The flying saucers have landed: Qatar’s thrilling new supersized museum

It took 18 years to build, is nearly a mile long, and is inspired by a desert rose. But is Jean Nouvel’s eye-popping creation for the world’s wealthiest nation just too extravagant to fill? Hundreds of huge white plates lie scattered along the roadside in the centre of Doha, Qatar, as if someone has had…

Boris Johnson to back May’s Brexit deal after resignation pledge – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the indicative votes debate as MPs choose from eight options What May told Tory MPs Indicative votes: the eight options Fresh warning on third meaningful vote 7.33pm GMT Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chair of the European Research Group, has just told Sky News that he thinks the chances…

Thieves steal £500,000 of gems from London jeweller in ‘audacious heist’

Burglary at George Attenborough & Son bears similarities to 2015 Hatton Garden robbery A gang of thieves broke into an upmarket central London jewellers and stole an estimated £500,000 of gems and valuables in an audacious heist, police said on Wednesday. The burglary at George Attenborough and Son jewellers happened over the weekend and has…

Grounded? How Disney’s Dumbo flop could threaten its master plan

The corporation’s buying spree has other studios trembling in its mouse-eared shadow. But are hard times ahead for the entertainment behemoth? You’ve seen a horse fly, you’ve seen a dragon fly, you’ve seen a house fly. Now watch as a computer-animated elephant with oversized ears … crashes to the ground from a very great height….

500 years in 59 seconds: the race to be the world’s largest city

Fascinating interactive graphic shows changes in the globe’s 10 most populous cities from 1500 to 2018 This compelling interactive “bar chart race” shows the top 10 most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018. “In the early 1500s most people lived in the east, either the east of Europe and north Africa or…

La Pampa: the illegal mining city Peru wants wiped out

Government invades modern-day gold-rush town in Amazon in its biggest ever raid on illegal gold mining Located along a jungle highway in the Amazon around 60 miles from the nearest city, La Pampa was a place you entered at your own risk. At night it was a riot of neon lights and pulsating cumbía music…

‘They don’t think we’re human’: Buenos Aires market traders fight eviction

A recent protest by street vendors was met with a violent crackdown – but was their eviction necessary to ‘order’ the city’s public space? An unsettling quiet has fallen over a stretch of the usually noisy Feria de San Telmo Sunday market. Artisans should be lining these cobbled streets selling intricate macrame jewellery and Argentinian…

‘A double-edged sword’: Mumbai pollution ‘perfect’ for flamingos

The flamingo population of India’s largest city has tripled. Is it thanks to sewage boosting the blue-green algae they feed on? There is an air of anxious excitement among the urban professionals and tourists on board our 24-seater motorboat as we enter Thane Creek. A chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” breaks out as we spot…

US-China soy trade war could destroy 13 million hectares of rainforest

Study suggests Brazil likely to rush to fill China’s sudden soy shortfall by boosting farming The Amazon rainforest could be the greatest casualty of the trade war between the United States and China, warns a new study showing how deforestation pressures have surged as a result of the geopolitical jolt in global soy markets. Up…

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