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- Associated Press in Moscow

Sergei Furgal flown to Moscow after being detained in Khabarovsk region

A provincial governor in Russia’s far east has been arrested on charges of involvement in multiple murders.

Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region on the border with China, was arrested in Khabarovsk and flown to Moscow.

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- Julian Borger in Washington

Gen Mark Milley tells lawmakers Pentagon is investigating reports Russia paid for attacks on US soldiers in Afghanistan

America’s top general has said military intelligence agencies are working to corroborate reports of Russia paying Taliban fighters bounties for killing US soldiers and vowed a response if they were confirmed.

Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told the House armed services committee, that the Pentagon was committed to discovering whether Russian military intelligence had paid for attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Related: Trump views US troops as disposable – the Russian bounty scandal makes that clear | Simon Tisdall

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- Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

Frantic talks after Moscow blocks draft security council resolution and agrees to only one border crossing point

Frantic talks are being held after Russia was accused of a “despicable and dangerous” use of its veto at the UN security council to block a draft resolution that would have renewed cross-border humanitarian aid to civilians in Syria.

The veto came at the close of months of negotiations between security council members over the number of cross-border aid points that should be kept open, a dispute fuelled by the Syrian regime’s determination to control the supply of international humanitarian aid to the country.

Related: UN: Syria needs $10bn in aid to combat impact of war and coronavirus

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- Luke Harding

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Moscow will respond to Britain’s human rights move

The Kremlin has said it will take countermeasures against the UK after the British government imposed sanctions on Monday against senior Russian officials including a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

Putin’s press spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Moscow would respond to the decision by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to put 25 Russians on a new sanctions list. One of them is Alexander Bastrykin, Russia’s top prosecutor and the head of the investigative committee.

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- Shaun Walker

Former journalist Ivan Safronov could face up to 20 years in prison in treason case

Russian security services have opened a treason case against a former journalist who recently began working as an adviser to the head of the country’s space agency.

Ivan Safronov was arrested on Tuesday morning by agents from the FSB, the successor agency of the KGB. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

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- Michael H Fuchs

He has probably known for months, yet he continues to praise Putin. The American president is not looking out for the American people

Donald Trump’s response to Russia’s attempts to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan is a dereliction of duty, and yet another sad reminder that the actions of the US president cost American lives.

Related: Critics say Russian vote that could allow Putin to rule until 2036 was rigged

In its attempts to deflect from the story, the White House has trotted out a dizzying mix of contradictory excuses

Related: CIA official chose not to tell Trump of Russia bounty report, top adviser claims

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- Reuters

Possible outbreaks in China and Mongolia have brought bans on hunting and eating the rodents, which can carry the disease

Russia has stepped up patrols to stop people hunting marmots near its border with China and Mongolia after the countries reported possible cases of bubonic plague, which can be carried by the animals.

Authorities in Bayan Nur, a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, issued a warning on Sunday after a hospital reported a suspected case of the deadly disease.

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- Patrick Wintour and Luke Harding

Measures target individuals in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Myanmar and North Korea

The UK set itself on a diplomatic collision course with one of its key allies after introducing long-awaited sanctions against human rights abusers, including a close aide to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The measures announced by Dominic Raab on Monday against individuals in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Myanmar and North Korea include asset freezes and travel bans and represent the first time the UK will alone name and penalise individuals and organisations accused of human rights abuse. The measures came into force immediately.

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- Luke Harding and Martin Chulov

Forty-nine individuals and organisations from four nations are accused of rights abuses

Dominic Raab unveils UK sanctions against human rights abusers

The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has announced sanctions against 49 individuals and organisations accused of human rights abuses from four different countries.

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- Luke Harding

The UK has announced sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans against human rights abusers

Dominic Raab unveils UK sanctions against human rights abusers

Magnitsky was a Moscow lawyer and tax auditor hired to investigate a particularly murky case of corruption. In 2007 a group of interior ministry officials managed to obtain a $230m rebate from the Russian state. They had fraudulently taken over three companies belonging to Hermitage Capital, an asset management firm. Most Hermitage staff fled abroad but Magnitsky stayed in Moscow and figured out the scam. The officials he accused had Magnitsky arrested and thrown in jail, where prison guards beat him up. He died in custody in 2009 after being refused medical treatment or family visits. He was 37.

Related: 'Magnitsky sanctions': who are those being targeted by UK?

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- Martin Pengelly in New York

Ex-national security adviser also says any decision to withhold intelligence would ‘certainly not’ be ‘made only by the briefer’

Trump uses Fourth of July to stoke division on virus and race

Donald Trump’s claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is “just not the way the system works”, former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.

Related: Trump’s niece says 2001 NDA based on ‘fraudulent’ financial information

Related: Iran admits incident at Natanz nuclear site caused major damage

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- Agence France-Presse

Government critic found dead with gunshot wounds near Vienna on Saturday

Austrian police have arrested two Russians from Chechnya over the fatal shooting of a Chechen dissident.

A 43-year-old man was found dead with gunshot wounds in Gerasdorf, near Vienna, on Saturday. Police arrested a 47-year-old in Linz, 125 miles (200km) from the capital. A second Russian, 37, also from Chechnya and living in Austria, was detained on Sunday for investigations into the murder of his fellow Russian citizen.

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- John Sweeney

This compelling account by the Guardian’s former Moscow correspondent shows how sowing chaos in the west has led the Russian leader to a post-cold war triumph

This necessary book starts, as it must, with the Salisbury poisonings two years ago: the attempt by Russian military intelligence, the GRU, to assassinate one of their traitors, Sergei Skripal. They failed but they did kill Dawn Sturgess, an entirely innocent Wiltshire woman, and for a time wrecked ordinary life in a quiet cathedral town. Ludicrously, the two gormless suspects claimed they had gone to Salisbury during a bitter cold snap – the beast from the east – to inspect the cathedral, “famous for its 123-metre spire.

Then our weird but brilliant nerd army, Bellingcat, went to work on their laptops and scoured Russia’s open and not-so-open media sources, and through dogged deduction managed to out the real names of the two suspects, Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin.

Harding sets out that Donald Trump is, perhaps, the biggest, the most powerful traitor in modern history

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- Letters

Norman Miller and Simon Surtees take issue with a letter that referred to Finland being an ally of Germany in the second world war

I hope the correspondent pointing out Finland’s “alliance” with Germany in the second world war (Letters, 23 June) isn’t suggesting widespread support for nazism among the Finnish people. As victims of Russian aggression for centuries, Finland’s choice was based on the principle of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”. One of Helsinki’s major museums last December chronicled in chilling detail the Nazi period – a candour that British museums could copy in looking at the horrors of colonial rule.Norman MillerBrighton

• Robin Milner-Gulland’s use of the word “ally” does the people of Finland an injustice. The country’s main argument was with Russia. The alliance with Germany was designed to protect the country from Russian invasion. Evidence suggests the country did as much as it could to subvert Germany’s intentions in Leningrad. After the resignation of President Risto Ryti in 1944, his successor, Gustaf Mannerheim, sued for peace with Russia and declared war on Germany. The Finnish people themselves were betrayed by Ryti.Simon SurteesLondon

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- Lois Beckett (now) and Daniel Strauss and Martin Belam (earlier)

Greg Abbott issues executive order, marking reversalHerman Cain tests positive for virus after attending Trump rallyMnuchin: Trump administration has no regrets about reopening pushTrump has ‘gone awol’ as president amid pandemic, says ex-CIA directorGhislaine Maxwell ‘assisted in abuse of minor girls’ says FBI co-headSign up to our First Thing newsletter

1.28am BST

Wrapping up today’s live US politics coverage, but you can continue to follow breaking news on our global coronavirus blog. Some of today’s highlights:

1.22am BST

The supreme court gave Indiana a second chance to revive two restrictive abortion laws - one imposing an ultrasound requirement and the other expanding parental notification when minors seek abortions - by throwing out a lower court’s rulings blocking them, Reuters reported.

1.15am BST

Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s repeated racist comments have prompted major advertisers, including Disney, T-Mobile and Papa John’s, to pledge that they will no longer advertise on his show.

Meanwhile, high-profile Republicans are publicly speculating that Carlson could run for president in 2024, “as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement.

12.52am BST

After backing Donald Trump with $1.25 million in the 2016 election and speaking at Trump’s nomination, tech billionaire Peter Thiel has been telling friends that he is going to sit the 2020 election out, because he thinks Trump’s re-election is “increasingly a long shot,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

12.32am BST

Kansas’ governor said she is worried the state won’t be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn’t reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases, the Associated Press reports.

12.15am BST

A California state lawmaker is sharing a striking photo from the 1918 pandemic in California, in which even the family’s cats are wearing masks.

This family photo was taken during the height of the 1918 Flu Pandemic in the East Bay community of Dublin. Over a hundred years ago — and even the cat knew to #WearADamnMask!

11.47pm BST

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti faced questions today about why he is allowing outdoor restaurants to stay open for business, even as coronavirus cases surge and he is recommending that residents stay home if possible.

Mayor on why outdoor restaurants allowed to operate if he's also recommending people stay home if possible. "Outdoor spaces properly spaced are very safe...So, we don't discourage people from dining out." Ended his answer by saying, "I, personally, I'll be ordering in."

11.24pm BST

California congresswoman Jackie Speier is pushing for the appointment of a new “Special Inspector General” to investigate the extent of white supremacy in the military.

The California Democrat included an amendment creating the new inspector general in the current version of the House’s annual defense spending bill.

Related: How the US military has failed to address white supremacy in its ranks

11.08pm BST

The California National Guard is investigating a member’s possible ties to the Proud Boys, an extremist group, the Huffington Post reports.

NEW: California National Guard is investigating a sergeant's ties to the Proud Boys.He was among troops sent to LA for the protests & posted a photo of himself there standing in front of a military vehicle inscribed with the neo-fascist group's slogan.

11.00pm BST

My colleague Sam Levin has more on troubling allegations from the mother and sister of Paul Rea, an 18-year-old shot to death by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies in 2019, about being harassed by sheriff’s deputies in the wake of Paul’s killing.

Hours after Jaylene Rea, 22, spoke at a rally last year, deputies repeatedly drove by the memorial site and taunted them, the family says. Eventually officers got out of their car and moved to handcuff and arrest two of Paul’s friends. Jaylene started recording the interaction.

The deputies detained Jaylene and put her in a patrol car to search her. They then drove her away and refused to tell her where they were taking her. “They kept saying, ‘You’ll find out when we get there,’” she recalled.

Related: Los Angeles sheriff's department faces a reckoning after another police shooting

10.49pm BST

By the end of the century, the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes will likely be too hot for about 40% of the world’s fish species, based on just a “medium-level” estimate of expected human-caused climate change, according to a study in Thursday’s journal Science, the Associated Press reports.

10.34pm BST

Speaking of America’s cherished freedoms, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed an Associated Press report that some of the soldiers who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to protests over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets.

#BREAKING Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirms in a letter to @CongressmanRaja & Rep. @tedlieu that soldiers were issued #Bayonets - also, a doc obtained by @AP shows 82nd Airborne members were not trained in riot response.

10.22pm BST

This is Lois Beckett taking over our live news coverage from our West Coast bureau in Oakland.

An alarming 36 states are seeing an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus.

“What we’ve seen is a very disturbing week,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, said in a livestream with the American Medical Association.

10.00pm BST

That’s it for me. Here are the major developments today:

9.33pm BST

Texas governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order requiring all Texans to wear face masks at public gatherings. Here’s the announcement from Abbott’s office:

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

“Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

9.22pm BST

The leaders of some of the nation’s major business organizations all signed a letter urging the White House and the National Governors Association to establish mandatory mask guidelines.

Here’s the key part of the letter (bold additions mine):

For the sake of public health and our economy, we request that the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the National Governors Association work together to:

To be clear, the decision to impose face covering requirements should remain at the state or local level but be informed by clear and consistent guidance based on data. We believe that a national mask standard, implemented locally, offers the surest way to protect public health and promote economic recovery.

8.59pm BST

As there’s been an uptick in coronavirus cases across the country even governors in conservative leaning states have increased their pleas for everyone to wear masks. South Carolina governor Henry McMaster once again urged citizens to wear a mask.

Wear a mask to save lives.#WearItSC

The U.S. recorded 50,700 new cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. That represents a doubling of the daily total over the past month and is higher even than what the country witnessed during the deadliest phase of the crisis in April and May.

8.43pm BST

Almost 24 hours before news broke that Herman Cain had tested positive for COVID-19 he sounded a supportive note about an upcoming Independence Day celebration at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota featuring Donald Trump.

Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump. PEOPLE ARE FED UP!

8.29pm BST

Over on the West Coast, California governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday that COVID cases have jumped over the past week.

Breaking: Gov @GavinNewsom says #coronavirus positivity rate in CA has jumped to 6.9% in the last 7 days. It's up to 6.3% over last 2 weeks, a 37% increase. And as I tweeted 20 minutes ago, officially yesterday saw 4056 new cases, 73 new deaths. #COVID19

8.01pm BST

A reader called attention to this Guardian article from August 2019 about Ghislaine Maxwell and her father, Robert Maxwell. The article, “The murky life and death of Robert Maxwell – and how it shaped his daughter Ghislaine” offers more insight into Ghislaine and her background.

Here is a snippet:

For Oxford-educated Ghislaine, the youngest of his nine children, Maxwell’s money had provided status and a ticket to the elite. She was dispatched to New York initially as a meeter-and-greeter, to pave her father’s way when he bought the Daily News. After his death, she made it her home. She soon became part of Epstein’s inner circle and remained there for more than a decade. The two were reportedly briefly an item; they remained close.

Related: The murky life and death of Robert Maxwell – and how it shaped his daughter Ghislaine

7.44pm BST

The Southern District of New York is pushing to keep Ghislaine Maxwell in jail for her arrest.

SDNY wants to keep Ghislaine Maxwell in jail, in a detention memo stating she: * traveled at least 15x internationally in the last three years, including to the UK, Japan, and Qatar. * more than 15 bank accounts tied to her from 2016 to present, with accounts up to $20M.

7.30pm BST

More details on Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest, via investigative reporter Tara Palmeri:

Ghislaine Maxwell has 3 passports -- U.S., U.K. and France -- which has no extradition treaty with the U.S., yet she was found on a property in New Hampshire that she bought in cash...

This $1.07 million timber house on 156 acres was purchased in cash on Dec 13. Deed does not name buyer "an amazing retreat for the nature lover who also wants total privacy." #GhislaineMaxwell cas

7.19pm BST

It’s worth noting that today’s press conference was Audrey Strauss’s major first public appearance in her post as acting U.S. District attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Strauss assumed the role in June after an awkward back and forth between then-district attorney Geoffrey Berman and the Trump administration.

6.47pm BST

Herman Cain, the former 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has tested positive for Covid-19. His team announced the results on Thursday.

Cain, something of a minor figure in the pantheon of Donald Trump’s campaign surrogates, attended the rally for Trump’s reelection campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Health officials warned that attendees at that rally could contract coronavirus. It’s not clear when Cain contracted it.

Herman Cain was admitted to the hospital Wednesday and is being treated for COVID-19. Below is his pic from inside the Trump Tulsa rally on June mask.

6.21pm BST

Audrey Strauss’s handling of Maxwell’s arrest won praise from former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade.

Great work, Audrey Strauss.

5.46pm BST

Here’s what prosecutor Audrey Strauss had to say as she unveiled the charges against Ghislaine Maxwell:

SDNY officials announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell."Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse," they allege. "In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse."

5.42pm BST

Prosecutors at the press conference on the arrest this morning of British socialite and media heiress Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of being involved with Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex crimes, addressed victims of Epstein.

“There never was nor shall there be an excuse for the criminal behavior you were subjected to,” William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office, said in Manhattan moments ago.

"There never was nor shall there be an excuse for the criminal behavior you were subjected to," William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York Field Office, says to victims at news conference on charges against Ghislaine Maxwell.

5.28pm BST

Prosecutors accused Ghislaine Maxwell of lying about the true nature of her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and of lying under oath.

She lied “because the truth - as alleged - was almost unspeakable,” federal prosecutor Audrey Strauss said.

5.21pm BST

Strauss is now taking questions again.

She was asked about Prince Andrew. She said “we would like to have the benefit of his statement.”

5.18pm BST

New York police department commissioner Dermot Shea gave brief remarks. He thanked law enforcement officials and said that although these crimes happened decades ago for the victims they are “as fresh today” as they were then.

5.15pm BST

FBI assistant director in charge Bill Sweeney has now taken the podium.

“We moved when we were ready and the arrest happened without incident,” Sweeney said. Sweeney went on to say that Maxwell “assisted Mr. Epstein’s abuse of minor girls” by befriending the innocent and “attempted to normalize sexual abuse.” Sweeney also said Maxwell lied under oath.

5.11pm BST

SDNY acting district attorney Audrey Strauss just said that the SDNY office has charged Maxwell with two perjury counts. “We are committed to prosecuting those who exploit minors, in this case and every case,” Strauss said.

5.11pm BST

Prosecutor Audrey Strauss, acting United States attorney for the southern district of New York, said that between 1994 and 1997, Ghislaine Maxwell played “a critical role” in helping Jeffrey Epstein with his pattern of abusing underage girls.

Maxwell and Epstein would “befriend and groom minors for abuse,” Strauss said.

5.06pm BST

Prosecutors announce they have taken Maxwell into custody and charged her in relation to Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes.

4.56pm BST

The US attorney for the southern district of New York will announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell at a 12pm ET/4pm GMT press conference on Thursday. Maxwell was arrested in connection to the Jeffrey Epstein case.

4.33pm BST

Joe Biden appears to want to respond to Donald Trump’s Thursday morning press conference on the economy. The former vice president’s campaign just sent out an advisory that he will hold a press conference on the economic crisis and latest jobs report in about 15 minutes.

And now we have dueling press conferences. Joe Biden seems to be planning to give the Democratic response to President Trump's press conference this morning.

4.29pm BST

Coronavirus cases keep rising in states with governors that moved quickly to reopen. Thursday saw a surge in both Arizona and Florida.

Arizona saw an increase.

Arizona reports 3,333 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours

New record numbers in Florida: 10,109 new cases today. Positivity 19.5%.

Today I issued an EO requiring that most Kansans wear a mask in public & in places where one is unable to maintain social distancing of six feet. Wearing a mask is the easiest, most basic step we can take to keep Kansans healthy & keep KS open for business.

4.07pm BST

Arizona congressman Andy Biggs wants to see the White House’s coronavirus task force disbanded.

JUST IN: GOP @RepAndyBiggsAZ calls on the White House coronavirus task force to be disbanded “so that President Trump’s message is not mitigated or distorted” and says Dr. Fauci & Dr. Birx “continue to contradict” Trump’s goal of reopening the economy.

Biggs — who chairs the conservative Freedom Caucus — represents a district in Arizona, which has recently seen record-breaking spikes in coronavirus cases.

3.57pm BST

In Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s remarks at this morning’s press conference he not only said that the Trump administration has no regrets over urging states to reopen, he also said that judging when to reopen is primarily the states’ responsibility.

NEW: I asked Treasury Secretary Mnuchin if he regrets that the White House pressured states to re-open as quickly as possible. He says "No absolutely not. I think we've had a very careful plan, again, working with the states-it is primarily the states' responsibility."

3.37pm BST

Former president Barack Obama is teaming up with Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker for a fundraiser for former vice president Joe Biden.

SCOOP: @BarackObama and @GovPritzker are teaming up for a high-dollar fundraiser next week to benefit @JoeBiden.

The Trump campaign/ RNC raised $131 million in June. This means the Biden campaign/DNC OUTRAISED Trump/RNC by $10 million.

3.15pm BST

One other important note from today’s press conference. After Trump left Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took questions. He argued that the Trump administration does not regret urging states to reopen.

At WH briefing, Mnuchin says the White House does not regret encouraging states to open as early as they did.

2.57pm BST

Meanwhile, there’s breaking news from the Supreme Court, via The Washington Post (added bolds from me):

A lower court had granted a request from the House Judiciary Committee for access to redacted portions of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. But in May, the Supreme Court put a hold on that ruling until the high court could decide whether the issue warranted its intervention.

2.52pm BST

On the campaign trail and often in public remarks about economic news the president has promised that the final two quarters of 2020 would be a substantial improvement from earlier numbers.

He made that argument again at this press conference.

2.45pm BST

More Trump, as he ticks off various statistics out of this newly released jobs report:

“The stock market is soaring with the best gains in 20 years,” Trump said, adding “it’s the best in 33 years.”

2.39pm BST

Trump just took the podium in the White House briefing room. Trump said the jobs report shattered “expectations.”

“Today’s announcement proves that our economy is roaring back. It’s coming back extremely strong,” Trump said. Trump added “these are historic numbers.”

2.35pm BST

In response to the latest jobs numbers, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, the highest ranking Democrat in that chamber, released a statement arguing that the new numbers mean that Trump and Republicans should work with Democrats to provide more economic relief.

Schumer called the new jobs report “a slight peak in a much larger valley.”

“Today’s jobs report may just be a slight peak in a much larger valley, and unless President Trump demonstrates real leadership in fighting the health crisis and Senate Republicans get off their hands and finally work with Democrats to quickly provide additional federal fiscal relief, the pain America is experiencing will only worsen. President Trump must not repeat the same mistakes with this economic crisis that he made initially with COVID-19—ignoring it and brushing it aside now will only ensure that things will get worse once again.”

2.25pm BST

The Department of Health and Human Services and the US Surgeon General, one of the the top healthcare officials in the federal government, are reiterating calls for Americans to take steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Here’s a press release from HHS sent out this morning:

The U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released a public service announcement (PSA) ahead of the Fourth of July weekend imploring Americans to take action and to remember: COVID Stops With Me. The PSA from Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., reminds everyone to do their part to stay healthy by following a few simple instructions that will in turn, help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

In the message, Dr. Adams calls on all Americans to:

These steps are critical for everyone to take, because although everyone is not at equal risk for a severe case of COVID-19, everyone risks being infected with the virus that causes the disease and then spreading it to others.

“There’s a reason we keep coming back to these same public health messages – they are tried and true. We all have a role to play in beating this virus and getting back to school, work, worship, play, and overall health,” said Dr. Adams. “Say it with me America: COVID stops with me!”

Good morning, Georgia. @GovKemp & I have an important message for you. #COVID19

2.11pm BST

Daniel Strauss from the Guardian’s Washington DC bureau here. It’s going to be a busy day.

Donald Trump seems eager to highlight the newly released jobs figures. The White House just sent out an advisory that Trump will hold a press conference at 9:30am Eastern Time.

And the White House just sent out guidance confirming this:"UPDATE: THE PRESIDENT holds a press briefing at 9:30AM."

2.04pm BST

Dr. Anthony Fauci has appeared this morning on the radio in the UK, to discuss the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking on one of the flagship BBC news programmes, he repeated his warning about current spikes in cases in the US, saying:

We got hit very badly, worse than any country, with regard to the number of cases, and the number of deaths. The problem we’re facing now is that in an attempt to re-open or open and get it back to some form of normality, we’re seeing very disturbing spikes in different individual states in the United States…and that is not good news. We’ve got to get that under control, or we risk an even greater outbreak in the United States.

The US has reached a new record for the number of new cases in one day - 52,982. America's leading infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, told @JustinOnWeb that America has to get its infection rate "under control or we risk an even greater outbreak" #r4today

1.50pm BST

Here’s our full report now on those US job numbers:

US employers took back another 4.8 million workers last month as the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact appeared to wane, marking the second consecutive month of jobs growth. But the latest figures are from before new surges in infections that threaten the fragile recovery.

The US Department of Labor announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1% in June from an initial estimate of 13.3% in May. The figure is still more than three times higher than the 3.5% unemployment rate in February before the US outbreak.

Related: US employers take back 4.8 million workers as coronavirus threatens economic recovery

1.47pm BST

As well as the whipping post in Delaware (see 7:20am), another removal yesterday was that of the statue of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson from Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. The monument to the Confederate General who fought against the US was taken down by crane in front of a crowd of onlookers.

1.38pm BST

We’ve just had the new jobs figures in and it shows that America’s economy created 4.8 million jobs in June - a mark of a steep recovery from the abrupt closure of much of the economy due to the coronavirus outbreak.

My colleague Graeme Wearden, writing on our live business blog, says:

This drags the US jobless rate down to 11.1%, down from 13.3%. Still worrying high, but a sign that America’s economy has been healing last month.

Economists had expected around 3 million new jobs to be created, so this is better than expected (although there was a wide range of forecasts...)

Related: US unemployment rate falls to 11.1% with 4.8m new jobs created in June - business live

1.11pm BST

The Washington Post has an interesting analysis this morning of what it calls ‘the enthusiasm gap’ voters have between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

A deeper analysis of this week’s national polling figures show that while around 80% Trump supporters are very enthusiastic about voting for their man - Biden supporters are much less so. In fact, 60% of Biden supporters said that voting against Trump is their main motivation, with only 35% saying voting for Joe was what got them going.

The president’s public remarks on the George Floyd protests and the pandemic — which he has repeatedly called the “Kung flu” — have been highly inflammatory, signalling Trump is doubling down on the culture wars that animated his first presidential campaign. Those instincts might help shore up support among his base but they also turn up the sense of urgency among those who do not like what they see and hear.

12.53pm BST

Speaking of Nazi emblems, John Semley writes for us today, asking the question: What if we treated Confederate symbols the way we treated the defeated Nazis?

Although the Confederacy lost the war, it hasn’t always felt that way for Black southerners. After Union troops departed, Black Americans endured decades of terrorist violence perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan and other anti-Black paramilitary groups, plus segregation and humiliation under Jim Crow.

The civil war was followed by more than a century of calculated misremembering, proving the French historian Ernest Renan’s maxim that forgetting is “a crucial factor in the creation of a nation”. This southern memorialization, which unfolded against the backdrop of southern segregation as a means of enshrining the legacy of white supremacy, is itself the sort of “erasure of history” that contemporary apologists drone on about when confronted with the righteous keeling of a statue.

Related: What if we treated Confederate symbols the way we treated the defeated Nazis? | John Semley

12.35pm BST

Quite a few people on social media have been drawing attention to the design of a new t-shirt in the official Donald Trump store.

So the logo on Trump's campaign t-shirt looks vaguely familiar. Notice the resemblance?

12.20pm BST

The president has made much in recent days of his insistence that statues and memorials should not be coming down in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of recent weeks - even signing an executive order to that effect.

Nevertheless one more symbol of US racial injustice was removed yesterday - an 8-foot (2.4m) tall whipping post that was in a Delaware county courthouse square.

12.05pm BST

LaToya Ratlieff was shot in the face with a rubber bullet during a largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. She suffered a fractured skull and required 20 stitches. She couldn’t eat for a week and she still has trouble seeing out of one eye that is filled with blood.

11.46am BST

“I would hope the president really wouldn’t veto the bill over this issue,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News yesterday. “I hope the president will reconsider vetoing the entire defense bill, which includes pay raises for our troops, over a provision in there that could lead to changing the names.”

He is referring to Donald Trump’s assertion that he would veto the bill because of a proposed amendment by Elizabeth Warren requiring that military bases bearing the names of Confederate military figures who fought against the US get re-named.

With Trump and several Senate GOP incumbents down in the polls to Democratic opponents, Republican lawmakers are not looking forward to a racially-charged debate in Congress over preserving the memories of Confederate generals. A messy partisan fight over bases could also further drive away swing suburban voters, who are already dropping away from Trump.

11.37am BST

My colleague Maanvi Singh has been looking into how America’s broken autopsy system can mask police violence.

In most states, officials who oversee autopsies are not required to have a medical degree. The departments responsible for investigating suspicious deaths often lack funding and oversight, and work closely with – if not under the supervision of – law enforcement. As a result, many deaths at the hands of police are never reported as such, or are minimized by diagnoses that blame the victim’s heart disease or mental illness rather than an officer’s boot or bullet.

Related: 'I can't breathe': how America's broken autopsy system can mask police violence

11.29am BST

Lauren Boebert, who won her Colorado primary this week is part of a small but growing list of Republican candidates who have in some way expressed support for QAnon. They include Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is advancing to a runoff for a congressional seat in a Republican-dominated Georgia congressional district, and Jo Rae Perkins, the party’s Senate nominee in Oregon.

The trend pales in comparison to previous movements that have swept Capitol Hill, such as the 2010 tea party wave. But at a time when the Republicans are facing steep headwinds among women and in the suburbs, the QAnon candidates could add extra headaches, the Associated Press reports.

Related: Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook

10.54am BST

Welcome to our live coverage of US politics today. Here are some of the key catch-up points and a little of what we can expect today

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- Reuters in Moscow

Nenets Autonomous District protest vote signalled anger over merger with Arkhangelsk region

Critics say Russian vote that could allow Putin to rule until 2036 was rigged

Only one of Russia’s 85 regions, a sparsely-populated patch of the Arctic known for reindeer herders, defied the Kremlin and voted against changes granting President Vladimir Putin the right to stay in power until 2036.

The former KGB officer, who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime minister, handily won the controversial plebiscite granting him the right to run for two more six-year terms after the current one ends in 2024. Critics have challenged the result, saying that the voting was rigged to produce a landslide.

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- Sean Ingle

Prospect of blanket ban on all Russian athletes increasesCoe warns Russia has fallen ‘well short of expectations’

The prospect of a blanket ban on all Russian track and field athletes has increased after World Athletics froze the process allowing them to compete on the international circuit. The decision came a day after the Russians failed to pay a $5m (£4m) fine for doping offences – as well as another $1.31m (£1m) in legal costs – to the sport’s governing body.

Related: World 100m champion Christian Coleman told shopping no excuse for missed test

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- Andrew Roth in Moscow

Only one region voted against reforms, with results appearing to contradict independent exit polls

The Kremlin and its supporters have won a controversial vote to amend the constitution and reset Vladimir Putin’s term limits, potentially allowing him to rule as president until 2036. Critics have challenged the result, saying that the voting was rigged to produce a blow-out win.

The ad hoc vote, which did not fulfil legal criteria to be classed as a referendum, saw 77.92% of voters endorse constitutional amendments, with 21.26% against the changes, after all the ballots were counted. Turnout was nearly 68%, the election commission said.

Related: Putin is up to no good. But Johnson needs little help in creating chaos | Nick Cohen

Related: The only region to say 'nyet' to Putin in landslide victory

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- Adam Gabbatt

A series of military figures are lining up to condemn the president over his reported inaction after being briefed on the plot

Military veterans helped sweep Donald Trump to power in 2016, turning out in swing states like Ohio and Florida as Trump vowed to spend vast sums on defense. They have largely stuck with him ever since, even as Trump has repeatedly attacked venerated military leaders.

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

Related: Trump views US troops as disposable – the Russian bounty scandal makes that clear | Simon Tisdall

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- Maanvi Singh in Oakland, Kenya Evelyn in Washington and Martin Belam

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12.17am BST

The heads of four big tech firms – Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook – have agreed to participate in a House judiciary committee hearing in late July.

The House judiciary antitrust subcommittee has been investigating whether the market power of these tech giants poses a threat to competition.

11.38pm BST

The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign raised $131m in June, eclipsing the total they raised in any month in 2016, according to the RNC.

The campaign has $295m on hand. How will that be spent?

President Donald Trump’s campaign, facing a growing disadvantage in polls, has started reserving spots for a television ad blitz set to run in several swing states during the final months of the race.

The ad buy, worth more than $90 million, comes as some in the Trump campaign see warning signs in multiple key states, including Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina, according to people familiar with the matter.

11.32pm BST

An ember is defined as a small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, echoed her boss’s insistence on Wednesday that America is seeing mere embers of the coronavirus pandemic, even as daily cases rocket to a record 48,000.At the press briefing, I asked through my face mask why she keeps referring to cases as embers when the latest surge more closely resembles a wildfire. McEnany replied: “I use the word ‘embers’ because that is what the president acknowledged that would happen around the country. You would see spikes across the country.“He said at times you would see a fire across the country. Embers, fires, but at the same time, I would note the sixfold increase in testing, you identify more cases. I would also note that Secretary Azar said that we’ve seen nationwide fatalities at a two month low.”She added: “So this is a different situation... We believe we’re equipped to handle what we see on the horizon.”McEnany was also reminded that Trump recently repeated his infamous claim that the virus will just disappear. She insisted: “The president’s confident that it will disappear. He’s confident that he’s put together a revolutionary, first class team that is going to break through bureaucracy and get us a vaccine.”The White House has been much criticised for trying to wish the pandemic away. McEnany began Wednesday’s briefing with an attention deflecting claim that Seattle had been “liberated from anarchists” – a reference to police clearing protesters away from the city’s autonomous zone.Past press secretaries became accustomed to defending Trump’s social media posts with the phrase “the tweet speaks for itself”. Questioned about the president’s deleted retweet of a video in which a man shouted “white power!”, McEnany said without irony: “The deletion speaks for itself.”

11.15pm BST

The Guardian’s Vivian Ho has more from California, where the governor has ordered the closure of all recently reopened bars and halted indoor operations of restaurants, movie theaters, museums and zoos across the majority of the state following a surge in coronavirus cases.

The order affects 19 counties, amounting to 70% of California’s population, with some of the counties on the governor’s list among the most populous in the state: Los Angeles, Sacramento and Santa Clara.

“The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning,” Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.

Related: California rolls back reopening of bars, restaurants and indoor venues

10.47pm BST

Just as the Paycheck Protection Program that offers forgivable loans to American businesses was set to expire, the House voted to extend the application period. The legislation has already passed the Senate and will now go to Trump desk for a signature.

About $130bn in PPP funds were left untapped when the program stopped accepting new applications on Tuesday. The application period will now be extended till 8 August. But it’s unclear what the demand for this remaining money is.

10.32pm BST

My colleague, voting rights reporter Sam Levine, brings us this update:

Florida does not have to immediately move towards implementing a system where any person with a felony conviction can vote, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

10.21pm BST

Hi there, it’s Maanvi Singh, writing from the west coast.

Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has asked bars to cease serving customers indoors in parts of the state, including in the college town where about 140 infections were traced back to a single pub.

10.04pm BST

It’s been an eventful day, let’s check in with what we’ve covered thus far:

9.53pm BST

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are cracking down on domestic travelers heading to their states from parts of the country that are experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases.

At his press conference, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced he was adding eight additional states to New York’s travel advisory, bringing the total to 16. Any residents who travel to New York from them are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

“Time to wake up, America,” the governor said. “If that spread comes to New York, we could have to do this all over again. Doing this once in life is enough. We don’t need to climb another mountain.”

9.46pm BST

The New York Times presented an eye-opening look at former supports of Donald Trump. Featuring men and women who voted for the president in 2016, but who now says there’s no chance they will vote for him this year.

“He said he was going to, quote unquote, drain the swamp, and all he’s done is splashed around and rolled around in it.”

9.19pm BST

Effective immediately, California is instructing entertainment venues and restaurants to close their indoor operations. The dialed back reopening comes amid a drastic surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state.

From KABC:

Several counties in Southern California have already ordered all beaches to close for the holiday weekend. Counties with mandatory closures should consider cancelling Fourth of July fireworks shows, the governor said, and Californians should not gather with people they do not live with.

“We bent the curve in the state of California once. We will bend the curve again. We will crush this pandemic. We will annihilate it. We’ll get past this, but we’re going to have to be tougher.”

9.03pm BST

Levar Stoney, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, where protests against statues honoring Confederate leaders have resulted in clashes with far-right agitators, has ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues in the city.

“It is time to put an end to the lost cause, Replace the racist symbols of oppression and inequality,” he said.” During a Richmond City Council meeting earlier that day, the mayor introduced legislation to immediately remove the remaining Confederate statues along the city’s infamous Monument Avenue.

8.48pm BST

The president told Fox Business just now that “I think we’re gonna be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope.”

Trump ludicrously claimed to Fox Business just now that "I think we're gonna be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope." (The virus will not disappear on its own.)

Related: How Trump and his public health officials diverge on Covid-19

8.38pm BST

Donald Trump, who has avoided being seen in public wearing a face covering, said today that he would wear a mask - if he were in close quarters with other people, in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

I’m all for masks,” Trump told Fox Business Network, Reuters reported. “If I were in a tight situation with people I would absolutely” wear a mask, he added.

President Trump wears a mask during his tour of the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where ventilators, masks and other medical supplies are being manufactured. Anonymous

Related: How Trump and his public health officials diverge on Covid-19

8.09pm BST

Arizona recorded more coronavirus deaths, infections, hospitalizations and emergency-room visits in a single day than ever before in a crisis, in a day across the Sunbelt that sent a shudder through other parts of the country and led distant states to put their own reopening plans on hold.

8.00pm BST

Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner for the US Food and Drug Administration told CNBC on Monday that the US still isn’t testing enough people for the coronavirus, especially as outbreaks accelerate in states across the country.

From CNBC’s Squawk Box:

“The problem is that even though we have a lot of testing — we have well more than 500,000 tests a day and that’s going to continue to grow — we’re going to be short on tests in places where there’s epidemics. States like Texas and Florida, they’re falling behind on testing right now because the testing isn’t evenly distributed across the country.”

7.39pm BST

As we’ve been reporting throughout the day, health experts and the White House are warning young Americans about the growing risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19, with vice president Mike Pence saying they “have a particular responsibility to make sure that they’re not carrying the coronavirus into settings where they would expose the most vulnerable”.

The risk is multifold because young people are more often susceptible to the same conditions that increase the risk of exposure, including working on the frontlines.” - Dr Mary T Bassett, director of the Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and New York City’s former health commissioner.

7.22pm BST

Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing in Texas, with the state reporting a single-day high of 6,975 newly confirmed cases on Tuesday.

7.12pm BST

Donald Trump is criticizing New York City’s plan to paint “Black Lives Matter” on 5th Avenue outside Trump Tower — calling it a “symbol of hate.”

NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the....

6.26pm BST

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has said that both the CIA and Pentagon did pursue intelligence assessments that suggested Russia had offered bounties for killing US troops in Afghanistan, and that US intelligence briefed international allies, as the administration steps up its defense of the handling of the military bounty scandal.

“We had options ready to go,” O’Brien said on a Fox news show. But added: “It may be impossible to get to the bottom of it.”

American servicemembers are being targeted with Russian bounties. As a Marine, I'm disgusted that nothing's been done about it. Mitch, you get regular security briefings. What did you know and when did you know it? Man up and tell the truth. #MoscowMitch

Analysis: The only people dismissing the Russia bounties intel: The Taliban, Russia and Trump

5.59pm BST

San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced today.

San Francisco police chief Bill Scott said the policy, which goes into effect immediately, means the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online, The Associated Press reports.

5.37pm BST

Lots of news developing throughout the US today. Here’s what’s been happening today:

5.16pm BST

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, in his daily press briefing excoriated Donald Trump for his continued defense of the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying “the buck stops on the president’s desk”.

He was in denial. He has been denying what every health expert in America has been saying... Come clean with the American people. At least have the courage to admit what everybody else already knows: you were wrong!”

4.25pm BST

As our UK colleagues first reported, the US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of Remdesivir, the trial drug used to treat Covid-19, the respiratory disease that stems from the coronavirus.

The President has secured more than 500,000 treatment courses of the drug remdesivir for American hospitals through September. We are doing everything in our power to learn more about life-saving therapeutics for COVID-19 and secure access for Americans.

HHS has secured more than 500,000 treatment courses of the drug for American hospitals through September. This represents 100 percent of Gilead’s projected production for July, 90 percent of production in August, and 90 percent of production in September, in addition to an allocation for clinical trials”.

4.07pm BST

State secretary Mike Pompeo was asked this morning about reports of Russian bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers. He did not deny it but instead suggested such things happened all the time.

I can tell you the intelligence community handled this incredibly well. We see threats in intelligence reporting to our soldiers stationed all over the world every single day,” he said. “And so I can assure you that whatever reporting it is that you’re referring to, that we responded in precisely the correct way with respect to making sure that our forces were postured appropriately, that they were aware of the level of the threat, the credibility of the threat.”

They saw the same intelligence that we saw, so it would be interesting to ask them what they did when they saw whatever intelligence is that they are referring to,” Pompeo quipped. “They would have had access to this information as well, not just the intelligence committees, by the way, even more broadly than that.”

4.00pm BST

A lawsuit filed by the Knight Institute Wednesday is challenging the Trump administration’s use of gag orders to bar immigration judges from speaking or writing to the public and media.

For years, [the Executive Office for Immigration Review] permitted immigration judges to speak in their personal capacities on issues relating to immigration, so long as they provided a disclaimer that they were not speaking on behalf of the agency. In recent years, however, the agency has taken steps that have strictly limited the ability of immigration judges to speak publicly in their personal capacities.

3.41pm BST

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city halting a planned reopening of indoor dining, a setback for bars and restaurants eager to rebuild amid the coronavirus pandemic.

3.23pm BST

The restaurant owner stunned five-term Colorado congressman Scott Tipton in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Boebert, who said she “believes in personal freedom, citizen rights, and upholding the Constitution of the United States,” will run in November’s general election against Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush. Here are more facts about the Republican hopeful, via the AP.

A big upset in my old stomping grounds. For my non-Grand Junction followers...Yes, Lauren Boebert owns Shooter's Grill in the appropriately named Rifle, CO. All the waitresses wear holstered — and loaded — sidearms!

Congratulations on a really great win!

3.06pm BST

In a bombshell revelation, CNN reports top Fox News anchor Ed Henry has been fired from the network after it “received a complaint ... from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago”.

From CNN:

The executives said that an outside law firm was immediately brought in to investigate the claims. Until last week, Henry was a rising star at Fox, responsible for co-anchoring three hours of morning news coverage on the network.

2.55pm BST

As coronavirus cases surge across the US, Dr Anthony Fauci, who lead’s the CDC’s pandemic response, is facing growing backlash from conservative leaders fed up with his warnings about states’ reopening efforts.

“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I don’t need his advice anymore,” Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.

As COVID cases surge, TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick says he will no longer listen to Anthony Fauci: "I don't need his advice anymore"

2.32pm BST

CDC officials and the Trump administration are sending a stern warning to young people that their quest for bars and beaches is putting their lives at risk. Coronavirus task force leader Mike Pence urged young Americans to take the virus more seriously.

“Young people have a particular responsibility to make sure that they’re not carrying the coronavirus into settings where they would expose the most vulnerable.” he said as part of the first coronavirus briefing to be held in nearly two months.

2.31pm BST

Donald Trump was not verbally briefed on a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan because the allegations were not corroborated at the time, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said moments ago.

O’Brien, however, declined to say whether the intelligence, which US ally Britain has said it was aware of, had been included in a written presidential briefing earlier this year, Reuters reports.

2.16pm BST

Good morning!

I’m reporter Kenya Evelyn taking over live blog for today. Here’s what we’re following:

2.00pm BST

Here are the main points of the day so far

1.56pm BST

One couple unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight in the last few days were the McCloskeys, who went viral on the internet after images emerged of them brandishing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their St Louis home.

When I saw that mob come through the gate with their rage and their anger, I thought that we would be overrun in a second. By the time I was out there with my rifle, the people were 20 or 30 feet from my front wall. I was literally afraid that within seconds they would surmount the wall, come into the house, kill us, burn the house down and everything that I had worked for and struggled for for the last 32 years.”

I am alarmed at the events that happened over the weekend, where peaceful protestors were met by guns and a violent assault. We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated

1.51pm BST

While Donald Trump might be happy with those Pew Research Center numbers showing that he his holding onto his white evangelical base (see 7:57) the Politico/Morning Consult survey numbers out today make for grimmer reading.

They find that Trump’s job approval sank to 39 percent, with 59 percent of voters disapproving of the way he is doing his job.

The poll found sinking voter optimism as well, with only a quarter of voters responding that the country is headed in the right direction, while 75 percent said things had “pretty seriously” gotten off on the wrong track — a record high for the Trump presidency. The 50-point gap also represents the largest gulf since Trump took office in 2017.

1.27pm BST

Donald Trump has now been fully briefed on a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said moments ago.

O’Brien declined to say whether the information had been included in a written presidential briefing earlier this year, Reuters said - as multiple reports have stated.

Related: Trump's ties to Putin under fresh scrutiny in wake of Russia bounty reports

1.18pm BST

Donald Trump is facing an increasingly-loud chorus demanding answers over his relationship with Vladimir Putin and what he is going to do about reports that Russia paid bounties for the deaths of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

There were calls yesterday for answers and action, after more denials from the White House that Trump had been personally briefed on the matter prior to very recent days, when reports came out details were included in his intelligence briefings perhaps as early 2019.

The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!

“No corroborating evidence to back reports.” Department of Defense. Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party. I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level

12.57pm BST

We know that Donald Trump is very fond of poll numbers when they are favourable to him and he’ll be pleased to see a Pew Research Center poll being reported by Associated Press today that suggests about 7 in every 10 white evangelical Protestants is a Trump supporter.

However, Trump’s 72% approval among white evangelicals in June represents a fall of six percentage points since a similar April survey.

12.49pm BST

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, has announced the formation of a “special task force to coordinate Departmental law enforcement agency assets in protecting…historic monuments, memorials, statues, and federal facilities”.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Acting Secretary Wolf says:

DHS is answering the President’s call to use our law enforcement personnel across the country to protect our historic landmarks. We won’t stand idly by while violent anarchists and rioters seek not only to vandalize and destroy the symbols of our nation, but to disrupt law and order and sow chaos in our communities.

Related: Donald Trump should stay away from Mount Rushmore, Sioux leader says

12.33pm BST

Donald Trump has been on a tweeting spree this morning. Some of the things he has mentioned include the renaming of military bases named after Confederate figures who fought against the US in the civil war. He’s threatening to veto any action on that.

I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!

My Executive Order to protect Monuments, Statues etc., IS IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. In excess of a 10 year prison term. Please do not put yourself in jeopardy. Many people now under arrest!

Can’t believe how badly @CNN has done in the newly released TV ratings. They are so far below @FoxNews (thank you President Trump!) that you can barely find them. Fredo should be given a big pay cut! MSDNC also did poorly. As I have long said, Fake News does not pay!!!

The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!

11.57am BST

Meat-processing plants have been at the centre of coronavirus outbreaks in several countries, and the US is no exception,

In late April, while outbreaks began emerging at meat processing plants across the country, Donald Trump signed an executive order forcing the facilities to remain open.

Since the pandemic began, more than 36,000 meat processing and farm workers have tested positive for Covid-19 and at least 116 have died, according to a tally by the Food and Environment Reporting Network, though the true number is likely higher.

Related: Revealed: Covid-19 outbreaks at meat-processing plants are being kept quiet

11.52am BST

Sean Murphy at the Associated Press has been reporting on how Oklahoma voters narrowly decided to expand Medicaid health insurance to tens of thousands low-income residents, becoming the first state to amend its Constitution to do so.

With 100% of precincts reporting unofficial results, State Question 802 passed by less than 1 percentage point. The question fared well in metropolitan areas, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, but was overwhelmingly opposed in rural counties.

11.37am BST

Another result from Colorado is that former Governor John Hickenlooper won the Democratic nomination Tuesday to face Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in November

Hickenlooper’s main challenge was former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who was promising a Green New Deal and single-payer health care.

11.27am BST

It will be Lauren Boebert who goes into the election in Colorado in November after her surprise primary victory last night.

The owner of a gun-themed restaurant where staff carry their weapons as they serve customers, Boebert won after a campaign in which she accused five-term Rep. Scott Tipton of not being sufficiently pro-Donald Trump, even though the president had endorsed Tipton.

America is and always will be the greatest country in the world. Thank you, Colorado!This is the honor of a lifetime.Now, the hard work begins to take back the House in November!

Good luck to the lovely @LaurenBoebert from Colorado. Today she will unseat Scott Tipton from his seat in Congress and let us have one less RINO in our party. Good luck! You’ve had an incredible campaign and are one of the best Twitter accounts out there!

11.08am BST

Good morning, and welcome to our live coverage of US politics today. Here’s a quick catch-up and some of what we can expect from today:

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США нарушили устав ООН, ликвидировав командующего силами специального назначения "Аль-Кудс" Корпуса стражей исламской революции (элитные части ВС Ирана) Касема Сулеймани. Об этом заявила в четверг спецдокладчик ООН по внесудебным казням Агнес Калламар на проходящей в Женеве 44-й сессии Совета ООН

Член Общественной палаты, руководитель проекта «Трезвая Россия» Султан Хамзаев предложил запретить продажу алкогольных напитков на железнодорожном транспорте. Копия письма общественника на имя министра транспорта Евгения Дитриха есть в распоряжении RT. В своём обращении Хамзаев

Российская столица стала лидером инвестиционного рейтинга субъектов Федерации, подготовленного Агентством стратегических инициатив (АСИ). Как отметила глава АСИ Светлана Чупшева, Москва лидирует в рэнкинге уже второй год подряд. «На первом месте в рейтинге, по мнению предпринимателей,

Власти почти в 2,5 раза увеличат прием на обучение в ВУЗы по специальностям в цифровой сфере. Об этом заявил в четверг премьер-министр России Михаил Мишустин на панельной дискуссии с главами крупнейших российских IT- компаний. "Для решения проблемы нехватки квалифицированных кадров в

Федеральная служба по надзору в сфере защиты прав потребителей и благополучия человека (Роспотребнадзор) предложила возобновить авиасообщение с девятью странами Европы — Великобританией, Венгрией, Германией, Данией, Италией, Нидерландами, Норвегией, Польшей и Финляндией, а также Китаем,

Число первых заместителей министра экономического развития РФ увеличится до двух, следует из проекта постановления правительства, которое вносит соответствующие изменения в положение о ведомстве. Как сообщил "Интерфаксу" источник в финансово-экономическом блоке правительства, проект

Подмосковье улучшило свои позиции в рейтинге Агентства стратегических инициатив (АСИ) по инвестиционной привлекательности регионов. Об этом сообщила гендиректор Агентства стратегических инициатив Ирина Чупшева на заседании наблюдательного совета АСИ, которое провел президент РФ Владимир

Европейский суд юстиции в Люксембурге постановил, что видеохостинги не обязаны предоставлять правообладателям адреса электронной почты и IP-адреса пользователей, нелегально публикующих пиратский контент. Об этом говорится в пресс-релизе, опубликованном в четверг на официальном сайте

Госдума на пленарном заседании в четверг приняла в первом чтении законопроект, запрещающий сотрудникам и экс-служащим ФСБ разглашать информацию о деятельности органов службы, составляющую профессиональную тайну. К ней предлагается отнести данные, которые не относятся к гостайне или

Активы Новикомбанка по итогам первого полугодия выросли на 7,9%, до 529,74 млрд рублей. По данным банка основном драйвером роста его активов стал кредитный портфель реальному сектору. Он вырос на 20,9%, достигнув на 1 июля года 402,7 млрд рублей. При этом

Премьер-министр Испании Педро Санчес не исключает внесения изменений в Конституцию страны для ограничения неприкосновенности короля — формально именно он является главой государства. Как считает Санчес, испанская Конституция должна меняться в соответствии с требованиями общества. Ранее

В Японии погибли 64 человека из-за наводнений и оползней. Также ведутся поиски 16 пропавших без вести, сообщает телеканал NHK. По данным журналистов, два человека находятся в состоянии остановки дыхания и сердца. Их смерть официально не подтверждена, передаёт РЕН ТВ. Под

СМИ: Мэр Южнокорейской столицы обнаружен мертвым. Об этом сообщают местные СМИ, ссылаясь на информированные источники в правоохранительных органах. Ранее полиция признавала, что ведет поиски градоначальника после обращения его дочери. Она утверждала, что Пак Вон Сун ушел несколько часов

Журналист Аркадий Бабченко включен в перечень организаций и физических лиц, в отношении которых имеются сведения об их причастности к экстремистской деятельности или терроризму. Об этом сообщается на сайте Росфинмониторинга в четверг. В перечне указан Аркадий Аркадьевич Бабченко 1977

Министр просвещения РФ Сергей Кравцов заявил об отсутствии утечек экзаменационных материалов Единого государственного экзамена (ЕГЭ) в 2020 году. "Никаких утечек экзаменационных материалов нет", - сказал он в эфире телеканала "Россия-24" в четверг. Ранее в Рособрнадзоре

Президент России Владимир Путин высоко оценил подготовку и проведение голосования по поправкам к конституции. "В этом году ситуация была особенной [из-за распространения коронавируса], конечно, я внимательно смотрел за тем, как была организована работа. Она была организована

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