Devin Nunes' meeting with source at White House raises Trump inquiry fears

Nunes told Bloomberg View on Monday that his source was an intelligence official and not a White House staffer. But Jack Langer, Nunes’ spokesman, told the Guardian that Nunes saw at the White House “executive branch documents” that Congress does not have. It remained unclear why, if Nunes’ source did not originate from the White House, viewing the documents had to occur at the White House complex. By Monday afternoon, a Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Jackie Speier, called on Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation. Trump-Russia inquiry in 'grave doubt' after GOP chair briefs White House Read moreNunes has been a consistent ally for Trump on Capitol Hill.

March 27, 2017 17:46 UTC

Attorney general urged to review release of man who beat wife with cricket bat

Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims Read more“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone,” said Phillips. “It is a complete fallacy that only a certain type of woman can become a victim of domestic abuse. “This is why it is so important for judges to understand the nature of domestic abuse and the impact on victims. “A domestic abuse perpetrator’s employment prospects should make no difference either. “People often think that it only happens in poor families on council estates, but the truth is that domestic violence affects women of all ages, classes and backgrounds.

March 27, 2017 16:19 UTC

Westminster attacker Khalid Masood had interest in jihad, say police

Scotland Yard says it has yet to find evidence linking Masood, who killed four people in London, with Islamic StateKhalid Masood, the Westminster attacker, had a clear interest in jihad and his methods echoed the rhetoric of Islamic State leaders, Scotland Yard has said. | David Shariatmadari Read moreMasood was shot dead by a protection officer in the courtyard of the Palace of Westminster. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Police officers stop to look at floral tributes to the victims of the 22 March terror attack in Westminster. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images“There is no evidence that Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003, as has been suggested. An inquest for the four victims will open and adjourn on Wednesday at Westminster coroner’s court, while Masood’s inquest will open on Thursday.

March 27, 2017 16:08 UTC

Areas that voted Leave will be hit the hardest by Brexit

The Welsh voted to leave the EU, but 60 per cent of their exports go to the bloc REBECCA NADEN/REUTERSSome of the areas that voted for Brexit are among those that could be hit hardest by the economic impact of leaving the European Union, an analysis suggests. Wales, the northeast and the east Midlands all show a dependence on funding from Brussels, European workers and exports to the EU facilitated by being a member state. The research by Demos, a think tank, says that Wales, Northern Ireland, the heavily pro-Remain London and the northeast are most vulnerable to a so-called “hard Brexit”. New tariffs on trade with the EU would be damaging as more than 60 per cent of Welsh exports go there. EU grants also make up almost 1 per…

March 27, 2017 15:56 UTC

Fruit foraging in primates may be key to large brain evolution

Instead the researchers say it supports the view that the evolution of larger brains is driven by diet. According to the study, primates that eat fruit have about 25% more brain tissue than leaf-eaters of the same body weight. Omnivores were also found to have larger brains than leaf-eaters, although there was no difference when compared to fruit eaters. “You cannot evolve a large brain to handle anything, social or otherwise, unless you change your diet to allow greater nutrient acquisition so as to grow a larger brain,” he said. “But that is not an explanation for why large brains evolved.”

March 27, 2017 15:11 UTC

Church of England to create bishop for minority ethnic community

Despite his or her title, the new bishop will be based mainly in Leicester, one of the first majority black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) cities in the UK. “The diversity of the city is not reflected in our churches,” Martyn Snow, the bishop of Leicester, told the Guardian. This month, the first black bishop to be appointed by the church in 20 years, Nigerian-born Woyin Karowei Dorgu, was consecrated as bishop of Woolwich. They are many and varied.”Her role is to assist BAME members of the church who are considering ordination and to tackle unconscious bias. The church was rolling out training programmes and research projects and creating new posts, such as the bishop of Loughborough, he added.

March 27, 2017 14:37 UTC

Spanish court to investigate Syrian 'state terrorism' by Assad regime

Lawyers acting for the woman, known as Mrs AH, argue that she is the victim of her brother’s forced disappearance, torture and execution – and that the Spanish courts have the jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the case. Details of the driver’s fate emerged after a Syrian forensic officer defected in September 2013, fleeing the country with more than 50,000 photographs. Lawyers for Mrs AH filed their complaint with the Spanish courts at the end of January this year. Almudena Bernabéu, a partner at the Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, which is acting for Mrs AH, described the judge’s decision as significant for all those who had suffered in Syria. It says that the evidence submitted clearly shows that the Assad regime has been committing acts of terrorism by using its security forces and intelligence agencies to punish the civilian population.

March 27, 2017 14:12 UTC

David Storey, author of This Sporting Life, dies at 83

Tributes are paid to the playwright and Booker prize-winning novelist celebrated for his collaborations with Lindsay AndersonDavid Storey, the British playwright, screenwriter and Booker prize-winning novelist, has died at the age of 83. David Storey obituary Read moreStorey was best known for his visceral debut novel, This Sporting Life (1960), which was based on his experiences as a professional rugby league player. He adapted it for an acclaimed 1963 film starring Richard Harris and directed by Lindsay Anderson, with whom Storey enjoyed a vital creative partnership. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Richard Harris in This Sporting Life. “Storey lay in wait for us on our next visit and proceeded to remonstrate,” remembered Michael Billington.

March 27, 2017 14:01 UTC

Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas approved 31-1 by NFL owners

NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday. The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland’s proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750m in public money. The Raiders likely will play two or three more years in the Bay Area before their $1.7bn stadium near the Las Vegas strip is ready. Las Vegas, long taboo to the NFL because of its legalized gambling, also is getting an NHL team this fall, the Golden Knights. Shortly before Monday’s vote, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf released a letter being hand-delivered to individual NFL team owners reiterating the case for a new, fully-financed Raiders’ stadium in the area.

March 27, 2017 13:52 UTC

Talking about your miscarriage doesn’t make you ‘privileged’

Now, even if Levy wasn’t a friend, I reckon I would have found this story pretty sad. Talking about miscarriage is hard, partly because it’s so sad, and partly because it still feels like a private, shameful failure. The former will never change, but the latter might if more women feel able to share their experiences. But on a personal level it is devastating and I’m pretty sure even women in Yemen feel sad when they miscarry. Miscarriage may be relatively common, but no woman should apologise for feeling uniquely sad about it.

March 27, 2017 13:40 UTC

Westminster attack: we found out online our loved ones were victims – video

The bereaved relatives of an American couple who were victims of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster say they found out their loved ones were targeted by seeing pictures posted online. Kurt Cochran was killed in the attack and his wife Melissa was badly injured. The couple had been sightseeing on the last day of a trip celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary when Khalid Masood hit them with a 4x4 Hyundai Tucson on Westminster Bridge

March 27, 2017 13:30 UTC

Seven dead in worst attack on aid workers since South Sudan war began

UN condemns ‘heinous murder’ of humanitarian staff from Unicef partner and calls on ‘all those in a position of power’ in South Sudan to end the violenceSix aid workers and their driver have been killed in South Sudan in the worst single attack on humanitarian staff in the country’s three-year civil war. Four of the dead were South Sudanese and three were Kenyans. The South Sudanese government said it was too early to say who was to blame for the ambush. Surviving South Sudan's escalating violence: life in a UN camp – in pictures Read moreEugene Owusu, the UN’s humanitarian chief in South Sudan, said: “These attacks against aid workers and aid assets are utterly reprehensible. The latest killings come after two other attacks, one fatal, on aid workers this month.

March 27, 2017 13:19 UTC

Ukip: Britain should be able to send back 'beggars or criminals' from EU

The UK should have the right not to let EU citizens stay if they “do not work, never pay taxes or are beggars or criminals”, a senior Ukip spokesman has said. There is consensus among many prominent Brexit campaigners – from former cabinet minister Michael Gove to Labour MP Gisela Stuart that EU citizens should be guaranteed the right to stay in the UK. Pressed about EU citizens, Batten suggested the UK should have the right to decline to keep some people. “But we must also have the right not to keep people who for example do not work, never pay taxes or are beggars or criminals. • There must be no final settlement payment to the EU, and no ongoing payments to the EU budget after Brexit.

March 27, 2017 12:54 UTC

NYPD officer resigns to avoid being fired over Ramarley Graham killing

Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, said on Sunday that the city let Haste off the hook by allowing him to resign instead of being fired. “Ramarley Graham was a son, a friend and, most importantly, a young man with his whole life left to live,” De Blasio said. All of Officer Haste’s actions were performed in good faith. After Haste and his partner broke down the door of Graham’s home, the officer said he saw Graham sidestep into a bathroom, and he leaned inside to face him. Haste testified that he yelled, “Show me your hands!” but Graham instead reached deeper into his pants and yelled obscenities.

March 27, 2017 12:22 UTC

BrewDog backs down over Lone Wolf pub trademark dispute

BrewDog, the self-described “punk” beer company, has backed down in a row over the name of a family-run pub, blaming “trigger-happy” lawyers for the legal action. BrewDog accused of hypocrisy after forcing pub to change name Read moreThe brother-and-sister team behind the Wolf pub in Birmingham were forced to drop their original plan to name the establishment the Lone Wolf, after receiving a legal warning from BrewDog, which has launched a spirit bearing the same name. Watt tweeted:James Watt (@BrewDogJames) Our lawyers got a bit trigger happy. We are happy for the Lone Wolf Bar in Birmingham to keep using the name. expert Graham Hales, chief marketing officer at the Chemistry Group, said BrewDog had made the right decision by backing down.

March 27, 2017 12:04 UTC

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