‘I will hold them accountable’ – President Emmanuel Macron, visiting Beirut, has promised aid for the shattered city from France and the world but demanded a “new political deal” from Lebanon’s leaders and pledged to press them hard for change. “I am going to talk to them … I will hold them accountable,” Macron said. Anger at Lebanon’s leaders has boiled over since the blast, blamed on 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate stored carelessly in a warehouse for years. Lebanese security forces meanwhile clashed with anti-government demonstrators in a ravaged street leading to parliament. Tuesday’s blast killed nearly 150 people, wounded at least 5,000 and destroyed entire districts of the capital. More bodies are expected to be retrieved in ongoing search and rescue operations. … [Read more...] about Friday briefing: Vulnerable children left in filthy cells, says custody monitor
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa Guided Leeds back to the big time after exorcising the ghosts of the previous season, eking out every last drop from a modest squad and making a mockery of players’ supposed ceilings, with Liam Cooper, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford key pillars in a title-winning season. Gerhard Struber, who took charge of Barnsley when they were rock bottom with nine points from 16 matches, worked wonders to avoid relegation, albeit after benefiting from Wigan being deducted 12 points, while Nathan Jones performed miracles after returning to Luton in May. … [Read more...] about Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2019-20?
Jeremy Deller, an artist, wanted to be photographed in a Coronation Street setting. Although Robert Street in Scotswood, where I was living at the time, was not exactly like Salford, all we had to do was go out of my front door for a suitably “northern” location, where we proceeded to photograph each other. Technicolor was still several years off – and the north of England really felt black and white in those days. … [Read more...] about Newcastle’s West End: Elswick to Newburn – in pictures
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