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The Independent UK

Prime minister's approval rating has fallen from 74 to 46 per cent since May, a poll shows

Gymnast says she was 'very depressed' after allegations against Nassar first surfaced

Clinics in neighbourhoods badly hit in the spring are seeing dramatically high rates of positive antibody tests

US president says in comparison: 'I aced it, I aced the test'

Saudi Arabian media reports that UK defence minister called to praise government's work

Returning traveller also charged with damaging 52-inch TV at isolation hotel

Activists in Oak Park call vandalism an act of 'hatred'

Civil Partnership Act grants LGBTQ+ couples nearly same legal rights as heterosexual married couples

Press secretary was answering questions about a ruling on Mr Trump's tax returns that left the president raging on Twitter

Some recent cases involved pupils and parents, education secretary says

The deal is the seventh between the Trump administration and the democratic island

French president's approval of restoration to original 19th-century design ends debate about its future form

President paints high court's ruling as a mixed bag for himself as DA unlikely to obtain documents before Election Day

Despite ruling, financial records will likely not be made public before the election

Video uses Kellyanne Conway's comments on Biden to highlight president's own behaviour

Treasury and State department target property and place visa restrictions on top Communist Party members

'Our city isn't just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We're committed to the meaning of the message', mayor says


The Guardian Uk

- Martin Pengelly in New York

Public health expert made remark after US set world record for most new Covid-19 cases reported in one day

As the US set a world record for most Covid-19 cases in one day, with 60,000 reported on Wednesday, Dr Anthony Fauci, a senior member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, said states needed to pause reopening efforts.

Related: Some Republican senators to skip national convention due to pandemic

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- Nadeem Badshah

EU to invest €2bn on vaccines now being tested but UK officials say scheme benefits are ‘limited’

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The UK government has rejected the chance to join the European Union’s coronavirus vaccine programme due to concerns over “costly delays”, according to sources.

The EU is planning to spend around €2bn (£1.8bn) on the advance purchase of vaccines that are undergoing testing on behalf of the 27 member states.

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- Teresa Cowie in Wellington

Man in his 50s is the third person to abscond during quarantine, as the nation battles with influx of returning citizens

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New Zealand’s government has revealed that a third person has absconded from a managed isolation facility, saying a man cut through a fence so that he could go to buy some alcohol.

On Wednesday a man, aged in his 30s absconded from his managed quarantine hotel in central Auckland to visit a supermarket and later tested positive for coronavirus. It came after a woman jumped over a hedge to get out of quarantine. Later, she got lost and asked a passing policeman for directions back to her hotel.

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- Bethan McKernan Middle East correspondent

Syria’s rebel-held province has been dreading an outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic

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Healthcare workers in Syria’s last rebel-held province are bracing for fresh disaster after the overcrowded and poverty-stricken area confirmed its first case of Covid-19.

A doctor in his 30s working at Bab al-Hawa hospital in Idlib near the Turkish border asked to be tested after displaying symptoms, the local health authority said on Thursday evening.

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- Daniel Strauss in Washington

The ex-US ambassador to the UN is one of the few Trump officials to leave on good terms and has diligently built up a national profile

Nikki Haley has kept busy since leaving her post in the Trump administration as United States ambassador to the United Nations.

A former governor of South Carolina, Haley is often mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate for either 2024 or 2028 – depending on whether Donald Trump wins re-election in November.

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- Nemo Kim in Seoul and agencies

Park Won-soon found dead two days after former secretary files criminal complaint

South Korea has been left in shock after the mayor of Seoul apparently killed himself amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Park Won-soon, an activist and lawyer who had led the capital for 10 years, was discovered dead after a search party involving hundreds of officers was launched by police. A fire brigade search dog located Park’s body in a wooded area on Mount Bukak in central Seoul one minute after midnight local time (1601 BST) on Friday.

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- Patrick Greenfield

But demand for ivory and rhino horn shows signs of falling, says UN wildlife crime report

Lion, jaguar and leopard body parts are being increasingly sought as substitutes to tiger products by traffickers, a major UN report has found, but demand for ivory and rhino horn has shown signs of a sustained fall.

Wildlife trafficking continues to pose a major threat to nature, global biodiversity and human health, the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned, following an analysis of trends in the multibillion dollar illegal wildlife trade.

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- Karen McVeigh

Medical charity accused of shoring up colonialism and white supremacy in its work

The medical NGO Médecins Sans Frontières is institutionally racist and reinforces colonialism and white supremacy in its humanitarian work, according to an internal statement signed by 1,000 current and former members of staff.

The statement accused MSF of failing to acknowledge the extent of racism perpetuated by its policies, hiring practices, workplace culture and “dehumanising” programmes, run by a “privileged white minority” workforce.

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- Martin Belam

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There’s a new official Twitter account in town. White House Rapid Response is up and running and promising to “try to drive messages and make announcements”. It will be manned, it says, by the White House communications shop, under the direction of Kayleigh McEnany and Alyssa Farah.

Their opening tweet says the account will “cut through the bias and provide real-time updates on the historic accomplishments of President Donald Trump’s administration”. A statement which, if I’m honest, maybe doesn’t sound entirely bias-free itself.

Follow @WHRapidResponse as we cut through the bias and provide real-time updates on the historic accomplishments of President @realDonaldTrump’s administration!

1.35pm BST

We know the Donald Trump cares deeply about his rating numbers - whether that is political polls or on the television. He maybe shouldn’t look at the app store at the moment.

Bloomberg are reporting that thousands of TikTok fans are review-bombing the official Donald Trump campaign app in the Apple store in retaliation for noises coming from Trump’s administration that they are considering a ban on the app for security reasons.

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- Verna Yu

Expats say they feel insecure about living somewhere ‘where the walls have ears’

• Australia’s Hong Kong intervention was hardly strident but that didn’t matter to China

Australian expats in Hong Kong are feeling jittery about their future after Beijing imposed a new national security law that could lead to foreigners being arbitrarily detained. They say the move has hastened their plans to leave the financial hub amid calls from their government for its citizens to “reconsider” their need to stay there.

The national security law passed in Beijing and enacted in Hong Kong on 1 July punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison. It applies to permanent residents and non-residents in Hong Kong who breach the law in the territory, along with anyone accused of violating the law regardless of their nationality and where the alleged crime took place – so foreigners could be arrested on arrival in Hong Kong. National security cases can also be sent to Chinese courts for trial.

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- Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent

Libel trial hears details of row over excrement in bed and a final confrontation

Johnny Depp has denied hurling a phone at Amber Heard in the final confrontation of their turbulent marriage.

Details of the alleged incident in their LA home as the couple were breaking up emerged on the fourth day of Depp’s cross-examination at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

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- Associated Press

Slogan painted on Fifth Avenue a week after president tweeted it would be ‘a symbol of hate’

New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, took part in painting “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Thursday, a week after Donald Trump tweeted it would be “a symbol of hate”.

De Blasio was flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the Rev Al Sharpton as he helped paint the racial justice rallying cry in giant yellow letters on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower. Activists watching chanted: “Whose streets? Our streets!”

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- Laura Snapes

Los Angeles police charge two men with murder after rapper was shot dead during a home invasion in Hollywood in February

Five people have been arrested in connection with the death of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke. The 20-year-old artist, born Bashar Jackson, was shot dead in a suspected robbery that took place in a rented apartment in Hollywood, California, on 19 February.

Los Angeles Police Department said it had arrested three adult males and two minors. Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, have been charged with murder. Twenty-one-year-old Jaquan Murphy has been charged with attempted murder.

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- Heather Richardson

As the brutality of drumlines and culling is exposed, ingenious new ideas are being trialled to protect humans from sharks – and vice versa

In 2017, surf champion Kelly Slater responded on Instagram to the death of Alexandre Naussac, a bodyboarder who died after a shark attack: “Honestly, I won’t be popular for saying this but there needs to be a serious cull,” Slater wrote. “There is a clear imbalance happening in the ocean there … 20 attacks since 2011!?”

Réunion Island, the French overseas department in the Indian Ocean where Naussac died, did indeed see 24 shark attacks between 2010 and 2019, 10 of which were fatal. If anywhere is a shark attack hotspot, it’s here: one-sixth of recorded fatal attacks globally from 2011–20016 happened in the island’s murky water, which appeals to bull sharks but makes it harder to spot them. Overfishing has been cited as another possible reason for the high incidence of attacks, as sharks move nearer land to find food.

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- Martin Allen

As a partner of the law firm DMH Stallard, based in Brighton, East Sussex, my brother Tony Allen, who has died aged 76, helped to establish one of the country’s first multi-disciplinary planning practices, combining planning lawyers and chartered planners. He was the planning lawyer that handled the complex application by Brighton and Hove Albion FC for the development of the Amex Stadium, home to the Seagulls since 2011.

Two years after departing the Goldstone Ground in 1997, their home for 100 years, the homeless Brighton & Hove Albion first appointed Tony to handle their planning application for the conversion of Withdean Athletics Stadium. Despite strong opposition from residents in the wealthy neighbourhood the application succeeded. Martin Perry, director and later CEO of the club, then hired Tony to work again on the application for the Amex Stadium, then Falmer Stadium. On learning of Tony’s death, Perry said: “The stadium is his legacy.”

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- Jill Rutter

The international trade secretary fears the UK may fail to comply with WTO rules. But the real problem will be trade with the EU

The international trade secretary, Liz Truss, joins a long list of people concerned that the UK may not be as ready for Brexit on 1 January 2021 as it needs to be.

In a letter to cabinet colleagues this week, she has reportedly raised concerns that the UK will not be operating a World Trade Organization (WTO) compliant border when we leave the EU. It was an embarrassing revelation, particularly coming on the same day as the UK was nominating her predecessor, Liam Fox, as the man to lead the WTO into a new era.

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- Sarah Marsh (now); Fran Lawther, Amelia Hill and Helen Sullivan (earlier)

Bolivia leader and Venezuelan Socialist party boss test positive; Tokyo pays nightclubs to close; global cases reach 12.3m

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1.27pm BST

Some more global updates below

1.16pm BST

Below is a look at the latest global updates of the day. Please do get in touch with me while I blog today to share your news tips, comments and any other insight.

Hong Kong is closing all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools early, amid a new outbreak of Covid-19 infections in the city. Summer holidays will begin early on Monday, authorities announced today, and there will be a review to decide if school can resume the new year as scheduled in August or September. Schools have been given the option of delaying tests planned for next week until later in the year.

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- Danielle Renwick in New York

More than 1,500 Mexican immigrants have died in the US and families face hurdles as they seek to return their loved ones’ remains

Medel Huesca liked to dance, play cumbia music, and host backyard cookouts at the house he shared with relatives in Valley Stream, New York. He was deeply loyal, and kept close ties to his family in Veracruz, Mexico, despite having been away for twenty years.

He worked two jobs – at a supermarket and for a meat supplier – to support his wife and six children back home; he provided uniforms to his youngest daughter’s baseball team, and he called home nearly every day.

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- Lily Kuo in Beijing

Hidden Corner has rapidly become one of the country’s most discussed and watched shows

In the hit Chinese web series, Hidden Corner, a children’s song presages the show’s most violent moments.

“Under the blue, blue skies, in the silver river is a small white boat,” three young children sing tremulously, looking into a camera propped up on the mountainside where they have just hiked on a clear summer day. In the background, a man is taking a photo of his elderly in-laws posed against bright green foliage. He adjusts their legs and hands, pauses and then pushes them off the cliff.

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- Josh Taylor

The arts institution, which is home to eight resident arts companies, had gone into voluntary administration in May

Sydney arts institution Carriageworks has been saved from administration after the NSW government backed a multi-million dollar lifeline from a group of 15 philanthropists.

The multi-arts organisation that operates performance and gallery spaces in repurposed 1880s locomotive workshops in Sydney’s inner west owes more than $2m to more than 140 creditors, and went into voluntary administration on 4 May.

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BBC News UK

The official denials come after several mysterious blasts hit the country in recent weeks.

The Democrat promises a jobs boom, savaging President Trump's record on the economy and Covid-19.

The justices decide an eastern swathe of the state should be recognised as part of a reservation.

Anna Lindstedt is found not guilty of holding unauthorised talks with China.

More people are having surgery as they can work from home while they recover and hide behind masks.

"Hushpuppi", who posts about his extravagant lifestyle, is accused of multimillion-dollar fraud.

Popular short video app TikTok has blocked access in Hong Kong as it comes under increasing scrutiny.

The BBC has secured exclusive access to a cartel trying to win over the poor during the pandemic.

Police say they shot dead Vikas Dubey when he stole a gun from a policeman and tried to flee from custody.

Robert Fuller's death sparked suspicion but investigators say he had history of mental illness.

Naya Rivera was reported missing after going on a boating trip with her four-year-old son.

The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend has reignited interest in her and her alleged role in Epstein's abuse of minors.

Black Lives Matter has sparked a hashtag, grass-roots organisations, and a collective of activists.

Egypt sees the dam as an existential threat, while Ethiopia sees it as an existential necessity.

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.

From his laptop in Essex, Dr Tahir Akhtar is advising Pakistani doctors on treating coronavirus patients.

What has been the strategy behind New Zealand's Covid-19 success?

The US said some visas could be revoked because of coronavirus, leaving students confused and uncertain.

India's confirmed cases are going up rapidly, but it's not all bad news.

The US Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump's financial records can be examined by prosecutors in New York.


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