Friday briefing: Vulnerable children left in filthy cells, says custody monitor

Knock me down with a huruhuru – A Canadian brewery and a leather store in New Zealand have found themselves in a hairy situation after unwittingly using a Māori language word for pubic hair, huruhuru, to name their brands. They had intended an alternative meaning: it can also be used for feather, wool or fur. […]

‘In the last hours of my life, you inspired me’: Civil Rights icon John Lewis urged Black Lives Matters protesters to ‘redeem the soul of America’ and ‘answer the highest calling of your heart’ in powerful essay written just before his death

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, though decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago […]

‘If we need to take action we will not hesitate’: Rishi Sunak warns travellers amid fears FRANCE could be the next holiday destination to face UK curbs due to rising coronavirus cases

‘First, there is a lack of workers to do the testing. If we don’t ask all the health workers to be available by mobilizing all of them, there are just not enough people,’ emergency services doctor Christophe Prudhomme at a hospital in Bobigny, Paris. 

Fears for thousands of holidays on the continent as travel experts warn France ‘is highly likely’ to be added to the 14-day quarantine list following a dramatic rise in coronavirus infections

‘First, there is a lack of workers to do the testing. If we don’t ask all the health workers to be available by mobilizing all of them, there are just not enough people,’ emergency services doctor Christophe Prudhomme at a hospital in Bobigny, Paris. 

The Royal Family is having a great pandemic. By contrast, the Sourpuss Sussexes are sucking on lemons

To be fair, it is an $18million wall, in a mansion they’ve been loaned, and it is probably the only background which didn’t have some gold in it. But their minimalist approach to public life is not only in stark contrast to the Royals’ rather cluttered one – that wall we’ve seen so much of […]

Wily Sirisena checkmates his rivals

Mahinda Rajapaksa, deputy to Chandrika Kumaratunga, rebelled against her and forced her to cede power to him. When presidential elections beckoned in 2015, Kumaratunga thought she could use Sirisena to pay back Rajapaksa. So she nudged him to defect, helped cobble together an alliance of bitter political opponents SLFP and UNP (a bit like the […]

‘Never give up’: Greek asylum fight is gifted student’s hardest lesson

He crossed the border into Mali and took the route north that would eventually lead him to Turkey. From there, he caught a boat to the Greek island of Lesbos. When the 16-year-old finally reached Athens, two months after leaving Guinea, he was spotted by an aid worker who brought him to a children’s shelter […]

Lola’s Resistant Dignity

Alex Tizon’s essay “My Family’s Slave” has stirred considerable controversy. Readers have struggled to understand the conditions that allowed for the enslavement of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, the complex dynamic of her relationship with the Tizons, and the highly conflicted reactions the story has elicited across the Pacific.

Coronavirus: Manchester lockdown rules cause ‘confusion and distress’

Bolton has not recorded a rise in the week to 26 July, but provisional data for the week to 28 July suggests it may move slightly up, although these figures are subject to revision as more test results come in.

Zimbabwe President Calls for Unity as He Deals With ‘Divisive’ and ‘Rogue’ Elements

In a surprise address broadcast from the State House, President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for unity and patience among Zimbabweans as he deals with “detractors” who he said are derailing his efforts to turn around the economy, which has struggled for more than two decades.