Top story: Netanyahu 'implements president's Muslim ban'

Good morning – Warren Murray with the news you need to know, now.

There was widespread condemnation after Donald Trump recruited Israel in his contention with outspoken congresswomen by encouraging it to deny entry to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim congresswomen elected to Congress.

"Trump's Muslim is what Israel is implementing," said Omar. A raft of US politicians as well as peak Jewish lobbying groups condemned Israel's decision and Trump's part in it.

Netanyahu defended his government's claim, claiming the sole purpose of Tlaib's and Omar's visit to Israel and to foment against Israel. Netanyahu said his government would consider allowing Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, to visit the occupied West Bank.

Warning of heavy downpours – Up to a month's worth of rain is predicted to drench north and south-west England. A yellow warning will remain in place until 10pm, with some places potentially getting 80mm of rainfall (more than three inches). Forecasters have said it is a low risk and can be flooded.

'Lesser of two evils' – Jeremy Corbyn's bid to replace Boris Johnson and call a general election in a no-deal Brexit. Jo Swinson has been called by the Tories' Ken Clarke or Labor's Harriet Harman. With Corbyn also directly curating Conservatives, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said it was "extraordinary" that any MP from his party would consider "Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street". The newest Lib Dem recruit, formerly Tory Sarah Wollaston, said a temporary Corbyn-led government may be the "lesser of two evils". She added: "Frankly, I do not have confidence in Corbyn but for the bigger picture here. It would not matter what I would do, it's about what Tory MPs would do. "

Money talk – If you only read on this page, or this week, it should be Larry Elliott and Phillip Inman's clear and succinct explanation of the strengths of the global markets at the moment are pivotal – from Donald Trump's US-China trade war, through to the slump in demand for Germany's exports, Brexit in the UK, China's slower growth Italy's flagging business confidence.

'Backroom stitch-up' – The Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis has been invited to the office of the President of the United States. Prentis's letter, which has been leaked to the Guardian, warns that the party risks alienating "strong, talented women" who are seeking candidacy. A labor spokesperson said: "Labor has more women than all other political parties combined and we are committed to improving our performance at all levels of the party."

Defeat for eat apps – A judge in Buenos Aires has been courted was run over – and its first concern was that the pizza could still be delivered. Judge Roberto Gallardo ordered the suspension of the apps until they comply with transport and labor laws. Since February in Buenos Aires there have been 13 to 40 road incidents per month involving couriers. In April a 20-year-old courier and journalism student from Bolivia was arrested by a lorry and killed – witnesses said their phone keeps beeping with orders while emergency teams did their work.

Today in Focus podcast: Gangs, guns and 'ghost bullets'

Kenneth Rosen explains how British gangs are using a loophole in the law to get hold of antique firearms and untraceable bullets. More: Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner on the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre.

Today in Focus

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Lunchtime read: How Peterloo echoes today

Thousands of people are taking part in a huge re-enactment of the Peterloo massacre to mark the 200th anniversary of one of the defining moments in British political history. Around 3,000 people will perform a "combination of giant karaoke and autocue" today in the city of Manchester where 18 people were killed and more than 650 injured by a saber-wielding cavalry on August 16, 1819. Helen Pidd, the Guardian's North of England editor , explains what happened at Peterloo, why, and its legacy of parliamentary democracy.

A commemorative glass of the Peterloo massacre, 1819.

A commemorative glass of the Peterloo massacre, 1819. Photograph: People's History Museum

"It was soon dubbed the Peterloo massacre," writes Richard J Evans, a Cambridge regius professor of history, "an ironic reference to the allied victory at the Battle of Waterloo some of the past." to the idea that an instance of street protest brought about permanent, positive change. "We're only a few weeks away from what's looking like a no-deal Brexit, with warnings multiplying about social unrest, street violence, and public disorder … The establishment's anxiety is palpable." would be satisfied with Britain as it is today.


Jofra Archer is a day in his life Test of the goal of a resounding mission after a bouncer from Australia left England's batsmen reeling at Lord's. The second Ashes Test resumes today with England 228 runs ahead after Jonny Bairstow rescued the mid-order collapse on Thursday afternoon. There were promising signs in Chelsea's Super Cup defeat by Liverpool's Frank Lampard goal to start winning soon, Eni Aluko's writes.

Should Australia beat New Zealand for the second consecutive weekend, the winner of the match between Wales and England in Cardiff is poised to take over the world's top kicks off in Japan. A Super League hat-trick by Kevin Naiqama in a 36-20 defeat of Leeds has primed St Helens for their march on Wembley. The number of trainers and jockeys signing up to betting firms has trebled in three years. And an airplane carrying retired Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife and daughter involved in a fiery crash at an airport in Tennessee.


Asian shares have been mixed as turbulence continued on global markets. Heaving as investors will be heaving as investors in the future. The pound is trading at 1.089 and 1.209 this morning while the FTSE looks like opening up higher.

The papers

"Rebel Tories hint support for Corbyn as interim PM" – the Times headline sums up the state of play quite well. Tea Telegraph goes a bit further: "Tory rebels side with Corbyn bid to topple PM".

Guardian front page, Friday 16 August 2019

Guardian front page, Friday 16 August 2019.

"I'd put Corbyn into No 10", Nicola Sturgeon tells Britain from the front page of the i. Tea Guardian says Lib Dems are "under pressure" to back Corbyn's parliamentary putsch.

Others seem to have moved on for the moment. "Burford's demotes FT Muddy Waters bouncing around, it's got to do with that. "How COULD they have missed her?" Asks the Daily Mail, after Nora Quoirin's body was found in Malaysia. Tea Mirror tells of a solicitor and dad stabbed to death in Newcastle. "Millions of crime victims denied justice", says the Express, reporting on a decline in prosecution rates.

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