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New York unveils landmark antitrust bill that makes it easier to sue tech giants

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The legislation comes as a federal panel is investigating the market power of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google

New York state is introducing a bill that would make it easier to sue big tech companies for alleged abuses of their monopoly powers.

New York is America’s financial center and one of its most important tech hubs. If successfully passed, the law could serve as a model for future legislation across the country. It also comes as a federal committee is conducting an anti-trust investigation into tech giants amid concerns that their unmatched market power is suppressing competition.

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August 5th 2020, 5:12 am

‘Disgusting’ study rating attractiveness of women with endometriosis retracted by medical journal

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Fertility and Sterility took seven years to take down Italian study, which was criticised by doctors for ethical concerns and dubious justifications

A widely criticised peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility.

The study, Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study, was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting”.

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August 5th 2020, 5:12 am

South Korea floods and landslides kill 14 after 42 days of rain

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Three New Zealanders among dead after avalanche hits Gapyeong holiday cottages

Fourteen people have been killed and more than 1,000 forced from their homes as 42 consecutive days of rain, South Korea’s longest monsoon in seven years, triggered floods and landslides.

Heavy rain, which has also battered China, Thailand, Myanmar and India, inundated farmland and flooded parts of major highways and bridges in the capital, Seoul.

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August 5th 2020, 3:45 am

New Zealand unemployment at 4% in surprise fall during coronavirus pandemic

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Data shows jobless rate at an eye-popping low of 4% after strict lockdown, but underemployment is higher

Figures showing joblessness in New Zealand has fallen during the coronavirus pandemic have been welcomed by the government and provoked shock and sharp scepticism from economists.

The government agency Statistics New Zealand on Wednesday produced an eye-popping figure of 4% unemployment for the three months to the end of June, down from 4.2% last quarter – before coronavirus restrictions took hold.

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August 5th 2020, 3:45 am

China poised to power huge growth in global offshore wind energy

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Report finds the offshore industry could create 900,000 jobs globally over next decade

The world’s offshore windfarm capacity could grow eightfold by the end of the decade powered by a clean energy surge led by China, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

A new industry report has revealed stronger than expected growth for the offshore wind industry, which could reach 234GW by 2030, from a global tally of just over 29GW at the end of last year.

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August 5th 2020, 2:45 am

US announces highest-level visit to Taiwan in decades, risking China anger

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In thinly veiled comments, coronavirus taskforce chair Alex Azar praises island as ‘model of transparency and cooperation’ during pandemic

A senior US official is to lead a delegation to Taiwan in the highest-level visit since 1979 to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and “celebrate the shared values” of the two democracies, a move likely to anger China.

The US health secretary, Alex Azar, said he would be the first cabinet member to visit in six years, in the most significant trip there since the US formally cut diplomatic ties decades ago to pursue relations with the Chinese Communist party. Taiwan said the visit would take place in the coming days.

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August 5th 2020, 1:45 am

Lockdown having 'pernicious impact' on LGBT community's mental health

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UCL and Sussex University study finds younger people confined with bigoted relatives the most depressed

The coronavirus lockdown has provoked a mental health crisis among the LGBTQ community, with younger people confined with bigoted relatives the most depressed, researchers found.

A study of LGBTQ people’s experience during the pandemic, by University College London (UCL) and Sussex University, found 69% of respondents suffered depressive symptoms, rising to about 90% of those who had experienced homophobia or transphobia.

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August 5th 2020, 1:45 am

Lebanon in mourning after deadly Beirut blasts

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Hospitals struggle to cope with thousands of wounded after huge blast ripped through the capital’s port

Lebanon, a nation for decades crippled by chaos and conflict, is in mourning after a massive explosion ripped through Beirut’s port on Tuesday killing more than 70 people and injuring 4,000.

The full scale of the calamity was laid bare when the capital woke on Wednesday with rescue teams searching through the debris of ruined neighbourhoods for the missing, and hospitals struggling to cope with the influx of casualties.

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August 5th 2020, 1:27 am

Stay apart and bring a pen: Sri Lanka goes to the polls during pandemic

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Rajapaksa expected to dominate elections held five months after president Gotabaya Rajapaksa sacked parliamentary assembly

Sri Lankans have begun voting in parliamentary elections twice delayed by the coronavirus, with results expected to further entrench the Rajapaksa family’s dominance of the island’s politics.

Voters have been asked to observe social distancing and bring their own pens to the polls – with special booths set up for those who are quarantining – for a contest that will end months of constitutional limbo in Sri Lanka.

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August 4th 2020, 11:43 pm

Coronavirus live news: Trump pressed on false death rate claim as Europe faces second wave

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US president flounders in media briefing and TV interview; France could lose control any time; Nadal withdraws from US Open. Follow all the developments

There’s been a big development in Australia’s handling of the pandemic after Queensland closed its borders to New South Wales and the Australia Capital Territory.

Queensland, which has very few cases of the virus, has already shut out Victorians but now all NSW residents will be barred except for some rare exemptions. returning locals will have to pay for 14-day quarantine.

The latest corporate casualty of the pandemic is Virgin Atlantic, which has declared itself bankrupt and has filed for protection from creditors in the US.

The move means it can restructure its debt and plot a course back into operation.

Related: Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy as Covid continues to hurt airlines

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August 4th 2020, 7:56 pm

Throng of new penguin colonies in Antarctica spotted from space

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Satellite images reveal guano patches, boosting known emperor penguin colonies by 20%

Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20%.

The discoveries were made by spotting the distinctive red-brown guano patches the birds leave on the ice. The finds were made possible by higher-resolution images from a new satellite, as previous scans were unable to pick up smaller colonies.

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August 4th 2020, 7:25 pm

Dear Melbourne, I'll meet you under the clocks when this is all over | Brigid Delaney

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You’ll tell me about your stage four winter. This time, we weren’t all in it together, you went in there alone

Dear Melbourne,

I’ll meet you under the clocks when this is all over. It’ll be springtime, and the chilled air will be scented with jasmine.

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August 4th 2020, 7:25 pm

Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy as Covid continues to hurt airlines

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Airline seeks protection under US’s bankruptcy code, allowing it to shield assets in the country

Virgin Atlantic has declared itself bankrupt and is seeking protection from creditors in the US, according to a court filing in New York on Tuesday.

The airline is seeking the protection under chapter 15 of the US bankruptcy code, which allows a foreign debtor to shield assets in the country. The announcement comes little more than a month after Virgin Atlantic announced it had secured funding to survive for another 18 months.

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August 4th 2020, 6:55 pm

Colombia: court orders detention of ex-president Uribe amid fraud investigation

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Colombia’s supreme court has ordered the detention of the hardline former president Álvaro Uribe amid an investigation into allegations of witness tampering and fraud in relation to crimes committed during the country’s 52-year civil war.

Tuesday’s decision shocked Colombians, who remained deeply divided over the Uribe’s 2002-10 administration, which was defined by his military campaign against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), a leftist rebel group that later demobilized in 2016.

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August 4th 2020, 5:54 pm

Rafael Nadal withdraws from US Open citing Covid concerns as Madrid Open cancelled

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open citing concerns over coronavirus. The four-time winner at Flushing Meadows does not want to travel to the United States while Covid-19 cases are on the rise.

He joins women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty in pulling out of the tournament due to the threat of coronavirus.

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August 4th 2020, 4:54 pm

Trump refuses to praise late civil rights leader John Lewis

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Donald Trump refused to praise the late John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and original Freedom Rider, during his latest one-on-one interview, and also questioned the value of the pivotal Civil Rights Act of the 1960s, which Lewis fought and almost died for.

Related: Coronavirus US: Biden tells Trump 'step up and do your job' over Covid-19 death toll – live

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August 4th 2020, 4:54 pm

'We're cursed': shock and despair in Beirut as explosion devastates city

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Lebanese capital in state of chaos as people grapple with scale of blast that has injured thousands

As a ghostly brown haze began to clear, the streets of east Beirut emerged in apocalyptic ruin. Even 4km from the centre of the blast each building had lost some, if not all, of its windows. It was just after 6pm. Smoke, dispersed with pockets of pink gas, shrouded some of the carnage. Huge shards of glass covered roads – some jagged pieces had ripped through cars. Trees were shredded, and pools of blood formed puddles in the streets.

Related: Beirut explosion: dead and wounded among 'hundreds of casualties', says Lebanon Red Cross – live updates

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August 4th 2020, 4:54 pm

Man attacked in Paris launderette for asking customer to wear mask

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Alleged victim says he was beaten with baseball bats after asking man to put on mask

A man using a launderette in a Paris suburb says he was beaten by two men with baseball bats in front of his young children after asking a customer to put on a face mask.

Masks are obligatory inside all public places in France to combat a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

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August 4th 2020, 4:54 pm

Neil Young sues Donald Trump campaign for using his music

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Musician files lawsuit against the president for copyright infringement after Rockin’ in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk were played at a rally

Neil Young is suing Donald Trump’s campaign for alleged illegal usage of his music at a rally.

The musician claims that Rockin’ in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk were played at the president’s recent rally in Tulsa without a license. Both songs have also been used before by the campaign.

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August 4th 2020, 2:21 pm

Witness claims to have seen Prince Andrew at club with Virginia Giuffre

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Woman has come forward claiming she recalls seeing duke at Mayfair nightclub with Giuffre

The FBI has been passed information from a witness claiming to have seen the Duke of York at a nightclub with a woman who alleges the pair had sex when she was a teenager.

The US lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is representing the victims of the royal’s former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, said Shukri Walker recalled seeing Prince Andrew at Tramp nightclub in Mayfair and had come forward to support Virginia Giuffre’s version of events.

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August 4th 2020, 1:39 pm

Biden reaches out to Latino voters with plan to tackle inequalities

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Plan addresses inequalities facing Latinos, who are poised to make up largest share of nonwhite voters, amid Covid-19 financial crisis

Joe Biden’s election campaign on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address the economic inequalities facing Latinos in America amid financial turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

The plan was introduced a day after the anniversary of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that took the lives of 23 people and where the shooter is accused in federal court of deliberately targeting Hispanics.

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August 4th 2020, 1:39 pm

Beirut explosion: at least 10 people feared dead in Lebanon blast – live updates

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Scale and cause of blast still being assessed but multiple casualties expected

That is 234 km (145 miles) away.

My colleague Michael Safi just spoke to a resident there in the city of Larnaca.

This map shows the location of the blast at Beirut’s port:

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August 4th 2020, 1:39 pm

Huge explosion in Beirut shatters windows and rocks buildings

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Source of blast, which apparently occurred around the Lebanese capital’s port, is unclear

A massive explosion has rocked central Beirut that shattered windows, knocked down doors and shook buildings several hundred feet away.

The source of the blast, which appeared to occur around the Lebanese capital’s port, is unclear.

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August 4th 2020, 12:07 pm

PC Andrew Harper killing: sentences referred to attorney general

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Attorney general’s office to consider whether the sentences given to three teenagers who killed a police officer were too lenient

The jail terms handed to three teenagers who killed a police officer as they tried to escape the scene of a crime have been referred to the attorney general, who will consider claims they are unduly lenient.

The ringleader, 19-year-old Henry Long, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper in August 2019, while his accomplices 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, were each jailed for 13 years at a hearing the Old Bailey last week.

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August 4th 2020, 11:07 am

Tate removes reference to 'amusing' restaurant after racist images in mural draw anger

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Exclusive: Gallery removes reference to venue as ‘most amusing room in Europe’ as call grow for artwork’s removal

Tate Britain has removed a reference to its restaurant as “the most amusing room in Europe” after complaints about racist depictions in a 1920s mural.

The Rex Whistler restaurant is covered floor to ceiling in a specially commissioned mural by the British artist titled the Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats, which depicts the enslavement of a black child and the distress of his mother. It also shows the boy running behind a horse and cart which he is attached to by a chain around his neck.

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August 4th 2020, 10:37 am

WhatsApp launches factcheck feature aimed at viral messages

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Users will be able to check the truthfulness of messages that have come through five or more people by clicking on a magnifying glass icon

WhatsApp has introduced a feature to allow users to check the contents of viral messages in the latest move to root out disinformation and fake news being spread on the Facebook-owned messaging service.

The new feature, which is being piloted in six countries including the UK from today, allows users to perform a Google search on content they have been forwarded to factcheck claims and information.

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August 4th 2020, 10:22 am

Belarus president says opponents trying to organise massacre

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Alexander Lukashenko makes claim as closest presidential election in decades looms

The authoritarian president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has accused his opponents of trying to organise a massacre in the centre of Minsk, as he seeks to shore up support ahead of the country’s most unpredictable elections in a generation.

In a speech lasting an hour and a half, Lukashenko appealed to supporters’ desire for stability and played up fears of a “colour revolution” backed by Moscow and hostile powers in the west.

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August 4th 2020, 9:52 am

‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on, coronavirus victories remain fragile

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Governments are at a nebulous stage: past the initial shocks but still without a clear end in sight

Nobody is clapping any more. Six months since Covid-19 registered as an urgent threat, and one country after another spiralled into lockdown, the nightly outpourings of solidarity with essential workers have petered out.

Governments behind which people rallied earlier in the outbreak are again facing criticism and scorn. Panic at the scenarios that filled imaginations in those first weeks – of millions of imminent deaths, medical systems buckling and food supplies running scarce – has largely abated.

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August 4th 2020, 7:51 am

Donald Trump on the ropes in interview over US Covid-19 death toll

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President again says he is doing ‘incredible job’ fighting pandemic and casts doubt on Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death

Donald Trump visibly floundered in an interview when pressed on a range of issues, including the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the US, his claims that mail-in voting is fraudulent, and his inaction over the “Russian bounty” scandal.

The US president also repeatedly cast doubt on the cause of death of Jeffrey Epstein, and said of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who has pleaded not guilty to allegedly participating in the sex-trafficking of girls by Epstein, that he wished her well.

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August 4th 2020, 7:51 am

Thailand orders new investigation into Red Bull heir's alleged hit and run

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Charges against Vorayuth Yoovidhya for killing a policeman in 2012 were dropped last month

Thailand’s attorney general has ordered a new investigation into the heir to the Red Bull billions accused of a fatal hit and run, following public outrage after his charges were dropped last month.

Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya was accused of killing a police officer in 2012 when he crashed his Ferrari in Bangkok’s most exclusive neighbourhood.

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August 4th 2020, 6:50 am

Spain speculates over whereabouts of scandal-hit ex-king Juan Carlos

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Palace refuses to reveal former monarch’s location one day after he announced exile

Spain’s royal palace has declined to say whether its scandal-hit former king has left the country, amid widespread speculation about his whereabouts one day after he announced that he would go into exile.

On Monday, Spain’s royal house published a letter sent by Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, saying he would “move, at this time, outside of Spain” amid the “public repercussions that certain past events in my private life are generating”.

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August 4th 2020, 6:20 am

'You can't do that': Trump argues with reporter over Covid-19 death figures – video

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In an extraordinary clip from Axios’ Jonathan Swan's interview with Donald Trump, the president rifled through a sheaf of graphs to claim that the US has lower numbers of coronavirus than other nations.

The pair debated Trump's point that America has a lower number of deaths as a percentage of coronavirus cases, but when Swan pointed instead to the number of US Covid-19 deaths as a population percentage, Trump said: 'You can't do that' 

The full interview will be shown on HBO on 4 August 

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August 4th 2020, 4:50 am

Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study

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Poorer, hotter parts of the world will struggle to adapt to unbearable conditions, research finds

The growing but largely unrecognized death toll from rising global temperatures will come close to eclipsing the current number of fatalities from all the infectious diseases combined if planet-heating emissions aren’t constrained, a major new study has found.

Related: Killer heat: US racial injustices will worsen as climate crisis escalates

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August 4th 2020, 4:20 am

Victorian nurses ask for urgent PPE as more than 730 health workers sick with Covid-19

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Letter to Daniel Andrews outlines ‘distressing’ situation where nurses are not being given N95 masks and there ‘isn’t enough PPE’

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Nurses have written to Daniel Andrews asking to “urgently know what’s being done to protect and care for Victorian nurses” as more than 730 health workers in the state remain sick with active infections of Covid-19.

The letter to the premier, seen by Guardian Australia, states “the situation is still inadequate months after the outbreak started”.

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August 4th 2020, 4:03 am

Thailand protesters openly criticise monarchy in Harry Potter-themed rally

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Demonstrators issue rare rebuke in country where defaming royals is punishable by up to 15 years in jail

Speakers at a Thai anti-government protest have demanded changes to the monarchy and called for its powers to be curbed in unusually frank public comments.

Defaming the royal family is punishable by up to 15 years in prison under Thailand’s lese majeste laws. Police did not stop the six speakers but said any suspected offences would be investigated.

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August 4th 2020, 3:33 am

Missing sailors stranded on Pacific island saved by giant SOS in the sand

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Three men stuck on tiny Pikelot island after their boat ran out of fuel and strayed off course spotted by Australian and US military aircraft

Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach.

Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they’d set off. Rescuers said they were “in good condition” with no significant injuries.

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August 4th 2020, 3:17 am

UK coronavirus live: calls for more test and trace; virologists question Covid-19 response

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Researchers warn more testing is needed ahead of schools reopening to prevent second wave while other experts criticise handling of crisis

EasyJet has said it is operating more flights than previously planned due to demand exceeding expectations.

PA Media reports:

The airline is expanding its schedule to 40% of normal capacity between July and September, compared with the 30% it predicted in June.

In the three months to the end of June, the budget carrier made just 7 million in revenue after the company’s fleet was grounded from 30 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Local government minister Simon Clarke has defended the government’s test and trace system after a group of researchers warned authorities would need to boost capacity or risk a second-wave of coronavirus after schools open.

Clarke told Sky News:

It’s obviously vital that we always continue to keep up the progress that we’re making with test and trace, which is a massive national undertaking and it is working.

184,000 people, so far, have been contacted by the programme who have tested positive or their contacts. And those people have all been allowed to self-isolate, be removed from the community at a time where they could be at risk of spreading the virus and that’s obviously a massive success.

“Schools are going to reopen in the autumn, that is not up for debate.”

Local Government Minister @SimonClarkeMP tells @skynewsniall children will return to the classroom for the new school year despite concerns around the Government's Test and Trace system. RC#KayBurley pic.twitter.com/A3tIVi2Prg

The success of September’s return to school rests as much on what happens outside the school gates as within. The government needs to ensure that everyone knows what actions they should be taking to keep everyone safe – we’re all going to need to work together to be successful.

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August 4th 2020, 3:17 am

Kashmir curfew brought in as region marks one year since special status revoked

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Soldiers patrol Indian-controlled areas as protesters plan ‘black day’ to mark 5 August

Authorities have brought in a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir, one day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial decision to revoke the disputed region’s special status.

Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was put in place in the region’s main city of Srinagar in view of information about protests planned by anti-India groups to mark 5 August as “black day.”

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August 4th 2020, 3:17 am

Number of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen by 30% since Brexit vote

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Exclusive: crisis has led to 500% increase in Britons taking up citizenship in an EU state

The number of British nationals emigrating to other EU countries has risen by 30% since the Brexit referendum, with half making their decision to leave in the first three months after the vote, research has found.

Analysis of data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat shows that migration from Britain to EU states averaged 56,832 people a year in 2008-15, growing to 73,642 a year in 2016-18.

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August 4th 2020, 1:32 am

TikTok: China hits out at US 'smash and grab' as tech row deepens

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Foreign affairs spokesman accuses US of hypocrisy and editorial in state-run newspaper decries choice between submission at ‘mortal combat’

The US has offered China the “choice of submission or mortal combat in the tech realm”, state media in Beijing have said, as the two rival powers manoeuvred on the thorny issue of splitting up TikTok.

The popular video-sharing app has joined Huawei to become a technology flashpoint, with Chinese officials and media rushing to defend it following Donald Trump’s threat of a US ban.

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August 4th 2020, 1:32 am

Global report: Covid risks 'generational catastrophe' warns UN; Latin America exceeds 5m cases

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Brazil president’s chief of staff tests positive; Trump says US ‘doing well’; record fines in Australia for not isolating

The United Nations has warned of a “generational catastrophe” because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education, as Latin America surpassed five million Covid-19 cases – or nearly 30% of global infections.

The UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, said the world was at a “defining moment” with the world’s children and young people. He said the decisions governments took during the pandemic over education would have lasting impacts on hundreds of millions and on the development prospects of countries for decades to come.

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August 4th 2020, 1:32 am

Covid-19: Gilead Sciences urged to study drug that showed promise with cats

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Activists are calling on the pharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences to study a drug for the treatment of Covid-19 that showed promise in curing cats of a coronavirus.

The drug, called GS-441524, is chemically related to remdesivir, an antiviral also made by Gilead, and one of the only treatments to successfully shorten the duration of Covid-19 recovery.

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August 4th 2020, 1:32 am

'A small but powerful signal': Mumbai installs female figures on traffic lights

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Campaigners in India say the move helps dispel the notion that only men should be out in public

Mumbai has become the first city in India to introduce female figures on its traffic lights, a move welcomed by campaigners as a step towards greater inclusivity.

Authorities are swapping the green and red male stick figures for female figures on more than 100 pedestrian crossings as part of a broader plan to make roads more pedestrian-friendly.

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August 4th 2020, 12:48 am

'It's not going to be easy': experts on what Australia must do to curb Covid's spread | Tony Blakel

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We asked epidemiologists in Australia and New Zealand on the effectiveness of lockdowns and what’s next

As of 2 August Australia had been experiencing average rates (smoothed over five days given how fluctuating daily counts are) of 500 to 600 per day in Victoria – although we may have just passed the peak with numbers perhaps beginning to fall in the last few days. But we still have a long way to go.

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August 3rd 2020, 11:02 pm

Remains of 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth pulled from Siberian lake

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Rare find includes skin, tendon and excrement of what is thought to be an adult male

Russian scientists are poring over the uniquely well-preserved bones of a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth after completing the operation to pull them from the bottom of a Siberian lake.

Experts spent five days scouring the silt of Lake Pechenelava-To in the remote Yamal peninsula for the remains, which include tendons, skin and even excrement, after they were spotted by local residents. About 90% of the animal has been retrieved during two expeditions.

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August 3rd 2020, 11:02 pm

Tropical Storm Isaias upgraded to category 1 hurricane as it nears Carolinas

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The National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents of North and South Carolina to brace for flooding and up to 8 inches of rain

Tropical Storm Isaias was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane as it neared landfall in the Carolinas on Monday, threatening to bring with it blasting winds and devastating floods.

Coastal residents secured patio furniture, ferry operators completed evacuations on the Outer Banks, and officials passed out sandbags and offered car space in elevated garages as Isaias marched northward.

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August 3rd 2020, 10:17 pm

North Korea has 'probably' developed nuclear devices to fit ballistic missiles – UN

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Pyongyang’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturised nuclear devices, interim report finds, echoing previous warnings

North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons programme and several countries believe it has “probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles,” according to a confidential UN report.

The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions said the countries, which it did not identify, believed North Korea’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturised nuclear devices. Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017.

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August 3rd 2020, 9:32 pm

UK warns drug firms to stockpile in case of Brexit disruption

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Companies should ensure six weeks’ worth of drugs for end of transition period, DHSC says

Pharmaceutical companies should stockpile six weeks’ worth of drugs to guard against disruption at the end of the Brexit transition period, the government has said.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has written to medicine suppliers advising them to make boosting their reserves a priority.

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August 3rd 2020, 8:01 pm

Coronavirus live news: WHO says there may never be a 'silver bullet' vaccine for Covid-19

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Trump rejects national lockdown; Philippines reimposes restrictions on 27 million around capital; Vietnam in ‘decisive’ fight against coronavirus. Follow latest updates

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Alison Rourke.

There might never be a “silver bullet” for Covid-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine, and the road to normality could be long, the World Health Organization has said.

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August 3rd 2020, 7:32 pm

Ayodhya prepares for Modi to lay foundation stone of Hindu temple at disputed site

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New shrine to Lord Ram where mosque was torn down in 1992 marks culmination of a sustained political campaign by the BJP

Diwali has come early to the temple town of Ayodhya. Though the Hindu festival is three months away, the town has been lit up by earthen lamps for the laying of the foundation stone of a Hindu temple that ranks as perhaps the most emotionally intense, discordant, and divisive issue in Indian politics for decades.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend a ceremony in the town on Wednesday, when he will lay a 40kg silver brick at the construction site. He will be watched by priests chanting Vedic hymns, his party’s top brass and the good and great of Indian society.

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August 3rd 2020, 7:02 pm

Painkillers such as aspirin 'do more harm than good' for chronic pain

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Nice say paracetamol, ibuprofen and opioids should not be prescribed for chronic pain

Painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and opioids can do “more harm than good” and should not be prescribed to treat chronic pain, health officials have said.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said there was “little or no evidence” the commonly used drugs for chronic primary pain made any difference to people’s quality of life, pain or psychological distress.

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August 3rd 2020, 6:31 pm

Marcus Rashford scores cover of British Vogue's September issue

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The footballer is recognised for his activism in the magazine among 40 ‘faces of hope’

Marcus Rashford’s inspirational, policy-changing campaign against child poverty has garnered him accolades aplenty. Now it has also propelled the footballer on to the front cover of British Vogue’s September issue.

The Manchester United striker, who forced a government U-turn on the granting of free food vouchers for the poorest families over the summer, headlines a special edition dedicated to activism.

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August 3rd 2020, 4:31 pm

Mexico hails 'Sledgehammer' arrest but murder crisis still a tough nut to crack

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The capture of José Antonio ‘El Marro’ Yépez, a top gangster in violence-stricken Guanajuato state, gives a boost to the president

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has hailed the capture of one of the country’s most notorious gangsters as an important victory in his so far fruitless struggle to slash murder rates.

In a Sunday night video message to the nation, López Obrador said security forces had seized “El Marro” or “the Sledgehammer” – the head of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel – at about 6am that morning in the violence-stricken state of Guanajuato.

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August 3rd 2020, 2:26 pm

Spain's scandal-hit former king Juan Carlos to go into exile

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82-year-old king emeritus says he is moving abroad to help son ‘exercise his responsibilities’ as king

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos is to leave the country and go into exile abroad following a series of damaging allegations about his financial arrangements that have harmed the reputation of the monarchy and embarrassed his son, King Felipe.

In March Felipe stripped Juan Carlos of his annual stipend and renounced his own personal inheritance from his father after reports that he was in line to receive millions of euros from a secret offshore fund with ties to Saudi Arabia.

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August 3rd 2020, 2:13 pm

Outcry in Sweden after 12-year-old-girl killed by stray bullet

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Increase in police and tougher punishments promised after child dies following apparent gangland shooting near Stockholm

Swedish officials have promised more police and tougher punishments amid public outrage after a 12-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet in an apparent gangland shooting at a petrol station car park south of Stockholm.

“I am aware no words are enough for those who have lost a child in this awful way, but I still want to we share your grief in these difficult times,” the home affairs minister, Mikael Damberg, told the national news agency TT.

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August 3rd 2020, 1:12 pm

Classified documents on US-UK trade talks 'hacked from Liam Fox's emails'

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Hackers reportedly accessed account last year and obtained dossier cited by Jeremy Corbyn during general election

Foreign Office sources have refused to comment on reports that classified documents relating to US-UK trade talks were originally hacked from an email account belonging to MP and former trade minister Liam Fox.

It follows a report by Reuters that hackers accessed the account several times between July and October last year and obtained a dossier that ultimately ended up in the hands of Jeremy Corbyn. The then Labour leader said the dossier showed the NHS “was on the table” in trade talks with the US.

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August 3rd 2020, 12:28 pm

Trump calls Birx's dire warning on widespread coronavirus in the US 'pathetic'

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President and Nancy Pelosi criticize Deborah Birx as US deaths climb past 154,000 and cases reach one quarter of global total

Donald Trump publicly rebuked a second member of the White House coronavirus task force on Monday morning, calling Deborah Birx’s assessment of Covid-19’s spread “pathetic” in a tweet.

Birx warned on Sunday that the coronavirus was entering a new phase in the US and infections were now “extraordinarily widespread” across the country, instead of clustering mainly in a clutch of states and big cities.

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August 3rd 2020, 12:28 pm

Manchester coronavirus outbreak 'a warning to complacent white middle class'

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Exclusive: health chief says declaration of major incident shows spread not just in BAME groups

The declaration of a major incident in Greater Manchester should jolt a “complacent white middle class” into realising that Covid-19 is not just spreading in ethnic minority households, one of the region’s health chiefs has said.

Eleanor Roaf, the director of public health in Trafford, said 80% of its infections in the last week were in the white community, and she urged the region’s 2.8 million residents to concentrate “much harder on what we can do to stop the wider spread”.

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August 3rd 2020, 11:43 am

'There’s still a choice': New Zealand's melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate chan

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New research has found extreme melting of the country’s glaciers in 2018 was at least ten times more likely due to human-caused global heating

Twice a year, glaciologist Lauren Vargo and her colleagues set up camp beside two small lakes close to New Zealand’s Brewster glacier. Each time the trek to carry the measuring stakes takes a little bit longer as the glacier’s terminus gets further away.

Dr Vargo, a native of Ohio now working at the Antarctic Research Centre at the Victoria University of Wellington, is studying New Zealand’s glaciers from the air and on the ice.

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August 3rd 2020, 11:43 am

Iran's Covid death toll three times higher than admitted, says report

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BBC says government papers reveal total is more than 42,000 - way above official toll of 17,000

One person is dying from Covid-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state television in the country has said, as a report claimed the overall toll from the virus was three times higher than authorities have admitted.

A health ministry spokeswoman said on Monday that 215 people had died in the past 24 hours, on top of more than 200 the previous day – the country’s highest figures in nearly a month.

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August 3rd 2020, 10:58 am

Tory-linked PR firm granted £3m Covid-19 contract without tender

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Topham Guerin behind idea to rename CCHQ Twitter account during 2019 election campaign

The political communications company behind the Conservative party’s controversial 2019 digital campaign strategy received a £3m government contract to work on Covid-19 messaging without a competitive tender and is negotiating with the Cabinet Office for more work, the Guardian and openDemocracy can reveal.

Topham Guerin, founded in 2016 by two young New Zealanders, Sean Topham and Ben Guerin, specialises in producing images and videos for social media and has worked for a number of rightwing political parties.

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August 3rd 2020, 10:40 am

Russia claims to be ahead of rivals in race to produce Covid vaccine

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Moscow says it will start production next month and mass immunisation by October

The Russian government claims to have stolen a march on dozens of global rivals – including the US and UK - in the race to produce a viable coronavirus vaccine, saying it would start production of a vaccine next month and begin mass immunisation by October.

The announcement came amid controversy over how Russia has rushed its two vaccine candidates through safety testing, in which researchers dose themselves as part of truncated human trials.

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August 3rd 2020, 9:40 am

Facebook moderators call for advertiser boycott to be extended

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Action needs long-term commitments to be is more than ‘PR stunt’, employees say

Current and former Facebook moderators have called for the unprecedented advertiser boycott of the site to be extended to prove that the action is more than a “PR stunt”.

Speaking to the Guardian, one current moderator who asked to remain anonymous amid fears for their job, said that without long-term commitments, this was “PR stunt that will pass when they get enough of the reports that they want”.

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August 3rd 2020, 8:58 am

Berlin protests against coronavirus rules divide German leaders

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Up to 20,000 demonstrated against restrictions, raising fears of a rise in infections

German leaders are divided over whether to restrict the rights of demonstrators, after tens of thousands who took to the streets of Berlin at the weekend failed to abide by hygiene and distancing rules.

According to officials, up to 20,000 people took part in demonstrations against the government’s coronavirus restrictions at different locations across Berlin on Saturday, amalgamating for a joint rally later in the day. Organisers said up to 1.3 million people took part, a figure that police denied.

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August 3rd 2020, 8:40 am

Genoa bridge collapse: relatives criticise inauguration 'celebration'

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New bridge, named Genoa San Giorgio, replaces Morandi bridge that collapsed in 2018

Relatives of the 43 people killed when the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed in 2018 have criticised the “celebration” that will surround the inauguration of the replacement bridge.

On Monday evening, planes creating colours of the Italian flag will fly above the new bridge, named Genoa San Giorgio, before it is officially opened by President Sergio Mattarella.

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August 3rd 2020, 8:10 am

WhatsApp spyware attack: senior clergymen in Togo among activists targeted

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Bishop from Togo among 1,400 individuals alerted by WhatsApp to malware attack

A prominent Catholic bishop and a priest in Togo have been told they were targeted by spyware made by the private surveillance firm NSO Group, in the first known case of its kind involving members of the clergy.

A joint investigation by the Guardian and the French newspaper Le Monde can reveal that Bishop Benoît Alowonou and five other critics of Togo’s repressive government were alerted by WhatsApp last year that their mobile phones had been targeted with the spying technology.

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August 3rd 2020, 7:58 am

Coronavirus US: bailout funding remains in limbo – live

World news | The Guardian

It is the anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 23 people last year in the Texas border town of El Paso. Claudia Tristán has been there for us as the Hispanic community remembers the tragic loss of life, and the impact of the attack.

A year on it still pains people in El Paso that race was allegedly a leading motive for the suspect, who survived and is now awaiting trial on federal hate crimes, which he denies. The shooting was crushing. But also infuriating, firstly because El Paso had become one of the cities caught up in Donald Trump’s battle against migrants and asylum seekers crossing the border into the US, drawing negative attention. Secondly, because key figures ignored the racial element of the attack.

The timetable may have slipped a little, but we are expecting Joe Biden to announce his VP pick possibly as soon as this week, maybe next week - and Annie Linskey has written about the situation for the Washington Post this morning.

It’s a fascinating piece looking at how the wide field and lengthy selection process has, as she puts it, allowed “Trump’s campaign an opening to dig up dirt and launch attacks on potential rivals.”

The increasing nastiness is fueled by a sense, even among Biden’s closest advisers, that Biden is entering the final phase of the search without a clear favorite. Rather than a traditional “shortlist” of three candidates, people close to the process expect him to interview five or six finalists for the position.

Several people interviewed said the delay has intensified currents, many of them sexist, that have been swirling for weeks. The resulting backbiting risks inflaming divisions within the party that complicated the 2016 campaign — but that Biden has worked to coalesce since locking down the nomination in the spring.

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August 3rd 2020, 7:58 am

John Hume, former SDLP leader and Nobel peace prize winner, dies at 83

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Hume won global acclaim for his efforts towards achieving Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland

John Hume, the former SDLP leader and Nobel peace prize winner, has died aged 83.

Hume, who was awarded the peace prize for his efforts in forging the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland, had suffered from ill-health for a number of years. The former Foyle MP had dementia and was cared for in the Owen Mor nursing home in Derry.

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August 3rd 2020, 5:54 am

Inspired by the US, Europe's 'paperless' children are speaking out

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A generation of undocumented Europeans – inspired by the ‘Dreamers’ in the US – are fighting for residency rights. A new Guardian series hears some of their stories

‘Why do you sound so British?” the immigration officer asked 15-year-old Ijeoma Moore as she followed orders to pack for herself and her 10-year-old brother. Officers had arrived at their London home that morning in 2010, as they were eating breakfast and getting ready to leave for school. “Because I am British,” the teenager replied.

What else could she be? She had lived in the UK since she was two years old. She loved tea and toast and “stupid telly”. But her mother’s repeated residency applications to the Home Office had all been rejected. Moore was not a British citizen.

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August 3rd 2020, 2:22 am

Ban SUV adverts to meet UK climate goals, report urges

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High-polluting cars are threat to public health, says New Weather Institute thinktank

Advertising of sports utility vehicles, which emit more greenhouse gases than other cars, should be banned so the UK can meet its climate goals, a report has said.

The large increase in numbers of SUVs in the UK and around the world is the second-largest contributor to the increase in global emissions since 2010, according to the International Energy Agency.

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August 3rd 2020, 1:52 am

$340m in London law firm's account suspected of 1MDB connection

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Money in Clyde & Co’s bank account linked to money allegedly embezzled from Malaysian fund

Investigators probing one of the world’s largest financial frauds have said they suspect $340m (£255m) held in the bank account of a major London law firm is linked to money allegedly embezzled from the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB.

According to court papers, Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency is urgently trying to prevent City firm Clyde & Co from releasing the large sum of money, which they suspect can be traced to proceeds of the multibillion-dollar 1MDB fraud.

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August 3rd 2020, 1:52 am

Global report: July's terrible toll revealed as coronavirus cases double every six weeks

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US cases hit 1.87 million last month, or double the previous record; WHO says pandemic continues to accelerate; Melbourne wakes to strict lockdown

July was the worst month of the coronavirus pandemic so far for many countries, with more than 8 million cases recorded – nearly as many as the first six months of the outbreak put together, figures have shown.

With global infections passing 18 million on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned over the weekend that the pandemic continues to accelerate, with cases doubling about every six weeks.

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August 3rd 2020, 1:22 am

Nancy Pelosi says she has no confidence in Deborah Birx over handling of pandemic

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Senior scientist on taskforce defends administration but warns that widespread infections mark a ‘new phase’ for US

House speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated an attack on Dr Deborah Birx, a senior scientist on Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce, in television comments on Sunday as Birx defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic.

Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, was asked on ABC’s This Week whether she has confidence in Birx, a renowned public health expert who has frequently appeared alongside Trump in briefings on the virus.

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August 3rd 2020, 1:22 am

Growers and producers at odds in France's 'champagne wars'

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Coronavirus has hit the industry hard, with division over how to respond

In the champagne vineyards of France, the season of ripening, plumping and sweetening of the grapes ready for harvesting at the end of August, known as the veraison, has begun.

Maxime Toubart, a relatively small vigneron who produces 25,000 bottles of bubbly from the 12-acre maison founded by his great-grandparents in 1900, has been cultivating his clients as well as his vines during the coronavirus crisis and is confident his business will survive.

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August 3rd 2020, 12:52 am

The people that Covid-19 has cut off from home

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Chinese students, Mongolian tourists and Palestinians from Gaza are still stranded

When her studies in Budapest finished this spring, Puje was meant to return home to Mongolia, where she had a job waiting for her in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. But in mid-March, Mongolia sealed its borders completely, even to its own citizens, and it has not yet reopened them. Now, the 26-year-old Puje is one of thousands of Mongolians stranded in Europe.

Covid-19 has caused havoc with the travel plans of millions across the world, ruining holidays and testing long-distance relationships. But for many people who are still unable to get back to their home countries, such problems seem trivial by comparison.

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August 3rd 2020, 12:52 am

'We have abandoned the poor': slums suffer as Covid-19 exposes India's social divide

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Virus proves a reminder to wealthy of their reliance on impoverished workers, reviving calls for a slum revolution that will benefit all

Cooking, cleaning, and food shopping have been a shock to Anisa Agarwal. Pre-pandemic, married to a wealthy tile manufacturer, her life in Gulmohar Park in Delhi involved a cook, maid, driver and cleaner who came to her house every day.

But despite her total dependence on them, Agarwal, 44, has not allowed her staff to enter her home in four months.

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August 3rd 2020, 12:52 am

TikTok row: Trump to take action soon, says Pompeo, as Microsoft pursues deal

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Chinese software companies are feeding data directly to Communist party, says secretary of state, as Microsoft confirms acquisition plans

Donald Trump will take action in coming days to tackle an array of national security risks presented by TikTok and other Chinese software companies, Mike Pompeo has said, as Microsoft revealed it was pursuing a deal after speaking to the US president.

Microsoft said late on Sunday that, after a conversation between Trump and its CEO, Satya Nadella, it would move quickly on acquisition talks with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, completing talks no later than 15 September. It pledged to ensure that all private data of American users is transferred to, and remains in, the US.

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August 2nd 2020, 8:48 pm

NHS appeals for urgent plasma donations from Covid-19 survivors

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Blood plasma containing coronavirus antibodies may help patients in any second wave

People who have recovered from Covid-19 are being urged to donate their blood plasma as part of an urgent appeal to help the NHS treat those who fall ill during a potential second wave.

The call follows news that the number of appointments booked each week as part of the ongoing NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) convalescent plasma collection has dropped by almost half in the past month. There are fewer eligible donors due to the fall in new infections during lockdown.

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August 2nd 2020, 7:49 pm

Coronavirus live news: Global cases near 18m as Melbourne braces for further lockdown measures

World news | The Guardian

Residents in state of Victoria wake up after first night of curfew; ‘major incident’ declared in Manchester; Nancy Pelosi says she has no confidence in Birx over handling of pandemic. Follow the latest updates

Seven Chinese health officials arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday, the first members of a 60-person team that will carry out widespread Covid-19 testing in the territory as it races to halt another wave of illness.

The initiative marks the first time mainland health officials have assisted Hong Kong in its battle to control the epidemic.

Related: China sends Covid-19 testing team to Hong Kong, prompting surveillance fears

A major incident has been declared in Greater Manchester in response to increases in coronavirus infection rates across “multiple localities”.

The decision to up the readiness of emergency and public services to react to the escalating Covid-19 transmission rate in the region comes after the government announced new lockdown restrictions for parts of north-west England on Thursday.

Related: Greater Manchester declares major incident after rise in Covid-19 cases

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August 2nd 2020, 7:49 pm

Nasa astronauts splash down after journey home aboard SpaceX capsule

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US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was Nasa’s first crewed mission from home soil in nine years.

Behnken and Hurley left the station on Saturday and returned home to land in the waves off Florida’s Pensacola coast on schedule at 2.48pm ET following a 21-hour overnight journey aboard Crew Dragon “Endeavor.”

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August 2nd 2020, 3:31 pm

Apple wildfire: thousands ordered to evacuate as southern California blaze grows

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Fire explodes in size as crews battle the flames in triple-digit heat in mountains east of Los Angeles

Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Sunday after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size as crews battled the flames in triple-digit heat.

The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters, was straddling Riverside and San Bernardino counties and consumed more than 23sq miles (about 60sq km) of dry brush and timber, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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August 2nd 2020, 3:19 pm

South Africa registers more than half a million coronavirus cases

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Infections rise following easing of lockdown as government struggles to retain public trust

South Africa has registered more than half a million confirmed cases of Covid-19, health officials have said, as the government struggles to retain public trust amid allegations of widespread corruption, arbitrary decisions on restrictions and administrative incompetence.

Africa’s most industrialised nation was widely praised for its early response to the pandemic but criticism has since mounted as a strict lockdown was eased.

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August 2nd 2020, 11:49 am

Amitabh Bachchan leaves hospital after catching coronavirus

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Bollywood star idolised in India discharged three weeks after contracting ‘mild’ symptoms

The Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease.

Bachchan’s actor-son, Abishek, who was admitted at the same time, remains in hospital. His daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai, and granddaughter Aaradhya were discharged last week.

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August 2nd 2020, 11:18 am

GOP reportedly bans media from Republican national convention due to Covid-19 – live

World news | The Guardian

Dr Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, has appeared on CNN’s State of the Union. She said that Covid-19 has taken a hold over large parts of the US, and is no longer restricted to large cities as was the trend in the early stages of the pandemic.

“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” Birx said.

Good morning. The main news is that Republicans have decided the press will be barred when Donald Trump is formally declared the party’s nominee for president later this month.

Related: Media to be banned from Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions

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August 2nd 2020, 10:17 am

Coronavirus global report: 'response fatigue' fears as Mexico hits 9,000 daily cases

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Many countries that believed they were past the worst are grappling with new outbreaks, says WHO

Mexico has recorded more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time, as the country overtook the UK with the world’s third-highest number of deaths from the pandemic after the US and Brazil.

The surging numbers were reported as the World Health Organization warned of “response fatigue” and a resurgence of cases in several countries that have lifted lockdowns.

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August 2nd 2020, 9:49 am

Untold stories of Jewish resistance revealed in London Holocaust exhibition

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Diaries and manuscripts turn spotlight on little-known acts of endurance and bravery

From quiet acts of bravery, to overt acts of rebellion, Jewish resistance to the Holocaust took many forms, yet research shows they remain largely unacknowledged in traditional UK teachings about the genocide.

A new exhibition, drawing on thousands of previously unseen documents and manuscripts, is placing some of the little-known personal stories of heroism, active armed resistance, and rescue networks in the extermination camps and ghettos at the forefront.

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August 2nd 2020, 9:32 am

Is this the beginning of the end for ‘Europe’s last dictator’?

World news | The Guardian

Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus faces threats from all sides as the country decides whether to give him a sixth term as president

Alexander Lukashenko is under pressure like never before. The past week has brought astonishing scenes in Belarus: an opposition rally hailed as the largest since the fall of the Soviet Union; the arrest of 33 Russian mercenaries allegedly sent to destabilise the country; and an admission from Lukashenko that after months of minimising the coronavirus epidemic, he had tested positive for the virus.

It is likely that the president, who has held power for 25 years, will claim victory in the 9 August elections and remain the country’s leader. But he is on the defensive, facing an energised opposition amid bitter spats with Russia over economic integration, and with the west over human rights. It is the most precarious moment of his career.

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August 2nd 2020, 8:47 am

Cramped workplaces, parties … the factors fuelling local Covid-19 spikes

World news | The Guardian

What have resurgences around the world taught us about how local clusters emerge?

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  • It is not always possible to pinpoint the origin of a local spike in cases, particularly in countries like the UK, where the disease is still circulating at relatively significant levels.

    But in countries where overall caseloads are lower, and with rigorous test-and-trace schemes, it has been possible to pinpoint the factors that have sparked or fuelled local outbreaks.

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    August 2nd 2020, 6:02 am

    ‘The Kremlin wants me dead’: Russia's sports doping whistleblower speaks out

    World news | The Guardian

    Grigory Rodchenkov was head of Russia’s ‘anti-doping’ centre but, in 2015, he fled to the US. He talks to the Observer’s former Moscow correspondent about the lies, the truth and life on the run

    The man in front of me is wearing a disguise. We are talking on Skype. I’m at my home near London and Dr Grigory Rodchenkov is at an undisclosed location somewhere in America, guarded 24/7 by armed FBI agents. How is he? “My life is good. My mood is very good,” he says. He’s grinning, I think. Since he’s wearing a black scarf over his face and dark glasses, it’s hard to tell.

    The cloak-and-dagger atmospherics surrounding our interview might seem a little overblown. Until, that is, you remember, Vladimir Putin’s roving assassins are trying to establish Rodchenkov’s secret location so they can snuff him out, a traitor to the state. Russia’s president has a long list of enemies. But Rodchenkov – the most significant sports whistleblower of the 21st century – is probably at the top.

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    August 2nd 2020, 4:44 am

    ‘Coronavirus has stolen our future’: young people’s despair as jobs evaporate

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    New graduates and school leavers across the UK have paid the price of lockdown, says survey

    Young people across Britain believe their future has been “stolen” as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with more than half fearing it has damaged their prospects.

    Amid growing evidence that the pandemic is fuelling a generational divide, two thirds of 16- to 24-year-olds also said that their age group, loosely defined as ‘Generation Z’ will pay the economic price for a disease that has mostly affected older people, according to a survey by the Hope not Hate charitable trust, an anti-racism group.

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    August 2nd 2020, 4:44 am

    'Bali is not only about tourism': Covid-19 prompts rethink for island's residents

    World news | The Guardian

    With tourism devastated by the pandemic, many have returned to work the fields. Some believe they will never go back

    Ni Kadek Erawati, 40, used to work in a villa in her village, Tegallalang, a Balinese district famous for its Instagram-able rice terraces.

    But in March, her employer asked her to take a break until further notice. Her husband is unemployed and she needs to pay school fees for three children, but the only job she could find was working on a farm.

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    August 2nd 2020, 4:15 am

    Beijing repression forces Hong Kong opposition into new tactics

    World news | The Guardian

    Dissidents urge united stand against Chinese and look to eastern bloc tactics for inspiration

    Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have responded to China’s crackdown on opposition politicians, student campaigners and tenured academics by considering tactics that would have seemed exaggerated in the open city a few months ago.

    The student leader Nathan Law, who was placed on a police “wanted” list just weeks after flying into exile in the UK, said he would cut off all contact with relatives living in his home city, in an apparent bid to protect them from suspicion or pressure.

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    August 2nd 2020, 4:15 am

    Close encounter: mother and calf humpback whales stun surfers at Sydney's Manly beach

    World news | The Guardian

    Images show dozens of surfers about 10 metres from whales, which migrate up and down the Australian coast

    A humpback whale calf, closely followed by its mother, came within metres of surfers and swimmers at Manly Beach, north of Sydney, on Sunday afternoon.

    It is unusual to see a whale calf so early in the year in Sydney. Eastern Australian humpbacks migrate north from Antarctica, along the coast to tropical waters in north Queensland from April to July.

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    August 2nd 2020, 2:45 am

    MI6, the coup in Iran that changed the Middle East, and the cover-up

    World news | The Guardian

    Documentary reveals evidence confirming a British spy’s role in restoring the Shah in 1953 – and how the Observer exposed the plot

    The hidden role of a British secret service officer who led the coup that permanently altered the Middle East is to be revealed for the first time since an Observer news story was suppressed in 1985.

    The report, headlined “How MI6 and CIA joined forces to plot Iran coup”, appeared in the 26 May edition but was swiftly quashed. It exposed the fact that an MI6 man, Norman Darbyshire, had run a covert and violent operation to reinstate the Shah of Iran as ruler of the country in 1953. Yet just a few days after the newspaper came out, all fresh evidence of this British operation and of Darbyshire’s identity disappeared from public debate.

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    August 2nd 2020, 2:45 am

    Media to be banned from Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions

    World news | The Guardian

    In a modern first, the press will not be present when the GOP votes to renominate Donald Trump for president

    The media will be barred from the Republican national convention where Donald Trump is set to be renominated as presidential candidate later this month, a spokeswoman said on Saturday, citing coronavirus restrictions.

    While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on 24 August to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more.

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    August 1st 2020, 9:42 pm

    Thousands demonstrate against Netanyahu as Israel protests gain strength

    World news | The Guardian

    Crowds gathered in central Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and outside the PM’s beach house amid anger at his handling of the virus crisis and corruption

    Thousands of demonstrators have gathered outside the official residence of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and thronged the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to be gaining steam.

    The demonstration in central Jerusalem on Saturday, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahu’s beach house in central Israel and at dozens of busy intersections nationwide, was one of the largest turnouts in weeks of protests.

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    August 1st 2020, 9:28 pm

    'Parthenon of shipwrecks': Greece opens its first underwater museum

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    A wreck boasting a trove of fifth-century BC amphorae has been opened to divers off the island of Alonissos

    Greece has inaugurated its first underwater museum, a trove of fifth-century BC amphorae labelled the “Parthenon of shipwrecks”, off the coast of Alonissos island in the western Aegean.

    The site of the wreck will be open to tours by certified amateur divers from 3 August to 2 October, while those who can’t dive can follow a virtual reality tour at an information centre in the main town of Alonissos.

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    August 1st 2020, 8:37 pm

    Coronavirus live news: Victoria faces stage 4 lockdown as South Africa cases pass 500,000

    World news | The Guardian

    Australian state braced for new announcement; South Africa accounts for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed Covid-19 infections; WHO anticipates “lengthy” pandemic. Follow the latest updates

    When I enrolled in university in 1990, my prospects were good. At that time about 76% of all 20- to 24-year-olds had a job and nearly two-thirds of those in their early 20s were working full time.

    By the time I graduated, the recession had happened and just 69% of those in their early 20s had a job and only 55% were employed full time. It was not until 2006 that as many people in their early 20s had a job as was the case in 1990.

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    The World Health Organization warned on Saturday the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.

    The committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this Covid-19 pandemic”, the WHO said in a statement, and warned of the risk of “response fatigue” given the socio-economic pressures on countries.

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    August 1st 2020, 8:26 pm

    Donald Trump claims Anthony Fauci 'wrong' about cause of Covid-19 surge

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    President again contradicts his own health expert after doctor highlights troubled US response to virus

    Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on his own top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, arguing against the doctor’s claim that high rates of infection in the US stem from a less aggressive reaction to the virus in terms of economic shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.

    “Wrong!” countered the president as he retweeted a video of Fauci making the point in recent congressional testimony.

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    August 1st 2020, 5:55 pm

    Democratic congressman issues blistering attack on Republicans after Covid-19 diagnosis

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    Raúl Grijalva condemns colleagues for failing to take crisis seriously as they ‘strut around the Capitol with no mask’

    A Democratic congressman diagnosed as positive for the coronavirus has condemned Republican politicians for their carelessness around Congress and blamed them for spreading the virus.

    The Arizona Democrat Raúl Grijalva tested positive for the coronavirus, it was revealed on Saturday, and has immediately quarantined, though he is asymptomatic and feeling well, his office said. But Grijalva issued a fiery condemnation of Republicans and their behavior around the halls of Congress.

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