The Guardian View on the anti-Trump marches: Nasty Women of the world unite | Editorial

And it is, in fact, Mr Trump who promoted and relied upon identity politics in this election. Women’s rights are simply human rights; human rights are women’s rights, the marchers reminded us – a saying popularised by Hillary Clinton, then first lady, at 1995’s UN world conference on women. The Beijing declaration reached at that meeting was the most progressive international agreement on advancing women’s rights. Human rights groups warn that in international policy-making, countries are increasingly pushing back against gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights. Mr Trump’s victory demonstrates that advances can be undone, and doubtless will be over the next four years.

January 22, 2017 19:24 UTC

The Guardian view on The Gambia: celebrate the other inauguration | Editorial

Mr Jammeh declared a state of emergency. Now Mr Jammeh has gone and the nation is celebrating its first democratic transition, effected by sustained pressure from across the region. Mr Barrow has no experience of public office and did not appear to have any great hunger for the top job. Mr Barrow has pledged to promote human rights, release political prisoners, reverse malgovernance and support press freedom. The regional support Mr Barrow has received so far has been impressive.

January 22, 2017 19:20 UTC

Sir Rod Stewart rocks Scottish Cup fifth round draw with bizarre antics

Sir Rod Stewart has caused a stir on social media with his bizarre antics during the Scottish Cup fifth round draw. Stewart was invited to conduct the draw, held at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium, alongside former Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs and SFA president Alan McRae. Darren Campbell (@daz_campbell) Did Rod Stewart just feel the president of the SFAs arse live on tv. Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) Rod Stewart doing the 5th Round Scottish Cup draw is the most bizarre thing you'll see today 😂 had earlier beaten Albion Rovers 3-0, in a tie moved from Albion’s Cliftonhill ground in Coatbridge to Airdrie’s larger stadium. Hearts, who were held by Raith Rovers on Sunday, will play Scottish Cup holders and local rivals Hibernian if they get through their replay.

January 22, 2017 19:09 UTC

US in talks to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

The White House has said it is in the early stages of talks to fulfil Donald Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an action that is likely to spark anger in the Arab world. Moving US embassy to Jerusalem could provoke violent 'chaos', experts warn Read moreWashington’s embassy is in Tel Aviv, as are most foreign diplomatic posts. Israel calls Jerusalem its eternal capital, but Palestinians also lay claim to the city as part of an eventual Palestinian state. In Washington, Trump said the call had been “very nice”. Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements in expectation that Trump will retreat from the previous administration’s criticism of such projects.

January 22, 2017 19:01 UTC

Thousands march against prison pardons in Romania

Thousands of people have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to protest against a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners, which critics say could reverse the anti-corruption fight. Thousands also protested in the western city of Cluj and in Iași in the north. Elderly people were among the protesters, with others carrying carried children on their shoulders or holding them in their arms. In Bucharest, protesters shouted: “We want democracy, with thieves in prison.” They cheered after the president, Klaus Iohannis, a government critic who supports the anti-corruption drive, turned up at the protest. Prison authorities say 3,700 prisoners could be freed.

January 22, 2017 18:55 UTC

Greek court to decide on fate of eight Turkish soldiers

Greece’s supreme court will decide on Monday on the fate of eight Turkish military officers who fled their country a day after last year’s attempted coup in a case that has triggered outrage among intellectuals and is viewed as a test for European democratic values. He has publicly said that the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has assured him the officers will be sent back. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Turkish military helicopter at Alexandroupolis airport in July 2016 after the men flew it to Greece. The supreme court, or Areios Pagos, is headed by a government appointee. The Greek minister of justice could have the last say.

January 22, 2017 18:41 UTC

The pope has acted to speed up abuse cases | Letters

The pope has instructed church leaders to have zero tolerance of abusers and of those who cover up crimes of abuse. For many years bishops have been advised to cooperate fully with civil authorities on matters of child abuse. That some still fail to do so is a matter of huge concern, which is why the pope in September established a panel of jurors to hear cases against bishops and religious superiors. Pope Francis will depend on receiving competent advice and so until the panel of jurors is seen to deal publicly with bishops and religious superiors, it will not be taken seriously. Baroness Sheila HollinsCrossbench, House of Lords• Join the debate – email• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

January 22, 2017 18:32 UTC

Trump presidency begins with defense of false 'alternative facts'

The total was far greater than had been anticipated and easily exceeded Trump’s inauguration crowd the day before. Trump was earlier sharply criticised for delivering a campaign-style speech in front of a memorial to fallen CIA officers. Only 10 days earlier, Trump had personally likened the US intelligence establishment to Nazi Germany. The new White House, however, remains under pressure on several other fronts. A petition on the White House website for Trump to release his personal tax returns has been signed by more than 200,000 people.

January 22, 2017 18:00 UTC

Rex Tillerson receives backing to be secretary of state from key senators

Despite his history of business and friendship with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, oil boss Rex Tillerson gained two key supporters among Republican skeptics on Sunday. A Democratic leader, meanwhile, hinted at battles to come over Donald Trump’s extremely conservative picks to fill the government. Tillerson is also close to Igor Sechin, according to former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, hinted on Sunday of the battles to come over Trump’s more “extreme” appointments. “What’s been unfortunate is that all I asked of my colleague Senator Schumer was to treat President Trump the same we treated President Obama,” McConnell said.

January 22, 2017 17:39 UTC

MLB suffers tragedy as Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte killed in car crashes

Major League Baseball has been hit by a double tragedy after two players were killed in separate car crashes in their native Dominican Republic. The Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and the former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte both died on Sunday. In the 2014 World Series Ventura was one of the Royals’ best players, highlighted by his seven shutout innings in Game 6. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”Cleveland Indians (@Indians) Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. Ventura was also a close friend of the St Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Tavares, who was killed in a car crash in 2014.

January 22, 2017 17:08 UTC

Sean Spicer: brash brawler in frontline of Trump's 'war with the media' – period

The world is about to hear a whole lot more about Sean Spicer. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Sean Spicer steps away from the podium without taking questions after speaking at the White House on Saturday. ‘Sean Spicer,’ she says, ‘is a curse word in our house’.”Like many Republicans, Spicer was critical of Trump before going to work for him. Anything you can do in your dreams, you can do now.’”Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) Sean Spicer chews—and swallows—two and a half packs of cinnamon gum by noon every day. Spicer has an added problem never faced by a press secretary before.

January 22, 2017 17:00 UTC

Archbishop of Canterbury intervenes to stop Iraqi's deportation

The archbishop of Canterbury has intervened in an attempt to prevent an Iraqi Christian who fled Islamic State jihadis from being returned to his home country. The man has already had two appeals against his rejected asylum application turned down and is seeking permission for a third appeal. I strongly endorse [his] desire to seek asylum in the UK.”The man, a Syriac Orthodox Christian, said Welby had offered to write the letter. He has twice met the Prince of Wales, at events at which the prince has expressed concerns for Middle Eastern Christians. Archbishop Welby has repeatedly voiced concern for Iraqi Christians since Isis expelled centuries-old Christian communities in 2014, and has urged the government to offer them refuge.

January 22, 2017 16:57 UTC

Alexis Sánchez scores 98th-minute penalty in dramatic Arsenal win over Burnley

With the pack chasing Chelsea dropping points all around them this weekend, a win – any win, even a boring, routine, nothing remarkable win – would have been welcomed by Arsenal. Until then Arsenal had been leading Burnley, protecting a narrow lead with 10 men after Granit Xhaka’s sending off. The mood lurched one way as Burnley were awarded a penalty. Arsène Wenger was sent from the dugout for letting his emotions out on the fourth official. Alexis Sánchez took the responsibility with a flourish as he dinked the ball straight down the middle.

January 22, 2017 16:27 UTC

Adrift in a dreamworld – the genius of Michael Andrews makes us doubt our own eyes

In his painting The Colony Room I, Michael Andrews pays homage to two giants of British art. “Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends!” the gutter genius is no doubt declaiming, as was his wont. Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘Fierce glamour’ … Bacon and Freud glimpsed in The Colony Room I, 1962, by Michael Andrews. Photograph: © The Estate of Michael Andrews. Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘Melting in the heat’ … Permanent Water Mutidjula, by the Kunia Massif, 1985, by Michael Andrews.

January 22, 2017 15:02 UTC

Severe weather including tornadoes kills 15 in Georgia and Mississippi

Four dead after tornado strikes Mississippi inflicting 'massive damage' Read moreAt the White House, President Donald Trump pledged federal assistance for Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Coroner Tim Purvis said an apparent tornado “leveled” the park before dawn and that emergency responders searched for survivors for hours. Jalen Bennett, who lives about a mile from the park, said he was sleeping when a severe weather alarm sounded on his cellphone at about 4am. The National Weather Service said on Sunday that southern Georgia, northern Florida and the corner of south-eastern Alabama could face forceful tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail. The weather service’s Storm Prediction Center warned on its website of a “dangerous outbreak of tornadoes” on Sunday afternoon and pressed for residents to prepare.

January 22, 2017 14:53 UTC

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