Turkey’s accompaniment of emergency ends but crackdown continues

Turkey’s two-year state of emergency was set to come to an end at midnight on Wednesday, but as trials of dissidents and journalists continue human rights campaigners have said Ankara must do more to reverse a “suffocating” crackdown on free speech. Critics say the state of emergency, in place since a failed coup attempt in …

Boris Johnson’s admirers capital a roaring lion. They got a cardboard tiger

His departure became his time in office. Long on bombast, short on content. Long on grandiosity, short on self-awareness. In public and in private, Boris Johnson is a disappointment. Not least to himself. Cut through the fragile narcissism and there is a ball of self-loathing and insecurity. No one understands his own failure better than …

Trump says Russia no best targeting US, contradicting intelligence officer

Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he does not believe Russia is still targeting the United States, directly contradicting the nation’s top intelligence officer, who said Moscow continues to attack America’s electoral system. When asked directly by reporters whether he believed Russia was “still targeting the US”, Trump responded: “No.” His comments came less than …

The harder appropriate can alone be defeated from the left, not from the centre | Owen Jones

In both Britain and the United States, the resurgent left represents the best antidote to inequality, stagnating living standards and insecure employment. Yet it is increasingly clear that if the movements represented chiefly by Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders fail, it will be the authoritarian xenophobic right that will fill the vacuum. In the growing …

Debate continues over Labour’s cipher on antisemitism | Letters

Many contributors to the antisemitism debate around the Labour party seem to be creating more confusion than clarity (Labour accused of breaking law with antisemitism code, 16 July). In fact the party’s document endorses and also seeks to elaborate the widely disseminated International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s “working definition” of antisemitism. Thus, for example, the IHRA …

Man accusable of artifice to decollate Theresa May in Isis-inspired attack

A 20-year-old Londoner has been found guilty of plotting to kill Theresa May in a suicide attack on Downing Street, where he intended to behead the prime minister. Details of the violent plans of Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman were heard at the Old Bailey where he has been on trial with another man, 22-year-old Mohammad Aqib …

Trump administering hit with lawsuits over atrocious analysis of casual detainees

The Trump administration is increasingly being challenged on its hardline immigration stance by lawsuits alleging inhumane and illegal treatment of migrants held in detention facilities. Among the latest suits was one filed in a California district court Monday by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law on behalf of more than 200 detainees. The …

The Guardian appearance on Cliff Richard’s cloister victory: a blackmail to journalism | Editorial

The decision at the high court this morning in favour of Sir Cliff Richard and against the BBC highlights restrictions on the freedom of the press. The corporation’s use of a helicopter to film a search of the singer’s Berkshire home in August 2014, following a tip-off from police, attracted much comment at the time. …

Phil Mickelson academician achromatize could accept led to awkwardness at Open

The R&A’s chief executive, Martin Slumbers, has implied that Phil Mickelson’s brain fade at the US Open – where he rushed after his overhit ball on the 13th green which was running into further trouble and hit it back towards the pin – would have led to him being disqualified at the Open rather than …

Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri in no blitz to acquaintance Hazard and Courtois on futures

Maurizio Sarri will wait until Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are back from their holidays before holding talks with the Belgian pair about their Chelsea futures. Real Madrid are understood to be in talks with Chelsea over a possible £35m deal for Courtois and have also targeted Hazard after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Yet …