• Guardian | 07:55 21/03/2018
    Why the lost kingdom of Patagonia is a live issue for Chile's Mapuche people

    The Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia was dismissed as the 19th century folly of a quixotic Frenchman but it left a powerful legacy of indigenous sovereignty Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 07:55 21/03/2018
    Commonwealth Games wifi service will mine visitors' Facebook data

    The data mining, which the Gold Coast council says is legal, will be used to market the city to touristsThe Gold Coast council will use a new city wifi service to harvest Facebook data from visitors to next month’s Commonwealth Games.The data mining, which the council says is legal and will be used to help the city market itself to tourists, relies on visitors using their Facebook accounts to log into a new high-speed wifi service. Continue reading...

  • BBC | 07:48 21/03/2018
    Luke Shaw: Ashley Young says Man Utd team-mate can be 'one of the best in the world'

    Manchester United defender Luke Shaw can be "one of the best in the world" but needs to "get his head down", says team-mate Ashley Young.

  • Guardian | 07:44 21/03/2018
    Alive with artisans: Cairo’s al-Darb al-Ahmar district – a photo essay

    Amid the historic quarter’s busy streets, a thousand workshops maintain centuries-old craftmaking traditions. These workers’ ancient skills are celebrated in a new exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society“Whatever manufactured items there are in the world,” wrote the Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi in 1671, “the poor of Cairo get hold of them, set them out and trade in them.” Nearly 350 years later, this tradition lives on in al-Darb al-Ahmar. This neighbourhood of 100,000 people, south-east of central Cairo, is said to be home to a thousand workshops. The place teems with artisans crafting everything from tents, books, boxes and brass lanterns to glass bowls and silk carpets. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 07:23 21/03/2018
    Spot the halo: saintly sightings in suburban America – in pictures

    From Jesus on a jukebox to a decadent backyard shrine, Bruce Wrighton’s vintage photographs taken in New York churches and barrooms explore how the sacred and the mundane collide Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 07:23 21/03/2018
    Abortion rates drop dramatically – but only in rich countries

    Study says terminations have nearly halved in 25 years, but higher rates, particularly of unsafe abortions, occur ‘overwhelmingly’ in poorer nationsRates of abortion have dropped significantly across the world in the past quarter-century, but the decline has been predominantly in the developed world, according to a report.Evidence gathered by the US-based Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy group for reproductive health, suggests the procedure, which kills tens of thousands of women every year, has become safer in many parts of the world. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 07:23 21/03/2018
    Donald Trump isn’t waging war on science. He just doesn’t care

    Under Trump, US science policy is on autopilot and largely directionless. Here is how to tackle this lack of leadershipThe first time the word “science” appeared in a tweet by Donald Trump was on 13 September 2012, long before he became US president, when he wrote: “Wake Up America! See article: ‘Israeli Science: Obama Birth Certificate is a Fake’.” Since becoming president, Trump has not mentioned the words “science” or “technology” in his tweets, reflecting not so much disdain for these issues but an abject lack of interest. After the 2016 election, the benign neglect of science policy was not an option anticipated by many, including Jack Stilgoe and me on this blog (though Robert Cook-Deegan did). It may not be a bad thing for the scientific community, but it does leave policy gaps that need to be filled. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 07:23 21/03/2018
    WhatsApp co-founder joins call to #DeleteFacebook as fallout intensifies

    Brian Acton adds his voice to Cambridge Analytica backlash, as US agency said to be investigating social network’s mishandling of dataFacebook’s troubles entered a fourth day with a rising chorus of people – including the co-founder of WhatsApp – joining the #DeleteFacebook movement as the Federal Trade Commission was reported to be investigating the company’s handling of personal data. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 07:12 21/03/2018
    The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers

    Cities can be dense without being overpopulated. But in the world’s most crowded city, the drains can’t cope – creating a grim new jobAfter decades cleaning the sewers of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s crowded capital, Sujon Lal Routh has seen plenty of misery. But the tragedy of 2008 was the worst. After a day of heavy rainfall left the streets flooded – as usual – seven workers were assigned to clear a blocked manhole in Rampura, in the centre of the city. Normally, cleaners cling to ropes to stop them getting sucked in by surging water when they clear blockages. But this group were new to the job. “They didn’t know about the impending danger or how to work in that situation,” says Sujon. “So, sewer water swallowed them.”Bystanders smashed the road open with hammers and shovels. Eventually, they dragged out three workers, dead. Another four were seriously injured; one later died in hospital. “The accident instilled fear in us, and for months we were even afraid to look into the sewers,” says Sujon. Continue reading...

  • BBC | 07:12 21/03/2018
    Russia election: Trump congratulates Putin over victory

    The US president says he will meet the Russian leader in the "not too distant future".

  • CNN | 07:07 21/03/2018
    Cambridge Analytica CEO: I met Trump 'many times'

    Cambridge Analytica, the embattled data analytics company best known for its work on President Donald Trump's campaign, has suspended its CEO Alexander Nix in the wake of undercover reports showing him discussing potential bribery and entrapment.

  • CNN | 06:51 21/03/2018
    Austin police: We're dealing with a serial bomber

    Austin police are investigating multiple package explosions that have left two dead and three injured.

  • CNN | 06:51 21/03/2018
    Wreck of sunken US WWII warship discovered

    Wreckage from the USS Juneau, a World War II cruiser sunk by a Japanese torpedo in 1942, has been discovered by a team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen on the floor of the South Pacific off the coast of the Solomon Islands.

  • BBC | 06:45 21/03/2018
    World Cup Qualifier: Scotland aim to beat West Indies and clinch 2019 place

    Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer says they must be fearless against the West Indies as they target a place at the 2019 World Cup.

  • Guardian | 06:40 21/03/2018
    Htin Kyaw, Myanmar president and Aung San Suu Kyi confidante, resigns

    President through whom Aung San Suu Kyi exerted political power steps down for health reasons amid pressure over Rohingya crisisThe president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, has stepped down, saying he is “taking a rest” following health issues. Htin Kyaw was an important ally in the government for state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from the presidency, and the pair were childhood friends. Htin Kyaw was nominated as president by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, in 2016 and she exerted much of her influence through him. Continue reading...

  • BBC | 06:34 21/03/2018
    News Daily: Facebook data row and NHS set for pay deal

    Your morning briefing for 21 March 2018.

  • Guardian | 06:24 21/03/2018
    A mafia killing has transformed Slovakia. But for how long? | Marta Frišová

    Mass protests at the killings of Ján Kuciak and his girlfriend have forced high level resignations – and they are not over yetOn the morning of Monday 26 February, Slovakia learned of a double murder: a young investigative journalist and his girlfriend had been shot dead. It happened in their small house, in a village not far from the Slovakian capital Bratislava. Someone called to tell me what had happened, and I thought: Oh, that’s terrible. That was it. Related: Mass protests as PM's resignation fails to quell Slovakia unrest Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 06:24 21/03/2018
    I stayed silent on child abuse. And I blame religion for that | Katie Edwards

    After Rotherham and Weinstein, it seems we’ve finally understood the power of speaking out. But there’s so far to goAs a child I was taught that silence was golden. On our way to assembly the teachers would make us press our fingers over our lips so only the sound of us padding to the hall could be heard. The local vicar stood at the front of the class every year at Lent to tell us that Jesus was silent in the face of his accusers. He would tell us that silence “can be more eloquent than a speech and louder than a shout”.He would draw on the passage from St Matthew’s Gospel in which, after his betrayal and arrest in Gethsemane, Jesus is brought before Pilate, and refuses to answer his questions. I was confused by the silence of Jesus – why didn’t he speak out? Of course, various interpretations have read this silence as a way of wresting power back from Pilate. But as a child the message was clear to me: silence was strength; and in the face of adversity or abuse, it was dignified. Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 06:24 21/03/2018
    Europe’s past matters today. My grandma’s survival story tells us why | Peter Wolodarski

    Having survived the Holocaust, fled Communism and lived in West Germany, Lusia saw how political institutions can serve both good and evil purposesMy grandmother was born in the Polish city of Równe. She died in Paris two weeks ago, a month before her 100th birthday. When I was growing up, I did not know much about her background. To me she was Grandma Lusia who lived in Germany and spoke Polish; my mum’s mum who called every evening and always wanted me to quickly pass the phone to my mother because it was so expensive to talk; Grandma who would come on surprise visits, driving her car all the way from Frankfurt to Stockholm, who arranged our summer and winter holidays, who always had a firm opinion about all sorts of things. Related: Poland’s nationalists are burying their antisemitic past – this is dangerous | Przemyslaw Wielgosz Continue reading...

  • Guardian | 06:24 21/03/2018
    Andrew Lloyd Webber at 70: how a ruthless perfectionist became Mr Musical

    He took the shonky British musical and made it a global phenomenon. As the composer celebrates his birthday with a new memoir, our theatre critic looks back at the hits – and flopsI first became aware of the global reach of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who hits 70 this week, one afternoon in Tbilisi in 1988. I was there with a party of journalists accompanying a National Theatre tour of Shakespeare’s late plays. We were invited to the Georgian ministry of culture, then still nominally communist, and politely asked our hosts what other piece of high art they might like imported from Britain.“Veber, Veber,” the Soviet suits all cried. Continue reading...

  • CNN | 06:24 21/03/2018
    UK to get first glimpse of polar bear cub

    The first polar bear cub to be born in the UK in a quarter of a century will take its first steps in public Wednesday.

  • CNN | 06:08 21/03/2018
    Disease doubling death risk for pregnant women

    Anemia is emerging as a threat that can double the risk of death in pregnant women, according to a new study.

  • Guardian | 06:08 21/03/2018
    'Peace-loving' North Korea claims credit for thaw with US

    State media hits out at suggestions rapprochement on the peninsula is a result of sanctions and Donald Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaignNorth Korea has commented for the first time on the recent rapprochement on the peninsula, saying warming relations with Seoul and Washington are thanks to its “proactive measure and peace-loving proposal”.North Korea also dismissed suggestions international sanctions were the cause of improved ties in a commentary published by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency, instead saying diplomatic efforts were a sign of Pyongyang’s strength and confidence. Continue reading...

  • CNN | 05:58 21/03/2018
    March for Our Lives explained

    Survivors of last month's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are preparing to take their fight for stricter gun control laws to Washington.

  • BBC | 05:58 21/03/2018
    Israel admits striking suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

    The Israeli military formally admits the strike for the first time as documents are declassified.