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  • Russia-Ukraine war: Russia claims 694 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered at Azovstal steel plant in last 24 hours – live 18.05.2022
    Russia says 959 combatants have surrendered from the Azovstal steel plant since Monday, with 694 in the last 24 hoursRussia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 84 of the invasionSweden and Finland formally apply to join NatoDrawing monsters in the basement: last child in a village in ruinSweden and Finland to formally submit Nato bids […]
    Léonie Chao-Fong (now); Martin Belam and Kate Lyons (earlier)
  • Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial hears conflicting evidence over Afghan deaths 18.05.2022
    Troops who were present at Whiskey 108 compound split over whether two men shot dead were murdered or were insurgents killed lawfullyFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe tunnel at Whiskey 108 – and whether there were any people hiding in it – […]
    Ben Doherty
  • Inflation likely to see further ‘bump’ before prices stabilise, cabinet minister warns – UK politics live 18.05.2022
    Latest updates: Anne-Marie Trevelyan says fight against inflation is ‘global battle’ as ministers under rising pressure for financial helpInflation at 9%, the highest level in more than 40 yearsUK threat over NI Brexit deal ‘breeding mistrust in EU capitals’Labour to force vote on emergency budget as inflation soarsBusiness live: latest news as inflation soarsRussia-Ukraine war: […]
    Andrew Sparrow
  • UK deportation flight to Jamaica takes off with seven onboard 18.05.2022
    Home Office initially had 100 people on list of Jamaican nationals to be removed, say reportsA Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica took off in the early hours of Wednesday morning with just seven people onboard.Some media reports said the Home Office initially had 100 people on the list of Jamaican nationals that officials hoped […]
    Diane Taylor
  • Government claims of 7% real wage rise since in office disputed – as it happened 18.05.2022
    Katy Gallagher disputes prime minister’s claims on real wage growth; nation records at least 53 Covid deaths. This blog is now closedLabor to consider new national Covid strategy to reduce deaths‘Please tell me he hasn’t gone to hospital’: Morrison the bulldozer knocks over child while playing soccerSome polling stations may not open on election day […]
    Tory Shepherd and Amy Remeikis (earlier)
  • Some polling stations may not open on election day due to staff shortages, AEC says 18.05.2022
    Electoral commission urges people in potentially affected regions to access alternative voting options, and volunteer to workFollow our Australian election live blog for the latest updatesRead our latest election briefing and listen to today’s campaign catchup podcastVoters’ guide to the election: everything you need to knowGuardian Australia’s full federal election coverageGet our free news app; […]
    Khaled Al Khawaldeh
  • Virginia Target workers seek to unionize amid surge in labor organizing efforts 18.05.2022
    Company has already reportedly pushed back by trying to use union dues as a tactic to deter workers from supporting the union. Workers at a Target store in Christiansburg, Virginia, have filed for a union election and, if successful, the store would be the first store belonging to the giant retail chain to unionize in […]
    Michael Sainato
  • Joe Biden says ‘white supremacy is a poison’ | First Thing 18.05.2022
    President attacks those who promote racist conspiracy theory ‘for power, political gain and for profit’. Plus, first open briefing on UFOs since 1966Good morning.Joe Biden has condemned those who spread white supremacist lies “for power, political gain and for profit” during a visit to Buffalo, New York, where 10 people were killed in a racist […]
    Nicola Slawson
  • Metricon to meet with Victoria’s treasurer after company denies rumours of collapse 18.05.2022
    Acting chief executive of Australia’s largest homebuilder says company will continue business as usual after founder’s deathFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingExecutives from Australia’s largest homebuilder, Metricon, will meet with the Victorian treasurer, Tim Pallas, on Thursday morning after the company denied […]
    Benita Kolovos and Ben Butler
  • ‘Please tell me he hasn’t gone to hospital’: Morrison the bulldozer knocks over child while playing soccer 18.05.2022
    Prime minister accidentally crashes into under-8s player Luca Fauvette during a campaign visit to the Devonport City Soccer Club in TasmaniaRead our latest election briefing and listen to today’s campaign catchup podcastGuardian Australia’s full federal election coverageGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingScott Morrison has lived up to his self-applied moniker of […]
    Paul Karp in Devonport
  • UK threat over NI Brexit deal ‘breeding mistrust in EU capitals’ 18.05.2022
    Anger and disbelief within EU at UK’s position given goodwill Boris Johnson has built up over UkraineToday’s politics news – live updatesThe British government’s plan to walk away from parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit deal is destroying the repaired relationship with the EU, political leaders and diplomats have said.Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, […]
    Lisa O'Carroll and Jennifer Rankin
  • Netflix cuts 150 jobs after subscriber exodus 18.05.2022
    US-focused redundancies in film and TV operations follow revenue slowdownNetflix is cutting 150 jobs as the streaming company seeks to reduce its costs after revealing it expects to lose millions of subscribers in the first half of the year.The widely expected cuts are mostly focused on its US operation, affecting employees in its sprawling film […]
    Mark Sweney Media business correspondent
  • Labour to force vote on emergency budget as UK inflation soars to 9% 18.05.2022
    Shadow chancellor renews call for windfall tax on oil and gas firms to offset cost of living crisisPolitics live – latest updatesLabour will force a vote in parliament on an emergency budget to help with the cost of living crisis as inflation soared to 9% in April and economists warned of a recession.Rachel Reeves, the […]
    Rowena Mason Deputy political editor
  • Labor to consider new national Covid strategy to reduce deaths 18.05.2022
    Anthony Albanese says pandemic still ‘major issue’, but Scott Morrison says Australians want to ‘put that in the rear-vision mirror’Follow our Australian election live blog for the latest updatesRead our latest election briefing and listen to today’s campaign catchup podcastVoters’ guide to the election: everything you need to knowGuardian Australia’s full federal election coverageGet our […]
    Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp and Sarah Martin
  • UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9% as cost of food and energy soars 18.05.2022
    Headline CPI rate fuelled by increase in household bills and rising transport costsBusiness live updates: UK inflation hits 9% as energy bills soarUK inflation soared to 9% in April – its highest level for more than 40 years – as the rising cost of gas and electricity pushed household energy bills to record levels.The escalating […]
    Phillip Inman
  • Parents of girl who died after eating Pret sandwich launch food allergy study 18.05.2022
    Trial to look at whether everyday foods can be used as treatment to improve tolerance to allergiesThe parents of a teenager killed by an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger sandwich say a clinical trial launched in her name “would have meant everything to her”.The trial will investigate whether peanut and milk products can […]
    Emily Dugan and agency
  • Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of rape bailed 18.05.2022
    Foreign secretary Liz Truss expresses concern at ‘appalling’ accusations against unnamed parliamentarianThe Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of rape and other offences has been bailed, as Liz Truss said she was worried that there were once again “appalling” accusations against a parliamentarian.The MP was arrested on Tuesday after being accused of rape and sexual assault […]
    Rowena Mason Deputy political editor
  • Sweden and Finland formally apply to join Nato 18.05.2022
    Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg hails move by Nordic neighbours as ‘historic step’Russia-Ukraine war: latest newsSweden and Finland have formally submitted their applications to join Nato, in one of the biggest geopolitical consequences to date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.The Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, personally accepted the Nordic neighbours’ membership applications at the headquarters […]
    Jon Henley Europe correspondent
  • Two arrested after police officer hit by van in Merseyside 18.05.2022
    Officer seriously injured and two men in custody on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harmTwo men have been arrested after a police officer was hit by a van in Merseyside.The vehicle was driven at the officer after he arrived in the St Helens area at about 8.05pm on Tuesday after reports of a rucksack in […]
    PA Media
  • Japanese man blows town’s Covid relief fund after it appeared in his account 18.05.2022
    Money should have gone to 463 low-income households but man received it all and commenced online casino spreeA Japanese man who was mistakenly sent ¥46.3m (£287,000/US$358,000) in Covid-19 relief funds has admitted he gambled away the entire amount in the space of a fortnight.The 24-year-old, who has not been named, was sent the sum in […]
    Justin McCurry in Tokyo