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Real Madrid showed they are vulnerable despite win, says Bayern’s Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes said he did not know how his team had lost to Real Madrid but insisted that he does know how they can beat them in the return leg – by playing the same way. Despite losing 2-1 at the Allianz Arena, the Bayern Munich manager insisted his side can still reach the Champions League …

Soccer

How palm oil ban has made the EU a dirty word in Malaysia

In the small farming settlement of Palong in rural Malaysia, the EU is a dirty word. A few months ago, these men – mostly in their sixties, their skin brown and weathered from years working the land – had never even heard of the European parliament: but now their livelihoods are at risk because of …

Palm Oil

Nasty flashback for Bayern as Real masters make them suffer again

It was Thomas Müller, contorting himself to swipe at an open goal from a matter of feet midway through the second half before missing the ball completely, who confirmed the impression that the die had been cast. Over-familiarity could have bred contempt between two such practised, garlanded powers; …

Soccer

Justine Damond: Minneapolis police officer to plead not guilty to murder

The Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering Australian woman Justine Damond will plead not guilty and fight the charges at trial, court documents suggest.<p>Mohamed Noor, 32, will seek to argue self-defence and reasonable force, according to court documents seen by the Guardian.<p>• Sign up to …

Crime

British-Iranian academic Abbas Edalat detained in Iran, British officials say

British officials are investigating claims a British-Iranian academic has been detained by authorities in Tehran.<p>Abbas Edalat, a professor of computer science and mathematics at Imperial College London and a political activist, was arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on 15 April, according to a …

South Asia

Northern Ireland papers: no simple solution to hard border, say UK officials

Senior British officials privately conceded last year that the UK’s preferred solution for avoiding a hard border with the Republic after Brexit would threaten the EU’s single market and that all possible outcomes would be damaging for the province.<p>A series of leaked letters and briefing papers …

Northern Ireland

Ronny Jackson crashed car while drunk and mishandled drugs, document claims

Only hours after the White House press secretary insisted that Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to run the veterans affairs department, “had received more vetting than most nominees”, a document was released that detailed allegations of Jackson, the current White House physician, mishandling drugs and …

Veterans

May puts Tories before national interest on Brexit, says Starmer

The shadow Brexit secretary has accused the prime minister of putting party management before the national interest, as MPs seek to ramp up the pressure on the government over a customs union.<p>Keir Starmer said: “Over the past few weeks it has become abundantly clear that Theresa May is unwilling …

United Kingdom

Mo Salah can challenge Ronaldo and Messi for Ballon d’Or, says Lovren

Mohamed Salah has already shot past Kevin De Bruyne to take the first individual award of the domestic season; now bookmakers are starting to wake up to the possibility of Liverpool’s goal machine breaking the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly in the Ballon d’Or at the end of the year.<p>The …

Soccer

Scotland recognises social security as a human right

Scotland has taken control of its welfare system in a transfer of power from Westminster that campaigners have praised for recognising social security as a human right.<p>The first devolved welfare system also offers automatic split payments of universal credit to protect women’s financial autonomy …

Social Security

Marco Asensio gives Real Madrid advantage against Bayern Munich

“The Champions League releases special powers in Real Madrid,” Toni Kroos had warned and there may be no power greater than the ability to resist, survive, and always advance, bruised perhaps but never beaten. Under pressure for so long, when Madrid left the Allianz Arena Raphaël Varane had a …

Soccer

Britain’s Fat Fight With Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall review: mischief with a message

If you are in the food industry, the last thing you want popping into your inbox is an email from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Congratulating you on the delicious crunchiness of your chocolate-flavoured rice-based breakfast cereal, is he? Er, no, he wants an on-camera interview.<p>Ignoring it is not …

Diabetes

Unjust desserts: dish planned for Korean summit prompts anger in Japan

Japan has demanded that South Korea rethink a mango mousse dessert it plans to serve at summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, because it features a map of the Korean peninsula, including islands disputed with Japan.<p>The mousse, labeled “Spring of the People” in a publicity photo, …

North Korea

Kanye West proclaims his love for Trump: 'We are both dragon energy'

Donald Trump has thanked Kanye West after the rapper professed his love for the president and said the pair “are both dragon energy”.<p>West posted a series of tweets about Trump on Wednesday afternoon, days after praising a rightwing pundit on Twitter.<p>“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob …

Donald Trump

Heidi Alexander thought to be considering role at London City Hall

Heidi Alexander, the former shadow health secretary, is considering quitting the Commons to accept a senior job at City Hall with London mayor Sadiq Khan, the Guardian understands.<p>Alexander was Khan’s campaign chair during the 2016 London mayoral election. The MP, who has spearheaded the campaign …

United Kingdom

Simeone weighs unleashing Diego Costa against Arsenal in first leg

Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is ready to make his presence felt against Arsenal once again, after he included the striker in his Atlético Madrid squad for the Europa League semi-final first leg at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.<p>Simeone said as recently as last weekend there was “no chance” that …

Soccer

New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds

The Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya could run up to seven seconds slower under new rules requiring her to lower her natural testosterone levels to race internationally, a prominent sports scientist has predicted.<p>Under rules due to be announced on Thursday morning by the IAAF, the world …

IAAF

Paul Townend recovers from calamity to regain winning touch in ‘unreal’ style

A series of supportive phone conversations with Ruby Walsh was one of the things that helped Paul Townend shake off a calamitous error on Tuesday and ride three winners from four mounts here on Wednesday, a turnaround in his fortunes that he described as “unreal”.<p>Working for Willie Mullins is a big …

Horse Racing

Google to improve YouTube Kids app to let parents control what children watch

Enhanced controls will allow parents to handpick videos among a host of new features, but campaigners say YouTube must do more<p>Google is updating its YouTube Kids app to improve the control over the videos and channels that can be watched by children.<p>YouTube Kids is a separate app for smartphones …

Apps

British adults using Facebook less to communicate with friends

Number of people who see Facebook as their main social media profile falls from 80% to 70% in a year<p>British adults are becoming less reliant on Facebook for communicating with friends, according to research conducted by the UK media regulator, which suggests people are starting to turn to other …

Cambridge Analytica

Windrush scandal: five unanswered questions

The Commons home affairs committee heard almost three hours of evidence about the Windrush crisis from the home secretary, Amber Rudd, one of her senior officials and a series of immigration experts. But a number of questions remain:<p>1. What compensation will those wrongly targeted receive?<p>Asked …

United Kingdom

Melania Trump waxwork unveiled at Madame Tussauds by Sean Spicer

First lady joins Donald Trump at Tussauds in New York – and Spicer says US public ‘haven’t appreciated her political savviness’<p>Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has unveiled a waxwork of Melania Trump at Madame Tussauds in New York, praising the model as “unbelievably …

Donald Trump

Cliff Richard: top police officer thought the evidence 'not so strong'

Ex-chief constable also tells court of shock over BBC reporter’s knowledge of allegations<p>The former chief constable of South Yorkshire police said he had not believed the evidence against Sir Cliff Richard “to be particularly strong” when his force raided the singer’s home after an accusation of …

Judiciary

After all the hugs, Macron stands up for everything Trump vowed to destroy

After spending a day of intimate presidential fraternity with Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned speech in Washington on Wednesday advocating many of the things Trump has spent much of his presidency trying to destroy.<p>The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs …

United Nations

George North finally plumps for move to Ospreys from next season

• Northampton and Lions wing to move on after five years • Gloucester must wait for Challenge Cup confirmation<p>It took him five months to make up his mind but the British & Irish Lions wing George North will be joining Ospreys next season after signing a national dual contract.<p>North made the …

European Challenge Cup

Supreme court appears to lean in favor of Trump's right to impose travel ban

Key judges signal support for president’s authority, as court weighs whether his motivation was national security or religious animus<p>Two key judges on the US supreme court signaled support on Wednesday for Donald Trump’s authority to impose his controversial travel ban on several Muslim-majority …

Donald Trump

Persimmon saga has been a shambles from start to finish

If you cannot get off the fence over boardroom greed you do not deserve to be managing other people’s money<p>How did the housebuilder Persimmon get away with paying their chief executive, Jeff Fairburn, a £75m share bonus? One answer is that too few City fund managers are willing to follow the …

Hedge Funds

Fake bomb detector conman's jail term extended over failure to pay back £1.8m

A conman jailed for selling fake bomb detectors to war-torn countries has had more than two years added to his prison sentence after failing to pay back £1.8m of his ill-gotten gains.<p>James McCormick lived a life of luxury by ripping off customers in Iraq, Niger and Bahrain with the useless devices. …

Selling

Abraham Badru killer may have bragged about murder, police say

Police believe the killer of a personal trainer shot dead in a London street may have bragged about the murder, as the victim’s mother said he was targeted for testifying in a trial to bring rapists to justice.<p>Abraham Badru, 26, was shot twice a month ago in Hackney, east London, most likely by a …

Crime

Qatari man held for 13 years over links to al-Qaida: I was tortured on US soil

Ali al-Marri, declared an ‘enemy combatant’ by George W Bush, insists he is innocent – and wants to challenge his FBI interrogators in court<p>A convicted “sleeper terrorist” linked to the 9/11 planners has spoken for the first time about his treatment in detention, claiming he was tortured and abused …

George W. Bush