Boris Johnson’s early days as mayor: ‘It was total, total chaos’

After rapidly losing three advisers, the ship was eventually steadied largely thanks to those around him Boris Johnson had been mayor of London for 115 days when the rest of the world got its first glimpse of the idiosyncratic charms that had helped him bag the job. After shambling, his blazer unbuttoned, into the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing for the handover ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, he inexpertly flapped the official flag of the Games for a few seconds, half-heartedly punched the air and then put his hands in his pockets. Later that evening, Londons new and unusual mayor (New York Times) would declare to a gathering of tipsy Britons and utterly baffled Chinese that wiff-waff [was] coming home, …

The response to DRCs Ebola crisis isnt working. Heres what we need to do | David Miliband

War in the country is hampering relief efforts. But we can take positive action, says David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee It is almost a year since an more than 2,300 confirmed cases and 1,500 dead. But the DRC outbreak isnt just notable because of its length and death toll. This is the first Ebola crisis in an more than 5 million people, driven more than 4 million people 2014 174 attacks this year on Ebola workers by local actors suspicious of anyone with ties to the central government. It brings delicate negotiations with local politicians, community leaders and more than 50 armed groups operating in the area. It brings new imperatives, including operating in a neutral and impartial …

Mid-year burnout: does it exist or are we all just permanently tired?

Halfway through 2019, Guardian readers report feeling more exhausted than previous summers. Whats behind the malaise? Louise set herself two New Years resolutions for 2019: to start yoga, and to keep a journal. She did better than most people, sticking to both for five months. About six weeks ago, however, she recognised something was off. During May, I noticed all I kept writing was how lethargic, below average or ill I was feeling. Writing in her journal in the first week of June, the 30-year-old from Nottinghamshire wondered if hitting the six-month mark and the downwards slope to winter was taking its toll. I was ready to brush it off as irrational, she said, until I saw this. This was …

India: six guilty of child rape and murder that outraged nation

Eight-year-old girl was drugged, held captive, sexually assaulted and beaten to death An Indian court has convicted six men of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indias Jammu and Kashmir state last year, in a case that sparked outrage and criticism of the countrys ruling party after some of its members opposed charges being laid. The girl, from a nomadic Muslim community that roams the forests of Kashmir, was drugged, held captive in a temple and sexually assaulted for a week before being strangled and battered to death with a stone in January 2018. The abduction, rape and killing of the child was part of a plan to remove the minority nomadic community from …

‘Women will die’: how new abortion bans will harm the most vulnerable

Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents say On the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in the state: abortion would be a crime, starting from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison. Then senators names were called one by one, and they cast their votes. There were 25 yes votes, enough for the bill to pass easily. Every single one was cast by a white man. Those most hurt by the ban, by contrast, will be women …