From the Guardian

  • David Hockney painting sells for $90.3m, a record for a living artist

    Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) beats $58.4m record set by Jeff Koons image

    A celebrated swimming pool painting by the British modern artist David Hockney sold for $90.3m in New York on Thursday, setting a new auction record for a living artist, the auctioneer Christie’s said.

    Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) was snapped up after more than nine minutes of bidding, dominated by two rival telephone bidders. The previous record was held by American Jeff Koons and his...


  • San Francisco: schools and cable cars to close over smoke from Camp fire

    Thursday saw air pollution levels climb to unhealthy levels, making San Francisco’s air worst in the world

    Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area have been cancelled for Friday and residents warned to stay inside as smoke descends from wildfires hundreds of miles away, producing air quality levels worse than notoriously polluted cities in India and China.

    “The Camp fire in Butte county generated a tremendous amount of smoke,” said Kristine Roselius, a spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality...


  • NSW Greens MP hits back at Di Natale over call to resign over accusations

    Jeremy Buckingham says he deserves ‘presumption of innocence’ over accusations of inappropriate behaviour

    The New South Wales Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has hit back at calls from Richard Di Natale for his resignation, telling his federal leader he should instead voice his support for “the presumption of innocence”.

    The NSW Greens have been gripped by damaging in-fighting this week, following a speech by state MP Jenny Leong calling on Buckingham to resign over his alleged inappropriate...


  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un supervises test of 'new ultramodern weapon'

    Declaration, which did not specify what type of weapon was tested, comes as talks with the US over the North’s nuclear program stall

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a test site to supervise a “newly developed ultramodern weapon”, according to state media, marking the first announcement of continued weapons development since he began a rapprochement with the United States and South Korea earlier this year.

    The Korean Central News Agency did not specify the exact type of weapon or when...


  • ‘Ignore this’: Jonathan Franzen’s top 10 writing tips get gleefully trolled on Twitter

    Several authors hit back at the American novelist, questioning his logic and issuing their own mock advice

    American novelist Jonathan Franzen has drawn the ire of fellow writers, who are mercilessly trolling him following an article in which he lists his 10 writing rules for aspiring novelists.

    No stranger to controversy, Franzen often ends up in public spats after media tours for his new books. His most famous was in 2011, when he derided Oprah’s book club following her selection of his novel...


  • Steve Smith and David Warner welcomed back by IPL teams

    Disgraced duo retained by respective franchises2019 tournament starts on day their bans endSteve Smith and David Warner will be able to use next year’s Indian Premier League to prepare for the one-day World Cup after being welcomed back by their respective franchises. Left out of last year’s tournament amid the fallout of the ball tampering saga, the pair will return to the competition next March.

    It means Smith will be free to play with the Rajasthan Royals on the $2.4m contract he was picked...


  • John Kerry: Europe must tackle climate change or face migration chaos

    Former US secretary of state predicts mass movement from Africa if there are water and food shortages

    Europe faces even deeper political turmoil and the possibility of mass migration from Africa unless the world urgently addresses the threat of climate change, the former US secretary of state John Kerry said on Thursday.

    Speaking at a Guardian Live event, at Central Hall in London, he said he was deeply disturbed at how issues such as climate change, cyber wars and the future of the oceans were...


  • Khmer Rouge leaders face 'Nuremberg judgment' on genocide charges

    Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea are the two most senior living leaders of regime that presided over deaths of millions in Cambodia

    Two senior leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime will hear on Friday whether they are guilty of genocide charges, in a ruling experts say will bring down the curtain on the troubled UN-backed tribunal’s quest for justice.

    The Khmer Rouge’s former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and “Brother Number 2” Nuon Chea, 92, are the two most senior living members of the...


  • Amazon and high street chains kick off Black Friday early

    Britons are expected to spend more than £10bn during November discount event

    Amazon has fired the starting gun on Black Friday, the US tradition that has become a near-fortnight long £10bn shopping extravaganza in the UK.

    The web giant has been joined by other high street street names, including Argos and Currys PC World, in making an early start to the bargain shopping event on Friday 23 November. Continue reading...


  • Wayne Rooney tears stop Gareth Southgate’s England dressing-down

    • Southgate unhappy with second-half performance• Rooney: ‘It was a special day for me and my family’

    Gareth Southgate shelved plans to criticise his players for their second-half performance in victory over USA after Wayne Rooney stole the stage by delivering a tearful post-match speech in the dressing room as he called time on his England career.

    Southgate had been dissatisfied with aspects of the team’s display after half-time, his thoughts already turning to Sunday’s deciding Nations League...


  • Zuckerberg: I didn't know of Facebook ties to firm attacking George Soros

    CEO says he learned about relationship with PR company after it was reported in New York Times

    Mark Zuckerberg defended his leadership of Facebook on Thursday, claiming ignorance of the company’s relationship with a political consultancy that used an antisemitic narrative to undermine critics.

    “Look, I learned about this reading in the New York Times yesterday,” a defensive Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters that was ostensibly about Facebook’s content moderation practices. “As...


  • Jarryd Hayne reportedly under investigation over allegations of sexual assault

    Woman told police she suffered injuries during a sexual encounter with the out-of-contract NRL star on grand final night

    Jarryd Hayne’s immediate NRL future appears even more uncertain with the out-of-contract star reportedly being investigated over allegations of sexual assault.

    Without an NRL club for next season, Hayne is the subject of an investigation by the New South Wales sex crimes squad following an incident on grand final night, according to the Nine Network. Continue reading...