Climate crisis: what one month of extreme weather looks like – video

In the last month, devastating weather extremes have hit regions across the world. From flash floods in Belgium to deadly temperatures in the US, from wildfires in Siberia to landslides in India, it has been an unprecedented period of chaotic weather. Climate scientists have long predicted that human-caused climate disruption would lead to more flooding, […]

‘Stop patronising me and give me an interview’: the female journalists speaking up for India’s poor

India’s only all-women news organisation is the subject of an award-winning documentary. The film-makers explain their inspiring courage and energy A woman explains how a group of four men repeatedly broke into her house and raped her; six times so far. Did she go to the police? Yes, but officers refused to investigate. Instead, they […]

The floods show London is now on the frontline of the climate emergency | Sadiq Khan

From strengthening flood defences to creating low-traffic neighbourhoods, our city is taking bold action Sadiq Khan is the mayor of London Too often, we in the UK have thought of countries such as India and Bangladesh as being on the frontlines of the climate crisis. But the serious flooding in London over the weekend and […]

Bairstow leads Welsh Fire to win as Mandhana stars for Southern Brave

Second consecutive 50 for England star before Test duty Mandhana scores unbeaten 61 in Brave’s second win in row Jonny Bairstow might have been limited to just two appearances in The Hundred, but he has certainly made them count. The Yorkshireman stuck his second consecutive 50 in what was his last game for Welsh Fire […]

England cricketers demand clarity over Ashes travel restrictions for families

Players may decide not travel to Australia amid hectic schedule Michael Vaughan says a full-strength England team is unlikely England’s players will seek clarity in the coming days over whether their families will be allowed to join them in Australia for this winter’s Ashes series, amid concerns that some might decide not to participate if […]

Jake Lintott reviving English left-arm wrist-spin after half a century | Jonathan Liew

Unorthodox style delayed success, but opportunities from T20 and Hundred mean Lintott’s life is poised to change Three years ago, England were in a pickle. Wary of the threat of Kuldeep Yadav in the upcoming Test series against India, they wanted to call up a left-arm wrist-spinner from the county game who could replicate Kuldeep’s […]

India monsoons: at least 112 dead in Maharashtra state

Torrential rains cause landslides as military personnel assist with rescue operations in coastal regions At least 112 people have died in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities have said, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages. Parts of India’s west coast received up to 594mm (23in) […]

Ban Amnesty over Pegasus leaks role, Indian politician urges

Chief minister of Assam accuses human rights body of conspiracy to defame India’s PM, Narendra Modi The chief minister of the Indian state of Assam has called for Amnesty International to be banned in the country and accused it of a conspiracy to “defame” the prime minister, Narendra Modi, over its role in the explosive […]

The joy conundrum: why has the US hit peak happiness when the rest of the world is so sad?

A survey reveals that Americans are happier than they’ve been for 13 years. One very specific turning point may explain it Name: Happiness. Age: You know, pretty much for ever. But around 2,500 years, if we’re talking about the psychological and philosophical pursuit of happiness, which began with Confucius, Buddha, Aristotle and Socrates in China, […]

New York air quality among worst in world as haze from western wildfires shrouds city

Smoke from wildfires in the west caused hazy skies as air quality index surged to 157 in Manhattan, well above threshold of 100 New York City air quality was among the worst in the world as cities across the eastern US were shrouded in smoke from wildfires raging several thousand miles away on the country’s […]

Modi accused of treason by opposition over India spyware disclosures

Indian prime minister under fire after phone numbers of political rivals appear in data leak Narendra Modi’s government has been accused of treason and “unforgivable sacrilege” by the political opposition in India following a series of reports by the Pegasus project revealing several journalists, activists and an opposition election strategist had their phone numbers included […]

Tensions remain high as hopes dashed for breakthrough in China and India stalemate

Military build-up continues ‘like never before’ on both sides of 2,100-mile border despite high-level talks It was described as a dialogue, the first high-level meeting in months between the Indian and Chinese foreign ministers to address the ongoing border aggressions that have pushed the two nuclear-armed countries to the brink of war. But those hoping […]

The BBC’s interviewer found himself on a sticky wicket with Google’s CEO

Amol Rajan’s questioning failed to get behind the defences of Sundar Pichai’s ‘nice guy’ media image Last weekend, in what the BBC clearly regarded as important news, the corporation announced that its media editor, Amol Rajan, had been granted an interview with Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Alphabet (which basically means Google). It was […]

If Covid-19 is a seasonal virus, why is it spreading during the summer? | Francois Balloux

Understanding seasonality can help us to work out when the pandemic is likely to be over There is a paradox at the heart of Sars-Cov-2 transmission that has yet to be fully explored. While it’s firmly established that the virus transmits best in winter, in common with most other respiratory viruses, the UK is currently […]

England beat India in third T20 to win overall series – as it happened

Danni Wyatt hit an unbeaten 89 from 56 balls as England completed a 10-6 victory over India in their multi-format series 9.51pm BST England win the multiformat points series 10-6. They will be very pleased with that after India got back into it with a couple of tough wins at Worcester and Hove. All told, […]

Africa can’t be left to go it alone when it comes to Covid vaccines | Paul Farmer and Ishaan Desai

Europe and the US have won the scramble for vaccines – now they must help African nations produce their own More than 3bn doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have now been administered worldwide. But as the campaign forges ahead, one continent lags far behind the rest. Africa, home to 17% of the global population, accounts […]

Nat Sciver’s hard hitting gives England win over India in first T20

1st T20: England 177-7 beat India 54-3 by 18 runs (DLS method) Series score: England 8-4 India Related: England’s women beat India by 18 runs (on DLS)– as it happened A ferocious half-century from Nat Sciver saw England to an 18-run win on DLS in the first T20 against India at Northampton, taking them to […]

Fury in India over death of 84-year-old political prisoner Stan Swamy

Priest and human rights activist was denied bail despite being weakened by Parkinson’s and Covid India’s oldest political prisoner, an 84-year-old Jesuit priest who was denied bail as his health deteriorated, has died, prompting an outpouring of anger among lawyers, writers, politicians and activists. Father Stan Swamy, a priest and human rights activist who spent […]

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored)

The effects of ‘weird weather’ were already being felt in the 1960s, but scientists linking fossil fuels with climate change were dismissed as prophets of doom In August 1974, the CIA produced a study on “climatological research as it pertains to intelligence problems”. The diagnosis was dramatic. It warned of the emergence of a new […]

Europe has created a two-tier vaccination system that will hit poorer countries | Nesrine Malik

Barring entry to the EU for travellers given India-produced AstraZeneca will separate families and harm trade Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage If you are in the UK and have received the AstraZeneca jab, you may have been checking your batch number in the past few days to see if you were […]

Nerveless Mithali Raj steers India to last-gasp victory over England

England 219; India 220-6 Visiting captain scores winning runs in final over India pulled off a memorable last-over victory against England in the third ODI at Worcester yesterday, chasing down 220 with three balls to spare to bring up their first win of the multi-format series. Captain Mithali Raj finished unbeaten on 75 not out […]

Covid ‘perfect storm’ as more patients hit by fungal infections

Weakened lungs and immune systems make people increasingly vulnerable, warn scientists Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A rash of cases of a rare “black fungus” infection affecting thousands of critically ill Covid patients in India caused alarm last month. Now scientists are warning that other dangerous or even deadly fungal infections […]

Coronavirus live: Germans told to take Pfizer or Moderna as second dose after AstraZeneca for better protection

German vaccine committee says mixing and matching gives ‘clearly superior’ immune response; Uefa and UK government warned over Euro stadium crowds ‘Perfect storm’: more Covid patients hit by fungal infections Spain records surge in Covid cases among unvaccinated young people EU committee warns against Euro 2020 crowds at Wembley Pressure mounts on Bolsonaro over Brazil […]

ODI newcomer Sophia Dunkley helps England to narrow win over India

Second ODI: England beat India by five wickets Dunkley hits 73 not out, Kate Cross takes five for 34 England clawed their way to a five‑wicket win in the second ODI at Taunton with 15 balls to spare, coming out on top in a close contest against India thanks to an unbeaten 73 from Sophia […]

Amartya Sen: what British rule really did for India

It is true that before British rule, India was starting to fall behind other parts of the world – but many of the arguments defending the Raj are based on serious misconceptions about India’s past, imperialism and history itself The British empire in India was in effect established at the Battle of Plassey on 23 […]

Delta Covid variant may be edging race against vaccines

Analysis: research suggests ‘scarily fleeting’ contact could infect, and that places with high jab rates are susceptible Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The transmission advantage of the Delta variant that is spreading at pace globally is a sign that the race between vaccination and the virus could tip in favour of […]

Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver guide England to eight-wicket win over India

First ODI: India 201-8; England 202-2 Heather Knight: ‘It’s brilliant to see Tammy doing so well’ Tammy Beaumont cemented her status as the world’s No 1-ranked batter in ODIs, hitting an unbeaten 87 – her fourth consecutive half-century in the format – as England cruised to an eight-wicket win in the first ODI against India. […]

New Zealand win World Test Championship after last-day drama against India

WTC final, day six: India 217 and 170; New Zealand 249 and 140-2 Williamson half century leads New Zealand to eight-wicket win Two years after their heartbreak in the World Cup final at Lord’s, New Zealand returned to English soil and emerged triumphant, an eight-wicket victory over India meaning Kane Williamson’s men were crowned the […]

Kane Williamson digs in as New Zealand and India take edgy WTC final to last day

WTC final, day five: India 217 and 64-2; New Zealand 249 Both sides can still win but draw most likely result Rain and bad light may have decimated the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand but the match heads into its reserve day with a result still possible following a gripping arm-wrestle […]

Covid live: UK records 9,284 new cases; France lifts outdoor mask-wearing and curfew rules

A further six deaths were recorded in the UK; Vigilance urged as France eases restrictions PHE London says unlikely capital will have all over-30s double-vaccinated by 19 July People in UK with both jabs may not have to quarantine, says scientist Under-18s could be ‘reservoirs’ for virus when all UK adults are jabbed ‘Two Americas’ […]