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'Women will die': how new abortion bans will harm the most vulnerable | US news

Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents sayOn the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in the state: abortion would be a crime, starting from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison.Then senators’ names were called one by one, and they cast their votes. There wer...

Bill de Blasio’s neighborhood gym routine isn’t earning him political gains | US news

New York’s mayor, and the latest presidential candidate, says he frequents the YMCA to stay connected to the people, but many say he’s out of touchIf you don’t know anything else about New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, you probably know this: almost every day, he gets driven by SUV 11 miles from his mayoral mansion in Manhattan to his favorite Brooklyn gym.The mayor’s quirky gym routine has drawn outsized attention since he launched his campaign for president, but at home, his fervent devot...

Home Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists – review | Books

Joan Smith examines the roots of terrorism, but fails to address the complexities of social inequalityKhalid Masood, 52, born Adrian Russell Elms, drove across Westminster Bridge in 2017 mowing down pedestrians and stabbing to death PC Keith Palmer. He had a string of criminal convictions for offences involving violence but since 2003 he had done little to attract police attention. Instead, in Home Grown, Joan Smith argues that Masood had chosen to “privatise his aggressive behaviour, hiding it ...

'Instant calm to the soul': the magic of Cape Clear, Ireland | Travel

Whether in search of peace, or adventure, this tiny County Cork island is a haven for escapistsCape Clear, Ireland’s most southerly island, has been my getaway for almost 30 years. It is the place where I forget which day of the week it is. It’s where I go to imagine a world without Brexit and Trump. The island has a spirit that brings instant calm to the soul. I once had the good fortune to live there for four months. It was then that I first began to write, finding the serenity to hone the cra...

The big picture: national pride flourishes amid war in Ukraine | Art and design

Mark Neville captures a moment full of symbolism on the fringes of the conflict in DonbassOver the past three years, London-based photographer Mark Neville has been travelling around Ukraine to work on several wide-ranging projects: one about holidaymakers in Odessa, another about people at worship, and an extensive series depicting the 2 million people in the country displaced by conflict on the eastern front. His latest project saw him documenting folk songs, often sung by internally displaced...

Weekly poll results: Pixel 3a gets some love, the Pixel 3a XL not so much

Google's mid-range Pixel phones have a very specific target audience - if they find success somewhere, it will be in North America (and maybe Western Europe). They can only thrive in regions where the mid-range segment is sparse as the pricing is too high to compete with the likes of Xiaomi or Honor. The smaller Google Pixel 3a proved the more popular model by a wide margin. Price is part of the issue - you get the same camera and chipset whether you pay $400 or $480. And the camera is in...

I’m 70, but I can’t stop my new partner from talking to other people | Dear Mariella | Life and style

If age teaches us anything, it’s that you can’t change other people, says Mariella. You may be wrong for each other, or you may need to adapt your behaviour The dilemma I am in my early 70s and met a wonderful man three years ago. He is a Spanish national and we have been away together on winter holidays, which have been marvellous. He is very outgoing and strikes up conversations with passers-by, fellow customers in a restaurant – anyone around when we are out. In Spain, although my Spanish is ...

'A grand experiment': how 'shrooms made Denver America's most drug-friendly city | US news

With the decriminalization of psilocybin, the Colorado city has cemented its pioneering drug-friendly statusM held up the jarful of mushroom caps and stems, most of which showed the “blue bruising” unique to mushrooms that contain the natural hallucinogenic compound psilocybin. He showed me his stash at a Denver coffee shop. M is an IT director, he buys his psychedelic mushrooms on the darknet, and about once a year, he grinds three grams’ worth into powder, which he then puts into capsules.If p...

No holds Barred: Trump and his troops push for imperial presidency | US news

With his compliant attorney general, the man in the White House is taking aim at the constitutional balance of powersWilliam Barr, the attorney general, came face to face this week with Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, at the Capitol in Washington. Shaking her hand, Barr was said to have joked: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” Related: 'This is the endgame': how Trump has helped turn the tide against abortion Continue reading...

NHS England loses 6,000 mental health nurses in 10 years | Society

Recruitment and training crisis ‘hits the most vulnerable in society’, says Royal College of NursingThe number of mental health nurses in England has slumped by more than a tenth over the past decade, new figures have revealed. This is despite commitments from both Theresa May and her predecessor, David Cameron, to boost resources for mental health services, which many medical professionals say are now in crisis.The total mental health nursing workforce has decreased by 10.6% since 2009, accordi...

Albariño spreads its wings | Food

The Iberian Peninsula’s greatest white grape variety is taking hold around the worldTe Awa Left Field Albariño, Gisborne, New Zealand 2018 (£10.95, The Wine Society) In a competition for the Iberian Peninsula’s greatest white grape variety, albariño (or alvarinho) would certainly be among the leading contenders. But it’s only really in recent years that it’s started to get a foothold in other countries. The results are getting better by the harvest, as the vines, often in coastal sites, mature, ...

From the archive: a soldier’s eye view of the Falkland’s war | Life and style

It started with sunbathing on the QE2 and ended with the death of 48 soldiers on Sir Galahad… Charles Carty recalls the conflict of 1982The diary of Charles Carty during the Falklands War was the cover story of the Observer Magazine of 17 October 1982 (‘The Sergeant-Major’s War’). It covered departure aboard the QE2 from Southampton to the fatal Argentine air strike in Fitzroy Bay.There’s a stark contrast between the opening picture of soldiers sunbathing on the deck of the QE2 and the next page...

Trump backs abortion in cases of rape or incest, contradicting Alabama law | US news

President suggests abortion will be election issue, tweeting ‘we must stick together and Win for Life in 2020’Donald Trump, in a series of late night posts on Twitter, has outlined a less restrictive view of abortion than that just passed by Alabama’s Republican state government.Alabama now bans abortion except if there is a “serious health risk” to the mother, with no exceptions for rape and incest, but the president says he favours making an exception of cases of rape and incest. Continue read...

The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics | Kenan Malik | Opinion

Its success reveals how Labour and the Tories have failed votersWill British politics be upended in the European elections on Thursday? Certainly, the traditional faultlines may be recast, at least for this election.The Brexit party will no doubt emerge triumphant, the Tories crushed, Labour humiliated and the Greens and the Lib Dems will make sufficient gains to claim a modicum of success. Whatever the results, they will leave untouched the fundamental problems that have created the chasm betwe...

Penny Mordaunt’s amnesty is incoherent and could shield governments’ nefarious actions | Nicholas Mercer | Opinion

Putting a statute of limitations on charging soldiers means justice may not be served for families of victimsIn 2003, Baha Mousa was beaten to death in an illegal interrogation facility operated by the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. He was found to have 93 sites of injury on his body, including fractured ribs and a broken nose. No one has yet been held to account for his death.At the public inquiry, Sir William Gage said his death “was avoidable and preventable and there can be no excuses. There i...

The Home Office shames us all by its callous attitude to child refugees | Barbara Ellen | Opinion

This country can easily afford to offer sanctuary to many vulnerable youngstersAnyone horrified in 2017 by the government’s shamefully inadequate response to helping lone child refugees trapped in makeshift camps in France should know that the situation has become even worse, with reports that the Dubs scheme (to get unaccompanied minors safely to the UK) is to be stopped.The government has been relentlessly criticised, not least by Lord Dubs, after whom the scheme is named, for offering to help...

The Observer view on Britain’s scandalous wealth inequality | Observer editorial | Opinion

Official figures mask the growing income disparities dividing BritainBritain needs to wean itself off measures of inequality that disguise more than they reveal about the gap between rich and poor.So says the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which last week used the occasion of its 50th anniversary to launch a five-year quest for better measures of inequality. Continue reading...

Tolu Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp after alleged drink driving | Sport

Waratahs hooker reportedly over the limit last weekDoubt cast over inclusion in World Cup squad Tolu Latu has some explaining to do, his NSW Waratahs coach says, after the hooker’s failure to inform the Super Rugby club of an alleged drink driving offence that could ruin his World Cup aspirations.Latu has been banished from the Wallabies’ Brisbane training camp, and is instead set to meet with Rugby Australia’s integrity unit on Monday after reports on Saturday alleged he was found asleep behind...

Digital Civil War review: a stark call to save American democracy | US news

Peter Daou blames media and the political establishment for failing to combat dishonesty, hypocrisy … and TrumpVoltaire warned that “those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”. In his new book, Peter Dau offers copious evidence that nothing has ever made that pernicious alchemy easier than the internet. Related: Unfreedom of the Press review: Mark Levin's Trumpist take on the first amendment Continue reading...

May I have a word about… Pegasus spyware | Jonathan Bouquet | From the Observer

Is the powerful virus that infected WhatsApp a flying horse or a Trojan horse? Don’t ask the woman who developed itThe unsavoury revelations about the hacking of WhatsApp by software developed by Israeli company, NSO Group, raised some interesting imagery. NSO has developed a powerful smartphone virus called Pegasus, described by NSO co-founder Shalev Hulio as the company’s Trojan horse that could be sent “flying through the air” to infiltrate devices.Right, let’s get this straight. Pegasus was ...

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