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  • US Open 2019: first round – live!
    by Scott Murray on June 13, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Keep up with all the action from Pebble BeachOfficial live leaderboardChips on shoulder drive Koepka’s shot at historyAnd feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 7.32pm BST Even the greatest players make amateur errors. Mickelson yips a tiddler from 12 inches at 3. Bogey. He’s +1. DJ also drops to +1 after sending a simple wedge in short and into thick rough. Meanwhile up on the par-three 5th, McIlroy sends his tee shot into thick rough front left of the green … then fluffs his chip. His ball only just makes the apron. But then he illustrates the difference between the world’s greatest and your weekend hacker, trundling in the par saver to escape from a hole he’d made a complete mess of. Rahm misses a six-footer for his birdie, while Leishman’s renaissance continues with birdie; he’s -1. 7.27pm BST It’s been a good season for CT Pan. The 27-year-old from Taiwan won his first PGA Tour title a couple of months ago, the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. (Pan must like the Carolinas, having nearly won the Wyndham in Greensboro, NC, last year.) Today’s probably one to forget, though. He’s played ten holes so far, and already has four double bogeys on his card! He’s +8 after making a mess of 3, 6, 9 and 10. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s propping up the entire field out there so far, 78th out of 78. Continue reading… […]

  • Kellyanne Conway should be removed from office, says federal watchdog – live
    by Jessica Glenza in New York on June 13, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Office of Special Counsel recommends White House aide be removed due to violations of Hatch Act, which requires certain activities be nonpartisanSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 7.32pm BST Former Vice President Joe Biden is being criticized for frequently using a lock-up-your-daughters style joke at multiple public events, including most recently in Iowa. Joe Biden meets a voter’s granddaughter in an Iowa coffee shop and asks her age. She says she’s 13. He addresses her brothers. “You’ve got one job here, keep the guys away from your sister.” 7.18pm BST Warren has called herself a “capitalist”, in contrast to Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. Sanders will be one of her toughest opponents to beat. However, a surprising new poll from Axios found socialism may not be as toxic as some might expect. Forty percent of Americans would rather live in a socialist country than a capitalist one, with a majority of younger women having this preference, according to a new poll. … Although 55% of women in the 18-54 age group said they would prefer living in a socialist country, “a majority of men prefer to live in a capitalist country”, Axios noted. Related: Four in 10 Americans prefer socialism to capitalism, poll finds Continue reading… […]

  • Australia 3-2 Brazil: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!
    by Kieran Pender at Stade de la Mosson on June 13, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Women’s World Cup Group C updates from MontpellierSubplots abound as Matildas gear up for defining gameAny thoughts? Email or tweet @KieranPender 7.07pm BST Here’s a choice stat, via Fifa: the Matildas are only the second team in Women’s World Cup history to win after a two-goal deficit. 7.05pm BST Tactical guru Richard Parkin has been sitting next to me all game – his match report will be with you shortly. Ella Reilly has been in the stands and will have her analysis online later, while Sarah Groubes should be filing her playing ratings any minute now. I will have some reaction from the press conference in the live blog, and then call it a day. Continue reading… […]

  • South Africa v China: Women’s World Cup – live!
    by Niall McVeigh on June 13, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    Women’s World Cup updates from the Group B gameCheck out the latest Golden Boot standingsAnd you can email Niall here or tweet him here 7.19pm BST Get better acquainted with these two teams with our Experts’ Network guides: Related: Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 6: China Related: Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 8: South Africa 7.10pm BST South Africa (4-5-1): Swart; Ramalepe, Van Wyk, Matlou, Holweni; Kgatlana, Makhabane, Mbane, Biyana, Jane; Fulutudilu.Subs: Mpuru, Diamini, Vilakazi, Dhlamini, Mthandi, Motlhalo, Seoposenwe, Makhubela, Smeda, Gamede, Ndimeni, Mulaudzi. Continue reading… […]

  • Photographer Stephen Dupont looks back – a picture essay
    on June 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Renowned Australia photographer Stephen Dupont chooses 10 of his most memorable images and explains why they had an impact. He is talking at Aperture, the southern hemisphere’s largest photography conference, held from 22-23 June 2019 in SydneyNorthern Alliance soldier, Bagram, Afghanistan, 1998 Continue reading… […]

  • London Bridge attack: MI5 agent defends security services
    by Dan Sabbagh on June 13, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Man identified as Witness L tells inquest MI5 did not have resources to closely monitor attackersIn the environment of a high security Old Bailey courtroom, a senior MI5 officer offered his “profound personal sympathies” to the families of the eight victims of the London Bridge terror attack as he gave evidence at the inquest into their deaths.But the man identifiable only as Witness L stopped short of making a full apology, arguing that while every member of MI5 “comes to work every day to stop attacks like this”, unfortunately some terrorists slipped through the net. Continue reading… […]

  • It would have been a bigger disrespect if USA had not celebrated all 13 goals | Eni Aluko
    by Eni Aluko on June 13, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Criticism of the World Cup defending champions has been widespread since they thumped lowly Thailand by a record score in Tuesday’s group gameI have to say I’ve been surprised to see some of the reaction to the USA team’s celebrations during the 13‑0 win against Thailand. I think some of it is to do with the fact that they aren’t the most popular team out there – there’s this perception that the USA are arrogant and everything is excessive and over the top with them.But there is also a perception that women’s football should be all hugs, smiles and kisses – people do not expect a level of ruthlessness they might see in the men’s game. That kind of win-at-all-costs attitude is perhaps something people don’t expect from women. There’s still that unspoken rule that everything should be all “nicely‑nicely” but listen: this is a Word Cup. Continue reading… […]

  • Boris Johnson leads Tory leadership race with 114 votes; Leadsom, McVey and Harper out – live
    by Andrew Sparrow on June 13, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the first round of voting in the Tory leadership contestFull results: round one of the Conservative leadership electionAndrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper out of raceFirst round ballot results – Snap analysisAfternoon summaryWhat happens next in Tory leadership contest 6.16pm BST Thank you to my colleagues and friends in the Conservative Party who gave me their vote today. I look forward to continuing to share my positive vision and my plan for uniting the country #TeamSajThanks so much for the fantastic support – terrific to have more votes from colleagues than I could have hoped for #letsmoveforward Related: Full results of the Conservative leadership election – round 1 The dividing line between @Conservatives and Labour is our reputation for economic responsibility. I have written to all the leadership candidates asking them to pledge to keep our national debt falling every year. Read more: pic.twitter.com/1e9lN5j2Nr 6.07pm BST The Conservative party has said there will be 16 hustings, in every part of the UK, once the parliamentary stage of the contest is over. It said:There will be 16 leadership hustings hosted in every region and nation of the UK. The first hustings will take place in Birmingham on Saturday 22 June. The final hustings will take place in London in the week commencing 15 July. There will also be an opportunity for the public to question the final two candidates online during the hustings period. Conservative party members should receive postal ballots between 6 and 8 July. The result of the ballot will be announced in the week commencing 22 July. Continue reading… […]

  • EU says reneging on Brexit bill would damage UK economy
    by Daniel Boffey in Brussels on June 13, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Budget chief linked £39bn divorce bill to UK retaining beneficial relationship with blocA UK government led by Boris Johnson could not be dragged through the courts if it refused to pay the country’s multibillion-pound Brexit bill, the EU’s German budget chief has admitted, but Britain’s economy, security and universities would be made to suffer.Günther Oettinger, European commissioner for the EU’s finances, linked the settling of Britain’s debts as agreed by Theresa May to Brussels’ approach to the prospects of the country retaining any kind of beneficial relationship with the bloc. Continue reading… […]

  • ‘It’s long overdue’: the first exhibition for Native American female artists
    by Nadja Sayej on June 13, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    In a groundbreaking new exhibition, the often unseen or uncredited works of Native American women are being celebratedWalk into most museums and there might be something missing on the wall labels beside Native American artworks – an Apache dress from the 19th century might just read: “Title, year, materials.”What’s missing? The artist’s name. Though many of the artists’ names were not recorded, and will forever be anonymous, many that have been recorded are now being recognized as never before. Continue reading… […]

  • Memphis protests over police shooting end with teargas and dozens injured
    by Victoria Bekiempis in New York on June 13, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Armed officers faced off in the Tennessee city with crowds angered by news that federal marshals had shot dead a local manFierce protests erupted in Memphis on Wednesday night following a fatal shooting by law enforcement and ended with at least two dozen police officers, two journalists and a number of demonstrators injured.Armed officers faced off in the Tennessee city with crowds angered by news that federal marshals had shot dead a local man, whom authorities described as a fugitive, officials said. Continue reading… […]

  • Chris Froome conscious after surgery but rider remains in intensive care
    by Paul MacInnes on June 13, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    • Four-times Tour de France winner undergoes extensive surgery• Dave Brailsford says no timescale will be put on return to cyclingChris Froome has succesfully come through surgery following his high-speed crash but the four-times Tour de France champion is expected to remain in intensive care for the next two or three days and no timeframe has been put on his rehabilitation.Froome came off his bike and hit a wall at 37mph on Wednesday while examing a time trial stage route in the Critérium de Dauphiné. The Team Ineos rider sustained multiple fractures, including a broken femur, elbow and several ribs. He required extensive surgery overnight in a hospital in St Etienne. Continue reading… […]

  • Julian Assange to appear in court after Javid signs US extradition request
    by Matthew Weaver and Owen Bowcott on June 13, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Home secretary opens way for court to consider whether Assange should be sent to USThe home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: “He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow.” Continue reading… […]

  • Seth Meyers on Trump: ‘He always makes it obvious when he’s lying’
    by Dream McClinton on June 13, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Late-night hosts turned their attention to the 2020 campaign trail and ‘the 124th wild presidency week in a row’Late-night hosts joked about the 2020 presidential campaign trail and the strategies that Donald Trump and his Democratic opponents have been using. Continue reading… […]

  • Oil tanker attacks will inflame conflict between the US, its allies and Iran
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on June 13, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    The explosions, on a vital passageway for the world’s oil supply, may prove Trump’s policy of coercion has backfiredThe explosions were bigger and the damage more extensive. But the message and its means of delivery have some similarities.Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman caused jitters in global markets and unease across a region that has been bracing for conflict throughout much of the year. As with the earlier attacks on 12 May, news of the latest strikes was again broken by media outlets aligned to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran, who broadcast images of the attacks within minutes of them taking place. Continue reading… […]

  • Oil price jumps after Gulf of Oman tanker ‘attacks’ – business live
    by Graeme Wearden on June 13, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as tanker fires send crude prices soaringSummary: Oil jumps after Gulf attacksUS: Iran probably responsibleIran: It’s very suspiciousOil up 4.5% on fears of US-Iran tensionsTanker incident in Gulf of OmanTwo tankers hit – Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous 4.57pm BST What different countries have said about an incident involving two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman pic.twitter.com/AfEexccS5I 4.54pm BST Ellie Geranmayeh of the European Council on Foreign Relation points out that the Middle East doesn’t look safer since the White House ripped up the Iranian nuclear deal.Regardless of what forces are behind latest string of attacks on oil tankers in Middle East over past month – clear that people who encouraged #Trump to walk away from #JCPOA nuclear deal were wrong/misleading in claim that region was going to be more secure as a result. Continue reading… […]

  • Shaft review – regressive sequel swaps out style for ugly homophobia
    by Benjamin Lee on June 13, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Samuel L Jackson returns in the latest take on the 70s detective to unleash a toxic stream of bigotry in a misjudged attack on millennial masculinityHow do you update Shaft for the modern era? John Singleton tried in 2000 with a serviceable if unspectacular sequel, a rather asexual and anonymous follow-up to the far more stylish and distinctive original. Almost two decades later and somehow we’re even further from the right answer. Because it turns out that a 2019 version of Shaft probably shouldn’t turn into an unabashed celebration of regressively misogynistic and homophobic masculinity. In Ride Along director Tim Story’s wildly misjudged follow-up, we’re given a Jordan Petersen-level assault on so-called beta millennial males, a strange, angry attack on modernity that feels like the result of a group of bitter men griping about the metrosexualisation of a younger generation. Related: Men in Black: International review – a galactically gormless fall to earth Continue reading… […]

  • Sanders brilliantly fuses old-school socialism with American liberalism | Bhaskar Sunkara
    by Bhaskar Sunkara on June 13, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    In a speech yesterday, the 2020 contender’s message was crystal clear: ‘Political freedom in the absence of economic freedom is not real freedom’In a speech yesterday at George Washington University in Washington DC, the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders brilliantly articulated what he means when he calls himself a democratic socialist.With characteristic concision, he decried the rule of “a small number of incredibly wealthy and powerful billionaires”, and argued that the future belongs to either rightwing nationalism or democratic socialism, which he defined as a bedrock set of economic and social rights. Continue reading… […]

  • Dallas police charge man with three murders including of trans woman
    by Associated Press in Dallas on June 13, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Police arrest man over death of trans woman Muhlaysia Booker, and are investigating him over death of Chynal LindseyA 33-year-old man has been arrested in the killings of three women in Dallas, including a transgender woman whose death brought nationwide attention, police said on Wednesday.Kendrell Lavar Lyles has been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths, including last month’s slaying of 23-year-old trans woman Muhlaysia Booker, Maj Max Geron of Dallas police said. Continue reading… […]

  • Jessica Biel denies she is an anti-vaxxer after opposing California vaccination law
    by Catherine Shoard on June 13, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    The actor said she was ‘not against vaccinations’ despite joining prominent anti-vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr in opposition to a bill intended to reduce medical exemptionsJessica Biel denied suggestions she was a supporter of the anti-vaccination movement after spending the day lobbying lawmakers in the US with advocate Robert F Kennedy Jr.After news emerged of her opposition to a vaccine bill which seeks to limit medical exemptions in California and make it more difficult for parents to bypass the rules requiring children to be vaccinated before enrolling in school, Biel wrote on social media: “I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children.” Continue reading… […]

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