Johnson says France wants ‘punishment beatings’ for UK

Boris Johnson has been criticised for “wild and inappropriate” comments about President Hollande of France Getty ImagesDowning Street has denied that Boris Johnson was comparing the French government to the Nazis after the foreign secretary compared President Hollande of France to a Second World War guard administering “punishment beatings”. In remarks which are understood to have dismayed the French government, Mr Johnson was asked about a reported comment from one of Mr Hollande’s aides, who said Britain should not expect a better trading relationship with Europe from outside the EU. The foreign secretary responded: “If M Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anyone who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some World War Two movie, then I don’t think that’s the way forward. It’s not in the interests of our friends or our partners.”The comments were denounced…

January 18, 2017 17:08 UTC

Kitchen gadgets review: My Ice Cream Maker – yes, mine and not yours

On my first attempt at an easy mix to test the device, I overwhip the cream and the clumpy result clogs the feeding chute. A spoonful of my second mix, made with a proper yolk custard, lies quivering upon the surface, refusing to enter the filling hole.) Kitchen gadgets review: Banana Surprise Yumstation – an insult to God Read moreThe machine isn’t a world beater. Arguably, the worst thing about My Ice Cream – the clue is in the name – is its commitment to after-dinner selfishness. My Ice Cream says: sod that, it’s my ice-cream.

January 18, 2017 17:05 UTC

Hundreds of thousands of retired Britons in EU 'may be forced to return'

When the UK pulls out of Europe that legal entitlement falls aways, said Gareth Horsfall, representing Britons in Italy. They were speaking a day after Theresa May declared she had sought to seal an early deal guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and the rights of Britons in Europe. But groups that have sprung up since the referendum to represent Britons in Europe say the onus is on May to make the first move. If it wasn’t continued, she said, “there could be hundreds of thousands of people returning because of the healthcare issue”. Earlier the committee heard from representatives of EU citizens in the UK including communities from eastern Europe.

January 18, 2017 17:03 UTC

Prepare for new surge in hate crimes against EU citizens, says EHRC

Britain should prepare for a fresh spike in hate crimes against EU citizens when the article 50 process triggering Brexit begins, the human rights watchdog has said. Ahead of that ruling, Isaac told MPs on the women and equalities committee that the EHRC was “hugely concerned about what might happen in relation to an increase in hate crime” when article 50 is triggered. “The prime minister has taken a very strong and clear stance on our commitment to continuing to be an open and tolerant nation and to stamp out hate crime wherever it exists,” she said. We will continue to champion those values and stand up for them.”Joanna Mludzinska, a Polish community leader, warned last week that a “wave” of hate crimes against European migrants could follow the start of Britain’s exit from the EU. “Hate crime is appalling, un-British and should have no place in our country,” she said.

January 18, 2017 16:40 UTC

2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame

2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change. Arctic ice melt 'already affecting weather patterns where you live right now' Read moreIn 2016, global warming delivered scorching temperatures around the world. The resulting extreme weather means the impacts of climate change on people are coming sooner and with more ferocity than expected, according to scientists. This brings it perilously close to the 1.5C target included as an aim of the global climate agreement signed in Paris in December 2015. Trump has called global warming a hoax and is filling his administration with climate change deniers and former ExxonMobil boss Rex Tillerson.

January 18, 2017 15:32 UTC

Are you protesting Trump's inauguration? We want to hear from you

One day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, on 21 January, hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington for the Women’s March on Washington. A selection of your responses will be included in coverage around Trump’s inauguration. We want to know where you’re protesting – and why. You can upload your images and stories through GuardianWitness by clicking the “Contribute with GuardianWitness” button above. You can also use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the Guardian app and search for “GuardianWitness assignments”.

January 18, 2017 15:26 UTC

Juncker says Brexit talks will be 'very, very, very difficult' as press turns hostile

The president of the EU commission has said talks on Britain’s departure will be “very, very, very difficult” as Europe’s press turned hostile, attacking Theresa May’s Brexit plans as isolationist, unachievable, extremist – and disastrous for the UK. Diplomats see reasons to be cheerful and fearful in May's Brexit speech Read moreIn Berlin, chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the “clarity” provided by May’s speech but said after talks with the Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, that the remaining EU member states would begin Brexit talks with a united front. But if the politicians and officials were diplomatic, much of the continent’s press was openly scornful. May’s speech may have been filled with “a glut of conciliatory adjectives” and “superficial pleasantries”, Christophe Scheuerman wrote, but it was in reality “a catalogue of demands topped with a dash of threat”. But he, too, said negotiating Brexit would be an “arduous task”, and repeated his assertion that any Brexit deal must be inferior to EU membership.

January 18, 2017 14:45 UTC

Mali suicide bomber kills at least 50 people in Gao military camp

A suicide bomber in a vehicle full of explosives has attacked a camp in northern Mali, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens of soldiers and former fighters. The death toll rose over the course of Wednesday morning and had reached more than 50 by 1.30pm local time (1330 GMT), a military official said. The bomber “succeeded in tricking soldiers’ vigilance” and penetrated the camp, said army spokesman Col Diarran Kone. The former fighters who signed the 2015 peace deal include ethnic Tuareg secular rebels who once fought the Malian military. It also denounces rising levels of banditry, a phenomenon victims say is fuelled by the slow implementation of the 2015 peace accord.

January 18, 2017 14:32 UTC

Supreme court to deliver Brexit ruling on 24 January

The supreme court will deliver its eagerly awaited judgment next Tuesday on whether ministers or parliament have the legal authority to trigger Brexit. Lawyers for the main parties will have received advance notice shortly beforehand. The lead claimant in the supreme court case is the investment manager Gina Miller. Lead counsel from the main parties will be given sight of the judgment an hour and a half in advance of its delivery. Its chairman, John Shaw, said: “Fair Deal for Expats eagerly awaits the judgment of the supreme court.

January 18, 2017 14:17 UTC

Can Trump deliver a greater America?

Trump’s promise to make America great againThe steel mills have sat dormant for 20 years in Northampton County, Pennsylvania – a county that had voted twice for Barack Obama before flipping and voting for Donald Trump in 2016. Now, whether all that will happen or not, who knows.”Can Trump really make America great again? Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack ObamaSupport the Guardian’s fearless journalismNever has America needed fearless independent media more. Diary of a Latino teen in age of TrumpAfter Donald Trump won the election, the Guardian asked 17-year-old Angelina Alvarez – who, along with others, had worn a Dump Trump T-shirt in response to anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, pro-Trump graffiti at school – to keep a diary of her feelings in this new era. NFL denies Lady Gaga is banned from mentioning Donald Trump at Super BowlAnd finally … fatbiking grows in popularityFatbikes – named for their comically thick tires – look like monster trucks of the biking world, Merope Mills writes.

January 18, 2017 13:42 UTC

Manchester United to employ full-time counter-terrorism manager

Manchester United believe they are the first sports club in the country to have a full-time counter-terrorism manager. The appointment was revealed at a recent fans’ forum and it is understood the role will be filled by a former inspector from Greater Manchester police’s specialist search unit. The game had to be played four days after the FA Cup final. Meanwhile, United fans have former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke to thank for ensuring their 56th consecutive FA Cup match will be televised live. A 0-0 draw with Exeter in January 2005 was the last time a United FA Cup tie was not shown live on television, with the subsequent replay in Devon starting the run.

January 18, 2017 13:34 UTC

Jeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May her Brexit plans would damage UK

Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the government’s threat to turn the UK into a low-tax economy if it cannot get a satisfactory Brexit deal, telling Theresa May that it would damage the UK and demeaned her office. May responded by insisting she aimed to negotiate a strong deal and accusing Corbyn of having no vision of his own. “There is indeed a difference between us,” the prime minister told him near the end of their exchange. Referring to some newspapers’ comparisons between May and Margaret Thatcher, Corbyn said the prime minister was “not so much the Iron Lady as the Irony Lady”. “It won’t necessarily damage the EU, but it would certainly damage this country – businesses, jobs and public services,” the Labour leader said.

January 18, 2017 13:32 UTC

Prank crashes iPhones with rainbow emoji messages

A bug in iOS is being exploited in a prank aimed at crashing iPhones and iPads using the power of simple text, flag and rainbow emojis. The bug was originally reported by YouTuber EverythingApplePro, which has a history of reporting on iPhone crash pranks. Facebook Twitter Pinterest EverythingApplePro demonstrating the emoji crash bug. “The text you’re copying is actually a waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. Users will need to delete their iMessage conversation with whichever prankster sent them the booby-trapped emoji to avoid repeated crashes on opening the messages.

January 18, 2017 13:09 UTC

Are you being affected by the political situation in the Gambia?

Thomas Cook is to fly almost 1,000 UK customers out of the Gambia, as the UK Foreign Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to the country. The country’s political situation has been deteriorating since incumbent president Yahya Jammeh refused to hand power to Adama Barrow, who won in last month’s elections. The Gambia’s parliament extended president Yahya Jammeh’s term by 90 days on Wednesday, but regional leaders have threatened to use military force if he refuses to cede power. The FCO have advised tourists: “The potential for military intervention and civil disturbance is high and could result in Banjul International Airport being closed at short notice.”Thousands of Gambians are also reportedly been leaving the country in fear of the situation deteriorating into war. If you’re in the Gambia, we’d like you to share your experiences of the political situation and state of emergency with us – anonymously, if you prefer – by filling in the form below.

January 18, 2017 12:28 UTC

JoJo review – pop's delayed diva comes of age in ferocious style

To get the measure of a pop star, check their social media. On the day of JoJo’s Koko show, which had sold out before many acolytes even knew she was playing, she responded individually via Twitter to several disappointed fans, offering to put their names on the guest list. Like the remodelling of fellow former child star Miley Cyrus, JoJo’s new incarnation bespeaks not a musical transformation but a grabbing of the reins. It’s the Mad Love material that resounds, and not merely because it includes carnality as a byproduct of maturity. On the clubbier tracks, shunted along by her guitar-dominated live band, she’s voracious, consumed by her appetites.

January 18, 2017 12:24 UTC

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