tuesday it had hit a nearby weapons depot with the explosion sparking the blaze at the shopping centre, which according to Moscow was “not operational” at the time.All 15 Security Council members, including Russia, stood for a moment of silence after Zelenskiy asked them to “commemorate all the Ukrainians who have been killed in this war.”Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told the council that Zelenskiy’s appearance via video had undermined the authority of the body. “The UN security council should not be turned into a platform for a remote PR (public relations) campaign for president Zelenskiy in order to get more weapons from participants of the Nato Summit,” Polyanskiy said.During the Nato summit, Turkey, Finland and Sweden signed a trilateral memorandum, paving the way forward for the two Nordic countries to join the alliance. Jens Stoltenberg, Nato’s secretary general, said on Tuesday evening: “I am pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join Nato.”The agreement involves Finland and Sweden lifting their arms embargo, amending their laws on terrorism, supporting Turkey in its conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ party (YKK) and stop supporting the party’s Syrian affiliate People’s Protection Forces (YPG)World leaders welcomed the trilateral agreement. US president Joe Biden described the deal as “a crucial step towards a Nato invite to Finland and Sweden, which will strengthen our alliance and bolster our collective security.” Boris Johnson tweeted: “Fantastic news as we kick off the Nato Summit. Sweden and Finland’s membership will make our brilliant alliance stronger and safer.”Ukrainian forces will try to hold the line against Russia in the east from the vantage point of the city of Lysychansk, buying time for the arrival of western weapons and the region’s defenders to prepare fortifications, Luhansk province’s governor said.Russia again shelled Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, hitting apartment buildings and a primary school, the regional governor said. The shelling killed five people and wounded 22 including children.Russia-installed officials in Ukraine’s Kherson region said their security forces had detained Kherson city mayor Ihor Kolykhayev on Tuesday after he refused to follow Moscow’s orders, while a Kherson local official said the mayor was abducted, Reuters reported. “I can confirm that Kolykhayev was detained by the commandant’s (military police) office,” Ekaterina Gubareva, the Moscow-appointed deputy head of the Kherson region, said on the Telegram messaging app. The reports could not be immediately independently verified and there was no official confirmation from Ukrainian authorities.Reuters, Agence France-Presse and Associated Press contributed to this report Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson claims Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he was a woman
Prime minister says Russian president’s gender a contributory factor to Ukraine invasionRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesBoris Johnson has claimed that Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he was a woman and believes that the ongoing war is a “perfect example of toxic masculinity”.In an interview with German media following the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau, the prime minister cited the Russian president’s gender as a contributory factor to the conflict. Continue reading...
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War on drugs prolonged Colombia’s decades-long civil war, landmark report finds
Truth commission’s report, touted as a chance to heal after half a century of bloodshed, called for a ‘substantial change in drug policy’ The punitive, prohibitionist war on drugs helped prolong Colombia’s disastrous civil war, the country’s truth commission has found, in a landmark report published on Tuesday as part of an effort to heal the raw wounds left by conflict.The report, titled “There is a future if there is truth” was the first instalment of a study put together by the commission that was formed as part of a historic 2016 peace deal with the leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). Continue reading...
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AI could improve welfare of farmed chickens by listening to their squawks
The technology correctly distinguished distress calls from other barn noises with 97% accuracyArtificial intelligence that could improve the welfare of farmed chickens by eavesdropping on their squawks could become available within five years, researchers say.The technology, which detects and quantifies distress calls made by chickens housed in huge indoor sheds, correctly distinguished distress calls from other barn noises with 97% accuracy, new research suggests. A similar approach could eventually be used to drive up welfare standards in other farmed animals. Continue reading...
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Women’s Euro 2022 team guide No 5: Denmark
The 2017 runners-up have had their ups and downs since, but the future looks bright again despite landing a tough draw hereThis article is part of the Guardian’s Women’s Euro 2022 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 16 countries who have qualified. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 6 July. Continue reading...
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UK shop prices hit highest rate of inflation since 2008
Prices up 3.1% on a year ago, with fresh food prices in particular rising sharply, figures showShop prices have hit their highest rate of inflation in almost 14 years as businesses grapple with soaring supply chain costs and a cut in household spending, figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show.They were up 3.1% on a year ago in June, up from 2.8% in May – the highest rate of inflation since September 2008, according to the BRC-NielsenIQ shop price index. Continue reading...
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Government policy failures are obstacle to UK net zero target, advisers warn
Progress report from the Climate Change Committee suggests ministers could renege on greenhouse gas emissions commitmentFive things we have learned about the UK’s path to net zeroThe government is failing to enact the policies needed to reach the UK’s net zero targets, its statutory advisers have said, in a damning progress report to parliament.The Climate Change Committee (CCC) voiced fears that ministers may renege on the legally binding commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, noting “major policy failures” and “scant evidence of delivery”. Continue reading...
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Nottingham named worst UK city for broadband outages
Internet downtime for the city averages 70 hours a year, with 11m Britons losing almost two days a yearAlmost 11 million consumers have suffered a broadband blackout lasting more than three hours over the last year, with Nottingham named Britain’s “outage capital”.The average UK household lost a total of almost two days of internet time as a result of loss of service, power cuts and maintenance, figures show. Continue reading...
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Replace A-levels to combat ‘academic snobbery’, says Royal Society president
Young people need broader range of skills to create more equal society, says Sir Adrian SmithThe president of the UK’s most prestigious science academy is to call for A-levels to be replaced with a baccalaureate-style qualification to “break the stranglehold of academic snobbery” towards learning skills.Sir Adrian Smith will tell a Royal Society conference on the future of education that concentrating on A-levels “forces young people to abandon a broad range of skills at the age of 16”, narrowing their perspectives and limiting their ability to change careers later in life. Continue reading...
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LIV Golf Series: DeChambeau wants people to see ‘good’ Saudis are doing
League criticised over backers’ human rights abusesMatthew Wolff acknowledges that ‘it’s a money thing’Bryson DeChambeau, one of the latest golfers to join the LIV Golf Series, wants people look to beyond Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses and see the “good” the league can do.Golfers such as DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson who have chosen to join the breakaway league have received criticism because of the human rights abuses carried out by the Saudi regime. In the US, the famed sportscaster Bob Costas offered a withering assessment of the LIV Series. “This is Saudi blood money,” he said last week. “We know all we need to know about the royal family and what they have done. It’s not just [Jamal] Khashoggi, it’s not just the ongoing oppression of women and gays, they’re directly or indirectly tied – according to US and British intelligence – to the 9/11 event.” Continue reading...
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Serena Williams loses epic to Harmony Tan as time catches up with 40-year-old
Seven-time Wimbledon champion beaten in first roundWilliams played her first singles match for a year after injuryThere are few things in this world that Serena Williams has enjoyed more than a comeback throughout her career. She underwent knee surgery in 2003, yet within a year of her return she was a grand slam champion again. After arriving at the 2007 Australian Open ranked 81st, she left with the title. She nearly died from a pulmonary embolism in 2011, but she toiled back to enjoy her greatest years. In 2017, Williams survived a life-threatening childbirth, yet she recovered to reach four grand slam finals.Over the course of her 27 years as a professional tennis player, Williams has seen generations rise and fall, with most of her contemporaries over a decade into retirement. But time comes for us all, and in a torrid evening on Centre Court showed the challenge before her in the final chapter of her career. Continue reading...
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Ryan Peniston leads charge of 11 British players in Wimbledon odyssey
Nine Britons reached the second round at SW19, the best since 1997, with Jack Draper and an ‘emotional’ Heather Watson among the winnersFor those spectators at Wimbledon on Tuesday who can remember life before Andy Murray, trying to follow the 12 Britons due on court must have felt more like the kind of orienteering exercise you can find at nearby Wimbledon Common than a day out at the All England Club.The last time there were 17 Britons in the main draws of the singles was in 2001, back when Tony Blair was just beginning his second term as prime minister, when Tim Henman was making the semi-finals of the men’s event. Continue reading...
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Vandals target constituency office of Labour MP Stella Creasy
Creasy shared a photo on Twitter showing multiple cracks on the front door of her office in Walthamstow, north-east LondonStella Creasy has appealed for witnesses after her constituency office in north-east London was targeted by vandals.The Labour MP for Walthamstow posted a photo on social media showing multiple cracks on the front door of her office. The incident is believed to have taken place between 5.30pm and 8pm on Tuesday on Orford Road. The Metropolitan Police said officers are investigating. No arrests have been made yet. Continue reading...
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Wimbledon relaxes strict all-white rule so players can show support for Ukraine
The tournament is understood to have made a rare exception to its dress code, with some players wearing ribbons to show solidarity with Ukraine after Russia’s invasionWimbledon is abandoning its strict all-white rule for players who want to show solidarity with Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, it is understood.Poland’s Iga Świątek, the women’s world No 1, wore a blue and yellow ribbon on her cap today in a sign of unity with Ukraine. The Ukrainian players Lesia Tsurenko and Anhelina Kalinina are also expected to wear ribbons when they come up against each other on Wednesday. Continue reading...
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Legal fears could block moves to prioritise cis women over trans athletes
Culture secretary Nadine Dorries wants ‘fairness’ in sportDorries: ‘We must bring clarity to protect interests of sport’The culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, has been told by numerous sporting bodies that they are nervous of legal challenges if they carry out the government’s call to prioritise female sport over trans inclusion, multiple sources have told the Guardian.In an hour-long meeting with the chief executives of 15 national governing bodies, which included football, cricket and rugby, Dorries urged sports to “raise their game” and protect the integrity of elite and competitive women’s sport. Continue reading...
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Early human ancestors one million years older than earlier thought
Fossils from South African cave are 3.4 to 3.6m years old and walked the Earth at same time as east African relativesThe fossils of our earliest ancestors found in South Africa are a million years older than previously thought, meaning they walked the Earth around the same time as their east African relatives like the famous “Lucy”, according to new research.The Sterkfontein caves at the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site southwest of Johannesburg have yielded more Australopithecus fossils than any other site in the world. Continue reading...
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Michael Vaughan steps back from BBC duties in light of ‘ongoing dialogue’
Former England cricket captain leaves BBC ‘for the time being’‘The key driver for this is wellbeing of my family members’Michael Vaughan has made the decision to “step back from work with the BBC” in light of the “ongoing dialogue” around the former England cricket captain’s broadcasting role at Headingley for the third Test against New Zealand.Vaughan was dropped from coverage of the Ashes last November after he was accused by several players of making a racist comment before a Yorkshire game in 2009. He has repeatedly and categorically denied doing so. Continue reading...
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Facebook and Instagram removing posts with mentions of abortion pills
In light of the supreme court’s verdict, memes and status updates on social media on how to access the medicines have explodedFacebook and Instagram have begun removing posts related to abortion pills, as posts about such medication spiked following the supreme court’s ruling stripping away constitutional protections for abortions.Memes and status updates explaining how people can obtain abortion pills in the mail have exploded across social platforms in recent days. Continue reading...
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Sherwood finale review – every arrow hit its mark
Stuffed with the best British acting talent in a generation, this gloriously directed, superbly written ending was quietly devastating. There seems to be nothing its creator James Graham can’t doHave your say on the finale in our episode recapA crossbow is a silent weapon. It devastates, but quietly. The arc of James Graham’s Sherwood, in the end, did likewise.The six-part series didn’t falter in its intricate plotting, attention to detail or its perfect evocation of place. It has put psychological acuity, inner suffering (oh, Andy …) and intra-community tensions over the traditional suspense of a thriller or police procedural, though it has had aspects of both running through it. And if it felt like a very slightly underwhelming final episode, that was almost entirely due to the sky-high expectations aroused by the preceding five. Continue reading...
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Angry, violent, reckless: testimony paints shocking portrait of Trump
Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony of a president lunging at a Secret Service agent’s throat ‘is going to loom very large’ in US history, experts sayHe lunged at a Secret Service agent’s throat. He threw dishes during temper tantrums. And he wanted metal detectors taken away so his fans could march with guns and knives.An astonishing portrait of Donald Trump as an unhinged and personally violent president emerged at Tuesday’s hearing of the congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol. Continue reading...
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‘She ruined lives’: Ghislaine Maxwell’s victims tell of the impact of her abuse
The British socialite maintained her innocence as women came forward to accuse her of sexual abuse and traffickingShortly before Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in her New York sex trafficking case, several of the former British socialite’s victims provided impact statements in court.The victims who addressed Judge Alison Nathan described harrowing abuse at the hands of Maxwell and her one-time boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein and the longterm emotional impact that still haunts them. Continue reading...
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Venus Williams set for Wimbledon mixed doubles pairing with Jamie Murray
Former world No 1 has not played on tour since August 2021Andy Murray and Serena Williams paired up in 2019Two of tennis’ most famous families are poised to join forces once again at Wimbledon with Venus Williams requesting a late wildcard entry in the mixed doubles alongside Jamie Murray.The 42-year-old Williams has not played on tour since August 2021, and there has been speculation she could be easing herself back into tennis before the US Open, which starts at the end of August. Continue reading...
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Podcaster Dame Deborah James dies of bowel cancer aged 40
After announcing she was receiving end-of-life care, James launched Bowelbabe Fund for cancer researchDame Deborah James, the headteacher turned podcaster who raised millions of pounds for charity with her campaigning to raise awareness of bowel cancer, has died, her family has said.James, who was 40, stepped away from a career as a deputy headteacher and began blogging about her diagnosis under the name Bowel Babe in 2017. She went on to become a Sun columnist and released a book, Fuck You Cancer: How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Still Be Yourself. Continue reading...
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Turkey lifts objections to Finland and Sweden’s Nato bid
Ankara had previously blocked the Nordic countries from joining the alliance over concerns about arms exports and terrorismA last minute agreement has been reached between Turkey, Finland and Sweden to allow the two Nordic countries to become Nato members on the eve of the military alliance’s summit in Madrid.Nato said a trilateral deal had been reached at a meeting between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president Sauli Niinistö of Finland and Swedish prime minister Magdalena Andersson in the Spanish capital. Continue reading...
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‘He thinks Mike deserves it’: Trump said rioters were right to call for vice-president’s death
Trump aides wanted to be ‘doing something more’ to stop the riot, Cassidy Hutchinson told January 6 committeeA crucial witness before the House January 6 committee testified that senior aides had described how Donald Trump thought his vice-president, Mike Pence, deserved to be hanged for not blocking certification of election results, as demanded by the mob that attacked the US Capitol.Describing events at the White House on the afternoon of 6 January 2021, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said: “I remember Pat [Cipollone, the White House counsel] saying something to the effect of, ‘Mark, we need to do something more. They’re literally calling for the vice-president to be fucking hung.’ Continue reading...
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Kyrgios defends spitting at fan during first-round win as officials ponder fines
Australian spat towards spectator and called line judge a ‘snitch’Kyrgios says umpire ignored request to eject abusive spectatorWimbledon officials are deliberating over whether to fine Nick Kyrgios after he admitted he spat towards a spectator and called a line judge a “snitch” during a stormy first-round victory against Britain’s Paul Jubb.The Australian claimed there were mitigating circumstances for his behaviour by accusing the umpire of ignoring his pleas for an abusive spectator to be ejected, and also blamed social media for creating a new breed of supporter who enjoys filming themselves abusing sports stars. Continue reading...
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Rafael Nadal survives scare and sinks Francisco Cerundolo
Second seed beats Argentinian 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4Nadal playing Wimbledon for first time since 2019Two lines on a Covid test proved devastating for Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday morning, but for at least half a dozen players in the bottom half of the men’s singles draw, including former champion Rafael Nadal, the chance of a run all the way to next week’s final improved significantly with the bookies’ second-favourite removed from the reckoning.Nadal, the winner in 2008 and 2010, has not reached the final since 2011, and there were moments in his four-set defeat of Francisco Cerundolo on Centre Court on Tuesday when a first-round exit, for only the second time in of his Wimbledon career, felt a good deal more plausible than a run into the second week. Continue reading...
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A curious time for parsimony from ‘best friend’ of Ukraine
Analysis: Downing Street’s call for a reality check on defence spending comes at an unexpected momentFlying to a Nato summit – at a time when there is a major war at the other end of Europe – is a curious time for Boris Johnson to be drawn into a row about defence spending, and whether a manifesto commitment has been broken.The message from Downing St over the course of Tuesday was that a promise to increase defence spending by inflation plus 0.5% a year has become too expensive, with the cost of living at 9.1%, its highest rate in 40 years. Continue reading...
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Sciver and Davidson-Richards put England in control over South Africa
England 328-6 lead South Africa 284 by 44 runsBatters both score centuries to give hosts commandA maiden Test century from Nat Sciver, and an equally impressive hundred from Alice Davidson-Richards on Test debut, helped England post 328 for six onday two at Taunton, leading South Africa by 44 runs, to place the hosts in a commanding position with two days left to play.It was a remarkable recovery by England, who had earlier found themselves 121 for five midway through the afternoon session, after seamer Anneke Bosch bagged three for 59. At that point, No 7 Davidson-Richards appeared to have been sent out with clear instructions to batten down the hatches, progressing slowly and painfully to nine from 42 balls. Continue reading...
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Simon Case refuses to come clean about his dirty work for Boris Johnson | John Crace
Head of civil service proves to be the man who knew nothing about anything when grilled by MPsSpare a thought for Simon Case. He’s diligently worked his way up the ladder to become the youngest head of the civil service and cabinet secretary only to be landed with Boris Johnson as prime minister. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world. The Convict who thinks nothing of trashing the reputations of anyone and anything with which he comes in contact. People get chewed up and spat out in an unthinking heartbeat. Case is no exception. His is a precarious existence. Every day he must curse his luck that he didn’t get the top job five years later.Case was giving evidence to the public administration and constitutional affairs committee for the first time since Partygate and Christopher Geidt’s resignation and he looked wary from the off. He fiddled with his pen and tapped his feet nervously on the floor. The committee chair, William Wragg – aka the Baby-Faced Assassin, got things under way. What percentage of his time did the cabinet secretary spend on propriety and ethics? Case thought for a while before deciding on up to 30%. Continue reading...
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