Former US vice-president compares situation to 1930s as migration convulses politics
The former US vice-president Joe Biden has accused ?€?demagogues and charlatans?€? of stirring up voters?€? fears just as they did in the 1930s as the issue of migration convulses politics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Biden, seen as a potential Democratic party candidate against Donald Trump in 2020, did not mention the US president by name but linked his anti-immigrant drive and that of European populists and the far right to pre-war fascists who were willing to create scapegoats to retain their grip on power.
Evening run along beach led to two-week detention nightmare
It started as a leisurely jog along a Canadian beach on a cool spring evening. But it turned into a two-week nightmare after Cedella Roman accidentally veered across the US border and was seized by US border patrol agents.
The French citizen was visiting her mother and studying English, when the family headed to White Rock, about an hour?€?s drive from Vancouver in May.
Athens hails agreement to give country access to markets in August after final bailout
Greece?€?s government has said the country is ?€?turning a page?€? after eurozone member states reached an agreement on the final elements of a plan to make its massive debt pile more manageable, ending an eight-year bailout programme.
?€?I have to say the Greek government is happy with this deal,?€? the finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, said on Friday. ?€?But at the same time, this government will not forget what the Greek people went through in the past eight years.?€?
Bourbon whiskey, Levi?€?s and Harley-Davidson on list as EU measures comes into force
Donald Trump has threatened to widen the mounting trade dispute between US and the EU by imposing tariffs on European cars, after Brussels made good on its threat of retaliatory levies on American products including bourbon whiskey, Levi?€?s jeans and Harley-Davidson motorbikes.
Raising the stakes in the tit-for-tat exchange of import tariffs threatening to spark a global trade war, the US president tweeted in response to the EU tariffs which came into effect late on Thursday: ?€?If these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S. Build them here!?€?
Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella tells court he developed ?€?morbid?€? desire
A Catholic priest who worked as a diplomat at the Vatican?€?s embassy in Washington has admitted at the start of his trial that he had possessed images of child sexual abuse while based in the US.
Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, who was arrested in the Vatican in April after he had been recalled, told the court in the Vatican that he had developed a ?€?morbid?€? desire after he arrived in the US to take up the diplomatic post in 2016. ?€?It was never part of my priestly life before,?€? he told the court, adding that he was unhappy at the embassy in Washington.
The Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has made a rare foray into the political arena, warning of the dangers of underestimating the ?€?xenophobic and racist?€? new interior minister Matteo Salvini who heads up Italy?€?s far-right League party.
Writing in her column for the Guardian?€?s Weekend magazine, the reclusive Ferrante, who has kept her identity hidden, said she had never been politically active, and while she has ?€?feared for the fate of democracy?€? in Italy, she has more often ?€?thought our worries have been deliberately exaggerated?€?.
In damning report, UN?€?s poverty monitor hit back at criticisms by Nikki Haley, saying government policies would punish millions of low-income Americans
The Trump administration has been castigated at the United Nations in Geneva for consciously exacerbating levels of inequality in America that are already the most extreme in the western world.
The excoriating report on the state of the US nation was delivered to a packed hearing of the human rights council on Friday by the UN?€?s monitor on extreme poverty, Philip Alston. In what is now turning into a battle of words between the US government and international observers, Alston hit back at criticisms that had been leveled at him the previous day by Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN.
Delegates at Vienna meeting say talks were fraught - Brent crude rises 2%
Major oil producers have agreed to pump more crude to help reduce prices and prevent a supply shortage, in a significant reversal of Opec?€?s strategy of curbing output over the past 18 months.
After a fraught meeting in Vienna in which Iran was initially at odds with a Saudi-led drive to boost production, ministers settled on a target they said would increase output by around 1m barrels per day (bpd).
Court bars police from accessing call listings and location without a warrant, in ?€?most consequential privacy ruling in a generation?€?
A US supreme court ruling issued Friday barred police from accessing cellphone records such as call listings and location data without first obtaining a search warrant, in a landmark decision in favor of privacy protections.
Advocates hailed the 5-4 ruling as a victory for personal privacy rights in an age when digital technology and the widespread use of mobile devices could create easy paths for law enforcement or other state bodies into the most intimate corners of private life.
Government forces carry out killings with impunity
?€?Credible, shocking?€? reports of unlawful killings of young men
Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences, as the rule of law is ?€?virtually absent?€? in the country, according to a new report by the United Nations.
The UN human rights office called on the government to bring perpetrators to justice and said it was sending its report to the international criminal court (ICC), whose prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation in February.
Former tennis star says he received document from Central African Republic?€?s ambassador
Former world No 1 tennis player Boris Becker has insisted he has a genuine diplomatic passport from the Central African Republic after officials dismissed it as a fake.
The retired German tennis star, who claims his role as an attache to the EU gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in the UK, told the BBC?€?s Andrew Marr Show: ?€?I have received this passport from the ambassador. I have spoken to the president on many occasions. It was an official inauguration. I believe the documents they are giving me must be right.?€?
As the government ploughs on with its controversial road expansion scheme, commuting in Nepal?€?s capital can take up to four hours - while many joke that the dust mask has become part of the national dress
Argentina?€?s president once talked of forcing slums out of the city - now he wants to deliver residents the deeds to their land. But will it help?
?€?It was really bad in there - I mean, it?€?s literally a ruin,?€? says Romina Vargas of Argentina?€?s most famous abandoned building, where she once lived. ?€?There was lots of contaminated water on the lower floors, there were no sewers, and kids would come and take drugs inside. It?€?s good that it?€?s coming down.?€?
Built in the 1930s and later championed by president Juan Domingo Perón, the 14-storey building in south-west Buenos Aires was intended to be the largest hospital in Latin America; a cornerstone of Perón?€?s grand populist vision for Argentina. But construction stopped abruptly in 1955 with a military coup. The abandoned colossus at the edge of the capital became known as the White Elephant.
Joel Cánovas uses Instagram to document his passion for rescuing discarded tiles as part of his one-man mission to salvage a century of Catalan heritage
Joel Cánovas was sipping a beer on a patio in Barcelona when a piece of rubbish caught his eye. A section of hydraulic cement tile - the once-ubiquitous flooring material used in homes around the city for a century or so from the mid-1800s - had been discarded during a home renovation.
Cánovas picked up the tile, and a passion was born. Spotting tiles in dumpsters throughout Barcelona, Cánovas soon began to document his discoveries on Instagram as The Tile Hunter (@i_rescue_tiles).
The booming market for products for ?€?urban skin?€? reflects anxieties about the health impacts of living in cities - but is it all just a marketing gimmick?
Fiona Westerhout talks about her skin as though she is giving directions in a familiar neighbourhood: oily around the T-zone, dry cheeks, sensitive with the occasional breakout.
Westerhout, 29, had just started blogging about skincare when she and her partner moved from Perth in Western Australia to Shanghai in May 2016. There she found a new cause for skincare concern: pollution.
?€?There are those who migrate to El Norte because of poverty. There are those who migrate to reunite with family members. And there are those ?€? who don?€?t migrate. They flee,?€? wrote Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez in his 2010 book about the perilous pilgrimage that thousands of Central Americans make to the United States each year.
A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with Derek Whyteside?€?s murder
The family of a man who died after being allegedly beaten with a cricket bat following a robbery have paid tribute to him.
Derek Whyteside, 42, died hours after being attacked in Telford, Shropshire, on Monday. A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has since appeared in Kidderminster magistrates court charged with his murder.
A major offensive in the area close to Israel could risk drawing Washington further into the conflict
Syrian army helicopters have dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the country?€?s south-west for the first time in a year, reports said, in defiance of American demands that president Bashar al-Assad halt the assault.
With a free trade agreement signed, a new era of prosperity beckons for the African continent
In Africa, our biggest threats are also opportunities. By 2035, 450 million Africans will have joined the working age population, more than the rest of the world combined in that time. They will power our economies forward, as long as there are jobs they have the knowledge to perform.
But our schools and universities have not kept pace with technology. Over half of all jobseekers have few or no skills, while 41% have qualifications but no skills for the jobs available. The gap is wider still in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
We are ending our live coverage of migrant family separations at the border and the fallout from Trump?€?s recent policy changes. Thanks for following along. Here are some key developments of the day and dispatches from Guardian reporters on both sides of the border.
US lawmakers visited holding facilities for immigrant children across the country on Friday - but they have been unable to speak with detained youth.
Three Democratic senators went to a holding facility on the Texas border near El Paso that appears to be occupied by roughly 250 teenage boys, mostly from Central America, according to the AP. A contractor that operates the shelter reportedly briefed senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, but would not let them enter holding areas or speak with detained minors.
I know for a FACT that @FLOTUS has been a strong voice of compassion for migrant children. The vicious treatment of her over the last day is a reminder of how Trump Derangement Syndrome,where hatred for him justifies everything,has become an epidemic. Totally lunacy everywhere!!!
STOP! The Administration needs to take a time out ... If the Administration wants to have a rational dialogue about fixing our immigration system, I am happy to do that, but making up immigration policy on the fly is just wrong. We will fight this in every way we can.
"The thought that this immoral policy would actually come to Concord California ?€? We?€?ll do everything in our power to stop it," says @RepDeSaulnier of a proposed facility for nearly 50,000 immigrants in Concord, Calif. #immigration#ImmigrantChildren
Mark McGowan says that if the farming lobby has any concerns, it should take this up with Canberra
The Western Australia premier, Mark McGowan, says farmers in the state concerned about the decision to suspend the licence of Australia?€?s largest sheep exporter should ?€?take it up with the federal government?€?.
Efforts to improve the training and resources available to childminders in Nairobi?€?s Kibera settlement are bearing fruit - to the benefit of all concerned
Three-year-old Joy and her sister Lavine, four, are surrounded by kitchen pots, soft toys and an old wellington boot. It?€?s mid-morning at Kidogo?€?s nursery and preschool, and the sisters are playing in the dramatic centre, a place set aside for children to invent their own games. Each corner of the room is dedicated to a different activity: music, stories, art or a quiet space for reading.
The centre is one of the few quality childcare facilities in Kibera, an overcrowded informal settlement in Nairobi that houses 170,070 people, according to a 2009 national census (although other estimates have put the number significantly higher). Most centres are found in cramped rooms or homes, with one woman responsible for 20 or so children. Ventilation is poor and there are reports of babies being given sleeping pills to knock them out for the day, or children being locked in dark rooms. There?€?s rarely space to play.
As a report highlights the ruinous impact of denying abortion, two medics offer opposing views on the role of personal belief
A rise in the number of healthcare providers who refuse to provide abortion services based on their personal beliefs is having a devastating impact on women and girls around the world, a new study has claimed.
Over the past two decades, at least 30 countries - including, most recently, Ireland, Chile and Argentina - have taken steps to improve access to abortion through legislative changes.
The first lady?€?s ?€?I really don?€?t care jacket?€? isn?€?t the first time she?€?s appeared to have sent a sartorial signal
The internet is arm-deep in jacket-gate. Ever since Melania Trump wore the world?€?s most inappropriate jacket on her trip to a child detention center on Thursday, theories have been swirling as to the first lady?€?s motives.
Populists are exploiting citizens?€? fears while ignoring root causes of migration crises
Like a timebomb waiting to go off, Europe?€?s smouldering immigration problem exploded into a full-blown crisis last week. The US experienced a similar delayed upheaval, after the human consequences of Donald Trump?€?s ?€?zero tolerance?€? border policy became too painful to ignore. The two events are closely linked, the product of systemic international failings.
The longstanding inability of governments to cope with challenges posed by the increased flows of refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants is common to both sides of the Atlantic. The ensuing vacuum has been filled by opportunists such as Trump, maverick fringe parties, andrightwing zealots such as Italy?€?s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, and the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg attempts to defeat scepticism before Trump visit
Sceptism greeted the Nato secretary-general when he claimed the transatlantic bond that glues Nato together is not weakening but actually strengthening.
The sentiment was expressed at Lancaster House in London where Jens Stoltenberg made the remark to an audience of mainly defence and foreign policy specialists. And the scepticism would almost certainly be shared in capitals across Europe.
A bear trapped in a car in California created so much damage to the vehicle that the only way to get the animal out was to smash one of the windows. A police officer broke a window of the Subaru Outback that was parked in Carnelian Bay, before making a hasty retreat. Moments later the bear clambered out
Laurell and Ross Ardern describe their joy after their daughter, New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave birth to a girl. Her father said the baby was in safe hands with Jacinda and Clarke Gayford as parents
Since the days of the Truman administration, American officials have planned how to keep the government functioning during a nuclear Armageddon. Though details of the country?€?s post-doomsday planning are classified, evidence of their decades-long efforts - some abandoned, some active - are hidden in plain sight around Washington DC and beyond
Children arriving in the US from Central America have long faced the prospect of family separation and navigated a complex legal immigration system that can take months or years to render a decision due to a massive backlog of cases. The government separated more than 2,300 children from their parents in recent weeks in a policy that has stoked widespread outrage among both Democrats and Republicans
First Lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read 'I really don't care, do u?' as she boarded a flight on Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents. The green, hooded military jacket had the words written graffiti-style on the back.
Karina Gould made headlines this week when she breastfed her three-month-old son while sitting in the House of Commons. After a wave of public reaction to the clip, Gould tweeted: 'No shame in breastfeeding! Baby?€?s gotta eat & I had votes'
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