How Britain’s Ambassador To Washington Decided Enough Was Enough

Johnson had rung to express his “regret” at his resignation, following one of the most serious breakdowns in relations between an American president and a British diplomat whose job depends on access to the White House. But friends say that Darroch also mentioned another reason: Johnson’s refusal in the ITV Tory leadership debate on Tuesday night to give his explicit support for the ambassador staying in post until his planned departure date in January. For Johnson, the man on course …

Solange shines at London’s Lovebox

It’s an abstract, complex record, with none of the instant hooks of its predecessor, 2016’s A Seat At The Table. But the audience, instead of being alienated, seemed enraptured by the snaking, jazz-like arrangements, and Solange’s sunlit harmonies. Wisely, the singer peppered the set with more-recognisable songs from her back catalogue – the street funk of Losing You, and the soaring ballad Cranes In The Sky – and threaded the new record’s most memorable earworm, Things I Imagined, throughout the …

Investigation into a possible scheme between Russia and Italian political party

London (CNN)Prosecutors in Milan have opened an investigation into possible charges of international corruption, amid fresh claims that representatives from Matteo Salvini’s League party discussed a funding scheme with Russia to plug a black hole in the League’s finances, according to a person briefed on the investigation. Responding to reporters in Rome this week, Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, said he had ‘never taken a rouble, a euro, a dollar or a litre of Vodka in financing from the Russians’ …

Who needs cookbooks? Top chefs favourite ultra-simple recipes

You dont need pages of ingredients and instructions to make something delicious. Here are 18 quick and easy stunners, from Middle Eastern dips to Indian street snacks Over the past 50 years, the chef Alice Waters, owner and chief ideologue at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, has played a pivotal role in the popularisation of local, seasonal cooking. In Labneh. Photograph: Yana Margulis Rubin/Alamy Labneh with zaatar Stuart Ralston, chef-owner, Aizle, Edinburgh In New York, I worked with an Israeli …

Tropical Storm Barry Rolls Into Louisiana, Spares New Orleans

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday night urged residents across south Louisiana to stay “vigilant,” warning that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a wide stretch of the Gulf Coast overnight. In Mississippi, up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the city and some of its suburbs. ASSOCIATED PRESS …

Rip Torn, cult actor and Artie in the Larry Sanders Show dies aged 88

Star of a string of 60s classics fell foul of Hollywood because of his temper but found a fresh lease of life in comedy, from TVs Larry Sanders Show to the Men in Black films Rip Torn, Americas celebrated wildman actor, has died aged 88. Torn, who had been a constant presence on stage and screen since the mid-1950s, was arguably better known for his eccentric, and occasionally violent, antics when the cameras werent rolling and on one notorious occasion, …

The True Origins Of The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, …

More patients ‘struggling to reach GP on phone’

The latest figures have been published just days after it emerged some hospital doctors are refusing to do overtime shifts. This is because they are being landed with large tax bills after changes to the way the pension system works. The figures are fresh evidence of the impact on patients of the stand-off. Around one in eight have been waiting longer than 18 weeks – the maximum length of time they should have to wait. The places with the worst …

Labour antisemitism whistleblower: ‘In 30 years Ill be very proud of myself’

Louise Withers Green says she is scared about abuse but hopeful for partys redemption It was in February, while on holiday with her former Labour colleagues in Berlin, that Louise Withers Green decided she had to speak out about her role in investigating antisemitism in the party. The former disputes officer visited the German capital with a number of ex-staffers, all of whom had quit working for the party. Being in the city that had been at the heart of …

Combined System Gives Abundant Solar Electricity And Clean Water

In a world desperate for non-polluting energy and water free from pollutants, a dual system can provide both at once. Frequently, technology designed to tackle two problems simultaneously handles both poorly, and that’s been true for past efforts in this area. However, Professor Peng Wang of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia claims that attaching membrane distillation systems to the back of solar panels allows both to work at least as well as they would on their own. …