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Germany steps up restrictions for EU countries amid COVID-19 surge

Show of solidarity after blast as Lebanon braces for protest

Senior officials from the Middle East and Europe started arriving in Lebanon Saturday in a show of solidarity with the tiny country that suffered a deadly blast this week which caused large-scale damage to the capital Beirut

Mali's Keita appoints Constitutional Court judges to ease crisis

Nine judges chosen by presidential decree as part of a compromise intended to ease months-long political turmoil.

UN: At least nine children killed by air raids in northern Yemen

UN says at least seven more children and two women were wounded, but casualty exact figures still under investigation.

Iran asks UN to hold US accountable for plane interception

Iran's UN ambassador says Mahan Airlines A310 was 'aggressively and unexpectedly intercepted' by US F-15 fighter jets.

'Uncertainty made me struggle': Covid puts financial stress on young people

More 18- 24-year-olds are anxious about careers as coronavirus hits jobs and mental healthRaymond Christie is having sleepless nights. The 18-year-old is worrying about how difficult it will be to find work opportunities as he anticipates an upcoming recession. Christie left school at 16 with no qualifications and went into training on a construction scheme that went into administration during the pandemic. Since then, he has had to rely on his family for financial support.“My mental health has never been as bad as it has been over the last few months since my mid-teens,” he says. “Losing my p...

Joe Arpaio: Former Arizona sheriff fails to regain old job

Joe Arpaio, known for his harsh immigration tactics, is beaten in the primary by his former deputy.

Suicide car bomber explodes outside Somali military base

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a military base in Somalia’s capital

Suicide car bomber explodes outside Somali military base

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a military base in Somalia’s capital

Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 466 new cases and 12 deaths, including second man in his 30s

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says number of mystery Covid-19 cases has risen by 130 as nine new infections announced in NSWA man in his 30s and six aged care residents are among 12 new Victorian Covid-19 deaths that have taken Australia’s coronavirus death toll to 278.On Saturday, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, announced a further 466 cases of coronavirus in the state. Andrews said the number of cases attributed to no known source had risen by 130 to 2,584.

‘The Squad keeps getting bigger’: progressive Democrats see wave of victories

Wins mark a dramatic shift from the spate of losses the progressive wing suffered over the last yearProgressive Democrats are enjoying a wave of victories in federal primaries across the country with some especially notable triumphs for Black activist candidates.Those successes, candidates and strategists say, are due to a mixture of broad energy from the Black Lives Matter movement, failure of conventional policy remedies to meet the moment and a rock-solid infrastructure of progressive organizations.

The mother load: Lisa Taddeo on parenting in a pandemic

Teacher, worker, carer, cook ... family life has gone back to the 1950s for many women. The Three Women author on why it’s time to let go of the tyranny of the ‘good’ mother Never in my life had I been so high.I’d just given a reading in Amsterdam after which the gracious hosts of the evening took me out for drinks. Three young women asked me questions about sex and love and desire as though I were an expert and it was nice but I was tired and unused to being considered an expert in anything but panic.

Lebanon’s president knew about huge explosives stockpile weeks before blast which left 154 dead and 300,000 homeless

LEBANON’S president knew about the stockpile of highly-explosive chemicals being stored at Beirut’s port nearly three weeks before the horror blast which left 157 dead. Michel Aoun has revealed he learned about the stash of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate on July 20 but claims he then ordered officials to deal with the problem. The

Bison, other beasts return life to a former Soviet army base

Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe

WATCH left-wing protesters clashing with police in last stand over Berlin pub eviction
WATCH left-wing protesters clashing with police in last stand over Berlin pub eviction

Scuffles erupted in Berlin on Friday as police enforced an eviction order for the pub Syndikat, which for decades served as a favorite gathering spot for radical left-wing activists.

Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?

It was almost as if Emmanuel Macron forgot that Lebanon is no longer a French protectorate. Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France’s leader comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France’s own heart. “France will never let Lebanon go,” Macron said.

Bison, other beasts return life to a former Soviet army base

Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe

‘Maybe I should send Trump $100 for asset freeze’: Chinese official mocks Washington over Hong Kong sanctions
‘Maybe I should send Trump $100 for asset freeze’: Chinese official mocks Washington over Hong Kong sanctions

The head of mainland China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Luo Huining, pointed out that the recent personal US sanctions will have zero effect on him and only prove that he is doing “the right thing.”

Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?

When France’s president visited explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, he promised to rebuild and claimed that the blast pierced France’s own heart

Coronavirus news – live: Mixing in pubs and houses 'led to new local lockdown measures', as thousands of NHS workers to march over pay

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‘The virus piggybacked on racism’: why did Covid-19 hit BAME families so hard?

Ida lost two brothers in 10 days, and Ken’s teenage sweetheart died at 44. Now, they’re looking for answersSir Oyaseh Ivowi sits in front of a poster of two of his three boys. Olume, the older brother, hovers over Isi; both wear traditional Nigerian dress. Underneath are the words: “Gone too soon, but not forgotten. Olume Godfrey Ivowi, 7 November 1973 to 10 April 2020. Isi Benjamin Emitsemu Ivowi, 17 November 1985 to 19 April 2020.”Olume, 46, and Isi, 34, died in Luton and Milton Keynes respectively. Their passing made headlines because it was so shocking: two brothers killed by Covid-19 in s...

'We're making it up as we go along': how Trump's America failed the Covid test

Coronavirus has been allowed to run amok by governors and the president, spreading inexorably into the rural heart of AmericaA letter landed on the desk of the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, this week that given the public health catastrophe swirling all around him might give him pause. His state is one of 21 across the US that have been placed by the White House coronavirus taskforce in the “red zone”, indicating the disease is now so prevalent that immediate restrictions must be imposed to avoid dire consequences.Kemp, a Republican governor and Donald Trump ally, has adopted a controversia...

More than 60 missing after Beirut mega-blast: Live updates

Foreign emergency teams have arrived to mount a coordinated rescue and humanitarian response after deadly explosion.

Beijing's top office in Hong Kong slams 'ridiculous' US sanctions

Officials subject to US sanctions include Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and head of China's Liaison Office, Luo Huining

Namibia: Rhino poaching falls by more than 60 percent

Windhoek says intensified intelligence operations by authorities and tougher sentences for poachers led to the drop.

‘We were sexually frustrated’: did it work out for people who texted an ex in lockdown?

It’s never been easier to track down your first love online, and during the pandemic many people did just thatDressed up for the first time in lockdown, and wearing a full face of makeup, Annabelle Richards went to meet her first love. The last time she had seen Junior St Clair was in the summer of 1992. She was 17, and on a bus bound for London. He was 20 and standing outside Ipswich bus station, bawling. “As the coach pulled away there were tears pouring down his cheeks,” Annabelle recalls, “and I cried all the way home.”In late March, after reconnecting on Facebook during lockdown, Annabell...

Blatant & barbaric interference: Hong Kong government blasts US for using city as ‘pawn’ after Trump sanctioned Chinese officials
Blatant & barbaric interference: Hong Kong government blasts US for using city as ‘pawn’ after Trump sanctioned Chinese officials

The Hong Kong government said that they will not be “intimidated” by the new US sanctions and accused Washington of using the city as a wedge in US-Chinese relations.

2 ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

Indian plane skids off hilltop runway, cracks, killing 18

The plane swayed violently as it approached a hilltop runway drenched in monsoon rain, and moments later the special return flight for Indians stranded abroad by the pandemic skidded off, nosedived and cracked in two, leaving 18 dead and more than 120 injured. Among the injured on Friday night, at least 15 were in critical condition, said Abdul Karim, a senior police officer in southern Kerala state. The dead included both pilots of the Air India Express flight, the airline said in a statement, adding that the four cabin crew were safe.

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

After 26 consecutive years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is confronting something unfamiliar as he tries to win a sixth term: circumstances beyond his control. Discontent over a worsening economy and his government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition rallies since the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Alexander Lukashenko became independent Belarus's first and only elected president, so far. Rumblings among the ruling elite and a bitter rift with Russia, Belarus's main sponsor and ally, compound the reelection chal...

A father, a sister, a son: Beirut blast takes a heavy toll

A close twin sister, now separated forever. Tuesday's enormous explosion that killed scores of people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction across Lebanon's capital touched off widespread mourning for the victims.

'Wayne must go' – the staunch NRA supporter out to take down LaPierre

As the gun rights group faces a move to dissolve it in New York, David Dell’Aquila is waging his own legal battle to root out financial improprietyHours after the National Rifle Association was hit by a lawsuit from New York’s attorney general on Thursday seeking to have the gun lobby dissolved over allegations that millions of dollars were diverted to pay for the lavish lifestyles of its leaders, the NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre, hit back.In typically pugnacious fashion, LaPierre issued his own counter-suit against the attorney general, Letitia James. In a rallying cry to NRA members, he accused...

Fresh calls for Metropolitan police to investigate Cummings' Durham trip

Commons committee chair says new evidence should be examined by Scotland YardCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Metropolitan police is facing fresh calls to investigate Dominic Cummings’ decision to leave London for Durham at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.The calls come after the Guardian and the Daily Mirror revealed that Dave and Clare Edwards, two of four people who claim to have seen Cummings on 19 April, have complained to the police watchdog, accusing the Durham force of not fully investigating their claims.

A father, a sister, a son: Beirut blast takes a heavy toll

The enormous explosion in Beirut that killed scores of people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction across Lebanon’s capital touched off widespread mourning for the victims

A father, a sister, a son: Beirut blast takes a heavy toll

The enormous explosion in Beirut that killed scores of people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction across Lebanon’s capital touched off widespread mourning for the victims

In photographs: Beirut residents show inside their destroyed homes

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

Mauritius has said the ship was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel and cracks have appeared in its hull.

Can the post-pandemic world be greener?

International Energy Agency chief, Dr Fatih Birol, urges an environmentally friendly financial recovery for the world.

Why Russian mercenaries seized control of key oilfield in Libya

Despite losing ground, Moscow sends war planes and Russian mercenaries to Libya. Plus, Lebanon's deadly explosion.

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius declared a “state of environmental emergency” late Friday after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental areas that the government called “very sensitive.” Mauritius has said the ship was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel and cracks have appeared in its hull.

Lebanon president says investigation will examine possible 'external interference' in port blast

"The cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act," President Michel Aoun told local media.

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, the country’s counterintelligence chief said in the most specific warning to date about the threat of foreign interference. U.S. officials also believe China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its criticism of the White House, expanding its efforts to shape public policy in America and to pressure political...

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote
Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - After 26 consecutive years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is confronting something unfamiliar as he tries to win a sixth term: circumstances beyond his control. Dis...

Belarus’ leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

After 26 years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is contending with circumstances beyond his control as he tries to win a sixth term

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

After 26 years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is contending with circumstances beyond his control as he tries to win a sixth term

Just 10 enforcement orders issued for breach of UK quarantine rules

Fears measures may be extended to France, but little enforcement appears to be taking placeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust 10 enforcement orders have been issued to people for breaking quarantine rules after arriving in the UK, it has emerged, as fears of an extension of the measures to other parts of Europe led to a surge in last-minute enquires from customers desperate to get away before any further crackdown.This week travellers arriving from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were told they would have to quarantine for 14 days following a rise in Covid-19 cas...

Venezuelan court sentences 2 former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison

"Operation Gideon" was launched from makeshift training camps in neighboring Colombia and left at least eight rebel soldiers dead while a total of 66 were jailed. Former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau, who operated a private, Florida-based security firm called Silvercorp USA, claimed responsibility for the failed attack.

New Zealand's Ardern launches 'COVID election' campaign

PM kicks off her re-election campaign by pledging a $205m rescue package for businesses affected by the virus lockdown.

Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali

The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protectionMore than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together.