Protesters in Sydney have urged a boycott of Real Bodies: The Exhibition, which showcases bodies and anatomical specimens that have been preserved through plasticisation. The exhibition is billed as featuring the largest collection of dead bodies and human specimens to be viewed in Australia. “Strong evidence supports the bodies and organs being exhibited having come from executed prisoners in China,” he said. Coming upThe prime minister will attend the centenary of the first world war battle at Villers-Bretonneux with an Anzac Day service and wreath-laying ceremony. Sign upIf you would like to receive the Guardian Australia morning mail to your email inbox every weekday, sign up here.
April 24, 2018 20:58 UTC
The parents of Alfie Evans have lost a last-ditch legal appeal to fly their son to Vatican City in what a high court judge called “the final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy”. The emergency high court hearing took place amid tight security in Manchester’s civil justice centre on Tuesday evening, hours after Alfie’s life support was withdrawn. However, the court heard that Alfie was then provided with hydration and ventilation at 4am when he became distressed and struggled to breathe. The judge was fiercely critical of some of those close to Alfie’s parents. The court heard that Stroilov had advised Evans to pursue a private prosecution for murder against Alder Hey doctors.
April 24, 2018 19:36 UTC
Jason Calacanis, an early investor in Uber, spearheads a contest to find a service ‘that is actually good for society’Can Facebook be replaced? The prominent Silicon Valley investor Jason Calacanis, who was an early investor in several high-profile tech companies including Uber certainly hopes so. He has launched a competition to find a “social network that is actually good for society”. The Openbook Challenge will offer seven “purpose-driven teams” $100,000 in investment to build a billion-user social network that could replace the technology titan while protecting consumer privacy. While many Silicon Valley luminaries have only recently started to scrutinise the 2.2bn-strong social network, Calacanis has been a consistent and vocal critic.
April 24, 2018 19:36 UTC
Talking Horses: Paul Townend eyes swift Punchestown redemption Read moreReacting to some call unheard by others, the jockey stood up in the stirrups and looked over his right shoulder. Because of that bump, Al Boum Photo crashed into the wing of the fence, unseating the hapless Townend. Mullins and Townend left the racecourse without offering a comment. But the jockey was first hauled before the stewards, whose damning verdict was he was guilty of dangerous riding, a rare offence. However, it is understood the jockey told stewards he thought he had heard a shout directing him to bypass the fence.
April 24, 2018 19:22 UTC
But the intimacy took an awkward turn when Trump took Macron by surprise, ostentatiously brushing what he said was dandruff from the French president’s jacket. At a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, Macron observed that while Trump saw the Iran nuclear agreement as “a bad deal”, he believes it is “not sufficient” and proposed a new deal, that would complement the JCPOA. “I’m not saying, we are moving one deal to another,” Macron said, but added that the JCPOA was just one aspect of the problems Iran presented. The French president said his White House discussions with Trump “make it possible to pave the way for a new agreement”. Trump, Macron and their wives attended a state dinner on Tuesday night.
April 24, 2018 19:00 UTC
The UK will have to pay its Brexit “divorce bill” of up to £39bn even if no agreement is reached on a future trade deal with the EU, the head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog has said. His remarks are a blow for Theresa May, who has said she will not pay Brussels the money if it denies Britain a post-Brexit trade deal. They don’t relate directly to whatever the future relationship may be.”The apparent contradiction is explained by the fact that the UK is expected to sign two Brexit deals with the EU: a withdrawal agreement and then, after Brexit, a future trade agreement. Brexit weekly briefing: customs union fast becoming the big issue Read moreThe withdrawal agreement will include a “political declaration” giving the outline of a future trade deal, which is why the government says it will have a trade agreement in the bag by the time it commits to paying the divorce bill. It is possible, however, that trade talks could break down after Brexit, with the political declaration never morphing into a fully fledged trade treaty.
April 24, 2018 18:48 UTC
Pioneering surgery on Jay Crouch at Birmingham hospital allows him to eat for first timeA seven-year-old boy has become the first child to undergo a five-organ transplant in a single operation. The condition prevented him from eating and digesting food, meaning he had to be fed intravenously and required continuous treatment. But that led to the failure of his organs, making the operation necessary. The hospital says its staff perform about 50 solid organ transplant operations a year, the majority of which are single-organ transplants. Without the generosity and selflessness of donors, their families and loved ones, such life-saving procedures simply couldn’t take place.
The former Essendon player holds the curious distinction of having played in two Anzac Day clashes despite his brief careerFor Matthew Banks, Anzac Day represents the beginning and the end of an inimitable three-game AFL career. On the Tuesday leading into Anzac Day 1997, Banks was told by the Essendon coach, Kevin Sheedy, that he’d be making his AFL debut in front of a full house at the MCG. His job would be to stand Collingwood’s Sav Rocca, who two years earlier kicked nine goals in the inaugural Anzac Day clash between the two clubs. Every time he’d lead, I’d try to stand in front of him.”Anzac Day 1997 was up until that point the biggest day of Banks’ life. Of his moniker as “Sheedy’s Anzac Day specialist”, Banks is self-deprecatingly philosophical.
Iran has threatened to withdraw from the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in the clearest indication of how it will react should Donald Trump pull the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal. Speaking on Tuesday, the senior official said Iran was mulling “surprising actions” if the nuclear deal were scrapped, and made it clear that leaving the NPT, which is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, was an option. 'It will not be very pleasant,' Iran warns, if Trump sabotages nuclear deal Read moreTrump has been emboldened by his recent appointment of Iran hawks such as the national security adviser, John Bolton. Iran has repeatedly said it would take no time to restart its nuclear programme if the deal is ripped up. Israel, a vocal critic of Iran’s nuclear programme, did not sign the NPT and is estimated to possess a few hundred nuclear warheads, an issue Tehran cites as an example of western hypocrisy.
April 24, 2018 17:31 UTC
The car was recovered outside Travis Reinking’s apartment, but police didn’t figure out who stole it until after the restaurant attackDays before an assault on a Waffle House restaurant in which four people were killed and four wounded, police had Travis Reinking in their sights. Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer, officers decided against a police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device. In May 2016, Reinking told deputies from Tazewell county, Illinois, that music superstar Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking his phone. It is not clear why Travis Reinking moved recently from Morton, Illinois. DeEbony Groves, 21, and Akilah Dasilva, 23, were killed inside before customer James Shaw Jr grabbed the assault weapon.
April 24, 2018 17:26 UTC
Thursday’s Commons debate on borders and customs regimes after Brexit is a crucial opportunity for MPs to fire a very clear shot across the government’s bows in favour of the softest possible Brexit. It is important, nevertheless, that as many pro-European MPs as possible attend this debate and vote for the motion. Most businesses in Britain, especially in manufacturing, want to remain in the customs union or to join one that is effectively the same thing after Brexit. So, at present, does the EU, under strong pressure from France and Germany to make sure Brexit is not rewarded. MPs need to increase the pressure on the government as the Lords amendments to the Brexit bill pile up.
April 24, 2018 17:15 UTC
Several times a year our local newsagent is on the phone to Smiths News chasing non-deliveries. The office at the local Birmingham distributor will not take calls from customers and will only talk to the newsagent. Because the local wholesalers, WH Smith (now known as Smiths News), refused to handle it. Bernard BrownswordWhaley Bridge, Derbyshire• I was very disappointed when my local newsagent recently discontinued its paper delivery service, its explanation being problems with the wholesaler. Ian ArnottPeterborough• Join the debate – email firstname.lastname@example.org• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters
April 24, 2018 17:15 UTC
Yet from the trio of self-appointed world policemen (the US, France and UK) there is not a peep. I have yet to see any disparagement in your pages of the exceptional height of New York mayor Bill de Blasio. Mike HineKingston on Thames, Surrey• Predating Rick Nelson by six years, The Everly Brothers Sing Great Country Hits (1963) is surely a better contender for kickstarting country rock (Letters, 23 April). Steve LuptonManchester• No state benefits for a third child (Duke and Duchess show off new son, 24 April)? Peter CaswellWarrington• Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters
April 24, 2018 17:03 UTC