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‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on, coronavirus victories remain fragile

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:23:49 GMT

Governments are at a nebulous stage: past the initial shocks but still without a clear end in sight

Nobody is clapping any more. Six months since Covid-19 registered as an urgent threat, and one country after another spiralled into lockdown, the nightly outpourings of solidarity with essential workers have petered out.

Governments behind which people rallied earlier in the outbreak are again facing criticism and scorn. Panic at the scenarios that filled imaginations in those first weeks - of millions of imminent deaths, medical systems buckling and food supplies running scarce - has largely abated.

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 ‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on, coronavirus victories remain fragile


'You can't do that': Trump argues with reporter over Covid-19 death figures - video

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:22:17 GMT

In an extraordinary clip from Jonathan Swan's Axios interview with Donald Trump, the president rifled through a sheaf of graphs to claim that the US has lower numbers of coronavirus than other nations.

The pair debated Trump's point that America has a lower number of deaths as a percentage of coronavirus cases, but when Swain pointed instead to the number of US Covid-19 deaths as a population percentage, Trump said: 'You can't do that' 

The full interview will be shown on HBO on 4 August 

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 'You can't do that': Trump argues with reporter over Covid-19 death figures - video


UK coronavirus live: deaths in England and Wales below five-year average for sixth week in a row, says ONS

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:44:17 GMT

Total of 8,891 deaths in England and Wales in week to 24 July, reportd ONS; researchers warn more testing needed ahead of schools reopening

For centuries, the tiny island of Lundy and its wonderful flora and fauna have - just about - survived the ravages of pirates, profiteers, rodents and rampaging rhododendron.

But the futures of rare birds and plants, plus the livelihoods of the hardy humans who live on this windswept hunk of granite off the Devon coast, are being put at risk by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Related: Lockdown puts wildlife conservation on Devon's Lundy Island at risk

Another bar in Aberdeen is closing.

Another bar in Aberdeen closing. pic.twitter.com/0ROsHM9gmd

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 UK coronavirus live: deaths in England and Wales below five-year average for sixth week in a row, says ONS


Coronavirus live news: UN warns of 'catastrophe' over school closures; France says second wave likely

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:08:48 GMT

UN says getting students safely back must be ?€?top priority?€?; France says ?€?situation is precarious?€?; record fines for isolation breaches in Australia

Germany?€?s football league is ready for fans to return to the Bundesliga if authorities give the go ahead, according to football officials.

The 36 professional clubs of the league have decided on a uniform procedure for the possible return of some fans to the stadiums, Die Zeit reports.

Die Pressekonferenz mit Christian Seifert nach der auerordentlichen #DFL-Mitgliederversammlung beginnt in Krze - hier gibt es den Livestream ?? https://t.co/ZnA5nuatNl

Meanwhile in one of the hardest hit countries of the world:

The top story in Brazil this morning seems to be a politician/doctor being ridiculed for suggesting ozone therapy by rectal insufflation ("soooo easy! soooo quick!") is an "excellent treatment for Covid-19 https://t.co/5FikslH31x

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 Coronavirus live news: UN warns of 'catastrophe' over school closures; France says second wave likely


Donald Trump flounders in interview over US Covid-19 death toll

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:39:23 GMT

President again says he is doing ?€?incredible job?€? fighting pandemic and casts doubt on Jeffrey Epstein?€?s cause of death

Donald Trump visibly floundered in an interview when pressed on a range of issues, including the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the US, his claims that mail-in voting is fraudulent, and his inaction over the ?€?Russian bounty?€? scandal.

The US president also repeatedly cast doubt on the cause of death of Jeffrey Epstein, and said of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who has pleaded not guilty to allegedly participating in the sex-trafficking of girls by Epstein, that he wished her well.

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 Donald Trump flounders in interview over US Covid-19 death toll


Spain speculates over whereabouts of scandal-hit ex-king Juan Carlos

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:00:05 GMT

Palace refuses to reveal former monarch?€?s location one day after he announced exile

Spain?€?s royal palace has declined to say whether its scandal-hit former king has left the country, amid widespread speculation about his whereabouts one day after he announced that he would go into exile.

On Monday, Spain?€?s royal house published a letter sent by Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, saying he would ?€?move, at this time, outside of Spain?€? amid the ?€?public repercussions that certain past events in my private life are generating?€?.

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 Spain speculates over whereabouts of scandal-hit ex-king Juan Carlos


Missing sailors stranded on Pacific island saved by giant SOS in the sand

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:22:36 GMT

Three men stuck on tiny Pikelot Island after their boat ran out of fuel and strayed off course spotted by Australian and US military aircraft

Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach.

Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot Island, nearly 200km west of where they?€?d set off. Rescuers said they were ?€?in good condition?€? with no significant injuries.

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 Missing sailors stranded on Pacific island saved by giant SOS in the sand


Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases - study

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:00:02 GMT

Poorer, hotter parts of the world will struggle to adapt to unbearable conditions, research finds

The growing but largely unrecognized death toll from rising global temperatures will come close to eclipsing the current number of deaths from all the infectious diseases combined if planet-heating emissions are not constrained, a major new study has found.

Related: Killer heat: US racial injustices will worsen as climate crisis escalates

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 Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases - study


TikTok row: China hits out at US 'smash and grab' as tech dispute deepens

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:18:20 GMT

Foreign affairs spokesman accuses US of hypocrisy and editorial in state-run newspaper decries choice between submission at ?€?mortal combat?€?

The US has offered China the ?€?choice of submission or mortal combat in the tech realm?€?, state media in Beijing have said, as the two rival powers manoeuvred on the thorny issue of splitting up TikTok.

The popular video-sharing app has joined Huawei to become a technology flashpoint, with Chinese officials and media rushing to defend it following Donald Trump?€?s threat of a US ban.

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 TikTok row: China hits out at US 'smash and grab' as tech dispute deepens


Thailand orders new investigation into Red Bull heir's alleged hit and run

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:14:42 GMT

Charges against Vorayuth Yoovidhya for killing a policeman in 2012 were dropped last month

Thailand?€?s attorney general has ordered a new investigation into the heir to the Red Bull billions accused of a fatal hit and run, following public outrage after his charges were dropped last month.

Vorayuth ?€?Boss?€? Yoovidhya was accused of killing a police officer in 2012 when he crashed his Ferrari in Bangkok?€?s most exclusive neighbourhood.

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 Thailand orders new investigation into Red Bull heir's alleged hit and run


Number of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen by 30% since Brexit vote

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:00:01 GMT

Exclusive: crisis has led to 500% increase in Britons taking up citizenship in an EU state

The number of British nationals emigrating to other EU countries has risen by 30% since the Brexit referendum, with half making their decision to leave in the first three months after the vote, research has found.

Analysis of data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat shows that migration from Britain to EU states averaged 56,832 people a year in 2008-15, growing to 73,642 a year in 2016-18.

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 Number of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen by 30% since Brexit vote


Thailand protesters openly criticise monarchy in Harry Potter-themed rally

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:09:13 GMT

Demonstrators issue rare rebuke in country where defaming royals is punishable by up to 15 years in jail

Speakers at a Thai anti-government protest have demanded changes to the monarchy and called for its powers to be curbed in unusually frank public comments.

Defaming the royal family is punishable by up to 15 years in prison under Thailand?€?s lese majeste laws. Police did not stop the six speakers but said any suspected offences would be investigated.

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 Thailand protesters openly criticise monarchy in Harry Potter-themed rally


'Guajirío culture is dying': Mexican dam poised to displace living and flood ancestors' graves

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:45:06 GMT

Experts say indigenous group has been pressured and cheated into surrendering its land

High in the Sierra de Alamos of Mexico?€?s northern Sonora state, towering pillars of rock loom above thermal springs where for thousands of years, the indigenous Guarijo people would gather to commune with their ancestors.

Now the springs - and the land around them - have been submerged beneath rising waters trapped behind an enormous dam across the Mayo River. The 25-storey Bicentenario-Los Pilares barrier threatens to displace the living, and leave the graves of their forefathers deep under water.

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 'Guajirío culture is dying': Mexican dam poised to displace living and flood ancestors' graves


Wildlife forensics: how a giant pangolin named Ghost could help save the species

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:45:02 GMT

A new research programme in Gabon is identifying the ?€?isotopic fingerprint?€? of the world?€?s most-trafficked mammal in the fight to beat smugglers

After a two-week chase through Lop-Okanda national park, a mosaic of rainforest and savannah in central Gabon, David Lehmann and his Wildlife Capture Unit were celebrating - they had caught a giant pangolin nicknamed Ghost, the biggest on record.

The team - consisting of eco-guards, an indigenous tracker, a field biologist and a wildlife vet - hope that Ghost, who weighs 38kg and measures 1.72m from nose to tail, will give valuable insights in their fight against poaching.

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 Wildlife forensics: how a giant pangolin named Ghost could help save the species


150 years of the British Red Cross - in pictures

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:59:46 GMT

An online exhibition has been launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross?€?s foundation, charting its work from the Franco-Prussian war to the present day

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 150 years of the British Red Cross - in pictures


Global report: France 'could lose control of Covid-19 at any time'

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:09:28 GMT

Experts say Germany is already in second wave as UN warns of global education catastrophe

France?€?s top scientific body has said the country risks losing control of its Covid-19 outbreak and the head of the doctors?€? union in Germany has said it is already facing a second wave, as the number of infections ticks up across Europe.

The French government?€?s scientific council said a second wave was highly likely this autumn or winter, and that the situation was currently ?€?under control, but precarious. We could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control?€?.

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 Global report: France 'could lose control of Covid-19 at any time'


'We drink from the toilet': migrants tell of hellish Saudi detention centres

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:30:01 GMT

Kingdom urged to rethink mass deportation policy as crowded and insanitary conditions spark Covid-19 fears

Ibraahin?€?s* first week of work at a market in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was also his last. As the sun set on the fifth day, the police descended upon the crowds and rounded up the 40-year-old Somali, along with several other undocumented migrant workers. They were transported to the nearby al-Shumaisi detention centre where many, including Ibraahin, remain months later, awaiting deportation.

Saudi authorities regularly arrest those found to be working illegally in the kingdom without a visa. Many are held in al-Shumaisi, a huge complex designed to hold 32,000 inmates. It has four grey-walled wings for male inmates, two for females and one for children. Detainees are held in a crowded series of bunk bed-filled halls, which each hold around 80 people.

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 'We drink from the toilet': migrants tell of hellish Saudi detention centres


Coronavirus US: Biden tells Trump 'step up and do your job' over Covid-19 death toll - live

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:04:10 GMT

Susan Rice, another potential VP pick for Joe Biden, has been making her pitch for the role on the TV this morning with an appearance on the CBS This Morning show. She cites her long experience, saying:

I would bring almost 20 years of deep experience at the most senior ranks of the executive branch, getting things done for the American people, wrestling with crises and dealing with the solutions we need. My background is National Security Advisor, and many other roles that I?€?ve held. And I think that?€?s very important, given the nature of the crises a new administration would face, from the pandemic, to economic recession, to our global leadership, which is suffering enormously.

"I think what I would bring is almost 20 years of deep experience at the senior most ranks of the executive branch. Getting things done for the American people. Wrestling with crises & dealing with the solutions we need." ?€? @AmbassadorRice on why she should be @JoeBiden's VP pick pic.twitter.com/0DB3DL2ads

Eric Trump can always be trusted to come up with a unique angle on any bad publicity surrounding his dad. His take this morning after that Donald Trump Axios interview? To attack Joe Biden for not doing interviews.

On Monday alone, @realDonaldTrump answered 17 questions from reporters. Joe Biden answered NO questions yesterday and has not answered a single question since July 28.

When will Joe stop dodging serious interviews & tough questions? The entire country sees through this sham...

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 Coronavirus US: Biden tells Trump 'step up and do your job' over Covid-19 death toll - live


Chirp to arms: musicians record album to help conserve endangered birds

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:45:06 GMT

Ten-track record samples recordings of endangered, vulnerable or near threatened birds by artists from same country

The song of the black catbird - with its flute-like chirps and screeching single-note squalls - was once heard across Guatemala, Belize and southern Mexico until large-scale farms began to destroy its habitat.

Now, thanks to a collective of musicians, producers and DJs, the tiny bird?€?s song - and that of nine other endangered species from the region - could be heard on dancefloors around the world, with proceeds going to conserving the endangered birds.

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 Chirp to arms: musicians record album to help conserve endangered birds


Australian government to reopen Christmas Island detention centre during Covid-19 crisis

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:24:19 GMT

Coalition plans to transfer refugees and asylum seekers currently detained in Melbourne and Sydney

The Australian government will reopen the detention facility on the remote territory of Christmas Island to house people currently in immigration detention on the Australian mainland.

The Australian Border Force confirmed on Tuesday evening that people currently in immigration detention will be ?€?temporarily?€? transferred to the facility at North West Point on Christmas Island, where Australians returning from Wuhan were held in the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

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 Australian government to reopen Christmas Island detention centre during Covid-19 crisis


'Water is sacred': 10 visual artists reflect on the human right to water

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:30:02 GMT

The UN declared access to water and sanitation a human right a decade ago, but 785 million people worldwide still have no water close to home

Ten photographs marking the 10th anniversary of access to water and sanitation being declared a human right by the UN have been commissioned from 10 visual artists by the charity WaterAid to show the impact of clean water on people?€?s lives.

Globally, 785 million people - one in 10 - still lack access to water close to home and 2 billion people - one in four - don?€?t have a toilet of their own.

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 'Water is sacred': 10 visual artists reflect on the human right to water


How a musician's death unleashed violence and death in Ethiopia

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:15:33 GMT

160 people have died following the killing of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, leaving the ethnically and politically riven country more divided than ever

The figure holding a gun stepped beside the car in which Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was sitting in Addis Ababa, and pulled the trigger. The cold-blooded killing on the night of 29 June cut short the young life of one of Ethiopia?€?s most popular musicians and activists. It was also the start of some of the most consequential few days in recent Ethiopian history.

Hours later, in the lakeside town of Ziway in Ethiopia?€?s Oromia region - from which Haacaaluu came - Selas Russell woke to the sound of gunfire and shouting. Soon a friend rang her. ?€?Get up, grab your passport, leave your belongings and run for your life,?€? he told the Ethiopian-born British citizen who owns a hotel in the town.

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 How a musician's death unleashed violence and death in Ethiopia


'We have abandoned the poor': slums suffer as Covid-19 exposes India's social divide

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 03:58:26 GMT

Virus proves a reminder to wealthy of their reliance on impoverished workers, reviving calls for a slum revolution that will benefit all

Cooking, cleaning, and food shopping have been a shock to Anisa Agarwal. Pre-pandemic, married to a wealthy tile manufacturer, her life in Gulmohar Park in Delhi involved a cook, maid, driver and cleaner who came to her house every day.

But despite her total dependence on them, Agarwal, 44, has not allowed her staff to enter her home in four months.

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 'We have abandoned the poor': slums suffer as Covid-19 exposes India's social divide


Bolivians driven from pillar to post as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:45:08 GMT

Grover Ponce, 42, died after being shuttled between six different health facilities as his family watched in rising desperation

In the two weeks before he died from suspected Covid-19, Grover Ponce was shuttled between six hospitals, as his wife Paola Medina battled the labyrinthine bureaucracy of Bolivia?€?s health system.

Just days after he was finally admitted to La Portada hospital in La Paz, he had to be rushed to intensive care in another hospital in El Alto. But by then it was too late. He suffered two cardiorespiratory arrests and died on Sunday.

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 Bolivians driven from pillar to post as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals


'Bali is not only about tourism': Covid-19 prompts rethink for island's residents

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 20:00:52 GMT

With tourism devastated by the pandemic, many have returned to work the fields. Some believe they will never go back

Ni Kadek Erawati, 40, used to work in a villa in her village, Tegallalang, a Balinese district famous for its Instagram-able rice terraces.

But in March, her employer asked her to take a break until further notice. Her husband is unemployed and she needs to pay school fees for three children, but the only job she could find was working on a farm.

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 'Bali is not only about tourism': Covid-19 prompts rethink for island's residents


Coronavirus near me: are UK Covid cases rising in your local area?

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:59:01 GMT

Latest updates: how has Covid-19 progressed where you live? Check the week-on-week changes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The map shows local authorities where the number of cases has increased week-on-week and where it has fallen. Some of this is due to natural fluctuations, especially in areas where there are very few cases, and so a rise from 1 to 2 is a doubling. Increased testing also means that more cases may be being detected than previously, although the impact of this between one week and the next is likely to be slight.

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 Coronavirus near me: are UK Covid cases rising in your local area?


Without seasonal workers, Australia may face a hungry summer | Michael Rose

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 22:00:14 GMT

With not enough workers to pick the upcoming harvest, Australia faces potential food shortages, and its farmers face economic devastation

As Victoria?€?s Covid-19 outbreak threatens to spiral out of control and beyond its borders, Australia faces another pandemic-related crisis.

We are sailing into a food shortage and few are talking about it. This needs to change.

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 Without seasonal workers, Australia may face a hungry summer | Michael Rose


Liam Fox is the latest in a long line of victims duped by Russia's GRU

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:53:52 GMT

Over the past 20 years, the military intelligence agency has stolen information from targets around the world

Liam Fox, the former UK trade secretary, is merely the latest in a long line of victims apparently duped by the GRU, Russia?€?s military intelligence agency.

Over the past two decades GRU spies have stolen classified information from numerous targets around the world. According to Reuters, last summer they broke into Fox?€?s email account. They made off with secret US-UK trade documents later dumped out before the 2019 election.

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 Liam Fox is the latest in a long line of victims duped by Russia's GRU


Israel protests may dent Netanyahu's ego, but do they threaten his power?

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 17:47:10 GMT

Israeli PM says media makes demonstrations seem more significant than they are - he could have a point

Images of thousands of people in the streets and police scuffling with protesters paint a picture of an increasingly isolated prime minister whose lengthy grip over Israel may finally be loosening.

The visuals are striking, and the protests have certainly grown in size, yet whether they can hurt more than Benjamin Netanyahu?€?s ego is still to be seen.

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 Israel protests may dent Netanyahu's ego, but do they threaten his power?


SOS message in sand saves sailors stranded on Pacific island - video

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:14:10 GMT

Footage from the US Coast Guard shows the rescue of three missing sailors from the tiny Pikelot Island in the Pacific. The men were stranded there when their boat ran out of fuel and strayed off course but were saved after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written in the sand

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 SOS message in sand saves sailors stranded on Pacific island - video


Donald Trump defends Dr Deborah Birx after calling her Covid-19 assessment 'pathetic' - video

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 03:17:45 GMT

The US president has defended his public health expert Deborah Birx after she drew criticism from House speaker Nancy Pelosi and from his own earlier tweet, labelling her assessment of Covid-19's spread as 'pathetic'. Pelosi targeted Birx, saying Trump spread coronavirus misinformation and Birx was his appointee. The president pointed to coronavirus flareups overseas as a measure of the US success, saying the country was doing very well and adding he had a lot of respect for Birx


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 Donald Trump defends Dr Deborah Birx after calling her Covid-19 assessment 'pathetic' - video


World Health Organisation warns there may no be a Covid-19 'silver bullet' - video

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 02:01:20 GMT

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns there may never be an effective vaccine for Covid-19. Speaking in Geneva, Tedros explains the need for caution despite progress developing some vaccines. 'A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection' he says. 'However, there?€?s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be'

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 World Health Organisation warns there may no be a Covid-19 'silver bullet' - video


New Genoa bridge reopens, two years after deadly collapse - video report

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:12:34 GMT

Two years after part of Genoa's Morandi motorway bridge collapsed, killing 43 people, a new structure was opened in its place on Monday. The new Genoa San Giorgio bridge, designed by Renzo Piano, was inaugurated in a ceremony that included a flyover and was attended by the president, Sergio Mattarella, and the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, who called the new structure the result of 'Italian genius'. The celebrations have been criticised by victims' families who declined to attend but had a private meeting with Mattarella beforehand

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 New Genoa bridge reopens, two years after deadly collapse - video report


'My son's death cannot be in vain': US federal judge speaks out after attack on family - video

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:10:56 GMT

Federal judge Esther Salas has released an emotional video message in which she describes the day her son was killed and husband shot in an apparent targeted shooting.

Holding back tears at times, Salas described how 20-year-old Daniel was shot by Roy Den Hollander, who was posing as a FedEx driver, in what police believed to have been a targeted attack at their home in New Jersey on 19 July. Hollander was later found dead by suicide.

Salas used her message to call for more protection for people in her position, saying: 'my son's death cannot be in vain', adding: 'The free flow of information from the internet allowed this sick and depraved human being to find all our personal information and target us'

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 'My son's death cannot be in vain': US federal judge speaks out after attack on family - video


Israel protests: thousands join weekend protests against Netanyahu's government - video

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:01:12 GMT

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets over the weekend to protest against Benjamin Netanyahu's alleged corruption and against his government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Israeli media estimated that about 15,000 protesters arrived at the prime minister's state residence in Jerusalem, where they carried banners calling on him to resign.

The weekend's protests were reported to be the biggest in a series of weekly demonstrations near Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. Protesters also arrived outside his private house in the Israeli city of Caesarea and hundreds gathered in Tel Aviv

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 Israel protests: thousands join weekend protests against Netanyahu's government - video


Jacinda Ardern: no trans-Tasman travel bubble for 'some time to come' - video

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:08:00 GMT

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern says while there was no timeframe on plans for a trans-Tasman travel bubble that would include Australia, the rise in Covid-19 cases in Victoria means it won't happen for some time to come. Once hopeful of including other countries in the Pacific region in the travel bubble, Ardern has confirmed New Zealand's borders will remain closed until the risk of coronavirus entering the country through visitors can be minimised. 'We wish Victoria all the very best as they continue to combat what is a devastating situation,' she said, 'but I think the reality for both of us is this is going to slow things down for us'

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Peace demonstrations in the US October 26-28 2007
29.10 - 2007

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Large number of US citizens demonstrated against the war in Iraq (and the possible war in Iran) during this October weekend. Massive turnout in Boston and San Fransisco, and also in Chicago, LA and DC people took to the streets.
The message was: NO more war in Iraq! NO to a war with Iran!