- Added humidity could make daytime highs feel like 43C
- Cold front could bring thunderstorms to Midwest
A heat wave will continue to keep much of the eastern US in its grip on Sunday but a cold front that could lower temperatures in the middle of the country may be accompanied by thunderstorms that threaten flash floods.
Related: Heat rises across US as New York tempers flare over subway suspension Continue reading...
Ukrainians voted in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday that is expected to strengthen President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's hold on power, handing the novice politician a broader mandate for driving change in a nation at war.
Simon Coveney says there is no chance of backstop being scrapped under new UK leader
A change in British prime minister will not shift the fundamental realities of Brexit, Ireland’s deputy PM has warned, saying there is no chance of the EU ditching or watering down the Irish backstop.
Wholesale changes to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement have been suggested by some as a way of avoiding a no-deal Brexit, but Coveney told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “If the approach of the new British prime minister is that they’re going to tear up the withdrawal agreement, I think we’re in trouble. I think we’re all in trouble, quite frankly. Continue reading...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc will keep a solid majority in parliament's upper house in Sunday's election and has a shot, together with allies, at keeping the two-thirds majority needed to keep his dream of revising the pacifist constitution alive, an NHK exit poll showed.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi will take no part in this year's Rugby Championship after he was left out of the squad for the Springboks' remaining matches away in New Zealand and Argentina.
Finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would resign if Boris Johnson became Britain's new prime minister because he could not support a leader happy to take the country out of the European Union without a deal.
India's cricket selectors on Sunday named Rishabh Pant as their preferred wicketkeeper for all three formats for next month's tour of West Indies with the future of long-serving glovesman Mahendra Singh Dhoni still shrouded in mystery.
Officials unsure of next Tory leader’s true views on EU or whether MPs will back them
While Westminster has been gripped by the Tory leadership race, Brussels has been on a Brexit break.
That respite will soon be over. And despite rumours of Brussels compromises in the works, the EU has no off-the-shelf Brexit plan for the new prime minister, who is expected to be announced on Tuesday. Continue reading...
The chancellor said he would resign from a Johnson government, making the announcement on live television. He told Andrew Marr that he could not serve in a government whose policy was to seek a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. Hammond’s announcement followed that of the justice secretary, David Gauke, who said he would quit if Johnson won the leadership contest Continue reading...
Climate crisis concerns top British public’s policy priorities, poll findings reveal
Protecting the environment has overtaken affordable housing and the threat of terrorism in the British public’s policy priorities over the last eight months, polling has revealed.
Polling by Britain Thinks, commissioned by Engage Britain, found that concern about the climate crisis has risen at roughly the same rate for all age groups, and has emerged as the single most important issue for young people. It comes as the activist group Extinction Rebellion is set to stage another round of protests expected to bring parts of the country to a standstill. Continue reading...
The European Union would be willing to change parts of the political declaration, or agreement on a future relationship with Britain, when the new British prime minister is elected, Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday.
More than 800 firefighters battled on Sunday one wildfire sweeping across central Portugal after being able to control two other blazes that prompted authorities to partially evacuate a village and left one person with severe injuries, officials said.
Six newborn puppies have been recovered and reunited with their mother after they were stolen from a flat in Manchester during a violent burglary.
Audio of an exchange between British and Iranian naval forces over Iran’s interception of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday has emerged. Continue reading...
‘If you obey you will be safe’, Iranian vessel tells crew of British-flagged tanker in Gulf
A recording has emerged of Iranian coastguards telling a British Royal Navy frigate they want to inspect the captured Stena Impero for security reasons.
The radio exchanges make no reference to a previous Iranian suggestion that the British-flagged oil tanker had been stopped due to an accident with a fishing vessel, a previous explanation given by Tehran for the capture of the ship. Continue reading...
Philip Hammond has revealed he will resign as chancellor if Boris Johnson wins the Conservative leadership contest.
Does a doctor in England’s capital really work three times harder than one in Merthyr Tydfil?
Britain’s regional divide is well known and well documented. The richer bits of the country tend to be clustered below a line drawn from the Wash to the Severn estuary, while London is so different from everywhere else that it may as well be its own city-state.
There is also another divide: between the big cities and the smaller towns. The north-west may be less prosperous than the south-east but on average people are better off in Manchester than they are in Blackpool. Continue reading...
Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would resign on Wednesday before his expected sacking by the favourite to become Britain's next prime minister, Boris Johnson, takes office.
As many as 154 seats could be won by Remain candidates if the alliance formed in Brecon and Radnorshire ahead of a by-election is replicated across the country in a general election.
Brexit is the big one but the next PM has plenty to worry about – starting with Iran
If Boris Johnson is declared the winner of the Conservative leadership contest on Tuesday and moves into Downing Street the next day, the hard work will begin immediately.
Here’s a look at what will be top of the Johnson in-tray. Continue reading...
Tens of thousands marched in sweltering heat in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong on Sunday as anti-government protests show no signs of let-up, with anger over an extradition bill morphing into a fresh front against what many see as an erosion of freedoms.
Tobias Ellwood denies Britain took ‘eye off the ball’ and says priority is to reduce tensions
The defence minister, Tobias Ellwood, has rejected the charge that a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf could have been better protected, and said the priority for the UK must be to de-escalate tensions.
Ellwood also called for more spending on the Royal Navy, and said the US’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal had played a part in the increasing tensions in the region. Continue reading...
Iran on Sunday urged Britain to contain "domestic political forces" intent on escalating tensions between the two countries following Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.
Iran's oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, said on Sunday that the country's oil exports had not been impacted so far by the recent tanker incidents in the Gulf.
About 1,000 firefighters are tackling wildfires spreading in east Portugal, which have injured at least nine people.
Oman urged Iran on Sunday to release the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, which it seized on Friday, and said it was in contact with all concerned to ensure the safety of commercial vessels.
New Zealanders have handed in more than 10,000 guns, weapons and accessories during the first week of an amnesty buy-back scheme.
New Zealanders have handed over more than 10,000 guns, weapons parts and accessories in the first week of a buy-back scheme prompted by the country's worst peacetime mass shooting, police figures released on Sunday show.
Britain's new prime minister will have to work to help smaller companies prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Sunday, describing the sector's preparations as less advanced.
A teenager has suffered potentially life-changing injuries after he was shot in Coventry's city centre.
A boy has suffered potentially life-changing injuries after he was shot by a gunman on a motorbike in Coventry.
Britain should not become the "messengers" for U.S. President Donald Trump over Iran's seizure of a UK-flagged tanker, Richard Burgon, justice spokesman for the opposition Labour Party, said on Sunday.
British junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood on Sunday told other politicians, including those hoping to become the country's new prime minister, to stop talking about a no-deal Brexit, saying that option did not offer a solution.
Britain is looking into a series of options to respond to Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker, junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood said on Sunday when asked whether London was considering putting sanctions on Tehran.
A female suicide bomber in northwestern Pakistan killed at least eight people and wounded 26 more in an attack outside a local civilian hospital on Sunday, local officials said.
At least nine people have been killed and 30 others were injured in Pakistan after a complex attack involving a suicide bomber, believed to be a woman wearing a burqa.
Thousands gathered in sweltering heat in Hong Kong on Sunday for the latest in a series of mass protests over an extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled financial hub into crisis and revived public opposition to Beijing's tightening grip.
Iran's envoy to Britain on Sunday urged the UK to contain "domestic political forces" which he said wanted to escalate tension between the two countries amid the capture of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf by Iran.
While conceding the drug was ‘fabulous the first time’, the veteran performer has one overwhelming message: don’t do it
John Cooper Clarke, the poet and performer who became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s, has said he didn’t want to quit taking heroin and weaned himself off the drug for the sake of society rather than for his own health.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Clarke recalled the addiction which dominated much of his life in the 1980s, when he was living in a flat in Brixton, south London, with Nico, the late singer and muse of the Velvet Underground. Continue reading...
The climate activist answers questions from famous supporters and Observer readers, with an introduction by Ali Smith
Greta Thunberg. This time last year she was unimaginable. Then, pretty much from nowhere, there she was: small and slight, a girl just turned 16, the way-too-young odd person out on a panel of adults sitting in front of the world’s economic powers at Davos last January. Unshowy and serious, careful, firm, she said it. Our house is on fire.
The ancient Greeks had a word for this: parrhesiastes. It means a person who speaks truth to power: you should not be behaving in this way. Don’t. More specifically it suggests someone in whom directness of expression and access to truth coincide; and it means someone of very little power who’s risking everything – because they can’t not, there’s no option – to speak ethical truth to powers so entrenched that they’re close to tyrannical, because telling this truth is about moral law. “Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular know exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue to make unimaginable amounts of money, and I think many of you here today,” she said to the World Economic Forum conference, “belong to that group of people.” Continue reading...