Philip Hammond and senior party figures warn that MPs are prepared to take drastic action
Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have been warned that Tory MPs would be prepared to bring down any prime minister backing a no-deal Brexit, triggering a general election, amid fears the leadership hopefuls will veer to the right in response to a surge in support for Nigel Farage at the European election.
A string of senior Conservatives, led by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, delivered a sobering message to candidates that many Tory MPs are prepared to take drastic action to stop a no-deal Brexit.
Geneticist Steve Jones, formerly a sceptic, says case for doing so is overwhelming
One of Britain’s leading scientists has urged people to take vitamin D supplements, particularly children, who spend an hour less outside than they did 10 years ago.
The geneticist Steve Jones told the Hay literary festival in Wales the health case for taking them was now overwhelming. “I never thought I would be a person who would take vitamin supplements, I always thought it was absolute nonsense, it’s homeopathy. I now take vitamin D every day,” he said.
Keya Morgan sought to capitalize on the late comic book author’s wealth and exert influence over him, say authorities
A former business manager of the late comic books author Stan Lee was arrested on Saturday, on charges of elder abuse.
Lee died in November, at the age of 95. He was a co-creator of characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men, which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide. At his death, Lee’s own net worth was about $80m.
Siberian farmer Vasily Kamotsky fells opponents with a single blow – attracting hilarity and outrage
Vasily Kamotsky does not so much slap his opponents as cudgel them with his massive palm. He was crowned the slapping champion at the Siberian Power Show, a competition so esoteric and objectionable that it seems tailor-made to be stumbled upon during a 3am YouTube binge.
However, Kamotsky was clear-eyed when it came to what he thought had prompted his sudden rise to prominence. “Two knockouts,” he said when reached by phone in his small town along the Trans-Siberian railroad. “I don’t think anyone had seen that before.”
Prize-winning author says she distrusts post-Brexit interest in regional and working-class voices
The Man Booker prize-winning author Pat Barker says she “distrusts” London publishing’s recent burst in diversity initiatives, calling the rise in interest in regional and working-class voices a “fashionable” move motivated by fear after the Brexit referendum.
Speaking at the Hay festival on Sunday, the Durham author said she had observed an increased appetite for authors based outside London, or from working-class and minority ethnic backgrounds, over the last three years.
Veteran and 2020 candidate said Trump’s willingness to pardon soldiers ‘undermines the very foundations ... of this country’
Donald Trump’s willingness to consider pardons for US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes “undermines the very foundations, legal and moral, of this country”, Democratic candidate for president Pete Buttigieg said.
Visit to sumo wrestling’s spiritual home followed by golf and burgers as Abe tries to keep president on side
On one side of the sumo ring stood a tall, hefty man with an unconventional hairstyle, bowing and smiling as the crowd applauded; opposite Donald Trump stood a professional wrestler, who on Sunday became the first recipient of a winner’s trophy awarded by the US president during his state visit to Japan.
Trump had been spared the agony of watching the last five bouts of the 15-day tournament in the customary manner – seated cross-legged on a thin cushion. Instead, sumo authorities broke with tradition and provided near-ringside armchairs for the president and the first lady, Melania, and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzō Abe, and his wife, Akie.
Philip Hammond has warned Conservative leadership candidates they will not be prime minister for long if they pursue a no-deal Brexit, hinting that he and other Tories could be prepared to vote down the government in a confidence motion to prevent that outcome.
In a forthright interview, the chancellor reminded the hardline Brexit candidates – Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey – that parliament was “vehemently opposed” to leaving the EU without a deal.
Former education secretary, Justine Greening, has suggested she would be prepared to back a vote of no confidence in the government if the new leader goes for a no-deal Brexit.
Greening, confirmed that she will not be standing the contest and refused to say who she will back.
“The danger is that a government with an unviable strategy on Brexit is destabilising itself. The choice is going to be quite simple ... either we end up with a general election which Jeremy Corbyn would likely win. I don’t think he’ll win it with a majority. He’s likely to have a coalition partner who is likely to demand some kind of a second referendum. Or we can chose to break the Brexit deadlock through giving people a vote. We are going to have to bite the bullet.”
Esther McVey has said there will be no further extensions and the UK will leave the EU on 31 October 31, with or without a deal.
The former work and pensions secretary told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that the UK must start preparing for a no-deal exit straight away. She said:
“October 31 is the key date and we are coming out then, and if that means without a deal then that’s what it means.
“We won’t be asking for any more extensions.
'This is the best thing we can do, prepare for no-deal' - @EstherMcVey1 sets out her position on Brexit talks with the EU saying the 'withdrawal agreement boat has sailed.'#Ridge
Russia is overhauling ports as it readies for more traffic via Northern Sea Route due to warmer climate cycles
Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious programme to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.
The ship, dubbed the Ural and which was floated out from a dockyard in St Petersburg, is one of a trio that when completed will be the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world.
Families of those killed say the home secretary must distinguish between jihadists and others fighting with Kurdish forces
More than 40 international volunteers – a third of them British – who fought in Syria against the Islamic State terror group have written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, to condemn his plans to prosecute UK citizens who remain in the country.
Four British families whose sons or daughters were killed fighting Isis have also signed the letter, raising concerns that Javid is “criminalising” those who risked their lives supporting the US-led coalition which two months ago defeated the IS caliphate.
France, Germany, Italy and others go to polls on Sunday, with gains expected for nationalist parties
The western world’s largest democratic exercise is nearing its finale as tens of millions of EU citizens in 21 countries go to the polls on Sunday, the last of four days of voting in European parliament elections that will shape the bloc’s future.
Polls suggest the vote will produce a more fragmented parliament than ever before, with the two centre-right and centre-left groups that have dominated Europe’s politics forecast to lose their joint majority for the first time, and nationalist and populist forces to make gains.
65-year-old Californian man attacked off coast of Maui in first such death since 2015
A man has died in Hawaii after being attacked by a shark, local officials have said, the first such fatality in the state in four years.
The victim, a 65-year-old from California, is believed to have been swimming in clear, flat conditions about 60 yards from the shore at on the west coast of Maui on Saturday morning when the attack happened.
President says recent missile tests bother some people, but not him, and praises regime for calling Joe Biden ‘a fool of low IQ’
Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about North Korea’s recent missile tests, calling them “small weapons”, a day after his national security adviser said there was no doubt the launches violated UN security council resolutions.
The US president tweeted on Sunday: “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me”.
David Isaac says people’s growing tendency to define themselves by faith, gender or race is diminishing empathy
The increasing tendency for people to define themselves by their faith, gender, sexuality or race is undermining empathy among Britons, says the chair of the country’s equality watchdog.
David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Observer that identity politics had been hugely important in advancing the civil rights of many groups. But he warned of a danger that “individual interests” were narrowing people’s views and diminishing their connection to wider society.
President says negotiators trying to even out trade imbalance
CNN says staffers dread long trips with Trump on Air Force One
Donald Trump kicked off his state visit to Japan on Saturday by urging Japanese business leaders to increase investment in the US – but he also complained about his own central bank and knocked his hosts for having a “substantial edge” on trade, which he said negotiators were trying to even out.
After May bowed to pressure on Friday and announced she would resign as Tory leader within two weeks, justice secretary David Gauke and international development secretary Rory Stewart condemned Johnson’s readiness to embrace a no-deal, saying it would be hugely damaging to the national interest.
Bong Joon-ho has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival for his black comic thriller Parasite.
The South Korean director is best known for previous films Okja and Snowpiercer, and earned rave reviews for his new film, which is about a poor family who insinuate themselves as servants into a much richer one. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw described it as “a luxuriously watchable and satirical suspense drama [that] runs as purringly smooth as the Mercedes driven by the lead character”.
The deaths come as UN reveals pro-government forces killed more civilians than insurgents in first three months of 2019
Afghan security forces have killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, in a night raid on insurgents, government officials said.
The group were in a car and soldiers mistook them for Taliban trying to escape the area, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the Associated Press. Attahullah Khogyani said 10 militants were also killed in the attack, in eastern Nangarhar province.
On the past two occasions that I’ve been behind the wheel of this ‘ere liveblog, I’ve failed to give the eventual winner even a passing mention (sorry The Square and Shoplifters). To insure myself against a similar embarrassment happening this time around, here’s a quick run-down of the remaining 15 films in selection:
Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles) Brazilian horror-western taking aim at Bolsonaro. In with a shout of a prize, perhaps even the Palme. Review
We know about the Palme d’Or, of course, but there are a number of other awards up for grabs, in the main ceremony, including the Grand Prix prize (which essentially acts as a silver medal) and the Jury prize (which is the equivalent of bronze), plus best actor, actress, screenplay and director prizes.
Note: if a film picks up one of those prizes, it’s highly unlikely to win the Palme, due to Cannes’ unwritten policy of not giving multiple awards to the same film (though sometimes multiple smaller prizes are handed out, as was the case with Lynne Ramsay winning best director and Joaquin Phoenix claiming best actor for You Were Never Really Here in 2017).
Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan says traditional markers of success no longer apply
We may have suspected it already, but now the science backs it up: unmarried and childless women are the happiest sub-group in the population. And they are more likely to live longer than their married and child-rearing peers, according to a leading expert in happiness.
Speaking at the Hay festival on Saturday, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said the latest evidence showed that the traditional markers used to measure success did not correlate with happiness – particularly marriage and raising children.
CNN reporter credits Bannon for ‘enemy of the people’ line
Use of unnamed sources may reignite battle with president
Donald Trump’s war with the US press began as an act in the absence of effective Democratic opposition then spiraled out of control, according to an eagerly awaited new book by one of the chief targets of the president’s fury.
New leader says country’s challenges can be solved as he is sworn in for five-year term
Cyril Ramaphosa told South Africans on Saturday that “a new era had dawned” as he was sworn in for a five-year term as president, but said the troubled country was at a defining moment in its history.
“It is time for us to make the future we yearn for … It is through our actions now that we will determine our destiny,” Ramaphosa said, after taking the oath of office in front of 30,000 people in the administrative capital, Pretoria.
Several climbers have died after enduring long waits to reach summit
A British climber has been named as the latest fatality on Everest, in a season marred by poor weather and overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain.
The death of Robin Fisher, who reportedly collapsed while returning from the mountain’s summit, was disclosed in a statement by Mira Acharya, the director at the Nepalese Department of Tourism, which details fatalities on the mountain.
Health secretary throws his hat into ring as Rory Stewart rules out serving in a Boris Johnson cabinet
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has become the latest cabinet minister to declare he will stand for the Tory leadership after Theresa May’s resignation.
“Yes. I’m going to run to be the next prime minister,” Hancock told the BBC on Saturday morning. He said he would be “the servant of parliament” in delivering a Brexit deal – a conundrum that destroyed May’s leadership.
Michael Fuller was expressing his concerns to an audience at Hay festival, where he also asked why the Football Association had not done more to combat racism against players, and revealed he was approached to join the Masons.
Mel B acknowledges complaints about Croke Park comeback performance
The Spice Girl Mel B has said she hopes the sound “will be much, much better” at the reformed band’s next show, following complaints about the first gig of their stadium reunion tour.
More than 70,000 fans attended the concert at Croke Park in Dublin on Friday night, many of whom paid more than £100 to see the pop group take the stage for the first time in seven years. However, footage posted on social media showed that many could barely hear the hit songs.
Olaf agency is carrying out an assessment of payments made by Arron Banks
The European Union’s anti-fraud watchdog is considering whether Nigel Farage should be investigated for any illegal activity over lavish payment from Arron Banks, the Guardian has learned.
The agency, which goes by its French acronym, Olaf, revealed it was carrying out an assessment, which could lead to a formal investigation. This “initial assessment … does not mean that the individuals in question are guilty of any wrongdoing”, it said.
‘Super Sunday’ of city, regional and European elections could inflict further damage on traditional party of Spanish right
Spain is heading to the polls for a “super Sunday” of European, regional and municipal elections this weekend that will see Madrid and Barcelona’s city councils up for grabs and the socialist PSOE party hoping to repeat its victory in last month’s general election.
Twelve of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions will be voting to choose new governments, including the Madrid region, which has been in the hands of the conservative People’s party (PP) since 1995, despite a series of corruption scandals.
A younger, lighter version of Anne Frank – a little girl with braces, who doesn’t want to have her hair cut and who has “no lack of companionship as far as boys are concerned” – has been revealed for the first time in English, through a series of previously unpublished letters written to her grandmother.
Part of the forthcoming Anne Frank: The Collected Works, the letters have never been published in full, or in English, before. They were written between 1936 and 1941, before Anne began the diary she kept from her 13th birthday on 12 June 1942, until the moment just over two years later when the Nazis raided the secret annexe where she had been living in hiding with her family.
Trump national security adviser makes remark as US president heads to Japan for talks on nuclear issue
The US national security adviser, John Bolton, has said North Korea’s recent missile tests violated UN security council resolutions, the first time a senior US official has made such a statement.
“The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said on Saturday. North Korea’s test firings included short-range ballistic missiles and so there was “no doubt” it was a violation, he added, urging its leader, Kim Jong-un, to return to denuclearisation talks.
Greek prime minister declares European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government
The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is the first to say he relishes a fight. And, true to form, he upped the ante on Friday when he declared this weekend’s European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government.
In comments that sent ripples through a political arena already at fever pitch, the leftist leader hinted that early elections could be in the offing if, as surveys suggest, his Syriza party is beaten at the ballot box.
Prabowo Subianto files lawsuit in constitutional court in Jakarta, scene of fatal clashes between protesters and police this week
The defeated candidate in Indonesia’s presidential election has filed a challenge against the result in the country’s top court, just days after seven people died in rioting by his supporters in the capital.
The legal move is the latest step in what analysts say has been a months-long campaign by former general Prabowo Subianto to discredit the election.
Trump administration approves $7bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia
The US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq.
Donald Trump told reporters Friday that the 1,500 troops would have a “mostly protective” role as part of a build-up that began this month in response to what the US said was a threat from Iran.
Ruling immediately halts administration’s efforts to use money secured with declaration of national emergency
A federal judge has blocked Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency.
On Friday, the US district judge Haywood Gilliam Jr put an immediate halt to the administration’s efforts to redirect military-designated funds for wall construction. His order applies to two projects, scheduled to begin as early as Saturday, to replace 51 miles of fence in two areas on the Mexican border.
US approves the one-time treatment for deadly spinal muscular atrophy in infants
Swiss drugmaker Novartis has received US approval for its spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy Zolgensma – pricing the one-time treatment at a record $2.125m.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Zolgensma for children under the age of two with SMA, including those not yet showing symptoms. The approval covers babies with the deadliest form of the inherited disease as well as those with types where debilitating symptoms may set in later.
This is the first time the US president has publicly named Australia while discussing the FBI inquiry into his election campaign
Donald Trump has said he wants Australia’s role in setting off the FBI inquiry into links between Russia and his election campaign examined by the US attorney general, William Barr.
It is a potentially explosive development for the historically solid US-Australian alliance and the first time Trump has publicly named Australia while discussing what he calls the “Russia hoax” and “witch hunt”.
Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to intentional homicide and kidnapping, after Closs was held for 88 days
A Wisconsin man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days.
Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family’s home near Barron, about 90 miles north-east of Minneapolis.
Latest deaths, including an Irish climber, come as others report ‘insane’ delays at the peak
Four more deaths have been reported on Everest, the world’s highest mountain, as concerns grow over the risks posed by the severe overcrowding on its slopes this year.
Kevin Hynes, 56, who was from Ireland, died in his tent at 7,000 metres early on Friday after turning back before reaching the summit. The father of two was part of a group from UK-based climbing company 360 Expeditions.
The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Alabama abortion providers, seeks to block the near-total abortion ban before it can take effect.
US scientist says it will be possible to rank embryos by ‘potential IQ’ within 10 years
Couples undergoing IVF treatment could be given the option to pick the “smartest” embryo within the next 10 years, a leading US scientist has predicted.
Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for research at Michigan State University, said scientific advances mean it will soon be feasible to reliably rank embryos according to potential IQ, posing profound ethical questions for society about whether or not the technology should be adopted.
Judges tell packed courtroom in Nairobi that they had not seen enough evidence of discrimination to change the law
Judges at Kenya’s high court have rejected a bid to repeal colonial-era laws criminalising gay sex, in a major setback to LGBT campaigners across Africa.
A bench of three judges told a packed courtroom that they had not seen sufficient evidence of discrimination caused by the laws, which they said were constitutional because they represented the values and views of the country.
Group of MEPs writes to Electoral Commission over reports of ballot paper delays
The Electoral Commission has been asked to permit late postal votes for the European parliament elections to be counted as reports continue of many British nationals living abroad receiving their ballot papers too late to return on time.
A group of 10 MEPs has written to the regulator to say that it should consider any postal vote that arrives by Sunday when the polls close across Europe. “We cannot permit lousy disenfranchisement like this,” said the Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who wrote the letter to the commission.
Adaptation set in Paris follows Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit series almost scene for scene
France so loved Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit series Fleabag that it has made its own version, about the life of a woman called Mouche (Fly).
Rather than subtitle the seemingly singularly British comedy, French producers wanted to faithfully recreate a Parisian version, complete with guinea pigs, a salon de thé, dysfunctional family and the same emotional pitfalls, but set against a backdrop of bridges over the Seine.
It is becoming increasingly common to adapt scripted formats for foreign audiences, as opposed to the long standard practice of copying reality TV formats such as Big Brother. An Indian Luther, and Russian and French Doctor Fosters are among many in the works. Their success, however, is far from guaranteed.
Mouche, which broadcasts on 3 June, has been described as a faithful adaptation of Waller-Bridge’s original – recapturing the series almost scene for scene.
The writer and director, Jeanne Herry, told France Inter radio this week: “The English version is excellent, so I don’t see why you’d change it.” She said she added only a handful of extra scenes – developing Mouche’s relationship with her best friend and adding a scene from her mother’s funeral.
One difference at the start of the French series is that Mouche’s object of sexual fantasy is not Barack Obama but Benoît Hamon, the former French Socialist party presidential candidate running in the European elections.
Under the contract, Herry was allowed to add two or three scenes per episode. “I didn’t want to be adding things in,” she said. “It was about making sure it sounded right in France, so that it really seemed anchored in France.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of Alabama and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit today on behalf of Alabama abortion providers challenging an extreme law passed earlier this month, which bans abortion in nearly every case and punishes doctors with up to 99 years in prison for providing care.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law on May 15, making Alabama the fifth state this year to enact an outright abortion ban.
The Guardian’s media editor Jim Waterson writes today that Facebook says it will continue to host a video of Nancy Pelosi that has been edited to give the impression that the Democratic House Speaker is drunk or unwell, in the latest incident highlighting its struggle to deal with disinformation.
The viral clip shows Pelosi – who has publicly angered Donald Trump in recent days – speaking at an event, but it has been slowed down to give the impression she is slurring her words.
The Guardian’s decision to alter its style guide to better convey the environmental crises unfolding around the world has prompted some other media outlets to reconsider the terms they use in their own coverage.
After the Guardian announced it would now routinely use the words “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” instead of “climate change”, a memo was sent by the standards editor of CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, to staff acknowledging that a “recent shift in style at the British newspaper the Guardian has prompted requests to review the language we use in global warming coverage”.
Footage of House Speaker deliberately slowed down to make her appear drunk or ill
Facebook says it will continue to host a video of Nancy Pelosi that has been edited to give the impression that the Democratic House Speaker is drunk or unwell, in the latest incident highlighting its struggle to deal with disinformation.
The viral clip shows Pelosi – who has publicly angered Donald Trump in recent days – speaking at an event, but it has been slowed down to give the impression she is slurring her words.
Exclusive: Philip Alston says he thought government response to his report might be a spoof
The United Nations expert whose warning of deepening poverty in Britain was this week dismissed as “barely believable” by ministers, has said the government’s denial is as worrying as poverty itself.
Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published his final report on the state of Britain on Wednesday in which he accused the government of the “systematic immiseration of a significant part of the British population”. Ministers responded that it was “a completely inaccurate picture of our approach to tackling poverty” and instead claimed the UK was among the happiest countries in the world.
Network says advertising ‘does not reflect the organisation’s values’ after member of the public said posters were offensive
Posters advertising Morrissey’s new album, California Son, have been removed from Liverpool’s Merseyrail public transport network, following a complaint from a member of the public.
Morrissey has recently been criticised for his support of far-right party For Britain Movement, whose leader, Anne Marie Waters, is opposed to Islam. He has previously spoken out against halal and kosher meat production as well as immigration into the UK, and once described the Chinese as a “sub-species”. Toxteth resident Jack Dotchin told the Liverpool Echo that Morrissey’s opinions “offend me and a lot of other people. He’s very far right these days, going on about immigrants and being pseudo-racist. It’s just strange to think Merseyrail, being a public service for the people, is advertising someone with his views.”
In Birmingham, people are meeting at Victoria Square. Young people have been sharing the message that there are bigger stories than the prime minister Theresa May resigning. “Like the planet bordering on ecological collapse,” one person said.
The revered Chief Poundmaker tried to negotiate with Canadian officials when he was falsely accused of treason
The Canadian government has formally exonerated a prominent Cree leader, the revered Chief Poundmaker— known to his people as Pîhtokahanapiwiyin— nearly 130 years after the Cree leader was falsely accused and convicted on treason charges.
In an emotional ceremony at Poundmaker Cree Nation in the province of Saskatchewan on Thursday, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau absolved the chief of any crime.
British specialist among those aiming to develop ‘next generation’ treatment that could help millions of victims each year
Scientists in five countries, including the UK, hope to find a universal cure for snakebite using the same technology that discovered HIV antibodies.
A new consortium of venom specialists in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Britain and the US will locate and develop antibodies to treat critical illness from snakebites, which harm nearly 3 million people worldwide each year.
It is with regret that I have today resigned as @Conservatives Vice Chair for Communities. Now is the time for new leadership to deliver Brexit and unite our Party and our Country. pic.twitter.com/vNzRi0MYTK
Regrettably, I must now give notice of my resignation because I wish to actively and openly support one of the new leadership candidates and would not want there to be any perception of a conflict between the candidate’s campaign and my role at CCHQ.
Here are some pictures of May arriving at 10 Downing Street with her husband, Philip.
Despite ban from three EU member states, Andrei Pavlov managed to travel widely
Europe is under pressure to review its border controls, after it emerged that an individual sanctioned over his alleged role in Russia’s biggest ever tax fraud has visited member states more than 70 times in the past four years.
The case, which has embroiled the current premier of the Caribbean island of Nevis, raises fresh concerns about the golden passports trade. Countries in the Caribbean – including St Kitts and Nevis – are offering citizenship for cash to individuals seeking easy access to EU member states. Their passports, which confer visa-free travel to the EU for up to 90 days, are popular with individuals wanting to skirt travel restrictions.
Zakir Musa killed in gun battle with security forces, leading to protests and school closures
Indian security forces have killed an influential Kashmiri militant, sparking protests and fears of wider unrest, who led the first al-Qaida-affiliated cell in the disputed region.
Zakir Musa, 25, was part of a new generation of young militants with large followings on social media and more affinity with global jihadist groups such as al-Qaida than with Pakistan, the traditional patron of anti-India fighters in the region.
As his approval ratings plunge, critics say Brazilian president’s approach has been ‘shocking’
Hardcore supporters of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, have urged his followers to flood the streets in defence of their leader on Sunday amid mounting conservative angst over the far-right populist’s anarchic opening act in office.
Bolsonaro swept to power last October, his insurgent campaign turbocharged by widespread revolt at the corruption and economic misrule of the Brazilian left.
The oil-rich south-east Asian state sparked an outcry when it proposed the death penalty for gay sex and adultery
The sultan of Brunei has returned an honorary degree awarded by Oxford University after a backlash led by celebrities including George Clooney and Elton John for proposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
Nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition by April calling on Oxford University to rescind the honorary law degree awarded in 1993 to Hassanal Bolkiah, the world’s second-longest reigning monarch and prime minister of the oil-rich country.
With calls for an intervention on his behalf, the House speaker has knocked an ‘extremely calm’ leader off balance
It has been almost four years since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign from the gilded escalator of Trump Tower. In that time he has come to be feared by Democrats and Republicans alike for his personal attacks that always seem to supremely rile his opponents.
‘We did what we had to do to win,’ says 47-year-old
Interview with former cyclist to be aired next week
Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said he “wouldn’t change a thing” about the doping that led to him being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles, according to details of an interview that will air next week.
NBCSN, owned by NBC Sports Group, said on Thursday it would broadcast a 30-minute interview next Wednesday called Lance Armstrong: Next Stage in which the 47-year-old American discusses his career and the decisions he made.
President steps up effort to ‘investigate the investigators’ amid growing Democratic calls for impeachment
Donald Trump is directing the US intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with attorney general William Barr’s investigation of the origins of the multi-year inquiry into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.
The move marks an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators”, as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings.
Organisers say more than 1.4 million young people are set to protest about the climate crisis
Hundreds of thousands of children and young people are walking out of lessons around the world on Friday as the school strike movement continues to snowball.
Climate strikes are planned in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries. Organisers say the number of young people taking part is set to top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March.
The agreement would resolve lawsuits and compensate the Hollywood producer’s alleged victims
Harvey Weinstein, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative $44m deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter.
The deal, if finalized, would resolve a civil rights lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general’s office last year that accuses Weinstein Co’s executives and board of failing to protect employees from a hostile work environment and Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, the Journal said.
Allied Pilots Association says jetmaker’s anti-stall software forced plane into such an aggressive dive pilots could not recover
American Airlines’ pilots’ union has hit back at Boeing for insinuating that some responsibility for the two crashes of its 737 Max jets lies with the pilots, and claimed AA pilots made several suggestions to Boeing to fix the plane’s anti-stall systems before the second crash.
Describing Boeing’s position as “inexcusable”, Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, accused Boeing of unfairly blaming foreign pilots involved in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.
A government watchdog has criticised the Home Office for failing to protect students wrongly accused of cheating in an English language test that they were required to sit as part of a visa application process.
About 2,500 students have been forcibly removed from the UK after being accused of cheating in the exam and a further 7,200 left the country after being warned that they faced detention and removal if they stayed. Many have protested their innocence; 12,500 appeals have been heard in UK courts, and so far 3,600 people have won their appeals.
Shares fall sharply in Asia, Europe and North America in intensifying war of words
The deepening trade and technology war between the US and China has sent global stock markets sharply lower and prompted a warning from the IMF of the increasing risks to the global economy.
Shares fell sharply in Asia, Europe and North America on a day that saw investors alarmed by the intensifying war of words between Washington and Beijing, poor news on the American economy, and political chaos in Britain.
The indictment says that Assange, 47, was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence officer and whistleblower, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to national defense.
Assange conspired with Manning; aided and abetted her in obtaining classified information and received and attempted to receive classified information, according to the indictment.
The Justice Department just announced WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has been charged with violating the Espionage Act in an 18-count indictment that said he “risked serious harm” to the US.
Assange is currently jailed in London, where he was arrested last month after spending several years in the Ecuadorian embassy there.
Local media cites recent deaths of three people as cause for hours-long queue in freezing temperatures
Hundreds of climbers hoping to make it to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain were forced to queue for hours in freezing temperatures at high altitude this week as congestion built up on Mount Everest.
The delays have been linked to the deaths of at least three people on the mountain, according to local media. An American man and an Indian man and a woman all died as they descended, various sources said.
An acrimonious copyright dispute meant Ashcroft was forced to give up royalties to Bitter Sweet Symphony, but a ‘kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith’ passes rights to him
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones have ended one of the most acrimonious copyright disputes in British pop history, by granting Richard Ashcroft all future royalties from his 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony, performed by the Verve.
Ashcroft announced the news on the same day he won an Ivor Novello award for outstanding contribution to British music. In a statement he said:
President will be accompanied by wife, four adult children and their partners in June
When Donald Trump makes his state visit to the UK next month he will bring his own version of a royal court, in the form of all his adult children and their spouses, according to US news reports.
Neither Buckingham Palace nor the White House has confirmed the guest list for the state banquet dinner on 3 June, but ABC News reported the US president would be accompanied by his wife, Melania, his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner – who both work in the White House – as well as his other daughter, Tiffany, his sons Donald Jr and Eric, and Eric’s wife, Lara.
Sam Little arrested after Guardian exposed massive distribution network of MMS in Uganda that was being supervised by US pastor
A British man has been arrested in Uganda on suspicions of “intoxicating the public” after he claimed to have carried out a trial of a “miracle cure” on local villagers using industrial bleach.
Sam Little, 25, from Arlesey in Bedfordshire was picked up by Ugandan police at 6am on Thursday in a village church in Kitembi, a few miles outside Fort Portal in western Uganda. Also arrested were two Ugandans who are suspected of being involved in the distribution of the bleach, which is known by advocates as MMS or Miracle Mineral Solution.
Party leader’s north Indian constituency was bastion of support for his famous family
As India’s opposition Congress party went down to a landslide defeat on Thursday, its leader, Rahul Gandhi, was also convincingly beaten in his own parliamentary seat – a north Indian constituency that had sent three of his family members to parliament in the past half-century.
The loss of the family bastion seat of Amethi underscored the dwindling relevance of south Asia’s most famous political dynasty in Narendra Modi’s “new India”, alongside the decline of the pluralistic vision of India that has been synonymous with the Nehru-Gandhi family for the past seven decades.
Ten-year-old girl from El Salvador died on 29 September ‘due to fever and respiratory distress’ after complications with surgery
The Trump administration has been forced to reveal that a 10 year-old migrant girl died in its custody more than seven months ago, sparking further outcry after a spate of recent migrant child deaths while detained by the US government.
The 10 year-old girl from El Salvador is the sixth child to die in custody in the past eight months amid the immigration crisis. Her death was not previously reported by authorities and was only made public late on Wednesday after a report by CBS News.
Informant says American helped Cosa Nostra assassinate Giovanni Falcone in 1992
New York’s powerful Gambino mafia family sent a bomb expert to Sicily to train Cosa Nostra mobsters to assassinate an anti-mafia investigator, a former hitman has claimed.
Maurizio Avola, 56, who is believed to have killed about 80 people before becoming a pentito (informer) told prosecutors in Caltanissetta, Sicily, that an American man came to Palermo in 1992 to help the Sicilian mafia kill the prosecuting magistrate Giovanni Falcone, murdered in a car bomb the same year.
Theresa May is trying to slow her departure from No 10 by meeting cabinet ministers to discuss rewriting her withdrawal bill, despite extreme pressure from her party to quit as soon as the European elections are over.
The prime minister will delay publication of the legislation until the first week of June while she listens to the concerns of the cabinet about it opening the door to a second referendum. There is heavy speculation May will announce a timetable for her departure on Friday, after European elections polling day.
Organisers say meagre points total for Bigger Than Us was in fact inflated due to error
The UK’s last-place finish in the Eurovision song contest was a national humiliation – but it turns out the result was even worse than previously thought.
Michael Rice’s song Bigger Than Us performed disastrously in the contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday, with viewers told it had won just 16 points from national juries and public votes across Europe. However, organisers discovered an error and have now revised this downwards to 11 points – compared with 498 points for the winning Dutch entry.