Doug Gurr reportedly made comment in meeting with the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab
Amazon's UK boss has warned the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, that Britain would face âcivil unrestâ within weeks of a no-deal Brexit, adding the online retailer's voice to a growing list of businesses voicing concerns.
Doug Gurr, the retail giant's UK manager, reportedly made the comment during a meeting between Raab and a group of senior business executives on Friday.
Home secretary says UK seeks no assurances suspects would be spared execution
Two captured former Britons accused of being members of the Islamic State cell known as the âBeatlesâ could be sent to the US for trial, after the UK dropped its usual demand that the death penalty would not be imposed.
The home secretary, Sajid Javid, told the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, that the UK would not demand a âdeath penalty assuranceâ in the case, and indicated he believed there was more chance of a successful trial in the US than in UK courts.
Study says the date by which we consume a year's worth of resources is arriving faster
Humanity is devouring our planet's resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year's worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.
As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day â which marks the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate â has moved forward two days to 1 August, the earliest date ever recorded.
Labour MP, who faces party inquiry, says leader must be judged on his actions
The veteran Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge has defended her decision to call Jeremy Corbyn a âracist and antisemiteâ despite facing disciplinary action and has instructed her lawyers to challenge the decision.
Bodyguard Alexandre Benalla indicted for âgang violence' after assaults on May Day demonstrators
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has ordered a shake-up of his office after acknowledging failings in the way the presidency handled a scandal over his top bodyguard who was filmed beating a protester on May Day, a source close to the Elysee has said.
The bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, was placed under investigation on Sunday for allegedly assaulting protestors at a May Day demonstration in a case that has sparked a political storm and brought the sharpest criticism Macron has faced since taking power 14 months ago.
Universal credit is so riddled with design flaws and process faults that it is practically guaranteed to generate mistakes and delays that would push vulnerable benefit claimants into hardship, according to whistleblowers.
Human rights group VDC aims to hold abusers to account with Danish-held list of misdeeds
On the third floor of a nondescript office block in downtown Copenhagen, about 2,500 miles from Damascus, a server gently hums. Its 600,000 gigabytes of data is comprised of thousands of photographs of men, women and children, witness accounts, ages, causes of death, place names, military ranks and weapon types.
The database holds the story of Syria's slide from authoritarianism into a civil war that, in the course of eight long years, has cruelly morphed into an international conflict with a scarcely imaginable human cost. This memory bank may also amount to the best hope many Syrians have of getting justice.
Bowie, 16, was singing I Never Dreamed on tape, which was turned down by music firm
Long before Aladdin Sane or Ziggy Stardust, a skinny 16-year-old with ambitions to be a saxophonist agreed to do lead vocals on a demo track, in a small studio in south London. Now the only known recording of the resulting session, with David Bowie singing I Never Dreamed with his first band, The Konrads, has resurfaced in an old bread basket, and is expected to fetch £10,000 at auction.
The record company evidently failed to recognise the potential of the voice that would become one of the most famous of the 20th century. The Konrads did not win the longed-for audition with Decca, although the record company did give them a trial later that year â and turned them down â soon before Bowie left the band citing artistic differences.
Earlier this year, Piera Aiello became an Italian MP after campaigning with a veil over her face. Having now revealed her identity, she tells how she was forced to marry into the mafia
Sipping a cappuccino in a cafe on Sicily's Palermo docks, a woman is recalling a dramatic exchange with her daughter. A year ago, she explains, the 16-year-old had gone up to the attic of their home and opened a big dusty box that lay in the corner. Her parents had always forbidden her from entering the attic, or opening the box, but now the girl was determined to disobey them. Inside were about 10 packages, each individually wrapped. They were paintings: landscapes, the sea, olive groves, the deep south. All were signed with the same name: Piera Aiello.
Her mother entered the attic. âI painted them,â she said. âThey're beautiful,â her daughter replied.âBut Mamma, if these paintings are yours, why are they signed by a different name? Who is Piera Aiello?â
The global company was once lauded for being ahead of the curve, so what was behind the âpay-your-age' misjudgment that left scores of its little customers brokenhearted?
Thursday 12 July should have been a red-letter day for thousands upon thousands of kids, and for their favourite shop, Build-A-Bear Workshop. The company had announced a pay-your-age promotion, so customers in the UK, US and Canada could come in to make their own teddies and pay just a fraction of the normal cost: instead of £52 for a top-of-the-range bear, a six-year-old would pay just £6. It sounded brilliant.
What Build-A-Bear hadn't factored in was the devotion of its young customers, and the unending human appetite for getting something cheap. Its shops were overwhelmed with huge queues wanting to take advantage. Police had to be called to help control the crowds outside the Leeds branch. Scores of shops had to close early; thousands of people left without getting in. Even some of those who did left wildly disappointed: one parent told the BBC that she and her children queued for three and a half hours to get into the Derby branch, then spent another two hours waiting to get their bears stuffed: âWhen I look back I will probably think, âWhat have I done that for?' â especially with what I will end up paying for parking,â she said. The next day's headlines contained the words no executive wants to see describing their business: âchaosâ, âcarnageâ, âfiascoâ.
From the nut-cracking crows of Sendai to âTurdus urbanicus' (the new urban blackbird), animals are changing their behaviour and evolution in cities â and in dramatic and surprising ways
On the eve of the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal, ground staff at the gigantic Stade de France in Paris had left the stadium's lights on, for security reasons. Attracted by the blinding floodlights, thousands upon thousands of migrating Silver Y moths descended into the empty arena. Those not killed by the heat of the lamps eventually ended up among the grass of the playing surface, where, after the lights were turned off, they hid throughout the day of the big match.
As evening fell, 80,000 spectators took their seats and the lights were turned back on. The sleeping moths stirred, and soon thousands were zigzagging among the players. Photographs taken that night show annoyed football officials picking moths off each other's suits, while the swarm blocked the lenses of TV cameras and hung from the goalposts. Perhaps the highlight came when Cristiano Ronaldo sat injured and weeping on the pitch, while a lone Silver Y sipped his teardrops away.
David Farrier's series follows in the footsteps of Ross Kemp and Vice by making titillating television from war zones and disaster sites. It's shallow and sordid
One of the most unpleasant rumours I can recall emerging from the Balkan wars of the 1990s was of a German agency who organised trips for tourists to âvisitâ the conflict and even participate. There's nothing quite so appalling as that in David âTickledâ Farrier's new Netflix series Dark Tourist, although it does venture into the grotesquely bizarre. He looks at the trend for Nuclear Tourism, for example, in which people flock to soak up the radiation left behind following the disaster in Fukushima, as well as the tourist industry that has built up around the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He also visits locations in Africa and South America associated with death and destruction that some tourists find somehow attractive, a shameful attraction the makers of Dark Tourist assume is shared to a degree by the viewer.
Although there are strong hints of Louis Theroux in Farrier's chin-scratching demeanour, overall the series is part of a recent trend for making titillating TV from the world's troublespots. Its soundtrack and graphics fit the bill: pummelling, Wagnerian motifs knocking you back like Tequila slammers, bursts of brutal fast cuts. It feels a little sordid, as if the miseries of the world are mere fodder for some televisual equivalent of the thrills of extreme mountain biking. On the other hand, you feel a bit chastened in your armchair watching Farrier enduring privations such as a voodoo ritual or narco tours in Pablo Escobar's old neighbourhood.
The Banks Group mine is going ahead despite fears it will devastate the local environment
From the end of her garden June Davison can see and hear the heavy machinery stripping away the valley. Soon there will be explosions and dust to add to the 12 hour thrum of engines as the coal is stripped from below the earth.
After 40 years of local opposition that has helped keep this area of the Derwent valley in County Durham untouched, open-cast mining has begun between the villages of Dipton, Leadgate and Medomsley, once home to a deeply entrenched mining community around what was South Medomsley colliery.
As the new Mamma Mia! hits cinemas, we explore why male actors hit the bum notes in modern movie musicals
There are many reasons why the first Mamma Mia! movie was such a smash hit, but we can all agree Pierce Brosnan's singing was not one of them. He sounded like a labrador trapped under a blanket. Undeterred, judging by a clip of Hugh Skinner singing Waterloo in a style best described as âposh geography teacher whose necktie is too tightâ, forthcoming sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again looks set to be continue this tradition of masculine musical ineptitude.
The Mamma Mia! enterprise hinges on a rarely acknowledged truth of modern movies: when it comes to actors singing, women are better at it. Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Lily James can hold a tune pretty well. It was a similar case with the Pitch Perfect movies. They hired Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld, both of whom have had bona fide hit songs. In earlier times, when musicals were a Hollywood conveyor belt, singing ability was a route to success, and performers would have paid their dues on stage or in vaudeville. However, today's movie musicals must either cast genuine singers with limited acting ability, or genuine actors with limited singing ability. In the latter department, it is the men who come off worst.
The northern hemisphere is having a baking summer â and it's not just down to climate change
Last week, authorities in Sweden took an unusual step. They issued an appeal for international aid to help them tackle an epidemic of wildfires that has spread across the nation over the past few days.
After months without rain, followed by weeks of soaring temperatures, the nation's forests had become tinderboxes.
âBuzzer teams' are a growing part of politics, helping to churn up religious and racial divides
To pass them off as real, Alex would enliven his fake accounts with dashes of humanity. Mixed up among the stream of political posts, his avatars â mostly pretty young Indonesian women â would bemoan their broken hearts and post pictures of their breakfasts.
But these fake accounts were not for fun; Alex and his team were told it was âwarâ.
Progressives obsessed by Twitter spats and social media takedowns of the day's chosen foe lose sight of what is really going on
Along with international football, brown grass and flaming hillsides, political swearing has been an integral part of the summer's zeitgeist. The protests against Donald Trump's visit to Britain were exactly the carnivals of dissent that they promised to be: I went on the march in London, and had a great time. But the subsequent media coverage also brought a pang of ambivalence about a seemingly endless array of slogans that mixed profanity with what the modern vernacular calls virtue signalling, and looked like they were unwittingly playing the president's game: âPiss off you orange twatâ, âFuck off Trumpâ. One particularly subtle placard simply read: âPrickâ .
After each outrage, progressives believe supporters will drain away. On the contrary: he is giving them what they want
Liberals and progressives are forever predicting Donald Trump's political demise. After each purported outrage â Charlottesville, separating children from their immigrant parents, now Helsinki â they confidently contend that this latest event will finally force Trump's supporters to abandon him. Yet not only does this not happen, Trump's support has actually risen by 6% since late 2017. How do they keep getting it so wrong?
The rehearsed smugness of the presenters puts me off the content â which is all about making the simple sound profound
Picture this. A darkened auditorium, an attentive, cult-like audience staring ahead expectantly, hardly daring to breathe; a huge screen on which there is an image no one can decipher. And then, the person everyone has been waiting for strides confidently on to the spotlit stage, wearing a headset and carrying a PowerPoint remote, dressed immaculately and sporting a brand-new haircut. You can hear a pin drop as the presenter begins, âYou think the world is round, but I am going to tell you to begin to believe it is actually square.â
Predictable, false and embarrassing; how I hate TED talks. And it's not even because they're named after a man. What I can't abide is the way presenters pace around the stage, I hate the gravity with which they deliver their message, and being patronised by a smug, overconfident âthought leaderâ is pretty intolerable.
Some hope a new political grouping would solve the Brexit mess. But polls tell us it is more likely to be to the right of Ukip
Is this the moment for a brave new party in Britain? Speculation has been building for a while, and now, noting that they have mashed politics into a sort of primordial ooze, some politicians are starting to wonder what might clamber out of it. Last week, the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, missed a key Brexit vote because he was in secret talks about how his party might assist a new one â claimed the Sunday Times (although he's denied this). âI can't see [how] the present system can be kept goingâ, he said. âIn the new year, new groups may emerge.â
â¢ Italian was paired with former world No 1 in final round â¢ Molinari completed last two rounds without dropping shot
Francesco Molinari said he felt a sense of disbelief after becoming the first Italian to win the Claret Jug, adding that the fact he achieved it while playing with Tiger Woods â who held the outright lead at seven under at one point â made it even more special.
âTiger himself was great today,â said Molinari, who joked that he might make the headlines back in Italy given Ferrari did not win the German Grand Prix. âHe showed really good sportsmanship with me. Obviously, there's a lot more people [around] if you're grouped with him than if I'm playing some of the other guys.
â¢ àzil attacks DFB president Reinhard Grindel in statement â¢ âI am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose'
Mesut àzil has blamed unfair discrimination over his meeting with the Turskish president, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan, in May for his decision to retire from international football with immediate effect.
àzil was a member of the Germany squad that went out of the World Cup finals in Russia at the group stage and faced heavy criticism for his both performances and his meeting with ErdoÄan, who has been accused of human rights abuses and has been outspoken about German politics as well.
â¢ Magnus Cort Nielsen sprints to stage 15 victory â¢ Team Sky's Geraint Thomas keeps yellow jersey
Gianni Moscon, one of Team Sky's key climbing support riders to Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, was kicked off the Tour de France on Sunday night, after raising his fist towards Elie Gesbert, a French rider from the Fortuneo-Samsic team in the opening kilometre of Sunday's stage from Millau to Carcassonne.
The Italian Moscon, who admitted to racially abusing another professional, Kevin Reza, in April 2017, was also investigated by the UCI following claims that he had pushed another rider off his bike last autumn and was disqualified from the World Championships road race last year for holding on to a team car. The latest incident was reviewed by race commissaires after the stage finish in Carcassonne, who then disqualified him. The race commissaires said Moscon had been disqualified for âparticularly serious aggressionâ.
â¢ Champion had to wait two and a half hours for confirmation â¢ Stewards investigated pit-lane incident after Vettel crashed out
Lewis Hamilton revealed he was confident after his meeting with stewards following the German Grand Prix that his race win would stand, as they investigated the incident on which his victory had turned in Hockenheim.
Hamilton won after a remarkable drive from 14th on the grid, but the British driver had to wait more than two and a half hours for his victory to be confirmed.
Good morning from Old Trafford, where the sun is shining and we're all set for day two of the Roses clash.
I'll be honest with you, I still haven't 100% caught my breath back following yesterday's craziness. I thought I'd seen it all when covering Yorkshire's 50 all out and win fixture against Essex down at Chelmsford in early May. Then throw in Friday's night's T20 clash here too. But no.
Graham will be here soon. Here are the overnight scores:
Raj Athwal, who worked for over 20 years in commercial roles at clubs including Watford and Rangers, says in this extract from his book the game must do more for the BAME community
I am constantly questioned about the dearth of Asians in British football, on and off the pitch. Is the lack of representation due to discrimination or other untoward reasons? Certain factors need to be highlighted, challenged and addressed. I will try to offer a balanced view from my personal experiences of how the industry operates â which is not always what it appears to be when on the outside looking in.
On the pitch we are witnessing significantly more Asian players at academy and youth level than ever before. This has as much to do with British-born Asian parents who understand and respect the professional game encouraging their kids to play as with the development and increase of BAME coaches.
â¢ Manchester United forward has lost starting place â¢ Manager initially did not want to let him leave
José Mourinho will only consider selling Anthony Martial for the right fee, with Manchester United's manager preferring that the Frenchman move to a club outside the Premier League rather than to a direct rival.
Stay Classy will wear a hood at Windsor but being drawn in stall 13 may hamper her chances, making Lively Lydia a safer choice
Richard Spencer's fine record with two-year-olds this season will attract many punters to the chance of Stay Classy (6.10 Windsor). But perhaps a little caution is necessary.
Six of the Newmarket trainer's 25 two-year-old runners on turf in 2018 have won â pointing to Spencer's skill with juveniles, as showcased at Royal Ascot last year when he saddled Rajasinghe to win the Coventry Stakes. It was the young trainer's first full year with as a licence.
Hundreds of people have died and thousands more injured in Nicaragua since April as government forces clash with demonstrators are calling for democracy and the resignation of Daniel Ortega. Protests were initially led by students but now a larger coalition of business owners, farmers and others are resisting the government of the deprived Central American country
In El Salvador, where brutal gangs like MS-13 and 18th Street have given the country the world's highest murder rate, the only way out for members is to become born-again Christians. In this intimate look at the lives of former gang members, we follow two pastors from the rival gangs as they convert gang members to stop them falling back into violent ways
Reporting made possible by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Frustrated with snail-like internet speeds, the residents of Michaelston-y-Fedw banded together and dug 15 miles of trenches to lay their own superfast broadband cables. It used to take two days to download a film, now it takes minutes, and the villagers are offering their help to others interested in the project
On 3 June, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted, killing at least 113 people and leaving 332 missing. Thousands of victims have been displaced and are still living in temporary shelters. Questions are being asked about what the government's disaster prevention agency is doing to help victims. The Guardian journalist Iman Amrani found out how people were coping, and what lessons need to be learned from the disaster
Ever wonder why women shown shaving on TV adverts are already completely hairless? Breaking with decades of tradition, Billie, a US razor company, depicts women actually removing their body hair. Perhaps a sign of brands responding to calls for more realistic portrayals of femininity, say experts
Queues are simple: you join at the back and wait your turn. But there's a
whole branch of psychology devoted to studying how they work. Wimbledon
publishes a guidebook on how to queue and major brands are obsessed
with stopping you leaving to go elsewhere. The Guardian's
science editor, Ian Sample, explains
The Guardian spends the day getting to know the people Donald Trump tried to avoid during his visit to the UK. More than 100,000 people travelled to London from around the country to protest against the US president, according to the organisers of the two marches that converged on Trafalgar Square
Syrian refugee Hassan al-Kontar has been stuck in Kuala Lumpur international airport for more than four months. He was refused a new passport by the Syrian embassy in the United Arab Emirates, where he was working when the war broke out in his homeland. After being forced to leave the UAE, he went to Malaysia, where he is now unable to leave the arrivals lounge.
Kontar says his only hope is a campaign to grant him asylum in Canada and though he wants his situation to be resolved as soon as possible, he says he is not unique and Syrians fleeing the war have been failed by the international community
Growing up in Luton, Colin Grant found his parents' âstate of irritable temporariness' captured in the work of Caribbean authors. Would they ever go home?
At every West Indian christening, wedding or funeral that I attended in 1970s Luton, when the big people gathered for âsome old time talkâ, you'd inevitably overhear snatches of the same mantra: âBwoi, this country too cold to bury. Don't mek me bury here.â Men and women voiced a version of the same desire to turn back towards the West Indies, to âwheel and come againâ as Jamaicans say. And when the time came, their burial back home would be done with style: âYes, man, pure excitement!â
Throughout my childhood my parents Ethlyn and Bageye seemed to live irritably in a state of temporariness, neither able to leave England nor return to Jamaica. I often wondered how they reconciled themselves to that condition. Is it ever possible to wake from that suspended state?
Treasury of objects considered âsplendidly ugly' will go on display at Greenwich house
Among gold and diamonds, porcelain and crystal, a treasury of objects considered âsplendidly uglyâ even by their original proud owner, will go on display as Ranger's House in Greenwich opens its doors to the public again.
The imposing Georgian house holds the fabulous collection amassed by the millionaire Victorian diamond dealer Sir Julius Wernher. It includes Renaissance paintings, French porcelain, Italian marbles, furniture, tapestries, jewellery as well as images in ivory, precious metals and carved wood of skulls, skeletons and decomposing corpses.
The Foxtel-Sky UK production will follow two misfits and a cherished piano on a road trip across Australia
Musician, writer and comedian Tim Minchin â the creator of Matilda: The Musical â has added a new string to his bow, landing a starring role in his first TV series, Upright, which will begin shooting in South Australia and Western Australia in October.
A co-production between Australia's Foxtel, Sky UK and production company Lingo Pictures, the series â a buddy road trip comedy starring Minchin and teenager Milly Alcock â was created by Chris Taylor of Australian satirical team The Chaser. It has a writing team that includes Minchin, Taylor and actor/writer Kate Mulvany, and will be directed by Please Like Me's Matthew Saville.
The new JJ Abrams-produced series brings together elements from the award-winning author's literary universe for an Easter egg-packed fan's dream
God, I love a mystery box. TV shows built around the idea that there's something going on, but the explanation is teased out over episodes â over seasons â before the resolution is offered. And everything in that show feeds into that central mystery, before being spat out, hopefully satisfying the viewers who've stuck with it.
Remember Lost? JJ Abrams does. It was partly his brainchild, after all; and it changed the landscape of television in what amounts to very JJ Abrams-shaped ways. Suddenly, for so many TV shows, the mystery box was everything. What's in the box? Who knows! The mystery box has been a major part of some of the most intriguing TV shows of recent years, to varying degrees of success: from Fringe to Westworld to The Leftovers, the hand of Lost â of Abrams â has touched them all.
Tom Baldwin's account of the abusive relationship with the truth in media and politics is lucid, punchy and often funny
Let's begin with the parable of the triple-breasted woman. A couple of years in advance of Donald Trump's arrival at the White House and before the term âfake newsâ had caught on, a Florida woman calling herself Jasmine Tridevil made headlines around the world by posting pictures of herself with a third breast. Claiming she had undergone this unusual implant surgery in the hope of landing a reality TV show, her story was propagated by a spectrum of media including New York magazine, BuzzFeed, the New York Post, the Toronto Sun, Fox News, CBS Tampa, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph.
As you will have surmised, the story was an invention by a woman whose website boasted that it was the âprovider of internet hoaxesâ. Tom Baldwin remarks: âThe reason why so many respectable news organisations would run it anyway is because it was flying around the internet and the prospect of a few hundred thousand clicks was too tempting to waste time with checks.â This is one of many arresting examples that he cites in support of his contention that the battle for our eyeballs has debased a click-chasing media and led to even worse from vote-chasing politicians.
A road trip down the ancient Via Emilia in central Italy offers a chance to taste delicacies like prosciutto, parmesan and balsamic in their place of origin
Emilia-Romagna is often overlooked by visitors, and that's a shame because its many smaller cities are an absolute treat. And for those who enjoy building their trips around a narrative thread, there's the Via Emilia, an ancient Roman road that connected Piacenza in the north to Rimini on the Adriatic coast.
Start in Piacenza, on the Po just south of Lombardy. Despite being bombed, it's an attractive mix of romanesque, baroque and gothic architecture in a grid of narrow, cobbled streets. There are plenty of churches, palaces and museums, but that's not what Piacenza is famous for. You come here for the cold cuts and the wines of the Colli Piacentini, Piacenza's hills, known for perfumed malvasia and gutturnio wines, made with a mix of barbera and croatina grapes to produce sparkling tipples and heady riservas.
As families begin their summer break, here are some tips to help beat the weak pound
As children finish up at school for the summer, the traditional August holiday season will see many families hit the continent, away from the political turmoil at home.
But while many may be hoping to escape any discussion of Brexit, it will be impossible to get away from the impact of the 2016 vote on sterling and how many euros they get for their pound. Towards the end of July 2015 â the summer before the Brexit vote â £1 bought â¬1.43. Last week £1 got just â¬1.12.
âFrom the catwalk to Kim Kardashian, cycling shorts have made an unlikely comeback this sports-centric season
First bumbags, then dad workout trainers, then baseball caps, now cycling shorts â it's official: Mr Motivator is the style muse of the summer. The 90s fashion item once banished to the attic along with LA Gears and Baby-Gs â are back. And they are a bonafide trend.
Why, you ask? To quote Paris Hilton, nothing is quite as âhotâ in the fashion industry right now as items that come with a heavy dose of irony (think Balenciaga's £1,600 take on a 40p Ikea bag). The industry loves nothing more than to create hype around an item that elicits an âAre you joking?â response from Jane and John Doe, while getting the street-style snappers in a frenzy during fashion week.
This has been a problem for years and now it's stopping me from getting close to my new partner
I am a 35-year-old bisexual woman who has never had penetrative sex with a man. Years ago I attempted it, but we gave up when it didn't work. I presumed it was because I wasn't relaxed enough, but since then I have tried penetration with vibrators when fully relaxed and lubricated and they won't go in, and it is incredibly painful. I've recently met a lovely man with whom I'd like to be intimate, but I have avoided getting too close because of this.
There might be a physiological or anatomical reason for this, so it is essential that you consult a doctor. It is possible that you may need a procedure that would remove a thick hymen or correct whatever physical feature may be preventing penetration.
PTSD can be caused by a range of experiences, from a car crash to rape to surviving a terrorist attack. But how do you know if you have it and what can you do?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. A wide range of experiences can cause it, from being in a car crash, a traumatic childbirth, losing someone close to you in upsetting circumstances, being raped or assaulted, to surviving a terrorist attack or being in a war. Rachel Boyd, of the mental health charity Mind, says: âIf you experience trauma, it's natural that it has an impact on your life.â But not everyone will develop PTSD. However, she says, if you are affected for a long period or have intense symptoms â such as anxiety, reliving the event or nightmares â you could have PTSD. And it can take years for symptoms to emerge.
New laws in California and Canada, plus a high-profile UK medical case, have made it safer for nations to come out of the green closet
Three major developments in June, including the case of a British boy with severe epilepsy, are likely to accelerate international acceptance of marijuana.
On 11 June, Charlotte Caldwell landed at Heathrow airport with her 12-year-old son, Billy, with a six-month supply of cannabis oil, the most effective medicine she'd found for her young child's epilepsy. She declared the medicine, which she'd legally bought in Canada, to British border officials, who confiscated it, despite Caldwell's pleas.
Incorporating nature, water and the right colours and lighting into our built environments can have an immeasurable impact on our health, happiness and productivity â Gemma Askham explains why
In 2017, UK research found that house prices were, on average, 70% higher if beside a city park. But what's around us does more than affect the housing market. In the field of neuro-architecture, designers are now working with cognitive scientists to engineer buildings that aren't only aimed at pleasing the eye or the bank balance â they also address our blood pressure, happiness and productivity. Sustainable workplaces are as much about employee wellness as recycling bins. Here's the latest in the science of surroundings.
With audio content exploding in popularity, a raft of gripping stories told by multiple narrators is just a few clicks away
A conversation can speak volumes and in the world of audio dramas, they often do. The audio drama â a piece of fiction told using several voices â is in the midst of a renaissance. Previously consigned to rare radio slots on rainy Sundays, audio dramas are now ubiquitous, buoyed by audience tastes for podcasts, and attracting some of the world's most exciting writers and actors.
These are professional, high-quality productions â think Netflix for your ears. And like Netflix, Audible has begun commissioning original audio dramas, making them free for members, putting an end to the bottleneck in which many creatives vie for one radio slot (and a broadcaster therefore has to pick the one with broadest appeal).
From the best pizza to the finest brewpubs, if there's a restaurant or bar worth knowing in the Mile High City then chances are that local food doyen Kade Gianinetti has tried it out. Arrive hungry for these top Denver plates
Kade Gianinetti's business card is running out of room. Since co-launching coffee company Method Roasters in 2013, the gourmet-entrepreneur has opened food truck-turned-LoHi-hotspot American Grind, two bars (the Way Back and Wayward) and the recently opened daytime diner, Wendell's.
The long-overlooked north-west corner of Ireland has finally started getting its dues. In 2017, Donegal even topped National Geographic's list of the coolest places on the planet. Anna Hart rounds up the 10 best things to do on a Donegal road trip
Ireland's most rugged and ravishing county has been a much-loved retreat for artists, bohemians, outdoorsy types and holidaying families for decades, but it's only now that the rest of the world is waking up to the charms of traversing Donegal by car. Dramatic, secluded beaches, craggy coastlines, soaring peaks, shimmering lakes, verdant valleys and time-warp harbours â all dotted with atmospheric country pubs and quaint seafood restaurants â recently propelled this north-west county to the top of National Geographic Traveller's Cool List. âIt's a warm-hearted place, but wilderness always feels just a stone's throw away,â says National Geographic Traveller editor Pat Riddell. âAnd it is wilderness â world-class wilderness.â
Millions of tons of plastic sent abroad for recycling may be being dumped in landfill
Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government's spending watchdog has warned.
Huge amounts of packaging waste is being sent overseas on the basis that it will be recycled and turned into new products. However, concerns have been raised that in reality much of it is being dumped in sites from Turkey to Malaysia.
Presence of CCHQ advisers hints at party effort to quash moves to force out disgraced former minister
The future of the disgraced former minister Andrew Griffiths will be discussed by his constituency members in front of officials from the Conservative party's central offices, a leaked email discloses.
The presence of advisers from Conservative Campaign Headquarters [CCHQ] at a special general meeting of East Staffordshire Conservative Association is unusual and will raise suspicions that the party wants to damp down internal moves to force him to stand down.
Blackburn youth given five years for inciting jihadist to plot to kill Australian police officers
Britain's youngest convicted terrorist, who was jailed for his part in a plot to behead police officers in Australia when he was 14 years old, is seeking to keep his identity secret by asking the courts for lifelong anonymity.
The teenager, from Blackburn, Lancashire, referred to as RXG during his trial for inciting terrorism, was granted anonymity until adulthood by a judge in 2015 because of fears his case could inspire copycat plots.
Charity blames high rents, freeze in housing benefit and shortage of social housing
More than half of families housed in temporary accommodation after being accepted as homeless by their local council are in work, according to the housing charity Shelter.
The number of working homeless has nearly doubled since Shelter last looked at the figures in 2013. There are now about 33,000 âworking homelessâ â or 55% of all households in temporary accommodation â compared with 19,000 in 2013, it estimates.
Carl Davies accused of violating a restraining order for stalking singer Nicola Roberts but charges were dropped
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has apologised to Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts for not prosecuting an ex-boyfriend accused of violating a restraining order for stalking her.
In May last year, Carl Davies was given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a lifetime restraining order after he admitted stalking the singer. He reportedly sent 3,000 messages to Roberts, including threats to stab and burn her.
Chinese social media posts expressed anger with hashtag #Changsheng vaccine case# being viewed 470 million times by Monday
Chinese premier Li Keqiang has called for an immediate investigation into the sale of 250,000 faulty rabies vaccines that he said had crossed a moral line, while urging severe punishment for the companies and people implicated.
Outrage swept Chinese social media on Monday as regulators and officials tried to contain fallout over revelations that one of the country's largest vaccine makers had been giving children defective vaccines.
City of Kumagaya records temperature of 41.1C, as Tokyo governor says last few days have been âlike living in the sauna'
The temperature rose to a record 41.1C (106 Fahrenheit) in a city north-west of Tokyo on Monday, as Japan's deadly heatwave fuelled fears about potentially dangerous conditions for athletes and spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The temperature was recorded in Kumagaya, in Saitama prefecture, topping the previous high of 41C in the western prefecture of Kochi in August 2013, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Records go back to varying dates for different cities, with data for Kumagaya starting in 1896.
âTo blindly sign a deal like that and close your eyes to the human consequences is very chilling,' says Amnesty director
The deaths at sea of a mother and child have further exposed the flaws in a pact between Italy and Libya that has led to thousands of migrants being forcibly returned to the chaotic north African country.
Their bodies were found last week in the drifting wreckage of a boat off the Libyan coast by rescuers from the Spanish ship, Proactiva Open Arms. A woman from Cameroon was also found clinging to a piece of wood.
National assembly signs off on document defining marriage as âconsensual union of two people, regardless of gender'
Cuba is set to become the latest country in Latin America to approve gay marriage, after the National Assembly on Sunday signed off on a new constitution that defines marriage as âthe consensual union of two people, regardless of genderâ.
The new constitution, known as the Magna Carta â which also recognises private property for the first time since the Cold War â will be put to a referendum later this year.
Newlyweds showing off online heap pressure on teenagers to marry too soon while men âdrag' Facebook looking for affairs
It was Rakiatou Idi's wedding night. She waited for her new husband on their new mattress in their new house while a joyful gang of young wedding guests filed in and out to take pictures of her on their phones.
As is the tradition in Niger, the bride wasn't invited to the ceremony so when Mohammed Yaou's friends delivered him to her, carrying a ceremonial cloth over his head, it was the first time she had seen her new husband all day.
In Florida, Morris Young is spearheading a bold effort to break the cycle of reoffending by offering prisoners a new life. Photography: Fred R Conrad
Growing up as black boys in rural Gadsden county, Morris Young and Jaron McNealy would have had the same instinct in their youth when they saw the police: run.
âI saw them as a foe. They'd only come by to arrest,â said Young, whose younger self would be surprised to discover he is now a veteran sheriff of the same northern Florida county where he was born and raised.
Most of the world has a chance to see the moon change colour at the end of the week
A total lunar eclipse will be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia and South America on 27 July. Only North America misses the show this time.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth's shadow. Once totally immersed, it turns to a deep red colour. This glorious sight occurs because of the way sunlight bends (refracts) through the Earth's atmosphere.
The local KKK leader thought he'd found an enthusiastic new recruit. In fact, he'd inadvertently signed up a black policeman. Ron Stallworth reveals the often hilarious saga that has now become a Spike Lee film
It is late October, 1978, in Colorado Springs when Ken O'Dell, a closet member of the newly resurgent Ku Klux Klan, receives an encouraging sign that his strategy of placing ads in the personal section of the local paper for new recruits has met with some success. Ken has been sent a letter from a man called Ron Stallworth. Ron, he says in his letter, wants to âfurther the cause of the white raceâ â and to join the Klan. Before long the two men are in enthusiastic telephone contact. Ken, who loathes blacks, Jews, Catholics and any other minority he can think of, sees Ron as a kindred spirit. Indeed, Ken is so impressed by Ron that, over the coming months, he will not only make sure that Ron gains membership and full access to the Klan, but he'll even tout him as a future leader of the local chapter. Unfortunately for Ken, there are a couple of things about Ron he doesn't know âand won't know until 28 years later when Ron reveals them in a newspaper interview. First, Ron is an undercover police officer. Second â and this never fails to crack Ron up every time he thinks of it â Ron is black. âI was having a lot of fun,â he says.
The story of how a black police officer infiltrated the KKK is at first so hard to wrap your mind around that you may question how it can possibly be true. But once you've taken account of the state of late 1970s technology, it becomes easier to understand how such an audacious and thrilling police sting could ever have come into being. No internet, no smart phones: resurgent underground terrorist organisations have to rely on letter writing and telephone calls for their secret communications. Ken has no way of knowing, for example, that the voice on the other end of the telephone line, fulminating against âslavesâ and âmud peopleâ belongs to anyone but what Ken likes to call âan intelligent white manâ â like himself. Ken falls for it.
After photographs go viral, your child becomes a social-media influencer and a celebrity on Instagram. Should you step in? Parents reveal the contrasting conflicts of instant fame
When Charlotte D'Alessio was 16 she accidentally became a social media influencer. The Canadian-born teen had recently moved from Toronto to Los Angeles with her family when, in the spring of her first year in LA, she attended the music festival Coachella with a few of her new mates.
While at Coachella, Charlotte and her friend Josie changed outfits several times, taking a few pictures of themselves in bodysuits, bikini tops and jean shorts (the typical Coachella nouveau-boho uniform) and posted them on social media. So far so normal. But when the successful LA photographer Bryant Eslava took some photos of the girls and tagged them on his account, their images began to go viral. Soon the girls were seeing themselves everywhere, featured in roundups of the festival and in the âpopularâ galleries of Tumblr and Instagram. They were gaining hundreds and thousands of followers by the minute and being followed by strangers who'd comment âI found them!â and then tag their image to their followers in turn.
In April, an amusement park reachable only by ferry opened on an island in the Tigris. Construction had started in 2011 but stopped when Isis took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014. Isis used the island to hide weapons and munitions
Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Stevie Wonder â Bruce W Talamon photographed them all. His images, collected in a new book, capture an era before publicists controlled their stars
âNobody will ever understand what fun we had,â says Bruce W Talamon about the decade he spent photographing the heyday of funk, R&B and soul music in America.
Between 1972 and 1982, this young and relatively inexperienced photographer from Los Angeles had almost unrestricted access to the biggest, brightest and weirdest stars in black music. He went on tour with Gil Scott-Heron, Labelle and Parliament-Funkadelic. He shot performances by James Brown and Diana Ross and captured intimate backstage moments with Al Green and the Jackson 5. For one assignment, he spent seven days with Marvin Gaye, hanging out at the beach, playing basketball and eating Thanksgiving leftovers at Gaye's parents' house. Today's music photographers are lucky if they get 15 minutes.
Sydney-born impressionist John Russell spent 40 years in Europe, where he cultivated friendships with late 19th-century and early 20th centuries luminaries Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh. While honing his craft in fin-de-siècle Europe, Russell clung to an Australian artistic sensibility that was at once colourful and defined by a love for nature (he spent half his European sojourn on a remote French island).
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is hosting the first major survey of Russell's work in 40 years, bringing together 120 paintings, drawings and watercolours from private and public collections around the world
A euphoric display of teen rebellion, captured by Aurore Valade, sums up the last day of summer term
School's out for summer! And what better image to capture that moment of explosive joy on the last day of term than this chaotic and colourful image by French photographer Aurore Valade, a graduate of the elite Beaux-Arts school in Bordeaux.
Valade, whose work is one of the official exhibitions at the international Rencontres d'Arles this summer, seeks to examine the idea of liberation, transgression and revolt.
- BO spécial n°11 du 26 novembre 2015: Programmes d'enseignement du cycle des apprentissages fondamentaux (cycle 2), du cycle de consolidation (cycle 3) et du cycle des approfondissements (cycle 4) à compter de la rentrée 2016