UK abandons bid for immediate return of fisheries control after Brexit – sources

Plans to take back control of UK fisheries the moment Britain leaves the EU appear to have been abandoned in the face of united EU opposition, dealing a significant blow to the ambitions of the environment secretary, Michael Gove. Gove put repatriating control of fisheries at the heart of his post-Brexit strategy. But as the …

Vladimir Putin wins Russian election with more than 70% of vote – exit poll

Vladimir Putin won a landslide reelection victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by …

The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits | Editorial

The revelations we publish about how Facebook’s data was used by Cambridge Analytica to subvert the openness of democracy are only the latest examples of a global phenomenon. All over the world, governments are coming to grips with the destructive power of social media. In recent weeks, Sri Lanka, Britain, Indonesia and Myanmar have all …

Russian voters go to the polls – in pictures

A voter casts her ballot at Moscow Kazanskaya railway terminal Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters An official assists a voter to cast her ballot at a polling station Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images A new mother casts her vote from the maternity ward in hospital Photograph: Alexander Ryumin/TASS In poll position? Vladimir Putin exits the voting booth after …

Barrister blows whistle on ‘broken legal system brought to its knees by cuts’

Courts that are like an A&E unit on a Saturday night, violent abusers walking free because evidence has gone missing, and lawyers doing hours of unpaid work to keep the system from collapse, are all part of a damning picture painted in a new book on the legal system by a barrister. According to the …

Questions and theories on the Salisbury nerve agent attack | Letters

If President John F Kennedy’s 1963 assassination had been handled as the British government has done with the Skripals’ poisoning (Editorial, 15 March), dozens of Soviet diplomats would have been expelled, trade arrangements and contacts with the Soviet Union would have been cancelled, and Soviet ships docking at US ports would have likely been seized. …