From the Guardian

  • Divorce blame game leads to futile court battles, new study finds

    Nuffield Foundation says outdated law needs a no-fault divorce option

    The lack of no-fault divorce in England and Wales is forcing separating couples into unnecessary and unsuccessful courtroom battles to establish who caused the breakdown, according to a report by the Nuffield Foundation.

    The charitable trust’s detailed study of nearly 500 divorces, led by Prof Liz Trinder of Exeter university, finds that many “defended cases are triggered by the law itself” which is out of step with most other...

  • Flesh-eating ulcer: Coalition will spend $1.5m to try to control disease's spread

    Buruli ulcer funding will be matched by Victorian government and two local councils

    More than $1m will be spent tackling a mysterious flesh-eating bug and reducing its spread in Australia.

    The federal government on Thursday announced it is investing $1.5m into researching the Buruli ulcer, which has spread throughout Victoria and far north Queensland. Continue reading...

  • Real Madrid showed they are vulnerable despite win, says Bayern’s Heynckes

    • German champions beaten 2-1 at home in first leg of semi-final• ‘We showed that we can hurt them, so we take hope from this’

    Jupp Heynckes said he did not know how his team had lost to Real Madrid but insisted that he does know how they can beat them in the return leg – by playing the same way. Despite losing 2-1 at the Allianz Arena, the Bayern Munich manager insisted his side can still reach the Champions League final.

    “Tonight’s match showed that Real Madrid are vulnerable, that they can be...

  • Alfie Evans: police issue warning over online abuse of medical staff

    ‘Unprecedented personal abuse’ comes as court rejects last-ditch appeal by seriously ill boy’s parents to fly him to Italy

    Police have vowed to tackle online threats over the case of Alfie Evans, the seriously ill boy at the heart of a protracted legal battle, after the hospital where he is being treated said medical staff had experienced “unprecedented personal abuse”.

    The warning came after a court rejected a last-ditch appeal by the 23-month-old’s parents on Wednesday against an earlier...

  • Facebook posts record revenues for first quarter despite privacy scandal

    Company sees almost $12bn in revenue, up nearly 50% from last year and beating analyst estimates as Zuckerberg hails ‘strong start’

    Facebook’s data privacy problems have had little impact on its profitability as the company posted record revenues for the first quarter of 2018.

    The company made $11.97bn in revenue in the first three months of the year, up 49% from the previous year, beating Wall Street estimates of $11.41bn. Continue reading...

  • Some antidepressants linked to dementia risk

    Scientists say doctors should consider weaning patients with depression, Parkinsons or bladder problems off anticholinergic drugs

    Some antidepressants and bladder medicines could be linked to dementia, according to a team of scientists who are calling for doctors to think about “de-prescribing” them where possible.

    Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline, which are also prescribed for pain and to help with sleeping, and one of the SSRI class, paroxetine (also known as Seroxat), are...

  • Mo Salah can challenge Ronaldo and Messi for Ballon d’Or, says Lovren

    • Liverpool team-mates praise striker as one of the world’s top three• ‘Mo is becoming a superstar … it looks easy what he does’

    Mohamed Salah has already shot past Kevin De Bruyne to take the first individual award of the domestic season; now bookmakers are starting to wake up to the possibility of Liverpool’s goal machine breaking the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly in the Ballon d’Or at the end of the year.

    The Egyptian has 43 goals in 47 clubs games this season, which is incredible...

  • How palm oil ban has made the EU a dirty word in Malaysia

    Angry farmers despair at what will happen to their livelihoods when the Brussels biofuels ban takes effect in 2020

    In the small farming settlement of Palong in rural Malaysia, the EU is a dirty word. A few months ago, these men – mostly in their sixties, their skin brown and weathered from years working the land – had never even heard of the European parliament: but now their livelihoods are at risk because of it.

    The crop they harvest is palm oil, one of Malaysia’s biggest exports worth $20bn a...

  • 'One day the US will come back to the Paris agreement,' says Macron – video

    Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned speech in Washington on Wednesday advocating many of the things, including the Paris climate change accord, that Donald Trump has spent much of his presidency trying to destroy.  Continue reading...

  • Justine Damond: Minneapolis police officer to plead not guilty to murder

    Mohamed Noor argues in court documents he shot Australian woman in self-defence and using reasonable force • Sign up to receive the top stories every morning

    The Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering Australian woman Justine Damond will plead not guilty and fight the charges at trial, court documents suggest.

    Mohamed Noor, 32, will seek to argue self-defence and reasonable force, according to court documents seen by the Guardian. Continue reading...

  • British-Iranian academic Abbas Edalat detained in Iran

    Imperial College professor arrested by Revolutionary Guards, says watchdog

    British officials are investigating claims a British-Iranian academic has been detained by authorities in Tehran.

    Abbas Edalat, a professor of computer science and mathematics at Imperial College London and a political activist, was arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on 15 April, according to a US-based watchdog. Continue reading...

  • Northern Ireland papers: no simple solution to hard border, say UK officials

    Documents discuss huge political difficulty of accepting any of the proposals for resolving problem

    Senior British officials privately conceded last year that the UK’s preferred solution for avoiding a hard border with the Republic after Brexit would threaten the EU’s single market and that all possible outcomes would be damaging for the province.

    A series of leaked letters and briefing papers from the Northern Ireland executive – at least one of which was sent to Olly Robbins, the prime...