• Black Friday: 'Harder to give big, headline discounts'

    Black Friday: 'Harder to give big, headline discounts'
    Steve Finch of toy retailer bopster, explains the pressures his firm is under for Black Friday this year.
  • Debut novel by ‘Russian Proust’ to be published in English for the first time

    Debut novel by ‘Russian Proust’ to be published in English for the first time
    The translation of Deceit by ‘groundbreaking’ author Yuri Felsen, who died in Auschwitz in 1943, is set to come out next MayThe debut novel by Yuri Felsen, an author once regarded as the “Russian Proust” whose work has been forgotten since he died in Auschwitz in 1943, is set to be published in English for the first time.Felsen, the pseudonym of the Russian émigré author Nikolai Freudenstein, was born in St Petersburg in 1894, emigrating after the Russian re
  • TfL halts road safety ad after ‘victim blaming’ backlash from cyclist groups

    TfL halts road safety ad after ‘victim blaming’ backlash from cyclist groups
    London mayor’s cycling and walking chief pauses ad showing cyclist and driver making up after collisionTransport for London has halted an ad campaign promoting road safety that featured a driver and cyclist making up after the latter was almost hit, following a backlash accusing the ad of “victim blaming”.The TfL campaign, called See Their Side, was launched during Road Safety Week last month as part of the London mayor Sadiq Khan’s long-term goal of having no deaths and
  • Supreme court to hear arguments in case that could reverse Roe v Wade – live

    Supreme court to hear arguments in case that could reverse Roe v Wade – live
    Oral arguments in pivotal abortion case begin at supreme courtWhy the Mississippi abortion rights case is so importantA timeline of US abortion rights since Roe v WadeSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by emailGreetings, live blog readers. We’re in for a busy day today. The supreme court is set to begin hearing oral arguments today in a case that could reverse the landmark ruling in Roe v Wade, which effectively legalized abortion across the US. Continue reading...
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  • Bad Bunny most-streamed artist on Spotify for second year running

    Bad Bunny most-streamed artist on Spotify for second year running
    The Puerto Rican star beats Taylor Swift and Drake, while Olivia Rodrigo continues meteoric rise as Spotify and Apple Music announce statsSpotify and Apple Music, the two biggest players in music streaming, have announced the tracks and albums that have been the most popular globally in 2021 (in the period 1 January to 27 November).For a second year in a row, the most-streamed artist on Spotify is the Puerto Rican vocalist Bad Bunny, whose songs were streamed a total of 9.1bn times, compared wit
  • Co-founder of Christian TV network that railed against vaccines dies of Covid-19

    Co-founder of Christian TV network that railed against vaccines dies of Covid-19
    Marcus Lamb, 64, whose Daystar network reaches an estimated 2bn viewers worldwide, had pushed alternative therapiesMarcus Lamb, the co-founder of the leading Christian TV network Daystar who railed against Covid-19 vaccines, has died of Covid-19. He was 64 years old.Lamb, who was the chief executive of the conservative network that reaches an estimated 2 billion viewers worldwide, died on Tuesday, weeks after contracting the coronavirus. Continue reading...
  • Airbnb allegedly hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

    Airbnb allegedly hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group
    Listing properties on land owned by XPCC, which has been linked to human rights abuses, risks breaching US regulationsAirbnb has reportedly listed more than a dozen properties on land owned by the Xinjiang paramilitary corporation, which has been sanctioned by the US over its alleged involvement in mass human rights abuses against Uyghurs by the Chinese government.The American media outlet Axios reported on Wednesday that the short-term rental company was at risk of exposure to US regulations pr
  • Silent Night review – jolly hockey sticks, it’s the end of the world with Keira Knightley

    Silent Night review – jolly hockey sticks, it’s the end of the world with Keira Knightley
    Knightley and Matthew Goode host a posh Christmas party in this arrestingly strange apocalyptic comedy dramaApocalyptic tragi-satire might be cinema’s new growth area. Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up is almost upon us and now here is this arrestingly strange and forthright black comic nightmare from cinematograher turned director Camille Griffin, produced by Trudie Styler and featuring Griffin’s son Roman Griffin Davis (the child star of Jojo Rabbit). A cross-section of upper-
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  • Boots slashed the price of morning-after pills on Black Friday. Why not every day? | Rose Stokes

    Boots slashed the price of morning-after pills on Black Friday. Why not every day? | Rose Stokes
    The pharmacy’s 50% discount proved it can afford to make this essential medication much more accessibleOn Black Friday there’s a range of products you might reasonably expect to see advertised at a discount price. A TV maybe, a cashmere jumper, or perhaps a set of saucepans. But I certainly didn’t expect to find the morning-after pill nestled among the savings promoted on the Boots website as I scrolled through their offerings last week. And yet there it was, at a 50% discount.
  • Foggy fishing and a Fijian welcome: Wednesday’s best photos

    Foggy fishing and a Fijian welcome: Wednesday’s best photos
    The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
  • R&B star Trey Songz investigated over sexual assault allegation

    R&B star Trey Songz investigated over sexual assault allegation
    Las Vegas police confirm that star is cooperating following complaint, and has not been arrestedR&B star Trey Songz is being investigated by Las Vegas police, following allegations of sexual assault being made against him.The singer, real name Tremaine Neverson, has not been arrested and is cooperating with the investigation. Neverson was in Las Vegas for his 37th birthday celebrations, and the alleged incident was reported to have taken place at a hotel in the city on Sunday night. Continue
  • ‘Long reigns often leave long shadows’: Europeans on Angela Merkel

    ‘Long reigns often leave long shadows’: Europeans on Angela Merkel
    People across Europe share their views on German chancellor and role she has played in the EUAfter 16 years in office, Angela Merkel is stepping down on Thursday as chancellor of Germany. The former UK prime minister Tony Blair said she has “often defined modern Germany” and Romano Prodi, Italian prime minister between 2006 and 2008, said a new European strategy and the next-generation EU will be part of the “great legacy” she leaves.People across Europe share their views
  • Three injured in Munich after second world war bomb explodes

    Three injured in Munich after second world war bomb explodes
    Blast near busy German train station happened during drilling work on construction site, say policeThree people have been injured in an explosion caused by second world war bomb near a busy train station in the German city of Munich, police have said.One of the three was seriously injured, the Munich fire brigade said. Continue reading...
  • At least 688 people died homeless in England and Wales in 2020

    At least 688 people died homeless in England and Wales in 2020
    Small fall due to emergency lockdown shelter but experts say ‘deeply distressing’ figures could be underestimationAt least 688 people died while homeless in England and Wales in 2020, according the latest official statistics, a slight fall attributed to the introduction of emergency accommodation for thousands of homeless people during lockdown.It was the first annual decline in the number of estimated deaths of homeless people since records began in 2013, although statisticians warn
  • Zog Energy becomes 25th UK supplier to go bust in three months

    Zog Energy becomes 25th UK supplier to go bust in three months
    Company, which supplied gas to about 11,700 households, is another victim of record market pricesAnother of the UK’s small energy companies has gone bust, bringing the total number of suppliers that have collapsed in the past three months after a record surge in energy market prices to 25.Zog Energy, which supplies gas to about 11,700 households, announced on its website that it had ceased to trade and that the energy regulator, Ofgem, would appoint a new supplier to take on its customers.
  • Ray Kennedy obituary

    Ray Kennedy obituary
    England, Arsenal and Liverpool footballer regarded as one of Anfield’s greatest playersThe footballer Ray Kennedy, who has died aged 70, spent eight years with Liverpool at the height of the club’s powers in the late 1970s and early 80s. Having arrived at Anfield in 1974 from Arsenal, where he had been part of the FA Cup and league double winning side of 1971, he went on to claim a hatful of further honours on Merseyside, winning three European Cups and five First Division league tit
  • Refugees forced to claim asylum in ‘jail-like’ camps as Greece tightens system

    Refugees forced to claim asylum in ‘jail-like’ camps as Greece tightens system
    Aid agencies fear plans to scrap applications via Skype are an attempt to control and contain rather than help asylum seekersWhen Hadi Karam*, a soft-spoken Syrian, decided to leave the war-stricken city of Raqqa, he knew the journey to Europe would be risky. What he had not factored in was how technology would be a stumbling block once he reached Greece.“I never thought Skype would be the problem,” says the young professional, recounting his family’s ordeal trying to contact a
  • Magnus Carlsen v Ian Nepomniachtchi: World Chess Championship Game 5 – live!

    Magnus Carlsen v Ian Nepomniachtchi: World Chess Championship Game 5 – live!
    Carlsen and Nepo plays out 33-move draw in Game 4As it happened: the Game 4 move-by-move report‘It is not biology’: Women’s chess hindered by sexismTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email himCarlsen plays 15. ... Bd6 and Nepomniachtchi spends nearly six minutes before responding with 16. Qc2. The Russian challenger’s longest think of the game so far by some distance after blitzing out his opening moves. Carlsen then spends eight minutes before the prophylactic 16. ... h6. N
  • Ten signings Premier League clubs should target in January | Ben McAleer

    Ten signings Premier League clubs should target in January | Ben McAleer
    Aston Villa, Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal may be dipping into the market in the new yearBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredAnother game, another goal for Dusan Vlahovic. The Serb scored his 12th of the season in Fiorentina’s 3-1 win over Sampdoria on Tuesday night to open up a two-goal lead between himself and Ciro Immobile in the race for the Capocannoniere. Whether Vlahovic will still be in Italy when the award is given out is another matter. He is a wanted man in England a
  • Covid news live: EU chief calls for mandatory vaccinations; Germany warned over ICU capacity

    Covid news live: EU chief calls for mandatory vaccinations; Germany warned over ICU capacity
    European commission chief Ursula von der Leyen says mandatory jabs should be considered; Germany told it could have 6,000 people in ICU by ChristmasUS to require stricter Covid testing for all travellersOmicron variant was in Nigeria weeks before South Africa raised alarmWHO advises vulnerable, unvaccinated and over 60s, against travelWhen did the Omicron variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?UK coronavirus updates – liveThree people who escaped an Australian Covid quarantine facility h
  • How have you been affected by Storm Arwen?

    How have you been affected by Storm Arwen?
    We would like to hear from those who have been without power and have been affected by storm damageFor thousands of residents across the UK, Wednesday marks the sixth day without power due to damage caused by Storm Arwen. Fallen trees and electricity lines have leftmany residents without power, and it is thought that power may not be restored until Friday.If you have been affected by Storm Arwen and are still without power, we would like to hear from you. Continue reading...
  • OECD warns inflation surge and Omicron could undermine global recovery – business live

    OECD warns inflation surge and Omicron could undermine global recovery – business live
    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including the OECD’s new economic outlookLatest: OECD warns on inflationAlso worried that Omicron could intensify supply shortagesUK factories face soaring costs
    UK house prices jumped 10% in year to NovemberBut Omicron variant and inflation mean outlook is uncertainMarkets rise after BioNTech reassurance over vaccinesUK house prices were lifted by a shortage of homes on the market, and the rush to fix mortgages before interest ra
  • Refund students hit by English university strikes, says watchdog

    Refund students hit by English university strikes, says watchdog
    Three-day walkout begins at 58 institutions over pensions, pay and working conditionsUniversities in England should consider making partial refunds of tuition fees if students have their courses interrupted by strikes taking place on campuses this week, the student watchdog has said.Nicola Dandridge, the head of the Office for Students, the higher education regulator in England, said universities affected by the industrial action would need to make up for any disruption. Continue reading...
  • UK Covid live: Johnson does not deny Christmas party reports; Labour says ignoring Sage travel advice ‘irresponsible’

    UK Covid live: Johnson does not deny Christmas party reports; Labour says ignoring Sage travel advice ‘irresponsible’
    Latest updates: PM questioned over 2020 Christmas party; Sage says pre-travel PCR tests would be ‘valuable’ in fighting Omicron spreadBoris Johnson contradicts expert advice to curb Christmas socialisingJacob Rees-Mogg faces Commons inquiry over undeclared £6m loanMinisters should face misconduct charges over Covid crisis, say campaignersGlobal coronavirus updates – liveKeir Starmer says he also wants to mark world Aids day. He says it is within our hands to end new trans
  • ‘I was given training to de-gay my voice’: what it’s really like to work in TV if you’re LGBTQ+

    ‘I was given training to de-gay my voice’: what it’s really like to work in TV if you’re LGBTQ+
    Continuing our series of exposés about the TV industry, insiders talk about being misgendered, treated like sexual predators and having to work with ‘outwardly homophobic and transphobic’ talent• ‘My colleagues ignored me for a year’: what it’s really like to work in TV as a disabled person• ‘He fell on my body then bit me’: what it’s really like to work in TV as a woman Despite an increase in on-screen representation and hits such
  • Alec Baldwin shooting: investigators track source of live ammunition on Rust set

    Alec Baldwin shooting: investigators track source of live ammunition on Rust set
    Police search Albuquerque firearms supplier after owner claimed he ‘may know’ where live rounds came fromAuthorities are pursuing new leads on possible sources of live ammunition involved in actor Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of a western, as they searched the premises of an Albuquerque-based firearms and ammunition supplier.The search took place after a provider of firearms and ammunition to the ill-fated movie production Rust told i
  • Strike at Clarks’ Somerset site ends after deal is reached

    Strike at Clarks’ Somerset site ends after deal is reached
    Warehouse staff began industrial action on 4 October in dispute over ‘fire and rehire’ planThe footwear company Clarks has reached an agreement with about 100 workers to end a two-month strike at its distribution centre in Somerset.The deal with the Community union, which follows mediation with Acas, is understood to protect hourly pay for established workers and increase pay for new staff at the site. Continue reading...
  • Nervtag called for ‘early robust action’ against Omicron variant, minutes reveal

    Nervtag called for ‘early robust action’ against Omicron variant, minutes reveal
    Boris Johnson has reintroduced measures such as mandatory mask-wearing but resisted calls to do moreCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts advising the government called last week for “early and robust actions” to limit the transmission of the Omicron Covid variant, minutes reveal.Members of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) held an extraordinary meeting last Thursday and agreed they could not rule out the new v
  • Omicron variant was in Nigeria weeks before South Africa raised alarm

    Omicron variant was in Nigeria weeks before South Africa raised alarm
    Authorities retrospectively identified case of Covid variant from October, raising fears of global spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNigerian health officials say they have retrospectively identified a case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant dating from October, meaning it was present in Africa weeks before South Africa alerted the world to it last week.The announcement was made as more countries reported their first cases of the variant, suggesting it has spre
  • Uproar in Pakistan over claim of meddling in Nawaz Sharif case

    Uproar in Pakistan over claim of meddling in Nawaz Sharif case
    Former chief justice allegedly heard on tape admitting pressure was brought to bear in case against ex-PMThe independence of Pakistan’s judiciary has been called into question after the emergence of an audio recording in which a former chief justice is allegedly heard admitting that pressure was brought to bear in a case against the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter to aid the rise of the current office holder, Imran Khan.The recording, which has not been independently ve

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