UK government opening floodgates to Covid variants, MPs warn

Cross-party group says proportion of positive tests analysed for variants among red list arrivals has plunged Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is “opening the floodgates” to new versions of Covid, a cross-party group of MPs has warned, after revealing a steep decline in the […]

Stonehenge could be stripped of world heritage site status

Unesco expresses concern that ‘substantial harm’ would be caused by proposed cut-and-cover road tunnel Unesco has confirmed a warning that Stonehenge could be stripped of its world heritage site status, over its concern that a road tunnel, backed by the government, will irreversibly damage an area of “outstanding universal value”. […]

Omagh bombing could have been prevented, says high court judge

‘Real prospect’ 1998 attack by dissident republicans could have been thwarted, says Mr Justice Horner Security forces had a “real prospect” of preventing the 1998 Omagh bombing – the deadliest atrocity of the Northern Ireland Troubles – a Belfast high court has ruled. Mr Justice Horner recommended on Friday that […]

Iran accused of using unlawful force in water protest crackdown

Amnesty says security forces used live ammunition on protesters while officials blame ‘opportunists’ Iran is using unlawful and excessive force in a crackdown against protests over water shortages in its oil-rich but arid southwestern Khuzestan province, according to international rights groups. Amnesty International said it had confirmed the deaths of […]

President Moïse’s killing leaves Haiti less stable but as elitist as ever | Natalie Meade

Any reform after the assassination of Jovenel Moïse will depend on the US re-evaluating its interests in the country The assassination of Jovenel Moïse, Haiti’s president, marks another point in the years-long power struggle that pitted his loyalists against activists and working-class families, exhausted by years of social strife and […]

Belfast judge calls on UK to investigate Omagh bombing

‘Real prospect’ 1998 attack by dissident republicans could have been prevented, says Mr Justice Horner A high court judge in Belfast has recommended the UK government undertake a human rights compliant investigation into the Omagh bombing, and urged the Irish government to do likewise, after finding there was a “real […]

At least 17 people drown in a week of tragedies in England’s waters

Open water advocates say bans and warnings aren’t working and better swimming education will save lives It has been a week of tragedies in England’s waters. At least 17 people have drowned cooling off in the heatwave, including a man who went missing on a blow-up unicorn in a Wakefield […]

‘There are no rules now’: how gen Z reinvented pop punk

Twenty years ago, it was made by juvenile men in shorts. Now, from Meet Me @ the Altar to Olivia Rodrigo, diverse young women have reclaimed the genre – and made it the sound of the summer A white man whining about high school, his mediocre hometown or a faceless […]

‘It’s just ice-cream’: settlers’ chilly response to Ben & Jerry’s boycott

Locals in Efrat, an Israeli settlement with US cultural links, give their views on the ban on sales to occupied territories There are blue skies and green grass outside and inside Pizzeria Efrat, a restaurant in a settlement of the same name in the occupied West Bank. Outside, the pizza […]