• IMF report on China does not reflect the 'whole picture' - China central bank statement

    China's central bank said on Thursday an IMF report on China's financial system did not reflect the whole picture, according to a statement released on the People's Bank of China website.China's financial system is able to fend off risks, the statement said, adding that the IMF report was objective and pertinent.
  • The Open 2018: third round – live!

    Hole-by-hole coverage of Saturday’s play at CarnoustieOfficial leaderboard | Email Scott with your thoughtsFleetwood charges into contention with second-round 65Lyle signs off after 42nd consecutive Open 3.51pm BST It’s three birdies in a row for Charley Hoffman, the latest at 6. He’s -4. Francesco Molinari birdies 10 to move to -4 as well. Rickie Fowler makes his second birdie of the day, following the one he fashioned at 2 with another on 4. He’s -5, one off the lead. A
  • Tour de France 2018: stage 14 – live!

    Live updates from the medium mountain stage to MendeSagan wins stage 13 as appeal for calm goes up in smokeEmail John or tweet @JohnBrewin__ with your thoughts 3.47pm BST Alaphilippe is being led up the hill by his team-mates, though there will be no mountain points up for grabs. He has to be favourite for the stage at this point.3.43pm BST To quote The Eagles, when hell freezes over. @JohnBrewin_ Just wondering when Froomey will start riding in front of the Maillot Jaune to help break the wind
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be remade 21 years after first episode

    Unnamed black actor will reportedly step into role played by Sarah Michelle Gellar between 1997 and 2003Cult TV favourite Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being remade – more than 20 years after the first episode originally aired.The US supernatural drama ran from 1997 to 2003 and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead role. Continue reading...
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  • Justin Rose equals Carnoustie Open record with third-round 64

    • Rose equals Stricker and Green to move to four under
    • ‘It was a beautiful morning to play golf’Justin Rose’s name had just crept on to the giant yellow scoreboards around the 18th green for the first time this week by virtue of his birdie at the previous hole but by the time he left it it had moved up a notch to four-under after he sunk his seventh birdie putt to complete a 64, equalling an Open record for Carnoustie at the time.The glint is back in the Englishman&
  • Dave Bautista defends fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn

    Disney sacked director after his old tweets joking about paedophilia, 9/11 and the Holocaust resurfacedGuardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista defended filmmaker James Gunn after he was fired by Disney for a string of recently resurfaced offensive tweets.Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement on Friday that Gunn, 51, had been fired because the messages, written in 2008 and 2009, were deemed “indefensible”. Continue reading...
  • Sri Lankan ‘war criminals’ deployed as UN peacekeepers

    Confidential report says officers implicated in the abuse of Tamils were operating in AfricaThe UN has been sending alleged war criminals to act as peacekeepers in conflict zones, a confidential report claims.The document, seen by the Observer, and sent to the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations last month, claims that senior Sri Lankan officers accused of war crimes have been deployed to UN operations in Mali, Lebanon, Darfur and South Sudan. Continue reading...
  • Botis Seva: ‘We need a massive shift in the dance work put on stage’

    The choreographer on struggling with fatherhood, why dancers are like football fans, and taking hip-hop to Sadler’s WellsChoreographer Botis Seva was born in south London in 1991 and raised in Dagenham. After training with hip-hop dance company Avant Garde, he set up his own company, Far From the Norm, whose work blends hip-hop with experimental theatre and dance. Seva has just been appointed guest artistic director of National Youth Dance Company. His short f
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  • A Prayer Before Dawn review – grim, primal prison drama

    A fact-based story of an English drug addict surviving jail in Thailand through boxing is an intense assault on the sensesFrench director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire adapts English addict and boxer William “Billy” Moore’s 2014 memoir about the three years he spent in Chiang Mai and Klong Prem, two of Thailand’s toughest prisons. A Prayer Before Dawn borrows its name from the book, though the source material’s subtitle, A Nightmare in Thailand, would be more fittin
  • Democratic left senses national star in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Kansas rallies with Bernie Sanders are show of strength as party seeks winning coalition in usually Republican statesAfter her stunning primary win over Joe Crowley in New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been using her newfound national platform to boost other progressive candidates across the country. Continue reading...
  • Two tonnes of cocaine seized from boat off Cornwall

    Dutch nationals remanded after yacht carrying huge haul intercepted near NewlynTwo men have been charged after a yacht carrying what is thought to be the second-biggest haul of cocaine found in the UK was intercepted off the coast of Cornwall. The Dutch nationals were arrested after two tonnes of cocaine were found aboard the vessel, which was escorted 120 miles to the harbour of Newlyn, a popular Cornish seaside town.Continue reading...
  • MPs call for changes to electoral system after Vote Leave broke rules

    Letter to John Bercow signed by 45 MPs says existing fines are regarded as ‘simply the cost of doing business’More than 40 MPs have called for far-reaching changes to the UK’s electoral system, which was described as unfit for purpose and in dire need of reform after the official Brexit campaign was fined £61,000 for breaking campaign rules.Stephen Kinnock, whose letter to the speaker, John Bercow, was signed by 45 Labour, Lib Dem and Green MPs, said the existing fines we
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  • Trump claims Cohen tape may be illegal and insists he did nothing wrong

    Tape contains discussion of payment to Playboy modelNew York state law allows recording of conversations“The good news,” Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday morning, “is that your favourite president did nothing wrong!” Related: Michael Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to Playboy model – reportContinue reading...
  • US immigration: baby did not recognise parents after five-month separation

    Fifteen-month-old Honduran boy came to symbolise America’s draconian policy of separating migrant families A 15-month old baby who came to symbolise the US government’s draconian policy of separating migrant families did not recognise his parents when they were reunited in Honduras on Friday, his tearful mother has said. Related: Less than a fifth of children reunited with migrant parents as deadline loomsContinue reading...
  • Indonesia girl jailed for abortion after being raped by brother

    15-year-old sentenced to six months for terminating pregnancy after six-week limitA 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an official said on Saturday.The girl was sentenced on Thursday alongside her 17-year-old brother in a closed hearing at Muara Bulian district court on the island of Sumatra, the court spokesman Listyo Arif Budiman said. Continue reading...
  • One to watch: Grace Carter

    A robust voice and relatability are at the heart of this Brighton-based singer’s expressive piano-popGrace Carter may be signed to the same management company as Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey, but that’s where the similarities end. The Brighton-raised singer-songwriter’s arresting, piano-led pop exists on a sliding scale between strength and vulnerability, each track hinged on the 20-year-old’s robust and emotionally bracing vocals. Carter started making music when she was 13
  • Gruff Rhys: ‘I found Britpop difficult. We couldn’t really get on board’

    The musician, 48, on the importance of his Welsh identity, campaigning to remain and taking a tank to festivals to use as a sound systemMy first memory is being allowed to walk to the shop on my own. I was quite young, but I remember being proud my parents trusted me to do things for them, to pop out and get things they needed. I was lucky with family really. I had a big brother and sister. They had loads of records and guitars in the house.I formed my first band aged six. My parents t
  • Premier League teams face World Cup hangover after abridged pre-season | Paul Wilson

    Seven top-tier sides had 10 or more players on international duty in Russia and only Bournemouth and Fulham are training for the new season with complete squads at their disposalWhether it is possible to have too much football is a question frequently asked during World Cup summers, and one which seems likely to raise its head again when the domestic league programme resumes next month. Related: The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadlineContinue readin
  • Bradford Bulls rebuild to bounce back through rugby league’s ranks

    The four-times Super League champions endured liquidation and relegation to the third tier but Sunday’s local showpiece against York hints that good times could soon returnWhile being billed as the Game of the Year in one corner of west Yorkshire may be a slight exaggeration, it is refreshing that for once the focus falls on Bradford Bulls for the right reasons. Related: The Super 8s are causing mayhem in the Super League. And it's great funContinue reading...
  • Putin holds winning cards as Syrian war nears Idlib showdown

    Saudi and Israeli fears over Iran have benefited Assad - but having survived the war, can he survive the peace? The surrender of rebel forces in south-west Syria, following the fall of eastern Ghouta and other regime successes, strengthens the grim expectation that nothing can now deny Bashar al-Assad a final victory – of sorts – in Syria’s civil war.But the physical restoration of territory does not necessarily translate into restoration of political authority. For Assad, besi
  • India: suspected vigilantes kill Muslim man transporting cows

    Five to seven people beat man to death on suspicion of cow smuggling, police saySuspected vigilantes killed a Muslim man transporting two cows in India on Saturday, just over a year after a similar attack highlighted the growing influence of pro-Hindu fringe groups. Police in the north-western state of Rajasthan said a group of five to seven people surrounded the man, identified only as Akbar, as he led the cows to his village in nearby Haryana state and thrashed him to death on suspicion of smu
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg says UK is heading for no-deal Brexit

    Comments from Tory MP and hardline leaver come after EU mauls Brexit white paper plansJacob Rees-Mogg has said Britain is heading for a no-deal exit from the EU, and that leaving on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms is now likely.Presenting a phone-in on LBC, the prominent Tory MP and hardline Brexiter said: “I think we are heading to WTO and I think WTO is nothing to be frightened of. Continue reading...
  • Survivor of Missouri boat disaster says passengers told not to put on life jackets

    Seventeen people lost their lives when tourist boat capsized on Table Rock lakeA survivor who lost nine of her relatives when the duck boat they were travelling aboard on an US lake has said the captain told passengers not to bother putting on life jackets.Tia Coleman told the Indianapolis television station WXIN that she and a nephew were the only survivors among 11 relatives on the boat, which went down in bad weather on Table Rock lake in Branson, Missouri, on Thursday, killing 17 people.Cont
  • Usain Bolt’s football dream keeps on running but reality fails to keep pace

    The Jamaican sprint star was linked to a trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners but once again the hype machine overtook both sporting and financial considerationsGosford is a small town with big ambitions. Nestled on Australia’s central coast about 50 miles from Sydney, it has a population of fewer than 4,000 but is the commercial and administrative centre of the region. It has an art gallery and a historic harbour, a classic car museum and the “entertainment hub” of
  • Thomasina Miers’ recipe for green bean and new potato ‘tonnato’ salad

    Anchovies, tuna and mustard come together to make a creamy backdrop for this summer stunnerI love tonnato so much that I could eat it for breakfast. It evokes sunshine for me – summery holidays where all cares in the world are fixed by peaches, white wine, anchovies, quiches and creme brulee (though not necessarily in that order). I fell for tonnato on one particular Italian holiday, when we ate it with veal. It was so mouthwatering that I was smitten. Here is a version loaded with vegetab
  • An image of Putin and Trump kissing isn’t funny. It’s homophobic | Lee Hurley

    This ‘joke’ sends the message that being gay is something to be ashamed of, with horrible effects for actual queer peopleWith both eyes closed and one hand gently caressing the face of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump leans in for a passionate kiss with the object of his obsessive affections. It’s a hilarious image, right? Two men who imperil the lives of queer people on a daily basis would hate to be seen as gay. It’s their biggest fear, so it’s funny to pretend they a
  • Love Island – what we’ve learned from two months of hothoused carnality

    Within a villa full of liars and love rats is something to be gleaned about friendship, race and the way men and women communicateThese are, I think we can all agree, testing times for Britons. Cracks have appeared in previously harmonious communities. Families have been torn down the middle. We are divided, split between those who watch Love Island (ITV2, 9pm, Sunday to Friday) and those who do not.This summer has seen my first sojourn to the land of weirdly hairless bodies and Instagram-endors
  • Admit it, older people – you are addicted to your phones, too | Sophia Ankel

    Over-reliance on mobiles isn’t just the scourge of the young, and it has a damaging effect on families My mother likes to sit with her legs crossed on the sofa, glasses balanced on her nose, while she scrolls through her iPhone. I don’t know whether she is commenting on a friend’s family photo album, crushing candy or liking a meme with the caption: “Tonight’s forecast: 99% chance of wine”, but I do know that this is not the first time I catch her like this. M
  • Farting unicorn row: artist reaches settlement with Elon Musk

    Tom Edwards from Colorado, who challenged Musk’s use of motif without attribution, reaches agreement with Tesla tycoonA Colorado artist says he has reached a settlement with Elon Musk after challenging the Tesla tycoon’s use of a farting unicorn motif that he had drawn as an ironic tribute to electric cars. Musk used the cartoon image on Twitter, without attribution, to promote his Tesla electric car range, and ignored Tom Edwards’ attempts to come to a licensing arrangement, t
  • Room to Dream review – a remarkable insight into David Lynch

    This hybrid biography cuts between essays from Kristine McKenna and reflections from the great auteurKristine McKenna admits at the outset of Room to Dream that she and David Lynch have come up with an approach to life writing “that some might find strange”. This hybrid form combines memoir and biography: each of McKenna’s chapters is followed by one by Lynch on the same years, “having a conversation with his own biography”. Clearly this highlights the sub

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