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, …

Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy after latest enrichment breach

Tehran defiant in face of condemnation by European signatories to joint comprehensive plan of action The Iran nuclear deal was put on life support on Sunday after Iran took a further step to breach its rules by taking its low-enriched uranium limit over the agreed threshold. It was the second Iranian breach of the agreement in a matter of weeks, although Iran took only a relatively modest step by increasing enrichment from the agreed 3.7% level enough to generate to …

Outcry after reports Brazil plans to investigate Glenn Greenwald

Federal police reportedly asked money laundering unit to investigate the financial activities of the US journalist Brazils Bar Association, journalists and opposition lawmakers have reacted with outrage to reports that the countrys federal police plan to investigate the bank accounts of an American journalist who published leaked conversations between prosecutors and the graft-busting judge who is now Jair Bolsonaros justice minister. The rightwing site the Antagonist (O Antagonista) said Kennedy Alencar, a leading political commentator on CBN Radio. If there …

Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

Investigation exposes how Brazils huge beef sector continues to threaten health of worlds largest rainforest The cows grazed under the midday Amazon sun, near a wooden bridge spanning a river. It was an idyllic scene of pastoral quiet, occasionally broken by a motorbike growling on the dirt road that cuts through part of the Lagoa do Triunfo cattle farm to a nearby community. But this pasture is land that the farm has been forbidden to use for cattle since 2010, …

Donald Trump threatens new tariffs on $4bn of EU products

Whisky, cheese and olives among items that could be hit in row over aircraft subsidies Donald Trump has threatened fresh tariffs on $4bn (3,2bn) of European products including cheese, scotch whisky and olives, ratcheting up pressure on the EU in a US representatives office released a list of 89 additional items including olives, Italian and Dutch cheese, Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, pasta, coffee and ham that could face tariffs. These join products worth $21bn that were announced as potential targets …

Women without passports: the artists tackling desert, rivers and red tape to get to Paris

To exhibit their work in France, these women drove over stone country, deserts and 31 river crossings and that was just to get passports When Ingrid Johanson decided to help organise a trip to Northern Territory, let alone Australia and arranging passports proved to be tricky. First, the artists had to travel from West Arnhem Land to Darwin, the nearest town to their homes in the Aboriginal community of Maningrida and a punishing eight-hour drive away. Susan Marawarr painting new …

Pete Buttigieg: police killing exposes mayor’s troubled history with minorities

Indiana citys black community says his handling of a tragedy is part of a pattern that leaves people of color behind At a South Bend council meeting last week, Tyree Bonds, the brother of Eric Logan, a black man shot and killed last week by a white police officer, stood up with a message for this Indiana city, whose mayor has emerged as an unexpected force in the 2020 Democratic race. Stop using [the shooting] for your own personal agenda, …

Europe must stop this disgrace: Viktor Orbn is dismantling democracy | Timothy Garton Ash

The Hungarian leader is consolidating his illiberal regime with the help of EU funding, says Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash When European Union leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday they will have a guilty secret: among them will sit the leader of a member state that is no longer a democracy. Viktor Orbn, Hungarys prime minister and de facto supreme leader, will sit there smiling as a democrat among democrats, but in reality he has demolished liberal democracy in his …

Uruguay court orders government to sell Nazi bronze eagle from battleship

Eagle with swastika under its talons, recovered in 2006, was part of German battleships stern that sank off the coast A court in Its captain ordered the ship scuttled, sinking it a few miles from the Uruguayan capital to prevent its then state-of-the-art technology from falling into allied hands. Most of the crew was taken by ship to Buenos Aires in neighboring Argentina and the captain killed himself there days later. Private investors from the US and Europe funded Original …

Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday

Calls for new demonstrations come as government fails to respond to a list of protester demands Hong Kong is braced for another round of demonstrations after the government failed to respond to a list of protester demands including an investigation into police brutality and the withdrawal of an extradition bill by a Thursday afternoon deadline. After cut-off set by protest leaders passed without word from the government, messages began circulating on social media calling people to come to central Hong …