“I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them”

George Clooney has rejected the Daily Mail’s apology for a false story about his fiancee’s mother.

Two days ago, the actor said the newspaper had published a false and irresponsible story about his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin.

It claimed that her mother, Baria, had told “half of Beirut” that she opposed the forthcoming wedding on religious grounds because she is a member of Lebanon’s Druze community. Full story here

“Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.

Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.”
Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican

A tightening of security at UK airports may remain in place on a permanent basis in the face of a new extremist bomb threat to transatlantic aircraft, Nick Clegg has said as he warned of the dangers posed by a “medieval, violent, revolting ideology”. Full story here 

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An American couple are suing British Airways claiming the airline ruined their holiday by booking them tickets to Grenada in the Caribbean instead of Granada, Spain. Full story here

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A US federal appeals court has ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, declaring Utah’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Full story here

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“That’s how I felt at the time, like I was already dead … They locked me up and gave me life without. It’s like they killed all hope for the future. There’s nothing left.”

Quantel Lotts, who was tried as an adult for a homicide he committed when he was 14 years old, and sentenced to life without parole, interviewed in 2012. 

• Story: Minors remain jailed for life despite US supreme court ban on such sentences.

• Full interview here.

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Kurdish leaders to stand with Baghdad and insisted that the imminent deployment of American military forces is “not intervention” in Iraq’s affairs. Full story here

Above: John Kerry meets with Massoud Barzani, the Kurdish president, in Irbil. Photo: Reuters

Barack Obama has announced that up to 300 “military advisers” will be sent to help Iraq’s beleaguered army repel the advance of Sunni insurgents, but insisted the US would not be dragged into another bloody war in the country. Full story here

Iraqi insurgents militants stand with captured Iraqi army Himvee at a vehicle checkpoint. Photo: AP

The United States has canceled a regional military exercise in Uganda, imposed visa restrictions, diverted funds for a health institute to another country and cut funding for a Ugandan police program in response to a law that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality. Full story

Some Ugandan newspapers have actively supported government laws criminalising homosexuality. Photo: Stringer/AP

Dying shopping malls are speckled across the United States, left to rot as online shopping and the resurgence of city centres make them increasingly irrelevant to young people. Read more

Photo: Seph Lawless