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Diario di campagna: Avian flu is devastating the seabirds of the Northern Isles

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Walking the Orkney shoreline, usually such a peaceful and calming activity, has been more disturbing of late. Along the strand, a succession of small bedraggled forms lie prone – victims of the avian flu ripping throu...

‘The country would be better off’: senior Tories urge Boris Johnson to quit

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Conservative grandees are urging Boris Johnson to quit after a historic double byelection defeat, as rebellious MPs began plotting new ways to oust him. The former Conservative leader Michael Howard was among those wh...

European Union approves Ukraine as an EU candidate country – video

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The European Union has approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27-strong bloc. EU leaders meeting in Brussels have followed the recommendation of the European Commission,...

Don’t despair at the state of our divided country

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John Harris succinctly summarises the anxieties afflicting our lives in the UK (Britain is already in the grip of a deep malaise – what happens when zero growth bites?, 12 giugno). tuttavia, is it really true that there ...

Diario di campagna giovane: I found the strangest thing in a rockpool

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Living next to the sea is rewarding. Very rewarding. Particularly when it is the sort of beach that is rocky and covered in seaweed. Sicuro, it doesn’t sound as nice as the white-sanded coast in that travel magazine, bu...

Diario di campagna: A cuckoo calls me into a cove of delights

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I’m on a creative practitioner residency on Eigg, courtesy of the Bothy Project, and trying to write. There are distractions, anche se. Outside the window is a mass of bluebells, rippling in sun and shadow. Beyond, anot...

Russia bans 963 Americans from entering country

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Russia on Saturday released a list of 963 Americans it said were banned from entering the country, a punctuation of previously announced moves against president Joe Biden and other senior US officials. The country, wh ...

Guinea junta allows former leader Alpha Conde to leave country

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Guinean ex-leader Alpha Conde boarded a plane for Turkey on Saturday after the junta that toppled him authorised his travel abroad for medical treatment, i funzionari hanno detto. The 84-year-old Conte, who was ousted last year...

Diario di campagna giovane: I lie in my garden and let spring wash over me

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I wake up every morning at the moment with a spring in my step, as I know it is my favourite season. The sun blazes down, warming the earth, as the fluffy clouds slowly part. In my back garden I can see the young spro...

US Covid deaths hit 1m, a death toll higher than any other country

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More than one million people have died in the Covid-19 pandemic in the US, according to Johns Hopkins, far and away the most deaths of any country. While the sheer number of deaths from the coronavirus sets the US apa...

Liz Cambage says truth will emerge after her former captain accused her of ‘go back to your third-world country’ comments

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Liz Cambage says the truth will emerge after her former Australian captain Jenna O’Hea said that comments the ex-Opals star was alleged to have made towards the Nigerian women’s basketball team prior to last year’s Ol...

Country singer Mickey Gilley, who helped inspire Urban Cowboy, dies at 86

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Country music star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film Urban Cowboy and a nationwide wave of western-themed nightspots, è morto invecchiato 86. Gilley died on Saturday in Branson, Missouri,...

Hundreds of Iraqis hospitalised as thick sandstorm blankets country

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Hundreds of Iraqis have been taken to hospitals with breathing problems and Baghdad airport suspended flights for several hours as a thick sandstorm blanketed the country, the fifth to engulf Iraq within a month. Iraq...

As the US supreme court moves to end abortion, is America still a free country?

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It’s the worst possible outcome: according to a draft majority opinion published by Politico, the US supreme court has voted to overturn Roe v Wade, along with its sister decision Planned Parenthood v Casey. This mome...

Zelenskiy’s economic guru: ‘Germany can survive without Russian oil: I wouldn’t want my country facing the shame’

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Before Russia’s tanks, daubed with their infamous Z, rolled into Ukraine, Oleg Ustenko’s advice to president Volodymyr Zelenskiy had focused on pension reform, privatisation and coaxing economic migrants to return. Nato...

Ukraine country diary is a balm for the soul

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I’ve avidly read the country diary for more than 50 anni. Many of the contributors have made me gasp in wonder at their sense of being humans in their natural landscapes of time and place, most notably in times of wa...

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