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Alice Smeets's Ghetto Tarot – in pictures

Shooting a witchcraft workshop in England gave Belgian photographer Alice Smeets the idea for a new approach to photographing Haiti, a country she has documented since 2007. “I was slightly disillusioned about my documentary work and hoping my pictures would contribute to change,” she explains. So …

The 2015 FA Cup final: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa, as it happened

Arsenal swatted Aston Villa aside to become the most successful club in FA Cup history.

Latin America
Barack Obama

40 years of Spielberg's Jaws – in pictures

As Steven Spielberg’s 1975 monster movie turns 40, we share some lesser-known images from the making and release of a classic<p>Mark Kermode on why Jaws still has teeth 40 years on

Steven Spielberg

Silvio Berlusconi mistakenly arrives at leftist party rally in Italy local elections

Former Italian premier, 78, tells supporters of Democratic party’s Paolo Micheli: ‘Young people, I’m counting on you to vote Paolo,’ before hastily departing<p>Italy’s 78-year-old former premier, Silvio Berlusconi, mistakenly turned up at a rally for a candidate from a left-leaning party on Friday …


California oil spill: coast guard defends 'day zero' cleanup amid criticism

Environmentalists and senators have called the effort unsatisfactory, but officials cite a major challenge: ‘You can’t simply go to Home Depot and get buckets’<p>The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the …


Summer in America: lobster pro tip – buy it straight from the guy who caught it

Few things say summer quite like the arrival of fresh lobster on restaurant menus. But for the best crustaceans, follow Emma Brockes down a shabby-looking road lined by abandoned buildings in Long Beach, New York<p>I’m about to do something I will probably regret, but here it is anyway: there is a …

Police fatally shoot man at public library in New Jersey

Kevin Allen killed after officers say he charged at them with a knife Man was wanted for violating terms of a work-release program<p>Police in northern New Jersey shot a man dead in a public library on Friday, after an apparent altercation with officers.<p>At a late-night press conference, Lyndhurst …


Blatter accuses US authorities and British press of campaign to topple him

Re-elected Fifa president claims timing of arrests of officials had been motivated by revenge<p>Newly re-elected Fifa president Sepp Blatter has launched an astonishing attack on the US justice system and the British media in the wake of the string of bribery charges against senior officials that …

Syrian army barrel-bomb attacks kill at least 70 in Aleppo, activists say

Dozens killed and wounded in two separate attacks in northern province of Aleppo, including massacre at packed market in town held by Islamic State<p>Syrian army airstrikes killed at least 70 people, most of them civilians, and wounded scores in attacks Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo that …


O'Malley announces 2016 run with jab at Clinton and Bush 'royal families'

Former Maryland governor confirms candidacy at Baltimore event Progressive vision and criticism of Wall Street feature heavily in speech<p>Martin O’Malley’s presidential announcement was as much a civic pride rally as a campaign event.<p>While the event had all the spectacle of presidential politics – …

Health workers say ‘non’ as 35-hour week takes blame for France’s problems

Productivity is better than in Germany or Britain, and flexible arrangements are common, but still the working week is seen as the cause of France’s problems<p>Nurse Cécile Ngoue cannot stop and talk, she insists, or she will be late for her shift after attending a demonstration against reforms to …

NSA surveillance: Obama warns Congress against 'reckless' decision

President wants passage of reformist USA Freedom Act Rand Paul promises to block any renewal of authorities<p>As Rand Paul threatened to “force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program”, Barack Obama on Saturday made a last-ditch plea to Congress to pass a bill that limits some surveillance …

South Asia
Muslim Brotherhood

'People are going to be just as excited': Clinton courts Obama's black southern stronghold

On and off the campaign trail in the Carolinas, voters say they have ‘no hard feelings’ toward Hillary Clinton. They say the opposite about Republicans<p>Bryan Burns could not make up his mind. Here was this African-American voter in khaki shorts, a v-neck T-shirt and black-rimmed eyeglasses, browsing …

EU naval mission rescues more than 4,200 migrants in 24 hours

Italian coastguard says ships from Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain picked up migrants from vessels in Mediterranean over past 24 hours<p>More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in the past 24 hours, the Italian coastguard has …

North Africa

Bring back the boss class, say employees fed up with self-ruling ‘holacracy’

Staff of company at forefront of communal management craze sweeping the US rebel at lack of hierarchy<p>Sick of the boss? Weary of instruction? As many as 300 US companies are embracing holacracy, a self-managing philosophy some say can make businesses more resilient, innovative and better attuned to …

The Workplace

Sepp Blatter attacks critics as he vows to pull Fifa through corruption crisis

Re-elected president also downplays US corruption investigation as he insists he is the right man to reform world football’s governing body<p>Fifa’s re-elected president, Sepp Blatter, has continued to attack his opponents, insisting he is still the right man to lead world football’s governing body …


89 European politicians and military leaders banned from Russia

A list that includes Nick Clegg and Malcolm Rifkind has reportedly been compiled by Russian foreign ministry and given to EU delegation in Moscow<p>Russia has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders, in a move that has angered Europe and worsened the country’s standoff …