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Latest international news, sport and comment from the Guardian


US under siege from 'far-left fascism', says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 04:56

US president enflames national tensions with attack on ‘leftwing revolution’ and plan for national memorial of statues of ‘American heroes’

Standing beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of American independence day, Donald Trump staged a defiant celebration of what critics say is white identity politics and warned the nation’s history is under siege from “far-left fascism”.

The US president defended the symbolism of statues and monuments before a packed crowd at an event that revelled in political incorrectness calculated to enflame the country’s current divisions and enrage liberal critics. There were few face masks and even fewer people of color on stage or in the stands.

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Netflix stands by hit film 365 Days despite Duffy's sex trafficking criticism

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 02:27

Streaming platform says it is giving viewers ‘more choice’ after British singer accuses film of glamourising rape

Netflix will continue to stream hit Polish film 365 Days despite calls for its withdrawal, including by British singer Duffy, who accused it of glamourising rape and sex trafficking.

The Welsh singer-songwriter wrote an open letter to the Netflix chief executive, Reed Hastings, raising her concerns about the film based on a bestselling Polish book trilogy by Blanka Lipińska.

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‘It feels like a failed state’: Lebanon's crisis deepens as it awaits bailout

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 07:00

Regime’s critics call for overhaul of system of patronage many say has reinforced widespread corruption

Lebanon’s catastrophic economic collapse is gathering pace, with its currency shedding value daily, prices of essential foods out of the reach of many and talks that could unlock a desperately needed bailout crippled by what critics say is a determination by the ruling class to protect a broken system.

The country’s collapse has led to meat and chicken prices tripling over the past fortnight, and scarcities of fuel and flour - amplified by the sale of state-subsidised supplies to neighbouring Syria where they get a better price for it, and sharply increasing hunger.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend, tests positive for Covid-19

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 03:00

Ex-Fox News presenter is key fundraiser for Trump re-election campaign and latest of president’s circle to contract the disease

US records highest daily increase in coronavirus cases

The girlfriend of Donald Trump Jnr, the US president’s eldest son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, US media have reported.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is a former Fox News television personality and a senior fundraiser for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, is just the latest person in Trump’s inner circle to contract the potentially deadly virus. The news also comes as the US is experiencing a huge spike in coronavirus cases and amid withering criticism of Trump’s response to the crisis.

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Prince Andrew's silence is a 'torture test' for Epstein's alleged victims, says lawyer

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 16:29

Pressure grows on Duke of York to ‘speak up’ after the arrest of his friend Ghislaine Maxwell

The Duke of York was accused of subjecting alleged victims of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to a “torture test” by his silence as lawyers for the women increased the pressure following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell.

As Maxwell, 58, remained in custody on charges of facilitating former boyfriend Epstein’s sexual exploitation of underage girls, lawyers for multiple women demanded Prince Andrew “be a man”, “speak up” and stop “deliberately avoiding” US authorities.

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Portugal angered at being left off England's safe travel list

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 22:28

Foreign minister points out his country’s death rate from Covid-19 is a fraction of the UK’s

Portugal’s tourism sector reacted with fury and disbelief at England’s decision to maintain a quarantine regime for travellers coming from the country despite the UK having a higher death toll.

Portugal was left off a list of more than 50 countries that Westminster has deemed safe enough for travel without coronavirus-related restrictions, meaning holidaymakers returning from Portugal will have to quarantine for 14 days.

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At least two people die as record heavy rain lashes Japan

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 06:36

More than 76,000 residents ordered to evacuate in west of the country amid massive floods and landslides

At least two people were feared dead and 13 others missing in western Japan as record heavy rain triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents.

The nation’s weather agency downgraded rain warnings on Saturday by one notch from the highest emergency level in Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Kyushu island, but prime minister Shinzo Abe urged local people to be “on maximum alert”.

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Johnson's father's visit to Greece 'could erode trust in guidelines'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 17:14

Trip by Stanley Johnson could weaken message on Covid-19 rules, warns Sage adviser

The decision by the prime minister’s father to travel to his Greek villa in apparent breach of Foreign Office guidance has been criticised by a government scientific adviser.

Boris Johnson has refused to condemn his father, Stanley, for flying to Greece, despite current advice for British nationals to avoid all but essential international travel.

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Vogue Portugal under fire for mental health cover in 'very bad taste'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 15:17

Front of magazine’s ‘Madness’ issue attacked as attempt to glamorise mental illness

Vogue Portugal has been criticised for insensitive treatment of mental health on one of its latest magazine covers.

The image – one of four covers created for its July/August “Madness” issue – features model Simona Kirchnerova crouched in a bath flanked by two nurses, with one pouring water over her head. The cover has been criticised both for attempting to glamorise mental illness and for the use of the outdated term “madness”.

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Seven police injured while breaking up illegal music event in west London

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 04:09

Bricks were thrown at officers responding to complaints of noise, anti-social behaviour and violence

Seven officers have been injured after police interrupted an unlicensed music event in west London.

Police were called to White City on Friday evening following reports of a number of people gathered at an estate.

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Australian shark attack: man dies after being bitten near Queensland's Fraser Island

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:32

Attack happened about 2pm on Saturday afternoon while man was diving off Indian Head

A man has died after being attacked by a shark off Queensland’s Fraser Island.

The attack happened about 2pm on Saturday while the man was diving off Indian Head, on the eastern side of the island, police say.

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Coronavirus live news: pubs reopen in England, as Victoria announces 'hard lockdown'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 09:02

Fourth of July holiday weekend starts 53,000 new cases on Friday; WHO changes timeline of how it was alerted to virus; England’s pubs reopen. Follow all the developments live

What we’re learning about Covid as US states open up
How Victoria’s outbreak divided Australia
Scotland and Wales attack UK government’s shambolic travel changes

Indonesia reported 1,447 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said, taking the nation’s tally to 62,142, while 53 more deaths took its toll to 3,089.

People in England are finally allowed to drink in a pub, have a meal in a restaurant or get a haircut for the first time in more than three months as as the country takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life.

Pubs were permitted to start serving from 6am, sparking worries about over-indulgence on what the media has called “super Saturday”.

Related: UK coronavirus live: pubs and hair salons reopen in England as lockdown eases - latest updates

The success of these businesses, the livelihoods of those who rely on them, and ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly.

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Global report: WHO changes timeline on virus alert as cases top 11m

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 06:12

UN health body says it found out about the outbreak itself, not via Chinese officials; US cases increase 53,000 on Friday; English pubs reopen

Coronavirus latest updates

The World Health Organization was alerted to the coronavirus crisis by its own office in China, and not by the local authorities, according to reports, as worldwide cases of Covid-19 passed 11 million and infections in the US rose by another 53,000.

The UN health body has been accused by US president Donald Trump of failing to provide the information needed to stem the pandemic and of being complacent towards Beijing, charges it denies.

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New York hails comeback from Covid-19, but hidden dangers lie ahead

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 07:00

The virus could be reimported to New York City from other parts of the US as several states record surges

Patience and Fortitude are proud advocates of social distancing and mask-wearing. The famous marble lions which guard the steps of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd St have sat 90ft apart for more than a century, and this week were adorned with giant blue facial coverings.

The masked lions today stand as symbols of the extraordinary turnaround of this recently stricken city. Just three months ago, New York was the coronavirus capital of the world, with more confirmed cases than any single country outside the US.

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One school, 25 bereavements: Essex head fears emotional impact of Covid-19

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 07:00

Vic Goddard is one of many school leaders daunted by the burden of supporting pupils and staff through their grief

Vic Goddard is trying not to cry. The headteacher of Passmores academy in Harlow and star of the 2011 TV series Educating Essex is thinking about the 23 pupils and two staff at his school who have been bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic.

His greatest fear, a fear that keeps him awake at night and is making his voice tremble, is what could happen to them if he does not manage to support them adequately when they return to school. “I’m going to get upset, I’m really sorry…” he stops. “You feel dreadfully … dreadfully … There is an element of responsibility.”

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India had one of the world's strictest lockdowns. Why are cases still rising? | Rukmini S

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:00

Unable to expand testing or hospital capacity, Narendra Modi’s administration has turned to bluster and brute force

The response to the spread of coronavirus that most Indians are talking about this week is not an innovation in contact tracing or a big increase in hospital beds, it’s the death of a father and son in judicial custody in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It happened after the local police picked them up for complaining about having to close their small store early to comply with lockdown rules. In some ways, the case exemplifies India’s struggle with its coronavirus response: if you can’t beat it with a stick, what do you do?

India now has nearly twice as many cases as the UK, and will surpass Russia to become the world’s third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil within days. India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is no Jair Bolsonaro; since his 24 March address to the country announcing a national lockdown, Modi has been relentlessly on message, and wears a mask and practises physical distancing.

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'Get me back to Caracas': desperate Venezuelans leave lockdown Bogotá

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 07:30

Their ambitions for a new life in Colombia shattered, migrants are lining up for the bus journey back to an uncertain future

Rosa Vera, a 40-year-old from a small town in crisis-ridden Venezuela, thought moving to Colombia would give her the chance to find work. Five months ago, she left her family and began the arduous journey to Bogotá, the Colombian capital, to look for a job.

Instead, as coronavirus shut down economic life in the city, Vera and more than 400 Venezuelans had no choice but to camp out for a month, waiting for help to get them home.

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Reel challenge: what will cinema look like after lockdown is relaxed?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 06:00

Blockbusters such as Tenet and Mulan are slated for a summer release, but the future of film is shrouded in uncertainty

Cinema is back at last! Less with a big, cannonball splash off the high board than a tentative, slow-motion easing in, as if entering a very cold swimming pool, potentially containing piranhas. But still, it’s back! With lockdowns and restrictions on public venues easing in the UK and the US, the big cinema chains are looking to reopen in early July. And at last, they have some actual new movies to show. For the past few months, Hollywood has been moving its precious blockbusters back to save them from the floodwaters of coronavirus. But now everyone’s ready to wade back in – give or take some last-minute testing of the waters.

Two high-profile movies are currently waiting at the water’s edge: Disney’s lavish live-action remake of Mulan and Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi brain-melter, Tenet. Nolan, especially, has positioned himself as a champion of cinema this year. In March, he wrote an impassioned opinion piece for the Washington Post, arguing that cinema was “a vital part of social life”, and pleading for support both financial and emotional: “We don’t just owe it to the 150,000 workers of this great American industry to include them in those we help, we owe it to ourselves.” While studios were panicking and pulling imminent releases such as No Time to Die and Fast and Furious 9, Nolan held fast with his intended July release date for Tenet, keen to be the one to revive the industry.

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‘I was wailing over the fence’: what single parents learned from lockdown

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 05:00

As Covid-19 hit, many solo parents found their support networks suddenly gone. How did they fare?

On day two of lockdown, bone tired after an anxiety-induced sleepless night, I sliced into my forefinger trying to cut through a frozen bagel. I cleaned the wound, dressed it as best I could, and prayed it would heal. It seemed to symbolise my deepest worries: I was going to have to get through this one alone.

Like everyone, my concerns about Covid-19 were many – not least that I had a lingering chest infection – but as a solo parent, they were amplified. Who would look after my daughter if I got ill? How was I going to shop for groceries with a child in tow? How would I work as well as look after a child? Friends who suspected they’d had the virus spoke of exhaustion so deep they needed four-hour naps – and these were people with supportive partners. How would I cope alone?

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Hongkongers on China's crackdown: 'I feel helpless and hopeless'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 04:00

Guardian readers in or from Hong Kong share their views on the new national security law

In late May, a week after Chinese officials announced a plan to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the Guardian issued a callout to people who believed they would be affected. We wanted to hear how people felt about the law, how it might change their lives, and how they felt about the last year of protests.

The response was overwhelming. Within days we had received more than 30,000 messages from people inside and outside Hong Kong – the most for any Guardian community callout.

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PPE and quiet amens: places of worship in England prepare to reopen

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 05:00

Many churches, mosques, synagogues and temples will remain empty, as faith leaders weigh coronavirus risks

Towards the end of the eucharist service at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday morning, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, the cathedral’s dean, will strap a plastic visor over his face and pull on surgical gloves before descending into the nave to deliver communion bread to the socially-distanced congregation.

There will be no communion wine, no choir, no singing, no hymn or prayer books. The congregation must book their seats in advance, may only sit with household members and must leave as quickly as possible once the service is over.

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Blind date: 'My dad burst into the room – he likes to do that when I’m on Zoom'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 05:30

James, 24, market researcher, meets Elizabeth, 26, app executive

What were you hoping for?
An evening’s break from my family.

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How one neighbourhood in London lost 36 residents to Covid-19 – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 02:00

Guardian reporter Aamna Modhin meets residents from Church End, a small, deprived neighbourhood in Brent, north London. She examines how housing pressures, in-work poverty and racial inequalities contributed to the deaths of 36 residents from Covid-19

The Guardian journalist Aamna Modhin tells Rachel Humphreys about reporting from Church End, a small neighbourhood in Brent, north London, which has a large Somali population. In early March, residents began to fall ill from coronavirus, eventually resulting in 36 deaths. Locals believe the cluster, which is the second worst in England and Wales according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, does not account for the true scale of the devastation, as it does not factor in people who work in Church End but live nearby.

Aamna met Rhoda Ibrahim, a 57-year old community leader who has been left devastated by the deaths of so many people she knew. The virus thrived on the structural inequalities that Ibrahim has spent much of her life fighting against. It flourished in a housing crisis that was 40 years in the making, stark in-work poverty that left many struggling to put food on the table, and deeply entrenched racial inequalities. The council leader, Muhammed Butt, believes the government’s failure to provide tailored support to communities such as those in Brent worsened the situation, and that the country should have gone into lockdown earlier.

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The scandal of millions of Americans being deprived of running water – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-02 02:00

Guardian US environmental justice reporter Nina Lakhani reports on her landmark investigation into America’s water crisis, revealing that millions of Americans are facing unaffordable bills for running water and risk being disconnected or losing their homes

Guardian US environmental justice reporter Nina Lakhani tells Anushka Asthana about her water crisis investigation, which looked into why running water is becoming unaffordable for millions of Americans across the US. Water bills weigh heavily on many Americans as utilities hike prices to pay for environmental clean-ups, infrastructure upgrades and climate emergency defences to deal with floods and droughts. Federal funding for America’s ageing water system has plummeted, and as a result a growing number of households are unable to afford to pay their bills.

Albert Pickett inherited water debts from his mother after she died. Pickett applied to get on to a repayment plan, but the water department refused as he didn’t have the money, several hundred dollars, required as a deposit. Cleveland Water didn’t inform Pickett, who survives on disability benefits, about his right to appeal – instead, they turned off the taps in 2013. “Without water you can’t do anything. I lost my family, my wellbeing, my self-esteem. It was humiliating, like I was less than human,” he says.

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Why hasn't Boris Johnson released the Russia report? – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-01 02:00

Parliament’s intelligence and security committee produced a report into alleged Russian interference in UK politics. It was supposed to be published before December’s election, but the UK prime minister withheld its release. Now, six months later it still hasn’t seen the light of day. The Guardian’s Luke Harding investigates what could be in it and says witness testimony from an ex-MI6 officer makes uncomfortable reading for the government

A report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee into alleged Russian interference in UK politics was supposed to be published at the end of last year. But as Boris Johnson decided to call a snap election, he withheld the report promising to publish it ‘in due course’.

Now, six months later, the committee has been in hiatus and the report is still gathering dust. But the Guardian’s Luke Harding (author of a new book Shadow State) has been piecing together evidence seen by MPs in the preparation of the report. He tells Rachel Humphreys that witness testimony from the former MI6 officer Christopher Steele makes uncomfortable reading for the government.

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Perhaps Ghislaine Maxwell can fill in some blanks for Epstein's ‘bewildered’ friends | Marina Hyde

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 13:37

It’s strange that Prince Andrew never felt it was odd that his middle-aged pal was always surrounded by teenage girls

Spare a thought for Prince Andrew – and, indeed, a brain cell. As his landmark Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis showed, the Queen’s second son really is sensationally thick, even by the standards of a family internationally famed for their dimbulbery, certainly since the time of George I. If the Falklands war hadn’t robbed Andrew of the ability to sweat, now would definitely be the moment to break out a bead or two.

Instead, I see the Duke of York is once again “bewildered”, following the US arrest of his close friend Ghislaine Maxwell, charged with the sex trafficking of underage girls. HRH is “bewildered” that this dramatic event has led to yet another podium shout-out from US prosecutors, who insist again that they want to interview him about his close friend Jeffrey Epstein and the latter’s crimes (don’t call it a “lifestyle”). “We would like to have the benefit of his statement,” one US attorney said pointedly on Thursday. The previous occupant of her post had claimed Andrew was refusing to help – and yet, according to Andrew’s lawyers, he has been in touch with US authorities twice in the past month, and their failure to respond has apparently led to the latest bout of bewilderment.

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Amid the havoc wreaked by coronavirus, there is another danger we've forgotten | Jonathan Freedland

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 16:11

As Boris Johnson reopens pubs, a no-deal Brexit threatens to rain disaster on a country reeling from the pandemic

Do you have the bunting out and the fireworks primed for Independence Day, with 4 July designated as the moment England ends its long national hibernation and flocks to the pub? To the untrained eye, the choice of a Saturday for the great unlocking might seem a tad rash, when, I don’t know, Monday was available to ease people in gradually. That point was put to Boris Johnson on LBC this morning, but he couldn’t offer even an approximation of an answer. Which leaves us to conclude that his government of geniuses picked Saturday solely because of the pleasing headlines that the Fourth of July suggested – rather forgetting that this is the day when Americans celebrate their escape from the rule of a dysfunctional London elite headed by a man with more children than you could count and prone to gibbering in public.

Related: I love pubs so much I recreated mine in VR – but I'm staying home on 4 July | Tristan Cross

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The Guardian view on reopened pubs: a reckless risk to a cautious nation | Editorial

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 17:30

Boris Johnson’s measures aim to distract from his failures during the pandemic. Most British people are right to be uncomfortable

There are some glumly predictable tropes and cliches that Britain – and more particularly England – does not need to be bombarded with this weekend. These include: independence day; super Saturday; time to party; summertime booze; beers the good news; and, most of all, cheers, Boris. Stuff like this is simply propaganda. It is massively at odds with the rightly cautious mood – and the public interest – of the majority of British people.

The reopening of England’s pubs, restaurants, hotels, playgrounds and tourist attractions, and the reduction of the 2-metre distancing rule, presents a moment of great risk in the fight against Covid-19. Given the consistently poor record of Boris Johnson’s government during the pandemic it is unlikely to be a properly calculated one. The driving force behind this weekend’s reopening is not that the pandemic is over. On the contrary. Leicester is a grim local reminder of that. The global picture is getting worse too. Last week, coronavirus cases passed the 10 million mark.

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Martin Rowson on the reopening of English pubs – cartoon

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 18:30

The nightmare that is 2020 is only halfway done, are these the worst days of our lives? | Brigid Delaney

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 20:00

So far we’ve had natural disasters and a global pandemic. No one dares to predict the next six months because who could have predicted the first?

Remember New Year’s Eve 2019? As the clock struck midnight and you toasted 2020 with warm champagne, maybe you were excited about the year ahead: an overseas holiday, a new job, a university course, a wedding, elective surgery, getting your driver’s license. Whatever you planned probably hasn’t happened.

Instead your 2020 – so far – will have been full of completely novel, whack experiences: toilet paper panic buying, social distancing, lockdowns, hotel quarantines, washing and sanitising your groceries, elbow-bump greetings, takeaway cocktails and Zoom funerals.

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Alongside the paralysing fear of Covid-19, something else is bubbling up: hope | Maeve Higgins

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 11:51

The virus has shown us how much we need each other. As we emerge blinking into the daylight, we can build on that

As a jumpy person, for me much of this year has been deeply unpleasant. You have to understand that the sight of a mouse sends me screaming for help, and a fear of car accidents means I repeatedly text drivers “stay safe”; an action that, though intended in the kindest possible way, is counterproductive. Then along comes Covid-19, this horror movie-style plague that travels through the air killing hundreds of thousands of people around the world. I find myself, perfectly healthy and thankfully not in an at-risk category, sitting very still in my childhood bedroom and mentally catastrophising well into the small hours. I’m one of the lucky ones, able to do that and not expected to go out and work. My full-time job, it seems, has been fear.

The gradual reopening has not given me any peace. Rather, it has amped up my anxiety. Families wander around packed beaches unmasked, old ladies chat on the street, leaning in to better hear their friends’ news, young people in velour tank tops crowd around tables, drinking and laughing like it’s 1998 again. Aren’t they all frightened too? The thought occurs to me that perhaps they are frightened, and that is what is causing their defiance.

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The greatest female tennis player of the last 50 years: the fans' verdict

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 07:00

Who is the best of the best? Our writers have had their say this week. Now it’s time to hear from our readers

The days are long and the nights are warm but, sadly, we will have to wait until next year to see the great players of our time compete at Wimbledon. With that in mind, we are spending the Wimbledon fortnight debating which of the greats is the greatest of them all. This week our writers have made the case for Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles.

Now it’s time for the readers to offer their verdict. More than 500 of you have been in touch to argue your case and – as with our writers – it has proven to be a game of opinions. Steffi Graf was your clear favourite, picking up nearly twice as many votes as any other player. Serena Williams (the choice of our tennis correspondent, Kevin Mitchell) and Martina Navratilova were also popular choices – and you added some new names to the discussion.

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Courtney Lawes: 'You make your money while you can but I'm glad to be staying'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 09:00

The England second-row, who chose a new contract at Northampton over a payday abroad, has enjoyed spending time with the family but is now ready for contact in training

Courtney Lawes has spent the past 14 weeks making the most of the unexpected time he has had with his four young children, but as the coronavirus pandemic took a financial toll on the game, the England forward confronted a choice that has been a dilemma for only the very best: sign a new club contract on reduced terms or seek a big payday abroad, accepting it would mean the end of his international career.

Lawes has spent his senior career at Northampton, growing up a couple of hefty punts from Franklin’s Gardens. At 31, he may not have time to make up the 25% pay cut Premiership clubs have agreed with their players. He was linked with Béziers, a second-tier French club who are close to being taken over by an Emirati billionaire, but last week he signed a new deal with the Saints.

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Jordan Henderson: 'As you get older, your dreams get bigger' | Jonathan Liew

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 20:00

Liverpool’s captain talks pressing, politics, what makes Jürgen Klopp angry and the mentality that breeds success

“Through tough times, you can forget how much you love the game,” Jordan Henderson says. “You can take it for granted a little bit. When you’re a small kid, you don’t really think about trophies and winning things. You’re just thinking about playing football. But as you get older, your dreams get bigger. When you get to 16, 17, 18, it comes down to winning at all costs. Doing anything you can.”

We’re talking about trophies, and fulfilment, and happiness. When does pure enjoyment, the thrill of the game, give way to something larger? Why do footballers fixate so much on silverware, measure their lives in medals? At what point does it stop being about the taking part, and become about the winning?

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Kipsang hit with four-year ban for fake photo and violating anti-doping rules

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 13:56

  • Kenyan used fake photo to justify missed test
  • 38-year-old twice won the London Marathon

The former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang has been banned for four years for a series of anti-doping violations – including using a fake photograph of an overturned lorry to justify a missed test.

The double London Marathon winner and London 2012 bronze medallist was punished for four whereabouts failures between April 2018 and May 2019. Three such failures within 12 months leads to an automatic ban, however the Kenyan had his sanction increased after it was ruled he had tampered with the investigation by providing “false evidence and witness testimony”.

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MLB's Cleveland to review 'Indians' nickname after social unrest

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:56

  • Team have already changed their logo after criticism
  • NFL side Washington also considering name change

Major League Baseball side Cleveland are to review the use of their team nickname the ‘Indians’ in light of recent anti-racism protests. Cleveland replaced their logo two years ago, swapping a cartoon of a Native American named Chief Wahoo with a letter C.

Related: FedEx asks 'the team in Washington' to dump racist nickname as Nike pulls gear

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Leicester unravelled and desperate owing to small squad's broken belief | Paul Doyle

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 21:30

The city is back in lockdown but Brendan Rodgers’s side may bring relief if they overcome decline against Crystal Palace

While the rest of England edges closer to normality on Saturday, lockdown has been reimposed on Leicester this week owing to a rise in Covid-19 infections. The city has more serious concerns than its football team’s sputtering form.

Still, supporters will hope for whatever relief they can bring when the side host Crystal Palace on Saturday with the match allowed to go ahead at the King Power Stadium. “I’ve seen a noticeable difference in the city and that’s a huge credit to the people of Leicester,” said Brendan Rodgers of the latest lockdown.

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Inter open talks with Chelsea over buying Emerson Palmieri

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 07:00

  • Italian club ready to offer £18m for left-back
  • Chelsea expected to demand larger fee

Inter have opened negotiations with Chelsea over buying the left-back Emerson Palmieri. Antonio Conte is keen to add the Italy international to his squad, having signed him for Chelsea in January 2018, and the Serie A club are prepared to offer €20m (£18m).

Emerson would consider the move because he is not a guaranteed starter at Chelsea and wants the best chance of being Italy’s first choice at next summer’s European Championship.

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Why Phil Foden won't be constrained by usual shackles on England players | Barney Ronay

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 17:00

He will do well at Manchester City, but for the national side he represents a genuine point of difference in a midfield too conservative to succeed regularly

There’s a game you can play that involves listing the most random internet voice to have brought you a disproportionately grave piece of world news. This is something that happens more and more at a time when just having internet access means everyone, everywhere is suddenly a source of breaking news.

And so we get to hear about the abdication of the Queen via a retweet from the bass player in Shed Seven, or discover Europe is about to be consumed by a tsunami through a trending online spat between Fiona Bruce and Darren Bent. This is the way now. The apocalypse won’t announce itself with a flash of light or an asteroid on the horizon, but via a sad-faced emoji from a recently retired New Zealand fast bowler.

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Man offers to resign after showering during live video meeting

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 14:24

Bernardo Bustillo mistakenly left his video on while attempting to multi-task by showering while listening to an online meeting

A municipal councillor in northern Spain has offered to resign after inadvertently broadcasting video of himself showering during an online council meeting that was being livestreamed.

Earlier this week councillors in Torrelavega gathered online to hash out some of the latest issues facing the municipality of some 52,000 people. Following the protocols put in place as the coronavirus tightened its grip on Spain, half a dozen councillors dialed into the videochat at 8am, streaming it online for journalists and residents.

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St Paul's bomb-plotter Safiyya Amira Shaikh given life sentence

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 11:54

Isis supporter and Muslim convert had admitted preparing terrorist acts

A Muslim convert and supporter of Islamic State, who plotted to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral at Easter, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 37, from Hayes, west London, admitted preparing terrorist acts and disseminating terrorist publications that encouraged others to launch similar attacks. She had been under police and MI5 surveillance.

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Armed man roamed Justin Trudeau's grounds for 13 minutes after ramming gates

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 16:53

Canadian police confirm man had ‘several’ weapons and will face multiple charges

Canadian police say the armed man who rammed a truck through the gates of the prime minister’s residence was loose for 13 minutes before authorities finally spotted him.

Media reports have identified the intruder as Corey Hurren, a reservist in the Canadian Rangers, a branch of the military that typically operates in remote and coastal regions.

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Hong Kong journalists and lawyers scramble to adapt to security law

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 12:55

Protective measures taken and social media erased as both question how they can operate

Journalists and lawyers in Hong Kong are scrambling to adapt as Chinese authorities set up the apparatus to enforce a controversial national security law, including appointing a hardline party official to head a new security agency.

Zheng Yanxiong, who is best known for tackling protests on the mainland, is to run the office established under the law that empowers mainland security agents to operate in Hong Kong openly and unbound for the first time.

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Former Amnesty Turkey leaders convicted on terror charges

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 16:15

Istanbul court finds human rights activists guilty of seeking to wreak ‘chaos in society’

An Istanbul court on Friday convicted two former leaders of Amnesty International’s Turkish branch on terror charges, the rights group said, alongside two other human rights defenders.

Idil Eser, former Amnesty Turkey director, was among three people sentenced to one year and thirteen months for “helping a terrorist organisation”.

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Jean Castex replaces Édouard Philippe as French prime minister

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 17:53

Macron gambles on reshuffle to reset troubled presidency, with popular PM departing

Édouard Philippe has been replaced as prime minister after seeing France through the coronavirus crisis, as President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a high-stakes reshuffle to “set a new course” for the last two years of his mandate.

Macron named Jean Castex, 55, a career civil servant from the centre-right of French politics who coordinated France’s successful exit from lockdown and is widely known as “Monsieur Déconfinement”, as Philippe’s successor. The Elysée Palace said Castex would form the next government.

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China's stock market closes at highest level in five years

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 11:17

Caixin/Markit PMI continues to recover from February trough when coronavirus lockdown was most severe

China’s stock market has closed at its highest level in five years after the latest data from the world’s second biggest economy showed the service sector expanding at its fastest pace in a decade.

Shares in Shanghai were boosted by news that the Caixin/Markit purchasing managers’ index had continued to recover from the trough reached in February, when the coronavirus lockdown was at its most severe.

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How UK air bridges descended into a coronavirus policy farce

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 16:42

Days of buck-passing and confusion created one of the most chaotic rows of the crisis

It’s competing in a crowded field. But after days of confusion, buck-passing and zealous over-briefing by officials, it has turned into one of the most chaotic policy rows of the entire coronavirus crisis.

The air bridge fiasco won’t get the same forensic examination that care homes, testing and lockdown rightly deserve, but critics say it has been an omnishambles from start to finish.

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Gavin Rossdale: 'Embarrassing moment? The gross spectre of my crumbling marriage'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:30

The musician on being bigger in the US than the UK, his footballer’s legs and owning a guitar used on The Eagles’ Hotel California

Born in London, Gavin Rossdale, 54, co-founded the band Bush in 1992. They went on to sell 20m records and, in 2013, Rossdale was awarded the Ivor Novello award for international achievement in songwriting. The band split in 2002, but reformed in 2010; their latest album, The Kingdom, is out on 17 July. Rossdale has three sons with the singer Gwen Stefani, and is the father of the model Daisy Lowe. He is single and lives in Los Angeles.

When were you happiest?
Last year, when I had all four kids – Daisy, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo – staying with me on my birthday. It was magical.

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Love beyond sex, money and property: a case for friendship

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 09:00

Reading novels about groups of friends can be an emotional lifeline in times of isolation – from pandemic lockdown to the aftermath of divorce

What claims do friendships retain, as family life takes over? How much do we live in our friends’ shadows, comparing our relationships, jobs and versions of motherhood? These were questions I asked myself, getting divorced in my late 30s just before having my second child. I was used to turning to my husband for practical help; seeking help from friends feels awkwardly regressive when you’re not used to it, and burdensome when they’re caught up in childrearing. As I emerged out of the turbulence of my 30s, I asked myself what remained of earlier friendships, and chided myself for allowing so many to take on sparse outlines, structured by occasional catch-ups rather than continuing shared experience. It was hard to know who to ask to come round when I was ill, to look after the baby when I was desperate for sleep, or just to leave their family for an evening when I hadn’t spoken to another adult for days.

Anxiously grateful for the friends who were there, sad about the ones who weren’t, I sought out fictional friends. I read Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, glad when Lila and Lenu’s bond reignites during Lenu’s single motherhood, curious about how much more alive their friendship seems than their marriages. There’s always been an element of friend-making for me in reading, though the writers I love are as maddening, as disquietingly alien as actual friends.

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Mission impossible? How to shoot a blockbuster in the coronavirus era

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 16:42

With stipulations of mass testing and on-camera distancing from actors, it’s not just the romcom facing a bleak future

This month, in theory, the latest Jurassic World sequel goes back into production on a London sound stage. And Wednesday – 1 July – was the day that Hollywood studios and TV producers planned to resume production in the United States. In fact, little if any American production has resumed, partly because some of the “tax incentive” states that attract studio productions are current virus hotbeds. Productions remain on hold or in preproduction limbo. The massive agency CAA announced this week that all staff will continue to work from home for at least the remainder of the year.

Related: Sam Neill: ‘I should be at Pinewood. The Jurassic World III sets are there waiting’

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'The pinnacle of storytelling': reader reviews of The Last of Us Part II

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 10:30

‘A phenomenal follow-up’ or ‘a boring slog’? Guardian readers have their say about the hit video games sequel

Warning: spoilers ahead

Beyond being one of the most visually and technically stunning games, the story forces the player to face the consequences of choices made in the first game and refuses to shy away from the pain of those choices. The main character and the player come to the realisation that a cycle of perpetual violence is the result of vengeance and only forgiveness can help us heal. While focusing on issues like transgender rights and homophobia, PTSD, loyalty, and survival, the game also gives representation to a multitude of different women, with varying personalities, motives, and dimensions. A phenomenal follow-up to its iconic original. Erin McDonagh, 26, student and retail associate, Toronto

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Josh Pyke, the Veronicas, Lime Cordiale and more: Australian music for isolated times

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 23:00

Each week we add 15 (or so) new songs to a Spotify playlist to soundtrack your physical distancing amid coronavirus – and help artists you love get paid

As some states begin to slowly open back up, Australia’s arts industry is still largely in lockdown – and the music industry was hit harder, and earlier, than most others. But until large gatherings and gigs happen again, there are small things you can do: it’s an imperfect solution, but streaming Australian music can help.

Each week, in partnership with Sounds Australia, Guardian Australia will add some 15 new songs to a playlist for you to put on repeat.

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'I stuck my foot in the door': what it is like to be black in UK publishing

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 13:36

‘More African’ covers. Adding racist characters. As authors and industry insiders share their experiences, readers can see how the books they read are changed by white publishers

Publishing is in the middle of a reckoning. In the weeks since the death of George Floyd, as black authors topped UK books charts for the first time, and #Publishingpaidme exposed the disparities in what black and white writers are paid, publishers – long criticised for employing overwhelmingly white workforces who cater for white readers – have been grappling with their record with black authors, editors and agents. And black people in publishing are not holding back, sharing details of the “hostile environment” they’ve been working in.

Last week’s release of the Rethinking “Diversity” in Publishing report confirmed what many people already knew. With interviews with 100 authors, agents and publishing staff, it found that UK publishers still serve a supposed core audience of white, middle-aged, middle-class readers, a mission that changes books by black writers in ways that are invisible to a reader by the time they hold the book in their hands.

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Tater tots and blueberry and cream cheese pie: Yotam Ottolenghi's fourth of July recipes

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:30

A celebratory American spread gets the full Ottolenghi treatment: a side of tater tots, TexMex lamb enchiladas, and a blueberry pie-cheesecake mashup to finish

It is the fourth of July, a date that this year has taken on extra layers of complexity and importance. Today is the day that here, in England at least, we can finally reopen our restaurants after many months of lockdown. The level of excitement is high, particularly for those of us who love our industry as much as we love our own families, but there is also a deep fear for its future and the livelihood of those who work in it. Across the ocean, some will be celebrating American Independence Day, while others will be asking for a much-needed, soul-searching conversation about broken race relations. In such times, it is hard to talk about just food, but I think it is also vital to focus on the power food has to fix things that are broken and, eventually, to unite.

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Struggling for shut-eye in lockdown? Sleep-tracking devices may help

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:00

The lowdown on free apps, sensors you wear and a mat you slip under your mattress

Months in covd-19-induced lockdown have for many of us taken a toll on our sleep. From the late-night scrolling through news to the bizarre dreams and midnight wake-ups worrying, the stress of the coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on our collective sleeping habits.

A recent survey found two in five people in the UK have experienced sleep disturbance. And with a good night’s rest considered an important part of overall health and wellbeing, you may have decided to start tracking yours. But where do you start? Here, with a quick list of good sleepmonitors from free apps to dedicated sleep sensors.

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Use up bruised stone fruit in this boozy crumble-alike – recipe | Waste not

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 05:00

Stone fruit is easily bruised in transit and goes off easily, but the Americans have long had a solution for that in the intriguing, boozy, breadcrumbed dessert they call a fruit betty

On my ceaseless hunt for thrifty recipes, I was particularly excited to discover a new classic American dessert called the brown betty. It’s a little bit similar to a crisp cobbler or crumble, but one topped with sweetened breadcrumbs and spiked with liquor. The breadcrumbs go crunchy and, half-soaked in the perfumed fruits, intoxicating with the aroma of brandy. In fact, I’d be so bold as to say I prefer betty to crumble, especially if it’s doused in cream.

Stone fruits smack of summer: butterscotch apricots, ruby-red cherries, plentiful plums, raspberries and blackberries (which, quizzically, aren’t true berries at all, but clusters of small stone fruits). All of these grow bountifully in our temperate climate. Imported stone fruits include mangoes, lychees, peaches, nectarines, almonds, olives and coconuts (a type of inverted stone fruit). Many of these fruits are so fragile that even the lightest touch can blemish the surface, rendering them unsellable. Once it starts to ripen, in fact, a stone fruit is already past its sell-by date, because that ripeness might in a matter of hours tip into the first stages of decay. That said, if you do find ripe stone fruit, rejoice and transform your flavourful bargain into this richest of desserts.

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Tim Dowling: I’ve got a serious parcels habit – do I have to kick it?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 05:00

I find it easier to get up every morning and carry on if I suspect something might be delivered that day

I have ordered many things over the course of lockdown, not because I need them, but because I find it easier to get up every morning and carry on if I suspect something might be delivered that day: a book, some seeds, a multifunction pull-out kitchen faucet spray head replacement part. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long I am there to open the door and find the package on the doorstep, and the masked delivery man waving from the pavement.

Often, though, that’s not what happens, because I can’t hear the doorbell from my garden shed. Instead, I get a text that says, “Parcel was handed to resident.” I think: but I’m the resident! Then I meet the youngest one dragging a large, flat, heavily taped box into the kitchen.

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Fit in my 40s: this tennis ball launcher’s got me running like a jackrabbit | Zoe Williams

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 06:00

It’s a much better workout than a regular game of tennis – it’s tireless, consistent and it doesn’t have feelings

In the great list of things I would never have considered without a lockdown, the tennis ball launcher is probably in the top 10. Why have a Slinger Bag when you could have a partner? Why play in your garden when you could go somewhere that was the right size, like a tennis court? All these questions answered themselves when we weren’t allowed out or to see anybody, but even with lockdown easing, it still seems unbelievably versatile.

You can play in a titchy garden or on a balcony (get ready to lose a few balls). I saw a video of someone in New York playing it indoors, though I think that’s only if you trust your accuracy or don’t care about any of your stuff. And even with courts tentatively back open, I can still see its superiority over a human partner. It is much more consistent. You can set it to your skill level. And it doesn’t have feelings.

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France this summer: four under-the-radar holiday regions

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 06:00

France will be a popular option for a post-lockdown break, and is big enough to offer lots of places where crowds can be avoided

With Europe set to reopen to Brits, the first place many will think of heading for a summer holiday is across the Channel. France has moved swiftly since the ending of lockdown, with a reassuring foundation of health and safety regulations.

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‘We don’t want her to be remembered as the victim’: Kim Wall’s parents on telling her story

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:00

In 2017, journalist Kim Wall became the story when she was murdered after boarding a submarine. Now, Kim’s parents are sharing her life and tragedy in a new book

On a winter night in 2017, Joachim Wall was sitting in front of his daughter’s laptop at his home in Trelleborg, a town of around 45,000 and Sweden’s southernmost. He was going through thousands of pictures, trying to reorganize her archive – a task that would keep him busy for many more months.

Suddenly, he heard a familiar ding: Kim, are you there?

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'An ashram for the hummingbird': the Trindad haven for world's tiniest bird

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 08:15

Theo and Gloria Ferguson have created a garden specially designed to attract hummingbirds – and hundreds visit daily

At the foot of Theo and Gloria Ferguson’s property stands a giant silk cotton tree. Reminiscent of those enchanted species in children’s fables, this ancient sentinel’s huge varicose limbs yawn upwards and outwards, towards a canopy of leaves that scratch the sky. Eight adults linking arms would struggle to encircle its vast girth, proof of the aeons it has stood guarding the edge of Trinidad’s Maracas valley.

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'We don't live in a communist country!': battle over masks rages in Texas

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-02 15:42

Coronavirus cases are rising, but despite the exhortations of health experts, many Texans just don’t want to wear a mask

The driver license mega center in Fort Worth closed abruptly, just minutes before 1pm on Tuesday. Staff removed the two tables outside the entrance that recorded all visitors’ contact information, health histories and performed temperature checks.

Related: US setting new coronavirus case records as 'Russian bounty' row continues – live updates

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How Ghislaine Maxwell lived a 'life of privilege' on the run

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-02 19:16

Before the British socialite was arrested, she hid at a 156-acre property in New Hampshire and ‘made intentional efforts to avoid detection’

Even in hiding, Ghislaine Maxwell lived the high life.

The British socialite, arrested on Thursday for her alleged role in disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring, has been “hiding out in locations in New England” since the now deceased financier’s arrest last July – most recently on a 156-acre property in Bradford, New Hampshire.

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Hong Kong activist Nathan Law: 'I don't know when I'll go back'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 14:14

The pro-democracy politician, continuing the fight from abroad, says the international front is key

Three years ago, Nathan Law was jailed for several months over his role in pro-democracy “umbrella movement” protests in Hong Kong. But even in prison, he never imagined he would consider fleeing his home.

China’s decision to bring in a sweeping national security law that has criminalised many forms of peaceful protest in Hong Kong and carries penalties of up to life in prison changed that overnight.

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Online hate campaign targets Indian streaming stars

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 16:19

Netflix and Amazon Prime series such as Rasbhari highlight sexual violence, caste inequalities and Hindu nationalism

There was little fanfare when Rasbhari landed on Amazon Prime on 25 June. The Indian TV series, about a seductive teacher arriving in the small Uttar Pradesh city of Meerut, touched wryly on issues of teenage sexuality, sexual repression and the double standards for Indian men and women, but was absent of nudity or graphic scenes.

Only 24 hours later, a campaign of hate had built online. The show’s star Swara Bhasker, a Bollywood actor known for being outspoken against the Indian government, was inundated with thousands of tweets and threats, accusing the show of being obscene, of vulgarity, of being anti-Indian and anti-Hindu. Figures from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were among those tweeting their disgust.

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'Historic health screw-up': what you need to know about the Covid-19 crisis in California prisons

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 10:00

Nearly 5,000 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus and 22 have died. Advocates say the state has botched its response

California is battling a huge coronavirus outbreak in its state prisons, with thousands of inmates in facilities across the region infected.

Advocates and attorneys long warned that living conditions in the overcrowded institutions would prove fertile ground for the virus. Families and rights organizations say the state botched its response to the pandemic, failing to curb the spread of the virus and provide basic care and protections for prisoners.

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Living in Hong Kong: are you thinking about settling in the UK?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-02 09:18

We would like to hear from those eligible for the right to settle in the UK on whether they are thinking of leaving Hong Kong

In response to the UK prime minister offering nearly 3 million residents in Hong Kong the right to settle in the UK, China has said it would take “corresponding measures” to stop it from happening.

We would like to hear from people as to whether they are thinking of relocating to the UK or any other country.

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US health workers: how do you feel the government has dealt with the pandemic?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-01 16:00

We would like to hear from health workers and other frontline workers on how they feel the country has dealt with coronavirus

More than 44,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, making it another record high for new cases in one day as the pandemic charts a dangerous new surge.

Despite frontline workers taking high risks and working tirelessly to combat the virus, decisions by governments at both federal and state level have seen the number of infections continue to rise, with the situation expected to get worse.

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Tell us a story for our new podcast, Innermost

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-24 14:58

If you have a personal story to tell – whether big or small, funny or sad – we want to hear from you

It’s called Innermost, and it’s about you – and your personal lives.

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Are you taking part in US protests after the death of George Floyd?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-02 13:17

If you’re taking part in protests, we’d like to hear from you. Share your views

Protests have gripped the US over the past week following the death of George Floyd, an African American man while in police custody.

The Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter but demonstrations have continued in spite of curfews and fears of coronavirus transmission.

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Glasgow attack: Nicola Sturgeon says stabbings not being treated as terrorism – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-26 17:37

Scotland's first minister says police are not treating the incident in which several people were wounded as terrorism

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How 'white fragility' reinforces racism – video explainer

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-26 11:27

Robin DiAngelo’s bestselling book White Fragility has provoked an uncomfortable but vital conversation about what it means to be white. As protests organised by the Black Lives Matter movement continue around the world, she explains why white people should stop avoiding conversations about race because of their own discomfort, and how 'white fragility' plays a key role in upholding systemic racism

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From miracle cures to slowing testing: how Trump has defied science on coronavirus – video explainer

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-25 11:30

Donald Trump told thousands of supporters at a rally in Oklahoma he wanted to slow down testing for Covid-19 – despite experts saying the opposite.

From masks to 'miracle' treatments, the Guardian's Maanvi Singh looks back at how the US president has long been contradicting and defying science during the coronavirus outbreak and the impact that has had on the country's handling of the pandemic

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What does it mean to defund the police? – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-22 17:12

The Black Lives Matter protests in the US, which escalated in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, have brought the little-known but decades-old campaign to abolish US police into the spotlight. But what are abolitionists calling for, and how would a police-free society work? Josh Toussaint-Strauss explores the arguments for abolition with a campaigner from MPD150 and Reclaim the Block, and also Sam Levin, LA correspondent for Guardian US

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What is Juneteenth – and should it be a federal holiday in the US? – video explainer

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-18 09:00

Every 19 June for more than 150 years African Americans across the US have celebrated freedom from slavery. Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn explores the significance of Juneteenth, how celebrations have evolved over the years and looks at whether it is time for the holiday to receive federal recognition

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Inside Chaz, Seattle's police-free zone: 'We're proving the world can change' – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-16 15:09

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (otherwise known as Chaz or Chop) was established by George Floyd protesters after the Seattle police department vacated its East Precinct building on the site. Over the past week, organizers have created a community garden, painted murals, opened free co-op grocery stores – all in an effort to push the message of Black Lives Matter forward

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Rightwing protesters clash with police in London - video report

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-13 16:30

Rightwing demonstrators, who announced they would turn out on Saturday to protect London's monuments from anti-racism protesters, were involved in scuffles with police outside Parliament.

In and around Parliament Square, hundreds of people wearing football shirts, chanting 'England, England' and describing themselves as patriots, gathered alongside military veterans at the Cenotaph war memorial.

The group sang songs in support of rightwing activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who goes by the name of Tommy Robinson. 'Winston Churchill, he's one of our own,' they also chanted, near his statue which last weekend was sprayed with graffiti reading 'Churchill was a racist'.

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'Illegal': mayor says Trump cannot disband Seattle's 'autonomous zone' – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-12 16:44

Seattle's mayor has defended the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or 'Chaz', a space over several blocks transformed into a community without police which Donald Trump has threatened to disband.

In a tweet, Donald Trump described the protesters as 'domestic terrorists', In another tweet addressing the Seattle mayor, Jenny Durkan, and the Washington governor, Jay Inslee, he told them to 'take back your city NOW… If you don’t do it, I will.'

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‘Call it out!’: global voices from George Floyd protests – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-09 17:38

Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has been the trigger for a global wave of activism against prejudice and police brutality that has spread to more than 50 countries, becoming a mirror for racism and inequality in societies around the world. In Australia people protested for Indigenous rights, as people took up the cry against injustices in New Zealand, Ghana, France, Germany and the UK

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Great Barrier Reef: drone footage allows researchers to count 64,000 green sea turtles – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-10 03:12

Researchers have pioneered a new way of calculating the large green sea turtle population on Raine Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Using drones and a stripe of white paint on the back of adult turtles, the researchers from the Raine Island Recovery Project estimated there were 64,000 endangered green turtles at the Raine Island rookery. The new count shows there may be 1.73 times the number of turtles previously believed and they have now been able to adjust historical data to paint a more accurate picture of the area’s endangered green turtle population

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Justin Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism protest in Ottawa – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-05 22:13

Justin Trudeau took a knee in solidarity with demonstrators at an anti-racism protest in Ottawa on Friday. Wearing a black cloth mask, the Canadian prime minister kneeled after protesters asked him to. Trudeau said earlier this week that Canadians were watching what was unfolding in the US with horror and consternation, and he paused for 21 seconds when asked about Donald Trump and the use of teargas against protesters to clear the way for a photo opportunity

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Inside the George Floyd protests in New York: 'we are not the problem' – video

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-04 12:24

The police killing of George Floyd continues to ignite protests across the US. On 2 June, the Guardian embedded with activists as they marched through New York City to voice their outrage at Floyd's death and the systematic racism that enabled it

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20 photographs of the week

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-04 05:00

Black Lives Matter protests, protests in Hong Kong and the impact of Covid-19: the most striking photographs from around the world this week

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Castles and a vandalised mermaid: Friday's best photos

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 12:05

The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 14:51

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a hatching crocodile and Mexican grey wolf cubs

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A history of Fourth of July protests in America – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 12:00

‘This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn,’ Frederick Douglass lamented 13 years before Reconstruction. Since the 19th century, abolitionists, suffragists and civil rights activists have seized the Fourth of July as an occasion to protest injustices sustained by those omitted from the founding fathers’ vision. In the 20th century, the civil rights movement and Vietnam war brought to light legacies of slavery, imperialism and sexism that continue to challenge the narrative of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. Today, the potency of Black Lives Matter has established civil disobedience as an unwavering American tradition

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City crumbles as the sands shift on Senegal's coast – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-03 07:30

Nicky Woo has won the Marilyn Stafford award 2020 with her project As the Water Comes, documenting rising sea levels in Saint-Louis

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World Sports Photography Awards 2020

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-02 07:00

The winning images have been announced for the inaugural awards, selected by a jury of sports industry professionals, in categories that include joy, celebration, view, determination, precision and speed

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