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  • Trump confirms plans to send 1,500 troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions – live
    by Joanna Walters in New York on 24 Maggio 2019 at 16:58

    Trump administration notifies Congress of proposalACLU and Planned Parenthood file lawsuit in AlabamaSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 5.58pm BSTThe Guardian’s David Smith is at the White House and tweeted this picture of Trump outside the presidential gaff, just before boarding Marine One to head to Japan.He went out of his way to praise Theresa May, the British prime minister who this morning announced her plan to resign next month, having failed to get an agreement in Parliament on what to do about Brexit.At the White House. Donald Trump on Theresa May’s resignation: “I feel badly for Theresa. I like her very much.” 5.50pm BSTThe president paused on the lawn outside the White House before boarding Marine One, which was warming up its engines in the sunshine. Continue reading... […]

  • When Ayrton Senna proved he was only too human at 1988 Monaco Grand Prix | Giles Richards
    by Giles Richards on 24 Maggio 2019 at 16:39

    In qualifying Brazilian drove one of his finest ever laps before lapse in concentration saw him spin out on race dayNo Formula One race rewards bravery and commitment quite like threading the needle on the streets of Monaco with its looming walls that can bite even the best. For Ayrton Senna it was the scene of perhaps his finest ever lap and then, a day later, his nadir as the streets of Monte Carlo proved he was only too human.Senna won in Monaco six times, the most successful driver at the race which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. He won in 1987 for Lotus before taking five consecutive victories between 1989 and 1993, all for McLaren. The one that got away was 1988, and it was in his hands, not least because their car that year was the all-conquering MP4-4, technical director Gordon Murray’s remarkable feat of engineering that would win 15 of 16 races that season. Continue reading... […]

  • Pound hits four-month low against the euro as no-deal Brexit risks rise - business live
    by Graeme Wearden on 24 Maggio 2019 at 16:29

    Sterling is under pressure after Theresa May announces she’ll resign in June, paving the way for a Brexiteer successorLatest: Sterling slides below €1.13Moody’s: Uncertainty around Brexit is swirlingAnalyst: General election here we comePound volatile as Theresa May announces resignation plan 5.29pm BSTIn choppy trading, the pound has now popped back over $1.27 against the US dollar.It’s also staging a late fightback against the euro - now around €1.133.With Theresa May’s announcement that she will step down as prime minister on June 7th, the competition to succeed her will now begin in earnest even if the Tory party leadership contest won’t officially begin until after that date. With May’s departure looking inevitable for some time now, markets’ focus had already switched to her successor and his/her likely Brexit strategy. 4.46pm BSTThe week is over, at least in the City of London.Britain’s blue-chip FTSE 100 index has ended the day 46 points higher, or up 0.65%. That’s around half of yesterday’s sell offs (triggered by trade war worries), leaving the Footsie at 7,277 points. Continue reading... […]

  • Trevor Noah: Trump acting like 'a dictator accused of war crimes'
    by Dream McClinton on 24 Maggio 2019 at 16:15

    Late night hosts discussed Trump’s juvenile behavior after Wednesday’s curt meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck SchumerLate-night hosts focused on Donald Trump’s Memorial Day travel plans, the fallout from Trump’s heated Wednesday meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and Donald Trump Jr’s newly announced book deal. Continue reading... […]

  • ACLU and Planned Parenthood file lawsuit against Alabama abortion ban
    by Erin Durkin in New York and agencies on 24 Maggio 2019 at 16:14

    Groups filed lawsuit to block extreme ban before it can take effect as Missouri’s governor signed an eight-week ban into law on FridayFollow the latest in US politics – liveCivil rights groups have filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama from implementing a law making abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy.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. Continue reading... […]

  • Newcastle fan gets banning order for racially abusing Liverpool players
    by Louise Taylor on 24 Maggio 2019 at 16:05

    • Fan lands five-year banning order and indefinite club ban• Supporter caught in an undercover stewarding operationA 57-year-old Newcastle United fan has received a five-year football banning order after being convicted of racially abusing Liverpool players during a Premier League match at St James’ Park this month.Michael Collins, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment at North Tyneside magistrates court and received both the banning order and a £550 fine. Newcastle United have banned him from St James’ Park indefinitely. Continue reading... […]

  • Stopped in his tracks: New York 'subway bandit' suspect arrested for brake chaos
    by Adrian Horton in New York on 24 Maggio 2019 at 15:55

    Isaiah Thompson, 23, was charged for allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train amid a recent pattern of subway disruptionA suspect has been arrested in the case of the mysterious “subway bandit” who has wreaked havoc on New Yorkers’ rush-hour commutes by pulling train emergency brakes, causing delays and stranding riders at peak times.New York City police announced the arrest of Isaiah Thompson, 23, of Brooklyn, on Friday morning. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing, after allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train on Tuesday. (He is also charged with public lewdness for a separate incident of exposing himself to people on a train platform on 16 May.) Continue reading... […]

  • Kenya court upholds ban on gay sex in major setback for activists
    by Jason Burke Africa correspondent on 24 Maggio 2019 at 15:48

    Judges in Nairobi say they had not seen enough evidence of discrimination to change lawLGBT campaigners have reacted with anger and dismay after judges at Kenya’s high court rejected a bid to repeal colonial-era laws criminalising gay sex.The ruling has dealt a major setback to campaigners, who hoped that scrapping the laws would inspire other countries in Africa – where discrimination is widespread – to do the same. Continue reading... […]

  • EU leaders stick to Brexit guns as they prepare for 'different breed' of PM
    by Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Sam Jones in Madrid on 24 Maggio 2019 at 15:44

    Fears of no deal grow, but bloc united in saying it won’t budge on withdrawal agreementToday’s political development - live updatesEU leaders are preparing for a “different breed” of Brexiter to replace Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister, but warned that nothing had changed in Brussels.A dinner next week to discuss candidates for top EU jobs following the European elections looks likely to be hijacked by talks over the latest Brexit twist as concerns grow that May’s resignation has increased the risk of a no-deal withdrawal. Continue reading... […]

  • Harvey Weinstein and accusers 'reach tentative $44m compensation deal'
    by Erin Durkin in New York, Andrew Pulver in London and agencies on 24 Maggio 2019 at 15:31

    The agreement would resolve lawsuits and compensate the Hollywood producer’s alleged victimsDisgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44m deal to resolve several lawsuits and compensate women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, according to reports.The settlement – reached with his accusers, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office – was reported by the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. Continue reading... […]

  • Trump to intelligence: ‘fully cooperate’ with inquiry into Mueller report origins
    by Tom McCarthy in New York on 24 Maggio 2019 at 15:22

    President steps up effort to ‘investigate the investigators’ amid growing Democratic calls for impeachmentAfter years of shrugging his shoulders at the Russian attack on the 2016 election, Donald Trump has accelerated an inquiry into the US intelligence agencies whose investigation of the Russian plot ultimately focused on his presidential campaign.The president gave the attorney general, William Barr, the unilateral authority to declassify intelligence documents and ordered the US intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Barr’s work, in an official memorandum issued late on Thursday. Continue reading... […]

  • Assange's indictment escalates Trump’s attacks on free speech, experts say
    by Tom McCarthy in New York on 24 Maggio 2019 at 15:12

    Charges against WikiLeaks founder come as Trump assails journalists daily and brands media the ‘enemy of the people’The Trump administration has launched one of the most potent attacks on journalism and the first amendment in US history by indicting Julian Assange on Espionage Act charges, free speech advocates have warned.Assange had previously been charged with computer-related crimes and accused of a conspiracy with the former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal classified information by offering to help crack a password. Continue reading... […]

  • The week in wildlife – in pictures
    on 24 Maggio 2019 at 15:08

    Albatross lovebirds, white storks in England and a walrus mother and baby Continue reading... […]

  • IVF couples could be able to choose the ‘smartest’ embryo
    by Hannah Devlin Science correspondent on 24 Maggio 2019 at 14:24

    US scientist says it will be possible to rank embryos by ‘potential IQ’ within 10 yearsCouples 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. Continue reading... […]

  • Jeremy Corbyn calls for general election following May resignation – video
    on 24 Maggio 2019 at 13:14

    Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed Theresa May’s resignation and called for an immediate general election. The Labour leader said the vision of the country outlined in her speech was not one he recognised, and that a new Conservative leader would not solve the issues facing the UK Continue reading... […]

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