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Hongkongers queue to buy Apple Daily copies after editor-in-chief arrested #
Public outpouring of support for tabloid after raid on offices by national security policeHongkongers queued at city news stands before dawn on Friday to buy the latest edition of the Apple Daily newspaper, a day after national security police arrested its editor-in-chief and four other directors.On Thursday morning hundreds of officers from the Hong Kong police national security department raided the homes of the employees, including editor-in-chef Ryan Law, and the Apple Daily newsroom for the second time in less than a year. It froze millions of dollars in company assets. Continue reading...
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Belgium’s climate failures violate human rights, court rules #
Judges say state’s failure to meet climate targets breaches civil law and human rights conventionBelgium’s failure to meet climate targets is a violation of human rights, a Brussels court has ruled, in the latest legal victory against public authorities that have broken promises to tackle the climate emergency.The Brussels court of first instance declared the Belgian state had committed an offence under Belgian’s civil law and breached the European convention on human rights. Continue reading...
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Juneteenth becomes federal holiday celebrating end of slavery in US #
Biden signs bill at jubilant ceremony as US takes steps to confront shameful historyThe US will officially recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, as a federal holiday after Joe Biden signed a bill into law on Thursday.At a jubilant White House ceremony, the president emphasized the need for the US to reckon with its history, even when that history is shameful. Continue reading...
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Bear shot dead after rampage through Sapporo in Japan #
Animal ‘exterminated’ after it bounded through the city, injuring four peopleHunters have shot and killed a brown bear in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo after it rampaged through the city, injuring four people, including a soldier.Authorities in Sapporo tweeted on Friday that the bear had been “exterminated”, with a local television station saying hunters had shot the bear. Continue reading...
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Low election turnout could spell trouble for Iran regime, experts say #
Islamic republic’s leaders may face crisis of legitimacy if disillusioned Iranians stay away from pollsThe 2021 Iranian presidential election will mark a turning point in the country’s history and a fundamental crisis of legitimacy for the regime if turnout fed by disillusionment falls below 50%, according to leading experts.The election – in effect a contest between the hardline chief of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, and the quasi-reformist former governor of the central bank Abdolnaser Hemmati – has been one of the most engineered in the history of the Islamic republic. Continue reading...
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Golden Globes: two members resign from ‘toxic’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association #
Wenting Xu and Diederik van Hoogstraten cite resistance to change, watered down diversity rules and a culture of fearTwo members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the body that organises the Golden Globes, have resigned, denouncing the organisation as “toxic” in a letter obtained by the LA Times.In their letter, Wenting Xu and Diederik van Hoogstraten said that “staying inside the association is no longer tenable for us”. They list a number of reasons, including that “the majority of the membership resists deep change”, new rules to improved diversity have been “watered down”, and that “fear of retribution, self-dealing, corruption and verbal abuse” are still central to the HFPA’s culture. Continue reading...
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ByteDance revenues more than double on back of TikTok boom #
Owner of video-sharing app also reports a 93% increase in gross profit to $19bn in 2020ByteDance, the Chinese parent of TikTok, more than doubled its revenues last year as usage of the hugely popular video app boomed.The company, which last year weathered pressure from Donald Trump to sell its US operation as part of a trade war with China, reported a 111% increase in revenues to $34.3bn (£24.7bn). Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson says Tory loss in Chesham and Amersham byelection ‘disappointing’ – UK politics live #
PM claims ‘particular circumstances’ behind Lib Dem victory as Lib Dem leader Ed Davey says party is threat to Conservatives now Lib Dems can topple Tory ‘blue wall’ in south of England, says DaveyByelection win suggests trouble for Tories in ‘blue wall’Lib Dems win Chesham and Amersham byelection in stunning upsetGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.44pm BST Alok Sharma, the former business secretary and now Cop26 climate summit president, tells the BBC he has “spent 11 years cultivating this image of someone extremely boring” and that his style of politics is “a minimum of fuss”."I've spent 11 years cultivating this image of someone extremely boring"Former business secretary and now COP26 climate summit president Alok Sharma talks to @BBCNickRobinson about his style of politics: "a minimum of fuss"#PoliticalThinking https://t.co/G0kUdzhQ7l pic.twitter.com/IuO3eLcBvY 3.39pm BST Voters in Chesham say planning policy, HS2 and the environment are among the issues that led them to vote for the Liberal Democrats. In a report by PA, who has been speaking to constituents of the Buckinghamshire market town, voters said they were “fed up and furious over the building of HS2” and that they felt “ignored” by the Conservatives, who have represented them since 1974. I just wanted to see a change. Like many, I’m so fed up and furious over the building of HS2. It’s a big, big bugbear for me.My partner lives in Maidenhead and I used to be able to travel there in 30 minutes or so, now it takes me at least two hours. It’s chaotic.It’s been really hard as she’s become ill. I don’t think they realise how many people it has affected. I voted for the Lib Dems so I’m happy. Firstly, I don’t trust the Tories but secondly they [Liberal Democrats] have promised a lot to the younger generation. But also one of the things that swayed me was they actually turned up to the Palestine-Israel demonstration. It made me think that they cared. Continue reading...
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Tokyo Olympics athletes warned not to use 160,000 free condoms #
Organisers say condoms are souvenirs to take homeCompetitors must ‘avoid unnecessary forms’ of contactThe organisers of the 2020 Olympics have repeatedly vowed to put on a “safe and secure” Games during the coronavirus pandemic. But safe sex – or anything approaching intimacy for that matter – will be forbidden for athletes competing in Tokyo.The International Olympic Committee this week repeated demands that residents of the Olympic village must observe social distancing guidelines to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19, threatening rule-breakers with a range of penalties, including fines, disqualification or even deportation. Continue reading...
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Ukraine’s inseparable couple ditch handcuffs and go separate ways #
After 123 days, Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova decide they were not meant to be togetherAfter 123 days handcuffed together to save their on-again off-again relationship, Ukrainians Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova have split up, shedding their bonds on national TV and saying the experiment had brought home uncomfortable truths.The couple, from the eastern city of Kharkiv, decided to handcuff themselves together on Valentine’s Day in a last-ditch attempt to break the cycle of breaking up and making up. Continue reading...
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Linen condoms and bed curtains: tour exposes history of sex in Scotland #
National Trust for Scotland presents exploration of intimacy from 17th to 20th centuryThe chafing doesn’t bear thinking about. A replica linen condom secured with a dainty blue ribbon is one of the more wince-inducing props for a new exploration of the history of sex and intimate lives in Scotland.The other material used to fashion prophylactics in the 17th century was animal gut, which was dried then rehydrated at the crucial moment. The Edinburgh-born diarist James Boswell writes about dipping one in a river before intercourse. He was adamant about their use to ward off venereal disease, but still recorded numerous painful bouts of infection in his journals. Continue reading...
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In hunt for Covid’s origin, new studies point away from lab leak theory #
Amid the heavily politicised debate, a lot of evidence now points to a natural spillover event – but other causes cannot be ruled outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has raised so many questions as it has continued its inexorable spread across the planet, but perhaps the first of them remains the most contentious: where did Sars-CoV-2 come from?In recent weeks there has been renewed focus on whether it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory. However, new findings strengthen the case for a natural origin, in what has become a heavily politicised debate. Continue reading...
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A silent decimation: South America’s losing battle against Covid #
Strained and underfunded health systems, economics and misinformation have all led to a surge in deathsThe cold, tired and desperate relatives camped outside the Barrio Obrero general hospital in Asunción don’t need charts or datasets to confirm what they can see with their own eyes.As Paraguay records the world’s highest daily proportion of Covid deaths, the huddled families wait for news of their loved ones – and for the sudden requests for medicine and supplies that the country’s chronically underfunded health system cannot provide. Continue reading...
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Covid live: Delta variant becoming globally dominant, WHO says as expert calls Africa’s case trajectory ‘very, very concerning’ #
WHO expert says Delta variant becoming dominant because of its increased transmissibility as underreporting in Africa means case levels are worryingCases of Covid Delta variant in UK rise to over 75,000, says PHEA silent decimation: South America’s losing battle against CovidWales delays easing Covid restrictions by four weeksUK minister won’t tell workers to return to office when lockdown endsSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.50pm BST Russia’s government on Friday blamed the country’s low uptake of Covid-19 vaccinations on “nihilism”, Reuters reports:Five months into the campaign, and a growing battery of threats as well as incentives, by June 2 only 18 million Russians had received at least one dose of vaccine. Vaccinations are even available in department stores. But at just one-eighth of the population, that figure, the most recent available, is far lower than in most Western countries. 3.34pm BST Turkey has sharply accelerated Covid-19 vaccinations this week, delivering more than 1 million a day since Monday, raising hopes of a strong economic performance in the second half of the year. Reuters reports:The vaccination programme has been constrained since its launch in January by sporadic vaccine procurement, but fresh supplies arrived this month. On Friday inoculations passed the 40 million mark and 40% of adults had had at least one dose, according to a Reuters tally. Since Monday more than 6 million had been vaccinated, Health Ministry data showed, 5 million of them receiving a first dose. Continue reading...
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Poems not proms: England’s schools give leavers send-off in Covid times #
Headteachers across the country have been forced to get inventive to recreate a sense of occasionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHeadteacher Ben Davis bowed to the inevitable this week and wrote to all of his year-11 pupils and their families to inform them that the school prom – the now-fashionable highlight at the end of secondary school – had been postponed.The hotel that was to have hosted the event contacted the school to say that in the light of the prime minister’s announcement on Monday that final Covid restrictions were to remain in place for another month, the prom could sadly no longer go ahead. Continue reading...
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Why brutal protests have been sweeping across Colombia – video explainer #
From the Amazon to the Caribbean coast, several weeks of protests have swept Colombia – dozens have died as demonstrators have faced sometimes deadly retaliation from police. The catalyst was a proposed tax hike, since withdrawn, in response to the coronavirus crisis. Demands expanded to calls to end inequality, economic disparity and police violence in Colombia – in almost two months, demonstrations have caused food and goods shortages.Protest leaders have temporarily suspended in-person demonstrations due to a rise in Covid cases, but Joe Parkin Daniels, reporting for the Guardian, explains why this widespread discontent is unlikely to end ‘This is a revolution’: the faces of Colombia’s protests Continue reading...
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‘Just don’t show her body!’ Netflix makes a true crime show with a difference #
A Murder in West Cork delves into the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier – but this doc makes her more than a victim. Its creators discuss how they fused intrigue with empathyOn the morning of 23 December 1996, Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found murdered in a lane near Schull, West Cork. She was 39 years old and a regular visitor to Ireland from Paris, where she lived with her husband, a celebrated film-maker, and 13-year-old son, Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud. Her death transfixed the media in both Ireland and Paris, partly because it was just so jarring. The murder rate in Ireland was so low that there was only one state pathologist, and it took him 28 hours to reach the scene.It was close to Christmas. Sarah Lambert, the producer of Netflix’s new documentary, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, struggles to underline how big a deal this was. “More so in Ireland than a lot of other countries, Christmas is such a family time. I know a lot of married couples that will separate and go back to their parents. People were flabbergasted that she, a mother, would be there by herself so late in December.” The location was so remote, the community so tight-knit, that such violence seemed incongruous. It was expected there would be a swift resolution. In a place where you couldn’t buy a new cardigan without everyone knowing about it, how would anyone get away with murder? Continue reading...
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Why did Edwin Poots resign as DUP leader and who will replace him? #
Analysis: the leader of the DUP in Northern Ireland has quit after just 21 days in the jobEdwin Poots has resigned as leader of the Democratic Unionist party after just 21 days in the job. What has prompted the latest dramatic development in the leadership of Northern Ireland’s biggest party? Continue reading...
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How to eat: Nutella #
This month, How to Eat is digging into the chocolate spread. Is it best on croissants, pancakes or ice-cream? Why does it bang with bananas? And could the connoisseurs’ serve be straight from the jar?The subject of heists in Germany and chaos in French supermarkets, blessed by the high priests of the kitchen pass (Nigella, Yotam) but also slathered on chips in Aberdeen, Nutella’s popularity knows no bounds.It is less a hazelnut chocolate spread (other brands are available but, honestly, have you ever tried them?) than a global phenomenon. One that has turned its Italian parent company, Ferrero, into a circa €12bn-a-year business, created a secondary market in jar locks and resonates in the news cycle in endlessly unexpected ways: from the pre-match snacking of Brentford FC midfield “machine” Vitaly Janelt to (and, no, the date on this is not 1 April) plans to sterilise Britain’s grey squirrel population. Continue reading...
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The best video games of 2021 so far #
Hostile alien planets, giant vampire women and a jazz age murder mystery – plus some old favourites, rebooted – are among the best games released this yearPCA gentle, board game style town building sim, which has you matching hexagonal landscape tiles to craft unique locations, laying on further puzzles and pleasures as you go.What we said: “This is game-playing at its most thoughtfully relaxing, with that rare chance, in video games, to be the architect of a world, rather than its conqueror.” Read the full review. Continue reading...
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‘We have more in common than what separates us’: refugee stories, told by refugees #
In One Thousand Dreams, award-winning photographer Robin Hammond hands the camera to refugees. Often reduced by the media’s toxic or well-meaning narratives, the portraits and interviews capture a different and more complex tale‘Never stop dreaming’: refugees get behind the camera – in picturesRobin Hammond has spent two decades crisscrossing the developing world and telling other people’s stories. From photographing the Rohingya forced out of Myanmar and rape survivors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to documenting the lives of people in countries where their sexuality is illegal, his work has earned him award after award.But for his latest project the photographer has embarked on a paradigm shift: to remove himself – and others like him – from the process entirely. Instead, as part of an in-depth exploration of the refugee experience in Europe, the stories of those featured are told by those who, arguably, know them best: other refugees. Continue reading...
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Scotland’s Covid travel ban extended to Manchester and Salford #
Nicola Sturgeon prohibits non-essential travel as Delta variant spreads through north of EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has imposed a travel ban between Scotland and Manchester and Salford as a result of rising Covid cases.The restrictions, which will come into force from Monday, add to travel limits put in place last month as the Delta variant spread rapidly through the north of England. Continue reading...
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Swiss court convicts Liberian rebel of rape, killings and cannibalism #
Alieu Kosiah gets maximum 20-year sentence in Switzerland’s first war crimes trial in a civilian courtA Liberian rebel commander has been sentenced in Switzerland to 20 years in jail for rape, killings and an act of cannibalism, in one of the first convictions over the west African country’s civil war.The case was also Switzerland’s first war crimes trial in a civilian court. It involved 46-year-old Alieu Kosiah, who went by the nom de guerre “bluff boy” in the rebel faction Ulimo that fought former President Charles Taylor’s army in the 1990s. Continue reading...
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Republicans slap down Manchin’s voting rights compromise – US politics live #
Mitch McConnell says proposal is ‘rotten to the core’Manchin’s plan tries to attract bipartisan support in Senate 3.52pm BST Ian Millhiser of Vox explains that Joe Manchin’s compromise proposal on a voting rights bill includes some provisions that will likely irritate his fellow Democrats. However, if it could become law, and that is big if with the Senate filibuster in place, it would mark a significant achievement for Democrats. Manchin’s list includes many reforms drawn from the For the People Act as well as from a companion voting rights bill known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Significantly, Manchin endorsed banning partisan gerrymandering — a high priority for both small-d democrats and large-D Democrats, who want to prevent the GOP from seizing control of the House of Representatives with rigged congressional maps.Not everything on Manchin’s list will delight his fellow Democrats. He proposes a nationwide voter ID law, for example, although not an especially strict one. And he wants states to be able to engage in ‘maintenance of voter rolls’— purging names from the state’s list of registered voters — using state and federal documents to identify which voters should be purged. ... 3.33pm BST Barack Obama is also participating in a virtual town hall with his former attorney general, Eric Holder, on Monday.The conversation will be focused on “the importance of getting involved in the redistricting process to strengthen our democracy and support Senate action on voting rights legislation”.On Monday, I’m joining @EricHolder for a grassroots conversation with @AllOnTheLine to talk about why redistricting matters and how the Senate can help protect our democracy. Join us: https://t.co/gXAnHHIVlL Continue reading...
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One in a Thousand review – Argentinian teen’s hoop dreams, hanging out and hoping #
Clarisa Navas’s film is a confident, visually engaging romance conjuring a world of teenage waiting and wantingThis is an LGBT urban pastoral from film-maker Clarisa Navas, set in a tough barrio in Corrientes province, north-eastern Argentina. Sofia Cabrera plays Iris, a teenage girl who appears to have been excluded from school – although that doesn’t make her lifestyle any more obviously aimless than all the people she’s hanging out with. Iris is obsessed with basketball and spends most of her days loafing around, shooting hoops, talking with her brother and cousins, and chatting with the neighbourhood kids, gay and straight. Then she chances across a charismatic older woman called Renata (Ana Carolina García), who has an elegantly wasted image; Renata has mysteriously been abroad for a while and apparently dances at a local club called Traumatic, where she appears to be on the fringe of sex work. Some are saying that she has HIV – although this may simply be spite. Iris and Renata are drawn to each other and soon they are in love. Continue reading...
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‘Glad and her boo’: Gladys Berejiklian dating prominent barrister who represented her at Icac #
NSW premier has started dating leading Sydney lawyer Arthur Moses SC who last year represented her at an Icac hearing into her ex-loverThe NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has begun dating a prominent barrister who represented her during an anti-corruption inquiry into her former lover, the disgraced ex-MP Daryl Maguire.The premier’s sister, Mary, posted a photo to Instagram on Friday night of Berejiklian and Arthur Moses SC with the caption: “After work Friday feels with these two … Glad and her boo.” Continue reading...
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‘They beat him’: fear and anger at latest police killing in Tunis #
Protests erupt again in Tunisian capital after man ‘beaten to death’ amid claims of police impunityAlmost everyone in the streets around Ahmed Ben Ammar’s house in the Tunis district of Sidi Hassine claims to have known him or his family. Nearly everyone also has a slightly different account of his death in police custody on Tuesday. Details vary but all agree that the 32-year-old was beaten to death by police this week.Sidi Hassine is to the west of Tunisia’s capital, on the far side of the Sebkha Sijoumi wetlands and the hulking landfill at Borj Chakir, already years past its scheduled closure date. The smell and the mosquitoes fill the air. At one end of the road is a thriving market, at the other – near where Ben Ammar lived – cafes and shops line the dusty street. Continue reading...
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‘Never stop dreaming’: refugees get behind the camera – in pictures #
Witness Change, a project for the Open Society Foundation, photographed 1,000 people who left their homes for a new life, and found a common thread of humanity in the dreams that sustain them‘We have more in common than what separates us’: refugee stories, told by refugees Continue reading...
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Pride month in Guatemala marred by killings of three LGBTQ+ people #
Celebrations become ‘month of mourning’ after three murders in a week, with calls for urgent state reformGuatemala’s LGBTQ+ community is in mourning after two transgender women and a gay man were murdered in less than a week during pride month.Andrea González, a prominent activist and leader in the transgender women’s organisation Otrans Reinas de la Noche (Queens of the Night) was shot dead on 11 June in the street near her home in Guatemala City. Her murder followed the killing of another Otrans member, Cecy Ixpatá, who was assaulted and died from her injuries on 9 June in a hospital in Salamá, about 50 miles north of Guatemala City. José Manuel Vargas Villeda, a 22-year-old gay man was also shot and killed on 14 June in Morales, 150 miles north-east of the capital. Continue reading...
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EU ‘has blood on its hands’, say activists calling for border agency’s abolition #
Coalition of rights groups demanding Frontex be defunded claim EU policies have ‘killed over 40,555 people since 1993’Activists, captains of rescue ships and about 80 human rights organisations across the world have launched an international campaign calling for the European border agency to be defunded and dismantled.In an open letter sent last week to the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European parliament, the campaign coalition highlighted the “illegal and inhumane practices” of the EU border agency, Frontex, which is accused of having promoted and enforced violent policies against migrants. Continue reading...
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Budapest Pride goes ahead in solidarity against Hungary’s anti-LBGTQ+ laws #
As oppressive legislation passed by Viktor Orbán’s government, activists plan procession to ‘show LGBT people they are not alone’For the second year in a row, Covid has succeeded in doing what many had once thought impossible: toning down Pride celebrations. From Berlin to Brighton, Toronto to San Francisco, parades have been cancelled or put online, floats forgotten and parties swapped for quieter, often more reflective events.But in Budapest, where LGBTQ+ activists are engaged in a near-existential fight against the rightwing government of Viktor Orbán, the stakes were too high for Pride to take a back seat. Continue reading...
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How do we learn to live with Covid in the UK? #
Analysis: Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the north-west to be mirrored across the UK. What that means for hospitals and lives will become clearer in the next four weeks. Continue reading...
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Little left to chance in carefully-curated Geneva summit #
Meeting goes as well as could be expected as Biden and Putin speak language of diplomacy – but hardly one of affectionJoe Biden and Vladimir Putin hadn’t even sat down before tensions boiled over at the 18th-century Villa La Grange, a fine Swiss manor house besieged on Wednesday by a 21st-century press pool. The two men looked cordial enough as they shook hands for the first time as leaders. But the sun-struck journalists behind them pushed and shouted, some knocked to the floor, as they fought to get in to the leaders’ only joint appearance of the day.“The media scuffle was the most chaotic your pooler has seen at a presidential event in nine years,” wrote a US reporter from inside the melee, which erupted as the press pack tried to follow the two leaders into the villa. “Russian security yelled at journalists to get out and began pushing journalists. Journalists and White House officials screamed back that the Russian security should stop touching us.” Continue reading...
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Five things we learned from the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva #
Cool normality helped exorcise ghost of 2018’s disastrous Helsinki summit but what else was achieved?1) The weird and unpredictable Trump era is over. In 2018 Donald Trump held a disastrous summit with Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki. The then US president said he believed Putin’s assurances that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US election with a joint press conference that was so humiliating for America that Trump’s senior adviser Fiona Hill considered bringing it to a close by whacking a fire alarm or faking a medical emergency.In Geneva, by contrast, cool normality was on display. Biden was well prepared for the US-Russia summit. He cut a relaxed figure, telling Putin he wanted a “predictable” relationship after a period defined by rogue Kremlin behaviour. The summit flowed along conventional diplomatic lines: a handshake, several hours of intensive talks and separate press conferences afterwards. The ghost of Helsinki was exorcised. There will be an agreed record of what was discussed, unlike in 2018 when Trump met Putin alone, without aides or even Trump’s own interpreter. We don’t know what was said. Continue reading...
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The Covid Delta variant: how effective are the vaccines? #
Analysis: what protection do they offer against infection, hospital admission and death?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs lockdown easing in England is delayed from 21 June to a possible date of 19 July amid concerns of a substantial wave of hospitalisations due to the Delta variant of coronavirus, we take a look at the latest data on the protection offered by vaccines. Continue reading...
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Israel responds to incendiary balloons with airstrikes on Gaza – video #
Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip for a second time since a ceasefire ended May’s 11-day conflict with Palestinian militants. The strikes came after incendiary balloons were launched into Israel for a third day running. Israel's military reported that fighter jets struck Hamas 'military compounds and a rocket launch site'  and said its forces were preparing for a 'variety of scenarios including a resumption of hostilities'Israel launches new airstrikes on Gaza in response to incendiary balloons Continue reading...
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Bird in the hand: French retiree strikes up unlikely friendship with pigeon – video #
French retiree Xavier Bouget says he was out walking in one day near his home in Gommenech, Brittany when he saw a tiny pigeon fall to the ground as it tried to escape from a cat. Bouget later mentioned this story to his wife who asked why he didn't pick up the bird. So he went back to find it and "came home with Blanchon in my pocket," he said. Now, Blanchon, a white pigeon, follows the 80-year-old when he rides on his bicycle, tinkers in his workshop and works in his garden. The pigeon has become a constant companion, with Bouget revealing the key to the friendship. "Every human being can have that relationship with animals. It is a matter of patience, of watching how they live, of adapting to their way of life because they manage to adapt to yours."‘Together because it feels good’: French man who goes everywhere with a pigeon Continue reading...
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Bear runs loose in Sapporo and breaks into Japanese army base – video #
A wild bear has run through the of streets the Japanese city of Sapporo and made it past the gates of a Japanese defence base next to Okadama airport. According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, the bear reached the grounds of the airport by jumping the fence. The bear was first sighted in the early hours of Friday before it was killed. Continue reading...
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Biden signs bill marking Juneteenth as federal holiday celebrating end of slavery in US – video #
The US will officially recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday on 19 June after Joe Biden signed a bill into law which commemorates the end of slavery in the country. The president described a day to remember the moral stain of slavery but also to celebrate the capacity to heal. Before signing the bill, Biden said: 'I’ve only been president for several months, but I think this will go down for me as one of the greatest honors I will have had as president'Juneteenth becomes federal holiday celebrating end of slavery in US Continue reading...
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Hong Kong Apple Daily raid targeted 'conspiracy', claims security chief – video #
Hong Kong's security chief, John Lee, accused the five Apple Daily directors arrested on Thursday of using 'journalistic work as a tool to endanger national security'. Lee said the five were arrested on suspicion of collusion with foreign countries or external elements to invite sanctions or other hostile activities. In a significant escalation in the government’s moves to rein in the Hong Kong press, Apple Daily's newsroom and offices were searched and HK$18m (US $2.3m) in assets frozenHong Kong police arrest editor-in-chief of Apple Daily newspaper in raids‘No political story allowed’: Hong Kong broadcaster falls silent on sensitive subjectsControversial Hong Kong national security law comes into effect Continue reading...
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Hong Kong police arrest editor of Apple Daily newspaper – video #
Ryan Law, the editor-in-chief of Apple Daily, has been arrested along with four other directors of the pro-democracy newspaper on suspicion of collusion with a foreign country or 'external elements' to endanger national security. The newspaper's owner, Jimmy Lai, is serving a jail sentence on charges relating to pro-democracy protests in 2019Hong Kong police arrest editor-in-chief of Apple Daily newspaper in morning raids Continue reading...
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Biden warns Russia over cyber-attacks, says Putin doesn't want cold war – video #
Joe Biden warned Russian president Vladimir Putin that the US has significant cyber capability as he looked to pressure his counterpart over cyber-attacks. The US leader says Putin wasn't seeking to intensify confrontation with the west after the two held "good and positive" talks. "I think that the last thing he wants now is a Cold War,” Biden saidBiden warns US will hit back if Russia continues with cyber strikes Continue reading...
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