From cocktails to cake: eight recipes for a Mediterranean summer feast

Marianna Leivaditaki of Morito Hackney Road treats friends to lamb and baked aubergines in a spread inspired by the food she ate as a child on Crete

Stab victim Khadija Siddiqi: ‘My case is a fight for all Pakistani women’

The woman whose attempted murder by an ex-boyfriend became a cause celebre hopes her legal battle will inspire other women

Katherine Brunt lightens England gloom in loss to South Africa

• First ODI: England 189-9; South Africa 193-3
• Early flurry eases South Africa towards seven-wicket win

Akram Khan: Xenos review – a work of defining greatness

Sadler’s Wells, London
Khan’s final solo performance, as an Indian ex-soldier reliving the horror of the trenches, is a dazzling test of endurance

A zombie prime minister has proved remarkably difficult to finish off

Over the year since the general election, Tories have found it easier to describe Mrs May as useless than they have to agree which of them would make things better

New Italian government: little regard is paid to what voters really think

Populist triumph is consequence of disdain shown by elite towards the people and their fears

India slashes heatwave death toll with series of low-cost measures

‘Common sense’ policies such as free water and reflective roof paint save lives as temperatures near 50C

Pedro Sánchez sworn in as Spain’s prime minister after no-confidence vote

Leader of socialist PSOE faces uphill battle with just 84 seats in 350-seat parliament

‘Painting is a high-wire act’: Olivia Laing on sitting for the artist Chantal Joffe

While being painted, author Olivia Laing pens her own portrait of Chantal Joffe and hears why painting is like hairdressing

The Observer view on Theresa May’s hateful ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy

The Home Office’s unbending attitude is needlessly blighting lives. It must not be tolerated any longer

Prostate cancer breakthrough as UK team develops more accurate test

Ultrasound technique overcomes problems with current methods to diagnose the most common cancer in men

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