Boris Johnson says defence spending will rise to 2.5% of GDP, after cabinet row
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:27:07 GMT
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PM says mark will be reached by end of decade as UK needs to adapt to more dangerous world

Boris Johnson has said the UK will spend 2.5% of GDP on defence by the end of this decade, after a cabinet row over defence spending and claims the government would ditch a key manifesto commitment on the issue.

Speaking at the end of the Nato conference in Madrid, the prime minister said: aWe need to invest for the long term in vital capabilities like future combat air, while simultaneously adapting to a more dangerous and more competitive world.

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Russia-Ukraine war: Russia withdraws from Snake Island and says Ukraine should demine waters a live news
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:27:32 GMT
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Russian ministry of defence says withdrawal is goodwill gesture to facilitate grain exports, and asks that Ukraine demine its coastal waters

The UKas foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has said that one of the reasons that Russia was able to invade Ukraine was because of underspending on defence in Europe.

Appearing on Sky News, she said:

Iave been very clear that the entire free world, the western alliance, does need to focus more on deterrence. We need to focus more on defence. And what we know is prevention is better than cure.

The lesson that Putin learned from underspending on defence was that he could invade a sovereign nation, and we simply canat let our guard down again, we canat allow that to happen again.

I would say that we need a full range of capabilities to deal with the threats that we face now. Whether those are cyber threats, whether those are land-based threats, naval threats, and we have the balance right. But of course we need to continue to evolve, because weare seeing, you know, we never expected in our lifetimes to see this kind of war on in Europe.

Weave seen the systematic rape of women. Weave seen the attacking of civilians, including at the shopping centre this week. And what we need to make sure is not only are the Ukrainians successful in pushing Russia out of Ukraine, but also that people are held to account for these appalling crimes that have been committed.

Iave not met Vladimir Putin. I do not know the motivations for carrying out this appalling war. All I know is that we have to make it our absolute priority to stop this war, to push Vladimir Putin and the Russian troops out of Ukraine, otherwise we will live in a much less safe Europe.

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Wimbledon 2022: Boulter, Broady and Kvitova through, Nadal in action a live!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:28:29 GMT
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The Wimbledon debutant Gray looks to be growing into this a bit, holding serve confidently for 2-1 in the second set. Over on Court 17 Richard Gasquet is a set up against Mackenzie McDonald of the US, taking the opener 6-3.

Fritzas forehand is calling the shots here, and a lovely winner from the back of the court kickstarts the second set. Grayas got some magic in his locker though and executes a stunning deft drop shot while slipping on the grass, which helps him to a morale-boosting hold from 0-30 down.

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Briton poses as worker to dangle one-handed from crane 1,200ft above Dubai
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:47:45 GMT
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Adam Lockwood evades detection to scale crane atop skyscraper and cling from metal bar with just one hand

A British free climber has dangled 390 metres (1,280ft) above Dubai without safety equipment after posing as a worker to gain access to the cityas tallest crane.

Adam Lockwood, 21, gained entry to a skyscraper, evading construction workers to reach the top, where he scaled the crane to cling from a metal bar with just one hand.

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Boris Johnson says India arbitrarily detaining British Sikh activist
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:18:30 GMT
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Letter from PM saying Jagtar Singh Johal is being arbitrarily held comes four and a half years after Johalas arrest

Boris Johnson has for the first time said that the Indian government is arbitrarily detaining Jagtar Singh Johal, the British Sikh activist held in an Indian jail for four and a half years.

In a letter to Keir Starmer seen by the Guardian, the prime minister says Singh has been arbitrarily detained without formal charges being laid against him. He was arrested in 2017 over his alleged role in killings by the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), a banned terrorist organisation.

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Nadhim Zahawi makes U-turn on schools bill after criticism
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:25:19 GMT
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Minister scraps plans to increase DfE control of academy trusts, derided as aridiculous attempt to centralise power in Whitehalla

Ministers have announced a U-turn on key elements of the governmentas schools bill, scrapping or amending clauses that would have given the Department for Education (DfE) greater control over avirtually every aspecta of academy trusts in England.

The schools bill, launched by Nadhim Zahawi, has run into opposition from Conservative and crossbench peers for giving the education secretary a veto over appointments of school trustees, the power to rescind funding agreements and even determine the length of the school day within each trust.

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BT staff vote for first national strike in 35 years
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:12:18 GMT
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Landline and broadband customers told to expect disruption as engineers, call centre and shop staff back action

BT staff have voted for their first national strike in 35 years, which is expected to affect customers across the country having broadband services installed or getting faults fixed.

The strike by BT engineers, call centre and shop staff represents the vast majority of its 58,000-strong frontline workforce, and the trade union organising the ballot has said that BT customers can expect disruption to services including repairs, having new phone and internet lines fitted or getting hold of support staff.

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Liz Cheney calls Trump aa domestic threat we have never faced beforea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:32:01 GMT
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Vice-chair of January 6 committee tells fellow Republicans it is impossible to be loyal to both Trump and the US constitution

Congresswoman Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the congressional panel investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, has warned that former president Donald Trump represents aa domestic threat that we have never faced beforea.

Cheney, the daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney, told fellow Republicans that it was impossible to be loyal to both Trump and the American constitution.

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Boy, seven, to cycle from London to Paris in honour of late father
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:10:54 GMT
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Bereavement charity that supported Rupert Brookeas family will benefit from 200-mile trek

A seven-year-old boy will become one of the youngest people to cycle between London and Paris as he raises money for a charity that supported him after his fatheras death.

Rupert Brooke, from Leicestershire, has already raised more than APS11,500 for the Childrenas Bereavement Centre, almost a week before he starts the challenge.

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Users of biggest NFT marketplace warned over phishing after data leak
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:29:44 GMT
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OpenSea tells customers and subscribers not to open emails and files asent by strangersa after revealing breach

The worldas biggest marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has warned its users to be on the alert for email phishing attacks following a massive data leak.

OpenSea, where traders exchange the crypto assets, told customers and newsletter subscribers not to open emails and files asent by strangersa after revealing the breach.

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Nadine Dorries mistakes rugby league for union code at World Cup event
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:15:21 GMT
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  • Culture secretary thought Jonny Wilkinson won league prize
  • RFL chief executive refuses to criticise MP over comment

Nadine Dorries, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, stunned a rugby league audience by confusing the 13-player game with the rival code.

Speaking in St Helens at the launch of a report into the social impact of the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, Dorries opened her address with a reference to Jonny Wilkinsonas match-winning drop goal for England in unionas 2003 Rugby World Cup.

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Ukraine pushes Russian forces from strategic Snake Island
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:33:11 GMT
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Winning back vital Black Sea island could weaken any future Russia coastal land attack

Ukrainian forces have pushed Russian forces from Snake Island, a strategic Black Sea island off the southern coast near the city of Odesa.

Russia portrayed the pullout from Snake Island off the port city of Odesa as a agoodwill gesturea. Ukraineas military said the Russians fled the island in two speedboats after a barrage of Ukrainian artillery and missile strikes.

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Luxembourg PMas same-sex husband seated next to Viktor OrbA!n at summit
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:15:06 GMT
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Hungarian leader was criticised by Xavier Bettel in 2021 for introducing homophobic law

The dozens of invitees were carefully seated along the lengthy table, flanked by columns fashioned out of BagnA"res marble and surrounded by paintings from Spainas Francisco de Goya.

As photos of the Nato dinner at Spainas royal palace filtered out, many were swift to spot what one Spanish news site described as the image of the summit: the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor OrbA!n, seated next to Gauthier Destenay, the first same-sex spouse of a leader of an EU member state.

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aIam a little surpriseda: Nato summit venue in Madrid serves aRussian salada
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:25:09 GMT
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Dish is staple in Spain but many restaurants have renamed it as a result of war in Ukraine

As Nato leaders gather in Madrid for a summit playing out in the shadow of Russiaas invasion of Ukraine, the spotlight has landed on a ubiquitous staple found in bars and restaurants across Spain: Russian salad.

International officials and journalists were bemused to find the salad a a combination of potatoes, mayonnaise and vegetables known as ensaladilla Rusa a being sold as apotatoes salad Russian stylea at the summit venue.

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aEven under war, we must livea: the Kyiv art scene determined to party
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:57:24 GMT
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Last weekend, On Time festival brought together Kyivas music, art and craft communities to celebrate creativity a and vent the trauma of the Russian invasion

Nestled in a peaceful green dell, hidden beneath a glowing canopy of deciduous woodland, the morning sun shines over the old river port of Kyiv. Shafts of light pour into the courtyard of a bright-red, Soviet-era ribbon factory being artfully repurposed during a time of war.

For over a decade the 19th-century factory buildings on Nyzhnoiurkivska 31 in Podil district have been the go-to place in Kyiv for all-weekend raves and youth subcultures, welcomed by resident nightclubs Closer, Mezzanine and Otela. It all came crashing down when Russia invaded Ukraine and most of the people who worked and socialised here either left for somewhere safe to shelter, joined the army, or started volunteering to help with the war effort. But today is a new dawn for the ribbon factory, with On Time, the countryas first large-scale alternative music and arts event since the invasion five months ago.

Festivalgoers chat in the ribbon factoryas courtyard.

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Guns Na Roses a their 20 greatest songs, ranked!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:52:13 GMT
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As they play Spursa stadium twice this weekend, we rate the best of the swaggering rock gods, from epic balladry to high-speed juggernauts

Recorded in 1986 and released a year later, this speed metal gem was released as the B-side of the 12in version of Itas So Easy/Mr Brownstone before being lost to antiquity for 31 years. When it resurfaced in 2018, it was still every bit the raspy-voiced hellraiser of yore. The incomprehensible rants, barked hook and ear-splitting solo all make this a slice of classic GnR.

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aI felt for the first time I wasnat alonea: how Pride transformed lives
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:59:26 GMT
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To mark 50th anniversary of first event in UK, Guardian readers say what Pride has meant to them

When Richard French-Lowe first went to Pride in London in 1989, he was too afraid to join the march. As a civil servant and serving territorial army soldier, he kept his sexuality hidden because both organisations regarded gay men as a security risk.

But joining the party in Kennington Park, south London, after the march proved to be a transformative experience for French-Lowe, one of about 30 LGBTQ+ people and allies to respond to a Guardian callout about their memories of UK Pride events, 50 years on from the countryas first march.

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Dining across the divide: aHe was not a Nigel Farage-type Brexit person, so that was nicea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:30:04 GMT
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Sheas a Labour supporter; he hasnat voted in years. Can a carer and a prison caseworker bond over Jeremy Corbyn, despite disagreeing about the EU?

Danny, 56, Pontypool

Occupation Prison, drug and alcohol caseworker

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Is Stranger Things even TV any more?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:37:43 GMT
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Episodes are now movie-length and the amount of major characters is out of control. Is it time to start thinking of the sci-fi epic as the new MCU?

The plot of the upcoming two-part Stranger Things finale remains a great mystery. Netflix isnat giving away a single detail; nor, for that matter, are the cast, production team or publicity department. But nature abhors a vacuum so, in lieu of any official details, I will tell you what I want from the season finale. And what I want is a bloodbath.

I mean it. I want the Red Wedding in an ironic period-era baseball cap. I want it to be a cross between the first part of Saving Private Ryan and the last part of The Wild Bunch. When the credits roll on episode nine, I want a maximum of four primary characters still alive.

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Bones, bowels and body-snatchers a Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life review
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:37:59 GMT
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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
William Burkeas skeleton looms over this gripping exhibition showcasing the spooky relics of scienceas thirst for anatomical knowledge a and the horrors this often unleashed

What are tiny corpses, each nestled inside a little wooden coffin, doing in an exhibition about the art and science of anatomy? They are, after all, crudely carved artefacts without any pretensions to medical accuracy. But these exhibits are part of one of the most notorious episodes in the history of anatomy, for they seem to have been made and buried outside Edinburgh as a folk art memorial to the victims of William Burke and William Hare.

Burke and Hare, this exhibition shows with clinical precision, were monsters produced by science. They killed 16 poor, marginalised people in just a few months to provide bodies for the cityas competitive anatomy teachers. Edinburgh was the capital of the Scottish Enlightenment, a centre of medical research and teaching renowned across Europe. One anatomy student at Edinburgh University in the early 1800s was Charles Darwin. His damning verdict on his teacher is recorded here: aDr Munro made his lectures on human anatomy as dull as he was himself, and the subject disgusted me.a

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Caleb Landry Jones: aActing was the only place you were allowed to scream or crya
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:27:26 GMT
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After notable turns in No Country for Old Men and Get Out, the Texan actor was rewarded at Cannes last year for his starring role as a real-life mass shooter in Nitram a a part he was initially reluctant to take on

aControl is a funny thing,a says Caleb Landry Jones. aIt can keep you from finding something inherent that is deeper and better for the film: things inside you. Sometimes thereas a kind of control that can be very stilted and boring. I think thereas some kind of balance between knowing what needs to be done and also getting there.a

The livewire 32-year-old actor walks that tightrope in an extraordinary performance in Nitram, the new film by Snowtown director Justin Kurzel about Martin Bryant, the Tasmanian who murdered 35 people in the 1996 Port Arthur shooting. Face bulging with emotion, hyperventilating through temper tantrums, snorting with glee as he pulls his favourite stunt a lunging at the steering wheel of whoever is driving him a Jones seems to be all feeling.

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aBlood moneya: Europeas secretive trade in Syrian phosphates
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:00:37 GMT
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Hidden imports provide economic lifeline to Assad and funds for a Russian oligarch under EU sanctions

In January, a cargo ship flying the Honduran flag disappeared from international tracking systems off the coast of Cyprus. When it reappeared a week later, the Sea Navigator was heading north to Europe. But the ship had not got lost a it had slipped into a Russian-controlled port in Syria to pick up phosphates, a key ingredient for making fertiliser.

Cheap Syrian phosphate exports to Europe have boomed in recent years. Europe has few phosphate reserves of its own and European farmers were already struggling to afford phosphate fertilisers before the war in Ukraine sent prices soaring even higher.

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Ancient pharaohs, weird science and lovely Liza Minnelli a take the Thursday quiz
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:37 GMT
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Fifteen questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes every Thursday a how will you fare?

Here comes the Thursday quiz, representing all that is good in the world against a backdrop of unfolding chaos. Fifteen questions that are vaguely topical or general knowledge or generally just a bit weird. There are no prizes, but you can pick up one extra bonus point if you can spot a hidden reference to Doctor Who and mention it in the comments, where wead love to find out how you got on. Enjoy!

The Thursday quiz, No 62

If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com, but remember, the quiz masteras word is always final, and heas still busy watching Glastonbury sets on iPlayer.

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Why on earth shouldnat Angela Rayner go to the opera?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:32:08 GMT
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Dominic Raabas attack on the Labour frontbencheras attendance at Glyndebourne says more about our class-ridden approach to culture than it does about her

It wouldnat happen in Germany, and certainly not in Italy. It wouldnat cause as much as a raised eyebrow in the US or even in Russia. Only in Britain would a political leader going to the opera stir a controversy.

The fact that the opera was at a country house in the Sussex countryside, with a black-tie dress code is part of the story, of course. That the politician in question is a Labour figure, a woman and working class probably even more so.

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Putinas war is also a crime a the world must punish Russia as a terrorist state | Andriy Zagorodnyuk
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:09:46 GMT
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After airstrikes on civilian targets, from a shopping mall to hospitals, Ukraineas allies must use the correct legal definitions

As I write, rescuers are still searching the remains of a shopping centre in the central Ukrainian town of Kremenchuk. There were hundreds of people inside the centre when Russian missiles hit it on Monday. The number of casualties is still unclear, but there are 20 confirmed deaths and tens of unidentified bodies. The mall was miles away from any military target. There could be no other reason to attack it than to spread fear and terror in Ukraine. The Russian military hit it with two missiles, ensuring devastating damage.

G7 countries unanimously condemned those attacks, as they should. But unless the world puts a meaningful political and legal definition to these atrocities, such condemnations will very quickly be forgotten by the general public. The world needs to comprehend that along with a ruthless military operation Russia conducts indiscriminate attacks on non-military targets: this is terrorist activity. We need to distinguish it and qualify it as such.

Andriy Zagorodnyuk is a Chairman of Centre for Defence Strategies and former Minister of Defence of Ukraine


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The discovery of the polio virus in Britain proves we can never let our guard down | Andrew Pollard
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:00:04 GMT
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Evidence of the disease in a London sewer shows that without widespread vaccination, no country is immune from its horrors

The finding of a polio virus in repeated sampling from the sewage system in London during 2022 is less of a concern for highly vaccinated communities in the UK, where children are immune to the rare chance of paralysis. However, it is a portent of potential individual catastrophe for families with unvaccinated and undervaccinated children in our capital unless there is urgent action.

In these pandemic times, we shouldnat need much reminding that there are some bad viruses out there, and there always have been. But intervening urgently to control epidemics and outbreaks with vaccines is relatively new. The devastating polio epidemics of the 1940s and 1950s, which left thousands of children paralysed in the UK, were very much in the public eye at the time, with the familiar images of hospitals full of children in coffin-like iron lungs or paralysed children with their legs in callipers.

Prof Sir Andrew Pollard is Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, University of Oxford

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All hail the Machiavellian man-eater! The Love Island character that guarantees dynamite TV
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:00:38 GMT
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Ekin-Su CA1/4lcA1/4loAlu has stirred up so much drama that she already belongs in the showas hall of fame. Femme fatales like her make Love Island great

Praise be to the reality TV gods. It has only taken two series, a global pandemic and the nation manufacturing the initial acouplingsa in the first week, but Love Island is finally back on form. The last fortnight has had more drama than the entire last two dreary series combined. And its bounce back is in no small part down to the arrival of Ekin-Su CA1/4lcA1/4loAlu, a Turkish actor who must surely moonlight as a Love Island producer, given her unrelenting commitment to causing chaos.

On her slo-mo arrival into the villa in episode 3, Ekin-Su made her intentions clear. aIam not here to make seasonal girlfriends,a she announced to the other women. aIam here to find the love of my life.a Watching her pursue that goal has been dynamite. Night one she was blowing kisses at Luca as he lay in bed with his partner, Gemma. The next morning she grafted the villaas entire male population by making them breakfast. In a few short days she had successfully made a move on Davide. Then before we knew it, she was crawling on all fours across the terrace to orchestrate a secret kiss with newcomer Jay, a move that will undoubtedly remain in the Love Island hall of fame for years to come.

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Banning babies from parliament shows just how out of touch Westminster is | Stella Creasy
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:25:14 GMT
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If we want more women with children to become MPs, we need family-friendly policies for parents like me in the Commons

As the Speaker welcomes cats into the chamber, last night his deputy criticised my parenting for bringing my toddler to the voting lobbies. She demanded I hand her over to her instead, despite being a stranger to my child. Such outward hostility towards making parliament family friendly does little to improve the perception that Westminster is out of touch with those it seeks to serve. When 41% of the population think democracy doesnat work, refusing to accept the status quo becomes even more important, not just for equality, but to protect democracy itself.

Todayas news that the procedure committee has decided parents accompanied by babies are forbidden in the House of Commons a in contrast to many other legislatures around the world and previous custom a yet again reinforces the impression Westminster isnat a 21st-century workplace, but a rarefied debating club for the elite. This decision will not affect me. Both my children are now too old to sit quietly so I can speak, but it speaks volumes about how determined some are to send the message that mothers are not welcome unless they pretend their children donat exist.

Stella Creasy is the Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow in London

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Is Boris Johnson to blame for my dadas death? I hope the Covid inquiry will tell me | Hannah Brady
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:58:39 GMT
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The PM has been accused of trying to cover up mistakes in the pandemic. Now grieving families like mine will learn the truth

Itas been just over two years since Dad died. Thatas two years of unprocessed grief shelved in the campaign for justice, but finally the public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched. For the bereaved, the news brings an enormous sense of relief. The process of learning lessons from the UKas handling of the pandemic has at last been moved out of Boris Johnsonas reach.

Weave weathered two years of distractions: Partygate, the cost of living crisis, no-confidence votes. Families have had to fight every step of the way to make it to this point. Weave threatened two separate judicial reviews, and even been prepared to put ourselves at financial risk to secure this opportunity for justice. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have done everything they can to kick their accountability into the long grass. But now those distractions are irrelevant a with the terms of reference fixed (despite sitting unsigned and gathering dust on Johnsonas desk for six weeks) and the date set, this government can no longer influence the inquiry.

Hannah Brady is spokesperson for the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Campaign

As told to Lucy Pasha-Robinson

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Yes, the number of Covid cases in the UK is rising a but that is no cause for alarm | Matt Hancock
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:00:37 GMT
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With vaccines preventing most serious illness and death, any talk of bringing back restrictions is pure scaremongering

Four months ago, the UK took the decision to end all remaining legal Covid-19 restrictions, becoming the first major country in the world to do so. While some said it was too soon and that it would lead to a surge in cases, hospitalisations and deaths, this has thankfully not been the case. Instead, we have replaced the protection from lockdowns with the protection from science in the power of vaccines.

Seeing and taking part in the incredible scenes around the UK to celebrate the Queenas platinum jubilee just over three weeks ago showed just how far we have come in living with this virus. But even though we can rely on vaccines to protect us from severe illness or death, a virus as transmissible as Covid will not be eradicated. I have consistently said that Covid awill always be arounda and that we should alive with Covid as we do flua.

Matt Hancock is the Conservative MP for West Suffolk, and former secretary of state for health and social care

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Why are we feeding crops to our cars when people are starving? | George Monbiot
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:33 GMT
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Modern biofuels are touted as a boon for the climate. But, used on a large scale, they are no more sustainable than whale oil

What can you say about governments that, in the midst of a global food crisis, choose instead to feed machines? You might say they were crazy, uncaring or cruel. But these words scarcely suffice when you seek to describe the burning of food while millions starve.

Thereas nothing complicated about the effects of turning crops into biofuel. If food is used to power cars or generate electricity or heat homes, either it must be snatched from human mouths, or ecosystems must be snatched from the planetas surface, as arable lands expand to accommodate the extra demand. But governments and the industries that they favour obscure this obvious truth. They distract and confuse us about an evidently false solution to climate breakdown.

George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist

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Switzerland v England: womenas international friendly a live!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:32:17 GMT
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1 min: Switzerland start brightly. Bachmann turns into space down the middle and lays off for Maendly, who scoops a pass down the right for Sow. Sheas got time and space, but canat find anyone in the middle with her low cross. England clear.

Switzerland get the ball rolling ... but only after both sets of players take the knee to warm applause. Thereas no room for racism. 11,000 tickets have been sold for this game, a Swiss womenas record.

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England v South Africa: womenas Test match, day four a live!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:12:08 GMT
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30th over: South Africa 62-3 (Luus 9, Sekhukhune 3) Sekhukhune is doing a fine job out there after her overnight watch. Sciver digs one in and looks but Sekhukhune rides the bounce and gets over her hook down to fine leg for a single. Luus plays out the rest of the over with comfort, swaying out of the way of another short ball from Sciver. Not a bad tactic I reckon. There is a short leg but I wonder if a leg slip may be a something to consider.

29th over: South Africa 61-3 (Luus 9, Sekhukhune 1) Ooooo, thereas a big appeal for lbw as Bell pins Luusas front pad. Sheas confident but itas sliding down and England wisely keep with the on field decision. Luus would be better playing that straight but itas easy to say that from up here. Nice and tidy for the rest of the set from Bell and itas a maiden.

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Katie Boulter breaks new ground at Wimbledon to oust 2021 finalist Pliskova
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:31:09 GMT
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  • Boulter reaches third round for first time in 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 win
  • aMy gran passed away two days ago a| I dedicate this to hera

Before her bounteous grass-court summer began, Katie Boulter had not beaten a single top 40 player in her life. Her total record against top 50 opposition was 4-14, not where a player with such high aspirations would like to be, and in those big moments she was yet to truly fly. But still, throughout her career Boulter has always carried with her the reputation of a player who loves the grand occasions and thrives in the face of the toughest challenges.

On the biggest stage of all, Centre Court, Boulteras reputation accorded with reality in spectacular fashion as she produced the biggest win of her career to upset Karolina Pliskova, the sixth seed and last yearas finalist, reaching a grand slam third round for the first time in her career with a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win.

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Police raid Bahrain Victorious team again on eve of Tour de France
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:53:52 GMT
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  • Danish police search teamas hotel at French prosecutorsa behest
  • Team say investigation is trying to damage their reputation

The Tour de France starts in Copenhagen on Friday with a cloud hanging over it after the Bahrain Victorious team, winners of three stages in last yearas race, was subjected to a second police raid in a week.

The teamas hotel in BrA,ndby was searched at dawn on Thursday morning by Danish police officers as part of an investigation by French prosecutors. It was the second search of the teamas riders and staff in a week and follows an initial search and investigation that began during the latter stages of last yearas race.

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F1 seeks distance from Ecclestone after his claim he would atake bulleta for Putin
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:41:21 GMT
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Former F1 chief calls Russian president afirst-class persona in GMB interview and blames war on Zelenskiy

Formula One has sought to distance itself from remarks made by its former chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who said he would atake a bulleta for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and described him as aa first-class persona.

Ecclestone, who reportedly has been friends with Putin since the introduction of the Russian Grand Prix in 2014, said Russiaas invasion of Ukraine could have been avoided if the latteras president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, had done more.

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Owen Farrell avery unhappya at losing England captaincy, Eddie Jones reveals
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:48:21 GMT
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  • Courtney Lawes will captain side in first Test against Australia
  • Jones wants Farrell to focus on his form after spell out of side

Owen Farrell was avery unhappya at losing the England captaincy, Eddie Jones has revealed after installing Courtney Lawes in the role for the coming series against Australia.

Farrell returns to the side for Saturdayas first Test in Perth, for his first appearance since November, also against the Wallabies, but Jonesas decision to stick with Lawes regardless represents a sea change. Farrell has held the role since 2018 but in his absence this season, Tom Curry and Lawes have both filled in and Jones has opted to stick with the latter. The last time Farrell played for England without holding the captaincy was the 2018 Six Nations but Lawes has proved a popular leader among the squad.

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The Fiver | Richarlison heads for tangible reward and glory with a| Tottenham
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:56:08 GMT
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It was a great season for Everton. By spectacularly avoiding relegation, they achieved that rare thing in the Premier League era: a memorable campaign, one for the ages to go alongside the time they avoided relegation in 1998, and the time they avoided relegation in 1994, and the year they finished proudly above Rafael Beneath-Us who then won Big Cup a couple of weeks later. But the best players set their sights even higher than these lofty goals, which explains why Richarlison wants out, up and away. Heas leaving to pursue tangible reward and glory with

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West Ham step up Lingard interest after Danjuma pursuit hits problems
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:42:23 GMT
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West Ham are stepping up efforts to sign Jesse Lingard after their move for Villarrealas Arnaut Danjuma ran into difficulties.

The club have held talks with Villarreal about Danjuma, with a!40m (APS34.5m) plus add-ons potentially enough to land the Dutch winger, but the deal is now in doubt. West Ham have not agreed personal terms with the 25-year-old and various complications mean they are ready to move on to other attacking targets.

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Burning ban failing to protect Englandas peatlands, say conservation groups
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:10:00 GMT
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Ministers urged to toughen law to help restore carbon sinks, as figures point to illegal burning

The government is failing to protect peatlands in England, conservation groups have warned, with the country at risk of losing more of its most efficient carbon sinks.

Figures obtained by Wildlife and Countryside Link suggest illegal burns of the areas, which are important for biodiversity and carbon sequestration, are likely to have taken place.

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UK government to scrap European law protecting special habitats
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:00:31 GMT
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Environment secretary George Eustice wants to amend Habitats Directive, which protects Natura 2000 sites

Environment secretary George Eustice wants to tear up a key piece of European law that environmentalists say protects cherished habitats in the UK.

Eustice told MPs the Habitats Directive was in a list of laws he wanted to amend in the forthcoming Brexit freedoms bill designed to cut red tape, saying it was bureaucratic and fundamentally flawed on multiple levels.

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Coca-Cola among brands greenwashing over packaging, report says
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:32 GMT
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Research aexposes litany of misleading claimsa by household names, including Coca-Cola and Unilever

Claims about plastic packaging being eco-friendly made by big brands, including Coca-Cola and Unilever, are misleading greenwashing, according to a report.

The Changing Markets Foundation says claims that companies are intercepting and using aocean-bounda or arecyclablea plastic to tackle the plastic pollution crisis are some of the most common examples of greenwashing.

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Watchdogs condemn police response to domestic abuse claims against officers
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:14:39 GMT
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Joint inquiry hears evidence of officers in England and Wales using their status to deter victims from making reports

Police forces in England and Wales are responding to reports of their own officers committing domestic abuse in a way that is asignificantly harming the public interesta, with just 9% of such allegations leading to criminal charges, a joint watchdog investigation has found.

The College of Policing, Her Majestyas Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Independent Office for Police Conduct heard evidence of police perpetrators of domestic abuse using their knowledge, status and powers to intimidate victims and deter them from making reports.

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Amazon close to deal over Champions League rights in UK
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:18:56 GMT
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US retailer and streaming giant is understood to be set to split UK rights with BT Sport

Amazon is close to securing a groundbreaking deal to broadcast Champions League football in the UK for the first time, marking a significant increase in its ambitions to become a major live sport broadcaster.

The US internet retailer and streaming giant, which already has a broadcast portfolio spanning Premier League football, tennis and rugby, is understood to be set to split the UK rights with existing holder BT Sport in a new deal with governing body UEFA.

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UK data watchdog to scale back fines for public bodies
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:54:02 GMT
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Information Commissioneras Office says users of public services often bear brunt of financial punishments

The UKas data watchdog is to scale back fines for public bodies after admitting that users of services often bear the brunt of the financial punishment.

The Information Commissioneras Office will continue to issue fines for the most serious cases of data breaches in the public sector, but otherwise it will lean on other powers within its remit such as warnings, reprimands and enforcement notices.

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Peabody Trust accused of failing to offer tenants suitable alternative homes
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:21:32 GMT
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Nineteen tenants living in south London estate that is being demolished say homes offered to them are unaffordable and too far away

The Peabody Trust, one of the UKas oldest and best known housing associations, has been accused of failing to rehouse 19 tenants it plans to evict to make way for a new development.

Their plight highlights an acute shortage of affordable homes for low-wage key workers amid concern that too much new building is being targeted at more lucrative markets.

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Ministers unveil plan to tackle airport crisis after fresh Heathrow disruption
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:19:30 GMT
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Travel chaos for thousands as airport orders cancellation of 30 flights abecause it could not handle thema

UK ministers have unveiled a 22-point plan to help tackle the airport staffing crisis, after a day of further cancellations at Heathrow raised anxiety over the industryas ability to cope this summer.

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said the government had set out how it was backing aviation, and it was now up to airlines and airports to set realistic schedules.

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Logan Mwangias mother and stepfather jailed for murder of five-year-old
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:14:39 GMT
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Angharad Williamson, John Cole and a teenager murdered boy after he suffered months of violent abuse

A mother and stepfather have been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of five-year-old Logan Mwangi, who died after months of violent abuse and imprisonment in the adungeona of his small, dark bedroom.

Loganas mother, Angharad Williamson, was told she will serve at least 28 years before being considered for parole, while her partner, John Cole, will spend a minimum of 29 years in prison. A 14-year-old youth who was also convicted of Loganas murder was told he will be detained for at least 15 years.

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Palace criticised over refusal to publish findings of Meghan bullying claims
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:42:18 GMT
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Reluctance to give details over handling of Meghan case is astep backwardsa for palace transparency, critics say

Buckingham Palaceas refusal to reveal recommendations made over its handling of bullying allegations against the Duchess of Sussex is a ahuge step backwardsa for palace transparency, critics have said.

Palace officials cited aconfidentialitya and the fact it said no public money was used for the review by an independent legal firm into the royal householdas handling of allegationsa denied by Meghan a that her behaviour left some staff traumatised.

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Post Office IT scandal whistleblowers to share APS20m compensation pot
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:04:20 GMT
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aCourageousa former operators to share interim package amid continued fallout from faulty Horizon system

Former post office operators who helped to uncover the Horizon IT scandal are to receive APS19.5m compensation from the government.

The interim compensation package will be made available by ministers to the eligible members of a group representing postal workers who were the first to take legal action against the Post Office, taking the total compensation made to those wrongly accused of stealing money to about APS30m.

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UK trade deal with Australia amounts to aoffshoringa pesticide use, MPs warn
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:01:28 GMT
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Select committee says ministers want to rush through deal allowing food imports that fall below UK environmental standards

The government is rushing through a trade deal with Australia that would allow food produced with pesticides banned in the UK to be imported into the country, campaigners and MPs have warned.

The international trade select committee in parliament has called for a vote on the deal, which would result in food produced below British domestic environmental standards being sold in the UK.

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Lavazza in talks with UK retailers over costs as inflation bites
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:42:47 GMT
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Move comes amid warnings of further increases ahead with price of energy reported as main factor

The coffee maker Lavazza has said it is in talks with retailers about how to manage its soaring costs as almost a third of UK businesses warn they expect to increase the price of goods or services they sell next month.

Pietro MazzA the UK general manager of Lavazza, said the cost of a 1kg bag of whole Lavazza beans had jumped by APS2 over the past 14-16 months to about APS12 as the price of green beans and components for equipment rose.

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Beijing hits out at Nato strategy for amalicious attacka on China
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:03:18 GMT
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Western military bloc says China poses aserious challengesa to global stability

China has issued a strong rebuke at Nato, calling out what it said was acold war thinking and ideological biasa, after the western military bloc said Beijing posed aserious challengesa to global stability.

Nato allies agreed for the first time to include challenges and threats posed by China into a strategy blueprint in its latest summit in Madrid this week. The allianceas previous document, issued in 2010, made no mention of China.

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A quarter of Americans open to taking up arms against government, poll says
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:48:59 GMT
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Survey of 1,000 registered US voters also reveals that most Americans agree government is acorrupt and riggeda

More than one quarter of US residents feel so estranged from their government that they feel it might asoon be necessary to take up armsa against it, a poll released on Thursday claimed.

This survey of 1,000 registered US voters, published by the University of Chicagoas Institute of Politics (IOP), also revealed that most Americans agree the government is acorrupt and rigged against everyday people like mea.

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Biden can end Trumpas aRemain in Mexicoa program, supreme court rules
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:24:27 GMT
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Ruling by 5-4 allows administration to terminate policy that forced asylum seekers to return to Mexico while claims are considered

The supreme court has issued a ruling that will allow the Biden administration to end a Trump-era immigration program forcing asylum seekers attempting to enter the US at the southern border to return to Mexico while their claims are considered.

The ruling in favor of Biden was a change in tone after the supreme courtas conservatives in recent days overturned the constitutional right to abortion and curbed the Environmental Protection Agencyas ability to regulate greenhouse gases, among other decisions that enraged Democrats.

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US supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:38:19 GMT
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Court sides with Republican states as ruling represents landmark moment in rightwing effort to dismantle aregulatory statea

The US supreme court has sided with Republican-led states to in effect hobble the federal governmentas ability to tackle the climate crisis, in a ruling that will have profound implications for the governmentas overall regulatory power.

In a 6-3 decision that will seriously hinder Americaas ability to stave off disastrous global heating, the supreme court, which became dominated by rightwing justices under the Trump administration, has opted to support a case brought by West Virginia that demands the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) be limited in how it regulates planet-heating gases from the energy sector.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in to supreme court after ruling deals blow to climate crisis a live
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:36:04 GMT
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Democrats and environmental groups are fuming over the Supreme Courtas decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, which has dramatic consequences for the administrationas climate ambitions but also for the worldas ability to cut emissions at the speed and scale scientists say are needed to avert catastrophic climate change.

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Biden backs exception to Senate filibuster to protect abortion access
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:57:23 GMT
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President in Madrid says he supports aexception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the supreme court decisiona

Joe Biden said on Thursday he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion, after the supreme court overturned the right in a historic ruling this month.

aIf the filibuster gets in the way, itas like voting rights,a Biden said during a press conference at the Nato summit in Madrid, adding that there should be an aexception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the supreme court decisiona.

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Liz Cheney calls Trump aa domestic threat we have never faced beforea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:32:01 GMT
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Vice-chair of January 6 committee tells fellow Republicans it is impossible to be loyal to both Trump and the US constitution

Congresswoman Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the congressional panel investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, has warned that former president Donald Trump represents aa domestic threat that we have never faced beforea.

Cheney, the daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney, told fellow Republicans that it was impossible to be loyal to both Trump and the American constitution.

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A quarter of Americans open to taking up arms against government, poll says
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:48:59 GMT
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Survey of 1,000 registered US voters also reveals that most Americans agree government is acorrupt and riggeda

More than one quarter of US residents feel so estranged from their government that they feel it might asoon be necessary to take up armsa against it, a poll released on Thursday claimed.

This survey of 1,000 registered US voters, published by the University of Chicagoas Institute of Politics (IOP), also revealed that most Americans agree the government is acorrupt and rigged against everyday people like mea.

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aPeople should be awarea: eggs of tiny, infectious worm found in parks in New York and Europe
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:09:47 GMT
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The Toxocara worm can spread to humans via cat or dog feces, making children who play in sand or soil particularly at risk

Scattered in the sandboxes and dog runs around the world, thereas aparasite invisible to the naked eye that mostly infects cats and dogs. Itas a tiny worm that lives in the animalsa muscles and digestive systems, but can spread to others.

Sometimes, though, it infects humans. Increasingly researchers are concerned that children are inadvertently consuming these parasites, known as Toxocara, and so they are studying places where humans and pets come into contact with one another: city parks.

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Republican push to recruit election deniers as poll workers causes alarm
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:32 GMT
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Training sessions in battleground states led by activists who claim the 2020 election was stolen aim to influence conduct of elections

Republicans and other conservative groups are undertaking a huge effort to recruit election workers, a push that could install people with unfounded doubts about the 2020 election in key positions in voting precincts where they could exert considerable power over elections.

At the forefront of this push is Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who was on Donald Trumpas legal team in 2020 and played a key role in his effort to overturn the election. Over the last few months, Mitchell has held aelection integrity summitsa in several battleground states, convening groups and citizens who continue to believe the 2020 election was stolen. The summits offer in-depth training on how to monitor election offices and how to work elections. At a mid-June summit in North Carolina, Mitchell mocked the term aelection deniera and said awhether the outcome was correct, thatas all I denya. Voter fraud is extremely rare and there was no evidence of widespread fraud in 2020.

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Beijing hits out at Nato strategy for amalicious attacka on China
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:03:18 GMT
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Western military bloc says China poses aserious challengesa to global stability

China has issued a strong rebuke at Nato, calling out what it said was acold war thinking and ideological biasa, after the western military bloc said Beijing posed aserious challengesa to global stability.

Nato allies agreed for the first time to include challenges and threats posed by China into a strategy blueprint in its latest summit in Madrid this week. The allianceas previous document, issued in 2010, made no mention of China.

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Ben & Jerryas criticises deal that will resume sales in occupied territories
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:18:56 GMT
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Firm says it does not agree with parent companyas decision to sell off brandas Israeli business

Ben & Jerryas has said it does not agree with its parent companyas decision to sell off the ice-cream brandas Israeli business.

Unilever announced this week it had sold off Ben & Jerryas business in Israel in an attempt to extricate itself from a row over sales of the ice-cream in settlements in the West Bank.

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Virginia lawsuits indicate pattern of schools ignoring reported sexual assaults
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:30:31 GMT
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Two lawsuits are back in front of federal judges, drawing scrutiny to schoolsa failure to support students who report assaults


A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginiaas largest school system with allegations that it ignored studentsa accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges.

One of the lawsuits includes allegations of horrific abuse suffered by a student at a Fairfax county middle school and was the basis for a 2014 federal investigation.

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Kinzinger slams fellow Republican Boebert and warns of aChristian Talibana
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:20:01 GMT
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Adam Kinzinger says ano difference between this and the Talibana after Lauren Boebertas call to end separation of church and state

A Republican congressman slammed GOP colleague Lauren Boebertas recent call to end separation of church and state in the US, warning: aThere is no difference between this and the Taliban.a

aWe must opposed [sic] the Christian Taliban,a Adam Kinzinger, a US representative for Illinois, said on Wednesday. aI say this as a Christian.a

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Russia-Ukraine war: Russia withdraws from Snake Island and says Ukraine should demine waters a live news
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:43:27 GMT
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Russian ministry of defence says withdrawal is goodwill gesture to facilitate grain exports, and asks that Ukraine demine its coastal waters

The UKas foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has said that one of the reasons that Russia was able to invade Ukraine was because of underspending on defence in Europe.

Appearing on Sky News, she said:

Iave been very clear that the entire free world, the western alliance, does need to focus more on deterrence. We need to focus more on defence. And what we know is prevention is better than cure.

The lesson that Putin learned from underspending on defence was that he could invade a sovereign nation, and we simply canat let our guard down again, we canat allow that to happen again.

I would say that we need a full range of capabilities to deal with the threats that we face now. Whether those are cyber threats, whether those are land-based threats, naval threats, and we have the balance right. But of course we need to continue to evolve, because weare seeing, you know, we never expected in our lifetimes to see this kind of war on in Europe.

Weave seen the systematic rape of women. Weave seen the attacking of civilians, including at the shopping centre this week. And what we need to make sure is not only are the Ukrainians successful in pushing Russia out of Ukraine, but also that people are held to account for these appalling crimes that have been committed.

Iave not met Vladimir Putin. I do not know the motivations for carrying out this appalling war. All I know is that we have to make it our absolute priority to stop this war, to push Vladimir Putin and the Russian troops out of Ukraine, otherwise we will live in a much less safe Europe.

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Captured US veteran told mom captors were aanxiousa to start release talks
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:12:29 GMT
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In a statement, Lois Drueke said she was ahappy to hear his voice and know heas alive and all righta

An Alabama army veteran who was captured in Ukraine while voluntarily helping the country fight Russian invaders spoke with his mother on Tuesday and said his captors were aanxious to begin negotiations for his releasea, according to his family.

Alex Drueke did not communicate any demands from his captors or say when negotiations should start during the 10-minute conversation with his mom, said Lois aBunnya Drueke, in a statement on Wednesday from her and his aunt, Dianna Shaw.

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Ukraine pushes Russian forces from strategic Snake Island
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:33:11 GMT
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Winning back vital Black Sea island could weaken any future Russia coastal land attack

Ukrainian forces have pushed Russian forces from Snake Island, a strategic Black Sea island off the southern coast near the city of Odesa.

Russia portrayed the pullout from Snake Island off the port city of Odesa as a agoodwill gesturea. Ukraineas military said the Russians fled the island in two speedboats after a barrage of Ukrainian artillery and missile strikes.

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aIam a little surpriseda: Nato summit venue in Madrid serves aRussian salada
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:25:09 GMT
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Dish is staple in Spain but many restaurants have renamed it as a result of war in Ukraine

As Nato leaders gather in Madrid for a summit playing out in the shadow of Russiaas invasion of Ukraine, the spotlight has landed on a ubiquitous staple found in bars and restaurants across Spain: Russian salad.

International officials and journalists were bemused to find the salad a a combination of potatoes, mayonnaise and vegetables known as ensaladilla Rusa a being sold as apotatoes salad Russian stylea at the summit venue.

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How the gas industry aims to rebrand as acleana energy to appeal to Black and Latino voters
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:36 GMT
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Pipeline companies facing opposition in blue states have launched a $10m PR campaign targeting the Democratic base

American energy corporation the Williams Companies was facing yet another setback in its attempts to build a natural gas pipeline in New York.

After a years-long battle, state regulators and pushback from protesters had forced the company to cancel its previously proposed Constitution pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. And in May 2020, another major Williams project a a nearly $1bn gas pipeline that would run underwater from New Jersey to the Rockaway peninsula in Queens a was rejected for a second time.

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After Uvalde shooting, tech companies tout their solutions. But do they work?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:37 GMT
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Despite the growing adoption of security tools in US schools, mass shootings have remained constant throughout the past 30 years

After the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas , an all-too-familiar question emerged: how do we prevent such horror from happening again? A handful of companies have said they have tech solutions that could help.

They included the drone firm Axon , which promoted a remotely operated Taser device to be deployed in schools. EdTech companies, including Impero Software, said their student surveillance services could flag warning signs and help prevent the next attack.

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How Kansas City became the 2026 World Cupas most unlikely host city
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:00:34 GMT
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The city will be the smallest US metro area to host games at the tournament, but it has a long and proud soccer history to call on

Kansas City was hardly a sure bet to be named that day as one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup, but Kathy Nelson was confident enough to arrange for one of those big-screen watch parties in the trendy Power & Light District downtown when Fifa confirmed the choices on 16 June.

Nelson, the president of the Kansas City Sports Commission, felt that the city, even though it is the 31st-largest metropolitan area in the US, had made a strong bid. But Fifa had leaked nothing. When Kansas City was picked, the crowd roared. She cried, a little.

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aI couldnat have the babya: Hondurasas poor suffer most from draconian abortion laws
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 04:45:29 GMT
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Thousands of women and young girls living in poverty are forced to turn to a deadly illegal trade a risking jail and their lives

It is a secret that spreads by word of mouth in poor neighbourhoods across Honduras; where to buy the pills, how to use them without being discovered, what to say if you have to go to the hospital. Blunt objects, herbal infusions, plant medicine all become tools of a deadly trade in illegal abortions when no other option exists.

Carla*, from a rundown part of the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, was 17 and still at school when she realised she was pregnant. When they found out, her parents made her leave the house, saying she was on her own.

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Earthly Order: amercurial professora with urgent ideas on climate change
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:06:31 GMT
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In his ambitious new book, distinguished professor Saleem Ali tries to bridge the gap between politics and science to help plan for a safer future

Saleem Ali a whose Twitter bio begins aMercurial Professora a is not trying to be the new Stephen Hawking.

aPeople buy all these theoretical physics books in droves because they think having them on the shelves will make them look smart,a opines the distinguished professor of energy and the environment at the University of Delaware. aA Brief History of Time is a very difficult book to read.a

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The killings of Black women: five findings from our investigation
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:15:04 GMT
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A 33% rise in rate of homicides of Black women and girls in the US in 2020 rivals that of Black men, analysis shows

Five Black women and girls were killed every day in the United States in 2020, as a national increase in gun violence during the pandemic took a heavy toll on some of the countryas most vulnerable people.

In all 1,821 Black women and girls were killed in 2020. That was an additional 461 women and girls who were murdered in 2020 compared with 2019 a more than one additional killing a day.

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Is Stranger Things even TV any more?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:37:43 GMT
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Episodes are now movie-length and the amount of major characters is out of control. Is it time to start thinking of the sci-fi epic as the new MCU?

The plot of the upcoming two-part Stranger Things finale remains a great mystery. Netflix isnat giving away a single detail; nor, for that matter, are the cast, production team or publicity department. But nature abhors a vacuum so, in lieu of any official details, I will tell you what I want from the season finale. And what I want is a bloodbath.

I mean it. I want the Red Wedding in an ironic period-era baseball cap. I want it to be a cross between the first part of Saving Private Ryan and the last part of The Wild Bunch. When the credits roll on episode nine, I want a maximum of four primary characters still alive.

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Meat, monopolies, mega farms: how the US food system fuels climate crisis
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:37 GMT
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From a beef-heavy diet to growing crops that donat feed people a the biggest challenges facing the agriculture industry

Food and the climate crisis are locked in a tangled web of cause and effect. Globally, food systems contribute about a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet they are also uniquely vulnerable to climate impacts: from soaring temperatures and drought to intense rainfall and flooding.

Food production is caught in a battle between people and profits, as an increasingly industrialized system prioritizes low operating costs and high profits. In the US, nearly 40 million people donat know where their next meal is coming from and food workers are some of the lowest paid in the country. Agriculture contributes less than 1% to GDP in the US a yet it is responsible for 11% of the countryas GHG emissions, polluted waterways and millions of acres of degraded land.

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Denise Richards: aIf thereas a lost dog in the neighbourhood, they will always find mea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:52:44 GMT
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The Starship Troopers and Wild Things star answers your questions on her canine charity work, being a Real Housewife and the embarrassment of shooting sex scenes

Do you reflect on the characters youave played once filming has finished? Did Carmen from Starship Troopers live to regret dumping the filmas hero, Johnny Rico, or did she live her happily ever after? RoteHahn

I usually think more about what happened off camera and where I was in life at that time. Starship Troopers was pretty much our first movie, we were all unknowns, so it was a wonderful bonding moment. Some of the characters Iave played have died, so I know what happened to them. But I donat think Carmen regrets breaking up with Johnny. She probably misses him but it was important for her to grow into a woman.

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Steamed up over kettlegate? Or is the New York Times pile-on just a storm in a teacup?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:52:16 GMT
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The paper has seemingly just discovered the electric kettle and the internet is incredulous that Americans donat know the best way to make a cuppa

Cait, I keep seeing tweets about the joy of that most utilitarian of kitchen appliances: the electric kettle. Why is everyone talking about kettles a| again?

Well, Imogen a the New York Times has just discovered kettles.

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The Roe ruling is not about statesa rights. Itas about power and control | Derecka Purnell
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:20:36 GMT
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Itas tempting to blame rightwing evangelicals for what happened last week a but big business also benefits from our loss of autonomy

I found out about Dobbs, the supreme courtas recent decision that overturned Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey, in a room full of Black women in Boston. One interrupted a conference panel discussion and made the announcement. Gasps, groans, and murmurs followed. I rushed outside and wept briefly on the phone while breaking the news to loved ones. The state of affairs is profoundly unfair. Not only did the court erase the federal protection of abortion rights and access, but Justice Clarence Thomas additionally called for the review and overturning of other important court decisions that protect privacy rights, same-sex intercourse and same-sex marriage.

I wish I could say something like: aI never thought I would live to see the day this would happen.a But Iam honestly not sure. I spent a couple of years in college casually arguing against abortion. At the time, I had been unfortunately persuaded by social media accounts that Planned Parenthood was a eugenic plot to kill Black babies and destroy Black families. Though most abortion recipients are white women, Black women disproportionately terminate their pregnancies. Since I could easily point to ways that the state failed to protect poor, Black people and perpetuated violence, I initially found the arguments against abortion for the sake of protecting Black life convincing.

Derecka Purnell is a Guardian US columnist

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Why are we feeding crops to our cars when people are starving? | George Monbiot
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:33 GMT
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Modern biofuels are touted as a boon for the climate. But, used on a large scale, they are no more sustainable than whale oil

What can you say about governments that, in the midst of a global food crisis, choose instead to feed machines? You might say they were crazy, uncaring or cruel. But these words scarcely suffice when you seek to describe the burning of food while millions starve.

Thereas nothing complicated about the effects of turning crops into biofuel. If food is used to power cars or generate electricity or heat homes, either it must be snatched from human mouths, or ecosystems must be snatched from the planetas surface, as arable lands expand to accommodate the extra demand. But governments and the industries that they favour obscure this obvious truth. They distract and confuse us about an evidently false solution to climate breakdown.

George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist

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Wimbledon 2022: Boulter, Broady and Kvitova through, Nadal in action a live!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:50:59 GMT
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The Wimbledon debutant Gray looks to be growing into this a bit, holding serve confidently for 2-1 in the second set. Over on Court 17 Richard Gasquet is a set up against Mackenzie McDonald of the US, taking the opener 6-3.

Fritzas forehand is calling the shots here, and a lovely winner from the back of the court kickstarts the second set. Grayas got some magic in his locker though and executes a stunning deft drop shot while slipping on the grass, which helps him to a morale-boosting hold from 0-30 down.

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Hornetsa Bridges arrested on reported felony domestic violence charges
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:12:19 GMT
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  • Hornets forward arrested Wednesday on eve of NBA free agency
  • Bridges, 24, was set to command max contract in coming weeks

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD spokeswoman Lizeth Lomeli confirmed Bridges was arrested, but did not release details on the charges. TMZ reported that Bridges is facing felony domestic violence charges.

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Police raid Bahrain Victorious team again on eve of Tour de France
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:53:52 GMT
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  • Danish police search teamas hotel at French prosecutorsa behest
  • Team say investigation is trying to damage their reputation

The Tour de France starts in Copenhagen on Friday with a cloud hanging over it after the Bahrain Victorious team, winners of three stages in last yearas race, was subjected to a second police raid in a week.

The teamas hotel in BrA,ndby was searched at dawn on Thursday morning by Danish police officers as part of an investigation by French prosecutors. It was the second search of the teamas riders and staff in a week and follows an initial search and investigation that began during the latter stages of last yearas race.

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aItas wronga: LIV Golf touches down in Oregon amid mounting local criticism
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:10:18 GMT
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  • September 11 families plan protest as LIV tees off in Oregon
  • Anger looms over hit-and-run death of local teen in 2016

LIV Golfas first US event was set to begin Thursday, with a group of survivors and families who lost loved ones in the September 11 terror attacks planning to gather at a nearby park to speak out against the Saudi Arabia-funded tour.

Brett Eagleson was 15 years old when he lost his father in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that day in 2001.

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James Harden declines $47.4m option with 76ers, eyeing new deal with team
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:02:29 GMT
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  • Harden will take less to give Sixers more flexibility in free agency
  • Former MVP joined Philadelphia in mid-season trade last year

James Harden is taking less with hopes the Philadelphia 76ers can do more.

A person familiar with the situation said Harden chose not to exercise his $47.4m option for next season and will become a free agent a but with no designs on leaving Philadelphia. Harden made the decision to allow the 76ers the flexibility they need to sign other players this summer, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side confirmed those plans publicly.

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aA massive betrayala: how Londonas Olympic legacy was sold out
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:31 GMT
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After so many other Olympic sites ended up left to rot, London 2012 was supposed to be different. But who has really benefited from this orgy of development?

To Paul Amuzie, it seemed like a life-changing opportunity. He was 16 and living in temporary accommodation with his mother and three siblings, having moved from home to home since his parents divorced. The east London borough where he lived, Newham, was home to some of the most deprived and overcrowded wards in the country. Now, it was being proposed as the location of the Olympic village in Londonas bid to host the 2012 games.

As a politically active student at St Bonaventureas school, just east of the designated site, Amuzie had become involved in local campaigns to reduce street violence after a spate of local stabbings, earning his place as an ambassador on the councilas young mayoras team. When the Olympic bid was announced in 2003, he directed all his energies towards boosting local support for the games, on the basis that it would bring jobs, safer streets and the chance, one day, for someone like him to rent or even buy their own home. aThis wasnat just going to be a sports event, with developers making lots of money,a Amuzie told me. aIt was about our future.a

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The case against Donald Trump - podcast
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 02:00:26 GMT
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The US congressional hearings on the Capitol Hill attack have been prime time viewing. And the case against Donald Trump has been building for all to see, says Lawrence Douglas

The testimony was unprecedented. In an extraordinary sitting in Washington DC of the congressional committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol building, a White House staffer detailed how Donald Trump had attempted to grab the steering wheel of his presidential car in determination to join his supporters as they rioted. Cassidy Hutchinson also testified that Trump would fly into rages, on one occasion throwing a plate at the wall, smashing it in anger and leaving ketchup dripping down a White House wall.

Lawrence Douglas, a professor of law at Amherst College, tells Michael Safi that, throughout the series of slickly produced hearings, the committee has told a compelling narrative of the events that led up to the riots on January 6. And it goes beyond that, to alleged attempts to asteala the election via slates of afake electorsa and by piling pressure on key officials such as the vice president and the justice secretary.

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Seth Meyers on January 6 testimony: aEven Fox News seemed dazed by how devastating it wasa
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:25:32 GMT
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Late-night hosts discuss the damning testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson and the chilling fallout from the end of Roe v Wade

A day removed from one of the most effective January 6 committee hearings yet, Seth Meyers processed former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinsonas shocking testimony. Hutchinson told the committee that Trump knew his mob was armed, that his staff planned to storm the Capitol, and that Trump tried to snatch a steering wheel from a Secret Service agent when they refused to take him there.

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Twenty-six seconds of fame: how Doctor Strange got upstaged by a swivel-eyed extra
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:24:40 GMT
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The wedding scene guest, whose performance of a lifetime stole the show from Benedict Cumberbatch, enters that bizarre pantheon of extras who gave it some extra

A lot of the criticism directed towards Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness pertains to that final word. Aside from a brief montage of Doctor Strange being quickly flung through a bunch of multiverses, the film just wasnat mad enough for most people.

Well, more fool us. A clip from the movie has just gone viral, and it contains perhaps the maddest thing put to film in the last decade. We just didnat notice it at the time, because it happened in the background. If youave seen the film, youall know that there is a small, quiet scene in which Doctor Strange attends the wedding of his ex-girlfriend. In the foreground, Benedict Cumberbatch does lots of complicated internal work to show his discomfort with the situation. But watch the scene again. Look at the extra sitting behind him. She absolutely loses her mind.

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aThis is a perfect novela: Sally Rooney on the book that transformed her life
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:32 GMT
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Published 70 years ago, All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg is a secret the Normal People author had been waiting to discover

When I first read Natalia Ginzburgas work several years ago, I felt as if I was reading something that had been written for me, something that had been written almost inside my own head or heart. I was astonished that I had never encountered Ginzburgas work before: that no one, knowing me, had ever told me about her books. It was as if her writing was a very important secret that I had been waiting all my life to discover. Far more than anything I myself had ever written or even tried to write, her words seemed to express something completely true about my experience of living, and about life itself. This kind of transformative encounter with a book is, for me, very rare, a moment of contact with what seems to be the essence of human existence. For this reason, I wanted to write a little about Natalia Ginzburg and her novel All Our Yesterdays. I would like to address myself in particular to other readers who are right now awaiting, whether they know it or not, their first and special meeting with her work.

Ginzburg was born Natalia Levi, the daughter of a Jewish father and Catholic mother, in Sicily in 1916. She and her four siblings grew up in Turin in northern Italy, in a secular and intellectually lively home. In 1938, at the age of 22, Natalia married the Jewish anti-fascist organiser Leone Ginzburg, and they went on to have three children together. In 1942, she published her first novel, La strada che va in cittA (The Road to the City). Due to the legal barriers imposed by the fascist government on publications by Jewish writers, this novel was printed under the pseudonym aAlessandra Tornimpartea. The Ginzburgs were sent into internal exile during the war, in the south of Italy, because of Leoneas political activities, but they travelled to Rome in secret to work on an anti-fascist newspaper. In 1944, Leone was imprisoned and tortured to death by the fascist regime. The war ended a year later, when Ginzburg was still in her 20s, a widowed mother of three small children. These experiences a her upbringing, her marriage, her motherhood, her husbandas death and the political and moral catastrophe of the second world war a would shape Ginzburgas writing for the rest of her life.

aPolitics,a thought Anna. She walked about the garden, amongst Signora Mariaas rose-trees, and repeated the word to herself. She was a plump girl, pale and indolent, dressed in a pleated skirt and a faded blue pullover, and not very tall for her fourteen years. aPolitics,a she repeated slowly, and now all at once she seemed to understand a|

He looked out of the window at the refugees from Naples who were now going hither and thither about the lanes of the village, carrying mattresses and babies, he looked and said how sad it was to see all these mattresses carried about here and there all over Italy, Italy was now pouring mattresses out of her ravaged houses.

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Marshall Jefferson sues Kanye West over alleged unauthorised Move Your Body sample
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:17:02 GMT
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Suit claims the 1986 house anthem was used at least 22 times on Westas track Flowers from Donda 2

Marshall Jefferson is suing Kanye West for sampling his 1986 hit Move Your Body at least 22 times, allegedly without a licence, on the song Flowers, from Westas 2022 album Donda 2.

The Chicago house progenitoras publisher Ultra International Music Publishing filed the complaint at New Yorkas US District Court on 29 June, the BBC reports.

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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Seven Psalms review a intimate prayers of extreme power
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:00:38 GMT
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Backed by reverberant synths and piano, Cave wrestles with faith and civil unrest in this powerful 25-minute release

Two years ago, at the height of lockdown, a fan wrote to Nick Caveas Red Hand Files website asking his opinions about prayer. As usual on a website where anyone is invited to ask Cave anything, his answer was long and thoughtful. aPrayer is not dependent on the existence of a subject,a he said. aYou need not pray to anyone. It is just as valuable to pray into your disbelief, as it is to pray into your belief, for prayer is not an encounter with an external agent, rather it is an encounter with oneself.a

Clearly, this was a topic that exercised Cave during the pandemic: Seven Psalms features seven prayers, written in 2020, with a musical accompaniment by his chief collaborator, Warren Ellis. Releasing something like this would count as a dramatically leftfield turn for most major alt-rock artists, but then Cave has hardly shied away from the complex issue of faith. His changing thoughts about God are a kind of connective tissue that runs throughout his body of work.

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Boy Friends by Michael Pedersen review a in the company of men
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:00:33 GMT
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A Scottish poetas memoir reflects touchingly on male friendship and masculinity

Scott Hutchison, a musician and visual artist best known as the singer in the band Frightened Rabbit, took his own life in 2018, aged 36. He was close friends with the Scottish poet Michael Pedersen, providing the illustrations for his second poetry collection, Oyster. In his new memoir, Boy Friends, Pedersen pays tender tribute to his late pal, remembering his amarshmallow-melting gooey grina, the brilliance of his drawings a athe morose made funny, dolefulness shadowed in lovea a and the good times they shared: road trips in South Africa and the Highlands; indulgent binges on oysters, Argyll smoked mussels and various obscure tipples.

These reminiscences give way to a thoughtful meditation on male friendship in general. We revisit several of Pedersenas intense early-20s friendships, including a asword sharp, politically clued-upa fellow student called David a ahe thumbed me like a trashy magazine, I read him like a clever comica a and Rowley, aa wonderful, mis-wired weirdo of impetuous passionsa. He is, by his own account, somewhat emotionally incontinent, prone to aclumsily spilling out sentiment here, there and everywhere a| I would tell me friends I loved them constantly.a This trait seems to have been shared by those towards whom he gravitated: aI always found friends who wanted to love too much, who collided rather than simply met.a

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Dredd zone: the anarchic world of comic-book artist Steve Dillon
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:00:06 GMT
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His groundbreaking work on such seminal characters as Judge Dredd, Preacher and Punisher is being celebrated with a posthumous show of his remarkable legacy

There are few artists who exemplify the anarchic, irreverent and anti-authoritarian British take on the comic book the way Steve Dillon does. Born in London and raised in Luton, Dillon died in New York in 2016, at the age of 54, following complications arising from a ruptured appendix. What remans is a remarkable body of work that includes the seminal UK comic magazine Deadline, which he co-founded; his illustrations on a fan-favourite run of Hellblazer, the Alan Moore-created comic that follows British chaos magician John Constantine; and most notably, the critically acclaimed Preacher, which he co-created with famed comics writer Garth Ennis.

First published by the US company DC in 1995, Preacher told the story of Jesse Custer, a small-town minister who is accidentally possessed by the offspring of an angel and a demon, and who goes on the road with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire, searching for a solution to his problem. The comic ran for five years and was followed by a TV series starring Dominic Cooper, on which Dillon was executive producer.

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Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors by Aravind Jayan review a a bittersweet debut
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:36 GMT
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Embarrassing video footage goes viral in this fresh Indian comedy about generation gaps, gossip and the power of the internet

aLog kya kahenge?a (aWhat will people think?a) is a common Hindi phrase in India, a forewarning of public opinion on oneas personal life. Such opinions are generally understood to be overly critical, a judgment on oneas character and moral compass. The phrase hovers over Aravind Jayanas humorous and heartwarming first novel, Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors, haunting the eponymous protagonistsa families and lives.

Amma and Appa live in the Blue Hills housing colony in Trivandrum, Kerala. Theyare proudly on the road to a comfortable middle-class life, complete with a white Honda Civic a that marker of success and social mobility a when things fall apart. A clip of their eldest son Sreenath and his girlfriend Anita, caught on camera in asex-adjacenta activities, has been posted to a porn site and is now circulating far and wide, gathering more momentum and causing more mortification with each passing day. This viral video breaks the internet, severing familial bonds and leaving the reader wondering what the ripple effects will be.

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Rae Morris: aI want to be a national treasure, but the things I like are quite weirda
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:32 GMT
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The Blackpool-born artist talks about why the music industry doesnat get her, how sheas reclaiming her sexuality, and why sheas written a lush concept album about the north

Rae Morrisas house is so nice it has brought on an identity crisis. aI find myself in this fancy location house in Primrose Hill,a says the musician, scanning the mirrored walls and mustard velvet upholstery that has made her home a sought-after set for fashion shoots and TV shows. aAnd Iam like: what the fuck am I doing here?!a

The chasm between Morrisas very ordinary childhood in Blackpool a her dad was a firefighter, her mother an NHS worker a and her charmed existence has been playing on the 29-year-oldas mind. She is about to release her third album, Rachel@Fairyland, another collection of the idiosyncratic yet deeply catchy confections that have made her a lauded figure on the outer limits of British pop. Combining piano balladry with quirky production, piercing Kate Bush-style vocals and incisive, introspective lyrics, Morris creates indelible, euphoric tunes.

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SXSW 2023: Sydney to host South by Southwest culture festival
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:51:08 GMT
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Annual pop culture and tech conference is branching outside the US for the first time since it launched in Texas in 1987

South by Southwest is heading to Sydney in 2023, the first time the pop culture and afuturista festival has branched outside the US since its launch in 1987.

SXSW Sydney will run from 15 to 22 October next year with 1,000 events, screenings and performances across the city, Destination NSW, the New South Wales governmentas tourism and major events agency, announced on Thursday.

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Dining across the divide: aHe was not a Nigel Farage-type Brexit person, so that was nicea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:30:04 GMT
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Sheas a Labour supporter; he hasnat voted in years. Can a carer and a prison caseworker bond over Jeremy Corbyn, despite disagreeing about the EU?

Danny, 56, Pontypool

Occupation Prison, drug and alcohol caseworker

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Ancient pharaohs, weird science and lovely Liza Minnelli a take the Thursday quiz
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:37 GMT
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Fifteen questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes every Thursday a how will you fare?

Here comes the Thursday quiz, representing all that is good in the world against a backdrop of unfolding chaos. Fifteen questions that are vaguely topical or general knowledge or generally just a bit weird. There are no prizes, but you can pick up one extra bonus point if you can spot a hidden reference to Doctor Who and mention it in the comments, where wead love to find out how you got on. Enjoy!

The Thursday quiz, No 62

If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com, but remember, the quiz masteras word is always final, and heas still busy watching Glastonbury sets on iPlayer.

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Republicans seek to install apermanent election integrity infrastructurea across US
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:36 GMT
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Leading election denier promoting local groups to aoverseea elections and determine if officials are afriend or foea

Hello, and Happy Thursday,

A few Fridays ago, I was sitting in a large hotel ballroom in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, when a lawyer named Cleta Mitchell took the stage.

The US Supreme court will allow Louisiana to use a congressional map this year, even though a lower court found it discriminated against Black voters.

Tina Peters, a local clerk who faces criminal charges for allowing unauthorized access to voter equipment, lost her bid to be Coloradoas top election official.

The January 6 committee has broken the mold of the typical congressional hearing to create something gripping.

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Coca-Cola among brands greenwashing over packaging, report says
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:32 GMT
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Research aexposes litany of misleading claimsa by household names, including Coca-Cola and Unilever

Claims about plastic packaging being eco-friendly made by big brands, including Coca-Cola and Unilever, are misleading greenwashing, according to a report.

The Changing Markets Foundation says claims that companies are intercepting and using aocean-bounda or arecyclablea plastic to tackle the plastic pollution crisis are some of the most common examples of greenwashing.

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Newspapers in US closing at rate of two a week despite efforts to halt trend
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:27:52 GMT
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Areas without a reliable source of local news tend to be poorer, older and less educated than those covered well

Despite a growing recognition of the problem, the United States continues to see newspapers die at the rate of two per week, according to a report issued on Wednesday on the state of local news.

Areas of the country that find themselves without a reliable source of local news tend to be poorer, older and less educated than those covered well, Northwestern Universityas Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications said.

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Four men charged after police find link to Texas migrant deaths
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 01:11:11 GMT
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Two of the men face smuggling charges after 53 migrants died when the trailer truck was abandoned in sweltering heat

Federal authorities have charged four men in connection with the deaths of at least 53 migrants who were left in an abandoned trailer truck on Monday evening in Texas.

The 45-year-old driver, Homero Zamorano Jr, faces charges of smuggling migrants into the US, leading to their deaths. A 28-year-old man whom Zamorano texted during the doomed trip, Christian Martinez, is accused of conspiring in the fatal attempt to smuggle migrants into the country.

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Hong Kong tightens security as Xi visits for 25th anniversary of handover
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:47:59 GMT
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Chinaas president makes first trip outside mainland since pandemic began as territory prepares to mark milestone

Chinaas president, Xi Jinping, has made his first trip outside the mainland since the Covid pandemic began, landing in Hong Kong and telling crowds the region had arisen from the ashesa after years of upheaval.

The leader, his wife, Peng Liyuan, and delegates, arrived by high-speed train at West Kowloon station before his scheduled attendance at the inauguration of the cityas new chief executive, and the 25th anniversary of the British return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule.

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Ottawa braced for Canada Day protest by afreedom convoya supporters
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:55:35 GMT
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Members of anti-vax convoy have vowed to maintain a presence over the summer initially mingling with the annual celebrations

Residents of downtown Ottawa are bracing for a Canada Day unlike any other, after afreedom convoya protesters vowed to return to Parliament Hill on 1 July, and maintain a presence over the remainder of the summer.

Every Canada Day, people congregate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to watch musical performances and fireworks on the anniversary of Canadian confederation. This year, it will probably be difficult for police to distinguish between celebrators and convoy members a which is what protesters are banking on.

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North Korean hackers thought to be behind $100m cryptocurrency heist
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:06:24 GMT
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If confirmed, last weekas attack would be the eighth this year a involving $1bn in stolen funds a that could be confidently attributed to North Korea

North Korean hackers are thought to be behind last weekas theft of as much as $100m in cryptocurrency from a US company, as the regime steps up attempts to secure funding for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

The assets were stolen on 23 June from Horizon Bridge, a service operated by the Harmony blockchain that allows assets to be transferred to other blockchains, three digital investigative firms have concluded.

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aBlood moneya: Europeas secretive trade in Syrian phosphates
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:00:37 GMT
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Hidden imports provide economic lifeline to Assad and funds for a Russian oligarch under EU sanctions

In January, a cargo ship flying the Honduran flag disappeared from international tracking systems off the coast of Cyprus. When it reappeared a week later, the Sea Navigator was heading north to Europe. But the ship had not got lost a it had slipped into a Russian-controlled port in Syria to pick up phosphates, a key ingredient for making fertiliser.

Cheap Syrian phosphate exports to Europe have boomed in recent years. Europe has few phosphate reserves of its own and European farmers were already struggling to afford phosphate fertilisers before the war in Ukraine sent prices soaring even higher.

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Amazon bows to UAE pressure to restrict LGBTQ+ search results
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:43:13 GMT
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Tech giant imposes restrictions on goods such as books and rainbow-coloured flags after threats of penalties

Amazon has bowed to pressure from the United Arab Emirates and restricted search results for LGBTQ+-related products such as books and rainbow-coloured flags on its website in the country.

The company decided to restrict the searches after being threatened with penalties by the UAE government, according to the New York Times which first reported the story.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir