'A clear victory'Trump called the court ruling “a clear victory for our national security,” despite lower courts pointing out the ban afforded no “security” gains. However, the high court did not weigh in at all on the merits of the ban, or signal whether it was disposed to support the ban when it hears the case in October. Read our coverage
June 26, 2017 21:33 UTC
The body of a missing Mexican reporter has been found in the western state of Michoacán, bringing to seven the number of journalists murdered in the country this year. Salvador Adame, director of the local television station 6TV, was abducted 18 May in the city of Nueva Italia, some 400km west of Mexico City in a region known as Tierra Caliente, or the Hot Lands. Adame’s family and friends told the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) that he avoided reporting on drug cartels, but he did cover local politics, often critically. The harassment of journalists by public officials is common in Mexico, according to press freedom groups. Godoy also attributed the murder to “personal problems” – a commonly offered motive in complicated criminal cases, according to critics.
June 26, 2017 19:52 UTC
China will be listed under Tier 3, the ranking system’s lowest category, which applies to countries failing to meet minimum standards to prevent human trafficking or making significant improvement efforts. It wasn’t immediately clear what changes are leading the Trump administration to downgrade China to the lowest tier. In the 2016 report, the US called China a “source, destination and transit country” for forced labor and sex trafficking. Officials from countries designated in that tier can be barred from participating in US government educational and cultural exchange programs. New York-based China Labor Watch has accused that company of excessive overtime, low wages and verbal abuse of employees, though not of human trafficking.
June 26, 2017 19:41 UTC
The tech firms have long struggled to balance their missions of supporting free speech with the need to remove and prevent the spread of terrorist content. Internal Facebook documents recently obtained by the Guardian provided a window into the complex rules and methods behind the social media corporation’s moderation of terrorist content. Last year, White House officials met with Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft to discuss the subject. The British prime minister, Theresa May, has recently renewed her campaign against the technology companies with a crackdown meant to punish platforms that fail to take sufficient action against terrorist propaganda. At a recent bilateral meeting in Paris, May and French president Emmanuel Macron said they would explore new legal liabilities for tech companies that don’t remove inflammatory content, including possible fines.
June 26, 2017 19:24 UTC
Sweden says Johan Gustafsson, who was kidnapped while on a motorcycle tour, was set free ‘a few days ago’ but declined to give any details on the negotiationsA Swedish man kidnapped by Islamist militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government has confirmed. There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, from South Africa, who was also seized in Timbuktu. Gustafsson, 42, was flown to Stockholm on a special Swedish government plane later Monday but he did not appear before media. The kidnapping of Gustafsson – who Wallstrom said was the longest-held Swedish kidnapping victim “in the modern history of Sweden” – took place in November 2011 as Islamist extremism was gaining a foothold in northern Mali. French hostages held in the region were released through a series of operations but Gustafsson and McGown had languished in captivity.
June 26, 2017 19:03 UTC
Not only had she lost her majority; she had also failed to win her Brexit mandate. Mrs May’s current problem is that she has not yet properly come to terms with either of these outcomes. Even from her own point of view, it is hard to see why Mrs May has struck the DUP deal. This is far from being the “fair and serious” set of proposals that Mrs May again claimed in the Commons. The new plans are in fact barely any different from existing arrangements for migrants with leave to remain.
June 26, 2017 18:56 UTC
If a state like Victoria legalises assisted dying for the terminally ill, would other states follow suit? Photograph: Simon Renilson/AAPThere are non-religious people who are wary of introducing euthanasia laws, but the Catholic strain is obvious and contentious. In the end, whether Australia gets its first legal assisted dying laws is up to politicians, who have proven resistant in the past. Guy is opposed to assisted dying laws, but says Liberal members will have a conscience vote. If the assisted dying bill fails, it will underline opponents’ view that when politicians look at the issue closely, they balk.
John McEnroe has reopened a timeworn debate by saying that Serena Williams would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil’s Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000) in the men’s world rankings. “Maybe at some point a women’s tennis player can be better than anybody,” he said. Good day sir.”In 2015 McEnroe, who is now 58, said he believed he could still beat Williams. “For me, men’s tennis and women’s tennis are completely, almost, two separate sports,” Williams said.
The vast majority of Australians want to see the country dramatically increase the use of renewable energy, a new survey has found, despite attempts by the federal government to characterise renewables as unreliable and expensive. Of 2,660 respondents from across Australia, 71% agreed that climate change was occurring, continuing a trend established in the survey through 2014 and 2015. Ninety-six percent of respondents said they wanted the country’s primary energy source to be renewable, with support from either storage technologies (58%) or fossil fuels (38%). But enthusiasm for a greater dependency on renewable energy seemed nonpartisan, said Kember, with support for solar in particular consistent across just about every demographic breakdown. One respondent, in a focus group in Parramatta, said climate change had been used as a “political football”.
The sound of dial-up internet haunts your nightmares and you remember when floppy disks were actually floppy. They are old enough to have lived a childhood free of the internet but young enough to have spent their working lives online. Quietly tiptoeing away from becoming the face of the xennial generation, Woodman conceded that there is “something useful in the concept of generations because it reminds us of social context and the experiences that shaped our lives”. So here’s a quiz to find out if you are a xennial that will remind you of your 80s and 90s pop culture consumption, your eager adoption of the often frustrating world wide web, and your carefree life before ubiquitous mobile phones and “life” on social media. Quiz: how xennial are you?
US-Russia Business Council confirms farewell dinner for Kislyak, but foreign ministry spokeswoman says it’s up to Putin and the process would take monthsThe Russian foreign ministry has denied reports that its ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, is being recalled, even as plans for his departure are under way in Washington. Who is Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador rattling Trump's presidency? He had been tipped to take the top counter-terrorist job at the UN, but that was given to another Russian official, Vladimir Voronkov. How Trump's Russia meeting spurred a crisis at the White House Read moreA former US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, said in a tweet on Sunday: “As Ambassador Kislyak gets ready to leave … I wish him well. McFaul resigned as ambassador to Moscow in 2014 after only two years in the post, during which he was pilloried by pro-Kremlin media for meeting with opposition leaders.
June 26, 2017 17:49 UTC
Peter Burling is the youngest ever America’s Cup winning helmsman after steering New Zealand to the 35th edition of the greatest prize in world sailing. America's Cup (@americascup) Victory in race 9 goes to @EmiratesTeamNZWinners of the 35th America's Cup #ThereIsNoSecond #AmericasCup pic.twitter.com/mA9XKXcWXE“It is just unreal. “I don’t think we would be out here without the heartbreak of San Francisco.” Oracle’s helmsman, Jimmy Spithill, was gracious in defeat. But full credit to team New Zealand,” he said. But a less than perfect jibe left the door ajar and, just as they have done all series, New Zealand pounced.
June 26, 2017 17:47 UTC
Marcus Willis, the journeyman whose Cinderella story captivated Wimbledon last year, is one step closer to getting his name on the guestlist for this year’s ball. Next up for world No 374 Willis, his old friend and compatriot Liam Broady, who overcame Canada’s Frank Dancevic 6-2, 6-3. Even Broady is unlikely to dent Willis’s crowd appeal. “I think a lot of people will be rooting for Marcus,” he reflected with a smile. “Fingers crossed I’ll break a few British hearts.”Willis a very tricky customer who fights very hard.
June 26, 2017 15:56 UTC
Now artist Luke Willis Thompson has turned Diamond Reynolds into a different kind of screen starLuke Willis Thompson is still shocked. Willis Thompson, his crew and the gallery staff felt closely allied to Reynolds, and had been on tenterhooks during the deliberations. “She is recognised,” Willis Thompson reminds me, “for the worst day of her life.” He wanted to provide her with an alternative. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Diamond Reynolds during Jeronimo Yanez’s trial. Silence was fine by Willis Thompson: art was accommodating in ways that more mainstream means of representation might not be.
June 26, 2017 15:56 UTC
★★☆☆☆Has there been a bigger disparity between performer and material than there is between Jeff Lynne and his music? Lynne’s songs, with and without Electric Light Orchestra, are some of the most extravagant in pop history, full of cheesy splendour, quasi-symphonic flourishes and spaceship-sized melodies. It was more that his enthusiasm was so low-key, so utterly out of keeping with the exuberance of the music. “Marvellous,” he said after the pertinently named Don’t Bring Me Down, sounding like a man who had just successfully descaled his kettle. There was nothing wrong with the musicianship — Lynne’s voice was…
June 26, 2017 15:56 UTC