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  • Trump trial juror excused over concerns of being identified as selection continues – live
    by Léonie Chao-Fong on April 18, 2024 at 2:37 pm

    Ex-president arrives in Manhattan court room for hush-money trial as judge scolds press for using physical descriptions of jurorsJudge Merchan, in directing the press not to use physical descriptors to describe jurors, complained specifically about mentioning one of the jurors had an Irish accent.“We just lost” what would have been a good juror for the case, Merchan said, after one of the jurors was excused after she told the court that she had concerns about her ability to be impartial. Merchan added:She said she was afraid and intimidated by the press, all the press.I would recommend the press simply apply common sense and refrain from anything that has to do, for example, with physical descriptions. It’s just not necessary, it serves no purpose. Continue reading…

  • Martin Scorsese to revive Frank Sinatra biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio
    by Andrew Pulver on April 18, 2024 at 2:31 pm

    The director is planning to return to his long-delayed project with Jennifer Lawrence co-starring as Ava Gardner – but rights may prove a stumbling-blockMartin Scorsese is reportedly reviving his dormant Frank Sinatra biopic, with regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role.According to Variety, Scorsese is planning to start filming a Sinatra project directly after completing shooting on his film about Jesus, adapted from a book by Japanese writer Shūsaku Endō. Variety also suggested that DiCaprio will play Sinatra while Jennifer Lawrence will be cast as Ava Gardner, who was married to the singer between 1951 and 1957. However, Variety reports that Scorsese has not yet secured the approval of Sinatra’s daughter Tina, who controls her father’s music and image rights. Continue reading…

  • Lewis Hamilton unwilling to justify Ferrari move in face of F1 criticism
    by Giles Richards on April 18, 2024 at 2:22 pm

    Mercedes driver says he remains unfazed by ‘people talking shit’Seven-time champion has 10 points going into of Chinese GPLewis Hamilton has insisted his decision to join Ferrari in 2025 does not need any vindication, as he bemoaned the continued discussion over whether it is the right choice.Before the start of the 2024 Formula One season, the 39-year-old shocked his Mercedes team by announcing he would be switching at the end of this year. The team’s slump is now entering its third year and they remain far from the leaders, Red Bull, and have also been outpaced by Ferrari this season. Hamilton is enduring the worst start of his career, without a finish in the top six and having scored only 10 points. Continue reading…

  • Risk of bird flu spreading to humans is ‘enormous concern’, says WHO
    by Hannah Devlin Science correspondent on April 18, 2024 at 2:08 pm

    Chief scientist voices fears about H5N1 variant that has ‘extraordinarily high’ mortality rate in humansThe World Health Organization has raised concerns about the spread of H5N1 bird flu, which has an “extraordinarily high” mortality rate in humans.An outbreak that began in 2020 has led to the deaths or killing of tens of millions of poultry. Most recently, the spread of the virus within several mammal species, including in domestic cattle in the US, has increased the risk of spillover to humans, the WHO said. Continue reading…

  • Five of the best books to understand modern China
    by Amy Hawkins on April 18, 2024 at 1:42 pm

    From a poetic memoir of social repression to a study of the lasting impact of the Cultural Revolution – these titles are a good place to start if you want to know more about the country and its people It is the world’s second-biggest economy, the next big threat to global security and a country ruled by an authoritarian regime that is increasingly making its power felt beyond its borders. But the most important part of China is the population of 1.4 billion diverse, tricky and resilient people whose choices are often very distant from the decision-makers in Beijing. These books are an introduction to the forces that have shaped China’s recent past and the people living in its present.*** Continue reading…

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