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  • US ban on Huawei a ‘cynically timed’ blow in escalating trade war, says firm
    by Lily Kuo in Beijing Julian Borger in Washington on May 21, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Top executive says dispute is about trade, not security, as US temporarily eases some restrictions to avoid hurting US companies The US ban on sharing technology with Huawei is a “cynically timed” blow in the escalating trade war between the US and China, the Chinese firm’s top executive in the UK has said.Huawei denounced Donald Trump’s ban on the sharing of US tech with “foreign adversaries”, after a string of US tech companies followed Google in restricting the company’s access to their products on Monday. Related: Google blocks Huawei access to Android updates after blacklisting Continue reading... […]

  • Ministers complacent over high-rise fire risk, say firefighters
    by Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent on May 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Fire Brigades Union questions government’s claims that resources are sufficient Firefighters have accused ministers of “utter complacency” about the risk of high-rise fires after it emerged that most fire brigades still plan to send only a handful of pumps to tackle such blazes, despite 40 being used at Grenfell Tower.The Fire Brigades Union said that nearly two years after the disaster that killed 72 people, ministers’ claims that firefighters had sufficient resources to keep people safe were “misleading” and its research showed a “postcode lottery of preparedness” across England and Wales. Continue reading... […]

  • Nitrous oxide users unaware of health risks, nurses warn
    by Denis Campbell Health policy editor on May 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Rise in patients harmed by ‘laughing gas’ continues despite sales ban, health service workers sayYoung people who use nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas”, to get high are running huge risks with their health, including paranoia, breathing problems and even death, nurses have warned.Inhaling nitrous oxide is so dangerous that ministers need to launch a high-profile campaign to alert users to the potentially disastrous consequences, frontline NHS nurses say. Related: Nurses vote to back decriminalisation of prostitution Continue reading... […]

  • Oxford aims to attract deprived students with new foundation year
    by Richard Adams Education editor on May 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    University launches schemes to bring in more undergraduates from disadvantaged groupsThe University of Oxford is to launch programmes to address its historically low numbers of students from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds, including a foundation year for talented school-leavers who lack the required grades.Louise Richardson, the university’s vice-chancellor, said the programmes were “a hugely exciting initiative” to improve access to the university, and combined with existing schemes would mean one in four British undergraduates at Oxford coming from deprived or disadvantaged backgrounds. Related: Obsessing over Oxbridge is not the way to beat inequality | Sol Gamsu Related: London state school says 41 students offered Oxbridge place Continue reading... […]

  • GPs say 10-minute appointment with doctor is too short
    by Denis Campbell Health policy editor on May 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Royal College of GPs wants patients to be allocated 15-minute slotsGP consultations need to be extended from 10 to 15 minutes to give patients more time to discuss their health, family doctors are arguing.The 10-minute appointment that is usual across the NHS is no longer adequate given the growing number of people who have several long-term illnesses, according to a report from the Royal College of GPs. Related: The Guardian view on GP shortages: a symptom that won’t go away | Editorial Related: As a doctor, I say it’s time to nationalise GP surgeries | Paul Williams Related: One in 10 GPs see twice as many patients as safe limit, survey finds Continue reading... […]

  • Cryptocurrency scams triple in a year – at £27m total cost to victims
    by Rupert Jones on May 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Fraudsters use professional-looking websites and promise high returns Investment scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and foreign currency trading have tripled in a year, with the average victim losing £14,600, according to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority.The regulator and the police-run body Action Fraud are warning the public to be wary of these scams, which typically promise high returns and are often carried out via bogus online trading platforms. More than £27m was lost to frauds involving so-called crypto-assets and forex investments in 2018-19, said the FCA. Continue reading... […]

  • Electoral Commission to visit Brexit party offices over funding concerns
    by Severin Carrell Scotland editor and Frances Perraudin on May 20, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Body makes announcement after Gordon Brown highlighted issues over PayPal paymentsThe Electoral Commission has said it will attend the offices of Nigel Farage’s Brexit party to “review its systems” after Gordon Brown urged them to investigate concerns over the legality of the party’s funding.The former prime minister told a Labour rally in Glasgow the commission had the powers to carry out live investigations during elections and issue interim statements on whether it believed there were unanswered legal questions about party funding.The Brexit Party only receives money in sterling. The offer stands to send a BBC journalist to come and look at our PayPal account. Related: Nigel Farage doused with milkshake in Newcastle Continue reading... […]

  • French court orders life support to resume for man in vegetative state
    by Agence France-Presse on May 20, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Doctors had halted nutrition and hydration to Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old with severe brain damageA Paris appeals court has ordered the resumption of life support for a Frenchman from whom doctors had only hours earlier begun withdrawing treatment, in a wrenching case that has divided his family and country.The court ordered authorities “to take all measures” to keep alive Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old quadriplegic with severe brain damage who has been in a vegetative state for a decade, pending a review by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. Continue reading... […]

  • No-deal Brexit would be a betrayal, says Philip Hammond
    by Peter Walker Political correspondent on May 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Chancellor’s remarks come as Tory feud grows and Lord Heseltine loses party whipThe expected demise of Theresa May’s Brexit plan has sparked open feuding over what comes next, with the chancellor, Philip Hammond, arguing that proponents of a no-deal Brexit are betraying the referendum result.The cabinet will discuss on Tuesday the final details of what Downing Street calls a “new and improved deal” to be presented to the House of Commons, expected to include reassurances on areas including the Irish backstop, workers’ rights and environmental protections.Michael Gove Related: The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit options: stark – and getting starker | Editorial Continue reading... […]

  • The downside of cleaner air? Longer and hotter heatwaves
    by Kate Ravilious on May 20, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Tackling air pollution could make bouts of extreme temperatures more likely, according to a studyAir pollution is a killer. But cleaning it up could have deadly consequences. A study shows that by the end of the century, cleaner air may bring stronger heatwaves.It has long been known air pollution has been helping to prevent even greater global heating. Sulphate particles reflect heat back into space and other pollutants encourage cloud formation. But until now, it has not been clear where and when warming will occur if we clean up our skies. Continue reading... […]

  • Bank of England warns investment will suffer under no-deal Brexit
    by Richard Partington Economics correspondent on May 20, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Ben Broadbent says projects postponed amid political uncertainty will be cancelledBusinesses would be likely to cancel their investment projects in Britain under a no-deal Brexit, paving the way for weaker economic growth in future, a deputy governor of the Bank of England has warned.Ben Broadbent, a senior policymaker at Threadneedle Street as the deputy governor for monetary policy, said that business investment plans that had been put on ice amid the political uncertainty over Brexit would probably be torn up altogether should the UK leave without a deal. Continue reading... […]

  • Tory leadership battle intensifies as McVey and Rudd tout visions
    by Peter Walker and Rajeev Syal on May 20, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    McVey launches Blue Collar Conservatism group and Rudd makes centrist pitchThe race to succeed Theresa May has escalated as 10 contenders from the Conservative party spent Monday either touting their visions for the future or busily refusing to rule out running.With the prime minister’s final attempt to pass a Brexit deal being dismissed by all wings of the party and her time in Downing Street being measured in weeks, there were two full-blown launches of new party groupings on Monday.The ERG hardcoreMichael Gove Continue reading... […]

  • A working-class hero pitch from the Tories' chief food bank apologist | John Crace
    by John Crace on May 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Esther McVey’s 15-min launch was hopefully the last we’ll hear from her leadership bidThe phoney war is over. Tory MPs have given up even pretending the prime minister is of any importance. Theresa May is now officially a non-person. Not even a disembodied, metallic Maybot gurgle. A woman without credibility. Her dreams of bringing back her withdrawal agreement bill not even treated as an indulgence. She is the joke that has long since stopped being funny. In Stalinist Russia, she would already have been airbrushed out of every politburo photograph.May’s departure is seen as not so much imminent as hopelessly overdue. A zombie government being led by someone without even the vital signs of a zombie. Now it’s every Tory for themselves, with more than 20 MPs – and counting – having declared themselves as candidates for the party leadership. Even though there is as yet no vacancy. As tumbleweed continues to pile up in the Commons, no opportunity for a photoshoot or a “wide-ranging” speech – preferably both – goes unmissed. Related: Tory MP Philip Davies to speak at US men's rights conference Continue reading... […]

  • Ryanair loses altitude but O'Leary retains his cheek | Nils Pratley
    by Nils Pratley on May 20, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Last year’s 13% profit margin was pedestrian by Ryanair’s standardsIt was cheeky of Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary to declare that full-year profits of €1.02bn (£0.9bn), down 29%, were “as previously guided”. He updates his guidance every few months so that, by the time of the big reveal, it’s hard to miss. The past year still included two profits warnings, let’s not forget. Related: Ryanair profits slide due to lower fares and Brexit uncertainty Continue reading... […]

  • Iran hits back at Trump for tweeting 'genocidal taunts'
    by Patrick Wintour and agencies on May 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Foreign minister Javad Zarif advises US president to respect country after warningThe Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has hit back at Donald Trump’s “genocidal taunts” after a strongly worded warning from Trump that Tehran should not think of attacking the US. Related: Trump tweets threat: 'If Iran wants to fight, that will be the end of Iran' Continue reading... […]

  • Fifth migrant child dies after being detained by US border patrol
    by Associated Press on May 20, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Sixteen-year-old Guatemalan was detained in Texas on 13 May and found unresponsive on Monday, Customs and Border Protection saidThe US government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died on Monday at a border patrol station in south Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child since December.US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the border patrol apprehended the teenager in south Texas’s Rio Grande valley on 13 May. The agency said the teenager was found unresponsive on Monday morning during a welfare check at the agency’s Weslaco, Texas, station. The teenager’s cause of death is unknown. Related: A US city cut ties with its troubled migrant detention center. That could make things even worse Continue reading... […]

  • 'A national shame': headteachers voice anger about pupils' hunger
    by Sarah Marsh on May 20, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Schools confirm Human Rights Watch findings government is failing children in povertyHeadteachers have spoken out about the hardship their students are facing in the wake of a Human Rights Watch report that highlighted the growing number of children in the UK going hungry. Related: UK's 'cruel and harmful policies' lack regard for child hunger, says NGO Continue reading... […]

  • Ford to cut 7,000 jobs including more than 500 in UK
    by Rob Davies on May 20, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    US carmaker announces plans to reduce global workforce by 10% by the end of AugustFord is to cut at least 7,000 jobs, including about 550 in the UK, as it presses ahead with plans to reduce costs in Europe and the US.The US carmaker said it planned to cut 10% of its global workforce by the end of August, after announcing plans to shrink its European operations this year. Continue reading... […]

  • Transgender woman recently assaulted on camera found shot dead in Dallas
    by Associated Press in Dallas on May 20, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Body of Muhlaysia Booker was found in a street on Saturday and no suspect has been identified, police saidA 23-year-old transgender woman who was seen on a widely circulated video being beaten in front of a crowd of people has been found shot dead in Dallas.Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down in a street early on Saturday and no suspect has been identified, Maj Vincent Weddington of Dallas police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Continue reading... […]

  • 'Always the easiest excuse': is racism rising in the UK's most diverse area?
    by Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent on May 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Dollis Hill, in north-west London, is home to people from a wide range of backgrounds. Are tensions increasing?Racism on the rise since Brexit vote, nationwide study revealsThe swastikas and SS logos sprayed in Dollis Hill last year so shocked Lucy Cox that she left her flat to scrub off the racist graffiti immediately. Before long she was joined by neighbours who felt the same and they staged an anti-racism vigil.This north-west London area is perhaps the most ethnically diverse place in Britain, and locals here are proud of how everyone gets along. In the last census, in 2011, 15% of residents described their ethnicity as just “British”, 11% were Indian or British Indian, 11% African, 8% Pakistani or British Pakistani, 7% Caribbean and 6% eastern European. Afghans, Filipinos, Iranians, Somalis and Sri Lankans are all part of the mix of 79 ethnic groups. Continue reading... […]