The summer crowds have gone, prices have fallen, the Mediterranean is at its warmest and, while temperatures have eased, it is still reliably sunny – a great time for a city or a beach break. Even at home, there is a good chance of decent weather. Here are our recommendations for travel this month... 1. The Loire Valley – for autumn colour Everyone talks about the Loire châteaux, but we sometimes forget the parks that surround nearly all of them. As autumn approaches and the leaves begin to turn, the avenues of oaks, beeches and chestnuts and the once-great hunting forests produce a magnificent display of colour. The châteaux themselves are open until October and are also much less busy than during the summer; the wine harvest is in full swing and yet there is still an excellent chance of good weather. For full details of opening times, see loirevalley-france.co.uk. To get there, travel with Brittany Ferries (brittanyferries.ie) or Irish Ferries … [Read more...] about September is the best month for travel, and here are 11 top places to go…
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This week, Apple will reveal the future of your iPhone – and any other product you might happen to own. The company is hosting WWDC, its annual conference. Right in the middle of that is the keynote where the company shows off updates to the various operating systems and software that power all of its products. The event will take place all through next week. But the big keynote happens on 4 June, in the morning pacific time so much later on in the day in the rest of the world. What is WWDC? The event's full name is Worldwide Developers Conference, which gives you a pretty good picture of what happens. It serves as a place for app developers to meet each other and learn about the future of Apple's various platforms, and for Apple to discuss that future with them. Gadgets and tech news in pictures + show all Gadgets and tech news in pictures 1/43 Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which … [Read more...] about WWDC 2018: What is Apple’s big event, will there be a new iPhone and how do I watch it?
Top story: Leaders gear up for action, but Mattis not sure Good morning. I’m Martin Farrer, it’s Friday, and these are the top stories from the Guardian today. Theresa May and Donald Trump have agreed during a late-night phone call that Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons cannot go unchallenged. They will also continue “working closely together on the international response”, a Downing Street spokesperson said, adding that the pair had agreed that it was “vital” that the Assad regime was deterred from future use of chemical weapons. Trump was also expected to speak to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, about what action to take in the wake of the gas attack on Douma last weekend that left at least 45 people dead. The conversation with the US president will reinforce the prime minister’s hawkish stance on Syria, which was endorsed by the cabinet earlier in the day and cleared the way for Britain to join military action in the … [Read more...] about Friday briefing: May and Trump seek Syria deterrent
It took a chemical weapons attack in Syria by Putin’s ally (“Animal Assad,” in Trumpian twitter-speak) and gruesome pictures of dead children to prompt the criticism. But the belated rebuke of Putin was short and cryptic enough that it seemed to underscore the strange mystery of why Trump, while allowing his government to pursue an increasingly confrontational series of policies aimed at countering Russia, has never publicly disavowed his oft-stated admiration for the strongman leader who ordered his spies to intervene in the U.S. election on Trump’s behalf. Tweet or no tweet, as Trump now contemplates a retaliatory strike on Putin’s Syrian partner, it’s more clear than ever that Russia remains the signal foreign policy dilemma of the Trump presidency — the issue on which the president has split, repeatedly, with top advisers like his now-booted secretary of state and national security adviser. Just a few days ago, Trump spoke once again, if a … [Read more...] about Trump vs Putin? Time to be ‘scared’
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications