From The Guardian

  • Lockdown gives asylum seekers reprieve and hope for change in policy

    After Covid 19 pauses threat of detention and deportation, campaigners call for rethink on UK immigration Coronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Britain takes its first small steps out of lockdown, there is one group of people quietly wishing that it wouldn’t.

    For many asylum seekers, the two-month hiatus has meant reprieve. Freed from detention centres, liberated from the threat of imminent deportation and no longer obliged to report to the Home Office, many have...

  • Kneel before the bus! Soviet roadside wonders – in pictures

    From tractors on columns to pavements that take off, French photographer Jason Guilbeau outsmarted lockdown to find the former USSR’s strangest street relics There’s a jet fighter on the pavement: the story behind Russia’s roadside wonders Continue reading

  • Tree of the week: 'This fallen elm looks like a Man Ray nude'

    In this weekly series, readers tell us about their favourite trees. This week: an elm tree on Hampstead Heath in London

    Photographer Sandrine Joseph fell in love with this fallen elm tree on one of her daily walks around Hampstead Heath in north London. She was captivated by how much it looks like the figure of a woman. “It was winter when I took the picture. The light was perfect, there was no one around and I didn’t have to shoot many pictures to get the perfect shot,” she says. “The tree is...

  • Help! I think I'm falling in love over Zoom

    I vowed to spend the coronavirus quarantine focused on looking inward. Then I went on one virtual date and everything changed

    Lying comfortably on her back, Allie looks up into my eyes and graces me with another one of the big smiles that I’ve quickly grown to cherish since matching with her on the dating app Hinge last week. It’s our third date. The first two went exceedingly well, with seamless conversation uncovering like-minded worldviews, agreeable senses of humor, and even some respective...

  • Receivers appointed to Mayfair 101 companies, with more than $85m investor funds at risk

    Move on owner of Dunk Island comes after company failed to make $3m in loan repayments to IPO Wealth Fund

    More than $85m that retirees have poured into a fund controlled by Dunk Island owner Mayfair 101 is at risk, after receivers were appointed over more than a dozen companies in the group.

    The Victorian supreme court appointed Nicholas Giasoumi and Hamish MacKinnon, of Dye & Co, as receivers of the companies on Friday after Mayfair 101 failed to make $3m in loan repayments to the IPO...

  • Shopping habits of generation Z could spell the end of fast fashion

    Research shows consumers are following younger generation’s lead in move towards sustainable fashion

    With the high street and the fashion industry brought to its knees by the coronavirus pandemic, the ‘buy less, buy better’ ideology of generation Z – those aged 18 to 24 – could see the beginning of the end of fast fashion, new research suggests.

    If generation Z’s habits are adopted by the population as a whole there could be a shift to consumers with a “divided wardrobe” – featuring rented items...

  • Courtney Love in Liverpool: how Scousers taught the wild child how to rock

    In 1982, a tearaway called Courtney Love blazed into the city, intoxicated by its exploding post-punk scene. We reveal the feuds, filched raincoats and grotty flats that set her on the path to stardom

    If you were in Liverpool in 1982 and had a habit of wandering down Mathew Street, perhaps on your way to Probe record store, you are likely to have seen Courtney Love. She was 17 and living in the city, having been invited there by Teardrop Explodes frontman Julian Cope. Probe was one of her...

  • Global report: US suspends travel from Brazil as schools reopen in parts of Australia

    Chile’s president says hospitals are ‘very close to limit’, France records lowest number of daily Covid-19 cases since March, India restarts domestic flightsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePresident Donald Trump has further limited travel to the US from the world’s coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the US in the number of confirmed cases.

    Trump had already banned certain travellers from China, Europe, the United...

  • Coronavirus Australia stats: Covid-19 active and new cases, numbers, map and data update

    We bring together all the latest on new and active Covid-19 cases, as well as maps, stats, data and graphs from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, Tasmania, ACT and NT to get a broad picture of the Australian outbreak and track the impact of government response.Coronavirus world mapCoronavirus cases and deaths over time: how countries compare around the worldSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsDue to...

  • Why is Trump so quiet about the Biden sexual assault allegation?

    The president rarely misses a chance to sling mud but he has been uncharacteristically quiet about Tara Reade’s claim

    Sometimes Donald Trump portrays his election rival, Joe Biden, as a sleepy geriatric who should be in a care home because “he doesn’t know he’s alive”. At others, the president speaks of Biden as a wily manipulator who conspired with the deep state and China.

    Related: Who is Tara Reade and what are her allegations against Joe Biden? Continue reading

  • Myanmar army accused of new atrocities in attack on Rakhine village

    Less than three years since a crackdown against Rohingya, troops are again accused of war crimes – this time against Rakhine Buddhists

    Kyaw Thu* waited until night fell before taking his family to the bank of a river not far from their village. While millions across the world were told to remain at home to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic, he and his neighbours were forced to flee.

    That night in March, he recalls, residents from Tin Ma village, in Rakhine state, clambered anxiously into...

  • Exclusive: big pharma rejected EU plan to fast-track vaccines in 2017

    World’s top drug firms turned down proposals for work on pathogens like coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world’s largest pharmaceutical companies rejected an EU proposal three years ago to work on fast-tracking vaccines for pathogens like coronavirus to allow them to be developed before an outbreak, the Guardian can reveal.

    The plan to speed up the development and approval of vaccines was put forward by European commission representatives sitting on the...