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Trump returns to plugging false Covid-19 'cure' as US deaths near 150,000 – live
President promotes hydroxychloroquine and attacks public health expert Dr Anthony Fauci, who vows to continue doing his job 2.48pm BST Today’s House hearing with attorney general William Barr has reportedly been slightly delayed because judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler was in a minor car accident on his way from New York. A spokesperson for Nadler told CNN the Democratic congressman was
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Anthony Fauci: MLB season could be in danger after Covid-19 outbreak
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Killer heat: US racial injustices will worsen as climate crisis escalates
Exclusive: new research shows how black and brown neighbourhoods will be hit hardest by global heating Dangerous heatwaves are exacerbating systemic racial inequalities, with soaring temperatures expected to further disadvantage communities of colour if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, new research shows. Extreme heat is among the deadliest weather hazards humanity faces due to the climate c
Will coronavirus mean the demise of banknotes? | Howard Davies
Reports that Covid-19 could be transmitted by handling cash gave people another reason to steer clear of paper money Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Four years ago Kenneth Rogoff , a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, made a powerful case for phasing out paper money. In his book The Curse of Cash , Rogoff argued that much paper money, especial
A moving ‘Amazing Grace’ performance for Congressman John Lewis – video
US lawmakers were visibly moved while singer Wintley Phipps delivered his performance of 'Amazing Grace' in the Capitol Rotunda for the late congressman John Lewis. A Democratic member from Atlanta since 1987, Lewis endured numerous beatings and arrests in his lifelong fight against segregation and for racial justice. He died on 17 July of pancreatic cancer at age 80 John Lewis: voice of civil ri
Gold eases from new $1,980 record as dollar lifts ahead of Fed meeting – business live
Gold rally cools amid profit-taking 9.05am BST The precious metals rally is running out of steam, for now. The price of spot gold has fallen 1.5% to $1,913 an ounce while spot silver has lost nearly 6% to $23.20 an ounce, after hitting a seven-year high of $26.19 an ounce. There is some profit taking, but the dollar has also recovered some ground after hitting two-year lows. We hope that we would
'Egregious' distancing violations at Chainsmokers charity concert – Cuomo
New York governor says event in Hamptons also featuring Goldman Sachs CEO breached Covid-19 rules Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New York health authorities will investigate a charity concert in the Hamptons, which included performances by the Goldman Sachs chief, David Solomon, and DJ duo the Chainsmokers, over what Governor Andrew Cuomo called “egregious” social d
'A bigger tent message': Larry Hogan on Trump and his own White House ambitions
The Maryland governor thinks moderates will soon have a chance to redirect a Republican party that has lurched hard to the right What if Trump won’t go? Here’s the worst-case scenario Whether or not Donald Trump wins re-election in November , Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, predicts the Republican party will finally do some soul searching. Related: Biden holds daunting lead over Trump as US ele
Edinburgh's cancelled. So why am I still dreaming about performing naked there? | Nish Kumar
I’ve been doing standup at the fringe almost every year since 2006. And despite the stress, lousy lodging and worse food there’s nothing I’d rather do It’s the last week of July and, like most comedians in the country, in any other year I’d be about to head to Edinburgh for the fringe . The dreaded ’rona has robbed us of that, along with everything else. So why am I still having stress dreams abo
We are entering an era of pandemics – it will end only when we protect the rainforest | Peter Daszak
Reducing deforestation and the exploitation of wildlife are the first steps in breaking the chain of disease emergence Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In late 2013, in the village of Meliandou in rural Guinea, a group of children playing near a hollow tree disturbed a small colony of bats hiding inside. Scientists think that Emile Ouamouno, who later became the first
‘It’s constant verbal abuse’: San Francisco bus driver recounts assault after enforcing mask rule
The driver who was injured after asking a group of teens to wear their masks says the pandemic adds stress to his job A San Francisco bus driver who was assaulted last week said that both he and his Asian passengers have faced racist abuse when they have asked other riders to wear their face masks during the pandemic. The driver said he was hit in the face and struck with a miniature baseball bat
Megan Thee Stallion's shooting shows the world still doesn't care about Black women | Tayo Bero
Shortly after the rapper was shot, people cracked jokes or simply ignored the attack. When will Black women get the respect we deserve? It has been an exhausting year for Black women. From the murders of Breonna Taylor and activist Toyin Salau to the killings of Black transgender women , we have had to watch the world fail us over and over again, and in real time. And now, it’s happening again wi
Attorney general will defend aggressive US response to Portland protests
William Barr will tell members of a House judiciary hearing that the events in Portland are disconnected from the death of George Floyd The US attorney general, William Barr, will defend the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America in a highly anticipated hearing on Tuesday, arguing that “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests” sparked by Ge
Democrats pan Republican plan to slash jobless benefits to $200 as 'totally inadequate'
White House officials and top Democrats negotiating a new aid package as economy continues to reel from coronavirus crisis Unemployment assistance, eviction protections and other relief for millions of Americans struggling in an economy cratered by the coronavirus crisis were at stake as White House officials on Monday began fraught negotiations with top Democrats on a new aid package. Aid runs o
Ghislaine Maxwell: lawyers ask judge to stop accusers from posting evidence online
Lawyers don’t want women who claim Maxwell abused them to use evidence from criminal case to boost lawsuits by posting online Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell asked a judge to stop her accusers from using evidence in the criminal case to boost civil lawsuits by posting materials to the internet. The lawyers say attorneys for women who claim Maxwell recruited and abused them
John Lewis: voice of civil rights leader rings out one final time at lying-in-state
Late congressman becomes the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the Rotunda of the Capitol John Lewis was a gentle man but a stentorian speechmaker. On Monday, for the last time, his courageous voice echoed in the halls of the Capitol and brought all who heard it to a standstill. As the recording of Lewis ended, Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, took her seat and the Rotunda erupted in applau
US prison population falls sharply as pandemic disrupts justice system
State and federal head counts have dropped 8%, largely because prisons are not accepting new inmates and many courts are closed There has been a major drop in the number of people behind bars in the US. Between March and June, more than 100,000 were released from state and federal prisons, a decrease of 8%, according to analysis by the Marshall Project and the Associated Press . The drops range f
Reports say one-third of Miami Marlins players have tested positive for Covid-19
Thirteen members of Marlins said to have the coronavirus Concern over viability of season after positive tests The Miami Marlins’ home opener on Monday night against Baltimore has been postponed as the team deal with a coronavirus outbreak that stranded them in Philadelphia. The Marlins postponed their flight home on Sunday night after their series finale against the Phillies. ESPN reports that t
Revealed: oil giants help fund powerful police groups in top US cities
Investigation portrays fossil fuel industry as common enemy in struggle for racial and environmental justice in America Big corporations accused of driving environmental and health inequalities in black and brown communities through toxic and climate-changing pollution are also funding powerful police groups in major US cities, according to a new investigation. Related: Trump is using federal age
Clashes in Portland as Trump’s actions light fuse under protests in other cities
Anti-racism protesters reconvened in Seattle on Sunday night in support of Portland demonstrators Inside the elite border patrol unit Trump sent to Portland Downtown Portland saw fresh clashes early on Monday morning, between anti-racism protesters and federal officers using teargas , flash-bangs and crowd control munitions. Related: The birth of a militia: how an armed group polices Black Lives
If Zac Efron has a ‘dad bod’, what hope is there for the rest of us? | Priya Elan
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