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California: rise in Covid-19 cases raises fears over reopening and protests

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Some of the rise expected as counties accelerate plans to reopen and warm weather draws people to beaches and parks, expert says

The number of coronavirus cases in California is on the rise after weeks of optimism that infections had slowed, raising fears that plans to reopen counties, along with mass protests against police brutality, could accelerate transmission of the virus. 

According to numbers from Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking coronavirus cases and deaths, California is one of 20 states that have seen an uptick in cases in the past five days. 

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June 3rd 2020, 8:53 pm

Coronavirus live news: Germany reveals major stimulus plan as global cases grow by 100,000 a day

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€130bn German package cuts VAT, offers cash grants; Mumbai introduces new restrictions after hurricane; Italy opens borders; Follow the latest updates

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers are expected to mark the 31st anniversary of the military crackdown on the Tiananmen pro-democracy movement in their own localities after police banned an annual candlelit vigil that has taken place uninterrupted for 30 years, citing public health concerns.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which has organised the vigil for the past 30 years, asked Hong Kongers to hold individual commemorations through lighting candles wherever they are in the city on the anniversary.

Related: Hong Kong braces as protesters plan to defy Tiananmen vigil ban

More on Germany’s stimulus package:

With borders slamming shut, employees kept home, and shops and restaurants forced to close to halt transmission of the coronavirus, Germany is headed for the worst recession in its post-war history. Disruptions to trade and travel have also weighed on the export powerhouse.

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June 3rd 2020, 8:21 pm

Child and three adults injured in north-west London shooting

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Police start investigation into Harlesden attack as victims taken to hospital

A young child and three adults have been injured in a shooting in north-west London.

Scotland Yard said an investigation had been launched after police were called at 9.45pm on Wednesday to “shots fired” in Energen Close, Harlesden.

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June 3rd 2020, 8:21 pm

India's Reliance conglomerate raises $7bn in rights issue

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Sprawling company of Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, claims world’s biggest non-bank fundraising in a decade

India’s telecom-to-oil conglomerate Reliance Industries has completed a massive $7bn rights issue in what it touted as the world’s biggest by a non-financial institution in a decade.

Reliance, owned by Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, had said the fundraising drive was meant to pay down debt and help shift the company to a digital future.

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June 3rd 2020, 8:21 pm

Hong Kong braces as protesters plan to defy Tiananmen vigil ban

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Tension high as authorities ban vigils marking 1989 pro-democracy movement ahead of vote on bill that would outlaw mocking Chinese anthem

Hong Kong is bracing for another tense day as its legislature prepares to pass a controversial bill criminalising mockery of China’s national anthem, which coincides with the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen square crackdown. Activists plan to defy a police ban and hold a candle-lit vigil in a downtown park to mark the event 31 years ago.

Many fear this year’s Tiananmen commemoration might be Hong Kong’s last, as looming national security laws imposed by China on the semi-autonomous city would prevent and punish “acts and activities” that threaten national security.

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June 3rd 2020, 8:21 pm

Lockerbie bombing: Megrahi lawyers seek to quash conviction

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Family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi – Libyan man who has since died – lodge appeal over possible miscarriage of justice

Lawyers representing the family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan man jailed for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, have formally lodged an appeal against his conviction after a Scottish commission ruled a miscarriage of justice may have occurred.

Megrahi, who died in 2012, was the only person convicted for the bombing which killed 243 passengers and 16 crew on Pan Am Flight 103 as it travelled from London to New York. Eleven people on the ground in the Scottish town of Lockerbie also lost their lives in what was the biggest terrorist attack on British soil.

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June 3rd 2020, 8:21 pm

Fears Latin America reopening too fast as Brazil’s Covid-19 deaths surge

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Brazil poised to overtake Italy as world’s third-highest number of fatalities while Mexico confirmed 10,637 deaths

Experts have voiced fears that Latin America’s two largest economies are reopening too fast as a record number of Covid-19 deaths left Brazil poised to overtake Italy as the country with the world’s third-highest number of fatalities.

The South American country recorded 1,262 deaths on Tuesday – a new daily record – taking its official toll to 31,199, not far short of the 33,530 deaths recorded in Italy. Brazil has recorded more than 555,000 infections – second only to the US.

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June 3rd 2020, 4:50 pm

Theresa May attacks Boris Johnson over Brexit and Covid quarantine plans

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Former PM warns of security implications of no deal and threat to trade from travel restrictions

Theresa May has launched a double attack on Boris Johnson’s government, speaking in the Commons to first warn about the security implications of a final no-deal Brexit, and then against the coronavirus quarantine plans.

May, who has largely kept a low profile since returning to the backbenches, used prime minister’s questions to express worry at a lack of possible lack of intelligence and data sharing if the Brexit transition period ends without a formal agreement.

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June 3rd 2020, 4:19 pm

Putin orders state of emergency after huge fuel spill inside Arctic Circle

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President lambasts power plant owner ‘for not reporting earlier’ incident bigger than Kerch spill

Vladimir Putin has ordered a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled into a river inside the Arctic Circle.

The spill occurred when a fuel reservoir at a power plant near the city of Norilsk collapsed on Friday.

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June 3rd 2020, 3:19 pm

German prisoner identified as suspect in disappearance of Madeleine McCann

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Unnamed suspect, in prison on a separate charge, was in the vicinity of Praia de Luz on 3 May 2007

Police have identified a German national as the new prime suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal 13 years ago, as a fresh international appeal for information was launched.

The suspect who is currently in prison in Germany has not been named. He was in the vicinity of the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on the evening of 3 May 2007, and had a telephone conversation that ended just over an hour before the child went missing from the holiday apartment where she had been sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.

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June 3rd 2020, 3:19 pm

Brazil official recorded calling black rights movement ‘scum’

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Sérgio Camargo, who describes himself as a ‘rightwing black man’, made remark in April, according to recording

The man tasked with promoting black culture by Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has been recorded describing the country’s black rights movement as “scum”.

Sérgio Camargo, a fervent Bolsonarista whose appointment as the head of Brazil’s Palmares Cultural Foundation last year caused outrage, made the comments at the end of April, according to a recording obtained by the Estado de São Paulo newspaper.

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June 3rd 2020, 1:18 pm

Covid-19: Greece quarantines all passengers from Qatar flight

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All 91 travellers put in quarantine after 12 test positive, illustrating risk of welcoming back tourists

Greece has been forced to confront the risks of restarting international tourism after authorities announced that 12 out of 91 passengers onboard a Qatar Airlines flight to Athens had tested positive for coronavirus.

The civil protection ministry responded by suspending air links to and from the Arab state until 15 June. All 91 travellers on the flight were immediately placed in quarantine. 

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June 3rd 2020, 11:49 am

Trump administration to bar Chinese airlines from flying to US

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The US will bar Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting on 16 June as it pressures Beijing to allow US air carriers to resume flights, the Trump administration announced on Wednesday.

Related: Warren Buffett dumps US airline stocks, saying 'world has changed' after Covid-19

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June 3rd 2020, 11:49 am

China accuses UK of gross interference over Hong Kong citizenship offer

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‘Serious representations’ made after worries offer could trigger brain drain from region

China’s foreign ministry has accused Britain of “gross interference” in the country’s affairs after Boris Johnson said he would offer millions of Hong Kong residents a path to UK citizenship if Beijing pushed ahead with a controversial security law for the city.

The ministry’s spokesman Zhao Lijian told Britain to “step back … otherwise there will be consequences” and said China had made “serious representations” to London over its offer to holders of British national (overseas) passports.

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June 3rd 2020, 11:49 am

Cabinet Office ignored warning EU voters could miss out in 2019 elections

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Documents show ministers were urged to make preparations before EU parliament elections

The Cabinet Office ignored warnings that EU citizens living in the UK would be disenfranchised in the May 2019 European parliamentary elections if preparations were not made long before polling day, according to internal documents released during legal action against the government.

Details of efforts made by officials to persuade ministers to prepare in advance of voting have been revealed in submissions to the high court in a case launched last year by the3million, a group campaigning on behalf of resident EU citizens.

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June 3rd 2020, 10:02 am

Black lives shattered: outrage as boy, 14, is Brazil police's latest victim

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The racially charged killing of teenager João Pedro Matos Pinto has drawn comparisons to that of George Floyd

João Pedro Matos Pinto was young, gifted and black, and he died last month with an assault rifle shot to his back.

“He had dreams. He wanted to be a top lawyer,” said Neilton da Costa Pinto, the father of the Brazilian teenager, whose shooting during a botched police raid has drawn comparisons to the killing of George Floyd, 9,000km north in Minneapolis.

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June 3rd 2020, 10:02 am

The Gambia demands US investigation into police killing of citizen in Atlanta

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Shooting of Lamin Sisay, son of former UN diplomat, last week prompts outrage as family and friends reject police version of events

The Gambia has demanded the US investigate the police killing one of its citizens, a former UN diplomat’s son.

The shooting of Lamin Sisay, 39, in Atlanta last week prompted anger in the Gambian community, who have described it as another example of the police brutality against black Americans that has prompted country-wide protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

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June 3rd 2020, 10:02 am

'We were packed like sardines': evidence grows of mass-event dangers early in pandemic

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Research appears to back up stories of people who believe they got coronavirus at events UK government allowed to go ahead

The last major football match played in England before all sport was suspended because of the coronavirus crisis was the European Champions League showpiece between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. It was a thrilling contest that transfixed 54,000 people under the floodlights of Anfield.

But now that match, along with many other mass events that the government allowed to go ahead as the pandemic spread in March, is coming under renewed scrutiny as evidence grows of the lethal danger to which people were exposed. They include rugby matches, horse races, musical concerts and dog shows attended, in total, by hundreds of thousands of Britons.

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June 3rd 2020, 9:14 am

Yemeni journalist who backed independence for south is shot dead

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Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, who worked for AFP among others, targeted in his car in Aden

A Yemeni journalist has been shot dead in the southern city of Aden in an incident that is likely to inflame tensions between the government and secessionists seeking independence for the south. 

Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, a 34-year-old photographer and video journalist who worked for news organisations including Agence France-Presse, was shot in his car shortly after leaving his home on Tuesday morning. 

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June 3rd 2020, 8:44 am

'Sarah and Omar have disappeared': children of ex-Saudi official missing since March

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Aljabri family tells of anguish over what they describe as act of vengeance by Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The family of a former senior Saudi intelligence official have told of their anguish over the disappearance of two of his adult children in Riyadh, in what has been described to the Guardian as an act of vengeance by the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to force the official’s return from exile.

The disappearance of Omar and Sarah Aljabri, son and daughter of Saad and Nadyah Aljabri, in March showed how Saudi’s de facto ruler had used the children of his perceived enemies against them, said Khalid Aljabri, the siblings’ older brother.

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June 3rd 2020, 8:14 am

Facebook and Microsoft muscle in on Zoom video-call boom

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Google also aims to be part of rise in teleconferencing during coronavirus crisis

Zoom may be booming as the global coronavirus lockdown moves work and social life to cyberspace but deep-pocketed rivals including Microsoft, Google and Facebook are taking aim as video conferencing becomes a staple of daily life.

On Tuesday, Zoom, which has been catapulted from a relatively unknown video service to a household name during the coronavirus pandemic, reported first-quarter results that were impressive on almost every measure.

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June 3rd 2020, 7:30 am

Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company

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Surgisphere, whose employees appear to include a sci-fi writer and adult content model, provided database behind Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine hydroxychloroquine studies

The World Health Organization and a number of national governments have changed their Covid-19 policies and treatments on the basis of flawed data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company, also calling into question the integrity of key studies published in some of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.

A Guardian investigation can reveal the US-based company Surgisphere, whose handful of employees appear to include a science fiction writer and an adult-content model, has provided data for multiple studies on Covid-19 co-authored by its chief executive, but has so far failed to adequately explain its data or methodology.

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June 3rd 2020, 7:13 am

Global stocks and oil hit three-month highs on strong China services survey – business live

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As reported earlier, Nissan warned again today that its Sunderland manufacturing plant is still under threat if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal.

Related: Nissan's Sunderland plant at risk if UK leaves EU without deal

Sky News is reporting that the Bank of England’s governor, Andrew Bailey, has told banks to step up their plans for a no-deal Brexit. He held a conference call with the UK’s biggest lenders yesterday.

Britain left the EU on 31 January but is still in a transition period, until the end of December. Both sides began a fourth round of virtual negotiations yesterday to try and hammer out a trade agreement before the end of the year.

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June 3rd 2020, 6:43 am

Architect of Sweden's coronavirus strategy admits too many died

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Anders Tegnell defends strategy but says there is ‘potential for improvement’

Sweden’s chief epidemiologist and the architect of its light-touch approach to the coronavirus has acknowledged the country has suffered too many deaths from Covid-19 and should have done more to curb the spread of the virus.

Anders Tegnell, who has previously criticised other countries’ strict lockdowns as not sustainable in the long run, told Swedish Radio on Wednesday that there was “quite obviously a potential for improvement in what we have done” in Sweden.

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June 3rd 2020, 5:42 am

Beijing draws up plans to outlaw criticism of traditional Chinese medicine

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Draft legislation could lead to criminal prosecution for smearing medicinal approach backed by Xi Jinping

Authorities in Beijing are drafting legislation to outlaw criticism of traditional medicine in the Chinese capital.

A notice published by health authorities called for public submissions on the draft, which would ban any individual or organisation from making false or exaggerated claims about traditional Chinese medicine, or using it for illegitimate interests or to damage public interest.

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June 3rd 2020, 2:42 am

Clashes at Paris protest against racism and police violence

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Inspired by the US demonstrations, 20,000 people defied a ban to rally in the streets of the French capital

Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Tuesday after around 20,000 people defied a ban to rally over the 2016 death of a black man in police custody, galvanised by US demonstrations against racism and deadly police violence.

The protesters used slogans from the American protest movement to call for justice for Adama Traore, whose death four years ago has been a rallying cause against police brutality in France.

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June 3rd 2020, 2:12 am

Jane Goodall: humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after Covid-19

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Primatologist calls for overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemic

Humanity will be “finished” if we fail to drastically change our food systems in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis, the prominent naturalist Jane Goodall has warned.

She blamed the emergence of Covid-19 on the over-exploitation of the natural world, which has seen forests cut down, species made extinct and natural habitats destroyed. The coronavirus is thought to have made the jump from animals to humans late last year, possibly originating in a meat market in Wuhan, China.

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June 3rd 2020, 2:12 am

'Sacrificed': anger in China over death of Wuhan doctor from coronavirus

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Hu Weifeng, 42, worked at the same hospital as whistleblower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang

The death of a doctor at Wuhan’s “whistleblower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting frontline health workers in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Hu Weifeng, 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central hospital where the whistleblower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus.

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June 3rd 2020, 1:42 am

Global report: Asian markets at three-month high on hope of Covid-19 recovery

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Australia in recession; record deaths in Brazil; Zoom makes $27m profit in one quarter; South Korea announces huge stimulus

Stock markets in Asia have risen to their highest level for almost three months on the back of renewed optimism that the global economy will recover strongly from the coronavirus crisis. Despite the rising markets, in Australia the treasurer has announced the country is in its first recession for 29 years because of the pandemic.

The spread of the virus has become increasingly alarming in Brazil, which registered another record number of fatalities from Covid-19 on Tuesday, the health ministry said. The situation also worsened elsewhere in Latin America.

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June 3rd 2020, 1:12 am

Republican congressman Steve King loses primary race in Iowa

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Randy Feenstra unseats lawmaker known for racist rhetoric and ties to white nationalists

The controversial Iowa Republican congressman Steve King has been ousted in Tuesday’s primary, losing his re-election race to the state senator Randy Feenstra.

King had faced the re-election fight of his life. The nine-term conservative congressman, who was repeatedly reprimanded by leaders in his own party for racist rhetoric and interactions with white nationalists, found himself in a nightmare situation for an incumbent congressman.

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June 3rd 2020, 1:12 am

Justin Trudeau lost for words over Trump handling of George Floyd protests

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Canadian prime minister pauses for 20 seconds before saying: ‘We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States’

Justin Trudeau, when asked about US president Donald Trump threatening to use the military to quell protests over the police killing of George Floyd, paused for more than 20 seconds before responding that Canadians were observing events in the US with horror.

“We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States,” the Canadian prime minister said on Tuesday at a daily news briefing, after a reporter pressed him on Trump’s idea of using soldiers against protesters.

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June 2nd 2020, 11:06 pm

A restaurant owner, a football star: the people killed as protests spread

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Details of deaths in cities from Louisville to Oakland remain unclear, but many killed were African American

One man was a retired St Louis police captain checking on his friend’s shop. Another was the beloved owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant who provided free meals to officers. Yet another was a man known as “Mr Indianapolis”, a former star football player.

They are among those killed as protests have roiled American cities in the week since the death of George Floyd. Many of the people killed were African Americans, compounding the tragedy for black communities.

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June 2nd 2020, 10:05 pm

George Floyd protest: halt UK riot gear sales to US police, says Labour

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Tory government must act as exports are prohibited if used for internal repression, says Emily Thornberry

Labour has called on the UK to suspend the sale of riot control equipment to the United States and review whether any British-made teargas or crowd control guns were being used against demonstrators across the United States.

Emily Thornberry, the shadow international trade secretary, has written to her opposite number, Liz Truss, arguing it would “be a disgrace” if the UK supplied material that was used by US police or national guard during crisis sparked by the death in police hands of George Floyd.

In her letter the Labour MP said: “If this were any other leader, in any other country in the world, the suspension of any such exports is the least we could expect from the British government in response to their actions, and our historic alliance with the United States is no reason to shirk that responsibility now.”

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June 2nd 2020, 9:53 pm

Cyclone Nisarga: India evacuates 100,000 as Mumbai awaits historic storm

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First cyclone in 70 years for financial capital sparks rush to transfer Covid-19 patients and sanitise temporary shelters

At least 100,000 people including coronavirus patients were being moved to safety as India’s west coast braced for a cyclone – the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in more than 70 years.

Authorities in India’s financial capital, which is struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, evacuated nearly 150 virus patients from a recently built field hospital to a facility with a concrete roof as a precautionary measure, officials said on Tuesday.

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June 2nd 2020, 9:23 pm

Boris Johnson lays out visa offer to nearly 3m Hong Kong citizens

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UK prime minister says all eligible for BNO passport can apply if China cuts freedoms

Boris Johnson has opened the path to what he called one of the “biggest changes” ever to the British visa system, stating he was ready to offer a right to live and work in the UK to any of the nearly 3 million Hong Kong citizens eligible for a British National Overseas passport.

Ministers have been ambivalent since last Thursday on whether the government’s offer of an extendable 12-month visa would be available only to the 350,000 current BNO passport holders in Hong Kong, or would also include the more than 2.5 million eligible to apply for the passport.

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June 2nd 2020, 8:53 pm

Mark Zuckerberg defends decision to allow Trump to threaten violence on Facebook

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CEO says decision was ‘tough’ but ‘thorough’ as company faces harsh criticism and public dissent from employees

Mark Zuckerberg is standing by his decision to allow Donald Trump to threaten violence against George Floyd protesters on the platform despite harsh criticism from civil rights leaders and public dissent from his own employees, including a public resignation.

In a video conference with staff on Tuesday, Zuckerberg said that his decision to not remove Trump’s warning on social media on Friday that “when the looting starts the shooting start” was “tough” but “pretty thorough”, the New York Times reported. The company usually holds an all-staff meeting on Thursdays, but the session was moved up to address growing discontent among employees, hundreds of whom staged a “walkout” on Monday by requesting time off.

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June 2nd 2020, 8:23 pm

Coronavirus live news: India evacuates Covid-19 patients ahead of cyclone as Brazil deaths pass 30,0

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Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Zoom profits double; global cases pass 6.3m. Follow the latest updates

At least 100,000 people, including some coronavirus patients, were being moved to safer locations according to officials Tuesday, as India’s west coast braced for a cyclone, the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in more than 70 years, AFP reports.

Authorities in India’s financial capital, which is struggling to contain the pandemic, evacuated nearly 150 Covid-19 patients from a recently built field hospital to a facility with a concrete roof as a precautionary measure, officials said.

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

I’m Helen Sullivan, and I’ll be bringing you the latest global updates for the next few hours.

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June 2nd 2020, 7:35 pm

'It is much worse': veterans of Hong Kong's 2003 protests fear new law

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Huge demonstrations 17 years ago managed to block Beijing’s bill, but now China threatens a fresh clampdown

On 1 July 2003, in the middle of a sweltering Hong Kong summer, Mak Yin-Ting was among a crush of people trying to get into the tree-fringed Victoria Park. Sweating and crowded close together, people spilled out on to roads and highways where they waited for hours.

The experience was such an anomaly that one man climbed on top of a rubbish bin and shouted: “What the hell is going on?” He was quickly told to shut up and sit down, Mak remembers.

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June 2nd 2020, 6:51 pm

Keir Starmer warns PM: get a grip or risk second wave of coronavirus

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The Labour leader launched a stinging attack on Boris Johnson accusing him of ‘winging it’

Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of causing a collapse in public confidence over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying No 10 will be directly responsible if the infection rate starts to rise again.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the Labour leader launched a stinging attack on the the prime minister, accusing him of “winging it” over the easing of the lockdown and making an already “difficult situation 10 times worse”.

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June 2nd 2020, 5:20 pm

Yemen faces 'macabre tragedy' as aid funding falls short by $1bn

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UN says country is on cliff edge after fundraising summit raises only $1.35bn for the year

Yemen remains on the brink of “a macabre tragedy”, the UN has warned after a humanitarian fundraising summit raised only $1.35bn (£1.05bn) for this year, around $1bn short of the target and only half the sum raised at the equivalent pledging conference last year.

The UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, said unless more money was raised Yemen “will face a horrific outcome at the end of the year”. 

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June 2nd 2020, 4:21 pm

MPs join 90-minute-long queue to vote to end virtual voting

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Critics say move to physically-distant voting puts vulnerable and BAME politicians at risk

MPs are to return to parliament after a government motion was passed to prevent the resumption of virtual voting, despite what one MP called “absurd” scenes of a kilometre-long conga line of politicians trying to vote.

The 527 MPs snaked through Westminster halls and courtyards for an hour and 23 minutes to vote on the proposal by the Commons leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg, which was carried by 261 votes to 163. It incited a furious reaction from many MPs, including those who are shielding and black and ethnic minority (BAME) politicians.

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June 2nd 2020, 4:04 pm

Covid-19 spilling out of hospitals and care homes, says UK expert

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Prof Neil Ferguson tells Lords committee cases will remain steady until September

Coronavirus infections in hospitals and care homes are spilling into the community and sustaining the outbreak to the point that cases will remain steady until September, a leading scientist has warned.

Prof Neil Ferguson, the head of the outbreak modelling group at Imperial College London, said he was shocked at how poorly care homes had been protected from the virus and that infections in UK care homes and hospitals were now feeding into the epidemic in the wider community.

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June 2nd 2020, 3:17 pm

Global report: Germany eases travel ban and cafe culture returns to Paris

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Elsewhere, Italy’s president warns Covid-19 ‘is not over’, and former UK PMs join calls for a coordinated global response

Germany lifted its blanket European travel ban as coronavirus lockdowns across the EU continued to ease, with officials saying new cases in western Europe were now in steady decline.

Parisians reclaimed their cafe terraces and Berliners took back their bars as normal life inched closer to returning in many parts of the continent.

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June 2nd 2020, 1:49 pm

Austria unveils design to turn Hitler’s house into a police station

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Conversion of building where Nazi leader was born will cost €5m and be completed in 1922

Austrian authorities have unveiled a design for turning the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station – while trying to make it unattractive as a pilgrimage site for people who glorify the Nazi dictator.

A design by Austrian architects Marte.Marte beat 11 competitors in an interior ministry tender, officials said on Tuesday. The refurbishment is expected to be completed around the end of 2022 and will cost about €5m (£4.5m).

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June 2nd 2020, 12:00 pm

Spanish police arrest man in his 80s over murder of fellow bingo player

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Police in Fuenlabrada, near Madrid, arrest man who played bingo with 83-year-old victim

Spanish police investigating the murder of an 83-year-old woman who was robbed and killed a year ago have arrested a man in his 80s with whom she used to play bingo.

Officers began their inquiries on 22 May last year after the woman’s care worker became worried by her failure to answer calls.

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June 2nd 2020, 11:48 am

Killing of Kurd in Turkey sparks discrimination accusations

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Three arrested over fatal stabbing of Barış Çakan in Ankara in row over music

The murder of a 20-year-old Kurdish man in Ankara has launched a wave of accusations of discrimination across Turkey over the mistreatment of the ethnic minority. 

Barış Çakan was visiting a park with a friend in Ankara’s Etimesgut neighbourhood on Sunday night when he asked three men to turn down the volume of the music playing from their car during the evening call to prayer. The friend told police that an argument ensued and Çakan was stabbed in the heart and killed, according to a statement from the Ankara governor’s office on Monday. Three suspects were arrested.

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June 2nd 2020, 10:59 am

Raab calls for alliance to force China to step back over Hong Kong

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UK foreign secretary tells MPs Beijing must end its plans for a new national security law

Britain has vowed to build an international alliance of democracies going beyond “the usual suspects” to force China to step back from the brink over its plans for a new national security law in Hong Kong.

In a statement to MPs, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said that by threatening Hong Kong’s autonomy, China “was inexplicably putting at risk what has long been regarded as one of [its] economic jewels”.

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June 2nd 2020, 10:59 am

Grindr dating app removes ethnicity filter to support Black Lives Matter

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Controversial feature will not be part of app’s next release following accusations of hypocrisy

Grindr is removing an “ethnicity filter” from its dating app as part of its support for the Black Lives Matter movement, the company announced on Monday.

The controversial feature, limited to those who stump up £12.99 a month for the premium version of the app, allows users to sort search results based on reported ethnicity, height, weight and other characteristics.

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June 2nd 2020, 10:59 am

EasyJet to resume flights across most European routes by August

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Airline says summer holiday services will run from all its UK airports as Covid-19 travel restrictions lift

EasyJet has announced plans to restart flights across the majority of its routes this summer, with holiday flights from all its UK airports in July and August.

The airline said it would be flying half of its 1,022 routes in July and 75% in August, although with lower frequencies – amounting to just under a third of its normal peak season capacity.

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June 2nd 2020, 10:48 am

Six elephants killed in one day by poachers in Ethiopia

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The deaths in Mago National Park are unprecedented, say officials

Poachers have killed at least six elephants in a single day in Ethiopia, wildlife officials said on Tuesday, the largest such slaughter in memory in the east African nation.

The elephants died last week, when they ventured out of the Mago National Park in the far south of Ethiopia to drink water, Ganabul Bulmi, the park’s chief warden, told reporters.

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June 2nd 2020, 9:59 am

UK fisheries accuse EU of using 'nuclear option' in Brexit talks

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Head of trade body warns of French blockades if deal over fishing rights is not agreed

The UK’s fishing industry has accused the EU of using a “nuclear option” to secure a Brexit deal, warning that it is prepared for blockades by the French if trade talks collapse.

Fishing leaders have also revealed they do not support an extension to the transition period despite being hit badly by the coronavirus pandemic, with the closure of restaurants and hotels affecting sales.

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June 2nd 2020, 8:59 am

Assam oil well still leaking gas one week after blowout

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About 2,500 people evacuated, amid fears that leaking oil and gas has killed river dolphins and birds

An oil well in the Indian state of Assam is still leaking gas “uncontrollably” after a blowout a week ago that it is feared has killed endangered river dolphins and birds and forced 2,500 people to evacuate their homes.

For days authorities have failed to plug the leak from the well in the village of Baghjan after the incident on 27 May. The blowout – an uncontrolled release of oil and gas due to the failure of pressure control systems – sent a fountain of crude oil into the air, “unleashing a hell”, according to local accounts.

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June 2nd 2020, 8:59 am

Mark Zuckerberg criticised by civil rights leaders over Donald Trump Facebook post

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Activists say Facebook boss’s decision to leave ‘shooting threat’ up sets dangerous precedent

Civil rights leaders have criticised Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to take no action against a Facebook post from Donald Trump appearing to threaten to start shooting “looters”, after a Monday night meeting with the company’s executives ended in acrimony.

“We are disappointed and stunned by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,” Vanita Gupta, Sherrilyn Ifill and Rashad Robison said in a statement. “He did not demonstrate understanding of historic or modern-day voter suppression and he refuses to acknowledge how Facebook is facilitating Trump’s call for violence against protesters.

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June 2nd 2020, 7:29 am

China withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings reveal

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Complaints by officials at odds with body’s public praise of Beijing’s response to outbreak

The World Health Organization struggled to get needed information from China during critical early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to recordings of internal meetings that contradict the organisation’s public praise of Beijing’s response to the outbreak.

The recordings, obtained by the Associated Press, show officials complaining in meetings during the week of 6 January that Beijing was not sharing data needed to evaluate the risk of the virus to the rest of the world. It was not until 20 January that China confirmed the coronavirus was contagious and 30 January that the WHO declared a global emergency.

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June 2nd 2020, 7:29 am

Ryanair staff in France accuse airline of 'redundancy blackmail'

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Budget carrier is imposing 20% pay cuts for flight crew and 10% for cabin staff

French flight crew have accused Ryanair of blackmailing them into taking pay cuts or losing their jobs.

The Irish airline, which has warned it may cut up to 3,000 jobs in Europe, told staff in France it was imposing 20% salary cuts for flight crew and 10% for attendants. Those who are already on legal minimum wages will have their hours reduced.

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June 2nd 2020, 7:29 am

Fauci says his contact with Trump has 'dramatically decreased'

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Comments likely to raise fears he is being squeezed out of White House as coronavirus continues to ravage US

Anthony Fauci, the government’s top public health expert and a member of the national coronavirus taskforce, said on Monday that he was no longer in frequent contact with Donald Trump, which is likely to spark fresh fears that he is being frozen out of the White House.

The pandemic continues to ravage communities across the United States, where the death toll on Monday had reached 105,000, and last month Fauci warned the US Congress during a hearing that the virus was not yet under control.

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June 2nd 2020, 7:29 am

Rape and murder of student in church sparks outrage across Nigeria

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Brutality of 22-year-old Vera Uwaila Omozuwa’s killing has shocked the country amid a chorus of demands for justice

Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year-old microbiology student, sought the quiet of her empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, as a place to study. Hours later she was raped and killed in a crime that has sparked outrage across Nigeria. 

Last Wednesday evening, a church security guard found Uwa, as she is known, unconscious in a pool of blood, according to her family.

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June 2nd 2020, 6:13 am

‘We can’t relax’: Europeans face up to life after lockdown

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From Spain to Denmark, even those who have coped with coronavirus are aware the world has changed dramatically

Her customers may be back and there are, miraculously, more of them. Spring is here; the sun is out. No one wants to dwell on what happened; everyone wants to pick up their lives again, same as before.

“But still,” says Sophie Fornairon, “things have changed.”

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June 2nd 2020, 4:28 am

Yemen's hidden migrants risk conflict and coronavirus in fight for survival

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Refugees face violence and disease as they travel across the Red Sea hoping to find work in the Gulf states

Yellow and purple headscarves and patterned dresses made a jarring contrast with the camouflage uniforms worn by soldiers milling around a bullet-ridden checkpoint in the southern Yemeni city of Aden

It was 8am, and the sun was already hot. The family of six – four women and two men from Ethiopia, across the Red Sea – had already walked eight miles (13km) so far that morning. They stopped to ask the soldiers for water before continuing on their journey.

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June 2nd 2020, 4:28 am

Saudi Arabia to co-host UN fundraising summit for Yemen

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Critics call Saudi involvement a ‘bitter irony’ as Yemen fights twin threats of famine and coronavirus

Saudi Arabia, one of the main belligerents in the five-year Yemen civil war, will for the first time act as the co-host of a United Nations humanitarian fund raising summit for Yemen. The virtual summit fund is hoping to raise $2.4bn (£1.9bn) in the second half of the year and stave off the twin threat of famine and coronavirus.

The virtual summit comes as the UN warns Yemen’s health system is buckling under the strain and major aid programs are being cut.

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June 2nd 2020, 2:58 am

Stocks shrug off US unrest, China tensions amid easing of Covid-19 lockdowns - business live

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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as tensions simmer across the US and Hong Kong

Good morning and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, eurozone and business

It’s hard to believe that during a global pandemic, when protests are raging across the US over the killing of George Floyd and geopolitical tensions are simmering over China’s control of Hong Kong, that investors would still be flocking to the equity market. But here we are.

The main focus once again appeared on the longer-term prospects of the easing of lockdowns across the world, though if the violence on US streets continues for much longer US investors might have to cope with a lockdown of a different kind, imposed by the National Guard.

This is something that President Trump hinted he might well do if the various states aren’t able to contain the outbreaks of violence across US cities.

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June 2nd 2020, 2:58 am

Pakistan polio fears as Covid-19 causes millions of children to miss vaccinations

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Officials voice concern as coronavirus halts annual programme in country already struggling against resurgence in cases

In April, almost 40 million children missed their polio drops in Pakistan after the cancellation of the nationwide vaccination campaign. 

Alongside Afghanistan, Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where polio is still endemic. It was very close to becoming  polio free, with only 12 cases in 2018, but last year the number of cases rose to 147. In the same year, Pakistan was  accused of covering up the resurgence of the P2 strain of the virus, which was thought to have been eradicated in 2014. 

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June 2nd 2020, 1:43 am

Football pitch-sized area of tropical rainforest lost every six seconds

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Report also warns Australia will experience more extreme fire seasons due to climate crisis

The amount of pristine tropical rainforest lost across the globe increased last year, as the equivalent of a football pitch disappeared every six seconds, a satellite-based analysis has found.

Nearly 12m hectares of tree cover was lost across the tropics, including nearly 4m hectares of dense, old rainforest that held significant stores of carbon and had been home to a vast array of wildlife, according to data from the University of Maryland.

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June 2nd 2020, 12:56 am

Global report: South Korea trials QR codes for Covid-19 tracing

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Pakistanis told to ‘live with virus’; New Zealand brings forward decision on easing lockdown; Fauci hasn’t spoken to Trump in two weeks; Mexico passes 10,000 deaths

South Korea is testing a new QR code tracing system to track visitors at entertainment venues, restaurants and churches as it battles to contain persistent clusters of infection. It comes as Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, called for people to “live with the virus”.

A church-linked Covid-19 cluster of 40 cases in the Seoul metropolitan area has been the third major flare-up in recent weeks, following more than 250 infections stemming from nightclubs and bars in the capital and at least 112 cases at a logistics centre in Bucheon, west of Seoul.

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June 2nd 2020, 12:26 am

US may take in Hongkongers ahead of China security laws, Pompeo suggests

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Secretary of state says he is considering immigration option similar to move announced last week by UK

The US is considering letting people who no longer “feel comfortable” in Hong Kong move to the US, secretary of state Mike Pompeo has suggested.

The comments, made in a conversation with the American Enterprise Institute on Friday, come amid worsening relations between the two countries over China’s moves to impose national security laws on the semi-autonomous region.

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June 2nd 2020, 12:13 am

Avatar 2 crew fly in to coronavirus row in New Zealand

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James Cameron and 55 crew have been given permission to enter country, angering those who have suffered under strict lockdown

The international crew of Avatar 2 have been given special permission to enter New Zealand to begin filming the blockbuster sequel – despite the country’s border being closed to all foreign nationals.

On 16 March, prime minister Jacinda Ardern closed New Zealand’s borders as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19.

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June 1st 2020, 10:41 pm

Emily Maitlis back on Newsnight in wake of Cummings row

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BBC presenter returns for first time since being ruled to have broken impartiality guidelines

Emily Maitlis returned to presenting Newsnight on Monday for the first time since the controversy over her comments on Boris Johnson’s top aide.

The presenter was found to have broken the BBC’s impartiality guidelines following her monologue on Dominic Cummings last week. In her introduction to that show, Maitlis said Cummings had “broken the rules” when he travelled from London to Durham during lockdown and “the country can see that, and it’s shocked the government cannot”.

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June 1st 2020, 9:11 pm

Coronavirus live news: Dr Fauci says he hasn't spoken to Trump in two weeks as Pakistanis told to 'l

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UK’s 14-day quarantine rules criticised as ‘ridiculous’; Global deaths pass 375,000; Spain reports no new deaths for the first time since March. Follow the latest updates

There have been at least 375,208 known deaths worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic so far, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.

There are at least 6,259,887 cases globally.

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Pakistanis are being urged to “live with the virus” as the country’s prime minister Imran Khan pushes ahead with a plan to lift lockdown restrictions despite rising infections and deaths, citing the economic losses being suffered.

Our conditions don’t allow that we keep feeding money to them, how long we can give them money.

This virus will spread more. I have to say it with regret that there will be more deaths. If people do take care they can live with the virus.

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June 1st 2020, 9:11 pm

'Fear will always be there': Covid-free island prepares to bring home stranded citizens

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Pacific nation of Palau tries to balance citizens’ right to return, with protecting its coronavirus-free status

For 143 Palau citizens trapped overseas by coronavirus travel restrictions, the journey home, always long, will be especially tortuous. To reach their Pacific island home they face six long weeks of quarantine – two in Guam, two in a hotel in Palau, and then another two weeks of self-isolation at home. They will also face at least five Covid-19 tests.

But some Palauans fear that even these measures will not be enough.

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June 1st 2020, 7:24 pm

WHO warns overuse of antibiotics for Covid-19 will cause more deaths

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Director-general says “worrying number” of bacteria are becoming resistant to medicines

The increased use of antibiotics to combat the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them.

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June 1st 2020, 6:10 pm

Critics round on No 10 over 'ridiculous' rules for 14-day quarantine

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Exclusive: Opponents claim exemptions to rules could mean great economic pain for little public health benefit

Tens of thousands of new arrivals to the UK will be able to go food shopping, change accommodation and use public transport from airports during a 14-day quarantine imposed to prevent a second wave of coronavirus, under draft plans to be laid before parliament.

The Guardian understands that about a fifth of people are expected to receive a spot-check to ensure that they are staying at the address or addresses they have provided to the authorities, but enforcement of the quarantine will be limited.

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June 1st 2020, 5:24 pm

US activist sues former Egyptian prime minister over arrest and torture

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A US activist arrested as part of a brutal crackdown in Cairo has filed a lawsuit against a former Egyptian prime minister who now lives in Washington DC, arguing he was targeted for assassination, arrest and torture. 

Mohamed Soltan was arrested following the violent dispersal of protesters in Cairo in 2013. Court documents chronicle the extensive physical torture Soltan suffered in multiple detention facilities during his 643-day detention, including beatings, denial of medical treatment and cigarette burns to the back of his neck.

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June 1st 2020, 3:48 pm

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn

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Analysis shows 500 species on brink of extinction – as many as were lost over previous century

The sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating, according to an analysis by scientists who warn it may be a tipping point for the collapse of civilisation.

More than 500 species of land animals were found to be on the brink of extinction and likely to be lost within 20 years. In comparison, the same number were lost over the whole of the last century. Without the human destruction of nature, even this rate of loss would have taken thousands of years, the scientists said.

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June 1st 2020, 3:18 pm

Donald Trump offers to invite Vladimir Putin to expanded G7 summit

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US president initiated call with Russian leader, according to Kremlin account, where they discussed pandemic, oil and space

Donald Trump has offered to invite Vladimir Putin to an expanded G7 meeting in September, but the invitation has already been adamantly opposed by the UK and Canada.

According to a Kremlin account on Monday, the US president initiated the call, in which the two leaders talked about the coronavirus pandemic, oil prices and cooperation in space, as well as Trump’s postponement of a planned G7 summit at Camp David this month and the inclusion of other countries.

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June 1st 2020, 3:07 pm

EU has no legal duty to give UK trade privileges, document says

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European parliament paper concludes EU does not have to offer privileges given to other countries in previous trade deals

The European Union has no legal duty to grant the UK privileges offered to other countries in trade deals, an internal European parliament paper has concluded ahead of a crucial round of Brexit talks this week.

The document, drawn up by officials for the parliament’s UK co-ordination group, is a short analysis of arguments made by the UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, in a letter to his counterpart Michel Barnier. Frost accused the EU of treating the UK as an “unworthy” negotiating partner by denying the UK “the kind of well-precedented arrangements commonplace in modern FTAs”.

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June 1st 2020, 11:47 am

'Palestinian lives matter': Israeli police killing of autistic man draws US comparison

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Caregiver for Iyad Halak said she told police he was disabled shortly before he was shot

A caregiver for an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man killed in Jerusalem by Israeli police has said she repeatedly warned officers he was disabled before they opened fire, in a case that has drawn parallels with US police violence.

The body of Iyad Halak, 32, was buried late on Sunday night.

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June 1st 2020, 10:01 am

Iran's rapid rise in Covid-19 cases stokes fears of second wave

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Health ministry reports 3,000 new cases in 24 hours after lockdown was eased in April

Fears that Iran is in the grip of a second wave of coronavirus have been reinforced, with the health ministry saying 3,000 new cases were recorded in 24 hours – the highest figure for two months.

The Islamic Republic, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East, started easing its lockdown in April after a drop in deaths.

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June 1st 2020, 10:01 am

Hong Kong police ban Tiananmen memorial vigil, citing Covid-19

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Announcement means event will not be held for first time since massacre in 1989

Hong Kong police have formally banned this week’s vigil for the Tiananmen Square massacre, citing Covid-19 measures.

The move had been expected, especially after the Hong Kong government extended its ban on public gatherings in groups larger than eight, but the announcement confirms that for the first time since the Chinese military killed untold numbers of protesters on 4 June 1989, there will be no commemorative event.

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June 1st 2020, 9:47 am

Assange misses court hearing amid calls in Australia for his release

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WikiLeaks founder ‘too ill’ to attend extradition hearing in London via videolink

A coalition of Australian MPs, human rights advocates and journalists have called on their country’s government to intervene in the case of Julian Assange, who was said to be too ill to attend the latest court hearing of his extradition case.

The imprisoned WikiLeaks founder was unable to attend via video link because of ill health and advice from his doctors, according to his partner Stella Moris.

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June 1st 2020, 9:47 am

Spate of possible UK coronavirus cases from 2019 come to light

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Deaths of people thought caused by other respiratory infections are being re-examined by doctors

A day before the first confirmed fatality from coronavirus outside mainland China was reported on 2 February this year, the death of the influential guitarist and musician Andy Gill was announced. The 64-year-old, who fronted the post-punk band Gang of Four, died of pneumonia after two weeks in St Thomas’ hospital in London.

The trajectory of Gill’s illness, which took medics looking after him in January by surprise, is now familiar – sudden deterioration, low oxygen levels and organ failure. He had fallen sick after his band returned from a trip to China in late November. A short time later, his 26-year-old tour manager was taken to hospital in Leeds with a severe respiratory infection.

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June 1st 2020, 7:29 am

Facebook workers rebel over Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to act against Trump

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Employees make rare display of dissent after site left up post that was hidden by Twitter

Facebook employees are staging a rebellion over Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to act against Donald Trump, taking to social media to express their dissatisfaction with their boss in a rare display of dissent from within the company.

Disagreement came from employees at all levels of the company, including some senior staff. Particular criticism was levelled at Zuckerberg’s personal decision to leave up the Facebook version of a tweet sent by Trump in which the president appeared to encourage police to shoot rioters. By contrast, Twitter hid the message behind a warning.

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June 1st 2020, 7:29 am

Stocks rise despite US protests and US-China jitters – business live

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Gold and silver also climb as US cities rocked by protests over killing of George Floyd

The final reading for Spain’s manufacturing PMI for May is out. At 38.3, it’s slightly better than previously thought, but still indicates a sharp contraction, being far below the 50 mark that separates contraction from expansion.

Paul Smith, economics director at IHS Markit, which compiled the survey, said:

Spain’s manufacturing sector remained mired in a deep downturn during May as the difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic continued to weigh on goods producers.

Whilst there were reports of factories coming back online in response to the slight easing of lockdown restrictions, low demand, constraints on economic activity and difficulties in sourcing inputs inevitably weighed on production.

Spain May manufacturing PMI 38.3 vs 37.8 expected https://t.co/PlaKurNKBq | https://t.co/VOmsi4fwOp #forex #trading pic.twitter.com/C9js3VTDg5

Stock markets are rallying, as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased further and traders shrug off the rioting in the US. The FTSE 100 index in London is trading 1.4% higher at 6,162. France’s CAC 40 is 1.7% ahead, Italy’s FTSE MiB is up 1.4% and Spain’s Ibex opened 2% higher. Germany is closed for the Whitsun holiday.

In the UK, English primary schools have reopened for some younger children for the first time since the lockdown began 10 weeks ago, although many parents planned to keep their children at home. Car showrooms and outdoor markets are also allowed to open again from today, and up to six people can meet outside in England, at a 2m distance.

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June 1st 2020, 3:59 am

Bid for first eco-labelled bluefin tuna raises fears for protection of ‘king of fish’

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Conservationists warn the species, which was almost extinct 10 years ago, could be under threat if Japanese fishery is MSC certified

A decade ago, the highly prized “king of fish”, the bluefin tuna, was taken off menus in high-end restaurants and shunned by top chefs, amid warnings by environmentalists that it was being driven to extinction. Recent assessments of Atlantic bluefin tuna, which can grow to the size of a small car and live for up to 40 years, have shown much healthier populations.

But now conservationists and scientists are warning that the largest and most valuable tuna species could once again be under threat if a Japanese bluefin fishery in the Atlantic Ocean is awarded an internationally recognised “ecolabel” they claim is based on flawed science.

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June 1st 2020, 2:41 am

UK hospitals to trial five new drugs in search for coronavirus treatment

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Exclusive: thirty hospitals looking to sign up hundreds of patients to take part in studies

Five new drugs are to be trialled in 30 hospitals across the country in the race to find a treatment for Covid-19, it has emerged.

Just days after global trials of hydroxychloroquine, the drug promoted by Donald Trump as a cure, were halted, British scientists are looking to sign up hundreds of patients for trials of medicines they hope will prevent people becoming ill enough to need intensive care or ventilators.

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June 1st 2020, 2:27 am

Australia’s NRL fan cardboard cut-out scheme turns sour after use of Hitler and mass murderer Harold

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What started out as a fun and inclusive initiative has turned sour after the NRL’s scheme to put cardboard cut-outs of fans in stadiums was hijacked.

Over the weekend a photograph of mass murderer Harold Shipman made an appearance in the stands, then a TV sketch featured an image of Adolf Hitler, prompting furious criticism from Australia’s Jewish community.

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June 1st 2020, 1:40 am

Global report: Wuhan reports no asymptomatic cases for first time

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Chinese city marks recovery milestone; English health officials voice concern over loosened lockdown; Brazil pass 500,000 cases

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the Covid-19 pandemic began, reported no new asymptomatic cases for the first time on Sunday, according to Chinese health officials.

Mainland China reported 16 new cases overall on Sunday, the highest daily number in three weeks. All were reported as imported cases – 11 in Sichuan province, three in Inner Mongolia, and two in Guangdong.

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June 1st 2020, 1:40 am

India expels Pakistan officials, accusing them of spying

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Pakistan calls the allegations ‘baseless’ after two officials at high commission given 24 hours to leave

Two officials at Pakistan’s high commission have been expelled for “espionage activities”, India’s foreign ministry said late on Sunday, allegations its nuclear-armed rival called “baseless”.

The ministry said in a statement: “The government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission.”

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May 31st 2020, 9:52 pm

Taika Waititi awarded Queen's birthday honour for services to film

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Actor and director is made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit and joins more than 170 New Zealanders on the list

Oscar-winning director Taika Waititi has been honoured on New Zealand’s Queen’s birthday list for services to film.

The 44-year-old Māori man who hails from the east coast of the North Island has been made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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May 31st 2020, 9:52 pm

YouTube star Jake Paul denies looting Arizona mall during George Floyd protests

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The YouTube star Jake Paul has denied taking part in looting at an Arizona mall on Saturday night.

Video emerged on Sunday of Paul standing inside a looted mall in Scottsdale.

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May 31st 2020, 8:51 pm

Northern Ireland faces 'potent threat' from Brexit and Covid-19

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Lords committee warns uncertainty over trading rules may add to economic damage of crisis

Northern Ireland faces a “potent threat” to its prosperity and stability if reduced business confidence due to uncertainty over post-Brexit trading rules compounds the economic damage from coronavirus, a Lords committee has warned.

A fourth round of talks between the UK and EU over a permanent deal begins this week, with little apparent progress made, and the looming deadline of 1 July for the UK to seek an extension to the transition period beyond this year.

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May 31st 2020, 8:21 pm

Fears in Papua New Guinea over reports of China Mobile buying major phone carrier Digicel

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Speculation that the beleaguered mobile phone operator will be sold to Chinese telco has sparked security concerns

Speculation that mobile phone operator Digicel is considering selling the Papua New Guinea business that is considered the jewel in the financially troubled empire’s crown has sparked concern within the country over Beijing’s growing influence in PNG.

The Digicel conglomerate, which is controlled by Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, surprised many of its users in PNG by filing bankruptcy proceedings earlier this month in Bermuda and the US, where it owes billions of dollars.

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May 31st 2020, 8:21 pm

Coronavirus live news: Brazil passes 500,000 Covid-19 cases as India extends lockdown in 'high-risk'

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Spanish PM seeks to extend state of emergency; Saudi Arabia reopens mosques; UK ministers defend easing lockdown. Follow the latest updates

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil has passed 500,000 cases of coronavirus as the White House announced it was sending 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine and 1,000 ventilators to the country. The move to send Brazil the anti-malarial drug comes despite medical warnings about the risks associated with it and just days after the WHO suspended testing it on Covid-19 patients due to health concerns. Mass protests in Brazil and in the US over the weekend have fuelled fears of a surge in cases.

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May 31st 2020, 7:51 pm

Seven former foreign secretaries urge UK to take lead on Hong Kong

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Cross-party initiative reflects concern response to China’s imposition of security laws cannot be left to Donald Trump

Britain must take the lead in co-ordinating the international response to China’s efforts to impose draconian security laws in Hong Kong, seven former Conservative and Labour UK foreign secretaries have come together to declare.

Related: Hong Kong officials lash out at Trump plan to strip city of special status

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May 31st 2020, 7:51 pm

Christo, artist who wrapped the Reichstag, dies aged 84

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Bulgarian creator of large-scale public artworks worked in collaboration with wife Jeanne-Claude

The artist Christo, known for wrapping buildings including Berlin’s Reichstag, and also swathing areas of coast and entire islands in fabric, has died aged 84. The news was confirmed on his official Facebook page, which said that he died of natural causes at his home in New York.

Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Bulgaria, Christo studied in Sofia and then defected to the west in 1957, stowing away on a train from Prague to Vienna. Two years later he met Frenchwoman Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, who would become his artistic partner and wife until her death in 2009.

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May 31st 2020, 6:02 pm

Democrats to interview state department watchdog fired by Trump

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Members of three House and Senate committees will on Wednesday interview Steve Linick, the state department inspector general who was fired abruptly by Donald Trump.

Related: Trump justice department forces out top FBI lawyer in Flynn case – report

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May 31st 2020, 4:47 pm

Covid-19 misinformation: pro-Trump and QAnon Twitter bots found to be worst offenders

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Researchers find coordinated effort to promote conspiracy theory that coronavirus is a bioweapon engineered by China

Misinformation about the origins of Covid-19 is far more likely to be spread by pro-Trump, QAnon or Republican bots on Twitter than any other source, according to a study commissioned by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.

In late March, when the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold in the US and across much of the rest of the world, two researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Timothy Graham and Axel Bruns, analysed 2.6m tweets related to coronavirus, and 25.5m retweets of those tweets, over the course of 10 days.

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May 31st 2020, 2:45 pm

Health officials make last-minute plea to stop lockdown easing in England

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Royal College of Nursing also fears lifting of more restrictions on ‘happy Monday’ is too early

Senior public health officials have made a last-minute plea for ministers to scrap Monday’s easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, warning the country is unprepared to deal with any surge in infection and that public resolve to take steps to limit transmisson has been eroded.

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) said new rules, including allowing groups of up to six people to meet outdoors and in private gardens, were “not supported by the science” and that pictures of crowded beaches and beauty spots over the weekend showed “the public is not keeping to social distancing as it was”.

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May 31st 2020, 2:45 pm

Brazil’s left and right unite to launch pro-democracy manifesto

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Public figures call for unity against Jair Bolsonaro as criticism of president’s handling of coronavirus pandemic grows

Prominent figures from across Brazil’s political spectrum have a published a high-profile manifesto calling for a united front to protect Brazilian democracy and lives amid growing alarm over president Jair Bolsonaro’s authoritarian outbursts and shambolic response to coronavirus.

The Movimento Estamos Juntos (We’re In This Together Movement) was launched on Saturday as Brazil overtook France to become the country with the fourth highest official death toll. About a thousand coronavirus deaths are being confirmed each day as Latin America’s biggest economy cements itself as a major focus of the pandemic.

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May 31st 2020, 1:14 pm

SpaceX Dragon crew capsule docks at International Space Station

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A mere 19 hours after blasting off from Florida, and with a short break for some Black Sabbath music in between, two Nasa astronauts docked the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday in another milestone moment for their historic mission.

The precision move 262 miles about Earth, both spacecraft traveling at 17,500mph, was the first time since July 2011 that a US-built human-rated vehicle, the long-retired space shuttle Atlantis, had completed such a rendezvous.

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May 31st 2020, 12:14 pm

Global report: fears of coronavirus surge from US protests as world cases hit 6m

World news | The Guardian

The pope warns that people are more important than economies as countries ease lockdowns

Global coronavirus infections have passed the 6 million mark as Latin America hit the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths with Brazil alone accounting for half of those fatalities.

With at least 369,000 deaths confirmed worldwide since the pandemic began in China in January – and that number believed to be an underestimate – Brazil’s virus death toll of 28,834 has now surpassed that of France with the country reporting 33,274 new infections reported in the past 24 hours.

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May 31st 2020, 12:14 pm
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