Here is a quick summary of the press conference with Juncker, Tusk and Kurz.
This, from Lisa O’Carroll, the Guardian’s Brexit correspondent
BREAKING: Juncker wants trade talks to open now. I noted that there is a deep mistrust in the House when it comes to EU. that is not a good basis for future relations". In order to prove we are serious .. "we don’t wantbackstop to be a perm then we have ..start our negotiation" pic.twitter.com/WYCl78KFud
Bill Kristol, one of the founders of the Weekly Standard, tweets an elegy to the magazine.
All good things come to an end. And so, after 23 years, does The Weekly Standard. I want to express my gratitude to our readers and my admiration for my colleagues. We worked hard to put out a quality magazine, and we had a good time doing so. And we have much more to do. Onward!
Julián Castro is still playing coy about a presidential bid but his brother isn’t.
You can't say it, but twin can..
JULIAN: I'm going to make an announcement on Jan 12th.
COLBERT: Why do you have to wait?
JOAQUIN: I'll speak on his behalf here. He's going to run for president.... For the FEC lawyers, he didn't say it. https://t.co/r1A78chluU
On the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict in South Sudan, we are writing to urge Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, to redouble his efforts to bring about peace. In the grim competition for the world’s most devastating crisis, South Sudan is up there with the worst. It’s estimated that almost 400,000 people have died over the last five years, that over 4 million South Sudanese have fled their homes and that half of the country’s population are facing severe hunger. An adolescent girl in South Sudan today is three times more likely to die in childbirth than to complete primary school.
Five years on, all parties to the conflict have signed a peace agreement. However, South Sudan’s short history tells us that peace is a process, not a moment, and that elite-level power-sharing deals easily fail. The South Sudanese people themselves are the only guarantors of peace in their country. The UK government’s focus must therefore be on promoting the local-level peacebuilding initiatives that address the root causes of the conflict. That means working closely with the churches, traditional leaders, women’s and youth groups, and refugee communities, to empower them to influence the implementation of this agreement. It also means pressing the transitional government to guarantee unhindered humanitarian access so NGOs can reach the 7.6 million South Sudanese who urgently need support to rebuild their lives.
Turkish president says tape has been shared with US, Germany, France and Canada
One of the killers of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was heard saying “I know how to cut” on the audio of the murder, which Turkey has shared with US and European officials, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said on Friday.
Erdoğan slammed Riyadh for its changing account of how Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 Oct. The journalist had gone there to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage.
Colombian singer alleged to have avoided £13m tax by saying she lived in Bahamas
Spanish prosecutors have charged the Colombian singer and philanthropist Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she avoided €14.5m (£13m) in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while actually resident in Catalonia.
Shakira changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons.
Bug let developers access pictures people had uploaded but chosen not to post
A Facebook bug let app developers see photos users had uploaded but never posted, the social network has disclosed.
For two weeks in September, an error in the way Facebook shares photos with third parties meant that apps could see not only photos users had posted on their newsfeed, but also pictures in other parts of the site – on Facebook Stories or Facebook’s Marketplace, for instance.
Syrian Democratic Forces capture Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province after heavy fighting
Islamic State extremists have withdrawn from their last urban stronghold in Syria after weeks of intensifying clashes with Kurdish-led fighters that have splintered the remnants of the group’s leadership and raised fresh questions about the fate of its founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Isis forces retreated to villages to the east of Hajin in the early hours of Thursday after several days of US airstrikes, which allowed Kurdish proxy forces to sweep into the town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Clashes continued throughout the day, and western observers cautioned that the militants may be attempting to regroup for a counter-assault.
Situation on ground in Hodeidah will test UN-brokered deal, say analysts
Initial hope after a breakthrough round of peace talks on Yemen in Sweden has quickly given way to worries over how the agreed measures will be implemented.
The UN secretary general, António Guterres, said on Thursday that the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition had agreed to an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from the port city of Hodeidah, as well as the setting up of humanitarian corridors and the future deployment of UN-supervised neutral forces.
LVMH acquires Venice’s Hotel Cipriani and Hotel Splendido in Portofino as part of £2.5bn deal
The Orient Express has been sold to LVMH, the French luxury goods company that already owns Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Moët & Chandon champagne, as part of a $3.2bn (£2.5bn) deal that also includes the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Hotel Splendido in Portofino and 44 other deluxe hotels around the world.
LVMH, which is run by France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, announced on Friday it had agreed a takeover of Belmond, the British company that runs the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Royal Scotsman as well as high-end river cruises and hotels across 24 countries.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first election in which some women and all men could vote, 209 female photographers have taken portraits of the 209 women MPs in the UK parliament. The exhibition, 209 Women, opens at Portcullis House on Friday. We look at a selection of the portraits
US president’s former lawyer says Trump directed him to pay money to two women who alleged having sexual affairs with him
Donald Trump knew he was doing wrong when he directed hush money to be paid to two women during the 2016 election, his former lawyer and fixer has said.
“He directed me to make the payments. He directed me to become involved in these matters,” Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison this week over crimes committed while working for Trump, told ABC News in an interview aired on Friday.
A growing movement is demanding action to curb the soaring murder rate among young people in Fortaleza
Janio Heinrich used to promote peace on the streets of Grande Bom Jardim before he was shot dead two months ago. Now his face stares out from a large mural on a dusty street, a tribute to the 18-year-old whose crime was to enter the turf of a gang that does not dominate his area.
Residents are used to seeing memorials to their young people in this low-income part of Fortaleza; reaching adulthood here means surviving one of the deadliest districts of Brazil’s most murderous city for young people.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘the wind of time’ and it features visionary work from some of the world’s most renowned photographers. The striking images, from fashion shoots to food factories, can be seen at the Lianzhou Museum of Photography in southern China until 3 January 2019
Tucked away in a remote corner of southern China lies the small city of Lianzhou, the unlikely but charming host of a critically acclaimed annual celebration of photography. Now in its 14th year, the Lianzhou Foto festival, founded by the Chinese photography expert Duan Yuting in collaboration with the French curator François Cheval, was created to showcase the work of contemporary Chinese artists as well as renowned international photographers.
This year’s theme, “the winds of time”, is open to broad interpretation, attracting projects on social, political and environmental themes. The work of Erwin Blumenfeld, one of the most influential and experimental fashion photographers of the 20th century, provides a historical anchor for the event, which is being held at the Lianzhou Museum of Photography, China’s first publicly funded museum of its type.
TGV trains will halve journey times from Casablanca to Tangier, but critics say flashy projects are no substitute for real reform
“Many well-known guests have stayed here,” says Jimmy, the proprietor of the gift shop in the Hotel Continental, a stately pre-colonial landmark overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. He runs down the list: Edgar Degas, Winston Churchill, Paul Bowles. But that was a long time ago.
Today, once-glitzy Tangier isn’t the destination it was half a century ago, when renowned artists and foreign spies haunted its bars and hotels. But the city’s fortunes may soon shift. A new high-speed railway, the first in Africa, was inaugurated last month, linking the cities along Morocco’s western edge. “In two hours, it will take you from Casablanca to here,” says Jimmy – more than twice as fast as the current trains.
Most cities have not been designed with women’s safety in mind but, from Egypt to Rwanda, new technology, design and education are reducing the threat of violence on the street
Sexual violence has rarely been so high on the news agenda. Since allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein started to emerge in October last year, the global problem has finally become a mainstream issue. The United Nations has estimated that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, with 120 million girls around the world having been forced into sex acts.
The repercussions go beyond the physical and psychological toll on individuals who have been attacked. Harassment and fear of violence can impede free movement of girls and women and stop them reaching their full potential, both socially and economically. “If women feel afraid,” says Laura Somoggi, who manages the biennial Womanity award for the prevention of violence against women, “it could undermine their ability to work or go to school or university which affects their empowerment, their rights.” Fear of attack is a bar to women escaping poverty.
Beating Aids is India’s greatest public health achievement. A new book says it wouldn’t have happened without women
In 2002, a major report predicted an Aids catastrophe in India. The country would have 20-25m Aids cases by 2010. People were being infected at the rate of about 1,000 a day. Aids orphans numbered 2 million. This scourge would ravage families, society, and the economy. India was going to be the Aids capital of the world.
But 2010 came and went. India averted an Aids epidemic. That victory – India’s biggest public health achievement – has remained uncelebrated. But a new book by one of the major HIV campaigners of that time finally honours the people he says were crucial in guiding India away from its seemingly inescapable destiny: the country’s sex workers.
That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a court order tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon Valley
Imagine if a media company told you the name of the man accused of killing Grace Millane. Imagine if, in defiance of a very clear court ruling of interim name suppression, that company told you his name in an email – spelling it out, even, in the subject header.
Unthinkable? That’s exactly what happened in the early hours of Tuesday.
Swedish minister calls for Michel Sidibé to step down after report alleging harassment and favouritism at agency
The Swedish government has announced it is to withhold funding to a UN agency until its director resigns in a row over his “dysfunctional leadership”.
UNAids, which spearheads the global fight against Aids and HIV, will receive no further funding until its executive director, Michel Sidibé, stands down, said Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s minister for international development cooperation and climate.
All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 22,000 taxis will be too
You have to keep your eyes peeled for the bus at the station in Shenzhen’s Futian central business district these days. The diesel behemoths that once signalled their arrival with a piercing hiss, a rattle of engine and a plume of fumes are no more, replaced with the world’s first and largest 100% electric bus fleet.
Shenzhen now has 16,000 electric buses in total and is noticeably quieter for it. “We find that the buses are so quiet that people might not hear them coming,” says Joseph Ma, deputy general manager at Shenzhen Bus Group, the largest of the three main bus companies in the city. “In fact, we’ve received requests to add some artificial noise to the buses so that people can hear them. We’re considering it.”
The bicycles are given to children in the Turkish border city of Kilis if they also maintain strong grades and promise to ride for an hour a day
Standing on the street in the centre of Kilis, a small Turkish city on the border with Syria, a constant stream of noisy motorcycles, scooters and cars zoom past. It’s certainly not the most bicycle-friendly city, but local leaders are determined to change that with a new network of cycle lanes, and by giving away thousands of bikes to local children.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war seven years ago, millions of Syrians have sought shelter in Turkey. While there are refugee camps lining the border, most refugees opt to live in cities such as Kilis.