The Guardian

    • Turkish lira crisis: Turkey raises tariffs on US goods – business live
      17m 11s ago

      All the day’s economy and financial news, as Ankara hikes the tariffs on US rice, spirits and cars

      9.16am BST

      Robert Ward of the Economist Intelligence Unit says Turkey needs a ‘decisive orthodox’ response to the currency crisis (ie, a chunky rate hike), rather than tariffs on US goods.

      Erdogan tariff increase on US cars, alcohol etc point to doubling down on “economic war” line. Suggests decisive orthodox policy move from #Turkey’s govt to draw line under crisis still unlikely. Normalisation of TR relations w US now also critical to lira crisis resolution.

      8.53am BST

      Bloomberg has calculated that Turkey’s new tariffs cover around $1bn of US imports.

      That’s similar to the amount of Turkish steel and aluminium exports that were subjected to higher tariffs by President Donald Trump last week, suggesting this genuinely is a tit-for-tat response.

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    • 'Tenants on our own land': New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers
      24m 11s ago

      Law aims to boost housing affordability after property prices rise more 75% in some parts of the country in four years

      The New Zealand government has banned the sale of existing homes to foreign buyers, saying New Zealanders were sick of being “tenants in our own land”.

      Associate minister of finance David Parker said the ban would mean housing would become more affordable for locals, and supply would increase.

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    • Humanist weddings are the antidote to out-of-touch marriage ceremonies | Vonny Leclerc
      33m 11s ago
      Civil ceremonies are dry, while traditional weddings symbolise intolerance. I’m choosing the more people-centred option

      “Good morning/afternoon and welcome to [venue’s name]. My name is [blank], and I have been authorised by the registrar general for Scotland to conduct civil marriage ceremonies in the district of [blank].”

      Planning our civil ceremony was as special as filling in a tax return. There was little magic in the photocopied wedding booklet, on cheap blue paper, with options to circle like a hospital menu. The song we picked was rejected because it said “God” in it, so we had to find something else. When standing in front of 100 friends and family, being married by someone with all the zeal of a headmaster giving out a punishment exercise, I started to have my doubts about weddings.

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    • 'Girls who leave militias get rejected': helping child soldiers go home – podcast
      33m 11s ago

      Lucy Lamble talks to Sandra Olsson from Child Soldiers International, who works with girls formerly caught up in armed groups in Democratic Republic of the Congo as they struggle to settle back in their communities

      After studying in Gothenburg and Ghana’s Cape Coast, Sandra Olsson worked for Unicef before joining Child Soldiers International and researching the lives of girl soldiers in eastern DRC. Often used as ‘wives’ and sexually abused by other soldiers, many former girl soldiers are shunned by family and friends when they are released or escape. The girls spoke of their strong wish to go back to school and CSI now runs a programme to help them return to education, despite the stigma they face.

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    • The end of Sharknado: saying goodbye to the silliest movie franchise ever
      33m 11s ago

      With The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, the cheapest, strangest, dumbest B-movie series is coming to an end – but will we miss it?

      You’ll be reassured to learn that Sharknado 6 isn’t very good. Spoilers are embargoed until premiere, so I can’t tell you which hifalutin piece of cinema it references in its very first frame, nor how Tara Reid makes her entrance. I can’t even tell you the genuinely ridiculous way in which she leaves. Believe me, that breaks my heart.

      Related: The 10 best movie shark performances – ranked!

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    • Genoa bridge collapse: 35 dead as minister calls for resignations
      35m 11s ago

      Transport minister says senior management of bridge operator ‘must step down’

      Italy’s transport minister has called on senior managers at the company that operated the collapsed Genoa motorway bridge to resign, as the death toll rose to at least 35.

      Rescuers searched overnight for survivors through tons of concrete and steel under the shattered structure of the Morandi Bridge. “We’re not giving up hope, we’ve already saved a dozen people from under the rubble,” a fire official, Emanuele Giffi, told AFP. “We’re going to work round the clock until the last victim is secured.”

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    • Pennsylvania sexual abuse report is another setback for Pope Francis
      58m 11s ago

      Pontiff vowed ‘decisive action’ when elected but has failed to get a grip on series of scandals

      The damning report on the sexual abuse of potentially thousands of children by priests in Pennsylvania, and its cover-up by a Catholic church primarily interested in self-protection, is another blow for Pope Francis, who is already reeling from a series of damaging scandals over recent months.

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    • Are all those fossils worth the fuss? | Elsa Panciroli
      1h 3m 11s ago

      Researchers are encouraged to embrace the media to communicate their science. But are the sexy headlines at the expense of telling stories of real significance?

      Recently, I got into a heated discussion with a colleague who felt I’d written about a fossil discovery that was not worthy of attention. They believed the author was only interested in self-promotion and the fossil was of no scientific importance. My reasons for covering it were simple: I thought it was a story the public would find interesting, and more importantly it provided an opportunity to broaden out the subject for readers.

      In my colleague’s opinion, however, these were the wrong reasons. They explained the story was not worthy of attention, no matter what the public thought. It is up to us as scientists to tell the public what they should find interesting.

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    • Fire breaks out at mill in Manchester city centre
      1h 9m 11s ago

      Part of four-storey building has collapsed with 10 fire engines sent to scene on Southall Street

      A fire has broken out at a mill in Manchester city centre, less than two days after a blaze destroyed a mill in Rochdale.

      Plumes of thick black smoke could be seen across the city on Wednesday as crews battled the fire at the building on Southall Street, which contains household furnishings and is near Strangeways prison.

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    • Shed of the Year 2018 shortlist – in pictures
      1h 13m 11s ago

      Twenty-four sheds go head to head for the coveted title. The shortlist includes a floating shed pulled by hand from Liverpool to Leeds, a converted taxi, a war-era bar and a Viking Bauhutte

      • You have until 28 August to vote for your favourite
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    • 'I threw my soul all over the floor': egg and sperm donors stage their stories
      1h 24m 11s ago

      Theatre and acrobatic shows at the Edinburgh festival use the experiences of donors to explore fertility, faith and family

      ‘Who is the family?” asks aerial artist and theatre-maker Sarah Bebe Holmes. With her company Paper Doll Militia, she is using her own experience to pose that question to audiences at the Edinburgh fringe.

      Ten years ago, Holmes became an egg donor for her best friend Carol. A decade on, her experience of the fertility treadmill – from intrusive tests to hormone injections – has inspired Egg, a new show combining narration, music and aerial acrobatics, while posing questions about female sexuality and public perceptions of infertility.

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    • Should I do a PhD? You asked Google – here's the answer | Rachel Hall
      1h 33m 11s ago

      Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries

      There are lots of good reasons for deciding to do a PhD. Deepening your knowledge of a subject you love is an excellent one. Wondering what to do with the next three years of your life and finding out your university will pay you to stay isn’t so bad either. But seeing it as a fast track to a cushy academic job probably shouldn’t be one of them.

      PhDs are often glamourised in popular culture. If you grew up watching Friends, you might recall Ross Geller celebrating getting tenure at New York University. Getting tenure in a US university means you are virtually impossible to fire. Your university trusts in your intellectual brilliance to the extent that it’s willing to give you total academic freedom to research what you want. In short, it sounds like a dream.

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    • Serena Williams and Kyle Edmund crash out in Cincinnati
      1h 44m 11s ago
      • British No 1 Edmund eliminated by Denis Shapovalov
      • Federer advances to third round with win over Gojowczyk

      The British number one, Kyle Edmund, exited the second round in Cincinnati after a 6-4, 7-5 defeat to the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

      After surviving five match points, the 23-year-old eventually succumbed to lose inside just under two hours. The world No 16 will continue his US Open preparations at the Winston-Salem Open, which begins on Saturday.

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    • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari review – a guru for our times?
      2h 3m 11s ago

      The author of global bestseller Sapiens is back, with a self-help guide for a bewildering age – and it’s sweeping statements are peppered with truly mind-expanding observations

      Yuval Noah Harari’s career is a publishing fairytale. An obscure Israeli academic writes a Hebrew-language history of humanity. Translated into English in 2014, the book sells more than a million copies. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg includes it in his book club in 2015. Ridley Scott wants to turn it into a TV series. Barack Obama says it gave him perspective on “the core things that have allowed us to build this extraordinary civilization that we take for granted”. Its sales spike when it is mentioned on Love Island.

      That book was Sapiens, which is bold, breezy and engaging; romping its way from the discovery of fire to the creation of cyborgs in less than 500 pages. The future-gazing follow-up, Homo Deus, was also a global bestseller, and now Harari has turned his attention to the present with 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. It covers everything from war – Harari’s academic specialism – to meditation, his favourite leisure activity. (He does two hours a day, and a month-long retreat every year.) The collection of pieces aims to take stock of where humanity has reached, and where it might be going. Ultra-topical concerns such as “fake news” and the rise of authoritarians such as Donald Trump are set in the context of centuries of our biological and social evolution. As Obama said, this approach certainly gives the reader perspective. Ivan the Terrible was probably more, well, terrible than Trump. Cheer up! Until you remember climate change, at least – because, to his credit, Harari is one of the few futurists to factor ecological collapse into his predictions.

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    • Westminster crash: security measures face further scrutiny
      2h 8m 11s ago

      Review reportedly issued stark warnings after 2017 Westminster Bridge attack

      The latest apparent attack in Westminster will inevitably lead to further scrutiny of the security measures currently in place to protect parliamentarians as well as Londoners and tourists in the capital.

      In the aftermath of the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks, lines of crash-rated bollards, concealed barriers in the forms of balustrades and steel barriers were placed around Westminster and outside the Houses of Parliament.

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