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The Guardian looking at the first week of August

August 01

NHS to use AI to identify people at higher risk of hepatitis C
Exclusive / NHS to use AI to identify people at higher risk of hepatitis C
Screening programme will detect people with the deadly infection, which is often symptomless in early stages

The NHS is to use artificial intelligence to detect, screen and treat people at risk of hepatitis C under plans to eradicate the disease by 2030.

Hepatitis C often does not have any noticeable symptoms until the liver has been severely damaged, which means thousands of people are living with the infection – known as the silent killer – without realising it.

Cost of living / One in eight households fear they have no way of making more cuts

More than one in eight UK households fear they have no further way to make cuts to afford a sharp increase in annual energy bills this autumn.

More than a quarter of households earning less than £20,000 worry they will be unable to cope with higher bills, with families in Yorkshire, the south-west and Northern Ireland the least confident about covering their costs, according to the latest rebuilding Britain index of 20,000 people by Legal & General.

Almost half of UK households are concerned about being able to keep up with rent or mortgage payments over the next 12 months as the majority realise they will have to make cuts elsewhere.

Commonwealth Games / Laura Kenny calls for bigger barriers after Walls’ horror crash

Laura Kenny has called for bigger barriers to be fitted at velodromes after a horrific crash saw England’s Matt Walls catapulted over the railings and into the crowd on Sunday.

Paramedics erected screens to shield Walls, who won omnium gold and madison silver for Team GB at last summer’s Olympic Games, while he received treatment for 40 minutes at the Lee Valley VeloPark before being taken to hospital.

Nichelle Nichols / Actor who played Lt Uhura in Star Trek dies aged 89

Star Trek brought Nichols enduring recognition and helped to break down some racial barriers in the television business, as they were rampant elsewhere.

She shared one of the first lip-to-lip interracial kisses on television – with co-star William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk. The kiss at the time was considered a forward-looking move on the part of the actors, as well as Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the network that broadcast the show, NBC.

Roddenberry had reportedly insisted on an integrated crew for Starship Enterprise – a bold move given that interracial marriage was still illegal in 17 US states. Only a year earlier, Variety reported, Sammy Davis Jr had gone no further than kiss Nancy Sinatra on the cheek on Movin’ With Nancy.

Lilia Valutyte / Man, 22, charged with murder of nine-year-old in Lincolnshire
Ukraine invasion
What we know on day 159 of the invasion
At a glance / What we know on day 159 of the invasion
Russia moving troops to Ukraine’s south ahead of Ukrainian counteroffensive, military officials say; Russia says five injured in Black Sea drone attack
Ukraine / Russia claims five injured in drone attack on Black Sea fleet headquarters
Food shortages / Harvest could be halved this year due to Russian invasion, warns Zelenskiy

“Ukrainian harvest this year is under the threat to be twice less,” the Ukrainian president wrote on Twitter in English. His country’s main goal, Zelenskiy said, was to prevent a global food crisis caused by the Russian invasion.

His comments came as it emerged that the owner of one of Ukraine’s largest agricultural companies had been killed in the shelling of the strategically important southern city of Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea.

Fresh counter-offensive / Ukraine forces Russia to bolster troops in occupied south

August 02

Dear Some View on the World readers

Ecstasy. Records tumbled, emotions raged and hearts burst on Sunday evening as England, with a first international goal from Chloe Kelly, defeated the eight-times champions Germany to secure a first major trophy for the Lionesses – and England’s first since 1966. Finally, after 56 years of hurt, the women brought it home.


I hesitated to focus on the Euros in this week’s newsletter. Football, after all, feels like a triviality compared to so many other stories making headlines. In other recent emails we have focused on such urgent issues as the climate crisis, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, political scandals at home and abroad, press freedom, and food shortages.


But the truth is that sport, and football, is a very powerful thing. The progress made by the sporting world is vital – and it manifests in other aspects of society far beyond football, informing the role models our children have and the way we perceive women.


Studies have repeatedly shown that few things boost self-confidence like engagement in group sport. Our football writer Suzanne Wrack wrote beautifully earlier this year about how the sport shaped her and gave her a sense of purpose and self-belief.


And as Gaby Hinsliff put it in her most recent column, “the sight of England’s women quietly nailing what the men have been trying and failing to do for so long, on a fraction of the money and with virtually none of the drama, evokes a rare and very specific kind of satisfaction.”


It’s not a stretch to link progress on the pitch with progress in society. In the last year alone, we have reported on the rights groups who are fighting for women to be heard on climate, with gender parity in climate leadership estimated to be achieved only in 2068 – and why diverse participation leads to more robust solutions. As the world faces a plethora of crises, gender equality in leadership roles is something more and more are calling for.


And the message of the Lionesses’ success is surely that women can be powerful, strong and fiercely competitive without being branded bitches; that wanting to be an alpha female at the top of your game is something to be celebrated, not crushed out of girls at the earliest opportunity.


But the lesson is also, of course, that individual hard work by itself isn’t always enough; that progress requires dismantling the structural barriers holding women back.


In the world of sport, noone can now dredge up the tired old suggestion that people simply aren’t interested in watching women’s football. Not after Sunday. After all sorts of TV viewing and attendance records tumbled – and 87,000 turned up at Wembley.


Beyond that though, as we wrote in a recent editorial, “this summer of the Lionesses achieved a parity of esteem and respect in a world that men fenced off as their own for so long”. Both before and after Sunday’s final, England’s impressive captain, Leah Williamson, expressed a hope that the past few weeks can be transformational not only for women’s football, but for wider gender equality.


What’s more, when Chloe Kelly celebrated her winning goal by whipping off her shirt and racing gleefully around the field in her sports bra, it was a thrillingly unfettered moment of glee; a rare instance of a woman’s body evoking athletic skill and power, not pliant, pouting sexiness. It showed the liberating feeling of stripping down to your sports bra and celebrating like noone is watching, even when millions are.


Sophie Zeldin-O’Neill
Deputy Membership Editor
The Guardian

Liz Truss plan to cut £11bn in Whitehall waste ‘ludicrous’
Conservative leadership / Liz Truss plan to cut £11bn in Whitehall waste ‘ludicrous’
Unions and experts attack Tory leadership candidate’s proposals for civil service savings
Afghanistan / US drone strike in Afghanistan kills al-Qaida leader, Joe Biden says

A US drone strike in Afghanistan has killed the top al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Joe Biden announced on Monday.

The US president described the death of Zawahiri, who was Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor, as a major blow to the terrorist network behind the September 11 2001 attacks.

“Justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said in a live televised address from the White House. “People around the world no longer need to fear the vicious and determined killer.”

Climate endgame / Risk of human extinction ‘dangerously underexplored’

The risk of global societal collapse or human extinction has been “dangerously underexplored”, climate scientists have warned in an analysis.

They call such a catastrophe the “climate endgame”. Though it had a small chance of occurring, given the uncertainties in future emissions and the climate system, cataclysmic scenarios could not be ruled out, they said.

“Facing a future of accelerating climate change while blind to worst-case scenarios is naive risk management at best and fatally foolish at worst,” the scientists said, adding that there were “ample reasons” to suspect global heating could result in an apocalyptic disaster.

Flights / British Airways suspends Heathrow short-haul ticket sales – report
Education / Schools in England face funding crisis as costs soar, study warns
Institute for Fiscal Studies says spend per pupil set to be lower in 2025 than in 2010, with budgets already under strain from rises in food, energy and wage bills.

After a decade of austerity cuts, ministers pledged to restore per pupil funding to 2010 levels by the end of the current parliament, but the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says the government is no longer on track to meet its objective because of the cost pressures on schools.

What we know on day 160 of the invasion
Russia-Ukraine war latest / What we know on day 160 of the invasion
UN chief warns that nuclear annihilation just ‘one miscalculation’ away; Zelenskiy says grain shipment is ‘first positive signal’ of chance to stop world food crisis
Russia / Keir Starmer and Piers Morgan among new list of Britons banned by Moscow
Gazprom / Daily gas output in July lowest since 2008, analysis suggests

The state-owned energy firm pumped 774 million cubic metres a day last month – 14% less than in June – according to analysis by Bloomberg of data released on Monday.

It found the Russian gas export monopoly’s overall total output for the year was 262.4 billion cubic metres, a 12% fall compared with the same period last year.

Food / Prices soar across world amid Ukraine crisis, World Bank finds
Food inflation has soared across much of the developing world since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has trapped several richer countries in a cycle of rising prices, a report by the World Bank has found.

“The most-affected countries are in Africa, North America, Latin America, South Asia, Europe, and central Asia,” it said.

It also warned that large producers of grain, including France, Spain and Italy, would need to adjust to rising temperatures and uncertain weather patterns driven by the climate crisis to maintain high levels of production.

August 03

Nancy Pelosi tells President Tsai US will not abandon Taiwan amid China criticism of visit
Live / Nancy Pelosi tells President Tsai US will not abandon Taiwan amid China criticism of visit
House speaker meets Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei during visit described as ‘extremely egregious’ by China’s vice foreign minister
Petrol / Pump prices not falling in line with wholesale cost – RAC

Over the last eight weeks, the average price paid for unleaded by drivers across the UK has only dropped by 9p a litre– all of which came off in July – despite wholesale petrol prices falling by 20p in the same time period.

According to the motoring organisation, the wholesale cost of unleaded is now back to the prices reached in early May, meaning a litre should be 167p, not 183p. The disparity in cost from wholesale to consumer means drivers are paying nearly £9 more on a tank of petrol than they should be, it said. A tank of diesel should be lower than the end of July average, the RAC added.

Tory leadership race / Former counter-terrorism police chief attacks Rishi Sunak’s Prevent plans
Justin Welby / Archbishop of Canterbury ‘affirms validity’ of 1998 declaration that gay sex is a sin
some campaigners for LGBTQ+ equality within the church were angry at Welby’s attempt to reaffirm the church’s traditional stance. Jayne Ozanne said: “Yet again priority has been given to saving a manmade institution over protecting LGBTQ+ people’s lives.

Lambeth 1.10 rejects “homosexual practice as incompatible with scripture” and “upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union”. It says same-sex unions should not be legitimised or blessed.

The Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches, which claims to represent 75% of Anglicans across the globe, said 1.10 “explicitly applies the clear and historic teaching of scripture to matters of sexual morality”.

Justin Badi Arama, the archbishop of South Sudan, said: “We are living at a time of great spiritual confusion and moral flux. The church of Jesus Christ cannot afford to lose its moorings in holy scripture and drift with the world.

“Based on the need to establish clear doctrine on marriage and sexuality at this defining moment for the Anglican communion, this conference must reaffirm the biblical teaching of Lambeth conference 1998 resolution 1.10.”


Find also to read:

  1. Commitment to Christian unity
  2. Hiding or opening attitude for same sex relationships
  3. Living and Loving Faithfully
  4. How the term Evangelical has grown to blur theology and ideology
  5. The Telegraph from July 04 – July 10
Archie Battersbee / Parents fail to stop planned withdrawal of life support treatment
What we know on day 161 of the invasion
Russia-Ukraine war at a glance / What we know on day 161 of the invasion
Russia accuses US of direct involvement in war; ship loaded with corn arrives at Black Sea entrance under export deal; sanctions on Putin girlfriend
The first shipment of grain to leave Ukraine under a deal to ease Russia’s naval blockade has reached Turkey. The Sierra Leone-registered ship, Razoni, set sail from Odesa port for Lebanon on Monday under an accord brokered by Turkey and the United Nations. The ship has been inspected by members of the Joint Coordination Centre, and is now expected to move through the Bosporus strait “shortly”.
Sanctions / Putin’s reported girlfriend Alina Kabaeva targeted by US

Vladimir Putin’s purported lover has been hit with sanctions from the US government’s treasury department over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Alina Kabaeva, 39, landed on the latest update to the federal Office of Foreign Assets Control’s specially designated nationals list, freezing any of her assets in the US and generally prohibiting Americans from dealing with her.

Kabaeva, who is originally from Uzbekistan, won gold in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She later spent more than six years as a lawmaker in Putin’s United Russia party before taking over the National Media Group in 2014, with her only prior experience in the company’s industry being her hosting of a TV talkshow.

Ukraine / Russia claims US ‘directly involved’ in war
Russia / Soldiers accuse superiors of jailing them for refusing to fight

August 04

Liz Truss brushes off concerns about £8.8bn black hole in her budget
Politics / Liz Truss brushes off concerns about £8.8bn black hole in her budget
Abandoned policy ‘misinterpreted … by the media’, Conservative leadership frontrunner tells party members at hustings in Cardiff
Archie Battersbee / Parents say they will fight to move him to a hospice

The parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee have pledged to “fight” to get him moved to a hospice, insisting they should be allowed to choose where he takes “his last moments”.

After the rejection by the European court of human rights of their last-ditch bid to postpone the withdrawal of Archie’s life support, the family now intends to file an application to the high court in London to transfer him out of the Royal London hospital.

His mother, Hollie Dance, said she felt “absolutely deflated” after the decision on Wednesday evening by the Strasbourg court not to intervene in the case.

Live / China prepares live-fire exercises; cyber attack hits Taiwan defence ministry

  • China is to begin its second day of unprecedented live-fire drills after launching huge military exercises in the air and seas around Taiwan on Thursday, including firing ballistic missiles close to the island some of which landed in Japanese waters.
  • The exercises, which included rockets, attack helicopters and gunships, were arranged in reaction to a defiant visit to the island by the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday.
  • The US condemned the missile launches. “China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby said.
  • Kirby also warned of the risk of a mistake and calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the things that’s troublesome about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some sort of conflict.”
Hot chocolate / Crowdfunder saves corner shop after melted chocolate calamity
Alex Jones / Damaging texts mistakenly sent to Sandy Hook family’s lawyers

August 05

Sunak scorns Truss’s claims that tax cuts can avert recession
Cost of living / Sunak scorns Truss’s claims that tax cuts can avert recession
Tory leadership rivals disagree on how to turn economy around and avoid predicted downturn in Sky news debate

In a televised leadership interview, the foreign secretary was challenged about gloomy projections made by the Bank on Thursday, as it increased interest rates by 0.5 percentage points.

“What the Bank of England has said today is, of course, extremely worrying. But it is not inevitable,” she said. “We can change the outcome, and we can make it more likely that the economy grows.”

Truss and her Conservative leadership rival, Rishi Sunak, were each grilled by a studio audience made up of Conservative members, and Sky News presenter Kay Burley.

Revealed / How climate breakdown is supercharging toll of extreme weather

“The world is changing fast and it’s already hurting us – that is the blunt summary,” said Prof Maarten van Aalst, the director of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. The world is currently on track for a rise of at least 2.5C. Based on what we have experienced so far, that would deliver death and destruction far greater than already suffered.

August 06

Labour calls for openness about finances after silence over loan source
Rishi Sunak / Labour calls for openness about finances after silence over loan source

Labour is calling on Rishi Sunak to be more transparent about his finances after the prime ministerial candidate declined to answer questions about the source of hundreds of thousands of pounds he loaned to a company that he jointly owned with his wife.

Between 2013 and 2014, Sunak loaned £652,449 to Catamaran Ventures UK, a company he jointly owned with Murty at the time, according to documents filed at Companies House.

The loans were made shortly after Sunak had worked in America between 2010 and 2013 for the US branch of the hedge fund Theleme Partners, where he managed three entities based in the US tax haven of Delaware.

Sunak was entitled to a share of the profits made by one of the Delaware entities, US filings suggest, while industry sources said he was also likely to have invested his own money into the hedge fund.

Labour’s request is latest PM contender has faced with regards to management of family’s fortune

The vast majority of the Conservative leadership candidate’s wealth is derived from his marriage to Akshata Murty, a member of the family that founded the Indian technology group Infosys, in which she owns a stake worth about £690m.

Days before becoming an MP in 2015, Sunak transferred his share of the UK company and the loan to his wife, a transaction that would have been largely tax free.

There is no suggestion that Sunak has broken any tax laws and he has insisted that he has “always been a completely normal UK taxpayer”.

Brexit / Almost 35,000 Britons in limbo as Portugal fails to issue ID cards

China forces carried out simulated attack drills, says Taiwan

Taiwan’s defence ministry accused Chinese aircraft and ships of carrying out simulation attack exercises on its main island on Saturday. Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait, 14 of which crossed the median line – an unofficial buffer separating the two sides – according to the ministry. Taiwan’s army used patrolling naval ships and put shore-based missiles on stand-by in response.

What we know on day 164 of the invasion
At a glance / What we know on day 164 of the invasion
Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of strikes at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant; Putin and Erdoğan meet; three ships carrying grain depart Ukrainian ports
Sochi / Putin and Erdoğan meet for suspected sanction-busting talks

Putin welcomed the Turkish president to Sochi, a resort city on the Black Sea, by thanking him for his help in securing an international deal that resumed exports of grain from Ukraine that had been disrupted by the Kremlin war machine – as well as Russian foodstuffs and fertilisers – to world markets.

Ukraine ‘endangers civilians’ with army bases in residential areas, says charity

Amnesty / Ukraine ‘endangers civilians’ with army bases in residential areas, says charity
Ukraine government and international law experts argue report ignores wartime realities

Amnesty International / Rebuke from Zelenskiy over accusation of Ukrainian troops endangering civilians

A report by Amnesty International accusing the Ukrainian army of endangering civilians has drawn criticism from western diplomats, including the British and US ambassadors to Ukraine, as the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, attacked its findings.

The report accused the Ukrainian military of putting civilians at risk by positioning themselves in residential areas, saying that soldiers should not be basing themselves in empty schools or repurposing civilian buildings in urban areas as it meant the Russians would target them and civilians would be caught up in the crossfire.

Olenivka / UN to investigate prison attack that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war

Nato / US Senate overwhelmingly approves membership for Finland and Sweden

The US Senate delivered near-unanimous bipartisan approval to Nato membership for Finland and Sweden on Wednesday, calling expansion of the western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Vladimir Putin.

The 95-1 vote for the candidacy of two European countries that, until Russia’s war against Ukraine, had long avoided military alliances took a crucial step toward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 73-year-old pact of mutual defense among the United States and democratic allies in Europe.

August 07

‘Set emergency budget or risk a winter of dire poverty’
Gordon Brown / ‘Set emergency budget or risk a winter of dire poverty’
Ex-PM’s plea for families as Labour plans major intervention on cost of living crisis
‘Zombie government’ / More than half of departments delay key decisions

China-Taiwan / Warships shadow each other as war games due to wind down

What we know on day 165 of the invasion
At a glance / What we know on day 165 of the invasion
UN nuclear watchdog warns of disaster risk as Zaporizhzhia power plant shelled; war about to enter a new phase, UK intelligence predicts
Ukraine / Footage appears to show fresh atrocity against Ukrainian PoW
‘Absolute evil’ / Inside the Russian prison camp where dozens of Ukrainians burned to death

Screams from soldiers being tortured, overflowing cells, inhuman conditions, a regime of intimidation and murder. Inedible gruel, no communication with the outside world, and days marked off with a home-made calendar written on a box of tea.

Russia says 53 prisoners were killed and 75 injured. Ukraine has been unable to confirm these figures and has called for an investigation. The victims were members of the Azov battalion. Until their surrender in May, they had defended Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant, holding out underground.

“The people who run the camp represent the worst aspects of the Soviet Union. They could only behave well if they thought nobody was looking.”

As more and more stories of climate breakdown come out, it’s hard to feel anything but despair. But the important thing is to remember that things can still be done: like in the Netherlands, where a bubble barrier has been put in place to extract significant amounts of plastic from a river.

Keep scrolling for other uplifting news about nature (among other things), that we’ve gathered from our First Edition newsletter.

Nimo Omer
Assistant editor, First Edition

North holding its own against spread of southern English dialects, study finds

‘We won’t all be sounding the same,’ says researcher after comparison of extensive survey with findings from 70 years ago

Full story here

Women behind the lens: ‘I find solace in the sea. I feel awash with relief’

Manal Massalha first saw Ifaf on a hot August day last year. Intrigued by the older woman she asked about her life – and what the sea means to her

Full story here

Nature-friendly farming does not reduce productivity, study finds

Results of 10-year project reveal that rewilding areas can boost biodiversity and crop yields

Full story here

‘Walking’ forest of 1,000 trees transforms Dutch city

Spectacle of leafy ash, oak and elm ambling through Leeuwarden’s streets offers vision of a greener future

Full story here

Fans celebrate England women’s Euro triumph in London – in pictures

Fans have joined England women’s football team to celebrate their Euro 2022 victory at an event in Trafalgar Square, central London. The Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley on Sunday

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