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Facebook steps up fight against climate misinformation – but critics say effort falls short

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Facebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, including by expanding its climate science center to provide more reliable information, investing in organizations that fight...

Lakewood review – Naomi Watts school shooting thriller falls short

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As more pandemic-produced movies continue trickling out, we’re able to see that for the majority, they can be easily placed in two separate, if ultimately similar, columns: those that use the empty outside expanse to ...

Story of forgotten black Medici ruler is told in new short film

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quando, on a hot day in July 1510, in the halls of a noble Florentine palace, a servant gave birth to a boy, no one ever would have imagined that the child would become Duke of Florence and heir to the Medicis, one of t...

4thWrite short story prize goes to ‘bold and striking new voice’ Gift Nyoni

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Gift Nyoni has won the 2021 4thWrite prize for his short story The Ritual Seat of the King, a “wise, subtle and intimate” look at how the life of a young boy changes as the Rhodesian civil war comes to an end. The Zim...

Wetherspoon’s short on some beers as Brexit affects deliveries

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The pub chain Wetherspoon’s is experiencing shortages of some beer brands, including Carling, Coors and Heineken, amid a Brexit-induced shortage of delivery drivers and industrial action. Parent company JD Wetherspoon...

Superiore 10 magical short stories

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According to the blurb writer on my Penguin Classics copy, Hans Christian Andersen was the “first writer to create timeless universal fairytales from his own imagination”. (Islamic golden age: “Are you sure?") It’s ac...

Fifty percent: Short film asks ‘Is it better to know your future or live in the moment?’ - video

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Con un 50% chance of inheriting a fatal disease, is it better to know your future or live in the moment?Lillian Hanly has a 50/50 chance of inheriting Huntington’s, a neurodegenerative disease. With a number of her fa...

‘Short and not especially sweet’: Lindsey Graham called Biden over Trump support

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The South Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham called Joe Biden after his victory over Donald Trump to tell the president he only joined attacks on his son, Hunter Biden, as a “bare minimum” to satisfy Trump sup...

Toys could be in short supply this Christmas, so get buying now, industry warns

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It may be August, but the nation’s toy shops have already issued an alarming plea to parents desperately trying to enjoy a summer break. If you know what your child wants for Christmas – and you want to avoid the most...

Take risks and tell the truth: how to write a great short story

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The first story I wrote outside of school was about Irish boxer Barry McGuigan. ero 10 and I loved Barry. He’d just lost his world featherweight title to the American Steve Cruz under the hellish Nevada sun and the ...

I could be by the Med: a car-free short break in Swansea

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Tall plane trees, hanging baskets and pavement cafes line pedestrianised Wind Street as it passes the ruined castle. I don’t know what I expected Swansea to look like but it wasn’t quite this. My preconceptions were p...

4thWrite short story prize reveals ‘engaging and provocative’ 2021 shortlist

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The fallout from civil war invades the London home of a high-flying Sri Lankan couple. An elderly Jamaican woman faces up bravely to the inhumanity of deportation. And a young black man struggles to own his sexuality,...

Daiki Hashimoto is hosts’ gymnastics hero as GB’s Joe Fraser falls short

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One of the great hopes of a home Olympics for Japan was the opportunity for the greatest male gymnast of all time, Kohei Uchimura, to receive a victorious sendoff into the night on home soil. That dream died cruelly i...

Time to give those in charge of female athletics short shrift

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La settimana scorsa, the double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen shared a story of an incident at the English Athletics Championships. When she had just finished her long jump competition, a female official said “my sprin...

Roberto Martínez’s future unclear as Belgium’s golden crop falls short

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When that inevitable question arrived, the one that had been put previously to Frank de Boer, Fernando Santos, Didier Deschamps and often accompanies a big-name exit from the Euros, Roberto Martínez went into evasive ...

Climate crisis: rich countries falling short on vow to help poorer ones

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Rich countries are falling behind on their pledges to help the poor world tackle the climate crisis, new research has shown, on the eve of a meeting of the finance ministers of the G7 industrialised economies. The UK ...

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