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  • Solidarity must extend far beyond the victims of terror | Editorial
    The terrorists want to destroy universal values of freedom and tolerance. If Europe fails refugees it is a kind of victory for themSpain has been a model of solidarity in the three days since the terror attacks that killed 14 people in Barcelona and Cabrils. That number is now known to include the seven-year-old Julian […]
  • Oxford University employee and US professor charged with murder
    The pair have been charged in Chicago with murdering a 26-year-old hair stylist found with more than 40 stab woundsDetectives have ruled out a love triangle between an Oxford University employee, a US professor and their alleged murder victim, who was found with more than 40 stab wounds, police have said. Somerville College’s Andrew Warren, […]
  • Using confession to face up to crimes | Letters
    Readers Fr Alec Mitchell, Judith Daniels and Dr Henry Thompson respond to Joanna Moorhead’s article Confession is sacrosanctAs a (sinful) Anglo-Catholic priest, I, too, would never disclose anything said to me during the sacrament of confession (or reconciliation, as many now prefer to call it), even under threat of prosecution (Confession is sacrosanct, Joanna Moorhead, […]
  • The dangers of essentialising Jews and Israelis | Letters
    Noam Schimmel argues that Giles Fraser has potentially contributed to prejudice and discriminationGiles Fraser refers to Jews as a race and refers to Israel as a country predicated on race (In America and Israel, the outer fringe shifts ever inward, 18 August). Both claims are wrong. There are Argentinian Jews, Brazilian Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Indian Jews, […]
  • German writer held in Spain on Turkish warrant granted conditional release
    Turkish-born author Doğan Akhanlı, who has written about human rights in Turkey, was arrested while on holidayGermany welcomed the release on Sunday of a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant and accused Turkey of abusing the international system used to hunt down fugitives.Turkish-born writer Doğan Akhanlı, who has German citizenship, was arrested […]
  • Grace Mugabe flies home to Zimbabwe with diplomatic immunity
    Wife of president Robert Mugabe returns to Harare despite facing allegations of assault on model in JohannesburgGrace Mugabe, the wife of the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, flew home from South Africa on Sunday after being granted diplomatic immunity from being prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model in Johannesburg.State broadcaster ZBC showed her greeting government […]
  • Jerry Lewis, king of comedy, dies at 91
    Much-loved American comic behind hit films such as The Nutty Professor has died in Las Vegas Related: Jerry Lewis: a life in pictures Jerry Lewis, the “king of comedy” who dominated 1950s Hollywood, has died at the age of 91. Continue reading...
  • Invisible speedbumps: can these cheap tarmac Banksys slow drivers down?
    London hopes optical illusions painted on busy roads will trick motorists into reducing their speed. The locations are secret, but we tracked some down It’s an odd look, the one people shoot you when you tell them you’ll be spending the afternoon driving over illusory speedbumps.Well, fake speedbumps may not be real, but that doesn’t […]
  • Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru
    Asylum seekers and refugees awaiting surgeries, abortions and other treatment prevented from having overseas transfers by Nauru hospital committeeNearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru – including at least three women seeking to terminate a pregnancy – are being refused, or not considered for, overseas medical treatment, in defiance of doctors’ recommendations.Three pregnant […]
  • Iraqi forces advance on Isis-held city of Tal Afar
    Military leaders are confident of recapturing one of the last remaining Islamic State strongholds in the country but humanitarian groups fear for civiliansIraqi forces have pushed into the outskirts of one of the last Islamic State-held areas in the country – the north-western city of Tal Afar.The operation comes just over a month after Mosul […]
  • Barcelona attack: police do not know if suspect has crossed into France
    Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, continues to elude police despite 800 vehicle check points and increase in anti-terrorism officersCatalan police do not know whether the chief suspect in the attack in Barcelona has crossed the border into France or is still at large in Spain.Younes Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan national, is thought to have been the driver […]
  • Victims of the Spain terrorist attacks: what we know so far
    Details of the people killed in the attacks in Barcelona and CambrilsThe death toll from the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on Thursday stands at 14, although scores more were injured, many of them seriously.Here is what we know about the victims who have been identified so far: Continue reading...
  • Syria: Bashar al-Assad rejects security cooperation with west
    Assad praises Russia, Iran, China and Hezbollah for supporting government as shell kills several at international fairThe Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has railed against the west, saying any security cooperation with western nations or the reopening of their embassies would not happen until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups.Shortly after Assad gave his […]
  • Julian Cadman, seven, confirmed as among 13 killed in Barcelona attack
    Family pays tribute to ‘energetic, funny and cheeky’ boy and thanks those who helped search for him after Thursday’s attackThe family of a seven-year-old boy missing since last week’s Barcelona terror attack confirmed on Sunday that he had died and paid tribute to the “energetic, funny and cheeky” schoolboy who always brought “a smile to […]
  • BBC braces for backlash over North Korea service
    Director of BBC World Service says tensions over North Korea’s nuclear tests vindicate the launch of a targeted serviceThe BBC is braced for a backlash from the North Korean government about the launch of a new service targeted at the country amid growing international tensions over its nuclear missile tests.Francesca Unsworth, the director of BBC […]
  • Dick Gregory obituary
    Comedian, civil rights activist and diet guru who made his mark during the 1960s satire boom in the USOne famous and often-poached comedy routine of Dick Gregory’s involved his experiences in the US south. “I spent 20 years there one night,” Gregory began. “I walked into this restaurant and this waitress said ‘we don’t serve […]
  • Man on a scooter plunges into sinkhole – video
    A motorcyclist escaped with only minor injuries after riding into a sinkhole in China. The footage, taken last week, shows the man looking at his phone shortly before crashing into the gaping crater in the road.CCTV captured the moment the street collapses before the unwitting motorcyclist drops into the hole head-first. Continue reading...
  • Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders
    In sweltering heat, protesters wear brown prison uniforms in homage to jailed Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua WongThousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong – some clad in prison uniforms – to demand the release of three of the former British colony’s best-known pro-democracy leaders. Related: Hong Kong democracy campaigners […]
  • Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots
    Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of warSome of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman […]
  • Tens of thousands march against right-wing rally in Boston - aerial video
    An estimated 40,000 protesters marched against a ‘free speech rally’ in Boston on Saturday. Police formed a cordon around those attending the rally for fear of a repeat of the events in Charlottesville, VirginiaTrump attacks Boston counter-protesters as ‘anti-police agitators’ Continue reading...

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