South Korea?s president says Pyongyang has not attached any conditions such as US troop withdrawal
North Korea has expressed a desire for the ?complete denuclearisation? of the Korean peninsula without attaching preconditions such as the withdrawal of US troops, the South Korean president has said.
The statement, unconfirmed by North Korea, comes before a summit between the leaders of the two countries on 27 April, to be followed in May or June by a meeting between Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and Donald Trump.Continue reading...
Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Tom Watson among those calling for more to be done to investigate murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
Malta?s government has been told to take urgent action to implement EU anti-money laundering rules, as MEPs rang the alarm about the dangers for journalists investigating financial crime following the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The pressure intensified as the country?s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, attended the Commonwealth heads of government summit in London amid further calls for him to provide reassurance that her death is being fully and impartially investigated.
Joint statement published in Guardian calls for rethink before 12 May deadline set by TrumpAn open letter to the US Congress: don?t let Trump rip up the Iran deal
More than 500 parliamentarians from France, Germany and the UK have written to their US counterparts urging them to persuade Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.
In a joint statement published in the Guardian, Der Spiegel, the New York Times and Le Monde, they urged a White House rethink before the 12 May deadline set by Trump to pull out of the deal, known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), unless Europe can come up with a new policy that will meet his concerns.Continue reading...
Turkey?s president is unlikely to lose an election that will make him more powerful than Atatürk
Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is one of a crop of present-day political leaders who value the respectability an ostensibly democratic election confers but don?t want to risk actually losing the vote.
In this respect, Turkey?s president is no different from Russia?s Vladimir Putin and Egypt?s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Their shared idea of democracy can be summed up by the motto: ?You vote, I win.?Continue reading...
King Mswati III declares name change 50 years after independence from British rule
The king of Swaziland, Africa?s last absolute monarchy, has announced that his country has changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule.
Meaning ?place of the Swazi?, eSwatini is the Swazi language name for the tiny state landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique. Unlike some countries, Swaziland did not change its name when it gained independence in 1968 after being a British protectorate for more than 60 years.Continue reading...
Eight-year study finds pioneer of paediatrics assisted in Third Reich?s ?euthanasia? programme
The Austrian doctor after whom Asperger syndrome is named was an active participant in the Nazi regime, assisting in the Third Reich?s so called euthanasia programme and supporting the concept of racial hygiene by deeming certain children unworthy to live, according to a study by a medical historian.
Herwig Czech, from Vienna?s Medical University, has made the claim in an academic paper published in the open access journal Molecular Autism, following eight years of research into the paediatrician Hans Asperger.Continue reading...
Jair Bolsonaro has openly cheered dictatorship and publicly insulted women. Now he?s deploying Trump-like tactics in his race for the presidency
Jair Bolsonaro?s disciples had packed the arrivals hall of this far-flung Amazonian airport, united by their contempt for the left and an unbreakable determination to score a selfie with the man they call ?the Legend?.
?He?s Brazil?s hope! A light at the end of the tunnel! A new horizon!? gushed Fernando Vieira, one of hundreds of fans there to greet a far-right firebrand who cheerleads for dictatorship but could soon become leader of the world?s fourth-largest democracy.
Female officer shown slapping woman and wrestling her to floor because her hijab was loose
Shocking video footage of a young woman being wrestled to the floor by Iranian ?morality police? because her hijab was loose has sparked outrage after it was posted online.
The footage shows members of the special taskforce tackling the woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, in Tehran. Under Iranian law, it is compulsory for women to cover themselves from head to toe in public, but many defy the boundaries by wearing loose hijab that shows their hair.
Canada recently passed an amendment to end inequality, but a lack of timeline means a colonial-era act still holds back indigenous women
As a child, Sharon McIvor spent her days roaming her grandmother?s First Nations community deep in British Columbia, learning to fish, harvest sap and pick berries, as the Nlaka?pamux Nation had done for millennia.
When the time came to teach those skills to her grandchildren, however, more than a century of gender discrimination stood in her way.Continue reading...
Supermarket chain?s new range includes spicy chilli buffalo worms and smoked crickets
Despite being a country that guards its culinary traditions more jealously than most - the recipe for the perfect tortilla proves enduringly divisive, and woe betide the anglosajón celebrity chef who dares pollute a paella with chorizo - Spain could be set to swell the ranks of the two billion people on the planet who regularly eat insects.
Or so the supermarket giant Carrefour is hoping.Continue reading...
The densely populated area of Belgium is seeing a mini-boom in model of farming where growers sell direct to consumersContinue reading...
Along the narrow alleys of one of India?s largest bullion markets, men and women scrape a living scouring the dust and even the drains for specks of the precious metal
When most of Mumbai is fast asleep at 5am each day, 41-year-old Tanu Behre sets out on her hunt.
Armed with a little handbrush, she walks the narrow alleys of Zaveri bazaar, one of India?s largest bullion markets, and dusts the streets for gold. She enters drains outside goldsmiths? workshops, and gathers the black sludge in her aluminium pan. If she?s lucky, the slime will turn up the precious metal.Continue reading...
Directive requires ultrasonic inspection of fan blades on CFM56-7B engines that accrued certain number of flights
The US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the inspection of 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger.
The order, called an air-worthiness directive, would require an ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of flights.
Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, thought to have been born in 1896, died in hospital after puncturing his lung falling out of bed
A Chilean man believed to be the world?s oldest person has died in hospital at the age of 121.
Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, whom the Guardian met and interviewed last year, died on Wednesday in the southern Chilean town of San José de Mariquina.Continue reading...
?Bicycle Day? on 19 April is the 75th anniversary of the day Albert Hofmann accidentally discovered LSD, changing his perceptions ? and the city?s future
Seventy-five years ago, the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann experienced the world?s first full-blown LSD trip on his way home from his lab in Basel. Hofmann had been researching the ergot fungus, hoping to develop a drug to treat fatigue. Among the compounds he was analysing was lysergic acid ? Lysergsäure-Diethylamid in German, also known as LSD. On Friday 16 April 1943, Hofmann left the lab feeling a little dizzy: ?I lay down and had these wonderful dreams ? I saw every thought as an image,? he said in an interview for his 100th birthday. The chemist concluded that he had accidentally touched the substance, and was intrigued by its powerful effect.
Three days later, on 19 April, he returned to the lab and swallowed a tiny amount just to see what would happen: ?As it later turned out, it was five times too much and gave me a horror trip.? He asked an assistant to take him home by bicycle, and Basel transformed into a panorama of hellish and heavenly visions. The bike seemed to freeze to the spot; a friendly neighbour turned into an evil witch. Hours later, Hofmann felt wonderful. ?LSD called me, I didn?t seek it out,? he recalled. ?It came to me.?Continue reading...