Narendra Modi said the “blood of the people is boiling” after a car laden with explosives was detonated beside a convoy carrying 2,500 Indian security personnel on a major highway between the Kashmir and Jammu regions. No official death toll has been announced but two senior police sources in Kashmir have said at least 40 security personnel died in the blast. The bombing was claimed by the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed and immediately sparked calls for retribution against Islamabad from across Indian politics and media. Control of the Himalayan region, one of the most militarised places on earth, is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in full by both. A full-blown revolt against Indian control of Kashmir bolstered by Pakistani and Afghani fighters raged throughout the 1990s but waned after negotiations between Delhi and Islamabad.
February 15, 2019 13:47 UTC
After reading the news that cases of measles have soared by 50% in the last year, I recalled the first time I heard an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory. This is the vanguard of the anti-vaxxer movement. Almost every week the internet produces another diatribe against anti-vaxxers, or a listicle of their “horrifyingly stupid” social media posts. If we want to defeat the anti-vaxxer movement, we need to understand why it exists, and the increase in its popularity. And as long as the attempts to stop anti-vaxxers fail, more and more children will be put at risk.
February 15, 2019 13:41 UTC
Desmond Sylva is accused of stabbing Simmone Kerr from London, who sang in NHS choirA former soldier has admitted killing a nurse who performed on Britain’s Got Talent in an NHS choir. Desmond Sylva, 40, was accused of stabbing his partner, 31-year-old Simonne Kerr, at her home in Battersea, south-west London. Sylva, who lived with Kerr, pleaded guilty to her manslaughter during a hearing at the Old Bailey. He faces a murder trial at the Old Bailey from 3 June, expected to last up to two weeks. She appeared on the ITV talent show with the B Positive Choir, singing Rise Up, to encourage blood donations.
February 15, 2019 13:38 UTC
Chelsea manager Sarri is under pressure after their recent poor form was compounded by a thumping 6-0 defeat by Manchester City last weekend. Sarri has previously accused the players of being difficult to motivate and has publicly criticised a number of his squad, including talisman Eden Hazard. "If you look at Chelsea, the history, particularly in the last couple of years, we've had managers who have come out and been quite vocal towards the players, criticised the players at times," he told Sky Sports. "I still know a lot of the players and motivation was one thing I didn't ever think that these players lacked. Maurizio Sarri has been criticised by former Chelsea keeper Mark Schwarzer"They are winners, guys that are used to vying for titles, winning trophies.
February 15, 2019 13:30 UTC
A British football fan who was detained in United Arab Emirates after being accosted by security officials for wearing a Qatar football shirt, has told the Guardian he was convinced he was going to die. The Arsenal fan wore a Qatar shirt to the match, not knowing that doing so is an offence in the UAE punishable with a large fine and an extended jail sentence. “I thought they were going to kill me.”After the incident the security officials let him go. Security officials arrived at the scene shortly after the paramedics and interrogated him. “He was categorically not arrested for wearing a Qatar football shirt.
February 15, 2019 13:18 UTC
The head of a division in Belgium’s equivalent of M16 is suspected of passing secrets to a Serbian agent posing a threat to the EU YVES HERMAN/REUTERSA senior Belgian counterintelligence officer is under house arrest after allegations that he spied for Russia in a case that could highlight the security threat to Nato and European Union headquarters in Brussels. The major, head of a division in Belgium’s external security department of the General Intelligence and Security Service (Giss), the equivalent of MI6, is suspected of passing secrets to Russia via a Serbian agent. In a further blow, Clement Vandenborre, the head of counterintelligence in Giss, has been removed from office pending an investigation into allegations he illegally destroyed documents. The turmoil at the top of Belgium’s counterintelligence services raises concerns that the security of key international institutions, including the western military alliance, have been compromised. The unnamed major is suspected of…
February 15, 2019 13:16 UTC
But analysis of the data for each of the country’s 36 states and its capital shows that INEC has increased the number of new registered voters by almost exactly the same percentage across all states. Additional data seen by the Guardian also shows irregularities in registration for the 2015 election, until now considered to have been free and fair. Quick guide 2019 Nigerian elections Show Hide On Sunday 16 February, 84m voters will choose who leads Africa’s largest democracy. Half of Nigeria’s registered voters are aged 18-35. The 2015 election in which Buhari came to power was widely held to be free and fair.
February 15, 2019 13:14 UTC
Natalia Molina and other members of La Minka, a Chavista collective, run a revolutionary bakery in the Venezuelan capital. They have been occupying the shop in Caracas since March 2017 in an attempt to provide their local community with affordable food. Play Video 21:41 The Breadmaker: on the frontline of Venezuela's bakery warsThe Breadmaker’s director, Susy Peña, is a sociologist and film-maker. Peña, who moved to the UK in 2008, is eager to document the political turmoil engulfing Venezuela. She says women are underrepresented in the mainstream media and aims to work with women as her central characters.
February 15, 2019 12:33 UTC
Abdulah Husseini pleads not guilty to theft of wallet and trying to use stolen bank cardA man who has been linked to a CCTV video of an alleged thief likened to the Friends actor David Schwimmer has denied a string of fraud and theft offences. Abdulah Husseini, 36, made a brief appearance via video link from HMP Wormwood Scrubs. He also denied five fraud offences by allegedly using or attempting to use a stolen Halifax bank card on 17 occasions in shops between 20 September and 5 November last year. There was no application for bail by the defendant, from Slough, Berkshire, who is currently serving a jail sentence. A trial date for the Blackpool theft and fraud offences was set for 4 July.
February 15, 2019 12:26 UTC
Schoolchildren gathered in Parliament Square, Westminster, today to demand the government act on climate change BEN GURR FOR THE TIMESA schoolgirl was arrested and led away in handcuffs today as a pupils’ climate change protest brought traffic in Westminster to a standstill. The girl, dressed in her school uniform, was led away along with two boys after buses and cars became log-jammed in the busy roads around Parliament Square. Police warned the young protesters they would be arrested if they did not get up and clear the road. Officers moved in when a small group defied their warnings and three were led away in handcuffs to a police van. One girl was arrested for obstruction after sitting down in front of a bus RICHARD POHLE FOR THE TIMESProtests outside…
February 15, 2019 12:07 UTC
MondayJoanna Lumley has come in for criticism for reading out a bad script badly as host of the Baftas. Repeat for four hours, ending with a lifetime achievement award for someone the organisers think is getting on a bit and might die soon. Probably on the grounds that it was the only article about stamp collecting to appear in the national press. WednesdayGrayling shouldn’t take his position as the most incompetent minister in the government for granted. It has been an uneven process with many low points, but one achieved without drugs and alcohol for 32 years.
February 15, 2019 12:00 UTC
Rather like last year’s surprise best picture nominee Phantom Thread, The Favourite presents us with familiar prestige, an ornate, Oscar-friendly chocolate box, with fillings one might think easy to predict. There’s enough pettiness, cruelty, bawdiness and perversity to turn it into whatever the opposite of Academy catnip is, making its 10 nominations seem like a win already. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Flawless precision … Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in The Favourite. Because when it comes to its Oscar chances, The Favourite is anything but, despite co-leading the pack with Roma, both snagging 10 nominations each. When asked by the Guardian if she worried that the film’s considerable profanity might ruin its Oscar chances, Colman replied: “Who gives a fuck?” Well, quite.
February 15, 2019 11:48 UTC
In universities, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety afflict one in four students, while student suicides have reached a record level in recent years and dropouts have trebled. The burden of mental health illnesses is only likely to increase as stigma recedes and more people come forward with their sufferings. But blaming the student mental health crisis solely on the admittedly scarce resources available is too easy. Not many people have severe mental illnesses, but lots have milder mental health problems. For instance, the clinical school in Cambridge pays the NHS to provide rapid mental health services to its students.
February 15, 2019 11:42 UTC
Arsenal transfers: Mesut Ozil should go, while Cengiz Under should come inUnai Emery was unable to make any permanent signings in the recent winter window, securing only Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona. Having captained Anderlecht and current club Monaco only aged 21, Tielemans does not shirk responsibility like many Arsenal players. Cengiz Under (Roma, contract until June 2022) Transfermarkt.com value: £30.8m Under fits the profile of an Emery attacker: versatile, hard-working and skilful. In Holding and Mavropanos, Arsenal have two promising young defenders that would benefit more from game time. Arsenal transfers: Shkodran Mustafi has become a source of frustration for Gooners
February 15, 2019 11:15 UTC
Andrea Levy, who has died of cancer aged 62, gained wide recognition as a writer with the publication of her fourth novel, Small Island, in 2004. Ten years later, it was voted the Best of the Best Orange prize novels, and this May the National Theatre is due to mount a stage version. Andrea Levy had to fight for a recognition she truly deserved | Gary Younge Read moreThe novel was selected in 2007 as the text for a mass read event to accompany commemorations of the abolition of slavery. The youngest of four children, Andrea grew up on a council estate in Highbury, and attended Highbury Hill grammar school. • Andrea Doreen Levy, writer, born 7 March 1956; died 14 February 2019
February 15, 2019 11:03 UTC