Marielle Franco murder: Brazilian authorities under global pressure to find killers

As pressure grows on the authorities in Brazil to find the killers of Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco, an open letter by international activists, writers, journalists, film-makers, politicians and actors has called for an investigation of her murder by an independent commission. Franco and her driver were shot dead on 14 March, in a …

Marielle Franco’s murderers must be brought to justice | Letters

Last week one of Brazil’s most courageous social leaders was brutally assassinated on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman and human rights defender, was shot four times in the head by unknown assailants in a passing vehicle shortly after leaving a gathering of young black activists. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, …

Grief is the Thing With Feathers review – Cillian Murphy takes wing

Enda Walsh’s plays are populated with characters coping, or not coping, with grief and trauma. So it is not hard to see why Walsh was drawn to adapting Max Porter’s novel about painful loss. In Porter’s Grief Is the Thing With Feathers, the shock of sudden bereavement for a father and his two young children …

Canada government defends asking employees to use gender-neutral terms

Canada’s federal government has defended its decision to ask frontline employees to adopt gender-neutral language when interacting with the public, after the move was branded as ridiculous and mocked by opposition politicians. Earlier this year staff at Service Canada – the federal agency that connects Canadians to government services and benefits such as pension and …

Parkland students to Congress: tighten gun laws or risk ‘killing America’s future’

The students who have shaped a national debate over gun laws have warned the US Congress to take action or risk “killing the future of America”. As activists prepare to take to the streets in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday for the March for Our Lives, students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school urged …

Mosques launch anti-radicalisation scheme as alternative to Prevent

An anti-radicalisation programme billed as an alternative to the government’s much-maligned Prevent strategy has been launched in mosques. Safe and Secure, which is being backed by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), is the brainchild of former senior Muslim police officer, Dal Babu, and Mike Howes, a former council head of community safety, both strong …

‘Dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico will take decades to recover from farm pollution

The enormous “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico will take decades to recover even if the flow of farming chemicals that is causing the damage is completely halted, new research has warned. Intensive agriculture near the Mississippi has led to fertilizers leeching into the river, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico, via soils and …

Police officer poisoned in spy attack leaves hospital

DS Nick Bailey, the police officer who was exposed to the novichok nerve agent when responding to the Salisbury attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, has been discharged from hospital. Cara Charles-Barks, chief executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, made the announcement in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Wiltshire police chief constable Kier Pritchard …