From The Guardian

  • Elon Musk hires man behind 'absolute unit' sheep meme to run Tesla's social media

    Adam Koszary’s tweet of giant sheep went viral last yearMusk adopted image and description for his Twitter profileElon Musk has reportedly hired the man responsible for a viral tweet about a giant sheep to be Tesla’s social media manager.

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  • Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary

    Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easingThe acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East.

    “We’ve put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” Patrick Shanahan told reporters before briefing Congress on the situation in the Persian Gulf and the military deployments that the US said were a response to a danger of imminent attack. Continue...

  • Arsenal want to win Europa League for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, says Iwobi – video

    Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said he respects Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision not to play in the Europa League final but conceded it is ‘bad news’ for his side. The Armenian’s safety was a concern because of the dispute between his country and Azerbaijan, the host nation of next week’s final.

    Teammate Alex Iwobi added that it is ‘very upsetting’ Mkhitaryan will miss out of the opportunity to guarantee Arsenal a spot in the Champions League, but added: ‘We’re going to fight and hopefully win the...

  • Cardiff chairman criticises ‘shoddy behaviour’ of Willie McKay in Sala deal

    • Mehmet Dalman calls for ‘big bang’ in football regulation• Cardiff and Nantes still at impasse over Sala fee

    Cardiff City’s chairman, Mehmet Dalman, has called for radical regulation of football agents in the wake of the death of the Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala after likening the mentality of some of them to the wild west.

    Dalman was particularly critical of Willie McKay, who played a key role in Sala’s transfer from Nantes to Cardiff, including arranging a private flight that crashed...

  • Judge dismissed Kenyans’ claims

    Sir Peter Stewart concluded that the passage of time since the alleged ill-treatment was so great that it was impossible for the crown to mount a meaningful defence, writes David Elstein

    What Bryan Cox and Mary Ruck (Letters, 20 May) do not tell your readers about the claims for compensation by the Kenyan litigants they represented was that they were all dismissed by the judge, Sir Peter Stewart, after one of the longest trials in British legal history – 230 hearing days spread over four years....

  • Jamie's Italian struggled for relevance as people changed their habits

    Rise of food delivery services led to chain being taken off the menu for British diners

    The collapse of Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant empire is a major blow to the celebrity chef who became a household name after he was talent-spotted at London’s River Cafe by a TV crew in 1997.

    The Essex-born chef began his own restaurant empire in 2002 with the opening of Fifteen, where he trained unemployed young people at a fashionable London dining establishment. Continue reading

  • Arnaud Démare wins stage 10 of Giro after Ackermann crash sparks chaos

    Frenchman holds off Viviani and Selig in reduced sprint Points leader Ackermann hits tarmac close to finishArnaud Démare claimed his first win of 2019 with victory on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia in Modena.

    The Frenchman held off the Italian national champion Elia Viviani and Rüdiger Selig in a reduced sprint after a crash under the flamme rouge brought down several riders, including Bora-Hansgrohe’s sprinter Pascal Ackermann in the points leaders’ ciclamino jersey. Continue reading

  • May offers MPs vote on second referendum in 'new' Brexit deal

    Customs union vote also included in ‘10-point offer’ in last attempt to break impasseFollow the latest political developments - liveTheresa May has offered MPs votes on a second referendum and a temporary customs union in her last attempt to get a Brexit deal through parliament.

    Amid widespread expectation that the withdrawal agreement bill (Wab) will be heavily defeated early next month, and reports of serious rows in cabinet, the prime minister used a hastily arranged speech to warn of serious...

  • Hair raising! The return of the perm

    The trend responsible for some of the 80s’ most ‘memorable’ barnets is back. But fear not – the modern look is less Deirdre Barlow, more a tumble of soft waves

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that everybody wants the opposite of the hair they have. Those with bountiful curls are wont to straighten them to a crisp, while the rest of us crimp and twist, chasing waves via diffusers, tongs, curl creams and, lately, perms.

    That’s right, the trend responsible for some of the 80s most memorable...

  • Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'An out-of-control toddler'

    Late-night hosts discussed Trump’s tensions with Iran and what happened after ‘a Republican finally read the Mueller report’

    Late-night hosts found themselves praising Republicans and even complimenting Trump for being the most level headed person on the escalating tension between Iran and the United States. Continue reading

  • Jailed Catalan separatists take seats in Spanish parliament

    Five on trial for 2017 secession attempt won office in election but are likely to be suspended

    Five jailed Catalan separatist leaders elected to the Spanish parliament last month have been temporarily released from prison and escorted to the assembly to be sworn in as lawmakers.

    The supreme court allowed the men – who are on trial for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 secession attempt – to leave jail to take up their seats, but they are likely to be quickly suspended because of their legal...

  • Boeing dismissed chance of 'bird strike' that may have caused second 737 Max crash

    US investigators believe bird collision may have triggered crashEthiopian Airlines crash occurred months after Lion Air disasterBoeing officials, shortly after the first fatal crash of its 737 Max jet, played down the likelihood that a bird strike could impair the plane’s sensor equipment. Now investigators are exploring whether such a situation led to a second deadly accident just five months later.

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