Your absentee ballot never showed up. Now what?

Voting during a contentious presidential election and a pandemic is more than a little overwhelming. Like many Americans, you may have designed a plan to vote by absentee ballot months ago, when 3 November felt a lifetime away, and no…

Leaving a California prison amid a pandemic

When William Blackwell walked out of the gates of San Quentin state prison in mid-July, he had his priorities ironed out: see his family, get a new ID card, search for a job. But first, officials had told him, he’d…

The trans activist resisting police violence in Nigeria and the US

When Ola Osaze left Nigeria at age 15, one of his first sights in America was a sign at the Greensboro, North Carolina, airport. “Beware of Nigerian drug smugglers.” It was 1991, and the Port Harcourt-born teenager was shaken by…

Government steps up deportation of Haitians ahead of election, raising Covid fears

US immigration authorities have radically stepped up deportation flights to Haiti in the weeks before the election, raising concerns over returned migrants’ safety on their return home and the risks of spreading coronavirus in the impoverished Caribbean state. Twelve flights…

People weren’t respectful. They made jokes

When the phone rang, Filippo Giovagnoli was enjoying an extended holiday in his home village. There had been a delay in renewing his US visa but otherwise there was little strain in spending August with family and friends around Apecchio,…

Man Utd v Arsenal, Ali’s debut and the incredible Didrikson Zaharias

1) Manchester United meet Arsenal on Sunday, and it seems the two clubs have enjoyed some acceptable tussles in the past. Here’s a Friday night special from November 1984; Norman Whiteside booting David O’Leary and friends all round Old Trafford…

How a photographer helped a prisoner see beyond his cage

In January this year, having completed a working road trip, Alec Soth returned home to his native Minneapolis to find a letter marked Minnesota correctional facility. “Please forgive the audacity of this letter,” it began. “I reach out in great…

One person killed and several injured in Nice knife attack

One person has been killed and several others injured after a knife attack near a church in the southern city of Nice, French media have reported. The interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said a police operation was under way, while the…

Oil firm raises dividends as profits beat expectations

Royal Dutch Shell has reaffirmed its decades-long commitment to increasing shareholder payouts, only months after cutting the dividend for the first time since the second world war. Reporting a modest profit for the third quarter, Shell said it would pay…

A horror game pregnant with dread

Of all this horror game’s many weirdnesses, the strangest is the button for looking at your baby bump. During moments of intense stress, Amnesia: Rebirth’s pregnant protagonist Tasi Trianon can self-soothe by looking down and talking to her unborn child.…