Trump claims migrant detention center visited by Pence was clean but crowded

President contradicts VPs office which said authorities had been told not to clean up facility so Americans can see the crisis at our border A Texas detention center which said: I dont care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days. Were not going to let those men go that I saw. It would be dangerous. All of them broke our law. Many of them have done it before. And were not going to let them go. Before playing golf near Washington on Sunday, the president followed visit to McAllen became the eye of an online storm. The press pool was swiftly removed from the room containing the caged men but Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post …

Trump abandons effort to put citizenship question on 2020 census

Trump drops census proposal and blames radical left, but says he will order federal agencies to turn over records on the number of citizens Faced with a defeat in court and few viable options, US blocked by the supreme court. But Trumps controversial plan never saw the light of day. Within hours of putting the public on notice, administration officials said the president would defer to the court rulings on the census and instead instruct the commerce department to obtain citizenship data through other means. Standing at the White House podium on a rainy Thursday evening in Washington, Trump began his remarks by letting out a sigh and posing the question he wished to ask of the nations population: Are …

Woody Allen: ‘I never think of retiring’

Allen says at Spanish press conference to launch production on his new film, starring Christoph Waltz, that hell probably die on set Woody Allen has no plans to give up film-making despite the years of controversy that has dogged his directing career. I never think of retiring. Its not just something that has occurred to me,his new film, which is set in Spain and funded by the Spanish media giant Mediapro. It stars Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon and Elena Anaya, and is informally known as Rifkins Festival though is still officially called Woody Allen Summer Project 2019. Allen said: My philosophy, since I started many years ago in show business, is that no matter what happens is to focus on …

We built this city: the 90-year-olds who made a metropolis

In 1947, 50,000 volunteers helped create Dimitrovgrad, a new city that symbolised the brave new world of communist Bulgaria. Many still live there In her flat overlooking the main square of Dimitrovgrad, 90-year-old Maria Oteva casts her mind back more than seven decades to the foundation of the town in the early years of Bulgarias communist era. Back then, 50,000 volunteers built this city because they believed in something, she says. Nowadays, you wouldnt find 50 people to come and clean up the dirty streets. Oteva was one of those volunteers, aged 17 and eager to build a new socialist Bulgaria after the ravages of the second world war. She had joined the partisan resistance against the Nazi-allied government as …

Minneapolis police officer who killed Justine Damond given 12-year jail term

Mohamed Noor, who was convicted in April over death of Australian life coach, apologised in court for taking the life of a perfect person A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing the Australian life coach Justine Damond apologized to her family for taking the life of a perfect person, just before a judge rejected defense requests for a light sentence and ordered him to prison for 12 and a half years. Mohamed Noor was convicted in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 shooting of Damond, who approached his squad car in the alley behind her home after calling 911 to report a possible rape. Noors lawyers had argued for a light sentence, saying sending …

India kills Kashmir’s ‘most wanted militant’

Zakir Musa dies in gun battle with security forces, leading to protests and school closures Indian security forces have killed an influential Kashmiri militant who led the first al-Qaida-affiliated cell in the disputed region, sparking protests and fears of wider unrest. Zakir Musa, 25, was part of a new generation of young militants with large followings on social media and more affinity with global jihadist groups such as al-Qaida than with Pakistan, the traditional patron of anti-India fighters in the region. Regarded as the most wanted man in Kashmir, Musa was cornered in a three-storey home surrounded by orchards in a southern district on Thursday. Fighting continued through the night until he was shot and killed at about 6am on …

Wellcome Trust investing 80m in snakebite treatment

Scientists say antivenom exists for only 60% of all the snakes in the world New drugs for snakebite are desperately needed, say scientists, to replace the current 100-year-old treatment made by injecting snakes venom into a horse and harvesting antibodies which is very expensive, may not work and can cause lethal allergic reactions. Snakebite, says the Wellcome Trust, is the cause of the worlds biggest hidden health crisis and it is investing 80m in the hope of solving it. The World Health Organization will this month also launch a snakebite strategy aiming to halve deaths by 2030. Every five minutes, on average, 50 people are bitten by a snake. Between 81,000 and 138,000 people die from snakebite every year and …

‘Hate will prevail’: Icelandic BDSM band put Eurovision and Israel in a bind

Leather-clad group Hatari say this years contest, in which they will represent Iceland, is built on a lie Nothing titillates the Icelandic bondage and dominance-themed band Hatari more than a glaring contradiction. On stage, the group, whose name means Hater, present a fascist-inspired dystopia of blood-splattered whippings. In person, they are softly spoken and occasionally cheerfully optimistic. They have slammed Eurovision in Israel which is the subject of rise of populism in Europe. Hate Will Prevail takes it forward, imagining a dark future. The militaristic, authoritarian style of BDSM bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism seemed apt and they have been welcomed, they say, with open arms by the Icelandic fetish community. They told us about the importance of consent and …

‘Hate will prevail’: Icelandic BDSM band put Eurovision and Israel in a bind

Leather-clad group Hatari say this years contest, in which they will represent Iceland, is built on a lie Nothing titillates the Icelandic bondage and dominance-themed band Hatari more than a glaring contradiction. On stage, the group, whose name means Hater, present a fascist-inspired dystopia of blood-splattered whippings. In person, they are softly spoken and occasionally cheerfully optimistic. They have slammed Eurovision in Israel which is the subject of rise of populism in Europe. Hate Will Prevail takes it forward, imagining a dark future. The militaristic, authoritarian style of BDSM bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism seemed apt and they have been welcomed, they say, with open arms by the Icelandic fetish community. They told us about the importance of consent and …

A sex strike is not enough: women need to down tools completely | Suzanne Moore

The idea proposed last week by Alyssa Milano wont cut it. To assert their worth, women should refuse to fulfil the unpaid labour expected by society Sex is the very least of our concerns, the last thing that has to be crossed off the to-do list. Or so I have heard from harassed women in the school playground. Yet sex is the very meaning of life, the cement that glues together every relationship, half our culture also tells us, while the remainder portrays women as a series of orifices to be penetrated. Perhaps sex is all and none of these things. the actor Alyssa Milano, is right to be appalled by womens unpaid work, which is mostly caring for others. …

Ugg: kick in the guts as Aussie maker loses US trademark case

Sydney-based Eddie Oygur ordered to pay damages after footwear and apparel company Deckers puts its foot down The Australian ugg boot maker Eddie Oygur has suffered a $US450,000 ($A643,000) loss in his David versus Goliath legal fight with a major US footwear and apparel company. A jury in Chicago found Oygurs business, Sydney-based Australian Leather, wilfully infringed a trademark registered to California-based Deckers Outdoor by selling ugg boots online to customers in the US. After a four-day trial Oygur was ordered to pay Deckers statutory damages of $US450,000 and he may face an order to pay millions more in legal costs. Deckers generates more than $US1bn in annual sales from its UGG brands. Oygur argued ugg is a generic term …

‘Prostitution is seen as a leisure activity here’: tackling Spain’s sex traffickers | Annie Kelly

Its staggeringly big business in Spain, where demand is being met by traffickers. Can a groundbreaking team turn the tide? On a sunny morning in Madrid, two young women duck down a side street, into a residential block and up to an apartment front door. Then they start knocking. Marcella and Maria spend a lot of time banging on doors and yelling through letterboxes all over the city. Most of the time, these doors never open. When they do, the two women could find themselves in trouble. Their job on the frontline of Spains fight against sex trafficking is a dangerous one; both have been assaulted and threatened. Yet they keep on knocking, because they have been on the other …