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  • Olympics 2020: Anna Kiesenhofer takes road race glory on day of upsets – live!
    by Adam Collins (now), with Daniel Harris Geoff Lemon, Jonathan Howcroft, Bryan Armen Graham and Tom Lutz (earlier) on July 25, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Flurry of shock golds on second day of action in TokyoGames schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageSign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingEmail Adam with your thoughts or tweet @collinsadam 6.34pm BST To begin, let’s revisit that daily briefing. The ICYMI, if you like. A staggering women’s road race, even more stunning than an 18-year-old from Tunisia winning gold from lane eight in the men’s 400 freestyle. GB bronze in the judo; silver at the taekwando. Expert performances that you could have set your watch to from Korea’s archers and China’s synchronised divers. The USA getting busy on the medal tally after a quiet first day and Australia’s 4x100 relay team annihilating the world record to complete the pool session. You can sign up to receive this catch-up each day of Tokyo 2020. Related: Tokyo 2020 Olympics briefing: a pool party and shocks aplenty 6.20pm BST Thanks, Dan. Hello, world. It’s just after 2am in the Olympic city, sleeping now but for a few hours before the gun fires in the men’s triathlon at 6:30am local time then the women’s shortboard surfing half an hour later and on we go into the third full day of action. There was a lot to take in on opening weekend, which I’ll do my best to process. Not all of it is good news, and nor was it ever going to be the case with the Covid-19 cloud so prominent. But the competition has been absorbing, that fabled spirit there for all to see. So, with all that noted, I’m feeling very Olympic today. If you are too, be sure to drop me a line (or ping me a tweet) at any time. Let’s have some fun. Related: Tokyo 2020 Olympics results: live scores and complete event schedule Continue reading...

  • Dietary supplements causing severe liver injuries in Australians with some requiring transplants, study shows
    by Melissa Davey on July 25, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Researchers say cases linked to products claiming to promote muscle growth or weight loss are rising and more rigorous oversight is neededThe number of patients being admitted to hospital with severe liver injuries caused by herbal and dietary supplements claiming to promote muscle growth or weight loss is increasing, with some people harmed so severely they required a liver transplant.A study led by Dr Emily Nash from the Royal Prince Alfred hospital examined hospital records of 184 adults admitted to the AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre with drug-induced liver injury between 2009 and 2020. She and her co-authors found liver injury cases linked to herbal and dietary supplements increased from two out of 11 patients (15%) during 2009–11, to 10 out of 19 patients (47%) during 2018–20. Continue reading...

  • The Guardian view on Haiti’s turmoil: long-term solutions are needed, not an imported fix | Editorial
    by Editorial on July 25, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    The killing of its president came amid growing violence, poverty and disaffection with politicsOn Friday, Haiti buried its assassinated president, Jovenel Moïse, at a funeral itself marred by unrest, with shots fired outside. The truth about his killing may have gone to the grave with him. Much remains uncertain, and a senior government minister has suggested that the “big fishes” behind it are still at large.But the more important question is what the future holds for a desperately poor, unequal and troubled country. The murder is the latest iteration of a long-running political crisis, in which Haitian elites and foreign powers call the shots while ordinary people suffer. It is a bitter paradox that the people of the world’s first black republic, born of a successful slave revolt, have rarely had a chance to seize their destiny since. Continue reading...

  • Ministers’ pledge to raise police numbers dismissed as ‘hypocrisy’
    by Jim Waterson on July 25, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Labour blames Tories for cuts to neighbourhood officers after Boris Johnson unveils policing policiesMinisters have been accused of “hypocrisy that knows no bounds” after Boris Johnson said he would increase efforts to get more police on the street despite having cut the number of frontline officers.The prime minister said the government would “redouble our efforts, to continue to put more police out on the street, and to back them all the way”. Continue reading...

  • Japan’s golden day at Olympics softens mood of Covid misgivings
    by Justin McCurry at Fuji International Speedway on July 25, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Host country sets aside its concerns – at least for now – to cheer wins in judo and skateboardingTwo days of Olympic sport in Tokyo have created a moral dilemma for millions of people in the host country who had hoped the day would never come when Japan’s athletes would win their first gold medals of the summer.Having invested so much in opposing the Games, would it then be possible, in good conscience, to take pleasure in the feats of the athletes once they became an inevitability? Continue reading...

  • Cars, pavements washed away as Belgian town hit by worst floods in decades - Reuters
    on July 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Cars, pavements washed away as Belgian town hit by worst floods in decades  ReutersSevere flooding sweeps cars away in Belgium  The TelegraphNew floods hit Belgium amid stormy weather  Associated PressBelgians reeling from heavy flood wreckage  ReutersBelgium hit with renewed flooding amid heavy rain  DW (English)View Full Coverage on Google News

  • Global phone hacks expose darker side of Israel's 'startup nation' image - CNN
    on July 25, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Global phone hacks expose darker side of Israel's 'startup nation' image  CNNEmmanuel Macron ‘pushes for Israeli inquiry’ into NSO spyware concerns  The GuardianAmnesty seeks moratorium on surveillance technology | Human Rights News  Al Jazeera EnglishI was targeted by NSO spyware. Here's how Israel is helping Modi undermine India's democracy  HaaretzAcross the Aisle: Government rides a winged horse, writes P Chidambaram  The Financial ExpressView Full Coverage on Google News

  • Fauci: CDC looking at changing mask guidelines - Yahoo News
    on July 25, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Fauci: CDC looking at changing mask guidelines  Yahoo NewsFauci says health officials considering mask guidance revision for vaccinated  The GuardianFauci: 'We're going in the wrong direction' on Covid-19 cases  CNNFauci says virus has 'peaked' for the vaccinated: 'We have two kinds of America'  Fox NewsDr. Fauci says a third booster shot for COVID-19 'might likely happen' for people who are immunocompromised  Business InsiderView Full Coverage on Google News

  • Asian COVID epicentre of Indonesia extends curbs by a week - Reuters
    on July 25, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Asian COVID epicentre of Indonesia extends curbs by a week  ReutersIndonesia extends COVID curbs by a week as hospitals deluged  Al Jazeera EnglishVirus-wracked Indonesia to loosen Covid-19 curbs  RFIIndonesia's Bali running out of oxygen as government ponders curbs  ReutersBali hit by 'oxygen crisis' as Indonesia's COVID struggles rise  Al Jazeera EnglishView Full Coverage on Google News

  • Bus swerves off road in Croatia; 10 killed, 44 injured - ABC News
    on July 25, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Bus swerves off road in Croatia; 10 killed, 44 injured  ABC NewsCroatian Authorities Give Update on Bus Crash That Killed 10  Bloomberg Quicktake: Now10 killed, 45 injured in a bus crash in Croatia  ReutersBus swerves off road in Croatia; 10 killed, 45 injured  WTOPTen killed and 45 injured in horror bus crash in Croatia  Sunday WorldView Full Coverage on Google News

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  • No One Seems To Feel Bad About Nigel Farage Getting Hit With A Milkshake
    by Cristina Cabrera on May 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Far-right British politician Nigel Farage received a sticky cold shower on Monday, much to the internet's collective glee.

  • Egged Australian Senator Who Blamed Muslims For NZ Shootings Loses Election
    by Cristina Cabrera on May 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Fraser Anning, the far-right Australian senator who blamed Muslim immigrants for the New Zealand mosque shootings, was voted out of office during Australia's elections this weekend.

  • Sri Lanka’s Top Security Officials Asked To Resign After Failure To Prevent Bombings
    by Krishan Francis on April 24, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the president's office said Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear who would be replacing them, but President Maithripala Sirisena said during a televised speech Tuesday that he planned to change the head of the defense forces within 24 hours. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which struck Christians worshipping in three churches and people at three luxury hotels. Authorities remain unsure of its involvement, though many suspect experienced foreign militants were advising, funding or guiding the attackers. Sri Lanka's junior defense minister has blamed breakaway members of two obscure local extremist Muslim groups, and said many of the suicide bombers were highly educated and came from well-off families. "Their thinking is that Islam can be the only religion in this country," Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters. "They are quite well-educated people," he said, adding that at least one had a law degree and some may have studied in the UK and Australia. Leaders have vowed to overhaul the country's security apparatus after acknowledging that some intelligence units were aware of possible attacks before the Easter bombings. U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz told reporters that "clearly there was some failure in the system," but said the U.S. had no prior knowledge of a threat before the attacks, the worst violence in the South Asian island nation since its civil war ended a decade ago. Teplitz called that breakdown in communication "incredibly tragic." Government statements about the attacks have been confused and sometimes contradictory, with police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara telling reporters Wednesday that there were nine suicide bombers — two more than officials said one day earlier. One of the additional suicide bombers was the wife of another bomber, Gunasekara said. The woman, two children and three policemen died in an explosion as authorities closed in on her late Sunday, hours after attacks were launched against three churches and three hotels. The ninth suicide bomber has not been identified, though two more suspects were killed in a later explosion on the outskirts of Colombo. Gunasekara said 60 people have been arrested so far. A team of FBI agents and U.S. military officials were helping in the investigation, Teplitz said. Officials say all of the main suicide bombers were Sri Lankan. "We are conducting investigations at the moment to see if there is any direct link to any international organizations," Wijewardene said. The Islamic State group's Aamaq news agency released an image it said showed the attackers' leader standing amid seven others with covered faces. It provided no other evidence for its claim. The group, which has lost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, has made a series of unsupported claims of responsibility for various attacks around the world. Sri Lankan authorities had earlier blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaar, whose leader, alternately named Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary online speeches. On Wednesday, Wijewardene said the attackers had broken away from National Towheed Jamaar and another group, which he identified only as "JMI." Teplitz declined to discuss whether U.S. officials knew about National Towheed Jamaar or its leader before the attack. "If we had heard something, we would have tried to do something about this," Teplitz said. The country has been on heightened alert since the attacks, with police setting off a series of controlled explosions of suspicious objects. No more bombs were found Wednesday. On Tuesday, in an address to Parliament, Wijewardene said "weakness" within Sri Lanka's security system had led to the failure to prevent the bombings. "By now it has been established that the intelligence units were aware of this attack and a group of responsible people were informed about the impending attack," Wijewardene said. "However, this information has been circulated among only a few officials." In a live address to the nation late Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena said he also was kept in the dark on the intelligence about the planned attacks and vowed to "take stern action" against officials who failed to share the information. He also pledged "a complete restructuring" of the security forces. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Wijewardene also edged away from Tuesday comments that the bombings were retaliation for the March 15 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people. He told reporters Wednesday that the mosque attack may have been a motivation for the bombings, but that there was no direct evidence of that. An Australian white supremacist was arrested in the Christchurch shootings. While Sri Lanka's recent history has been rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict, the Easter Sunday attacks came as a shock. Sri Lanka is dominated by Sinhalese Buddhists, but the country of 21 million also has a significant Tamil minority, most of whom are Hindu, Muslim or Christian. Tamil Tiger rebels were known for staging suicide bombings during their 26-year civil war for independence, but religion had little role in that fighting. The Tigers were crushed by the government in 2009. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country since the war ended but Sri Lanka has no history of Islamic militancy. Its small Christian community has seen only scattered incidents of harassment. ___ Associated Press journalists Bharatha Mallawarachi and Jon Gambrell contributed to this report.

  • Netanyahu Wants To Name A New Golan Heights Settlement After Trump
    by Associated Press on April 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump out of gratitude for the White House's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

  • Police Identify ‘New Breed’ Of Terrorists In Northern Ireland After Reporter Fatally Shot
    by GREGORY KATZ and NAOMI KOPPEL on April 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland arrested two teenagers Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry and warned of a "new breed" of terrorists threatening the peace. The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The men have not been identified or charged. Authorities believe one man pulled the trigger during the chaotic rioting that began Thursday night but had organizational support. Lyra McKee, 29, a rising star of investigative journalism, was shot and killed, police say probably by a stray bullet aimed at police, during the rioting. Police said the New IRA dissident group was most likely responsible and called it a "terrorist act." The use of a firearm apparently aimed at police marks a dangerous escalation in sporadic violence that continues to plague Northern Ireland 21 years after the Good Friday peace agreement was signed. The New IRA group rejects the peace agreement. Chief detective Jason Murphy warned Saturday that the situation on the ground has become more dangerous, even though community attitudes have changed since the peace agreement and the use of violence is viewed as abhorrent by the vast majority. "What we are seeing is a new breed of terrorist coming through the ranks and that for me is a very worrying situation," he said. The riot followed a pattern familiar to those who lived through the worst years of violence in Northern Ireland. Police arrived in the city's Creggan neighborhood to search for weapons and dissidents. They were barraged with gasoline bombs and other flying objects, then someone wearing a black mask appeared, fired some shots and fled. No police were struck by the bullets, but McKee — who had been trying to film the riot on her phone — was hit. The journalist was rushed to a nearby hospital in a police car but still died. Police on Friday night released closed-circuit TV footage showing the man suspected of firing the shots that killed McKee and appealed for help from the public in identifying him. The killing was condemned by all the major political parties as well as the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland. The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the killing was "a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland" and called for work to preserve the Good Friday peace agreement. Some politicians believe uncertainty over Britain's impending departure from the EU and the possible re-introduction of a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are stoking tensions in the region. The victim was mourned by friends and the wider community. She rose to prominence in 2014 with a moving blog post — "Letter to my 14 year old self" — describing the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. She also had recently signed a contract to write two books. Shortly before her death, McKee tweeted a photo of the rioting with the words: "Derry tonight. Absolute madness." Her partner, Sara Canning, told a vigil Friday that McKee's amazing potential had been snuffed out. Canning said the senseless murder "has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with." Catholic priest Joseph Gormley, who administered the last rites to McKee, told the BBC that the rioting was "clearly orchestrated" by a "small group of people who want to play political games with our lives." He said he and other community leaders had tried to talk to the dissidents without success. The New IRA is a small group that rejects the 1998 Good Friday agreement that marked the Irish Republican Army's embrace of a political solution to the long-running violence known as "The Troubles" that had claimed more than 3,700 lives. The group is also blamed for a Londonderry car bombing in January and has been linked to several other killings in the past decade.

  • Catastrophic Flooding Spotlights Germany’s Poor Disaster Preparedness
    on July 23, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    The recent floods in western Germany show how poorly prepared the federal and state governments are for major natural events. The country’s efforts at disaster management have been highly convoluted, but pressure is growing following last week’s flooding catastrophe.

  • Growing Anxiety as the Taliban Approaches in Eastern Afghanistan
    on July 23, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Silently and strategically, the Taliban are gaining ground in eastern Afghanistan – and without even firing shots. As they advance, they are forming grotesque alliances against forces even more radical than themselves.

  • Germany: Herd Immunity is Impossible. Now What?
    on July 21, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Faced with declining vaccination rates and persistent skepticism, Germany is now preparing for another autumn of living with COVID-19. Politicians are looking at several measures, including air purifiers for schools, compulsory testing for travelers and a pro-vaccine ad blitz.

  • Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: “Parts of the Government Are Mafia-Like”
    on July 20, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    As prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu was one of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s closest allies. In an interview, he now accuses the Turkish president of driving his country into the ground.

  • Financial Times Editor Roula Khalaf: “I Think We Went Too Far”
    on July 16, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Former foreign correspondent Roula Khalaf has served as the top editor of the Financial Times since 2020. In an interview, she discusses the newspaper's reputation as the bible of capitalism, her efforts to attract more female readers and the publication’s reporting on the massive Wirecard scandal in Germany.