NHS chiefs in standoff with Treasury over emergency APS10bn
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:00:22 GMT
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Despite the pledge to give the service awhatever it needsa to tackle the pandemic, any extra funding now comes with strings attached

NHS bosses have accused the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, of breaking a pledge to give the health service awhatever it needsa after he refused to provide a APS10bn cash injection needed to avoid it being crippled by a second wave of the coronavirus.

They have warned ministers that without the money the NHS will be left perilously unprepared for next winter and the second spike in infections which doctors believe is inevitable. Nor will they be able to restart non-Covid services or treat the growing backlog in patients needing surgery.

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Ghislaine Maxwell will not say anything about Prince Andrew, says friend
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:33:20 GMT
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Laura Goldman says she expects Maxwell to seek plea deal over charges relating to exploitation of young girls

Ghislaine Maxwell would never say anything about the Duke of Yorkas relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, according to one of her friends.

Maxwell appeared in court in the US on Thursday accused of helping disgraced financier Epstein aidentify, befriend and grooma multiple girls, including one as young as 14.

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Trump claims US on way to 'tremendous victory' over Covid-19 as cases surge a live
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:31:42 GMT
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Donald Trump is charged up ahead of tonightas Salute to America if the blur of activity on his Twitter feed is any indicator. The US president has fired off no fewer than 55 tweets or retweets since noon today, including a message of congratulations from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi so nice he retweeted it twice.

The alarming nationwide trends around the coronavirus pandemic, which barely warranted a mention during Friday nightas Mount Rushmore speech, have not been Trumpas preferred subject these days. But heas chosen to address it head on in the hours before tonightas extravaganza, repeating the debunked claim that increased testing is responsible for the spike in cases.

Cases, Cases, Cases! If we didnat test so much and so successfully, we would have very few cases. If you test 40,000,000 people, you are going to have many cases that, without the testing (like other countries), would not show up every night on the Fake Evening News.....

....In a certain way, our tremendous Testing success gives the Fake News Media all they want, CASES. In the meantime, Deaths and the all important Mortality Rate goes down. You donat hear about that from the Fake News, and you never will. Anybody need any Ventilators???

Texas has recorded 8,258 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday, the highest single-day surge in the state since the pandemic started.

The overall number of confirmed infections in Texas now stands at 191,790, the stateas health department said.

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'UK countryside at risk from Boris Johnsonas planning revolution'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:18:02 GMT
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The prime ministeras abuild, build, builda strategy could harm habitats and reduce wildlife protection, critics warn

The English countryside and its wildlife are at serious risk because of Boris Johnsonas pledge to revolutionise the planning system, leading green groups warn today.

In a joint letter to the Observer, the organisations, which include the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Wildlife Trusts, say wide-scale deregulation leading to lower environmental standards and less protection would be a betrayal of promises by Johnson and Michael Gove to deliver a agreen Brexita.

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Plymouth police called to incident involving man with a power tool
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:49:50 GMT
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Members of the emergency services have been threatened by the man but no injuries have been reported

Emergency first responders have been threatened by a man with a large power tool at a residence in Plymouth, police said.

Police were called at 9.28am on Saturday morning to Ham Drive following reports of threats being made by a resident.

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Man in his 20s shot dead near Pentonville prison in London
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:47:19 GMT
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Police appeal for witnesses after a man was pronounced dead in Islington on Saturday

Police in north London are investigating the fatal shooting in broad daylight of a man believed to be in his early 20s.

The Metropolitan police said officers and paramedics were called to Roman Way beside Pentonville prison in in Islington at 3.20pm on Saturday, where a man was suffering from gunshot injuries.

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Amber Heard can be in court for Johnny Deppas evidence, high court rules
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:58:45 GMT
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Judge says it would be unfair to stop Heard watching Depp give evidence in libel case over domestic abuse claims

Johnny Depp has failed to stop his ex-wife Amber Heard from watching him give evidence in a libel case over allegations of domestic abuse.

The actor is suing the publisher of the Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article which described Depp as a awife beatera.

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Two women injured as car drives through Seattle protest crowd
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:17:48 GMT
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  • Both women in critical condition, hospital says
  • Driver in custody after incident on Interstate 5

Two women were struck and injured by a car whose driver sped through a protest-related closure on a freeway in Seattle, authorities said on Saturday.

Related: US under siege from 'far-left fascism', says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech

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166 die during protests after shooting of Ethiopian singer
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:01:13 GMT
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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead in Addis Ababa on Monday night, fuelling ethnic tensions

At least 166 people have died during violent demonstrations that roiled Ethiopia in the days following the murder of popular singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, police said Saturday.

The singer, a member of the Oromo ethnic group, Ethiopiaas largest, was shot dead by unknown attackers in Addis Ababa on Monday night, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the countryas democratic transition.

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Police smash car window of man on way home from C4 interview about police racism
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:31:04 GMT
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Ryan ColaASSo had been driving home from interview and was wrongly accused of concealing drugs

When an officer smashed in the window of Ryan ColaASSoas car, after he was wrongly accused of concealing drugs, they did not know he was driving home from a TV interview in which he told of institutional racism in the police after being stopped and searched the week before.

In the original incident, in Northumberland Park, north London, at 11am on 23 May, ColaASSo said he was stopped after being aaggressively tailgateda by the Metropolitan police, with officers then running to his car and banging on his window. They later said they had been able to smell cannabis from his car.

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Coronavirus live news: pubs reopen in England as Catalonia announces new lockdown
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:29:00 GMT
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Fourth of July weekend in US sees cases surging; WHO changes timeline of how it was alerted to virus; housing estates in Melbourne locked down. Follow developments live

What weare learning about Covid as US states open up
How Victoriaas outbreak divided Australia
Scotland and Wales attack UK governmentas shambolic travel changes

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on September 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus, his family said.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Stephen Cooper, an electrical engineer from New York who lived part-time in the Delray Beach, Florida area, died 28 March at Delray Medical Center due to Covid-19. He was 78.

The US state of Texas has recorded 8,258 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday, the highest single-day surge in the state since the pandemic started.

The overall number of confirmed infections in Texas now stands at 191,790, the health department said.

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WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don't cut Covid-19 hospital deaths
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:36:06 GMT
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Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir not found to help patients in hospital

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for patients in hospital with Covid-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

The setback came as WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day. The US accounted for 53,213 of the total 212,326 new cases recorded on Friday, the WHO said.

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'I think everybody's going to behave': Mancunians cautious as lockdown eases
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:28:29 GMT
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While hairdressers were busy, many of the tables at restaurants and bars were empty at lunchtime

Amid sporadic drizzle, Mancunians in the city centre welcomed the easing of lockdown with some trepidation.

While residents flocked to Manchesteras hairdressers for much-needed trims and root touch-ups, many of the physically distanced tables at its restaurants and bars were empty at lunchtime.

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'Letas do karaoke!': Bangkok nightlife eases out of lockdown
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:49:21 GMT
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The cityas bars, clubs and even massage parlours are beginning to buzz again but the absence of tourists is taking its toll

A mix of K-pop, sweet Thai love ballads and 90s music reverberates along the corridor of one of Bangkokas popular karaoke spots. In private rooms, parties of friends strike poses and bellow into microphones.

After three months of silence, Thailandas nightlife was allowed to reopen on 1 July a provided venues follow government rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. aYou can dance, as long as you keep a distance from your friends,a explains Planisara Suksit, branch manager of Yes!! R&B Karaoke in Thonglor, her voice muffled by a face mask and plastic shield.

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London hospital starts virtual ward rounds for medical students
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:45:14 GMT
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Imperial College doctors with AR glasses examine patients as trainees watch remotely

A flock of students stumbling after a consultant on a ward round has long been a familiar sight in hospitals. Perhaps not for much longer though a a university has pioneered the use of augmented reality to allow students to take part from home.

Imperial College has conducted what it said is the worldas first virtual ward round for medical students, which means an entire class of 350 students can watch a consultant examining patients rather than the three or four who have been able to accompany them in person.

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Englandas post-lockdown newlyweds toast asurreal daya over Zoom
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:22:01 GMT
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Couple swaps big plans for low-key ceremony as weddings are allowed to go ahead for the first time in months

After three missed hen dos, one lost wedding dress and a guest list savagely trimmed by four fifths, Fiona Sharples and Chris Fisher tied the knot on Saturday in one of the UKas first post-lockdown weddings.

Kissing outside St Kenelm church in Gloucestershire a unaccompanied by banned confetti a the happy couple said it had been a dream day. Albeit, said Sharples, if that dream was asurreal and exciting and set our heads spinning.a

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English pubs pour first pints for customers since lockdown began
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:41:57 GMT
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Establishments across country welcome back drinkers after latest easing of lockdown rules

English pubs poured their first pints since mid-March on Saturday morning, some as early as 6am, after laws allowing them to open their doors came into effect.

While the vast majority of pubs do not have a licence to serve at the crack of dawn, several welcomed customers for a breakfast-time drink after more than three months standing empty.

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Boohoo booms as Leicester garment factories are linked to lockdown
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:07 GMT
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Exclusive: Fashion brand profits from astay homea clothing supplied at speed from city now experiencing Covid-19 surge

On 27 March, even as the rest of the UK were trying to make sense of how to get through the coronavirus crisis, Boohoo seemed to have nailed it.

It was a Friday, and usually the fast-fashion brandas irrepressibly bouncy Twitter account would be pitching dresses and shoes to its followers ahead of a night out. But this was the first weekend of lockdown, and the company made a decisive pivot.

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Coronavirus world map: which countries have the most Covid-19 cases and deaths?
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:48:02 GMT
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Covid-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope. Find out where the virus has spread, and where it has been most deadly

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Italy tests 180 migrants rescued by ship for Covid-19
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:53:44 GMT
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Migrants have been onboard vessel operated by charity SOS MA(c)diterranA(c)e for over a week

Italy is carrying out tests on 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean with a view to transferring them to a quarantine vessel in Sicily, an interior ministry source has said.

The migrants have been on the Ocean Viking ship operated by SOS MA(c)diterranA(c)e for over a week, with fights and suicide attempts onboard prompting the charity to declare a state of emergency on Friday.

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Melbourne's 'hard lockdown' orders residents of nine public housing towers to stay home as coronavirus cases surge
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:14:45 GMT
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Five hundred police sent to enforce command that 3,000 tenants remain in their units

Three thousand people living in nine public housing towers in Melbourne have been placed under the harshest lockdown rules of the coronavirus pandemic in Australia so far and banned from leaving their homes for at least five days.

Five hundred police officers have been dispatched to monitor the nine towers in Flemington and North Melbourne and ensure that the residents do not leave their small and often overcrowded units.

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Trump claims 'victory' as US sees Covid-19 case records in multiple states
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:22:01 GMT
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Florida says confirmed cases up by record 11,458 but president claims US on the way to atremendous victorya over coronavirus

On the Fourth of July national holiday, a day after the US reported a third straight day with a more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases and as Florida and Texas reported more record rises, Donald Trump claimed aa tremendous victorya was at hand.

Related: 'We don't want things to get out of hand again': as New York reopens, dangers lie ahead

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High society to hideaway arrest: Ghislaine Maxwell's dramatic fall
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:35:34 GMT
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For years she was at the centre of a web of influence but this week Jeffrey Epsteinas former girlfriend will appear in a New York court

For a party girl with no parties left to attend, Ghislaine Maxwellas 20-mile journey from her mountain hideaway in Bradford, New Hampshire, to Merrimack county jail was the brutal, cinematic finale to a social highlife that stretched across decades and continents.

Taken by surprise at 8.30am last Thursday, and accompanied by officers from at least six US law enforcement agencies, the 58-year-old was taken to the medium-security facility and later arraigned via audio-only video conference, accused of luring underage girls, one as young as 14, for her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

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aIt's so good to be backa: Jay Rayneras first restaurant meal since lockdown
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:40:19 GMT
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As Londonas Trullo opens its doors to its first in-house customers in 108 days the seating is restricted and the waiters visored but itas not only its fabulous pasta that thrills the Observeras food critic

They have just finished polishing the brass plate at the threshold of Trullo at Londonas Highbury Corner when I arrive for my lunch, dead on noon. A moment later I become the first customer to cross that threshold in 108 days. And then there I am, with a menu of rustic Italian dishes in my hand. I choose. They bring. And then they do the washing up. After over three months of the lockdown and an awful lot of my own cooking, it is frankly thrilling.

But it isnat business as usual, not quite. Trullo has reduced the number of seats upstairs from 38 to 22 with a similar cut for the basement dining room, and a path has been marked out across the floor should you need to head to the loo. Screens have been inserted between tables making them into booths, and all the waiters wear visors. aItas very good to be back,a our waiter says, as she takes an order for rugged pasta dishes and porchetta. Does she feel anxious about the working conditions? aI really donat actually,a she says.

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Does the key to anti-ageing lie in our bones?
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:00:18 GMT
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Osteocalcin, a hormone produced in the bones, could one day provide treatments for age-related issues such as muscle and memory loss

GA(c)rard Karsenty was a young scientist trying to make a name for himself in the early 1990s when he first stumbled upon a finding that would go on to transform our understanding of bone, and the role it plays in our body.

Karsenty had become interested in osteocalcin, one of the most abundant proteins in bone. He suspected that it played a crucial role in bone remodelling a the process by which our bones continuously remove and create new tissue a which enables us to grow during childhood and adolescence, and also recover from injuries.

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On my radar: Rachel Parris on her cultural highlights
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:00:16 GMT
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The comedian and Mash Report star on Lemn Sissayas memoir, Tank and the Bangasa mindblowing hip-hop, and a very weird podcast

Comedian and musician Rachel Parris was born in 1984 in Leicester. She stars in BBC Twoas satirical news show The Mash Report, for which she received a Bafta nomination last year. She lives in London with her husband, the comedian Marcus Brigstocke, and will appear at the outdoor Drive-In Club, in Brent Cross, London on 24 July.

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aAs a black priest in the Church of England, I felt like I was invisible'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:20:25 GMT
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In Ghost Ship, Father Azariah France-Williams reveals the barriers and bias faced by ethnic minority clergy in the Anglican church

A few years ago, Father Azariah France-Williams answered a knock at the door. A woman stood before him, asking to borrow space in the church car park for a removal van. They chatted, France-Williams gave permission, and she thanked him.

Related: Top C of E cleric slams church for 'monochrome' leadership

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Gloria Steinem: aGo too far, or youare not going far enougha
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:14 GMT
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The feminist activist, 86, on worldwide sisterhood, Spaceship Earth, sexual harrassment in the 1970s and being bitten by rats

My parents were kind and funny and taught me that kindness and a sense of humour are invaluable. Much later, I learned that in the oldest cultures laughter is the only free emotion. Obviously, fear can be compelled. So can love, if weare dependent for long enough, we enmesh even with a captor in order to survive. But you canat compel laughter. Itas a flash of recognition. Never go anywhere youare not allowed to laugh, including church.

I became a grown-up too early, from 10 to 17, a small person responsible for a big person. My mother was ill and often couldnat look after herself. I never knew what I would find when I got home. Since then Iave had friends who were the children of alcoholics, and Iave learned we share some of the same feelings.

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Having anxiety and agoraphobia holds you back. But there are positives to be founda|
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:00:15 GMT
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If I hadnat experienced anxiety and agoraphobia and the therapy that resulted from them, I wouldnat now understand human complexities as I do, writes Charlotte Levin

I sometimes wonder about my parallel life: the one in which I attended drama school, became a respected actor, travelled the world and ended up marrying Louis Theroux after meeting him at an awards ceremony. The life in which I didnat develop anxiety and agoraphobia.

In 1995, aged 23, after years of auditions, my application had been accepted for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. My desire to act since the age of eight was firmly cemented and my dreams were coming to fruition. I was living in London so Iad arranged some viewings of potential digs. My boyfriend and I decided to make a trip of it and planned an extended scenic route a a concept now incomprehensible. But by the time we left, I was getting nervous.

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Collard greens and macaroni cheese: African American food classics a recipes
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:30:11 GMT
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In an extract from her award-winning book Jubilee, Toni Tipton-Martin explains how black cooks made them favourite dishes a and shares her versions

Whole Foods Market caused quite a stir in 2014, when the healthfood superstore declared acollard greens the new kalea and tweeted a recipe for sauteed collards garnished with peanuts. I admit I had to laugh. It reminded me of the authoras words in 1968as A Good Heart and a Light Hand: Ruth L Gaskinsa Collection of Traditional Negro Recipes: aItas amazing to us to think that anyone could grow up without greens, but every time we shop in the supermarket, white women ask in surprise: aWhat in the world do you do with those things?a a

For many on Twitter, this recipe was a bridge too far. aFor other people, collards are a trend a for us, they are a tradition,a food writer and historian Michael Twitty said at the time of Whole Foodsa announcement. But itas also fair to ask: what is that tradition? In this case, it may have been the peanuts that shocked people. But there is also an impression that old-fashioned, Southern or country-style greens must be boiled to death to be authentic soul food. Any other way, and you might as well just designate the dish #fakesoul. That notion, though, hasnat always been set in stone.

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Olivier Giroud puts Chelsea on path to comfortable win over Watford
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:07:20 GMT
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At a chilly, damp, echoey Stamford Bridge Chelsea had too much guile and craft for an eager but limited Watford team.

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Willian towards the end of the first half were enough to overwhelm opponents who spent much of the opening 80 minutes crouched behind a dogged defensive guard.

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Sam Curran out but Denly in England's squad for first Test against West Indies
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:14:08 GMT
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  • Five uncapped players among nine reserves called up
  • aNo one doubts Jonny Bairstow. No doors are closeda

The notable absentees from Englandas 13 for Wednesdayas first Test against West Indies are Jack Leach and Sam Curran, with the latteras chances of selection diminished by a bug that prevented him participating in two of the three days of the practice match. Dom Bess will take the spinneras slot and Joe Denly is preferred to the uncapped Dan Lawrence.

Two senior citizens, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow, are packing their bags and leaving the Rose Bowl bubble. Neither are required for the Test series against West Indies and now must dutifully focus on joining the white-ball bubble before the three ODIs scheduled against Ireland at the end of July.

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Jockeys under fire after Serpentine pulls off shock with all-the-way win in Derby
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:23:41 GMT
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  • Emmet McNamara rides 25-1 shot to success at Epsom
  • Aidan OaBrien breaks record with eighth winner of Classic

A Derby run in bizarre circumstances produced a suitably extraordinary result here on Saturday, as the first three horses after a furlong and a half filled the same positions at the line a couple of minutes later, while the riders on their 13 opponents sat back and allowed them to get on with it. Serpentine, at 25-1, was clear of the field rounding Tattenham Corner and comfortably held his advantage to win by five and a half lengths from Khalifa Sat (50-1) and Amhran Na Bhfiann (66-1), a trifecta that paid out at 56,000-1 on the Tote.

There were no spectators at Epsom to see it but it was the kind of race, and result, that would have played out in near silence even with the normal complement of 100,000 punters on the Downs.

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David Moyes's sorry Sunderland saga bodes ill for West Ham | Jonathan Wilson
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:00:21 GMT
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The Hammers may survive this season but the prospects for the next one do not look good a just ask fans of the Wearside club now in League One

Perhaps this time the Ferryman will not accept the fare. Wednesdayas unlikely victory over Chelsea, allied to the abjection of Norwich and Bournemouth and the struggles of Aston Villa and Watford, means West Ham may survive this season, but that doesnat mean there arenat major questions for the club to answer, foremost among them who should be their manager.

Wednesdayas Premier League game turned out to be a clash of two managerial flaws, the inability of Frank Lampard sides to defend setapieces or counterattacks winning out over the tendency of David Moyes sides to drop deeper and deeper, particularly when they have something to defend. The victory may end up being decisive, but there can be no long-lasting sense of wellbeing.

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Bukayo Saka hooks home to cast new hope for Arsenal at Wolves
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:36:24 GMT
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Three days after pledging his future to Arsenal by signing a new contract, the 18-year-old Bukayo Saka brightened the clubas outlook even further by scoring his first Premier League goal. That, and a gritty collective performance crowned by Alexandre Lacazetteas late goal, earned victory for a team that is starting to make strides under Mikel Arteta.

A late dash for Champions League qualification remains improbable but not as far-fetched as it looked two weeks ago. Arsenalas fourth win in a row had the additional benefit for them of putting the brakes on Wolvesa charge for the top four.

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Lewis Hamilton unhappy with some F1 drivers' 'complicit silence' on racism
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:48:09 GMT
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  • Briton says asome donat understand what is happeninga
  • World champion Hamilton beaten to pole by teammate Bottas

Qualifying had a familiar air as Formula One got back on track for the opening race of the delayed season at the Austrian Grand Prix. Mercedes locked out the front row, with Valtteri Bottas edging out his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, to pole.

Britainas reigning world champion was happy with his performance but less so with the lack of a united front in support of the anti-racism cause he has been vigorously pursuing of late. After qualifying, Hamilton revealed his disappointment at what he described as acomplicit silencea from some of his fellow drivers.

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Ghislaine Maxwell is no victim. But did she fear Epstein's rejection? | Barbara Ellen
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:47:18 GMT
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Her accusers paint a picture of a woman who would do anything to please

So, Ghislaine Maxwell has finally been dragged out of her salubrious New Hampshire hidey-hole and accused, among other charges, of assisting Jeffrey Epsteinas sexual abuse of minors a recruiting and grooming girls known to be underage. Now itas all about whether Maxwell (who has previously denied wrongdoing) will choose to aco-operatea, coughing up big names.

Away from legality, one can only wonder, what brought Maxwell here?

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'People dying in the ICU is not new, but dying without family and friends around them is very unusual'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:00:17 GMT
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An emergency medicine physician on the terrors of Covid-19, and why lockdown is being lifted too soon

My impression is that the population thinks that itas all settled down now and everythingas OK. And thatas not true. Every time you go on to the intensive care unit you get a visual reminder of why itas not, because of the amount of equipment that you have to put on to just go and simply say hello to a patient.

Seeing the images from Italy had been terrifying. We were all wrestling our own demons, organising our personal affairs, getting wills done that wead put off for years. When the worst of it hit it was really hard watching the team cope with the rush of reality. I think the new additions to the team that we had built were hit the hardest. People dying in intensive care is not new, but dying without family and friends around them is very unusual. This was a another new normal to adjust to; phoning family to tell them their loved one was dying, or dead, but they could not see them.

At the same time, there was something uplifting.

Everyone had a kind of common focus and a common goal a normally everyone just gets on with doing their own thing a but we had large teams of people working together with the one focus. There were so many people. Everything was masks and sweatiness. When people took their gear off they had deep marks around their faces and that kind of matted look to their hair.

Weare still admitting patients with Covid-19 although obviously not as many as at the peak. We are currently getting about 200 patients a day coming in through A&E. About half of them have symptoms that are related to Covid, so theyare sent to the Covid side where they can be assessed and treated. All the medical staff are fully equipped with PPE because weare anticipating that the patient has Covid until the tests prove they donat.

It slows everything down. Everything has changed. I get a bun on my way to work a itas my Friday treat. When you go in, youave got to put alcohol gel on your hands, so thatas the end of the bun. To walk through the hospital you have to put a mask on. Nobody lingers in the corridors any more. When you go into the ICU, thereas more PPE a a new mask first and more alcohol gel. Going to see a patient in a side room youare getting on a plastic apron with arms, two pairs of gloves, a different face mask, face shield.

At the peak, we made space for about 300 Covid beds on our two sites. Now weare back down to our normal 100 or so.

The real difficulty now is that we know full well thereas a bunch of patients out there who need management of their underlying conditions, such as operations or transplants. Weave been working towards starting that up again but itas difficult. Itas not a tap you can turn off and on.

If someone has been waiting years for a kidney transplant, and an organ became available, how would we get them into hospital in a safe way? We canat ask them to self-isolate for two weeks a thatas not how organs appear. Weave been trying to set up a system to make sure the transplant recipient is safe, because theyare immuno-suppressed.

Thatas why Iave been worried about ending the lockdown, and people going back to how things were six months ago. That needs to be pushed back against, we canat go back.

Weave been preparing for this weekend as if itas New Yearas Eve. Weave discharged as many people as we can. Weave had to bulk up the daytime shifts, the evening shifts and the night shifts. Iam just hoping that people are sensible.

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Why do Muslim states stay silent over Chinaas abuse of the Uighurs? | Nick Cohen
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:00:20 GMT
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Nations that claim to be defenders of the faith offer no protest to the concentration camps

When China imposed trade sanctions on Norway in 2010 for honouring the imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo with the Nobel peace prize, it spat out a word we werenat used to hearing from propagandists for an atheist communist regime, but should get used to today. aItas a blasphemy,a a party mouthpiece said.

Once, blasphemy was damning the faithfulas gods and sacred books. Now, criticism of the worldas largest dictatorship has become sacrilegious. You shouldnat be surprised. As some of us tried to say in the 1990s and 2000s, the gap between the sacred and the profane was never as wide as religious sentimentalists and liberal multiculturalists believed.

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Boris Johnson gets Britain building again aA cartoon
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:00:18 GMT
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Chris Riddell on the prime ministeras plan to tear up planning regulations

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Trump is scooping up the worldas remdesivir. Itas a sign of things to come | Devi Sridhar
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:00:11 GMT
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The case of the Covid-19 drug shows how national interests will continue to define the allocation of research products

Donald Trump has called Covid-19 a hoax, encouraged his followers to take hydroxychloroquine and threatened to cut all ties between the US and the World Health Organization. He has predicted that coronavirus will disappear one day, like a miracle, organised indoor rallies with no masks during the height of the pandemic and encouraged public health officials to slow down testing, because carrying out tests results in a larger number of confirmed cases. He has praised scientists for developing an HIV/Aids vaccine (which doesnat exist), been accused of stealing 20 ventilators from Barbados and taking face masks from Germany and France.

In this wild west moment in international relations, Trump boasted this week that the US had bought the worldas entire supply of remdesivir, the antiviral drug produced by the US biotechnology company Gilead. Remdesivir is one of the few proven medications for treating Covid-19 patients. Though low- and middle-income countries can still produce their own generic versions of the drug, European and other high-income countries are not able to buy remdesivir or produce it for three months. Fortunately the UK and Germany have stockpiled enough of the drug to treat all the patients who need it.

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The Bank of England has many battles ahead. Inflation will not be one of them
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:00:17 GMT
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The world accepts that spending is the way out of this crisis. Why is the Bank anxious at the faint prospect of rising prices?

Key figures at the Bank of England and the Treasury are displaying a disturbing tendency for caution when the recovery from a pandemic demands bold measures. From the murmuring of officials in background briefings to the speeches of prominent policymakers, every pledge ato do whatever it takesa to rescue the economy during the pandemic comes with a clear rider.

Rishi Sunak will sound heroic this week when he tells parliament how Britainas economy can escape the effects of Covid-19. Money will be pledged a more than the APS5bn Boris Johnson mustered in his recent aFDRa speech. Behind the scenes, though, officials are concerned that the UK is weak and must be careful how it spends over the coming years.

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Kellyanne Conway and her anti-Trump daughter may be the future of reality TV | Arwa Mahdawi
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:14 GMT
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Conway may be quietly sanctioning the Trump critics in her family and hedging her bets in case he doesnat win again

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Only Laura the NHS coach gets me out of bed and running 5km
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:30:17 GMT
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The Couch to 5k exercise app offers many celebrity trainers, but Iam sticking with the original voice of quiet encouragement

During the period of lockdown, from March until June, more than 858,000 people downloaded the NHSas Couch to 5K app. At least 857,000 of them appear to be doing it in my local park, which has started to resemble a Frogger-like arcade game, where you have to insert yourself into the onslaught of joggers with a dexterity that requires a training app of its own.

It is a remarkable number of downloads, but then, it is a remarkable app. It promises to get almost anyone moving. It builds you up from spluttering through a solid 60 seconds without stopping, through to 30 minutes without stopping, in just nine weeks. You can choose your trainer, the person who cheers you on through your headphones, from a selection of famous voices. Thereas Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican, Sanjeev Kohli and Michael Johnson. But for the purists, the old school among us, there is still Laura, the original trainer. Just Laura, the voice who has seen me through the entirety of Couch to 5K on three separate occasions. Her soothing tones telling me aYouare halfway through, youare doing so well, keep goinga is so life-affirming that Iam tempted to start playing it when Iam just sitting around, wondering if it will ever be possible to go to the corner shop for a pint of milk, or to the pub for a pint of anything, without taking a vat of hand sanitiser and accidentally holding my breath for 10 minutes.

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Earl Cameron, 'Britain's first black film star', dies aged 102
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:38:08 GMT
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Bermudian-born actor rose to prominence in the 1950s in films such as Pool of London and Sapphire, as well as appearing in the 007 film Thunderball

Earl Cameron, who with his debut role in the 1951 film Pool of London, became one of the first significant black actors in British cinema, has died aged 102. His agent confirmed the news to the Guardian, saying ahe passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and familya on Friday in Kenilworth in Warwickshire.

Cameronas significance to the current generation of black British actors was underlined by tributes on social media. David Harewood described him as aa total legenda, while Paterson Joseph wrote: aHis generationas pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on. No shoulders were broader than this gentleman with the voice of god and the heart of a kindly prince.a Historian David Olusoga added: aA remarkable and wonderful man. Not just a brilliant actor but a link to a deeper history.a

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Two police officers suffer broken bones dispersing illegal London street party
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:38:53 GMT
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Nine other officers were also injured in violent incident London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned as adisgracefula

Two police officers suffered broken bones and nine others were injured as they attempted to disperse an unlicensed street party in west London.

Bricks and other missiles were launched at officers who tried to break up the illegal rave in Havelock Close, White City, on Friday night.

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Lib Dems accuse Tories of astealinga pupil premium policy
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:30:13 GMT
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Ex-education secretary Michael Gove said the reform was one of his proudest achievements while in coalition government

Michael Gove has reopened old wounds from the coalition government by claiming one of his proudest achievements is introducing the pupil premium a a policy the Liberal Democrats insist was their signature education reform, which has since been underfunded by the Tories.

In a speech last Saturday on restructuring government entitled aThe privilege of public servicea, Gove cited the pupil premium as aone of the reforms of which I am proudesta. The education secretary during the coalition years added: aI believe it has been transformativea, adding that proper data was now needed to judge just how effective it had been.

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aThey're all passing the bucka: UK travel firms flout the law on holiday refunds
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:05:11 GMT
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Thousands of UK travellers face long struggle to get their money back for trips cancelled because of pandemic

Travellers whose trips are cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic face a summer of stress as companies rewrite the rules to avoid refunding them. Thousands of holidaymakers have been struggling since March to get their money back, and the problem is likely to worsen now the government has eased the ban on travelling abroad.

Summer bargains advertised by travel firms could be scuppered if new lockdowns are imposed in the UK or overseas. The law entitles customers to full refunds when a flight or holiday is cancelled, but many are being forced to accept vouchers or charged large processing fees.

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Labour: unemployment could go 'way beyond anything we've experienced'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:06 GMT
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Shadow minister Jonathan Reynolds calls for flexibility on furlough scheme and condemns return of benefits sanctions

Unemployment could soar to levels away beyond anything weave experienced beforea unless the government extends the furlough scheme and gets to grips with the looming crisis, Labour has said.

As the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, prepares to deliver his summer statement next Wednesday, the shadow work and pensions secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, said: aNothing weave seen so far suggests that their response matches the gravity of the situation.a

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Driving lessons resume in England but learners face long wait for test
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:46:26 GMT
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Driving tests to be prioritised for key workers whose tests were cancelled due to Covid crisis

Learner drivers gearing up to hit the roads as lessons and theory tests restart in England may face a lengthy wait before they can pass their practical.

Although instructors can resume business on Saturday following the coronavirus lockdown, driving tests will be prioritised for those whose tests were cancelled as a result of the crisis.

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Campaigners say NHS deserves better as health service marks 72nd anniversary
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:55:16 GMT
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Illuminations and clapping will mark NHS birthday in its amost challenging yeara

Dozens of landmarks across the UK will be illuminated in blue light on Saturday to mark the NHSas 72nd anniversary, bur campaigners have said those who work in the health service deserve more than token gestures.

Households across the UK have also been invited to take part in a nationwide clap for NHS workers on Sunday after what the health serviceas chief executive in England, Simon Stevens, described as the most challenging year in its history.

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Ian Paterson: inquests to be held into deaths of patients of jailed surgeon
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:47:05 GMT
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Birmingham and Solihull coroner says inquests will be held into deaths of four of rogue breast surgeonas patients

Inquests are to be held into the deaths of four former patients of a rogue breast surgeon who is serving a 20-year jail sentence.

Consultant Ian Paterson, who was employed by the Heart of England NHS foundation trust and also practised in the independent sector, was convicted in 2017 of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding.

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Keeper killed by Siberian tiger in Zurich zoo
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:19:06 GMT
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First responders tried to revive the woman but she died at the scene

The zoo in Switzerlandas biggest city says a 55-year-old keeper was killed on Saturday by one of the parkas Siberian tigers.

Zoo Zurich said an internal alarm was sounded at 1.20pm (11.20am GMT) that the keeper had been attacked in the tiger enclosure, prompting staff members to rush to her aid.

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Neil Young says Trump's use of songs at Mount Rushmore 'not OK with me'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:13:28 GMT
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Singer objects to playing of Like a Hurricane and Rockina in the Free World and says he stands with Lakota Sioux protesters

After two of his songs were used by Donald Trump at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Neil Young had a simple message for the president: aThis is not OK with me.a

Like a Hurricane and Rockina in the Free World were played before the president appeared in South Dakota, for an incendiary speech in which Trump claimed US history was under siege from afar-left fascisma.

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Fire breaks out at power station in Iran
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:21:46 GMT
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Fire follows several other incidents at facilities across the country, including some at sensitive sites

A fire broke out at a power station in south-western Iran on Saturday, Iranian media reported, the latest in a string of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites.

The blaze, which affected a transformer in the power station in the city of Ahvaz, was put out by firefighters and electricity was restored after partial outages, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, a spokesman for state-run power company Tavanir, told the semi-official news agency Tasnim.

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Trump claims 'victory' as US sees Covid-19 case records in multiple states
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:22:01 GMT
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Florida says confirmed cases up by record 11,458 but president claims US on the way to atremendous victorya over coronavirus

On the Fourth of July national holiday, a day after the US reported a third straight day with a more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases and as Florida and Texas reported more record rises, Donald Trump claimed aa tremendous victorya was at hand.

Related: 'We don't want things to get out of hand again': as New York reopens, dangers lie ahead

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High society to hideaway arrest: Ghislaine Maxwell's dramatic fall
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:35:34 GMT
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For years she was at the centre of a web of influence but this week Jeffrey Epsteinas former girlfriend will appear in a New York court

For a party girl with no parties left to attend, Ghislaine Maxwellas 20-mile journey from her mountain hideaway in Bradford, New Hampshire, to Merrimack county jail was the brutal, cinematic finale to a social highlife that stretched across decades and continents.

Taken by surprise at 8.30am last Thursday, and accompanied by officers from at least six US law enforcement agencies, the 58-year-old was taken to the medium-security facility and later arraigned via audio-only video conference, accused of luring underage girls, one as young as 14, for her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

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Neil Young says Trump's use of songs at Mount Rushmore 'not OK with me'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:13:28 GMT
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Singer objects to playing of Like a Hurricane and Rockina in the Free World and says he stands with Lakota Sioux protesters

After two of his songs were used by Donald Trump at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Neil Young had a simple message for the president: aThis is not OK with me.a

Like a Hurricane and Rockina in the Free World were played before the president appeared in South Dakota, for an incendiary speech in which Trump claimed US history was under siege from afar-left fascisma.

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'Itas a constant barrage of hate': how Trump sparks heated clashes in Florida's retirement resort
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:00:10 GMT
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The Villages a where video showed a resident spewing racism, retweeted by the president a has long been Trump country. But minds may be changing

It promotes itself as aFloridaas friendliest hometowna, a retirement playground where seniors while away their golden years in a carefree world of golf, swimming, fine dining, drinking, and nightly line dances in the village square.

But one reckless and controversial retweet from Donald Trump, featuring some ugly racism from a resident in a golf cart, and The Villagesa carefully crafted image as a peaceful utopia for retirees began to dissipate. As elderly white voters, one of Trumpas key voting blocs in 2016, show signs of abandoning the erratic president, some are even wondering if the door has been opened for Democrats here, an area that until now has been unashamedly aTrump countrya.

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Trumpas niece says 2001 NDA based on afraudulenta financial information
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:46:03 GMT
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Lawyers seeking to clear path for Mary Trumpas book made argument in filings in New York this week

Lawyers for Donald Trumpas niece seeking to clear her path to publish a book about the family have cited abombshella New York Times reporting on the Trumpsa tax affairs as proof a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 was based on ademonstrably fraudulenta financial information and should be held invalid.

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Kansas paper published by Republican posts cartoon likening masks order to Holocaust
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:43:37 GMT
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A Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening an order from the stateas governor requiring people to wear masks in public to the round-up and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Related: Trump claims 'victory' as US sees Covid-19 case records in multiple states

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Nigerian social media star appears in US court on fraud charges
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:19:53 GMT
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aRay Hushpuppia is alleged to have laundered hundreds of millions of dollars

A Nigerian social media star, known for flaunting a luxurious lifestyle to millions of his followers on Instagram, has appeared in court in the US charged with running a global fraud operation, including targeting a Premier League football club, a bank and a US law firm.

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a 37-year-old known as aRay Hushpuppia who claims to run a real estate business, is alleged to have conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said.

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Amber Heard can be in court for Johnny Deppas evidence, high court rules
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:58:45 GMT
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Judge says it would be unfair to stop Heard watching Depp give evidence in libel case over domestic abuse claims

Johnny Depp has failed to stop his ex-wife Amber Heard from watching him give evidence in a libel case over allegations of domestic abuse.

The actor is suing the publisher of the Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article which described Depp as a awife beatera.

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166 die during protests after shooting of Ethiopian singer
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:01:13 GMT
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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead in Addis Ababa on Monday night, fuelling ethnic tensions

At least 166 people have died during violent demonstrations that roiled Ethiopia in the days following the murder of popular singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, police said Saturday.

The singer, a member of the Oromo ethnic group, Ethiopiaas largest, was shot dead by unknown attackers in Addis Ababa on Monday night, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the countryas democratic transition.

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Two women injured as car drives through Seattle protest crowd
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:17:48 GMT
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  • Both women in critical condition, hospital says
  • Driver in custody after incident on Interstate 5

Two women were struck and injured by a car whose driver sped through a protest-related closure on a freeway in Seattle, authorities said on Saturday.

Related: US under siege from 'far-left fascism', says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech

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'Consigning his voters to sickness': Trump fuels culture war over masks
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 06:30:06 GMT
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As some attack face coverings as an assault on freedom, some Trump allies have bowed to reality amid Covid-19as spread

Nancy Allen, 73, wears a face mask in the chicken coop at her farm but not when she goes to church. aThereas been so much change in what we should do and what we should not do,a explains the Donald Trump supporter from Shelby, North Carolina. aI donat think that I should be told that I have to wear a mask and I donat think the president should, unless he feels like he needs it.a

Neera Tanden, 49, became infected with the coronavirus in May, suffering fatigue and muscle pain and sleeping long hours. Her Twitter handle is now aNeera -Wear a Mask -Tandena. The president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal thinktank in Washington, says of Trump: aHis position of politicising mask use is barbaric and it is ensuring that more people will get sick and more people will die.

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Trump is scooping up the worldas remdesivir. Itas a sign of things to come | Devi Sridhar
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:00:11 GMT
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The case of the Covid-19 drug shows how national interests will continue to define the allocation of research products

Donald Trump has called Covid-19 a hoax, encouraged his followers to take hydroxychloroquine and threatened to cut all ties between the US and the World Health Organization. He has predicted that coronavirus will disappear one day, like a miracle, organised indoor rallies with no masks during the height of the pandemic and encouraged public health officials to slow down testing, because carrying out tests results in a larger number of confirmed cases. He has praised scientists for developing an HIV/Aids vaccine (which doesnat exist), been accused of stealing 20 ventilators from Barbados and taking face masks from Germany and France.

In this wild west moment in international relations, Trump boasted this week that the US had bought the worldas entire supply of remdesivir, the antiviral drug produced by the US biotechnology company Gilead. Remdesivir is one of the few proven medications for treating Covid-19 patients. Though low- and middle-income countries can still produce their own generic versions of the drug, European and other high-income countries are not able to buy remdesivir or produce it for three months. Fortunately the UK and Germany have stockpiled enough of the drug to treat all the patients who need it.

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Coronavirus live news: pubs reopen in England as Catalonia announces new lockdown
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:42:03 GMT
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Fourth of July weekend in US sees cases surging; WHO changes timeline of how it was alerted to virus; housing estates in Melbourne locked down. Follow developments live

What weare learning about Covid as US states open up
How Victoriaas outbreak divided Australia
Scotland and Wales attack UK governmentas shambolic travel changes

Italy is carrying out tests on 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean with a view to transferring them to a quarantine vessel in Sicily, an interior ministry source has said.

The migrants have been on the Ocean Viking ship operated by SOS MA(c)diterranA(c)e for over a week, with fights and suicide attempts onboard prompting the charity to declare a state of emergency on Friday, Agence France-Presse reports.

Related: Italy tests 180 migrants rescued by ship for Covid-19

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on September 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus, his family said.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Stephen Cooper, an electrical engineer from New York who lived part-time in the Delray Beach, Florida area, died 28 March at Delray Medical Center due to Covid-19. He was 78.

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WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don't cut Covid-19 hospital deaths
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:36:06 GMT
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Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir not found to help patients in hospital

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for patients in hospital with Covid-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

The setback came as WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day. The US accounted for 53,213 of the total 212,326 new cases recorded on Friday, the WHO said.

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No 10 faces ridicule after tweeting incorrect lockdown rules
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:03:07 GMT
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Critics attack aconfusinga tweet about guidance on meeting people from other households

No 10 has courted mockery after tweeting the wrong lockdown rules hours after an easing of restrictions in England.

The official Downing Street Twitter account, which is verified and tweets on behalf of the prime minister, wrote just after 9am: aYou can only meet people who donat live with you outside. Whatever the weather.a

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India had one of the world's strictest lockdowns. Why are cases still rising? | Rukmini S
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:00:08 GMT
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Unable to expand testing or hospital capacity, Narendra Modias administration has turned to bluster and brute force

The response to the spread of coronavirus that most Indians are talking about this week is not an innovation in contact tracing or a big increase in hospital beds, itas the death of a father and son in judicial custody in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It happened after the local police picked them up for complaining about having to close their small store early to comply with lockdown rules. In some ways, the case exemplifies Indiaas struggle with its coronavirus response: if you canat beat it with a stick, what do you do?

India now has nearly twice as many cases as the UK, and will surpass Russia to become the worldas third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil within days. Indiaas prime minister, Narendra Modi, is no Jair Bolsonaro; since his 24 March address to the country announcing a national lockdown, Modi has been relentlessly on message, and wears a mask and practises physical distancing.

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Does the key to anti-ageing lie in our bones?
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:00:18 GMT
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Osteocalcin, a hormone produced in the bones, could one day provide treatments for age-related issues such as muscle and memory loss

GA(c)rard Karsenty was a young scientist trying to make a name for himself in the early 1990s when he first stumbled upon a finding that would go on to transform our understanding of bone, and the role it plays in our body.

Karsenty had become interested in osteocalcin, one of the most abundant proteins in bone. He suspected that it played a crucial role in bone remodelling a the process by which our bones continuously remove and create new tissue a which enables us to grow during childhood and adolescence, and also recover from injuries.

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Imagine a 'New America': reclaiming the American flag a in pictures
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:24:47 GMT
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With the explosion of global protests and activism demanding an end to racial inequality, Jameelah Nuriddin and Erin Hammond consider the complicated relationship between African Americans and the American flag in a series of photos.

The eight images capture a giant 200-year-old flag, a young black woman with a giant afro, and various postures combining the pledge of allegiance and black power poses. They are accompanied by a manifesto, written by Nuriddin, that mirrors the preamble to the US constitution. Nuriddin is also the model in the series.

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US supreme court gives conservatives the blues but what's really going on?
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:00:09 GMT
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Donald Trumpas nomination of two justices seemed to have tilted the balance decisively but recent rulings have raised eyebrows

For all the ominous twists of Donald Trumpas presidency, his placement on the US supreme court of two deeply conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, inspired a special kind of foreboding for many liberals.

With three conservatives already sitting on the court, the creation by Trump of a seemingly impregnable, five-vote conservative supreme court majority appeared to pose a generational threat to essential American rights and freedoms.

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aWe donat want her to be remembered as the victima: Kim Wallas parents on telling her story
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:00:08 GMT
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In 2017, journalist Kim Wall became the story when she was murdered after boarding a submarine. Now, Kimas parents are sharing her life and tragedy in a new book

On a winter night in 2017, Joachim Wall was sitting in front of his daughteras laptop at his home in Trelleborg, a town of around 45,000 and Swedenas southernmost. He was going through thousands of pictures, trying to reorganize her archive a a task that would keep him busy for many more months.

Suddenly, he heard a familiar ding: Kim, are you there?

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How we stay together: 'Thereas that love and tenderness and affection no matter what'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:00:24 GMT
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Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett may walk at very different paces, but when it comes to the deeper things in life, theyare on the same speed

Names: Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett
Years together: 11
Occupations: Manager and IT specialist

aI always saw our relationship in some ways like The Odd Couple,a says Michael Barnett of his marriage to Gregory Storer. a[The way] we do things is very different,a he says with a smile, abut we get on really well despite that.a

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aI donat know if Iall ever get over ita: how it feels to make a TV flop
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:00:11 GMT
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For every Game Of Thrones, thereas a Marco Polo. What are the human costs of a show that disappears without trace?

John Fusco has been writing scripts for 34 years. In that time, heas seen his work brought to life by stars including Jackie Chan and Woody Harrelson. As a producer, he has worked with blockbuster budgets totalling tens of millions of dollars, and his Kevin Costner-fronted Bonnie and Clyde drama, The Highwaymen, was one of Netflixas top 10 most-watched original shows last year. But there is one part of Fuscoas career that he finds difficult to look back on. aI feel like I finally have a therapist,a he laughs at the end of a 30-minute call about his 2016 historical adventure series Marco Polo.

The fourth series Netflix commissioned, Marco Polo was a fantasy epic that followed Poloas 13th-century jaunts in the court of Kublai Khan. The showas eye-watering budget was visible in every episode, with lavish sets and expensive special effects. But it wasnat enough, and the show never took off, languishing behind Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards, the platformas big hits at the time.

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Juneteenth - not the Fourth of July - was the real Independence Day | Kelsey Smoot
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:30:09 GMT
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I donat begrudge anyoneas choice to celebrate the Fourth. But for many Americans the holiday evokes ambivalence, at best

I do not celebrate the 4th of July. This choice, which I made several years ago, is one that I wouldnat previously have called expressly political. I didnat stop celebrating the fourth of July in an attempt to formally renounce the occasion for its utter hypocrisy, though I certainly believe I would have been more than justified in holding that sentiment. I stopped observing the holiday because I felt ridiculous doing so. I wonat deny that the years I spent gathering with friends and family, wearing the colors red, white and blue, and staring upwards into an evening sky illuminated by dazzling light shows were, for me, filled with an irreplicable innocence and optimism. But as I moved into adulthood, learned the expansive and ongoing history of American imperialism, experienced blatant racism, homophobia, and transphobia, and internalized that my ancestors were held in bondage and considered chattel far beyond the date and year that I was supposed to consider the demarcation of American afreedoma, the idea of celebrating the holiday became untenable.

As WEB Du Bois argued in The Souls of Black Folk (1903), a adouble consciousnessa exists for Black Americans a a perception of self that must contend with both a rich inner world and sense of intrinsic value, and a racist dominant society. This state of duality is further complicated by a phenomenon that legal scholar KimberlA(c) Crenshaw named intersectionality in 1989. The term describes how interlocking systems of oppression result in hybridized forms of subjugation for individuals who occupy multiple marginalized identities. In this current climate, as a Black American who is also queer and trans* identified, there is not a day that goes by when I donat feel fear. I fear that I will be harassed, legally denied goods and services, accused of a crime I didnat commit, or assaulted by a stranger who is incensed by my very existence. Worse, I fear that my name might become a hashtag a my death made a viral internet sensation by onlookers recording my final breaths, as my life is taken by someone who swore to serve and protect me.

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Kellyanne Conway and her anti-Trump daughter may be the future of reality TV | Arwa Mahdawi
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:14 GMT
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Conway may be quietly sanctioning the Trump critics in her family and hedging her bets in case he doesnat win again

Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newslettera on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday.

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Ghislaine Maxwell is no victim. But did she fear Epstein's rejection? | Barbara Ellen
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:47:18 GMT
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Her accusers paint a picture of a woman who would do anything to please

So, Ghislaine Maxwell has finally been dragged out of her salubrious New Hampshire hidey-hole and accused, among other charges, of assisting Jeffrey Epsteinas sexual abuse of minors a recruiting and grooming girls known to be underage. Now itas all about whether Maxwell (who has previously denied wrongdoing) will choose to aco-operatea, coughing up big names.

Away from legality, one can only wonder, what brought Maxwell here?

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Love of science, not Trump's ignorance, will make America great again
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 06:00:05 GMT
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Amid a pandemic, the president rails against reason itself. The passions of his predecessors throw his failure into sharp relief

We know what the temperature was in Philadelphia on 4 July 1776, because Thomas Jefferson wrote it down at 6am (68F), 9am (72.25F), 1pm (76F), and 9pm (73.5F). Even on this most important day, the author of the Declaration of Independence was never too busy to observe nature. Scientific language helped as he scratched out the words, claiming it was aself-evidenta that people had rights, based on athe Laws of Nature and of Natureas Goda.

Related: US supreme court gives conservatives the blues but what's really going on?

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Why do Muslim states stay silent over Chinaas abuse of the Uighurs? | Nick Cohen
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:00:20 GMT
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Nations that claim to be defenders of the faith offer no protest to the concentration camps

When China imposed trade sanctions on Norway in 2010 for honouring the imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo with the Nobel peace prize, it spat out a word we werenat used to hearing from propagandists for an atheist communist regime, but should get used to today. aItas a blasphemy,a a party mouthpiece said.

Once, blasphemy was damning the faithfulas gods and sacred books. Now, criticism of the worldas largest dictatorship has become sacrilegious. You shouldnat be surprised. As some of us tried to say in the 1990s and 2000s, the gap between the sacred and the profane was never as wide as religious sentimentalists and liberal multiculturalists believed.

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Itas your very own independence day, England. Hereas how to improve on the US edition | Hadley Freeman
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:00:08 GMT
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As lockdown lifts, life is ours to shape, so I thought Iad share my ideas for a new constitution

Happy Independence Day to my American readers, and happy independence day to my English ones! Just as the former were liberated from the British sovereign 244 years ago, so the latter were (mostly) liberated from the governmentas lockdown rules today. To quote one of the founding fathers of my music collection, George Michael, aFreedom! I wonat let you down. Freedom! I will not give you up.a Also on the theme of enjoying oneas independence, George Michael once sagely asked, aSo why donat we make a little room in my BMW, babe, searching for some peace of mind?a

Iam a little confused about what, exactly, we are allowed to do in England today, and itas possible that sex with a stranger in your car is not yet fine. But one of the first things we were allowed to do when lockdown started to be less locked down was visit a car dealership, and, truly, the nation breathed a sigh of relief over that one. So you probably can now have as much car-based shagging as you like, but only in a BMW showroom. Go on, treat yourself.

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Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by line drive in scary Yankee Stadium scene
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:19:44 GMT
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  • Yankees star hit by line drive in frightening scene in practice
  • Tanaka helped to his feet and walked off the field with help

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the teamas first official summer camp workout.

Tanakaas hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.

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Wimbledon finally embraced Martina Navratilova during her last hurrah | Tumaini Carayol
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:00:10 GMT
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Steffi Graf was dominant and Monica Seles was emerging, but in 1990 SW19as greatest champion won the final grand slam of her illustrious singles career and the hearts of the crowd

As the 1989 season rounded into May, the best female players in the world descended on Roland Garros in distinct moments of their careers. Chris Evert was touring the world as a professional for one last time. Steffi Graf was eviscerating everything in view, having bullied her rivals to six successive slam victories. Others, such as Arantxa SA!nchez Vicario and Monica Seles, stood eagerly on the periphery as they awaited their time in the spotlight.

One person was missing. A few weeks earlier, Martina Navratilova had lost on the green clay of Amelia Island in Florida and she departed the court burned out and wondering about what remained of her career. She decided the resolution was to recuse herself from the French Open. At 32, her priorities had shifted and only one remained a she would do everything in her power to win her ninth Wimbledon singles title.

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The 2023 Fifa Womenas World Cup is a rare chance for sport to shape a better world
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:00:23 GMT
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The tournament in 2023 presents a unique opportunity to address equality, racism and Indigenous culture, and climate change

The announcement of hosting rights for the 2023 Fifa Womenas World Cup is serendipitous not just for Australian football or the country, but perhaps sport itself.

July 2023 could create a new paradigm in global sport following the social awakening of Covid-19, a more meaningful role for sport in society by following the lead of athletes worldwide and making public, advocatory contributions to important issues.

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MLB's Cleveland to review 'Indians' moniker after social unrest
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:56:20 GMT
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  • Team have already changed their logo after criticism
  • NFL side Washington also considering name change

The Major League Baseball side Cleveland are to review the use of their team moniker the Indians in light of recent anti-racism protests. Cleveland replaced their logo two years ago, swapping a cartoon of a Native American named Chief Wahoo with a letter C.

Related: FedEx asks 'the team in Washington' to dump racist nickname as Nike pulls gear

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JosA(c) Mourinho 'destroyed a little bit' by Spurs defeat at Sheffield United
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:27:49 GMT
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  • The Portuguese says team could have done more in loss
  • Result leaves Spurs in ninth place in Premier League table

JosA(c) Mourinho says he was adestroyed a little bit on the insidea by his sideas lack of fight against Sheffield United on Thursday. Spurs sunk without a trace after a controversial VAR decision robbed them of a goal as their Champions League hopes were left in tatters by a 3-1 defeat. They were outplayed and outfought by the Blades and Mourinho, who called his players out on it, was left unhappy by the performance.

aThere was a lot in the game, there was a possibility of shortening distances to Champions League positions, there was the possibility of being more stable for the Europa League positions fight,a he said. aI believed in the evolution of the team and I thought that by a desire point of view, they put more in than us. Thatas something that disturbs me.

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Lewis Hamilton unhappy with some F1 drivers' 'complicit silence' on racism
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:48:09 GMT
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  • Briton says asome donat understand what is happeninga
  • World champion Hamilton beaten to pole by teammate Bottas

Qualifying had a familiar air as Formula One got back on track for the opening race of the delayed season at the Austrian Grand Prix. Mercedes locked out the front row, with Valtteri Bottas edging out his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, to pole.

Britainas reigning world champion was happy with his performance but less so with the lack of a united front in support of the anti-racism cause he has been vigorously pursuing of late. After qualifying, Hamilton revealed his disappointment at what he described as acomplicit silencea from some of his fellow drivers.

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Earl Cameron, 'Britain's first black film star', dies aged 102
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:38:08 GMT
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Bermudian-born actor rose to prominence in the 1950s in films such as Pool of London and Sapphire, as well as appearing in the 007 film Thunderball

Earl Cameron, who with his debut role in the 1951 film Pool of London, became one of the first significant black actors in British cinema, has died aged 102. His agent confirmed the news to the Guardian, saying ahe passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and familya on Friday in Kenilworth in Warwickshire.

Cameronas significance to the current generation of black British actors was underlined by tributes on social media. David Harewood described him as aa total legenda, while Paterson Joseph wrote: aHis generationas pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on. No shoulders were broader than this gentleman with the voice of god and the heart of a kindly prince.a Historian David Olusoga added: aA remarkable and wonderful man. Not just a brilliant actor but a link to a deeper history.a

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Paul Weller: On Sunset review a a mellower modfather
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:14 GMT
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The Changingman reveals his spiritual side on his funky, shimmering 15th solo album

When you think of Paul Weller, you do not picture him on Hollywoodas notorious Sunset Strip. Baked either by the sun or lurid neon, a tourist hell trading on successive eras of American nightlife notoriety a 40s gangsters, 80s hair metallers a it is not the sort of locale where anyone, let alone a scion of precision-cut, post-mod cultural rectitude, should find inspiration.

And yet his 15th solo album, On Sunset, finds the now 62-year-old Weller taking in the avenue on a visit to his son. The years dissolve around him. The Jam played the Whiskey a Go Go in 1977 a punk-enervated modernists sorely disappointed to find a California hippie pall clinging to the area.

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Gavin Rossdale: 'Embarrassing moment? The gross spectre of my crumbling marriage'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:30:08 GMT
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The musician on being bigger in the US than the UK, his footballeras legs and owning a guitar used on The Eaglesa Hotel California

Born in London, Gavin Rossdale, 54, co-founded the band Bush in 1992. They went on to sell 20m records and, in 2013, Rossdale was awarded the Ivor Novello award for international achievement in songwriting. The band split in 2002, but reformed in 2010; their latest album, The Kingdom, is out on 17 July. Rossdale has three sons with the singer Gwen Stefani, and is the father of the model Daisy Lowe. He is single and lives in Los Angeles.

When were you happiest?
Last year, when I had all four kids a Daisy, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo a staying with me on my birthday. It was magical.

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Love beyond sex, money and property: a case for friendship
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:00:09 GMT
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Reading novels about groups of friends can be an emotional lifeline in times of isolation a from pandemic lockdown to the aftermath of divorce

What claims do friendships retain, as family life takes over? How much do we live in our friendsa shadows, comparing our relationships, jobs and versions of motherhood? These were questions I asked myself, getting divorced in my late 30s just before having my second child. I was used to turning to my husband for practical help; seeking help from friends feels awkwardly regressive when youare not used to it, and burdensome when theyare caught up in childrearing. As I emerged out of the turbulence of my 30s, I asked myself what remained of earlier friendships, and chided myself for allowing so many to take on sparse outlines, structured by occasional catch-ups rather than continuing shared experience. It was hard to know who to ask to come round when I was ill, to look after the baby when I was desperate for sleep, or just to leave their family for an evening when I hadnat spoken to another adult for days.

Anxiously grateful for the friends who were there, sad about the ones who werenat, I sought out fictional friends. I read Elena Ferranteas Neapolitan quartet, glad when Lila and Lenuas bond reignites during Lenuas single motherhood, curious about how much more alive their friendship seems than their marriages. Thereas always been an element of friend-making for me in reading, though the writers I love are as maddening, as disquietingly alien as actual friends.

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'We don't want things to get out of hand again': as New York reopens, dangers lie ahead
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:07 GMT
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The virus could be reimported to New York City from other parts of the US as several states record surges

Patience and Fortitude are proud advocates of social distancing and mask-wearing. The famous marble lions which guard the steps of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd St have sat 90ft apart for more than a century, and this week were adorned with giant blue facial coverings.

The masked lions today stand as symbols of the extraordinary turnaround of this recently stricken city. Just three months ago, New York was the coronavirus capital of the world, with more confirmed cases than any single country outside the US.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend, tests positive for Covid-19
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 03:00:37 GMT
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Ex-Fox News presenter is key fundraiser for Trump re-election campaign and latest of presidentas circle to contract the disease

US records highest daily increase in coronavirus cases

The girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, the US presidentas eldest son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, US media have reported.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is a former Fox News television personality and a senior fundraiser for Donald Trumpas re-election campaign, is just the latest person in Trumpas inner circle to contract the potentially deadly virus. The news also comes as the US is experiencing a huge surge in coronavirus cases and amid withering criticism of the presidentas response to the crisis.

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US under siege from 'far-left fascism', says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 04:56:03 GMT
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US president enflames national tensions with attack on aleftwing revolutiona and plan for national memorial of statues of aAmerican heroesa

Standing beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of American independence day, Donald Trump staged a defiant celebration of what critics say is white identity politics and warned the nationas history is under siege from afar-left fascisma.

The US president defended the symbolism of statues and monuments before a packed crowd at an event that revelled in political incorrectness calculated to enflame the countryas current divisions and enrage liberal critics. There were few face masks and even fewer people of color on stage or in the stands.

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Keeper killed by Siberian tiger in Zurich zoo
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:19:06 GMT
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First responders tried to revive the woman but she died at the scene

The zoo in Switzerlandas biggest city says a 55-year-old keeper was killed on Saturday by one of the parkas Siberian tigers.

Zoo Zurich said an internal alarm was sounded at 1.20pm (11.20am GMT) that the keeper had been attacked in the tiger enclosure, prompting staff members to rush to her aid.

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Netflix stands by hit film 365 Days despite Duffy's sex trafficking criticism
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 02:27:29 GMT
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Streaming platform says it is giving viewers amore choicea after British singer accuses film of glamourising rape

Netflix will continue to stream hit Polish film 365 Days despite calls for its withdrawal, including by British singer Duffy, who accused it of glamourising rape and sex trafficking.

The Welsh singer-songwriter wrote an open letter to the Netflix chief executive, Reed Hastings, raising her concerns about the film based on a bestselling Polish book trilogy by Blanka LipiAska.

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Japan floods: nursing home residents feared dead
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:47:18 GMT
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Fourteen victims found in cardio-respiratory arrest in western region after record rainfall

Fourteen people were feared dead at a nursing home in western Japan as record rainfall triggered floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation advisories for more than 200,000 residents.

The victims were found in cardio-respiratory arrest on Saturday at the facility for elderly people. It was flooded after a nearby river broke its banks, governor Ikuo Kabashima from the Kumamoto region told reporters.

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'Letas do karaoke!': Bangkok nightlife eases out of lockdown
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:49:21 GMT
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The cityas bars, clubs and even massage parlours are beginning to buzz again but the absence of tourists is taking its toll

A mix of K-pop, sweet Thai love ballads and 90s music reverberates along the corridor of one of Bangkokas popular karaoke spots. In private rooms, parties of friends strike poses and bellow into microphones.

After three months of silence, Thailandas nightlife was allowed to reopen on 1 July a provided venues follow government rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. aYou can dance, as long as you keep a distance from your friends,a explains Planisara Suksit, branch manager of Yes!! R&B Karaoke in Thonglor, her voice muffled by a face mask and plastic shield.

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Poland's president plans to forbid adoption by same-sex couples
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:11:22 GMT
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Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election, will propose a constitutional amendment later this month

Polandas president, Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election in the conservative, Catholic EU member, said on Saturday that he wanted the constitution to explicitly forbid the adoption of children by same-sex couples.

He said he planned to propose a constitutional amendment on Monday.

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Magic mushrooms could help ex-soldiers to overcome trauma
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:05:12 GMT
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As more troops self-medicate with psychedelic drugs to help with PTSD, a group of experts lobby for proper clinical trials

A growing number of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are turning to amagic mushroomsa and LSD to treat their condition. But drug laws make it almost impossible to establish whether they work.

Now a new body, the Medical Psychedelics Working Group, a consortium of experts, academics, researchers, policy specialists and industry partners, is to begin lobbying for a change in the law so that scientists can conduct clinical trials.

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Gloria Steinem: aGo too far, or youare not going far enougha
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:14 GMT
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The feminist activist, 86, on worldwide sisterhood, Spaceship Earth, sexual harrassment in the 1970s and being bitten by rats

My parents were kind and funny and taught me that kindness and a sense of humour are invaluable. Much later, I learned that in the oldest cultures laughter is the only free emotion. Obviously, fear can be compelled. So can love, if weare dependent for long enough, we enmesh even with a captor in order to survive. But you canat compel laughter. Itas a flash of recognition. Never go anywhere youare not allowed to laugh, including church.

I became a grown-up too early, from 10 to 17, a small person responsible for a big person. My mother was ill and often couldnat look after herself. I never knew what I would find when I got home. Since then Iave had friends who were the children of alcoholics, and Iave learned we share some of the same feelings.

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The room of the dead: how a museum became a halfway house for bones and spirits
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:00:24 GMT
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Overwhelming on a human scale, the Indigenous remains held at the South Australian Museum speak to a terrible stain on Adelaideas past. But justice is coming

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following article contains descriptions of deceased Indigenous persons.

An unnerving echo cracks the silence as the key turns the tumblers inside the heavy lock a a brassy, rasping click, click a before the door opens on to a pitch-black temporary ossuary for thousands of lost and restless dead.

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Blind date: 'My dad burst into the room a he likes to do that when Iam on Zoom'
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 05:30:05 GMT
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James, 24, market researcher, meets Elizabeth, 26, app executive

What were you hoping for?
An eveningas break from my family.

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Donald Trump says US 'under siege from far-left fascism' in Mount Rushmore speech a video
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:24:31 GMT
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Standing beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of independence day in the US,  the president said the nationas history was 'under siege from far-left fascism'.  He defended the symbolism of statues and monuments, including Mount Rushmore - which features the carved faces of four US presidents. They include George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who were slave owners. Trump said: 'These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten'

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Original Observer photography
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:00:11 GMT
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Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and poetry a the best photography commissioned by the Observer in June 2020.

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20 photographs of the week
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2020 05:00:04 GMT
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Black Lives Matter protests, protests in Hong Kong and the impact of Covid-19: the most striking photographs from around the world this week

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Man Assaults Corey Katir