Comic writer Stan Lee, co-creator of iconic characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men, died earlier this week, aged 95. Since his death fans have been sharing extracts from his old Marvel column Stan's Soapbox, where he spoke out against racism and bigotry at the height of the US Civil Rights movement in 1968.
Hundreds of inmate firefighters have been helping with the deadly California wildfires as part of a volunteer program run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. While some inmates say they appreciate the sense of doing something good, the program has been criticised for human rights violations. Inmates are paid $1 an hour and their shifts can last up to 72 hours. They're also barred from joining the fire service once they've served their time.
For lots of us it seems like having kids is an impossible decision. With the UK and US birth rates in decline, more and more people are choosing to remain child free, but for some people the choice is too difficult. @leahsg88 spoke to Guardian readers about how they are tackling the biggest decision of their lives. Tap the link in bio for hear the full podcast.
Kyrsten Sinema has won the Arizona Senate race in what has been described as a significant breakthrough for the Democrats. The last time a Democrat was elected to an open senate seat in this conservative western state was 1976, the year Sinema was born. In her victory speech, Sinema said: “Arizonans had a choice between two very different ways forward: one focused on fear and party politics and one focused on Arizona and the issues that matter to everyday families. I am so honoured that Arizonans chose our vision.”
The Camp fire in northern California has killed 42 people, making it the deadliest in state history. Governor Jerry Brown has said victims are eligible for crisis counselling, housing and unemployment help and legal aid. While admitting that federal and state governments must do more forest management, Brown says climate change is the greater source of the problem. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California's recorded history, 15 have happened since 2000, when forests have become drier and warmer. Temperatures in the American west have increased by about double the global average since 1970, lengthening the wildfire season by several months. Photos: Josh Edelson/Getty Images + Chris Rusanowsky & Paul Kitagaki Jr/ ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock + Noah Berger/AP
Female MPs from around the world gathered in parliament last week to mark 100 years since some women gained the vote in the UK. They pledged to form an international sisterhood supporting the fight for gender equality. International development secretary and minister for women Penny Mordaunt said the challenges faced by female MPs included balancing work with motherhood, sexual harassment and "the daily battle to be taken seriously when constantly being patronised." While the highest number of women in history are currently sitting in the House of Commons, only 32% of British MPs are women. Across the world just 24% of people elected into international parliaments are women.
A plant-based burger that “bleeds” will make its hotly-anticipated UK retail debut in Tesco on Monday. The burger is made entirely from plants and uses beetroot juice to ooze a meaty red hue. The launch was delayed because of huge demand in the US, where it's sold in more than 10,000 stores and counts Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio among its investors. The burger is expected to be a hit in the UK, where 22 million people consider themselves to be flexitarian, meaning they enjoy meat but want to decrease their consumption.
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Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel took part in a joint ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I this weekend. The war was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, responsible for around 40 million military and civilian deaths. More than 60 heads of state attended the ceremony, where Macron delivered a speech warning of the rise of nationalism. Photos: Barcroft Images . . . . . . .
Huge sand portraits of fallen first world war soldiers could be found on 32 beaches around the UK for Armistice day. The Pages of the Sea project is the first world war commemoration hosted by film director Danny Boyle. The portraits represent a range of interesting stories of ordinary people who gave their lives.
One hundred years on from the end of the first world war, a group of veterans in Dorset are torn between their pride in their military careers and their anger over the lack of psychological support provided to them by the Ministry of Defence. We meet former soldier @allaboutandyprice on his difficult journey to launch The Veterans Hub, a peer-to-peer support network for veterans suffering with PTSD and their families. Link in bio to full documentary by @katyaochagavia with reporter @sprengerstreetfood
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the first world war. It was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Fighting continued up to that moment, with some soldiers killed just minutes before the conflict officially ended. It's estimated that the total number of military and civilian casualties was about 40 million. The photos show American troops near Saint-Mihiel, France, American soldiers from New York, who served on the frontline in Cambria, France and a gathering crowd in front of Buckingham Palace celebrating that the Armistice had been signed.