Britain’s vote to leave the EU has squeezed living standards, hit consumer spending and dampened the country’s growth prospects, a Guardian analysis of economic news over the year since the referendum shows. One year since voters narrowly opted for Brexit, the Guardian’s monthly tracker of economic news paints a gloomy picture, with households facing rising costs and firms fretting over falling demand and political uncertainty. The economy has so far avoided the recession predicted by some doomsayers at the time of the referendum, and in the months immediately following the Brexit vote the UK outperformed most other advanced economies.
European Council president Donald Tusk has given fresh hope to Remainers by saying that the door remains open for the UK to stay in the EU. Despite Brexit talks officially starting this week, Mr Tusk (above, with Theresa May) signalled that it does not definitively mean the divorce is inevitable. Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Mr Tusk said: “You can hear different predictions coming from different people about the possible outcome of these negotiations – hard Brexit, soft Brexit or no deal.
Daniel Day-Lewis has retired from Hollywood, and we're mourning the last great actor who refused to be a movie star. There will be no more milkshakes, no more glass eyes, no more handlebar moustaches, primal screams, tearful gazes or heartbreaking performances. Day-Lewis is not dead of course, just retired.
Prince Harry has opened up about how his time in Afghanistan was the trigger for him to get help dealing with his mother's death. Harry, who served on two front line tours with the Army, was filmed in conversation with Paralympic medal winner and former Invictus Games captain Dave Henson for Forces TV. The Prince, who spent 10 years in the military, admitted that he has "plenty of issues" and had felt helpless at times.
What a mess … Boris Johnson reflects on the political landscape. Film-maker Patrick Forbes has been hanging about behind the scenes for the past year, making a documentary about the battle for the heart and soul of Britain. It’s called Brexit Means Brexit (BBC2).
Edmonton captain Connor McDavid has won his first Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. McDavid claimed the award Wednesday night at the NHL's annual postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The league also revealed the results of the Golden Knights' expansion draft to an arena filled with fans of the league's 31st franchise.
A hacking group has claimed responsibility for the Skype outage that left users frustrated and unable to log in, make voice calls or receive messages. The group, which goes by the name of CyberTeam, announced on Twitter that it was responsible for the attack. "Skype down by CyberTram" the group tweeted.
Fewer teen millennials are having sex than Gen-Xers did only a few decades ago, according to new research released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The study, based on self-reported questionnaires for the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), conducted by National Center Health Statistics, finds that while more than half of U.S. teens have had sex before age 18, this is a sharp decline when compared to the same data from similar studies conducted in the past. “Because sex education and public health have been sharing the same bed now for a few decades, that union has produced a more sexually intelligent America than in years past.
Not only are more people buying more deadly firearms, but these firearms—like .38-caliber pistols—are often compact and easy to conceal. People are increasingly buying deadlier and more compact guns to protect themselves. Lead investigator Michael Siegel, a physician and researcher at Boston University School of Public Health, says the data show that people increasingly view guns as being primarily useful in self-defense, rather than being chiefly used for hunting and recreation.
India has asked two domestic carriers to run extra flights to Doha ahead of the Eid holiday to help citizens stranded there following an embargo imposed on Qatar Airways.
Six prisoners of a Georgia jail in the US are to be awarded shorter sentences for saving the life of a prison guard. Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats said the sentences of the six inmates would be cut short by 25%.
Otto Warmbier, the US college student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a coma that proved fatal, will be buried Thursday in his home state of Ohio.
The number of Australians following politicians on social media has risen from 13% to 20% in the past year. Australians are following politicians on social media in increasing numbers because of dissatisfaction with mainstream media coverage of politics – but politicians are largely preaching to the converted when they self-publish on the web. A new annual digital news media report from the University of Canberra indicates that 65% of people following politicians on social media are motivated by concerns about the accuracy and fairness of political coverage.
Characters on all sides of the game of thrones share one thing in common in new posters — a reflection of the undead Night King in their eyes! From Digital Spy
The king of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, was shot at with rubber pellets by two teenage boys while he was cycling late at night through the Bavarian town of Erding in Germany. The king has, however, not been injured in the incident, authorities said. No one is said to have been injured in both the incidents, but Vajiralongkorn's entourage informed the police and an investigation has been launched, the BBC reported.
The flats in the Kensington Row development, in Kensington, west London, where some residents affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster are to be re-housed. Two miles south of the charred skeleton of Grenfell Tower is a large complex of sleek new apartments that some of those displaced by last week’s inferno will soon be able to call home. Kensington Row’s manicured lawns, clipped trees and burbling fountains are a haven from the rumbling traffic of two busy London thoroughfares, and its spacious, air-conditioned foyers a relief from June’s oppressive heatwave.
#WinterIsHere. HBO has released the second trailer for Game of Thrones season 7 and it has set the fans' hearts racing. The two-minute long trailer was released on 21 June, honouring the first day of summer.
Electric-car maker Tesla may be close to making the final arrangements with the city of Shanghai for a car factory in the Chinese market, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Making vehicles in China could help Tesla significantly. For instance, in an October 2015 tweet, Musk said a China factory could come as soon as 2018. He has emphasized on several occasions that the China-based factory would be built for local demand.