From the Guardian

  • EU pours cold water on UK hopes of Chequers Brexit breakthrough

    Europe casts doubt on viability of ‘managed divergence’ trade policy reportedly agreed by ministers

    EU leaders expressed their deep scepticism over the viability of the UK’s plans for a future relationship with Brussels, as details emerged of an agreement struck by the British cabinet at an away day in Chequers.

    Reports that Theresa May’s inner cabinet had agreed on a policy of “managed divergence” during eight hours of talks were met with accusations that the prime minister’s efforts had “yet...

  • Trump returns to usual style at CPAC with boastful and divisive speech

    The president abandoned the sombre stance of this week and hurled insults, told jokes and bragged about the best start to any presidency

    Donald Trump returned to his part-demagogue, part-standup comedian self on Friday when he addressed grassroots conservative activists outside Washington, effectively tearing up a scripted speech he called “a little boring”.

    Related: Rick Gates: ex-Trump adviser to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller Continue reading...

  • Yarl's Wood women feel desperate, says Diane Abbott

    Women at immigration centre say they are on hunger strike over their indefinite detention

    Women held at the Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre felt desperate at being kept there indefinitely, Diane Abbott said after she was given rare access to the site.

    The shadow home secretary was there with Shami Chakrabarti, the shadow attorney general, as campaigners said around 120 women were staging a hunger strike over conditions and demanding an end to their indefinite detention. Continue...

  • Chess: teenage stars come out to shine in Moscow Aeroflot open

    Andrey Episenko, 15, and 19-year-old blitz specialist Vladislav Artemiev had notable wins in the early rounds at the Cosmos Hotel where the action hots up this weekend

    Moscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s great opens, reaches its critical rounds this weekend (noon GMT start, free and live online viewing) at the Cosmos Hotel. Aeroflot vies with Tradewise Gibraltar for premier status and the differences between them are interesting.

    Gibraltar boasts GMs from the world top 10, almost all the best...

  • Missing Nigerian girls declared ‘national disaster’ by president

    Troops sent to find dozens of children who disappeared after Boko Haram raid on school

    President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria has suffered a “national disaster” after dozens of girls went missing following an attack by Boko Haram jihadists on their school in north-east Nigeria.

    “This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened,” he said in a statement, issued five days after the attack in the town of Dapchi in Yobe state. Continue reading...

  • Toys R Us faces bankruptcy, putting 3,200 jobs at risk

    Troubled retailer has been struggling to find a buyer before £15m VAT bill falls due

    Toys R Us is expected to tumble into administration next week after last ditch talks to find a buyer faltered.

    The move will put 3,200 jobs at risk and follows the recent decision by its bankrupt American parent to try to sell the loss-making UK business as well its other European stores. Continue reading...

  • The strangest moments from Donald Trump's CPAC 2018 speech – video

    US president addresses Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Trump said if Democrats won seats in 2018 they would 'repeal your tax cuts' and 'take away your second amendment' Continue reading...

  • Paul Pogba needs to up his game to win back confidence of José Mourinho

    Frenchman must show his talent int Manchester United’s run-in as suggestions of a rift between manager and midfielder linger

    Now is the time for Paul Pogba to prove how fine a footballer he is. The Frenchman’s mission for the rest of the season is to drive Manchester United to an FA Cup triumph, a second-placed Premier League finish and deep into the Champions League.

    The challenge starts with Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. Yet Pogba’s recent fall in form means he is certain to start only because of...

  • What happened to US diplomats in Cuba? – Science Weekly podcast

    Ian Sample delves into a preliminary study of US embassy staff said to have been targeted by an energy source in Cuba. With no unifying explanation, what do scientists think happened?

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    Between 2016 and 2017, a number of US diplomats in Cuba reported distressing symptoms including headaches, dizziness, eyesight, hearing, concentration and balance problems. Many claimed...

  • Northern Ireland abortion law violates women's rights, says UN committee

    Officials found ban ‘constitutes violence that may amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’

    The UK is violating the rights of women in Northern Ireland by restricting their access to abortion, exposing them to “horrific situations”, a UN committee has said.

    The committee on the elimination of discrimination against women (CEDAW) said thousands of women and girls in Northern Ireland faced “systematic violations of rights through being compelled to either travel outside Northern...

  • How white is the tech sector?

    Has the technology industry truly embraced diversity? What more needs to be done to make it a more inclusive industry? Inspired by Black History Month, Jordan Erica Webber and Chella Ramanan try and answer these questions.

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    This week’s episode is inspired by Black History Month, which is celebrated every February in the U.S. and other countries around the world. Jordan Erica...

  • ‘I added a few Queeny touches’: Richard Quinn – the designer who had Her Majesty in the frow

    The young Brit stands by his decision to wear a ‘scruffy’ baseball cap to meet the head of state when she presented him with he inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award during London Fashion Week

    How often does the head of state attend London fashion week? Never, until last Wednesday, when the Queen made her first ever appearance on the front row, aged 91, at designer Richard Quinn’s autumn show – primarily to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British design, based on “value to the...