Skyscraper collapses in dramatic fashion at box office despite Rock-fuelled hype

Dwayne Johnson overload cited as one of the main reasons for the action blockbuster’s surprise defeat by Hotel Transylvania 3

The Rock may not be box-office platinum after all. Skyscraper, the latest putative blockbuster vehicle for the actor also known as Dwayne Johnson, has unexpectedly flopped on its US release, with an estimated box-office first weekend total of $25.5m, well beaten by kiddie animation Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Related: Skyscraper review – The Rock towers over an inferno of cliches

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UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet to replace Typhoon

Government to spend £2bn to develop aircraft between now and 2025

The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has unveiled plans for a new RAF fighter jet, the Tempest, which is due to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon by 2035.

Speaking at the Farnborough airshow, Williamson unveiled a model of the sixth-generation fighter jet the Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects to emerge from its new combat air strategy, designed to maintain the UK’s status as a so-called “tier one” military power after Brexit.

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UK politicians ‘failing to rise to the challenge of climate change’

Government’s top climate adviser warns policymakers will be judged harshly by future generations if they don’t act now

The government’s official climate change adviser says politicians and policymakers are failing to rise to the challenge of a rapidly warming planet and will be judged harshly by future generations unless they act now.

Lord Deben, chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee (CCC), said “anyone who read the news” could see mounting evidence of alarming trends – from melting polar ice to record heatwaves and rising sea levels. He called on politicians to “make the connections” between these events and act with more urgency.

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Shock over ruling that ‘brides of Christ’ need not be virgins

Consecrated virgins say they are disappointed by Vatican’s new guidance

Christian women who have pledged lifelong virginity as “brides of Christ” have expressed shock at a Vatican document which suggests that literal virginity is not a prerequisite for their consecration.

The Vatican’s new instruction on consecrated virginity, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, was published earlier this month after requests from bishops who reported an increasing number of women being called to the vocation.

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‘I’m tired of the suffering’: how poverty-stricken families struggle to survive in Nigeria | Isaac Linus

Families living on £1.50 a day or less tell of the hardships of life in the oil-rich nation, which now has the greatest concentration of extreme poverty

Nkechi John, 39, lives in a single room with her four children and husband, who is a welder. Their daily lives are fairly typical of people in poverty in Nigeria, which according to the Brookings Institution now has the world’s greatest number of extreme poor.

“Life is tough and everybody is complaining,” she says. “I used to sell akara [bean cake]. I could make around 1,000-1,200 naira [£2-£2.50] profit every day, but now I can’t even make 400 naira. People don’t have money to buy it because there are no jobs.

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Tube station renamed Gareth Southgate after World Cup run

Signage at Southgate station in north London changed for 48 hours to honour England coach

A London Underground station has been temporarily renamed for Gareth Southgate after he led England to their best World Cup performance since 1990.

The England manager’s forename has been added to signage on the platforms, in the ticket hall and outside the Grade II-listed Southgate station, in Enfield, north London, which will remain Gareth Southgate station for 48 hours.

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A second referendum during Brexit negotiations would be absurd | Simon Jenkins

Justine Greening’s suggestion fails to acknowledge that the current parliamentary deadlock is party political

Justine Greening endorses second Brexit referendum

An eerie truth is starting to dawn. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn agree on Brexit. They are both realists. They know Britain needs a customs union with the EU. Perhaps they should go off to a Welsh mountain together, and do a Trump/Putin? Either way, it is time for parliament to offer united support to Britain’s negotiators in Brussels, as it did to the leave decision on article 50.

On Sunday, May’s former education secretary, Justine Greening, added to her misery by calling her Chequers negotiating compromise a fudge. All compromises are that. In truth Chequers was a tactical way-station to the inevitable: a customs union. It was not ideal, but it was progress, and anything else is fantasy. Greening complains May’s union would leave Britain with “no say on shaping” EU trade rules. But that is what leave meant. In reality, Norway, the US, even China, have plenty of say on trade rules with the EU where it affects them. Trade on goods with the EU is a trivial aspect of Brexit.

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Migration to UK from EU falls to lowest level for four years, says ONS

Trend will concern businesses who claim drop in immigration costs economy billions

The number of people moving to the UK from EU countries has plunged to its lowest level for four years in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to official figures.

Data from the Office for National Statistics released on Monday shows that net long-term migration to the UK from the EU was 101,000 in 2017, which is the lowest level since the year ending March 2013.

The figures show that the government remains a long way from meeting its “objective” to cut overall net migration to the tens of thousands.

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