Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar say they ‘see pathway’ to Brexit deal

Taoiseach convinced UK and Ireland want an agreement in interests of all parties Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar have agreed there is a pathway to a possible Brexit deal, surprising sceptical EU officials with their upbeat assessment after more than three hours of private talks. The British prime minister hosted his Irish counterpart at a country house in the north-west of England for talks on Thursday that had been expected to break down. But when the pair emerged from discussions they painted a more optimistic picture, suggesting the Brexit logjam could be broken by the end of the month. The pair issued a positive joint statement, although Varadkar said afterwards that while he believed the outline of a deal would …

How Extinction Rebellion put the world on red alert

The radical group has galvanised young and old. But in the year since it formed, what has life been like inside the movement? In the last week alone, members of Extinction Rebellion have been described as ecoradicals ignoring our economic doom (Times), a bloody mess (Daily Telegraph). They have been accused of tried to paint the Treasury red using 1,800 litres of fake blood and an old fire engine with a sign reading stop funding climate death. While its actions may seem controversial in some quarters, Extinction Rebellions rise and influence have undoubtedly been extraordinary, galvanising young and old across party lines. Last October, the journalist and activist George Monbiot introduced the group in the national press, a homegrown movement …

Mother and son jailed for murder of runner who used footpath

Gary Dean was found dead near Barnsley after long-running feud with Dawson family A mother and son who murdered a man after pursuing a vendetta against him over his use of a footpath crossing their land have been handed life jail terms. Gary Deans body was found in a ditch in woods near his home in Barnsley after he had been shot in the back with an air rifle and beaten with rocks and branches. The 48-year-old was killed by Scott Dawson, 41, and Carol Dawson, 72, after regularly using their land for running and other activities, prompting a lengthy feud, prosecutors said. A jury heard how, as part of the disagreement, Deans home was daubed with offensive graffiti and …

A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I am, talking to the tree, he beams. I see the tree has personality. I go in. We are one. Its alive. We are alive. Is that crazy? Bloody crazy! Yes …