The Guardian

    • Serena Williams will not be seeded for French Open after maternity leave return
      38m 52s ago
      • Former world No1 is ranked No453 after maternity leave
      • American is a three-time singles champion at Roland Garros

      The French Open announced on Monday it will not give Serena Williams a seeding for her return to grand slam tennis following maternity leave.

      “This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women’s seeds based on the WTA ranking,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement. “Consequently, [the seeds] will reflect this week’s world ranking.”

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    • 'The right thing to do': Jeremy Corbyn reacts to Livingstone's resignation – politics live
      38m 52s ago

      Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

      9.06pm BST

      Some senior Labour figures have been offering their reactions to the news of Livingstone’s resignation:

      Good riddance Ken.

      Ken Livingstone's exit from the Labour Party is welcome, but he should have been expelled. We must now make it clear that he will never be welcome to return. His vocal cheerleaders and supporters should follow him out the door.

      So glad to finally see the back of Ken Divisive Livingstone. There’s no space for him and his abhorrent views in my Labour Party.

      Ken Livingstone (@ken4london) remains a towering figure of the Labour movement. He popularised progressive socialism and was labelled a 'Loony Lefty' nearly 40 years ago for his efforts to champion public services, stand up for marginalised groups and fight all forms of racism.

      After all his talk of tackling anti-Semitism, Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t even bring himself to sack Ken Livingstone.

      People will note that Corbyn’s response to Livingstone’s years of vile comments about Jews and Hitler was to say “Ken Livingstone’s resignation is sad”!


      8.58pm BST

      Continuing his round of media interviews after the announcement of his resignation from Labour, Livingstone has told Sky News the party’s disciplinary structure is dominated by “right-wingers”.

      He also offered support to a former party activist, Marc Wadsworth, who was expelled for accusing the Jewish Labour MP, Ruth Smeeth, of working “hand in hand” with a Daily Telegraph journalist. Claiming that Jewish people exert control over the media is a common antisemitic trope. Wadsworth has insisted he did not know Smeeth’s background when he made the comments.

      Well, yeah but, unfortunately, this disciplinary panel structure that was set up under Tony Blair is filled with old right-wingers, who have been expelling lefties like me for years. Now, Jeremy’s slowly getting a grip on that but it takes a lot of elections to change the balance of that.

      And so, this is going to go on. We saw last week Marc Wadsworth being expelled simply for making a criticism of a Labour MP.

      Well yeah, I mean, literally, one of the things that really gave me strength to get through all this was, in the weeks after my suspension two years ago, somewhere between 30 and 40 Jewish people came up to me on the street and said: ‘We know what you said is true, don’t give in’. One woman said to me: ‘Don’t these MPs read their history?’ Sadly, they don’t.

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    • Frank Ocean's Blonde dissected: 'A cultural artefact that deserves to be studied'
      43m 52s ago

      Cole Cuchna of the podcast Dissect is devoting his third season to Frank Ocean deep dives – and aims to unpack a record extraordinarily rich in detail

      In 2016, the eagerness for a new Frank Ocean record had transformed from healthy anticipation into irritable impatience. For four years Ocean had made repeated promises about the record’s release date, only for him to miss his own deadlines. Fans desperate for new music began mocking his tardiness on social media. Ocean responded in kind by stamping all the record’s missed released dates on a library card.

      next time frank ocean drops an album everyone wait like 12 weeks before they buy it.. just so he knows what it’s like

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    • Royal Wedding photos: first official pictures of Duke and Duchess of Sussex released
      55m 52s ago

      Photographs by Alexi Lubomirski include group pictures featuring Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding entourage

      The first official photos of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been released by Kensington Palace. Taken by Alexi Lubomirski, the photos include one depicting the couple with the page boys and flower girls who assisted them during Saturday’s ceremony.

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    • National Die-In Day: US high schoolers to protest inaction on gun control
      1h 0m 52s ago

      High school senior spearheads protests planned for Washington, Orlando and beyond on anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting

      American high school students are organizing a National Die-In Day on 12 June to protest continued government inaction on gun control laws. The action will take place on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and will include a die-in at noon in front of the Capitol in Washington DC and another in Orlando. The teenage organizers are hoping to spark additional die-in protests at state capitols and town halls across the country – “anywhere with lethal legislative inaction”, as one tweet put it.

      The founder of the die-in day, Amanda Fugleberg, is an 18-year-old high school senior from Orlando who previously organized a walkout to protest gun violence at her high school in March. Fugleberg said the die-in in Washington would last 12 minutes.

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    • Interview magazine closes, ending a 50-year survey of Manhattan cool
      1h 1m 52s ago

      Magazine founded by Andy Warhol closes after months of turmoil, including a lawsuit brought over back pay and the resignation of a fashion director accused of sexual misconduct

      Interview magazine, the famous art, fashion, entertainment and pop culture journal of downtown New York founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, has closed down, according to company sources.

      The magazine was owned by Peter Brant, a billionaire art collector, who acquired the magazine in 1989. Its closure comes after months of turmoil, including staff being locked out as part of rent dispute, a lawsuit brought by a former editorial director over back pay and the resignation of a fashion director accused of sexual misconduct.

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    • Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food review – stress-free family cooking
      1h 14m 52s ago

      Whack it in a tray … smash it out … it’s fast, it’s furious, it smells incredible … yep, Jamie Oliver’s back – and this time it’s all about the love

      When TV chefs taste something they have just made, they are never disappointed, are they? Hmm, could have done with five more minutes in the oven, a bit less salt, not one of my best, frankly … No, everything is always bloody marvellous. For Jamie, especially. He’ll close his eyes, look up, shake his head, barely able to comprehend what he has just created. “That, my friends, is a mighty, mighty beautiful pasta,” he says of his spicy ’nduja vongole. His creation, his work; it’s like me saying: “That, my friends, is a mighty, mighty beautiful opening paragraph.”

      He’s doing his stripped-back cooking; restricted to only five ingredients. It has completely changed his life and it is going to take the stress out of ours, too, he says. He is doing it to Back to Life by Soul II Soul – that is how stress-free it is, it is like the summer of ’89, before you had kids, remember?

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    • Ex-footballer Terry Butcher accuses British army of failing his son
      1h 18m 52s ago

      Former England captain tells inquest how Christopher, 35, died after developing PTSD

      The former England football captain Terry Butcher has accused the British army of failing his son, who died after developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

      Butcher told an inquest on Monday that Christopher, 35, had turned to alcohol and drugs after being discharged from the armed forces in April 2015, due to the mental health condition.

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    • May: customs backstop to only apply in 'very limited' circumstances
      1h 19m 52s ago

      Remarks follow Boris Johnson saying Brexiters expect PM to avoid triggering mechanism

      Theresa May has said that her backstop plan to keep Britain aligned to the customs union beyond 2020 would only apply in a “very limited” set of circumstances as Brexiters ratcheted up pressure on her over the future customs relationship.

      The prime minister said nobody wanted the UK to resort to the option despite persuading her “war cabinet” to sign up to new proposals last week, marking rare progress on Brexit after weeks of deadlock.

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    • Unai Emery set to be named as new Arsenal manager
      1h 24m 52s ago
      • Former PSG and Sevilla manager has impressed club hierarchy
      • Mikel Arteta had been the favourite to replace Arsène Wenger

      Arsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery, the former PSG and Sevilla manager, as the successor to Arsène Wenger.

      The club have conducted a thorough process as they look to replace Wenger, their manager of almost 22 years, who departed at the end of this past season.

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    • Marseille: at least one injured after hooded men open fire on young people
      1h 24m 52s ago

      Reports say group of hooded men armed with Kalshnikov rifles opened fire on young people near a cultural centre

      At least one person has been injured after a group of hooded men armed with Kalshnikov rifles opened fire on young people near a cultural centre in Marseille, local media has reported.

      The gunmen arrived in three vehicles and opened fired at the centre in the Busserine area, according to La Provence newspaper.

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    • Bercow admits using word 'stupid' as he tries to defuse Leadsom row
      1h 43m 52s ago

      Speaker has been accused of calling Leadsom a ‘stupid woman’, which he denies

      The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has sought to defuse a row with the government by admitting he muttered the word “stupid” during a disagreement with the leader of the house, Andrea Leadsom, but denied insulting her personally.

      In the chamber last Wednesday Bercow was accused of having said in an aside that Leadsom was a “stupid woman”, and swearing before describing her as “useless”, prompting Downing Street to say such language would be unacceptable.

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    • Human race just 0.01% of all life but has destroyed over 80% of wild mammals – study
      1h 44m 52s ago

      Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact

      Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet.

      The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants, while livestock kept by humans abounds.

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    • Scientists find secret behind sweet sound of Stradivarius violins
      1h 44m 52s ago

      The instruments achieve their sweetness and brilliance by mimicking aspects of the human voice, study says

      The violins made by the Italian masters Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari are celebrated as the finest ever made, but the secret behind their perfect sound has mystified experts for centuries.

      Now scientists in Taiwan believe they have hit on an answer. Using software normally reserved for speech analysis, they found that violins from the two Cremonese luthiers mimic aspects of the human voice, a feature they argue adds to the instruments’ exceptional musical quality.

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    • Danny Cipriani could make his England comeback in full-back role
      2h 14m 52s ago
      • Cipriani set for first game under Eddie Jones against Barbarians
      • Nathan Hughes returns to stake claim for South Africa tour spot

      Danny Cipriani could make his first England appearance under Eddie Jones in the No 15 jersey after he was named among the full-backs in the squad to face the Barbarians on Sunday. Nathan Hughes will also get the chance to stake a claim for the South Africa tour after he and Cipriani were among six losing Premiership semi-finalists selected in Jones’s 35-man squad.

      Cipriani won his last England cap in a 2015 World Cup warmup match with an eye-catching cameo against France from full-back and it is a position he often played in his first spell with Wasps. Jones said when he named Cipriani in the touring party as an inside back that “I’ve seen him play 15 well as a younger guy and there’s no reason he couldn’t do that now”, and his selection among the full-backs for Sunday’s match suggests Jones will try him there at some point against the invitational side.

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