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

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate […]

‘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

France’s covid testing teams down tools – for summer holidays: Laboratory staff head off on vacation just as signs of a second wave strike leaving country struggling with demands for tests France is facing new coronavirus testing troubles as dozens of labs close to allow staff a summer holiday despite signs that a second wave is […]

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

People entering from countries deemed high-risk — currently most of the world outside Europe, as well as Luxembourg and parts of northern Spain — are required to quarantine for 14 days unless they can present a negative test result no more than two days old.

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

But, as court filings have proven, they haven’t made the best decisions. They moved to the USA 24 hours after Donald Trump declared a national emergency, and now find themselves at the deadly epicentre of a pandemic. They’ve become mired in expensive court cases on two continents, and even in their protected private enclave are […]

Wily Sirisena checkmates his rivals

In 2001, he was appointed SLFP general secretary and he stayed in that position till 2014, making him the longest serving secretary in the party’s history. And this when he belonged to no ruling dynasty like the Bandaranaikes or the Jayewardenes. Nor did he belong to the Colombo 7 crowd, roughly corresponding to Lutyens Delhi.

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

The stakes became even higher when Diallo heard he had been awarded a full scholarship at Sciences Po in Paris, one of the world’s most elite universities. What should have been a triumphant moment initially left him in agonising limbo. If his final asylum appeal failed, he would not be able to enrol. His plight […]

Lola’s Resistant Dignity

This article is part of a series of responses to Alex Tizon’s Atlantic article “My Family’s Slave.” The full series can be found here. For another historical perspective, please see Micki McElya’s essay on how Lola’s story echoes the American “faithful slave” narrative.

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

“It (the speech) ill timely given the circumstances at hand. It looks like the president was bulking to pressure following the surprising trend of the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter which has seen almost all people on social media converge at global level raising concerns of human rights abuses,” said Rusero. “So there was really nothing to take […]