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Tommy Robinson asked wealthy US backers to help him claim asylum
British far-right activist’s team also approached Republican senator Ted Cruz’s office about securing a visa The anti-immigration activist Tommy Robinson asked wealthy American backers to help him claim asylum in the US, the Guardian has learned, while his team approached the Republican senator Ted Cruz’s office about securing a visa. Court documents released in the US show the English Defence Le
The Rock for president? I’ll run if the people want it, says Dwayne Johnson
Wrestler and actor does not rule out White House bid ‘If this is what the people want, then I will do that’ The professional wrestler turned star actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said on Monday that he would run for US president if he felt he had enough support from Americans. Johnson, 48, one of the highest-paid and most popular actors in the United States, has been flirting with a possible White
Minnesota police shooting of Daunte Wright: what we know so far
Wright was shot and killed by police after he was pulled over for a traffic violation in Brooklyn Center, near Minneapolis Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday. Protests broke out in the suburb of Minneapolis, where one of the most-watched police trials in recent memory is playing out. Police on Monday said the shooting app

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‘They didn’t have to kill him’: anger and outrage as locals mourn Daunte Wright
Protesters in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center pay their respects to the unarmed Black man, 20, shot dead by police Amid the drizzle and grey sky on Monday, Bethany Hemrich came to pay her respects near the site where 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot dead less than 24 hours before. Related: Daunte Wright killing: Biden calls for ‘peace and calm’ as Minneapolis sets curfew – live Contin
Study reveals alarming trend in US death rates since 2000
Even before Covid-19, ‘excess deaths’ in the US were higher than in peer European countries How many Americans would die each year, on average, if the country had European mortality rates? Far fewer, suggests a new analysis, which compared mortality trends before the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite spending far more than other wealthy countries on healthcare, the United States has relatively higher mo
Derek Chauvin trial: George Floyd was ‘a person everybody loved’, brother says
Philonise Floyd tells jury how his brother was ‘a leader’ while cardiologist says George Floyd’s death was ‘absolutely preventable’ George Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise Floyd, took the stand on Monday in the trial of the former police officer accused of murdering him and told the jury how George Floyd was “a person that everybody loved around the community”. Philonise Floyd broke down in tea
US CEOs think Biden’s corporate tax rate hike will have negative impact – survey
President’s proposed hike would raise corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to pay for his $2.3tn infrastructure plan The bosses of America’s largest companies overwhelmingly believe Joe Biden’s proposed increase in the country’s corporate tax rate would have a negative impact on their businesses, according to a survey released on Monday. The influential business lobbying group Business Roundtable,
Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters win set to boost home interest in golf at Olympics
Masters champion could light cauldron at Tokyo Games Golf’s return to Olympics hit by withdrawals at Rio 2016 Golf’s rocky relationship with the Olympic Games hardly looked like improving when Dustin Johnson, the world No 1, confirmed he would skip the chance to participate in Tokyo. Johnson was, in fact, pretty dismissive over the very concept. The sport’s return to the Olympics in 2016 was over
Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua film pulled from Georgia over voting bill
Emancipation, based on the life of an enslaved man named Peter, will no longer film in the state A major Apple Studios film telling the story of a man who escapes slavery that is set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua and star Will Smith will no longer film in Georgia as a result of a controversial voting bill that passed in the state last month. Emancipation is based on the life of an enslaved man
‘It will give structure to the day’: Goldman Sachs staff return to London offices
After months of working from home, bank’s employees and others go back to desks as Covid controls ease Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A steady stream of black cabs pulled up outside Goldman Sachs’ European headquarters in central London early on Monday morning, transporting bankers to their desk. For many of them, it is the first time in more than a year they have b
'Give me oxygen': teenager hits first 7-10 bowling split on TV for 30 years – video
Teenager Anthony Neuer has got himself into the history books with an incredible 7-10 split, the first of it's kind caught on television for 30 years. The 18-year-old becomes the fourth player ever to achieve the feat during PBA Tour TV broadcast. Much to the astonishment of the commentators who spoke breathlessly saying 'Oh man, give me some oxygen and water ... I believe the Ginger Assassin can
Black army officer pepper-sprayed by police during traffic stop in December 2020 – video
One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black US army officer during a traffic stop has been fired, a Virginia town announced late on Sunday, hours after the governor called for an independent investigation . In the December 2020 encounter, two officers are accused of drawing their guns, pointing them at army second lieutenant Caron Nazario and using a s
Derek Chauvin trial continues as Black man is killed by police in Minnesota – live
Murder trial over George Floyd’s death enters 11th day Protests near Minneapolis after fatal police shooting at traffic stop Republicans push ‘tsunami’ of harsh anti-protest laws after BLM rallies 4.18pm BST Rich has given his expert opinion on Floyd’s death: “In this case, Mr George Floyd died from a cardiopulmonary arrest that was caused by low oxygen levels, and those low oxygen levels were in
Boris Johnson was not honest about the Irish border. What is he going to do about it? | Simon Jenkins
The prime minister’s bluster is meeting head-on with the complex reality of Northern Irish politics Apologies make cynical history, but Boris Johnson has a big one to make, and fast. He must apologise to Northern Ireland’s unionists that he did not mean it last year when he pledged “no border” down the Irish Sea. As the Good Friday agreement negotiator, Jonathan Powell, wrote on Sunday, this was
Biden to meet with bipartisan group to discuss $2tn infrastructure plan – live
Biden specifically targeting Republican congressional leaders Mitch McConnell has pledged to fight package ‘every step of the way’ President adamant Congress must approve massive investment Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 3.30pm BST Matt Gaetz and a spokesman for Donald Trump reacted angrily late on Sunday after CNN reported that the scandal-hit Florida Republican con
Major White House news: Biden’s dog to receive anti-biting training offsite
Presidential pet, a rescue dog, has ‘nipped’ two staff members Spokesman for first lady says additional training needed Major the White House dog will receive further training away from the executive mansion after two biting incidents at his new home, a spokesman for the first lady, Jill Biden, said on Monday. Related: Amorous alligators put Florida on alert as mating season begins Continue readi
Matt Gaetz request for meeting with Trump was not snubbed, both sides say
Florida congressman reportedly faces federal investigation Trump spokesman calls story of rebuff ‘complete fake news’ Matt Gaetz and a spokesman for Donald Trump reacted angrily late on Sunday after CNN reported that the scandal-hit Florida Republican congressman sought a meeting with the former US president when allegations of sex-trafficking and illegal drug use were first reported – and was re
Softball pitcher Hope Trautwein strikes out all 21 batters in perfect game
Feat is believed to be a first at elite level of US college sports Trautwein helps North Texas to 3-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff How about this for perfection by North Texas softball pitcher Hope Trautwein: 21 batters faced, 21 strikeouts. Trautwein threw the perfect game Sunday, striking out all 21 Arkansas-Pine Bluff batters she faced in a 3-0 victory. Continue reading...
Hideki Matsuyama is Japanese but his victory matters for Asian Americans
The Masters champion appears to have little in common with Asian Americans. But his win comes at a time when any Asian success story is welcome in the US And with that, Hideki Matsuyama is the first male Japanese player ever to win a golf major. Quite interesting timing, particularly as anti-Asian hate crimes in the US have risen 150% over the past year , spurred on by conspiracy theories – sprea
The G7 must push for global vaccination. Here’s how it could do it | Gordon Brown
We can’t afford inaction. The funds needed are a fraction of the trillions Covid is costing us Report: Gordon Brown calls for G7 to act on Covid vaccine ‘apartheid’ This June, President Biden will fly into Britain to attend his first summit of the world’s richest nations. The routine meetings of the G7 – made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the European
Why do my children find me so annoying? I fear it is nothing to do with lockdown | Zoe Williams
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Baltimore is burning trash, so we're starving the fire – video
​Residents in South Baltimore are fighting to 'starve' their nearby Bresco incinerator due to health concerns over the amount of pollution it creates. Of the 72 remaining facilities in the US, the vast majority are located in predominantly low-income or minority communities, raising concerns about compounding pollutants in already overburdened neighbourhoods Continue reading...
Big tech finance companies are one step ahead of regulators
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First Thing: protests in Minneapolis suburb after fatal police shooting
Police shot and killed a man in Brooklyn Center, close to Minneapolis where the trial over the death of George Floyd continues. Plus, Facebook failed to crack down on world leaders deceiving and harassing citizens Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning. Protests erupted in Minneapolis overnight after the death of a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by police durin
Caron Nazario: Windsor police officer fired over pepper-spray traffic stop
Black and Latino Army officer threatened and knocked down Statement says Windsor ‘prides itself in its small-town charm’ Governor Northam calls for state police investigation One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black US army officer during a traffic stop has been fired, a Virginia town announced late on Sunday, hours after the governor called for an
Georgia is updating Jim Crow. Now, he’s Dr James Crow | David Daley and Rev Jesse Jackson
Dr James Crow is a specialist in statistics and other subtle ways of keeping black voters down Georgia has a long history of racial inequity at the ballot box. Voters wait an average of just six minutes in line after 7pm in precincts where 90% of residents are white. But when 90% of voters are Black? The wait soars to 51 minutes . Between 2012 and 2018, Georgia shuttered 8% of all precincts state
The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it
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