E.U. Leaders Reject Netanyahu on Jerusalem Recognition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and the European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Monday at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Eric Vidal/Reuters LONDON — Emboldened by President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Benjamin Netanyahu paid the first visit to the European Union headquarters by an Israeli prime minister in …

In California, Mixed Results for Regulations Meant to Help Stop Fires

Ed Preston cleared leaves at his house before evacuating with his wife and two children in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sunday. Hilary Swift for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — The wildfires that raced across the hills of Southern California this week have tested the tough regulations California communities put in place to contain …

Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart

A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant. Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said: …

Texas Congressman Runs What Aides Call a Hostile Workplace

Two former aides to Representative Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, described his office as freewheeling, yet also filled with fear. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters WASHINGTON — When Lauren Greene, a former communications director for Representative Blake Farenthold, sued him claiming sexual harassment, among her complaints was that he “disclosed that a female lobbyist had propositioned him …

Austria stubs out looming smoking ban in name of ‘freedom’

Austria’s far-right Freedom party has announced that a planned ban on smoking in all bars and restaurants that was due to come into force in 2018 will be scrapped. Party chief Heinz-Christian Strache said the reversal was agreed in ongoing talks to form a coalition with the conservative People’s party (OVP) following elections in October. …

Doctors ‘not told about full risk of vaginal mesh implants’

One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies failed to update doctors on the full extent of risks posed by vaginal mesh implants, an investigation by Panorama has found. Known as trans-vaginal tape (TVT), the implant is a small mesh support that is used to treat urinary incontinence or prolapse occurring after childbirth. For the majority …

‘It looks like someone’s gran’: Diego Maradona statue unveiled in India

Another football icon has been honoured by a statue with a bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, unveiled at a club in Kolkata, although the dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup winner has attracted online ridicule. The 12-foot statue features the 1986 World Cup winner with a healthy head of hair and …

Damian Green inquiry to examine influence of Daily Mail article

The Cabinet Office inquiry into the conduct of Damian Green is set to examine whether allies of the first secretary of state influenced a negative Daily Mail article about the woman who accused him of harassment, the Guardian understands. The inquiry into Green, who is de-facto deputy prime minister, is due to conclude this week. …

Cash incentives to encourage breastfeeding backed by experts

Cash incentives should be given to mothers to encourage breastfeeding, according to experts following a pilot study. More than 10,000 new mothers across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire were involved in the trial, which offered shopping vouchers worth up to £120 if babies received breast milk – either by breastfeeding or with expressed milk …