US briefing: Impeachment, Bolivia and saving America’s largest forest

Tuesdays top story: Pentagon raised concerns over block on essential Ukraine aid, official says. Plus, from Cats to Sonic, a year of terrible movie trailers Good morning. Im Tim Walker with todays essential stories. Pentagon officials testimony revealed as TV hearings loom With televised impeachment hearings set to start on Wednesday, the Democrats leading the inquiry have released a transcript of a closed-door session in which a national security official claimed the directly to the American people, writes Tom McCarthy. But they also fear Republicans will turn the process into a circus. Evo Morales flees Bolivia to claim asylum in Mexico Police patrol the streets of La Paz, Bolivias capital, after they withdrew their support for Morales, hastening his resignation. …

Make yourselves at home: the meaning of hospitality in a divided world

The long read: The act of welcoming and feeding strangers can transcend borders. Priya Basil discovers the power of unconditional hospitality We begin as guests, every single one of us. Helpless little creatures whose every need must be attended to. Creatures who, for a long time, can give nothing or very little back, yet who in the usual run of things nevertheless insinuate ourselves deep into the lives of our carers and take up permanent residence in their hearts. Our early dependence is indulged in the expectation that we, in turn, will become dependable. Maybe reaching adulthood really means learning to be more host than guest: to take care more than, or at least as much as, to be taken …

Testosterone boosts women’s athletic performance, study shows

Research confirms increase in endurance as IAAF imposes upper limit on trans female athletes Boosting testosterone levels significantly improves female athletic performance, according to one of the first randomised controlled trials. The findings come as the Caster Semenya. Semenya is challenging the IAAFs new rules that athletes with DSD must take testosterone-reducing medication to compete in track events from 400m to the mile or change to another distance. The athlete argued that the rules were discriminatory and unfair. In May, she said: For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The Court of Arbitration for Sport in May found that the rules for athletes with DSD were discriminatory, but that …

‘I kept going’: Nine-year-old enters 5km race … and accidentally wins 10km event

It took nine-year-old Kade Lovell longer than expected to finish his 5km race in Minnesota, but only because he was busy accidentally winning a separate 10km race It took nine-year-old Kade Lovell longer than expected to finish his 5km race in Minnesota, but only because he was busy accidentally winning a separate 10km event. Kades mother, Heather, became worried when her son didnt cross the finish line of the Francis Franny Flyer 5K in Sartell earlier this month. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Sportsman who bit head off live chicken faces legal action

Brigitte Bardot foundation says video of Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde is sickening Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends. The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde were shocking and sickening. In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out. Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisations lawyers had been instructed to sue. We must absolutely highlight …

Not one of the Fortnite World Cup’s 100 finalists was a woman. Why? | Keith Stuart

The esports industry must avoid replicating the sexism that blights other sports, says the gaming and tech journalist Keith Stuart This weekend the best latest figures from the Entertainment Software Association show that 46% of gamers are women a figure reflected in several other recent studies. The female audience for figures collected by Nielsen suggest that almost a quarter of the pro gaming audience is female, and in some parts of the world its much higher. So why arent we seeing that reflected in the Fortnite World Cup? The easy answer is because no women qualified. The heats were entirely open and held online over 10 weeks more than 40m players competed with no restrictions on age or gender. The …

Cocaine worth 1bn seized in Germany’s biggest haul

Hamburg customs find 4.5 tonnes in container from Uruguay, bound for Antwerp German authorities say they have seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine, worth 1bn ($1.11 bn), in the northern port city of Hamburg, making it the countrys biggest haul to date. Hamburgs customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago that came from the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, bound for the Belgian city of Antwerp. The containers description said it was loaded with soybeans but authorities instead found 221 black sport bags containing 4,200 packets of pressed cocaine, the office said in a statement. This enormous amount represents the largest single seizure of cocaine in Germany, it said, adding the Hamburg prosecutors office was investigating the …

State capture: the corruption investigation that has shaken South Africa

The long read: Gavin Watson was a hero of the struggle against apartheid. But this once-powerful businessman is now caught up in a sweeping inquiry that goes to the heart of how a nation is run On 17 January this year, South Africans watched, transfixed, as video from a hidden mobile phone camera was broadcast on TV. It showed a group of men, in corporate uniforms, walking into a vault where one of them counts out bundles of banknotes: One, two, three, four, five bloody Monopoly money, he laughs through heavy breaths, must be a million. The mans name is Gavin Watson, and the whistleblowers who put this video into the public domain claim it shows him counting out bribes …

Cuba Gooding Jr charged with forcible touching after incident in New York

Actor denies allegations that he groped a woman at a Manhattan nightclub on Sunday Actor Cuba Gooding Jr turned himself in to police on Thursday amid allegations that he groped a woman in a Manhattan nightclub. Minutes later he was charged with forcible touching, the New York police department said. Gooding, 51, smiled and waved as he arrived to speak to investigators in the NYPDs special victims division. A 29-year-old woman told police that Gooding, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for Jerry Maguire, grabbed her breast when he was drunk at about 11.15pm on Sunday. Gooding denies the allegations. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges at a night court arraignment. He was released …