Amanda Knox says Matt Damon film Stillwater ‘rips off’ and distorts her story

Writer-director Tom McCarthy’s movie ‘inspired’ by 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher reinforces conspiracy theories about the case, says Knox Amanda Knox has accused actor Matt Damon and director Tom McCarthy of “rip[ping] off my story without my consent at the expense of my reputation” in the upcoming film Stillwater, which McCarthy has said […]

José Mourinho out to prove he can rediscover art of winning at Roma | Nicky Bandini

The Portuguese has played down the idea he can offer a quick fix but expectations are high for his return to Italy How many managers could inspire a mural before taking charge of their first game? José Mourinho was not even officially in the job yet at Roma when the street artist Harry Greb depicted […]

The lobbying push that killed off a fight to save the Great Barrier Reef

The successful campaign to keep the Great Barrier Reef off Unesco’s ‘in danger’ list has been greeted with dismay – and gloom about the reef’s chance of recovery. Graham Readfearn explains the fierce global effort to deny the impact of the climate crisis on a prized natural asset. This episode includes explicit language The Great […]

Migrant boat capsizes off Libya, killing 57, as regional toll for 2021 nears 1,000

International Organization for Migration links rise in deaths to decrease in sea patrols At least 57 people have died after a migrant boat capsized off the Libyan coast, taking the total death toll in the central Mediterranean in 2021 to almost 1,000 – four times as many as in the same period last year. Flavio […]

Buried in concrete: how the mafia made a killing from the destruction of Italy’s south

The south of the country bears the scars of how bosses enriched their clans with illegal, brutalist buildings and gaudy, now decaying, villas If you ask Maurizio Carta what the mafia looks like, he will take you to the residential areas of the Sicilian capital of Palermo. There, hundreds of desolate, nondescript grey apartment blocks […]

Vatican reveals it owns more than 5,000 properties

Real estate holdings published for first time show it owns 4,051 properties in Italy, 1,120 abroad The Vatican has released information on its real estate holdings for the first time, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties, as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever. The information released on Saturday was contained in two […]

World Report award 2021 shortlist – in pictures

The finalists of the World Report award have been announced. The award aims for a new form of social commitment through photography. The award, open to professional and amateur photographers across the world, focuses on people and their social or cultural stories; public or private, minor or crucial, major human tragedies or smaller daily life […]

Four arrested over online racist abuse of England footballers

Police warn other alleged offenders will be tracked down for targeting black players after Euro 2020 final Police have arrested four people over alleged racist abuse directed at England football players online, while warning other perpetrators that they will be tracked down. After England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday, three black players […]

Social networks’ anti-racism policies belied by users’ experience

Analysis: Twitter, Facebook and others condemn hateful speech, so why is it so easy to find on their sites? The world’s biggest social networks say racism isn’t welcome on their platforms, but a combination of poor enforcement and weak rules have allowed hate to flourish. In the hours after England’s loss to Italy in the […]

Marcus Rashford scores in book charts with You Are a Champion

Public sympathy for the defeated England striker has sent sales rocketing for his inspirational life guide for kids Marcus Rashford’s children’s book You Are a Champion has shot to the top of the charts in the days after England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy. A guide for young people in which the footballer […]

New babies to see – and a need for sun: why we’re saving for a holiday-filled 2022

For Krishan Parmar and his husband, Matthew, travelling has always been a big part of their life. That’s why they’re using the saving habits they picked up over lockdown to pay for some memorable trips next year Krishan Parmar and Matthew Weeks had big travel plans for 2020. A wedding in Italy, a birthday trip […]

Italy bans cruise ships from Venice lagoon after Unesco threat

Vessels weighing more than 25,000 tonnes barred from lagoon from 1 August Italy has banned cruise ships from the Venice lagoon in what appears to be a definitive move welcomed by anti-cruise ship campaigners. “We finally seem to have got there,” said Tommaso Cacciari, the leader of No Grandi Navi (No Big Ships), an activist […]

Euro 2020: 24 fans from 24 countries review the tournament

Fans in Italy are overjoyed; fans in England are proud; and fans in Turkey are not happy The Azzurri inspired the world with that special Italian sprezzatura, a dogged work ethic and a confident swagger. They established a new generation of players while honouring the old guard. They lived up to their potential and exceeded […]

England’s players may take months to get over Euro 2020 final heartache | Karen Carney

Experience taught me how hard it can be to recover from such a defeat and we all have a part to play in the healing process England has had five weeks of being brought together by a group of young men who carry themselves with humility and tried to make the country’s dream come true. […]

Share your experiences of fans without tickets at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

We would like to hear from those who were at Wembley when people without tickets tried to get into the stadium England fans without tickets forced their way through Wembley security barriers on Sunday before the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Witnesses said the numbers may have been in the hundreds. If you were at […]

Tearful Donnarumma lays marker as Italy’s heir to Buffon | Nicky Bandini

Goalkeeper put the difficulty of his Milan exit behind him to deliver his career-best performances this summer Giorgio Chiellini took the cup to bed with him on Sunday night. Well, it would be more accurate to say Monday morning. Italy’s captain insisted he was only continuing a tradition established by Fabio Cannavaro after the Azzurri […]

England the country – not the football team – needs to take a look at itself | Barney Ronay

The racism, violence and abuse are problems the sport can police, but only wider political and societal forces can solve And so, back to black. The Wembley gates have been rushed. Anthems have been booed, stewards punched, murals defaced, racism paraded across social media. The lads are gacked up on Cake and Russel Dust outside […]

The Guardian view on Rashford, Sancho and Saka: let down by dog whistles from Downing Street | Editorial

The prime minister should have done more to defend the England team against a racist minority The country awoke on Monday to greyish July skies and a sense of sporting disappointment. Overnight, the England team Twitter account had published a nicely turned message seeking to capture the sense of national togetherness that grew during Euro […]

Queen wishes England football team success in Euro 2020 final

Note to manager Gareth Southgate pays tribute to ‘spirit, commitment and pride’ of the Three Lions The Queen has paid tribute to the “spirit, commitment and pride” of the England football team in a good luck message ahead of the Euro 2020 final. In a short note to manager Gareth Southgate, the 95-year-old monarch sent […]

How Mancini’s quest for joy rebuilt Italy from the wreckage of 2018

Nation has fallen back in love with the Azzurri’s attacking style but it will mean nothing if they fall at the final hurdle Roberto Mancini has achieved the goal he set out at the start of Euro 2020. In an open letter on the eve of the tournament, Italy’s manager promised that his team would […]

Harry Kane ready for ‘the moment you dream of’ in England’s final reckoning

Striker has toiled in previous finals but is fully fit for Italy game ‘These occasions are for you to grab, to create your own history’ For Harry Kane, the stars appear to be aligning. Out of touch during the early part of Euro 2020, he has found his groove to the extent that another Golden […]

Flying ants could swarm Euro 2020 final at Wembley

England-Italy match may be clouded by insects after Met Office radar detects start of ‘nuptial flights’ Swarms of flying ants could swarm to Wembley and cloud the Euro 2020 final, after a radar detected millions of bugs over London and the south-east on Friday. As luck has it, the final between England and Italy is […]

Playing Euro 2020 final at Wembley will give Italy extra motivation, says Bonucci

Defender says England will not have an advantage on Sunday Bonucci: ‘We will play at their home but we are not afraid of that’ Leonardo Bonucci believes that playing the Euro 2020 final against England at Wembley will give Italy extra motivation and has said they are not afraid of facing Gareth Southgate’s side there. […]

Sing when you’re winning – take our Euro 2020 football anthems quiz

Do you know your Ant from your Dec and your Three Lions from your Atomic Kitten? Find out with our tricky and slightly silly quiz They are the soundtrack to our summers of joy and despair. The songs that accompany the moments when our hearts soar as goals go in, and break as crucial penalties […]

Why declining birth rates are good news for life on Earth | Laura Spinney

In the midst of a climate crisis with 8 billion humans on the globe, it’s absurd to say that what’s lacking is babies Fertility rates are falling across the globe – even in places, such as sub-Saharan Africa, where they remain high. This is good for women, families, societies and the environment. So why do […]

Nils Politt pushes hard to take first Grand Tour stage win in Nîmes

German successfully attacks final breakaway on stage 12 Mark Cavendish takes things easy on largely uneventful day A weary peloton took things easy after Wednesday’s double ascent of Mont Ventoux, with an opportunistic breakaway led home by Nils Politt, who, after a string of top-five finishes in the Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, took […]