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  • Stranded killer whale saved after hours-long rescue effort in Alaska 02.08.2021
    Orca washed up on Prince of Wales island and was stuck in a crevice of rocks above the tide lineA killer whale stranded on a rocky shore in Alaska was saved in an hours-long rescue effort by boaters, locals and wildlife officials.The 20-ft (6 metres) orca was spotted washed up on Prince of Wales island […]
    Richard Luscombe
  • End of furlough will increase UK unemployment by 150,000, says thinktank 02.08.2021
    Niesr says even though UK will move from bottom to top of G7 growth table, there will be a hit to jobsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe ending of the government’s furlough scheme will lengthen dole queues by 150,000 despite a boost to activity from the ending of lockdown that will make the […]
    Larry Elliott Economics editor
  • Progressive Democrats call on own party to extend evictions moratorium – live 02.08.2021
    Three congresswoman sleep on steps of Capitol in protest‘We cannot in good faith [just] blame the Republican party’Donald Trump’s money hustling tricks prompt fresh scrutiny 5.10pm BST New York City mayor Bill de Blasio this morning strongly encouraged New Yorker to get vaccinated and “wear masks in indoor settings even if you’re vaccinated” but did […]
    Lauren Aratani
  • Turkey appeals for help to fight wildfires as heatwave continues 02.08.2021
    Wildfires break out across much of southern Europe, with temperature reaching 45C in GreeceTurkey has launched an international appeal for help in taming fires raging across the country that have killed eight people in recent days, as what has been described as one of the worst heatwaves in decades intensifies in south-east Europe.Following criticism of […]
    Lorenzo Tondo in Caltanissetta, Sicily, and agencies
  • Princess Latifa campaigner had ‘phone compromised by Pegasus spyware’ 02.08.2021
    Human rights activist David Haigh targeted in attack suspected to have been ordered by DubaiA British human rights campaigner and lawyer who was fighting to free Dubai’s Princess Latifa had his mobile phone compromised by Pegasus spyware on 3 and 4 August 2020, according to a forensic analysis carried out by Amnesty International.David Haigh is […]
    Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor
  • Coronavirus live news: Iran posts new record daily cases; Philippines gearing up for strictest lockdown 02.08.2021
    Iran reports more than 37,000 cases of coronavirus in 24 hours for the first time; Manila hospitals reach ‘critical levels’Millions under strict lockdown in China after Covid outbreakAstraZeneca’s Australia boss ‘disappointed’ with debate over vaccineIndian domestic workers lose their jobs to Covid fearsUK coronavirus updates – live 4.32pm BST In England, ministers are to alter […]
    Kaamil Ahmed (now); Robyn Vinter, Damien Gayle and Helen Livingstone (earlier)
  • 100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to be tried 02.08.2021
    Man deemed fit to stand trial in Germany and is accused of complicity in murder of more than 3,500 peopleA 100-year-old former concentration camp guard will stand trial in Germany in October accused of complicity in 3,518 murders, public prosecutors have announced.The prosecutor’s office in Neuruppin, which first brought the charges in February, received a […]
    Staff and agencies in Frankfurt
  • El Father Plays Himself review – behind the scenes with a raging wildman ego 02.08.2021
    Mo Scarpelli cannily captures family dynamics in this documentary about the filming of Jorge Thielen Armand’s La Fortaleza, which starred his hard-drinking dadHere’s a behind-the-scenes documentary in the tradition of Burden of Dreams­, Les Blank’s making-of film about Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. This one even has a wild-man actor, Jorge Thielen Hedderich – though he’s not […]
    Cath Clarke
  • Is remote working better for the environment? Not necessarily 02.08.2021
    Companies have a rare moment to reset working models. But climate calculations of remote v office work are complexStacy Kauk was finalizing Shopify’s 2019 sustainability report when the pandemic forced the company into remote work.“I kind of stopped in my footsteps and went, ‘Uh oh, what’s going to happen if we’re closing our offices during […]
    Amanda Schupak
  • Matt Damon reveals he only recently stopped using homophobic slur 02.08.2021
    Outrage after actor reveals he retired word only after his daughter told him that it was unacceptableMatt Damon has been heavily criticized after revealing that he has only recently stopped using a well-known homophobic slur, after being told by his daughter that it was unacceptable.The Oscar-winning actor made the admission in a Sunday Times interview […]
    Richard Luscombe
  • EU sanctions Nicaragua’s first lady and vice-president over human rights violations 02.08.2021
    Seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracyThe European Union has slapped sanctions on Nicaragua’s first lady and Vice-President Rosario Murillo and seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracy, amid a sweeping crackdown on opposition politicians in the Central American country.EU headquarters said in […]
    Staff and agencies in Brussels
  • Goldman Sachs raises pay for junior bankers after 100-hour week complaints 02.08.2021
    Increases are thought to apply to three most junior positions across investment bankGoldman Sachs is increasing pay for its junior bankers, months after graduates raised concerns over “inhumane” working conditions and 100-hour weeks.The Guardian understands that the salary increases apply to the three most junior positions across the investment bank, with first-year analysts – who […]
    Kalyeena Makortoff Banking correspondent
  • Ibiza plan for foreign ‘detectives’ to infiltrate parties as Covid cases surge 02.08.2021
    Spanish officials are working to recruit foreigners to help police in detecting illegal gatheringsWanted: foreigners between 30 and 40 years old willing to party in Ibiza in the name of combating the coronavirus pandemic.Spanish officials on the island are working to assemble a squad from abroad who would be capable of infiltrating parties that breach […]
    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
  • Belarus athlete who refused to fly home is granted Polish visa 02.08.2021
    Krystsina Tsimanouskaya filmed arriving at Polish embassy in Tokyo, as husband flees to UkraineThe Belarus Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has received a humanitarian visa from Poland upon seeking asylum after she was threatened with being bundled back to Minsk over her criticism of Olympic team officials.Poland’s deputy foreign minister, Marcin Przydacz, wrote on Twitter on […]
    Andrew Roth in Moscow
  • UK summons Iranian ambassador after oil tanker drone attack 02.08.2021
    Foreign Office says Iran must ‘immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security’Britain has summoned the Iranian ambassador to London for a meeting at the Foreign Office, accusing Tehran of an “unlawful” drone attack that killed a British citizen on a ship off Oman last week.James Cleverly, a Foreign Office minister, stressed to Mohsen […]
    Rowena Mason Deputy political editor
  • Hundreds arrested in Berlin protests against Covid restrictions 02.08.2021
    Protesters defy court order banning marches against German government’s coronavirus measuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 600 people have been arrested after participating in protests against the German government’s coronavirus measures, officials have said.About 13 separate demonstrations took place around Berlin on Sunday, despite being banned by a court order and participants […]
    Kate Connolly in Berlin
  • How we made: Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood 02.08.2021
    ‘The Sex Mix got so many complaints – even some gay clubs found it offensive’I wanted to be provocative with the way Frankie Goes to Hollywood looked and for the lyrical content to be modern and edgy. We had been living through a politically charged time, the Sex Pistols and Bow Wow Wow had made […]
    Interview by Ben Gilbert
  • War crimes trial could cast harsh light on Iran’s new president 02.08.2021
    Case before Swedish court may reveal further details about Ebrahim Raisi’s role in mass executions in 1988The war crimes trial in Sweden of a former Iranian official could reveal further damaging details about the role played in the mass execution of prisoners 30 years ago by Iran’s president-elect, Ebrahim Raisi, barely a week after his […]
    Jon Henley
  • Aerial footage of Pescara wildfire as residents and tourists evacuated – video 02.08.2021
    At least five people were wounded and holidaymakers evacuated after wildfires devastated a pine wood near a beach in Pescara, Italy, as one of the worst heatwaves in decades swept across south-east Europe.About 800 people were evacuated from their homes, including a convent of nuns, after a fire broke out in the 53-hectare (131-acre) Pineta Dannunziana […]
  • Commandos deployed as Afghan forces battle Taliban for control of cities 02.08.2021
    Fears Lashkar Gah could be first provincial city to fall following major escalation in fighting over weekendAfghan forces are battling to stop a first provincial city from falling to the Taliban following weekend offensives from the insurgents on urban centres in a major escalation in fighting.Taliban fighters assaulted at least three provincial capitals overnight – […]
    Agence France-Presse