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

James Ellington and Nigel Levine face career-ending injuries after crash

James Ellington has said he does not know how he and Nigel Levine are still alive after the British pair were left with injuries that are likely to end their careers following a head-on collision with a car during a training camp in Tenerife. A photo posted by James Ellington (@jimmyells) on Jan 18, 2017 at 9:34am PSTLevine’s injuries are serious but not as extensive. The 27-year-old Levine has helped Britain win eight world and European 4x400m relay medals, including gold at the 2014 European championships and 2013 European indoor championships. A British Athletics spokesman said: “Regretfully we can confirm that James Ellington and Nigel Levine have sustained injuries following a road accident in Tenerife. We will not be releasing further information on the severity of their injuries at the present time.”

January 18, 2017 12:14 UTC

Middle classes in crisis, IMF's Christine Lagarde tells Davos 2017

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called for urgent action to tackle a middle-class crisis as she warned that inequality, distrust and a lack of hope were fuelling growing populism. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Lagarde said she had first highlighted the dangers of rising inequality four years ago but had been ignored. Joe Biden said globalisation and new technology were in effect “hollowing out the middle class, the traditional engine of economic growth and social stability in western nations”. Larry Summers, the Harvard professor and former US Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton, questioned whether concern over income inequality really explained the crisis in the middle classes. “Policymakers must deliver a vision of a better future – something that is lacking in Europe right now,” he said.

January 18, 2017 11:51 UTC

BBC Trust says Laura Kuenssberg report on Corbyn was inaccurate

The BBC’s political editor inaccurately reported Jeremy Corbyn’s views about shoot-to-kill policies in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, according to the BBC Trust. In its finding the Trust also said that there was no evidence of bias or of intent on the part of the senior BBC journalist, however. James Harding, the director of BBC news, rejected the Trust’s ruling and called Kuenssberg “an outstanding journalist and political editor with the utmost integrity and professionalism”. “BBC News reported on the leader of the opposition in the same way it would any other politician. The added that the complaint had been rejected on four separate occasions before the Trust’s final ruling.

January 18, 2017 11:39 UTC

William Onyeabor, cult Nigerian musician, has died aged 70

William Onyeabor, groundbreaking synth funk musician, has died at the age of 70. William Onyeabor: one of music’s most insoluble puzzles to the end Read moreThe Nigerian artist died on 16 January, according to a statement released by David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop. Describing him as “the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer”, the statement explained that Onyeabor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, following a short illness. His career was given a new lease of life in recent years with the release of a best of album entitled Who Is William Onyeabor? “William Onyeabor would never speak about himself and for a long time refused many of the interview requests that came his way,” continues the statement.

January 18, 2017 11:30 UTC

Alt-writing: how the far right is changing US publishing

Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty ImagesPart of the success of rightwing publishing rests with the fact that while the left, diverse and fractious, reads across a larger group of authors, conservatives tend to focus on a few big names. The far right has had to look to writers from abroad, including Europeans such as Tom Sunic, Alain de Benoist and Julius Evola. Brit-born Yiannopoulos credits the late Christopher Hitchens as an example of the valuable help being offered to the American right from overseas. But their appeal utilises the same flash-bang delivery and emotive narratives as today’s rightwing politicians – the image of the red-blooded hero, battling dark and alien evil. The persuasiveness of today’s new right rarely depends on the coherence or depth of its thought.

January 18, 2017 11:00 UTC

The Panama chef using rainforest ingredients to transform fine dining

At a fine dining restaurant in Panama City, customers are tucking into kalalu, a tropical fern with an earthy flavour, blanched like an asparagus, and brushed with olive oil and grilled. His restaurant Maito has undertaken the mission of exploring Panamanian biodiversity, while also bringing indigenous and traditional ingredients to the fine dining scene. Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘Now there are a lot of us [chefs] working with these kinds of ingredients,’ Olmedo Carles. “Through Nutre Hogar they get them the tools and energy to make it happen. “The organic products market in Panama is now very big,” says Vanessa Vicuña, the executive director of Nutre Hogar.

January 18, 2017 10:24 UTC

Japan to end tourists' toilet trouble with standardised buttons

Nine manufacturers belonging to the Japan sanitary equipment industry association will soon start using the same eight symbols to explain the buttons found on their state-of-the-art WCs. In a 2014 survey of 600 foreign visitors, a quarter said they could not understand some of the symbols that appear on the toilet buttons. The confusion arose when manufacturers created their own symbols after the first toilet with washing and drying functions appeared in Japan in the mid-1960s. The decision to standardise toilet pictography is the latest attempt to make Japan’s toilets more user friendly. Last month, “toilet paper” for germ-infested smartphone screens was installed in dozens of cubicles in the arrivals hall at Narita international airport.

January 18, 2017 09:45 UTC

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal backtracks on retirement

Louis van Gaal has backtracked on his suggestion on Monday that he has retired from coaching. The former Manchester United manager is still open to returning if he receives an attractive offer. “Whether I continue or not will also depend on the offers I get,” Van Gaal said. “I’ve coached many clubs and I think it’s very difficult to improve on that level of clubs. Van Gaal has not worked since leading United to victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.

January 18, 2017 09:18 UTC

EE is fined £2.7m for overcharging customers

Ofcom said that EE had wrongly decided that it could not identify the people it had overcharged and was proposing to give the money to charity Nick Ansell/PAEE, the mobile phone operator, has been fined £2.7 million for overcharging almost 40,000 customers by about £250,000 in total. Customers who called the company’s 150 customer services number while roaming in other EU states were charged as though they had called the United States, the regulator said. As a result, at least 32,145 customers were overcharged around £245,700 in total. Ofcom said that EE had also wrongly decided that it could not identify those it had overcharged and was proposing to give their money to charity, which would have left the customers out of pocket. In another breach, despite making it free to call or text the 150 number from within the EU…

January 18, 2017 09:00 UTC

Burberry sees through Christmas in style

The luxury fashion house has posted a better-than-expected third quarter after strong trading in Europe and the Middle East Samir Hussein/GettyStrong trading and a weak pound over Christmas have helped Burberry to post a better-than-expected third quarter. The British luxury fashion house said that its retail revenue hit £735 million in the three months to December 31, which was up 3 per cent on a like-for-like basis. This was ahead of expectations; analysts at Haitong Research expected comparable sales growth of 2 per cent. Much of the pick-up in performance was driven by strong trading in the Europe and Middle East. In the UK the fall in the value of…

January 18, 2017 09:00 UTC

Iraq's Marsh Arabs test the waters as wetlands ruined by Saddam are reborn

The morning of 20 January 1992 began much like any other for the Mohammed family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Rising at first light, they roused their herd of buffaloes and drove the beasts snorting and protesting into the surrounding wetlands to graze. Satellite view of the Satellite view of the wetlands in southern Iraq in February 2000, and in February 2010. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Abu Sabah, a Marsh Arab, cuts down reeds at the Chebayesh marsh in Nassiriya. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters/ReutersEver since the Marsh Arabs were pushed into exile, their unique culture has been steadily eroded by more socially conservative norms.

January 18, 2017 09:00 UTC

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