Guardian and Observer charity appeal hits £250,000 in five days

Donations to the Guardian and Observer charity appeal in support of homeless youngsters and destitute refugees have hit the £250,000 mark after just five days. The 2017 appeal is raising money for three charities working with vulnerable individuals on the frontline of homelessness and destitution: Centrepoint, DePaul UK, and the No Accommodation Network (Naccom). Launching …

Police less likely to find drugs on black people during stop and search

Black people are less likely to be found carrying drugs when stopped and searched in England and Wales than white people, according to a “troubling” finding by the police watchdog. An analysis by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found that one in four black people searched for drugs were …

‘We saved your kebab’: MEPs vote against ban on doner meat additive

The European parliament has narrowly defeated plans to ban an additive considered key in industrial meats for the doner kebab. Needing an absolute majority of at least 376 votes for a ban on phosphates, the chamber was three short, voting 373 to 272, with 30 abstentions. The decision had been keenly expected by the doner …

Super coffee: wake up to the sickly smell of 2018’s hot trend

Name: Super coffee. Appearance: Silky, indulgent, aspirational. Ingredients: Coffee, a cup, things to make the coffee even better. What, like sugar? No. Crystal meth? I think you’re missing the point. “Super coffee” is one of Pinterest’s top 100 trends for 2018. Who is Pinterest? It’s more of a what. It’s a social network that lets …

New York bombing suspect planned to ‘kill, maim and destroy’, prosecutors say

In less than 24 hours, authorities say a would-be suicide bomber’s botched attack on a Manhattan transportation hub underneath Times Square became an open-and-shut case after a search of his apartment and hearing the suspect’s own words. Akayed Ullah, who is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday, made it clear from a …

Manchester City could be doing rivals a favour by taking heat out of title battle | Paul Wilson

When Antonio Conte said at the start of the week that English clubs had a great chance of Champions League success this season he was possibly trying to gloss over a less than favourable draw that left Chelsea with the unenviable task of advancing past Barcelona. The draw was generally kind to English clubs, though …

Retiring Phil Taylor wants to go out with win at World Darts Championship

Great sportsmen write their own scripts but they rarely have much input when it comes to the final scene. Donald Bradman, Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt are among those whose goodbyes were accompanied by the strange sensations of failure and anticlimax. With a few exceptions, the sporting gods don’t do sentiment. So when the World …

What is net neutrality about? Protecting us from corporate power | Matt Stoller

This Thursday, Trump Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai will force a vote to repeal net neutrality protections for broadband providers. This is an important step backwards for our democracy. It will affect what consumers pay for broadband and what we can buy. More importantly, it will affect what we as citizens can say and …

Labour delays outcome of Kelvin Hopkins harassment inquiry

Labour has delayed the outcome of its investigation into MP Kelvin Hopkins and his alleged inappropriate behaviour toward a fellow MP and a young activist to give the former shadow cabinet minister more time to respond. Kerry McCarthy, the MP for Bristol East, has said she began receiving unwanted attention from Hopkins in the mid-1990s. …