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A Tarzan deathtrap and an 80ft Goofy: prepare for your tour of scrapped Disneyland rides

Published: April 15, 2024 15:36

A recent auction of designs – including a Pinocchio-themed flume and Anything Can Happen Land – shows how much Disney has changed. But what might the next generation of attractions look like? Sad to say, but you have just missed out on one of the greatest…

From No Doubt to Will Smith: big stars and surprise guests at Coachella – in pictures

Published: April 15, 2024 15:32

This year’s Palm Springs-based festival brought together some of the industry’s biggest names, from headliners like Tyler, the Creator to Doja Cat, as well as a raft of guests including Olivia Rodrigo and ShakiraDoja Cat at Coachella review – an…

Britishvolt ‘gigafactory’ site sold for £110m to US private equity firm

Published: April 15, 2024 15:23

Blackstone’s plans for data centre unlikely to generate thousands of jobs failed startup promised with Northumberland battery plantThe site in north-east England previously owned by the failed battery startup Britishvolt has been bought for £110m by a US…

Rust film set armorer to be sentenced for fatal shooting of cinematographer

Published: April 15, 2024 14:53

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed faces up to 18 months in prison after conviction for incident in which Alec Baldwin shot two peopleA movie weapons supervisor is facing up to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by Alec Baldwin on the set…

‘It’s death there’: babies and children in Gaza begin to starve

Published: April 15, 2024 14:42

Estimated 27 children killed by famine, with fears many more will suffer lifelong effects, despite Israel’s promise of more aidMiddle East crisis – live updatesEven if the war in Gaza ended tomorrow, for some of the Palestinian territory’s children, it…

Civil War is an empty B-movie masquerading as something of substance | Charles Bramesco

Published: April 15, 2024 14:30

Alex Garland’s speculative and apolitical action film might be a box office hit but it’s a frustratingly weightless experienceThe music video for MIA’s Born Free imagines a ginger genocide, with humvees of jackbooted, gas-masked stormtroopers raiding a…

‘It’s really saying you’re not gorgeous at all’: how Babybird made You’re Gorgeous

Published: April 15, 2024 14:13

‘In the 70s and 80s, you’d regularly see images of women in bikinis draped over car bonnets. I wanted to flip that – and see how a male photographer would feel if he had to lie over a car in a thong’We’d released five lo-fi albums that had got us noticed…

Man City once stumbled in the greatest title race of all. This time looks different

Published: April 15, 2024 14:12

City have not been at their overwhelming best this season, but they remain immune to the typical anxieties of a title run-inSign up to Jonathan’s weekly newsletter hereThere are still only two points in it: Manchester City 73, Arsenal 71, Liverpool 71.…

The Post Office inquiry is finally exposing the part politicians played in the Horizon scandal | Sam Fowles

Published: April 15, 2024 14:00

The government sold the service on the cheap to leaders whose principal focus was on its profits. This is the sorry resultIf the Horizon inquiry has one consistent theme, it’s ignorance. Alan Cook (managing director, 2006-2010) wasn’t even aware that the…

FBI reportedly opens criminal investigation into Baltimore bridge collapse

Published: April 15, 2024 13:47

Agents reportedly looking into the events leading up to the Dali ship colliding with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in MarchThe FBI has reportedly opened a criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, with…

Wrestling the octopus: the masked gang who fought to save Engand from urban sprawl

Published: April 15, 2024 13:40

Bludy Beershop, Bill Stickers, Red Biddy: with their unlikely pseudonyms, the members of ‘Ferguson’s Gang’ raised a fortune for the National Trust – and rescued many landmarks from oblivion. But who were they?Hanging from a drawing pin in Shalford Mill, in…

Netanyahu faces tough questions on Iran – because we Israelis don’t need any more forever wars | Dahlia Scheindlin

Published: April 15, 2024 13:21

An all-out conflict, dragging in other regional powers, may be someone’s idea of ‘national security’. As an Israeli citizen, it isn’t mineIsraelis woke up on Sunday morning with a tentative collective sense of relief. For the first time ever, Iran had…

Guys, dolls and an A-list cast: behind the curtains at the Olivier awards – in pictures

Published: April 15, 2024 12:38

Guardian photographer Christian Sinibaldi attended the annual theatre bash to catch Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Snook and Cara Delevingne roaming around backstage at the Royal Albert Hall • News: Sunset Boulevard wins big at Oliviers Continue reading...

Doja Cat at Coachella review – an electrifying tour de force

Published: April 15, 2024 12:17

Empire Polo Club, Indio, CaliforniaFestival headliner delivered an A-game set, ignoring some of her mainstream hits yet bringing enough energy to power what some have called a middling yearDoja Cat took the Coachella main stage as the last official act to…

Nike’s ‘hoo haa’ Olympic uniforms reveal everything, including sexism in sport

Published: April 15, 2024 12:12

Girls are much more likely than boys to drop out of competitive sports. It’s little wonder when revealing kits are highlighted on the global stageParis has long been known for its avant garde fashion. Yet the couture scene would be hard-pressed to produce…

Tesla to cut 14,000 jobs as Elon Musk bids to make it ‘lean, innovative and hungry’

Published: April 15, 2024 12:00

Billionaire says ‘there is nothing I hate more’ than cutting staff as more than 10% of workforce to be affectedBusiness live – latest updatesTesla is reportedly laying off more than 10% of its global workforce, equivalent to at least 14,000 roles.The…

‘It’s Bayer Leverkusen time’: Alonso’s historic title has changed club for ever | Andy Brassell

Published: April 15, 2024 11:58

Leverkusen won first Bundesliga because of their brilliance – under their coach now only victory feels inevitableIn other contexts, it might have been seen as tempting fate, daring to anger the football gods. Leverkusen was set for a day of celebration…

Leeds Lieder festival Opening Gala review – a good old-fashioned Schubertiade

Published: April 15, 2024 11:31

The Venue, Leeds ConservatoireThe song festival – with Arts Council funding reinstated – opened with a meaty all-Schubert programme full of delights and camaraderieA double anniversary would be cause enough for celebration – 2024 marks Leeds Lieder’s 20th…

Donald Trump criminal trial over hush money begins in New York – live

Published: April 15, 2024 11:01

Former US president becomes first to undergo criminal trial over charges of falsifying business records to hide his affair with Stormy DanielsDonald Trump’s criminal trial over hush money to begin in New YorkYou might be forgiven for asking: so which case…

Dragons, sea toads and the longest creature ever seen found on undersea peaks off South America

Published: April 15, 2024 10:57

Underwater mountains are biodiversity hotspots and researchers exploring the Salas y Gómez ridge off Chile have found 50 species probably new to science. How much more has yet to be discovered?Photographs by ROV SuBastian/Schmidt Ocean InstituteSquat…

Poem of the week: Sea Rose by HD

Published: April 15, 2024 10:42

An austere song of praise to a flower that withstands the battering of nature is also an intense response to classical Greek literatureSea RoseRose, harsh rose,marred and with stint of petals,meagre flower, thin,sparse of leaf, Continue reading...

He led Brazil’s Black sailors in resisting abuse. A hundred years later he may get justice

Published: April 15, 2024 10:30

João Cândido and other navy sailors radicalised in England held Rio de Janeiro hostage in a revolt over corporal punishmentHe was a Black Brazilian sailor who led an unprecedented mutiny against abuse by white officers, and helped end flogging in the…

Europe live: over €1bn to be pledged for Sudan at Paris conference on first anniversary of war

Published: April 15, 2024 10:10

France, Germany and EU organise meeting over ‘one of worst humanitarian disasters in recent memory’Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, has said the war in Sudan “has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world” and “we must put an end to…

Apple loses mantle as world’s biggest phone seller to Samsung as China sales drop

Published: April 15, 2024 10:01

South Korean firm regains pole position amid biggest drop in iPhone sales since Covid-19 lockdownsApple has lost its spot as the world’s biggest mobile phone seller after a steep sales drop as South Korean rival Samsung retook the lead in the global market…

Alabama’s Black voters seek chance to be heard after years of being silenced

Published: April 15, 2024 10:00

Montgomery, the state’s capital, is included in a new congressional district, and on Tuesday, a runoff will decide who stands in NovemberMontgomery, Alabama is the birthplace of the Confederacy and of the civil rights movement. Its history speaks volumes…

The pet I’ll never forget: Oscar the cat, who opened my eyes to the power of male friendship

Published: April 15, 2024 10:00

He looked like Brendan Gleeson and carried himself like a mob boss. Naturally he was my dad’s favourite child My dad is not a religious man – he goes to the pub when my mum goes to mass – but I’m sure that meeting Oscar was a spiritual experience for him.…

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for scafata, or Roman spring vegetable stew | A kitchen in Rome

Published: April 15, 2024 10:00

A spring soup-stew known as scafata and typical of Lazio, featuring chard, potatoes, artichokes and new-season broad beansBroad beans are back – long, green fingers with the odd black nail. And so are the warning signs, for those who suffer favism (a rare…

Scheffler’s superpower ability to let things go was key to Masters romp

Published: April 15, 2024 09:57

The No 1 golfer’s edge around the fairways is knowing he has God at his back, even if he’s not actually carrying his bagWhatever you may have thought watching it on TV, Scottie Scheffler didn’t win the Masters when he made that tricky birdie putt from 10ft…

Trump used to scold felons who wanted to vote. Now he could be in the same spot | Sidney Blumenthal

Published: April 15, 2024 09:18

If criminally convicted in New York, Trump will face legal humiliations of the sort he loves when applied to other peopleThe People of the State of New York v Donald J Trump will conclude, according to long-established court procedure. The former US…

Iran’s missiles were shot down – but they still delivered what Tehran was hoping for | Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Published: April 15, 2024 09:05

The attack exposed the limits of the US’s willingness to be dragged into a wider conflict. This may moderate Israel’s next moveEarlier this month, after an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus killed several military commanders, Iran’s…

David Cameron claims Tories deserve to win election and says recovery for party not impossible – UK politics live

Published: April 15, 2024 09:00

Foreign secretary talks up party’s prospects – and his ‘very good boss’ Rishi Sunak – on morning broadcast round George Osborne rates David Cameron so highly that, as well as describing him as “acting like the British prime minister” on the world stage…

As a US diplomat, I helped circumvent Trump’s Muslim ban – then realised I was part of the problem | Josef Burton

Published: April 15, 2024 09:00

I quit when it sank in that pushing back at my routine embassy job felt less like resistance than complicityWhen I began working as a consular officer at the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey, I was at the beginning of what was supposed to be a 20-year…

It took a well-equipped, forensic judge to unstitch Lehrmann – and hand the media a rare win | Richard Ackland

Published: April 15, 2024 08:56

The judge criticised the way Channel Ten handled the story, but found Brittany Higgins’ evidence on the central allegation ‘honest and accurate’“Having escaped the lions’ den, Mr Lehrmann made the mistake of going back for his hat.”Or another way of…

Bondi Junction stabbings: killer Joel Cauchi may have targeted women and children, NSW police say

Published: April 15, 2024 08:11

Stabbing murderer’s parents speak about their son’s mental health after government announces coronial inquiry into the six deathsGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastNew South Wales police are investigating if Bondi…

Bruce Lehrmann ‘hellbent on having sex’ with Brittany Higgins and raped her in Parliament House, defamation judge finds

Published: April 15, 2024 07:25

Justice Michael Lee finds former Liberal staffer was not defamed by Lisa Wilkinson and Ten in interview with Brittany Higgins in February 2021Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastBruce Lehrmann has lost his defamation…

Financial markets nervous amid Middle East tensions; oil price falls – business live

Published: April 15, 2024 07:10

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsMiddle East crisis live: Israel calls for new sanctions on Iran at heated UN security council meetingThe London stock market is open… and stocks are a little lower at the start of trading.But it’s…

There’s no such thing as a benign beef farm – so beware the ‘eco-friendly’ new film straight out of a storybook | George Monbiot

Published: April 15, 2024 07:00

A highly misleading new documentary claims soil carbon storage can redeem the livestock industry – it’s all so much ‘moo-woo’We draw our moral lines in arbitrary places. We might believe we’re guided only by universal values and proven facts, but often…

Femicide surge: the Cycladic figures found in the Aegean show a deep respect for the female body. How did Greece lose this?

Published: April 15, 2024 07:00

With their serene poses, beautiful curves and arms often enfolding pregnant bellies, these figurines celebrate the miracle of fertility. Sadly, I saw them during protests about violence against womenTall, thin, small, wide, or shaped like a violin. Lying…

A new start after 60: there was no time to waste – so I gave up my job and started stone carving

Published: April 15, 2024 06:00

Ane Freed-Kernis used her pension to build a workshop where she could create the tactile, surprising sculptures of her dreamsIn 2019, after retiring from her career as a social worker, Ane Freed-Kernis decided to build a home workshop and devote all of her…

Travels Over Feeling: Arthur Russell, a Life review – down the rabbit hole with a musical maverick

Published: April 15, 2024 06:00

He played cello for Allen Ginsberg, nearly joined Talking Heads and was sampled by Kanye West. Now the singular, genre-spanning Russell has the exhaustive study he deservesA secret hero of the dancefloor, the avant garde producer and musician Arthur…

UK Foreign Office holding secret talks with Sudan’s RSF paramilitary group

Published: April 15, 2024 06:00

Exclusive: Rights groups denounce negotiations with Rapid Support Forces, accused of ethnic cleansing and war crimesInside South Sudan’s worsening refugee crisis – in picturesForeign Office officials are holding secret talks with the paramilitary group…

Akon’s honest playlist: ‘The best song to have sex to? Smack That by Akon’

Published: April 15, 2024 06:00

The rapper would sing Bob Marley going to school and gets the party started with Black Eyed Peas, but which pop classic is he ashamed to admit liking?The first song I remember hearingI don’t know if it’s the first song I remember hearing, but the first…

Reform UK’s rise may tempt Sunak into moving further right. Let the Netherlands be a cautionary tale | Tarik Abou-Chadi and Simon van Teutem

Published: April 15, 2024 06:00

Across Europe, the mainstream right is being eclipsed by more extreme rivals. The same fate could await the ToriesA recent YouGov poll marked a pivotal moment in British politics. For the first time, Reform UK was shown to have edged ahead of the…

For a full year, the bodies have piled up in Sudan – and still the world looks away | Nesrine Malik

Published: April 15, 2024 05:00

In the country of my birth, this latest conflict is two tragedies overlaid. Its people are strong, but none of us can see a way throughOne year ago today, Sudan descended into war. The toll so far is catastrophic. Thousands are dead, and millions are…

Ukraine war briefing: Chasiv Yar is Russians’ next big objective, says Oleksandr Syrskyi

Published: April 14, 2024 23:55

Capture would give Russians a high-ground advantage for further advance through Donetsk region. What we know on day 782Russian forces aim to capture the town of Chasiv Yar by 9 May, Ukraine’s commander in chief, Col Gen Oleksandr Syrskyi, has said. It is…

As Solomon Islands’ election looms, China’s influence on the Pacific country draws scrutiny

Published: April 14, 2024 23:54

The security deal with Beijing agreed by PM Manasseh Sogavare is under the spotlight ahead of the 17 April voteChina’s rising power in the Pacific explained in 30 secondsChina’s influence in the Pacific is being scrutinised as ally Solomon Islands prepares…

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