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Commonwealth Games: day one live!

*Updates as Glasgow 2014 gets under way*Highlights and schedule for today's action*Scotland aiming for double-gold in the pool*Mo Farah pulls out due to illness*Triathlete Jodie Stimpson wins first gold of the games*Email Nick.Miller@guardian.co.uk*Or get in touch via Twitter @NickMiller79*Share your photos and experiences of the Commonwealth Games 2014 8.46pm BST Hockey

Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded

UN condemns shelling of UNRWA school, saying it asked IDF for time to evacuate civilians, which was not given Gaza crisis: Israeli strike kills at least 15 live updatesInternational scrutiny of Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip intensified on Thursday when more than 15 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured in a strike on a UN school in northern Gaza crowded with hundreds of displaced civi

Gaza crisis: UN claims Israel did not allow evacuation from shelter before strikes - live

*Israeli strike on UN shelter kills at least 15*Israeli army says it allowed four hours for evacuations*US says Israel 'could take additional steps to prevent civilian casualties'*Protest marches unfold in West Bank and Tel Aviv*Read the latest blog summary Continue reading...

Jeremy Hunt demands urgent inspections of chicken factories

Health secretary intervenes after Guardian investigation reveals strict hygiene standards can be disregarded in practiceThe health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, intervened in the row over food hygiene on Thursday demanding that the Food Standards Agency mount an urgent investigation into the processing factories at the heart of a Guardian investigation into contamination in the poultry industry.A

West Hams Andy Carroll to miss early season with ankle surgery

Striker devastated by need for pre-season operation Decision means he could be out for four monthsWest Hams pre-season preparations have been thrown into turmoil after their striker Andy Carroll announced he is to undergo surgery on an ankle injury.The club-record signing he joined for £15m from Liverpool in 2013 missed most of last season due to a troublesome foot problem and was ruled out

Air Algérie flight AH5017 crash brings week's air death toll to 450

François Hollande summons key ministers to crisis meeting after plane comes down with 116 people on board, 51 of them FrenchAn Algerian aircraft carrying 110 passengers and six crew disappeared and was believed to have crashed over northern Africa early on Thursday, the third air tragedy in a week.Flight AH5017 operated by Air Algérie vanished from radar screens around 50 minutes after takin

Lewis Hamilton hoping to agree a new three-year deal with Mercedes

2008 world champion has won five races so far this season Contract could be worth up to £70m over its durationLewis Hamilton is expecting a fresh contract from Mercedes this year even though his current deal has 18 months left to run. He said on Thursday: Im sure something will happen this year. Ive made it clear to them that Im not out to see what else there is for me. Mercedes has been my fa

Russian opposition leader jailed in Bolotnaya Square protest case

Sergei Udaltsov is convicted of organising rioting at anti-Putin protest in trial human rights groups call 'mockery of justice'A Russian opposition leader has been found guilty of organising mass rioting at a protest on the eve of Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012 in a trial which human rights experts describe as politically motivated.Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the socialist Lef

MH17 crash: sanctions against Russia are illegal, ambassador claims

Moscow insists documents that show Russians armed the separatists who shot down Malaysia Airlines plane are forgedThe west is imposing "illegal, unreasonable and counter-productive" sanctions against Russia based on internet forgeries that do not prove any of its missiles shot down the Malaysian airliner, the Russian ambassador to London has said.Shortly before the European Union announced f

Retiring clerk of Commons makes plea for Speaker to remain neutral

Sir Robert Rogers is retiring early as parliament's chief constitutional adviser amid claims of rows with John BercowThe retiring clerk of the House of Commons, Sir Robert Rogers, has made a plea for the Speaker to remain a neutral figure who acts as a servant of MPs as he defends his record as a moderniser of parliament in the face of suggestions that he has put Commons traditions before its r

Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk resigns

Yatseniuk quits as he berates parliament for failing to pass law to increase army financing and regulate country's energy situationUkraine's prime minister has resigned after the governing coalition collapsed, in a sign that five months after the Maidan protests led to a change of government, the country's political system is still beset by discord.The government is struggling to defeat an i

London, far from being toxic, is leading the way in tackling air pollution

If Zoe Williams cycled in Beijing, Mexico City or Delhi, shed quickly realise how much better we at City Hall tackle air qualityFollowing Zoe Williamss article on pollution in the capital Id like to reassure readers that the recent spate of alarmist claims are ridiculous and taken out of context (Welcome to London the planets most toxic town, 8 July).Emissions research has found nitrogen dio

Siberian dinosaur spreads feathers around the dinosaur tree

Newly discovered _Kulindadromeus_ opens up the possibility of many more dinosaurs having been coated in feather-like structuresFor the last 20 years, huge numbers of fossils from China have dramatically demonstrated that large numbers of dinosaur species that were closely related to the birds had all manner of feathers on their bodies. However, a new find named _Kulindadromeus _from eastern R

Son finds both parents dead in garden following heart attacks

Aqeel Siddique had been trying to get his 77-year-old wife, Nayyar, out of their swimming pool when he had a heart attackA son found the bodies of both his parents in their garden after his father tried to rescue his mother from their swimming pool following a fatal heart attack.Retired surgeon Aqeel Siddique, 79, had been trying to get his 77-year-old wife, Nayyar, out of the pool when he a

BHA announce that seventh horse has tested positive for morphine

Identity of trainer in the latest case is unknown Authority cannot rule out more bad news for industryRacings morphine nightmare continued on Thursday night with news that a seventh horse has tested positive for the drug, believed to have originated in contaminated feed. The British Horseracing Authority announced that two further positives had been discovered in addition to the original five

The English Housing Survey: key findings

The full English Housing Survey results have been published and they paint an interesting picture. How much are private renters spending? And how does it compare to mortgage repayments? Every year the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) publish headline figures from the latest English household Survey. Those figures showed that home ownership in England had fallen to lowest

Less than 10% of human DNA has functional role, claim scientists

Large stretches may be no more than biological baggage, say researchers after comparing genome with that of other mammalsMore than 90% of human DNA is doing nothing very useful, and large stretches may be no more than biological baggage that has built up over years of evolution, Oxford researchers claim.The scientists arrived at the figure after comparing the human genome with the genetic ma

Police to investigate Cyril Smith child abuse cover-up claims

Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have sexually abused young boys at Knowl View School in RochdaleA criminal investigation is to be launched into an alleged cover-up of child abuse at a school linked to Sir Cyril Smith.The Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have used his status to sexually abuse young boys with impunity at Knowl View School i

Commonwealth Games Federation investigating Gaza protest by cyclist

Azizulhasni Awang had Save Gaza on gloves We have asked Malaysian chef de mission for a reportThe Commonwealth Games Federation is looking into an apparent political protest by a Malaysian cyclist who competed in gloves bearing the words Save Gaza at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome on Thursday. Azizulhasni Awang held up his gloves to the camera to show Save written across the right one and Gaza on

Pet psychic, love guru, bungling designer Employment opportunities are endless in Celebrity Land

Bad at DIY? Think you can talk to dead animals? Good news: there are loads of gullible celebrities crying out for your servicesWhy Lindsay Lohan is falling over to get her latest awardThis week, Lost in Showbiz found itself glumly considering the future of journalism. The troubling questions mounted up. How long can newspapers last? How long until those of us still working on Grub Street are

Isis denies ordering that all girls in Mosul undergo FGM

Doubts grow over UN report, seemingly reliant on year-old document from Syria thought to have been doctoredJihadi extremists who have taken over the Iraqi city of Mosul have denied ordering families to have their daughters undergo female genital mutilation in order to prevent "immorality" or face severe punishment, as claimed by a senior UN humanitarian official on Thursday.Supporters of the

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

There can be no military solution. Both sides need to acknowledge the others suffering and their rightsI am writing these words as someone who holds two passports Israeli and Palestinian. I am writing them with a heavy heart, as the events in Gaza over the past few weeks have confirmed my long-standing conviction that there is no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is no

Sudanese newspaper editor attacked by armed men

Media offices raided, journalists beaten and equipment confiscated after call to normalise relations with IsraelArmed men raided the offices of a private Sudanese daily newspaper Al-Tayar on Saturday, confiscating laptops and mobile phones and destroying equipment, according to local reports.The assailants also used their guns to beat the paper's editor-in-chief, Osman Mirghani, and anothe

Three-year-old takes family car for a ride and ends up in pub garden

Sussex police say boy drove automatic vehicle down two embankments before coming to a stop, suffering only a bump to his headA three-year-old boy took his family's car and drove down two embankments before coming to a stop in a pub garden, ending the escapade with just a bump to his head.The boy started up the engine to the automatic Subaru Impreza and drove off down the family's long drivew

Arizona lawyers lead call for inquiry into Joseph Wood's two-hour execution

Inmate's attorneys seek independent investigation into death that has reignited controversy about death penalty drug secrecy Witness to a two-hour execution: Joseph Wood's final 117 minutesLawyers for the latest US inmate to endure a botched execution have called for an independent inquiry into Joseph Woods drawn-out death by lethal injection in Arizona on Wednesday, which lasted for two h

Space is the place again as a new generation of artists embrace Afrofuturism

Janelle Monáe has taken the philosophy into the mainstream, while the likes of Flying Lotus are pushing the spirit of Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix further forwardEarlier this year, the producer King Britt picked up his phone and started dialling. He was calling friends and contemporaries to sound them out about an event he was curating in New York as part of the Museum of Modern Art's PS1 festival.

Everton close to signing Bosnia-Herzegovinas Muhamed Besic

Midfielder joins Roberto Martínezs squad in Thailand Besic set to complete move from FerencvarosEverton appear to be on the brink of announcing their second summer signing as the Ferencvaros midfielder Muhamed Besic has joined them on a pre-season trip to Thailand.Besic, 21, represented Bosnia-Herzegovina in the World Cup and has been a target for the Everton manager, Roberto Martínez, as h

Otto Piene obituary

German artist fascinated by the play of lightGiven the nihilist mood in German art after the war, it was only a matter of time before one group trumped all the others and called itself "Zero". The moment came in 1957, courtesy of a pair of young Düsseldorf artists, Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, who had studied together at the city's famous Kunstakademie. Piene, who has died in Berlin at the age of

The conflict in Gaza - in pictures

As the latest crisis in Gaza enters its 17th day, the violence shows no sign of abating as efforts to broker a ceasefire are intensified by the international community Continue reading...

Matteo Renzi's plan to abolish Italian Senate runs into 7,850 problems

Senators have tabled thousands of amendments to PM's proposals, and debated only three of them on day oneAsking senators to vote for their own abolition was always going to be a tough mission even for the ever-confident Matteo Renzi.So it is hardly surprising that the Italian prime minister's flagship reform bill on which he has staked his career has run into a few little problems in the upp


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