“Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. You bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed.”

After Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, the opinion departments of Guardian US and the St Louis Post-Dispatch partnered to gather readers’ stories from around the world of being racially profiled by police. Our hope is that this sampling will help spur empathy – and then action, everywhere. 

You can read all 18 stories at Comment is free. Do you have an experience to share? Tell us using the #FergusonVoices hashtag. 

Experts say a giant panda previously thought to be pregnant may have been more focused on food than giving birth.

“[pregnant pandas] receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life”

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More people have access to mobile phones than to bog-standard sanitation around the world.

The numbers are actually quite close – both are around the 4.5bn mark. But the implications are clear: we value a text, a tweet over one of our most basic sanitary needs: the loo. 


"There’s no way around this: The November Man is asinine. It is not without its pleasures – if you like seeing people get hit in the face with shovels, that is – but it might be the most irresponsibly dumb spy thriller I’ve seen in some time.”

Our critic is just getting started. Read his full takedown of Pierce Brosnan’s latest film here.
Photo: Aleksandar Letic/AP


"There’s no way around this: The November Man is asinine. It is not without its pleasures – if you like seeing people get hit in the face with shovels, that is – but it might be the most irresponsibly dumb spy thriller I’ve seen in some time.”

Our critic is just getting started. Read his full takedown of Pierce Brosnan’s latest film here.

Photo: Aleksandar Letic/AP

“To know what we’re getting into, we need information that keeps up with the constantly shifting realities across the most dangerous areas of Syria and Iraq. We need people like James Foley, and now that he’s gone his value seems incalculable.”
George Packer on James Foley. (via newyorker)

(via newyorker)

For the US and its allies, Mount Sinjar is a success story: a humanitarian disaster alleviated by US air power. But hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis – mostly sick and old – remain atop the mountain, with no relief on its way.

Image: ImageSat International

The actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed.

The pair exchanged vows in France on Saturday, before traveling to Malta to begin work on experimental romance By the Sea, which shoots on the island next week. Full story here

Photo: Vince Bucci/Invision/AP

Experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans

An experimental Ebola vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline could be tested on patients in the US as soon as next week. 

Researchers are looking to establish whether the drug for humans works in a similar way to how it works in animals.

Correction, 28 Aug: We initially said an “Experimental Ebola” was to be tested on humans, instead of an “experimental Ebola vaccine”. 

Zara has pulled a striped shirt featuring a yellow star on the front from sale after it was likened to the uniform worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during the second world war.

The retailer has since apologised and confirmed the shirt is no longer on sale. Full story here