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Saudi crown prince tells Iran: 'We won't hesitate to deal with any threat'
Mohammed bin Salman speaks publicly for first time about latest tanker attacks amid fears of regional conflictSaudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has spoken publicly for the first time since a second attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, blaming arch-rival Iran and vowing that the kingdom “won’t hesitate to deal with any threat” to its interests.According to an interview for pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, published on Sunday, the crown prince said: “We do not want a war in the region ... But we won’t hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity and our vital interests. Continue reading...
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Namibia forced by drought to auction 1,000 wild animals
Southern African nation aiming to limit starvation and generate conservation fundsDrought-hit Namibia has authorised the sale of at least 1,000 wild animals – including elephants and giraffes – to limit loss of life and generate US$1.1 million for conservation, the authorities confirmed Saturday.“Given that this year is a drought year, the [environment] ministry would like to sell various type of game species from various protected areas to protect grazing and at the same time to also generate much needed funding for parks and wildlife management,” the environment ministry spokesman Romeo Muyunda said. Continue reading...
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Berliners wary as €600m super-museum is latest project to overrun
Humboldt Forum delay follows series of other projects that arrived late and over budgetThe opening of a €600m super-museum in Berlin has been postponed to next year, raising sceptical eyebrows among locals wary of the German capital’s growing tendency to deliver large public building projects late and over budget.The Humboldt Forum will host blockbuster exhibitions about world culture, anthropology and ethnology, and is also expected to delicately touch on Germany’s under-explored colonial history. Continue reading...
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Tourist drowns in Lake Geneva as storm batters Switzerland
Woman dies after sightseeing boat sinks as bad weather also damages vessels at annual Bol d’Or regatta A woman has drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank as a violent storm battered parts of Switzerland on Saturday, police said.A man who was in the same boat was able to swim to another vessel from where he fired “two flares”, Joanna Matta, police spokeswoman for the canton (region) of Geneva, said. Continue reading...
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Gary Woodland holds onto lead as Justin Rose edges closer at US Open
Rose the closest challenger heading into final roundHistory chaser Brooks Koepka trails leader by fourPresumably Brooks Koepka will spend the build up to the final round of this US Open finding a reason to bear a grudge against Gary Woodland. As things stand, Woodland represents the biggest danger to the making of history by Koepka.Victory at Pebble Beach on Sunday would render Koepka only the second player, and first since 1905, to win this major in three consecutive years. Through 54 holes, Koepka – who makes a point of deriving inspiration from negative forces, real or otherwise – trails Woodland’s 11 under par by four. The scale of Koepka’s potential triumph should not be overstated; victory in this US Open would represent a fifth in just nine major starts. Continue reading...
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Marni designer Francesco Risso shows his 'humanistic' side
Short of calling his collection sustainable, the creative director makes clear his view of plastics and wasteIt took four days of Italian menswear shows – between the Pitti Uomo showcase in Florence and the fashion capital Milan – for a household-name brand to use its precious moment on the world stage to engage in the conversation about the ethical context in which fashion exists right now.At the Marni spring/summer 2020 show on Saturday afternoon, creative director Francesco Risso had the audience stand shoulder to shoulder, rather than sit, under a suspended ceiling of backlit, disregarded plastic waste. His team at the Italian fashion house have spent months sourcing from industrial sources and the oceans. Imposing and strikingly beautiful, it was to reflect “the weight of this plastic that we’re feeling right now”, he told the press post-show. This being the first of “two acts”, the waste will be recycled into a new collection, in collaboration with the artist Judith Hopf, for a second next season. Continue reading...
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Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz: lineal heavyweight championship – live!
Fury defends lineal heavyweight title against SchwarzTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 8.48pm BST Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his lookahead to tonight’s main event. Related: Tyson Fury enjoys Vegas sparkle in reanimated heavyweight division Continue reading...
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Hong Kong braces for second mass rally as protesters keep pressure on Carrie Lam
Chief executive’s suspension of work on extraditions bill rejected by protest leaders as not enoughHong Kong is bracing for another mass rally on Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city’s embattled leader in suspending the bill.Organisers are hoping for another mammoth turnout as they vow to keep pressure on chief executive Carrie Lam, who suspended work on the hugely divisive bill on Saturday after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood. Continue reading...
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Trump attacks Sadiq Khan over upsurge in London violence
US leader calls London mayor a ‘disaster’ after three men killed in separate attacks in 24 hoursThe row between Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan has escalated again after the US president called the London mayor “a disaster” in response to violence in the capital, where three men have been killed in separate attacks in less than 24 hours.Retweeting a post by right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins about the killings, the president said the capital needed a new mayor “ASAP” and that Khan “will only get worse!” Continue reading...
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Cuts to diplomatic service will reduce Britain’s influence, MPs warn
Spending will soon fall to a 20-year low, according to analysis of Foreign Office budgetBritain will be hampered in its ability to retain influence after Brexit as core spending on diplomatic services falls to a 20-year low, ministers will be warned.An analysis of the Foreign Office’s budget since the 1970s, published this week, finds that successive governments have presided over cuts, which have affected Britain’s ability to advance its foreign policy aims. Continue reading...
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Nitin Sawhney: Racist abuse at school drove my creative impulses
The composer says he faced daily racism, including being banned from his school music roomThe award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney believes the racist bullying he received at school in Rochester in Kent has driven his creative impulse.As Lauren Laverne’s castaway on Sunday on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Sawhney explains he was deliberately kept away from music at the Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematical School by a teacher. “I don’t want to go into it too much, but there was one particular teacher who banned me from the school music room for six years after he found I was playing a classical Indian raga on the piano in the practice room.” Continue reading...
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Josh Warrington beats Kid Galahad by split decision to retain world title
• 116-112 and 116-113 in favour of Warrington; 115-113 for Galahad• Fighter defends IBF featherweight title for second timeBoth fighters talked of this world-title fight as their destiny. “It is written,” said Abdul-Bari Awad, also known as Kid Galahad. Josh Warrington spoke of the fear of “going back to square one” after his unheralded journey to the top of the featherweight division. But after 12 rounds of ferocious boxing Warrington was announced as the IBF’s undisputed champion on a split decision.At Leeds’ First Direct Arena, which was transformed into something more akin to a bear pit by Warrington’s fans, the two Yorkshiremen traded blows with an intensity that quickly left both fighters bloody and exhausted. But Galahad controlled the fight for large periods and silenced the crowd at times with an incredible performance. To many watching it was a surprise that the decision went the way of the champion, with scores of 116-112 to 116-113 to Warrington versus a 115-113 for Galahad. Continue reading...
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Full-blown florals
This summer’s dress is big, bold and hot blooded. Laura Ashley eat your heart out Continue reading...
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Hancock pledges hospital food overhaul after listeria deaths
Factory production of sandwiches linked to five cases is halted as health secretary demands actionHealth secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a “root and branch” review of NHS food after two more patient deaths were linked last week to a listeria outbreak. The new deaths bring the number of suspected fatalities to five and doctors have warned that further cases could occur.Hancock said he was “incredibly concerned” after it emerged the patients were suspected of dying as a result of eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked by the same supplier, The Good Food Chain. Continue reading...
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Jodie Taylor earns plaudits as England seek World Cup momentum
Manager Phil Neville admits he needs to work on improving service to his striker, who was top scorer at Euro 2017Jodie Taylor’s first goal in an England shirt for 14 months served as a reminder of the adage about form being temporary but class permanent. It was the Seattle Reign striker’s second goal from open play since Phil Neville became England manager but it was enough to consign Argentina to a 1-0 defeat in Le Havre on Friday, guaranteeing the Lionesses a place in the knockout rounds.Injuries have played their part but Taylor, winner of the Golden Boot at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, has frequently seemed possibly the biggest casualty of Neville’s continuing switch from the more direct, counterattacking style used by his predecessor, Mark Sampson, to a possession-monopolising, patient passing game. Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit plan ‘will trigger early election’
Top Tories say attempt to appease hardliners means coalition of support for his leadership bid will not survive the autumnBoris Johnson’s attempts to appease hardline Tory Brexiters will tilt the party into a “disastrous general election” that could be just months away, senior Conservatives are warning.The runaway favourite to replace Theresa May is being told that the coalition of support set to deliver him Downing Street “won’t survive the autumn”, when he will have to decide whether to accept a deal with the EU or try to force a no-deal Brexit – a move likely to precipitate an election. Continue reading...
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Lions will suffer in South Africa unless Premiership final moved – Gatland
• Final is due on 26 June 2021, one week before Lions’ first match• ‘There’s no doubt there will be some disadvantage,’ says GatlandEngland stars will be at risk of missing out on a place in the 2021 British & Irish Lions Test side in South Africa if Premiership Rugby refuses to move its final to give the touring squad an extra week’s preparation, Warren Gatland has warned.The 2020-21 Premiership final is scheduled for 26 June, only a week before the Lions’ first match. Gatland bemoaned a similar situation two years ago in New Zealand but, with the South Africa tour even more condensed – eight matches over five weeks rather than 10 over six – the Lions have even less time to prepare for the Test series. Continue reading...
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The art of Cold War Steve
From his first Twitter post in 2016, the caustically satirical photomontages of @Coldwar_Steve have become a cult phenomenon. Here are some highlightsCold War Steve: satire is my antidote to a scary world Continue reading...
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Let UK refugees apply for asylum abroad, campaigners urge
Call comes as two boats carrying 40 people from Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan are intercepted in the ChannelCampaigners have called on ministers to allow refugees to “apply safely” for asylum from outside the UK after two boats carrying 40 people were intercepted off the Kent coast.Officers from UK Border Force stopped the boats, which were carrying men, women and children, as they made their way across the Channel in what was the latest of a growing number of such crossings since last year. Continue reading...
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Kenneth Clarke: ‘If there’s no other way you’ve got to bring the government down’
The Tory veteran talks of his dismay at the ‘fantasies’ of the leadership race and his fears if Boris Johnson becomes PMSince he entered parliament in 1970, Kenneth Clarke has served under eight Conservative leaders, from Edward Heath to Theresa May. He has also stood three times, in 1997, 2001 and 2005, to be Tory leader himself during difficult periods for his party. But throughout it all he has never known a political crisis remotely like the present.Now aged 78, he still describes himself as “a natural optimist”. But a combination of Brexit and the Tory leadership contest are testing his positive thinking to its limits. Continue reading...
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West Ham fear missing out to Valencia in race for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez
• 22-year-old striker has £45m release clause in contract• West Ham tell Manchester United Issa Diop is not for saleWest Ham face an uphill battle to convince Maxi Gómez to choose them over Valencia after lodging a £25m bid for the Celta Vigo striker.Manuel Pellegrini is determined to continue improving his squad after signing Pablo Fornals from Villarreal on Friday and has long been an admirer of Gómez. However West Ham fear they will miss out on the Uruguayan to Valencia, who can offer the 22-year-old Champions League football. Continue reading...
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Divided, pessimistic, angry: survey reveals bleak mood of pre-Brexit UK
‘I can’t recall such despair,’ says top pollster, and 72% of population fear divisions will get worseBritain is a more polarised and pessimistic nation than it has been for decades, according to a survey that reveals a country torn apart by social class, geography and Brexit.The survey by BritainThinks reveals an astonishing lack of faith in the political system among the British people, with less than 6% believing their politicians understand them. Some 75% say that UK politics is not fit for purpose. Continue reading...
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Iran-US dispute grows over attacks on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman
Tensions remain high as Arab League calls for restraint – and Labour warns of UK being drawn into conflictDivisions over responsibility for last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman deepened this weekend amid warnings over the danger of a major confrontation in the region, despite hints by Donald Trump about possible negotiations with Iran.Politicians in Britain traded angry blows over the incident, after the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said there was “no credible evidence” that Iran had attacked the two ships as they passed by its coastline on Thursday morning, rebuffing a Foreign Office assessment that it was “almost certain” that a “branch of the Iranian military” had carried out the strikes. Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson and the ghost of Margaret Thatcher – cartoon
The Tory leadership frontrunner rides his zip wire over the cliff•You can buy your own print of this cartoon Continue reading...
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Imran Tahir too good for Afghanistan as South Africa ease to win
• Afghanistan 125; South Africa 131-1• Imran Tahir (4-29) and Chris Morris (3-13) prompt collapseIf Afghanistan are the standard bearers for the old ICC associate cricketing nations, they are not advancing the cause so far in this World Cup. They have been unlucky. There may be a bit of turmoil behind the scenes in the running of their team; they have certainly been disrupted more than most by the vagaries of the English weather. But they keep getting thrashed.They have been pursued around the country by rain clouds. As a consequence they have played on damp, green surfaces; their matches have been annoyingly interrupted, an inconvenience to which more hardened pros are more readily accustomed. And they have developed a nasty habit of collapsing spectacularly. As a consequence they have scored nowhere near enough runs to give any scope for their two gifted spinners, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, to cause an upset. Continue reading...
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Cold War Steve: satire is my antidote to a scary world
Twitter collagist tells how what started as a coping mechanism has led to the cover of Time and a Glastonbury hook-upAs the world around him gets madder by the day, the process of creating satirical collages has kept Christopher Spencer sane.The artist known as Cold War Steve, whose image of Brexit Britain sinking beneath the Thames graced the cover of Time magazine this month, could have “gone on Twitter and ranted”. Instead he used the social media platform to share his versions of a Hieronymus Bosch-type hellscape. Continue reading...
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Unpredictable Glenn Maxwell gives turbo-charged Australia extra boost
Quickfire 46 helps keep Sri Lanka at arm’s length as Australia top World Cup standingsIn Australian cricket one of the most intriguing games is Maxwellball. It leaves some spectators thrilled, some frustrated, many both in varying measures.Glenn Maxwell himself has shown he has the technique and temperament to play orthodox innings in Test and one-day cricket when required but in this World Cup he has been liberated to play his unique version of the game. The only rule: when Maxwell arrives at the batting crease, you have no idea what is going to happen next. That is Maxwellball. Continue reading...
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Canada v New Zealand: Women's World Cup 2019 – live!
Live updates from Grenoble, kick-off 8pm (BST)England win shows they have the spark and fight to go far Feel free to email Rob your thoughts 7.02pm BST Jayde Riviere replaces Allysha Chapman in the Canada defence. New Zealand are unchanged.Canada (4-4-2) Labbe; Riviere, Buchanan, Zadorsky, Lawrence; Prince, Scott, Schmidt, Beckie; Sinclair, Fleming.Substitutes: Chapman, Quinn, Rose, Grosso, Huitema, Carle, Sheridan, Leon, Woeller, D’Angelo, Agnew, Hellstrom. 6.29pm BST The Netherlands ensured their place in the knockout stages with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon this afternoon, with Arsenal’s brilliant Vivianne Miedema scoring her first World Cup goals to break the Netherlands scoring record - at the age of 22. Related: Netherlands into last 16 after Vivianne Miedema double against Cameroon Continue reading...
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Ahmed ‘Kouka’ Hassan: ‘Salah is a brother. He is a role model for me and all Egyptians’
After missing out on last year’s World Cup the Egypt striker Ahmed ‘Kouka’ Hassan is looking forward to lining up alongside Mohamed Salah on home turf in the Africa Cup of NationsAhmed Hassan has made a career out of bouncing back from disappointment and this summer he hopes to use those negative experiences to inspire Egypt – the hosts and favourites – to Africa Cup of Nations glory.The Braga striker, affectionately known as Kouka due to a childhood love of Coca-Cola, was in a very different position last summer when he was surprisingly cut from Egypt’s World Cup squad by then manager, Héctor Cúper, despite being part of the group throughout qualification and his close friend Mohamed Salah struggling with the shoulder injury the Liverpool man had sustained in the Champions League final. Continue reading...
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Are only certain kinds of people deemed worthy of our compassion? | Kenan Malik
Too many are facing prison for providing aid to those of the ‘wrong’ skin colourWhen is a Good Samaritan not a Good Samaritan? When he or she helps someone undeserving of our humanity.In Arizona on 11 June, a jury was unable to reach a verdict on Scott Daniel Warren, a college lecturer accused of conspiracy to transport and harbour migrants after providing them with food and shelter. He faced up to 20 years in jail. He may still do if there’s a retrial. Continue reading...
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