Elisabeth’s Lists by Lulah Ellender review – a haunting family history

Lulah Ellender’s journey of discovery begins with the gift of a book, “a small red-brown, marbled hardback journal”. It’s full of lists written by her grandmother Elisabeth, starting when she married in 1939 and ending in 1957, when she died from cancer, aged 42. The lists range from inventories of household linen and a “register” of …

Indian ‘cow protectors’ jailed for life over murder of Muslim man

Eleven cow protection vigilantes in the Indian state of Jharkhand have been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Muslim man who was transporting beef. They are thought to be the first people convicted for violence in the name of the cow. The men, including a district media officer for the ruling Bharatiya Janata …

‘Great Pacific garbage patch’ sprawling with far more debris than thought

An enormous area of rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean is teeming with far more debris than previously thought, heightening alarm that the world’s oceans are being increasingly choked by trillions of pieces of plastic. The sprawling patch of detritus – spanning 1.6m sq km, (617,763 sq miles) more than twice the size of France …

Lily Allen review – confessional pop on her own terms

Notable by its absence from the second of Lily Allen’s intimate comeback shows is any trace of the 32-year-old’s last album, from 2014. It’s not surprising: Sheezus bombed critically, sank commercially and, thanks to a video interpreted as racist and anti-feminist, became a lamb to the slaughter in the early days of Twitter’s wokeness wars. …

So Christianity is no longer the norm? Going underground will do it good | Peter Ormerod

It’s quite a statement. “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good,” said Prof Stephen Bullivant this week, in response to figures showing widespread rejection of Christianity among Europe’s young people. He adds a slender caveat: “Or at least for the next 100 years.” Plenty of people will find …

Sex Trafficking Bill Heads to Trump, Over Silicon Valley Concerns

Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, was a co-author of the sex trafficking bill that passed the Senate by a 97-to-2 vote. Erin Schaff for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to legislation that strengthens the policing of sex trafficking, over the opposition of many internet companies. Lawmakers …

California Today: California Today: Schwarzenegger’s Republican Manifesto

Arnold Schwarzenegger at a 2016 event for “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” On Wednesday, he said the California Republican Party was like “the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.” Danny Moloshok/Reuters Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) More than 10 years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger, then the Republican governor of California, …

Boris Johnson’s Hitler remarks unacceptable, says Russian envoy

Russia’s ambassador to the UK has described Boris Johnson’s comparison of this summer’s World Cup to the Nazi Olympics as “unacceptable and totally irresponsible”. Speaking at a press conference, Alexander Yakovenko complained that Britain had refused to cooperate with Moscow over the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. “We have seen no …

Nikolai Glushkov inquest adjourns pending further investigation

The inquest into the death of the Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov has opened and been adjourned in London. Richard Furniss, the assistant coroner at west London coroner’s court, heard evidence on Thursday that Glushkov was found at home on 12 March. Paramedics called police at 10.46pm and two minutes later declared Glushkov dead. Terry Waple, …

Gareth Bale breaks Wales scoring record in 6-0 thrashing of China

Gareth Bale’s historic hat-trick gave Ryan Giggs the perfect start to his tenure as an international manager, with Wales thrashing China 6-0 in Nanning. Bale’s stunning display saw him score twice before the break and he completed his first international treble in the second half to reach 29 goals for his country, a landmark figure …