Ronan Farrow on investigating Harvey Weinstein: When family issues are thrown at me, its a dirty move

Farrows investigation into the allegations against the producer won him a Pulitzer prize. He talks about the personal cost In the story behind the story of Mia Farrow and sexual abuse allegations made by Dylan, Farrows older sister, against their father. During the course of the investigation, Weinstein would weaponise all of this to try to unnerve him. If Farrow was intimidated, it isnt his style to show it: he is amused, sardonic, diminutive, in a way that invites comparisons to Matt Lauer, the former NBC host accused of sexual harassment, about whom the book contains explosive new allegations Farrow forgot to eat, go out except when following leads, or call his boyfriend in LA. For a while, he says, …

National Coming Out Day marked by worry over supreme court LGBTQ case

As court considers workplace discrimination protections, revellers and activists ponder fragile state of their rights National Coming Out Day festivities across the US were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBTQ people may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on National Coming Out Day, first observed in 1988 and marked every 11 October though events happen over several days. Philadelphias annual language in the supreme court this week about whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ people from employment discrimination including a question by conservative chief justice John Roberts that appeared to show confusion about gender transitions and questions about bathroom use by liberals Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg …

Ecuador protests end after deal struck with indigenous leaders

President cancels austerity package that sparked weeks of violent street demonstrations Ecuadors president, Lenn Moreno, has struck a deal with indigenous leaders to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralysed the economy and left seven dead. Under the agreement, Moreno will withdraw the International Monetary Fund-backed package, known as Decree 883, that included a sharp rise in fuel costs. Indigenous leaders, in turn, will call on their followers to end protests and street blockades. Comrades, this deal is a compromise on both sides, Moreno said. The indigenous mobilisation will end and Decree 883 will be lifted. The two sides will work together to develop a package of measures to cut government spending, …

NBA postpones media sessions in China as rift over Hong Kong tweet simmers

The NBA has postponed media sessions in Shanghai for the Nets and Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled The NBA has postponed Wednesdays scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. The teams were training in Shanghai on Wednesday, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were called off as part of o Silver saying NBA employees were entitled to free speech. He said that in an environment fraught with possible economic peril. But he sided with the principles that we …

Hong Kong: thousands protest over shooting of teenager by police

Anger and grief fuel fresh demonstrations after injury of 18-year-old Tsang Chi-kin Driven by anger and grief, thousands of people came out across Hong Kong to denounce the shooting of a teenage student by police, an escalation of force that appears to have deepened the gulf between protesters and authorities. They marched through the city centre, organised sit-ins at schools and gathered at a courtroom where other protesters faced rioting charges. Many who joined Wednesdays demonstrations held their hands over their chests in tribute to 18-year-old Tsang Chi-kin, who was shot at point-blank range on Tuesday, with the bullet narrowly missing his heart. Tsang is in hospital in stable but critical condition after surgery to remove the bullet. The shooting …

Hong Kong protester shot with live round during China National Day rally

Violence erupts as thousands protest on 70th anniversary of communist rule in China Hong Kong police have shot a protester with live ammunition for the first time in four months of demonstrations, marking a major escalation in the use of force on a day when shooting the protester at point blank range with a pistol. Other footage Map of key incidents in Hong Kong Crowds gathered in central Hong Kong, where police were using water cannon and teargas, Hong Kong protesters use chairs as barricade during riots video Hong Kong has been gripped by protests since June. Sparked by a controversial extradition bill, they have morphed into a wider and increasingly violent anti-government movement channelling residents anger and frustration at …

Richard Thompson at 70: on love, loss and being a Muslim in Trump’s US

The master of British folk music has weathered a second divorce and lives in the US where Trump has ramped up bigotry considerably. At least ex-wife Linda has forgiven him Richard Thompson is drinking mint tea in a Hampstead coffee shop he doesnt touch coffee or alcohol and between Islam and cricket, hes discussing the remarkable guest list for his upcoming David Gilmour, who has featured alongside Richard in a Rolling Stone magazine best ever guitarist list, and who, as a soloist, covered Martin and Eliza Carthy to Harry Shearer, the American actor and comedian, reviving his role as Derek Smalls from Judith Owen who joined Richard in 2006 for the Tear-Stained Letter or the pounding, edgy and emotional stories …

Jack Ma, China’s richest man, steps down as chairman of Alibaba

Charismatic 55-year-old entrepreneur to be replaced by Daniel Zhang at e-commerce firm The Alibaba founder, Jack Ma, is stepping down as head of one of the worlds largest e-commerce companies, handing over the reins to his handpicked successor. Ma, who announced his retirement as chairman of the company last year, will celebrate his final day at a celebration marking his 55th birthday at an Olympic-sized sports stadium in Hangzhou, where he founded the company 20 years ago. The charismatic entrepreneur and one of Chinas most recognisable public figures will be replaced by the lower profile Daniel Zhang, the companys chief executive and an accountant by training. In a video posted on Monday, Ma said: Im the person always looking forward. …

Bahamian evacuees find welcome in Florida but politics dog their presence

Thousands forced to flee their homes by Hurricane Dorian found refuge in the Sunshine State but Trump has cast aspersions They descended the cruise ships gangplank at the Port of Palm Beach looking like refugees from a war zone. Some carried babies and small children; others clutched small bags of possessions snatched hastily from the rubble of their ruined homes; most had just the clothes they stood in. For the 1,435 weary Hurricane Dorian evacuees from the Bahamas who disembarked the Grand Celebration liner and stepped on to the dockside at the weekend there were the pressing concerns of where they would find immediate shelter. But while the Red Cross spoke of how they had received offers from across Florida …

Hong Kong: I would quit if I had choice, says leader in leaked audio

Carrie Lams comments further demonstrate it is Beijing directing response to crisis A leaked audio recording has emerged in which Hong Kongs leader, Carrie Lam, can be heard saying she would quit if she had a choice but suggesting she was being prevented from doing so by authorities in Beijing. In the recording, obtained by Reuters, the Hong Kong chief executive to a political crisis that has threatened Chinas authority over the city, as protesters continue to take to the streets pressing for the extradition bill to be withdrawn and calling for universal suffrage. Clashes continued on Monday night when police fired teargas to clear protesters in Mong Kok, a commercial and residential area in Kowloon. Play Video 0:53 between …

Not the Messiah: Trump insists ‘chosen one’ China trade war remark was a joke

President made initial claim about policies towards Beijing, leading many observers to question the presidents mental state Donald Trump has twice insisted he was just joking when he claimed to be the chosen one to take on China over trade. Speaking to reporters in Washington on Friday night, then in two tweets from the south of France on Saturday morning, the president said the comment was an instance of sarcasm and insisted it was a joke. When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said I am the chosen one at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a Messiah complex, …

The Guardian view on Saudi Arabias reforms: not just a battle for women | Editorial

Editorial: Relaxation of the guardianship system is long overdue. But more change is needed, and the credit for these reforms should to the women who have fought for them not Riyadh The jubilation of women in Saudi Arabia was real and understandable. Last Friday, the kingdom abolition. Other laws still hold women back. And as warned: When women become equal to men, Saudi Arabia is still going to remain an authoritarian dictatorship that violates countless human rights. These guardianship changes, like the lifting of the ban on womens driving last year, form part of the crown princes promise to modernise the kingdom. Mohammed bin Salmans Vision 2030 plan calls for a rise in womens participation in the workplace, from 22% …

Old men by the sea: Tennessee banker takes Hemingway lookalike contest

Joe Maxey, 68, beats 141 other author impersonators in long-running event that shows importance of being Ernest A retired banker from Tennessee beat 141 other white-bearded contenders to win the coveted Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Florida, on Saturday, at the eighth attempt. Joe Maxey, 68, of Cedar Hill triumphed at Sloppy Joes Bar, a hangout of the author when he lived in Key West in the 1930s. A judging panel of former winners chose Maxey from a vast field which competed in two preliminary rounds and Saturdays finals. Maxey said he loved Hemingways writing and shared the authors fondness for mojitos and women. During his Key West years, Hemingway wrote literary classics including For Whom the Bell …

British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war

Stolen artefacts likely removed by Taliban will go on display before being sent to Kabul Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits. The were blown up. A torso was also found with the sculptural heads. Photograph: Trustees of the British Museum The sculptures tell a story of Buddhisms heyday in what is now Afghanistan. Hundreds of monasteries were built and then abandoned after the arrival of the Arab armies in the 8th century and the establishment of Islam as the predominant religion. The return of any object which has been illegally trafficked is hugely …

Venezuela government says it foiled plot to assassinate president Maduro

Spokesman said plotters also planned to bomb a government building, seize a Caracas air base and loot central bank Venezuelan officials said that they have foiled a plot to overthrow the government that included assassinating President Juan Guaid from Venezuelas political landscape. Guaid, leader of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, is seeking to oust Maduro from power with backing from more than 50 nations. Profile Who is Juan Guaid? Show Hide The opposition leader Juan Guaid was almost unknown both inside and outsidegenerally failed to distinguish itself,hint at the possibility of military intervention after a failed attempt to bring humanitarian aid into the country in February. Questions have also been raised about the bedfellows Guaid has chosen in what he calls …

‘Living joyously is a radical act’: why America’s gay bars still matter

Fifty years after Stonewall, and with Trump trying to roll back LGBTQ rights, Dominic Rushe visits three gay bars in different states and finds them as vibrant and vital as ever The gay bar is in trouble. Fifty years after the Stonewall Inn in New York became the symbol for a new wave of gay activism, the three horsemen of the gay bar apocalypse gentrification, assimilation and technology have hollowed out their numbers. Rising rents have shuttered gay bars; more straight venues are accepting of gay patrons; and dating is something people now do with their phones. Even the term gay bar looks a little tired as the LGBTQ community finally comes to terms with its many rainbow stripes. Bare …