‘The war has changed’: CDC paper warns Delta variant is far more transmissible

Rochelle Walensky says ‘extreme’ measures needed to counter threat of virus that can be spread even by vaccinated people The Delta variant spreads much faster, is more likely to infect the vaccinated, and could potentially trigger more severe illness in the unvaccinated compared with all other known variants, according to an internal report compiled by […]

UN compound attacked in Herat city, western Afghanistan

Identity of assailants unknown, but Taliban fighters are known to have penetrated city after US withdrawal The main UN compound in the capital of the western Afghan province of Herat was attacked by “anti-government elements” on Friday and at least one security guard was killed, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said. The […]

A Malawian farmer visiting the US wants to know: ‘Why not do more on the climate crisis?’

New documentary The Ants and the Grasshopper follows Anita Chitaya’s journey from her drought-hit village to meet farmers and politicians in the US What do we owe each other in the face of an existential crisis like the climate emergency? That’s one big question at the heart of The Ants and the Grasshopper, a recently […]

Share your memories of the Greenham Common women’s peace camp

We would like to hear from women who took part in the peace protest at Greenham Common It is nearly 40 years since women first set up a peace camp outside RAF Greenham Common in protest against the storage of US cruise missiles on British soil. On the 5th September 1981, a Welsh women’s group, […]

AstraZeneca sales of Covid vaccine triple to $1.2bn in first half of 2021

Not-for-profit pledge sees British firm’s sales revenue fall significantly short of US rival Pfizer Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine has brought in $1.2bn (£900m) in the first half of this year, with sales tripling in the second quarter from the first – but its earnings remained significantly below […]

‘Climate change has become real’: extreme weather sinks prime US tourism site

At Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border, the water line has dropped to a historic low, taking a heavy toll on the local industry Chaos erupted at Bill West’s business in Page, Arizona, last week when he was forced to tell dozens of paid clients their summer vacations were either canceled or on hold – […]

China’s talks with Taliban could be a positive thing, US says

Delegation from militants meets Chinese foreign minister as Beijing seeks to extend influence in Afghanistan The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has said that Beijing’s interest in Afghanistan could be a “positive thing”, after China gave a warm and very public welcome to a senior Taliban delegation. Nine officials from the militant group, which […]

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, […]

Man v food: is lab-grown meat really going to solve our nasty agriculture problem?

If cellular agriculture is going to improve on the industrial system it is displacing, it needs to grow without passing the cost on to workers, consumers and the environment Americans will eat about 2bn chicken nuggets this year, give or take a few hundred million. This deep-fried staple is a way of profiting off the […]

US states brace for ‘avalanche’ of evictions as federal moratorium ends

Housing advocates are concerned that delays in rental assistance mean tenants will suddenly owe months of payments For months, Denise Forcer would get stressed just by opening her closet. The crush of belongings stuffed inside reminded her she didn’t know where she would go or what she would do if her landlord followed through with […]

The Guardian view on women and the Olympics: the athletes caught up – now the IOC must

Female competitors come very close to equality at the games. But Tokyo still highlights ongoing sexism and discrimination Strength, resilience and determination make sportswomen champions in the field. The same qualities are ensuring that more of them get there. Banned from the first modern Olympics, in 1896, only 22 competed among almost 1,000 athletes at […]

Manchester United sign Scotland’s Martha Thomas on two-year deal

Striker arrives after two seasons with West Ham ‘I’ve been impressed with the success the club has had’ Manchester United Women have signed the Scotland international Martha Thomas on a deal until the summer of 2023. Thomas spent the previous two seasons with West Ham and has also had a spell in France for Le […]

HSBC faces questions over disclosure of alleged money laundering to monitors

Bank was under supervision by US Department of Justice-appointed team because of previous violations HSBC discovered a suspected money laundering network that received $4.2bn (£3bn) worth of payments, it has emerged, raising questions over whether it disclosed the information to US monitors who at the time were ensuring the bank cleaned up its act. Insiders […]

Welsh slate landscape becomes UK’s newest world heritage site

Landscape surrounding Snowdonia in Gwynedd is 32nd site in UK to get prestigious global status The slate landscape of north-west Wales, said to have “roofed the 19th century world” as its quarries exported slate across the globe, has become the UK’s newest Unesco world heritage site. The landscape surrounding Snowdonia in the county of Gwynedd […]

Ancient Gilgamesh tablet seized from Hobby Lobby by US authorities

The craft store had acquired the 3,600-year-old artefact for its Bible museum, but court says it had been smuggled and should be returned to Iraq A rare and ancient tablet showing part of the epic of Gilgamesh, which had been acquired by Christian arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby for display in its museum of […]

‘This was Black Camelot’: looking back on Obama’s journey to the top

In a dense new docuseries, the personal and political journey of Barack Obama is explored along with the difficult tightrope he was forced to walk The date was 10 February 2007 and the air was cold. Barack Obama, a US senator without deep political experience, stood before the old state capitol in Springfield, Illinois, where […]

UK poised to end amber list quarantine for people vaccinated in US and EU

Ministers to discuss plans, with talks also to determine if they will apply to England only or all UK nations Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Plans to significantly open up international travel are expected to be announced on Wednesday, with UK ministers poised to let people who have been fully vaccinated […]

Former intelligence analyst sentenced to prison for drone program leak

Air Force intelligence analyst gave military documents to journalist to ‘dispel the lie that our lives are worth more than theirs’ A former air force intelligence analyst was sentenced to 45 months in prison on Tuesday for leaking top secret information about the US government’s drone strike program to a journalist. Daniel Hale of Nashville, […]

Coronavirus live: UK reports 23,511 cases in seventh daily drop in a row; Ireland to vaccinate children over 12

Latest updates: reported UK deaths reach 131; Ireland’s national immunisation advisory committee recommended vaccinating children against Covid Don’t run away with premature Covid conclusions says Johnson CDC expected to U-turn on some US mask rules for vaccinated people Sarah Sanders promotes ‘Trump vaccine’ but says people should pray Greater Sydney lockdown to be extended by […]

The Guardian view on a crime blitz: Boris Johnson won’t make you feel safer | Editorial

Many voters think the government handles crime badly. Unworkable but tough-sounding punishments won’t change their minds. Boris Johnson was a journalist who wanted to be prime minister. Now in Downing Street, he appears happiest when supplying headlines for the rightwing press. On Sunday, his plan to “blitz crime” was on the front page of the […]

Morrisons’ biggest shareholder ‘inclined’ not to back takeover bid

Move could be at risk as Silchester Asset Management indicates it’s unlikely to support Fortress plan A planned £6.3bn takeover of Morrisons could be at risk after the supermarket’s largest shareholder said they were likely to turn it down. Silchester Asset Management, which owns a 15% stake in the UK’s fourth largest supermarket, said it […]

‘This is how I’m going to die’: police tell panel of trauma of Capitol attack

Panel opened first hearing with focus on law enforcement officers who were attacked and beaten as rioters broke into US Capitol US politics – live updates Law enforcement officers have described fearing for their lives during the January attack on the US Capitol and living with “constant trauma” during the first hearing of the House […]

Coronavirus live: US keeps travel ban on UK and Schengen area; Thailand reports record case numbers

White House renews travel ban over fears of the Delta variant; Thailand registers 15,376 new cases – another record rise Europe clamps down amid fears over rapid spread of Delta variant UK to lift quarantine measures for some Britons vaccinated abroad Indonesia loosens Covid restrictions despite record deaths How England’s ‘pingdemic’ took a heavy toll […]

Covid cases in US may have been undercounted by 60%, study shows

Number of reported cases ‘represents only a fraction of the estimated total number of infections’ After rapid rollout, why has the US vaccine effort stalled? The number of Covid-19 cases across the US may have been undercounted by as much as 60%, researchers at the University of Washington have found. Related: Florida urged to ramp […]

UK monitoring sale of military supplier Ultra to firm backed by US equity

Kwasi Kwarteng has instructed Whitehall officials to keep close tabs on the takeover bid by Cobham The UK government has signalled that it is monitoring the sale of a key military supplier to a firm backed by US private equity amid concerns over the potential impact on national security. The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, is […]

At least 85 wildfires torch 1.5m acres across drought-hit US west

Fire season on track to break records set last year Dixie fire becomes largest in California amid high temperatures At least 85 active wildfires have torched roughly 1.5m acres across 13 US states, mostly in the west, where the parched landscape has fueled the fast-moving flames and caused extreme fire behavior that has proved difficult […]

US monitoring over 200 people for potential monkeypox exposure

Individual who contracted the disease caused by a virus similar to smallpox returned to Texas from Nigeria in July US health officials are monitoring more than 200 people for potential exposure to monkeypox, after an individual who contracted the disease in Nigeria returned to Texas in July. Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a […]

The cost of cooling: how air conditioning is heating up the world

As temperatures rise, a new book delves into the environmental toll of America’s favorite way to cool off The widespread reliance on air conditioning in the US is explored in Eric Dean Wilson’s book After Cooling: on Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort. The book explores how air conditioning has become one […]

Cuban leftists begin to turn their fire on the ‘harmful practices of the state’

Leading radicals are raising their voices against the demand for uncritical backing for the government Luis Emilio Aybar is a voice from the left, which in Cuba means pretty far left. By any measure, he should be a stalwart defender of the island’s communist regime. After widespread public protests that two weeks ago roiled the […]

Robert Parris Moses, civil rights activist, dies aged 86

Moses was beaten and jailed in Mississippi in mid-1960s ‘Second chapter’ saw foundation of Algebra Project in 1982 Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who endured beatings and jail time while leading Black voter registration drives in the American south during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He […]