Jason Day’s fairly forgettable round ends in a missed birdie but at -1, he is sat OK. Van Rooyen’s long putt at 8 goes close to giving him a share of the lead, but it doesn’t sink. Tiger takes on that monster of a putt, right from one lip of the green to that on the other side but won’t be collecting birdie. He’s close enough to get par on a very difficult hole, though.
The umbrellas are up, the stands’ seats need a good wipe if anyone is to sit down and there is a mist in the air but Erik van Rooyen’s birdie putt at 7 puts him into a joint-second -5. Kevin Chappell also lands a birdie on the first.
‘People are still not being held accountable’ says Yorke, who is performing in Toronto for the first time since the 2012 incident
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has addressed the stage collapse that killed the band’s drum technician Scott Johnson in Toronto in 2012. Performing in the Canadian city for the first time since the incident, Yorke told the crowd at the Scotiabank Arena: “People are still not being held accountable in your city. The silence is deafening.”
On 16 June 2012, the outdoor stage at Downsview Park collapsed an hour before the gates were due to open, killing Johnson, 33, and injuring three other crew members. In June 2013, Ontario’s ministry of labour brought charges against events promoter Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and engineer Domenic Cugliari, citing the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. All three denied any wrongdoing.
Facebook-owned messaging service wants to crack down on viral spread of hateful misinformation
WhatsApps users will only be able to forward messages to 20 people, as the Facebook-owned messaging service attempts to crack down on the viral spread of hateful misinformation.
In India, where false rumours about child abduction spread virally over WhatsApp, leading to several vigilante murders over the past year, the new limit will be even stricter: each message can be forwarded just five times. In that country, where according to Facebook “people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world”, WhatsApp is also removing the “quick forward” feature, a button that appears next to photos, videos and links. The previous forwarding cap, rarely hit by users, was more than 250.
Brazilian footballer was struggling to feed his wife and daughter and contemplating killing himself when a call changed his life
Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and James Rodr?guez do not have any idea where exactly their Puskas Award given by Fifa is these days. For them the trophy is just one more to go in the cabinet which already has the Champions League and many other more important prizes. But this is not the case for Wendell Lira, who won the Fifa prize for the best goal of the year in 2015, his twisting bicycle kick for Goianesia in their match against Atletico-GO beating a Lionel Messi goal for Barcelona into second place. Lira says the Puskas Award saved his life.
Before being nominated Lira was living a dilemma. He was unemployed and did not know how to find money to feed his wife and daughter. As a lower league player he was part of the terrible statistic in Brazil, where 82% of footballers earn less than $250 a month.
Syrian president’s forces on verge of reclaiming control of southern Syria
Defeated Syrian rebels near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights are preparing to evacuate the region and cede control of the frontier to Bashar al-Assad, securing a key victory for the Syrian president, whose forces are on the verge of concluding a swift campaign to reclaim control of southern Syria.
Under the deal, the Syrian military will deploy once again to its pre-2011 positions along the Golan frontier, defined by the 1974 disengagement treaty with Israel.
Irish minister makes comment hours after PM tells Belfast summit it is time to drop ‘unworkable’ plan
The Irish government is open to the possibility of a fresh proposal for a deal on the Irish border but, in a blow to Theresa May, says it will consider a new plan only if it is better than the one currently on the table.
The Irish finance minister, Paschal Donohoe, made his comment hours after the prime minister demanded that the EU abandon its stance and “evolve its position” to include a guarantee there would be no border in the Irish Sea in the event of no deal.
The comments by Theresa May’s spokeswoman came after a House of Lords committee revealed the practice and also raised the alarm that the government planned to give law enforcement bodies more freedom over the use of children.
Invitation to Russian leader to visit White House illustrates Trump’s confidence in weathering another storm
Donald Trump began the week facing accusations of treason over his embrace of Vladimir Putin. He ended it with a middle finger to his many critics by inviting the Russian autocrat to the White House.
The defiant gesture illustrated Trump’s confidence that he had weathered yet another political storm. While opponents had briefly hoped that what they saw as his disastrous showing alongside Putin in Helsinki would be the breaking point for his presidency, for American conservatives it appears to be business as usual.
Case is first fatality linked to the mutilation practice that authorities have admitted to in years, in a country where 98% of women and girls are cut
A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia, the first confirmed death in years in a country where complications from the procedure are generally denied, activists claim.
Deeqa Dahir Nuur was taken on 14 July to a traditional cutter in the her village of Olol, roughly 65km from Dhusmareb, in central Galmudug state.
Research by the University of Alabama shows attacks by Muslims receive an average of 105 headlines, others just 15
Terrorist attacks committed by Muslim extremists receive 357% more US press coverage than those committed by non-Muslims, according to new research from the University of Alabama. The researchers controlled for factors like target type, number of fatalities, and whether or not the perpetrators were arrested before reaching their final statistic.
Terrorist attacks committed by non-Muslims (or where the religion was unknown) received an average of 15 headlines, while those committed by Muslim extremists received 105 headlines.
Our take on the classic cocktail combines Ciroc vodka, which is made from grapes, with the sweetness of raspberry and the sharpness of pineapple. The result is a beautifully balanced medley of fruity flavours ideal for summer.
Serves 1 40ml Ciroc vodka 20ml raspberry liqueur (we use Chambord) 30ml pineapple juice 1 raspberry, to garnish
Murray and Hello Games coded a near-infinite universe and survived a harassment ordeal. For two years, they’ve stuck by the game that put them on the map – and led to death threats
Sean Murray does not like talking to the press. He says this several times when we meet at the Guildford offices of Hello Games, the development studio he founded in 2008 with Grant Duncan, Ryan Doyle and David Ream. He is loquacious, but nervous. No one at the studio has spoken to any journalists for nearly two years, since the release of Murray’s pet project No Man’s Sky, an extraordinarily ambitious space exploration game that aimed to put an infinite universe on a games console – a game that, when it didn’t meet some players’ high expectations, triggered an appalling internet harassment campaign that left the small studio and its staff reeling.
It is hard to blame him for his hesitance. Talking to the press is partly what led to Murray’s ordeal in the first place. As the visible creative lead of No Man’s Sky, the person who talked up the science-fiction game and its enormous ambitions in interviews before it was released, he bore much of the ire when features promised during development were not present when the game came out. One poster on Reddit drew up a list of everything Murray had said in interviews about No Man’s Sky, cross-referenced with what was actually in the game. It was not flattering.
Matteo Salvini has been criticised by Roberto Saviano over his hardline migration policy
Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is suing the country’s celebrated anti-mafia author Roberto Saviano for defamation over a tweet that described him as “minister of the underworld”.
“I filed a lawsuit against Saviano, as promised,” Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister and leader of the League party, wrote on Twitter. “I accept any criticisms, but I do not allow anyone to say that I help the mafia.”
Petitioners gather daily outside Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrado offices in Mexico City, seeking jobs and justice
Jos? Fidel had driven through the night in search of his worldly miracle. “We wanted to be the first,” said the 64-year-old coffee farmer, one of half a dozen petitioners huddled outside the offices of Mexico’s incoming president on Thursday in the predawn gloom. “What we are asking for is support.”
Since Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrador’s landslide election victory on 1 July, his Mexico City HQ has become a point of urban pilgrimage for disenchanted and disenfranchised supplicants hoping for deliverance.
Spanish PM insists body will be exhumed over the summer from its tomb near Madrid
The family of Gen Franco has said it will not co-operate with the Spanish government’s efforts to remove the dictator’s remains from the mausoleum where they have been interred for the past 43 years.
Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro S?nchez, has made Franco’s exhumation a priority and said the body would be removed over the summer from its tomb in the basilica of the Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid.
With 18 teams taking part across 22 venues over the next few weeks the ICC continues to draw huge audiences and now features women’s games and a youth tournament
Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and 15 other heavyweight European teams. Twenty-seven matches staged in 22 venues on three continents. Inaugural women and youth team tournaments. More than 5m tickets sold and plans for a quantum leap in global sponsorship and TV coverage.
In six years the International Champions Cup has fulfilled the vision of Stephen M Ross, the multi?billionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins and Relevent Sports, the company behind the pre-season competition which begins on Friday when Manchester City face Borussia Dortmund in Chicago.
Exclusive: families of thousands of babies born with neurodevelopmental disorders may get help for first time
Brazil’s “invisible children”, the thousands of babies born with neurodevelopmental disorders, have been brought out of the shadows by the Zika virus epidemic and their families may get help for the first time.
Almost 4,000 babies were born in Brazil with microcephaly as a result of Zika virus infection – a brain malformation that left them with small and misshapen heads and poor developmental prospects.
The American novelist talks about extremism, learning about failure from Brad Pitt, the power of protest – and why losing nearly all his money has been ‘kind of nice’
First his father-in-law died of cancer. Then came the suspicion that his income for the last few years had been embezzled by an accountant at his literary agency. And to top off Chuck Palahniuk’s 2018 so far, there was the death of Anthony Bourdain – fondly remembered by Palahniuk for a TV show they made together in 2007, doing a gastronomic tour of the novelist’s hometown, Portland, Oregon. “It’s been a spring to remember,” he murmurs.
I’d idly assumed that the author of Fight Club, Choke and other vivid studies of all kinds of American violence would be an expansive raconteur, maybe even a bit boorish and alpha. But sitting in the lofty space where he teaches writing in Portland, he is gentle and thoughtful, choosing his words carefully. “It’s looking like my payment for at least my last two – perhaps four – books has been taken, and so that leaves me with no reserves to write the next book,” he says. “Money seems to have been taken over such a long period that they haven’t even established yet how much was taken, and from what accounts.” Palahniuk says the accountant, Darin Webb, would lie, telling him that the publisher hadn’t made the cash available, or that he was preoccupied with caring for his mother who has Alzheimer’s. Webb was charged with fraud in May. Depending on the terms of his next book deal, and on how much money is recovered in a settlement, Palahniuk may have to sell his house to stay afloat.
Danielle Bregoli was a car-thieving TV tearaway at 13. Two years later, she is a major-label rapper. She talks about the friends she lost along the way – and her fight for credibility
In September 2016, Danielle Bregoli – then 13 years old – flicked her straightened hair over her shoulder and pursed her lips while someone referred to her as the antichrist. Dr Phil, on whose family-counselling TV show she was appearing, was insisting she was not the antichrist her exasperated mother described. So far, so daytime television. But unlike many of the “tearaway teens” stereotyped on shows such as this, Bregoli has grafted the beginnings of a career on to this wobbly scaffolding.
If her name is not familiar, you may be aware of her rap alias, Bhad Bhabie, or “cash me ousside”. That catchphrase – a threat to “take this outside”, aimed at the studio audience that was laughing at her – has since become a meme and, for some, a crude summation of her character. “People have this misconception that I’m going to beat them up when I meet them,” the 15-year-old says now. “But it’s like … no. Just ’cause I stand up for myself and I’m honest, that doesn’t mean I’m going to beat people up all the time.”
A solstice festival highlights the city’s history of embracing the weird as Amazon fuels a changing landscape
Covered in swirled pink paint and clad only in an emerald green thong, Shannon Kringen blended into an essential Seattle summer scene, becoming a nude in a sea of bicycling nudes.
The thousands of naked cyclists gliding through the city’s Fremont neighborhood for the annual Fremont Solstice Festival are of Old Seattle, an aloof, weird place with space for dreamers and their work. Back in 1986, when she was 17 and newly arrived in the city, Kringen was able to make rent serving pizza before becoming a nude model. She hosted an arresting public access television show, “ Goddess Kring”, in the 1990s. She danced, talked and sang – often naked.
People should not be considered valuable just because they do something of value to you
Everyone is going bonkers because the World Cup winning French team is made up largely of immigrants or children of immigrants. Of the 23 players on the team, 16 come from families that recently immigrated to France from places like Angola, Algeria, Cameroon, Congo, Morocco and Zaire. A CNN headline read: “France’s World Cup win is a victory for immigrants everywhere.” A clutch of tweets and memes went viral, claiming a win for immigration and calling out the hypocrisy of the anti-immigrant fever currently gripping many of the countries competing for the World Cup. I get it. I was thrilled to see them win, but by highlighting these men as a case for immigration, we’re unwittingly helping white nationalists to build a bigger, more deadly case for some lives being worth more than others.
Let me tell you first, because it’s how I begin all my conversations on the subway, I am an alien of extraordinary ability. I have an O1 visa and that’s why I’m allowed to live here. Add to that, last month I won an award for being a good immigrant, the Alexander Hamilton Award, a beautiful engraved trophy, for my “outstanding contribution to Lower Manhattan and New York State”. As the best little immigrant in town (fine, I’ll admit I shared the award with three others) I’m asking, in my ruined brogue, can we please stop dividing immigrants into good and bad?
Alexandre Benalla, filmed hitting protester, is questioned as ?lys?e cites ‘new facts’
A security officer for the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has been taken into police custody and will be fired from his post after he was filmed hitting and stamping on a man at the edge of a Paris demonstration while dressed as a police officer.
Alexandre Benalla was being questioned by investigators on Friday morning after presenting himself at a police station. The French public prosecutor has opened a preliminary inquiry into a number of potential charges against him, including violence by a public official, pretending to be a member of the police and illegally using police insignia.
This week the Upside looks at work-life balance and visits Britain’s first plastic-free town
There’s been no shortage of competition, to be sure, but the grim headlines of the past week may just have been the most despair-inducing of the year. Maybe it’s timely then that the Upside’s editor, Mark Rice-Oxley, has been discussing the purpose of our series and of solutions-based journalism in a new podcast.
This week we renew our efforts to find stories that might restore hope and inspire action amid the storm.
I think of myself as fairly kinky, and at the beginning of a relationship I’m very sex-oriented (with my current partner we were having sex multiple times a day in the first few months). However, around the four-month mark, my sex drive seems to disappear. It’s not that I’m not attracted to my partners (men and women of all shapes and sizes), but this happens in every relationship, and I never know how to explain it.
It’s normally triggered by something: for example, if I go away for a week, when I next see them I don’t have the same desire. I’m not repulsed by the intimacy, I just don’t feel as if I’ll get anything out of having sex; it feels like a big hassle and a waste of time and effort. I’ve been dumped as a result and had partners who have tried to emotionally manipulate me into being intimate.
Donald Trump believes that players’ attempts to highlights racial injustice have hurt the league. But the figures suggest otherwise
The NFL machine restarts this week with the opening of training camps. And, if Donald Trump is to be believed, the league is close to collapse, with a crumbling fanbase and plummeting television ratings, all because some players kneeled in protest during the national anthem last season.
“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN,” Trump tweeted last September. “Boring games, yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”
Having a computer make adjustments while I sleep is far safer than trying groggily to make decisions in the early hours
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 14. This means my pancreas no longer naturally produces insulin; and without insulin, my blood glucose levels will go dangerously high. The biggest impact was on my sleep. I used to love lying in on weekends. After I was diagnosed in 2002, I had to set my alarm for 7am to take my insulin and eat something, then continue testing my blood sugar and inject myself several times a day.
This process became a little easier when I got an insulin pump, and later a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The pump continuously infuses insulin into my body, and the CGM sensor can report my blood sugar every five minutes. At night, I relied on the CGM’s built-in alarm to wake me if my glucose passed the threshold that required immediate action; but though I tried several CGMs, the alarms were never loud enough, and they couldn’t be turned up or changed. I talked to manufacturers, but nothing improved. Once I went to college and lived alone, this became a bigger problem; I was increasingly afraid of going to sleep at night.
With 89% of its employees feeling exploited, we see the result of disempowered unions and unenforced regulations
While the technological advancements that have brought us tailor-made online shopping at the click of a button is worth celebrating, the delirium that surrounded Amazon’s Prime Day this week has left a bad taste in my mouth. Technological progress brings its own challenges, and the concerns of my constituents who have worked at our local Amazon fulfilment centre have only served to reinforce this view.
There is something deeply disturbing about the sheer number of accusations being levelled at Amazon’s working conditions, and that its warehouses seem to be filled with staff who say they are afraid to take time off sick. As one of the most successful companies in the world, Amazon appears to be failing the staff who keep this retail behemoth operating smoothly on a day-to-day basis, and who are therefore the real driving force behind the world’s technological revolution.
• Steeplechaser on list of athletes subject to disciplinary action • Athletics Integrity Unit reveals drive for greater transparency
The steeplechase world record holder and Olympic gold medallist, Ruth Jebet, is among more than 100 track and field athletes and coaches who are facing disciplinary proceedings for doping offences, the Athletics Integrity Unit has announced.
In March the Guardian exclusively revealed that the 21-year-old Jebet, who competes for Bahrain and was hailed as Golden Ruth when she won the women’s 3,000m steeplechase at Rio, had tested positive for the blood booster EPO. However this is the first official confirmation that disciplinary proceedings are being pursued, which comes as part of a new drive by the AIU to introduce greater transparency in the sport.
Tool launched in response to dive-bombing birds documents 2,500 attacks since 2016
It was a crow fiercely protecting its nest – and repeated complaints of it dive-bombing and swooping – that prompted the idea.
“Just about every day someone would come in and say: ‘I got smacked in the back of the head,’ or ‘Mary got smacked in the back of the head,’” said Jim O’Leary, a teacher at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada.
The German musician’s only ambition was to play her local bar, but the noisy, neo-gothic sound of her new album, Qualm, has put her on the cusp of clubland’s big league
‘When I wear a lot of black, it’s probably not a conscious decision: it’s more that you can’t see the tomato sauce stains.” This is a perfect moment of German deadpanning from Helena Hauff, a musician and DJ not inclined to take things seriously, even as she is treated with reverence by the club world.
In the five years since she started releasing tracks, she has become a figurehead for a noisy, neo-gothic imperative in techno, delivering live and DJ sets of sometimes terrifying strobe-lit intensity that triangulate perfectly between acid house energy and industrial harshness. The almost entirely live jams of her new album, Qualm, are the best attempt yet to bottle that lightning; they are likely to push her into clubland’s big league.
Prince told inquiry he was deceived by Peter Ball, who called him a ‘loyal friend’
Prince Charles maintained contact with a former bishop who was later jailed for abusing young men and occasionally gave him money because he was deceived over the man’s crimes, he has told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.
In a written submission to be read at the inquiry next week, the Prince of Wales has said he did not understand that Peter Ball’s caution for gross indecency in 1993 involved an admission of guilt, according to a report in the Times.
Hard or soft, clean, dirty or frictionless? As the EU debate reaches boiling point, it’s time to take a closer look at its unique lexicon
The syndrome known as “Brexit anxiety” is now so common that a team of psychotherapists from the Existential Academy is offering free sessions to help people avoid “being sucked into a vortex of gloom and doom”. Unfortunately only continental Europeans living in the UK qualify, so the rest of us will just have to pretend we like living in a vortex.
By the time the Tour de France finishes in Paris on 29 July, millions of fans will have lined the 2,000-mile route. From the Vend?e plains to Alpine summits, spectators will be cheering the world’s best road cyclists
Generation Z refers to those born after millennials. Zillennials is an ongoing project by Charlie Cordero that seeks to explore the lives of this generation through the concerns, needs and desires of a group of teenagers
Veteran broadcaster encourages people to take part in Big Butterfly Count and highlights mental health benefits of wildlife
Watching nature provides “precious breathing space” from the stress of modern life, Sir David Attenborough has said, as he urges people to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly count.
While the UK’s butterflies are basking in the best summer conditions in more than a decade, if the hot weather becomes a drought it could be catastrophic for the insects as plants wither and caterpillars starve.
Though unrecognised by the international community, this self-declared state in the Horn of Africa has its own flag, parliament, currency and national identity. What has to happen before its status changes? By Joshua Keating
When you are in Somaliland, there is never any question that you are in a real country. After all, the place has all the trappings of countryhood. When I arrived at the airport, a customs officer in a Somaliland uniform checked my Somaliland visa, issued by the Somaliland consulate in Washington DC. At the airport, there was a Somaliland flag. During my visit, I paid Somaliland shillings to drivers of cabs with Somaliland plates who took me to the offices of ministers of the Somaliland government.
But, according to the US Department of State, the United Nations, the African Union and every other government on Earth, I was not in Somaliland, a poor but stable and mostly functional country on the Horn of Africa. I was in Somalia.
The 1975’s singer used to hide behind irony and hard drugs – but dismayed with social media and modern relationships, he says he’s ready to bare his soul
At a rural Northamptonshire studio, a young collie named Blue sticks her face over the stable door. A similarly puppyish vision appears on the staircase: Matt Healy peers down, peroxide job growing out, greys catching the light. In a shredded T-shirt, floral jeans and hotel slippers, he offers a tour of the 1975’s home for the past seven months. In the recording studio across the courtyard, their exercise routines are taped to the wall, preparing the Manchester band for their world tour next year. “This is taking shit seriously,” says Healy. “Cos it would be so good to be the best thing, wouldn’t it?”
Back in the living quarters, Healy admits he is driven by how awed he felt by the reception to 2016’s I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (ILWYS), which went platinum and transformed the band from critical pariahs to beloved provocateurs. That’s why, he says in a characteristic tangent, he has a good relationship with Twitter, using it for positive interactions with fans. “I try not to talk about things I don’t talk about in my music,” he says.
In Britain and America, the new right is cultivating a dangerous sense of victimhood and shifting blame for its failures elsewhere
The notion of personal responsibility was once such a linchpin of conservative thinking that almost every riposte to liberal ideology ran through it. Whether the right was making the case for longer prison sentences or against the welfare state, the argument generally rested on the principle that we must stand by the consequences of our actions. To cite the context that shaped how a decision was made, insist on the parallel importance of collective responsibility, or expect the state to cushion the blow, were all signs of whiny weakness. To think otherwise revealed not just a flawed political philosophy but a lack of moral fortitude.
The world of national sovereignty, racial purity and ethnic homogeneity is not coming back because it never existed
The last day of the week is a slog at work. But using technology to work smarter could free up workers’ hours – and profit companies
The worst time in the world to get anything done is on a Friday afternoon. Shoulders drop, spirits rise, thoughts inexorably start drifting towards a sunny beer garden. Suddenly, nothing seems so urgent that it couldn’t probably wait. Wise employers have long learned not to fight the Friday feeling.
Even in the workaholic 1980s, Fridays used to be dress-down days, the one-time buttoned-up bankers were free to wear their chinos. And despite the fact that millions no longer work Monday to Friday, they’re still the day of choice in many offices for working from home – the one time you can reliably get a seat on a commuter train, or a space in a railway car park.
Social media company to provide details of spending on ads targeting Irish voters
Facebook is to publish comprehensive data on political advertising during Ireland’s abortion referendum campaign, giving an unprecedented insight into targeting of voters on social media, and setting a powerful precedent for election transparency.
The US company has told Irish politicians it will provide anonymised details of the amount spent on targeting Irish voters on its platform between 1 March and 25 May, and the number of referendum-linked ads that had been purchased.
US intelligence chief Dan Coats seemed surprised when informed on-stage at the Aspen Security Forum of the White House's decision, delivered via Twitter, to invite Vladimir Putin to Washington. 'That's going to be special', he said.
Science can’t exist without telling a story. The question is not whether we should use it, but how we should use it best
Scientists often struggle to communicate the findings of research. Our subject matter can be technical and not easily digested by a general audience. And our discoveries – from a new type of tessellating pentagon to the presence of gravitational waves in space – have no meaning until that meaning can be defined and agreed upon. To address this, we are often advised to use the tools of narrative.
Theatre company, currently in Auckland, criticised for staging men-only shows with a ‘feminist reading’
A theatre company has cast two Shakespeare plays with all male actors, claiming the “controversial” move was an attempt to explore gender equality in the age of #MeToo and #timesup.
The Pop-up Globe theatre in Auckland will stage Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew in November, but a decision to cast only male actors has drawn criticism for being discriminatory, “bizarre” and tone-deaf.
New policy to tackle content that could fuel violence may be well-meaning, but the complexity of the task is mind-boggling
Facebook has been grappling with its role in spreading false news and disinformation for a few years, but a spate of mob violence in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar have spurred the social network into a knee-jerk policy change.
Until now, Facebook has dealt with disinformation by making it less prominent in people’s news feeds. This week, the company announced it would start to delete inaccurate or misleading information created or shared “with the purpose of contributing to or exacerbating violence or physical harm”.
Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase ‘Goooooood morning, Vietnam!’ – Robin Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film
Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79.
Mary Muse, the wife of his stepson Michael Muse, said Thursday that Cronauer had died Wednesday from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nursing home, she said.
The head of Guardian Documentaries shares news of three new films and explains how the medium can tell a uniquely diverse range of stories
The next few months will see some exciting developments in the Guardian Documentaries strand of short films. Since I joined the Guardian in October 2014, my colleagues and I in the video team have been upping the ante in our quality and range of stories. The strand has become a rare opportunity to commission top international filmmakers to make films of 15-30 minutes – comparatively long for an online video - that take us in-depth into untold stories about real people. The current slate of films, which you’ll be seeing soon, we think reflects the ideal crossover point of journalism, storytelling and visual flair.
We’re releasing three challenging new documentaries in consecutive weeks at the end of July and start of August. White Fright (20 July) is about an under-reported attempted attack on a Muslim community in upstate New York. Cops and Robbers (27 July) features an NYPD police officer with a troubling past that is unexpectedly revealed. Little Pyongyang (3 August) takes us into the world of the North Korean community in suburban London, the biggest community of North Koreans outside the Korean peninsula.
Will Scott has made a study of seaside shelters around the country. His photographs show the astonishing architectural variety in the quirky buildings designed to defeat the British weather. Seaside Shelters is published by Heni Publishing, with an accompanying exhibition at their London gallery until 19 August
The maker of This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me and When Harry Met Sally … also campaigned successfully for same-sex marriage. He talks love, friendship and the moment Nora Ephron revealed that women fake orgasms
I didn’t have what he was having but my lunch with Rob Reiner, director of When Harry Met Sally … and so much more, left me with a bigger smile on my face than a working lunch should. People say you should never meet your heroes, but Reiner is one of my heroes and, in this instance, the people are wrong.
As a director, Reiner had one of the longest, and most golden, runs in history: This Is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally …, Misery, A Few Good Men. With his production company, Castle Rock Entertainment, he helped produce many of the most enduring films of their time: In the Line of Fire, City Slickers, The Shawshank Redemption, Lone Star, Miss Congeniality. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, and went to the movies a lot, both of which I did, few people will have shaped your cultural landscape as much as Reiner.
In El Salvador, where brutal gangs like MS-13 and 18th Street have given the country the world’s highest murder rate, the only way out for members is to become born-again Christians. In this intimate look at the lives of former gang members, we follow two pastors from the rival gangs as they convert gang members to stop them falling back into violent ways
Reporting made possible by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Former US president Barack Obama may have been considered the best dancer among US leaders, but his moves haven't impressed South Africa’s president. Cyril Ramaphosa ribbed Obama during his address at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, saying the former US president had nothing on Nelson Mandela, whose simple swaying and big smile became known as the 'Madiba Dance'
Four people describe ordeal of having their British citizenship questioned and downgraded
Tony Perry, 62, pictured above, arrived in Britain in 1959 from Jamaica to join his parents. He spent time serving in the navy and later became a social worker for Haringey council, helping troubled children. He has also worked as a pastor.
Released to mark the RAF’s centenary, this documentary brims with aerial footage of the plucky fighter that took on the might of the Luftwaffe
Post- Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, there will surely be more of these retrospectives on the horizon, harking back to an age when Britain laid claim to ruling waves and air alike.
David Fairhead and Ant Palmer’s documentary, released to mark the RAF’s centenary, bolsters its honourable core project – preserving the testimony of former Spitfire pilots – with material guaranteed to spike the pulse rates of aeronautical enthusiasts: footage of surviving Spits being wheeled out of museum storage; yards of scratchy combat film that underline how distant these halcyon days are; nuts-and-bolts analysis of the planes’ defensive strengths. Only belatedly does it consider whether these motorised killing machines might be as problematic as they are emblematic.
On 3 June, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted, killing at least 113 people and leaving 332 missing. Thousands of victims have been displaced and are still living in temporary shelters. Questions are being asked about what the government's disaster prevention agency is doing to help victims. The Guardian journalist Iman Amrani found out how people were coping, and what lessons need to be learned from the disaster
Incorporating nature, water and the right colours and lighting into our built environments can have an immeasurable impact on our health, happiness and productivity – Gemma Askham explains why
In 2017, UK research found that house prices were, on average, 70% higher if beside a city park. But what’s around us does more than affect the housing market. In the field of neuro-architecture, designers are now working with cognitive scientists to engineer buildings that aren’t only aimed at pleasing the eye or the bank balance – they also address our blood pressure, happiness and productivity. Sustainable workplaces are as much about employee wellness as recycling bins. Here’s the latest in the science of surroundings.
Ever wonder why women shown shaving on TV adverts are already completely hairless? Breaking with decades of tradition, Billie, a US razor company, depicts women actually removing their body hair. Perhaps a sign of brands responding to calls for more realistic portrayals of femininity, say experts
What better way to get to know a city than to ask the people who make it tick? Hongkongers reveal their favourite neighbourhoods, restaurants, art attractions and artisan stores, along with options to escape the buzz
Hong Kong has always sparked strong emotions in the people who live there: love, exhaustion, obsession, creativity – or simply the inability to eat dim sum and pineapple buns in another country without feeling terribly nostalgic. Here, we speak to five locals who work in the creative industries about their Hong Kong.
Born in 1994, Hilarie Hon is one of Hong Kong’s most exciting young artists, and her poignant, surreal paintings are taking the city by storm I grew up near Plover Cove reservoir and I have such happy memories of cycling, walking, and playing with dogs along the lake. Now, when life gets busy, all I want to do is go back and enjoy the spectacular views there.
With the rise of artisanal culture, travellers are craving ‘real’ experiences. If you want to craft a truly authentic break, talk to the experts
Forget hashtags and bucket lists; the past few years have seen a shift in the way we look at travel. More and more of us are seeking out authenticity and smaller travel providers who are in a position to offer something unique. It comes on the back of the rise of the artisanal movement: local coffee shops, DIY make-and-repair, independent retail, craft beers and the rest of it. Just as many of us now prefer a slow hour in a farmers’ market to a dash around a mega-supermarket. And when we go abroad, we seek out experiences that are tailor-made and memorable – and totally our own. Here’s what to keep in mind when crafting your ultimate break ...
Talk to a real person Many of the greatest things in life begin with a conversation, not with a solitary online search. We can all have a wander around the web and take a look at maps and choose a destination, but savvy companies still encourage us to ring up and talk to an expert – someone who has been there, many times, and knows it intimately. Client and agent can then compare and contrast, explain and explore, to fit the right person to the right holiday. No online agent can do this, no matter how many reviews they get. Only seasoned travellers, whether former expats or those with incorrigible wanderlusts, can provide the expertise and knowhow that the modern escapist demands. When you pick up the phone for an initial chat, you need to be sure you’re in the company of someone like-minded.
From Death Valley and Zabriskie Point to the Grand Canyon, it’s easy to swap the bright lights of Las Vegas for some stunning natural beauty
Step beyond the confines of Las Vegas and you’ll find a very different world, one that boasts some of the most astonishing landscapes in the country. Far from being barren, the desert surrounding the city is actually rich with natural beauty and fascinating history. Most spots are perfect for day trips, though there are lodging options should you want to make a night of it.
Eleven people protesting over pollution from a copper plant have been killed by police in Tamil Nadu in south India
Another person has been shot dead during violent protests in south India against a copper plant operated by a British mining giant residents say is polluting the local environment.
Opposition politicians in the state of Tamil Nadu have accused the police of committing mass murder against protesters opposed to the expansion of a copper smelting facility in the port city of Thoothukudi.
Tanzanian government accused of putting indigenous people at risk in order to grant foreign tourists access to Serengeti wildlife
The Tanzanian government is putting foreign safari companies ahead of Maasai herding communities as environmental tensions grow on the fringes of the Serengeti national park, according to a new investigation.
Hundreds of homes have been burned and tens of thousands of people driven from ancestral land in Loliondo in the Ngorongoro district in recent years to benefit high-end tourists and a Middle Eastern royal family, says the report by the California-based thinktank the Oakland Institute.
The ‘Jilamito Five’ are the latest to be caught up in battles over land and natural resources, that have seen more than 130 defenders killed since 2009
The suspects pray together on a concrete podium opposite the courthouse where they face criminal charges. Their alleged misdemeanour: “land invasion” during a protest against the construction of a dam. A guilty verdict could bring a jail term of up to four years.
If that seems harsh, then it’s because this is Honduras, where hundreds have been jailed and scores killed for environmental activism over the past decade. The accused – a teacher, hardware-store owner, farmers and the newly elected municipal mayor – are opposed to a dam on the Jilamito river in the tropical region of Atl?ntida. The authorities are hoping a prosecution will enable them to clear a makeshift community blockade in the remote hilly pastures so construction can begin.
This year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian aims to record the deaths of all people killed while protecting land or natural resources. At the current rate, about four defenders will die this week somewhere on the planet