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29 Jun 6:06pm UK coronavirus: Hancock announces local lockdown for Leicester — as it happened
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a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/jun/29/uk-politics-live-boris-johnson-interview-mark-sedwill-civil-servant-coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates-please?page=with:block-5efa48a88f08b284b94cfdbf#block-5efa48a88f08b284b94cfdbf">Leicester lockdown extended
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29 Jun 5:24pm UK coronavirus live: Hancock announces local lockdown for Leicester
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29 Jun 4:29pm UK coronavirus live: Hancock announces extension of lockdown in Leicester
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29 Jun 4:29pm Q+A host Virginia Trioli rebukes arts minister over ABC funding cuts
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Paul Fletcher grilled on the lack of support for women in government stimulus spending Fifty minutes into Monday night’s Q+A, fill-in host Virginia Trioli said what viewers of the long-running panel show have been shouting in the privacy of their living rooms every Monday night for the past decade. “Can I take you to the question? The long dissertations are just chewing up time.”
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29 Jun 3:00pm Dinosaurs wiped out by asteroid, not volcanoes, researchers say
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Study says surge in volcanic activity could not have caused Cretaceous/Paleogene extinction event A 66m-year-old murder mystery has finally been solved, researchers say, revealing an enormous asteroid struck the killer blow for the dinosaurs. The Cretaceous/Paleogeneextinction event resulted in about 75% of plants and animals – including non-avian dinosaurs – being wiped out. But the driving cause of the catastrophe has been a topic of hot debate.
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29 Jun 2:58pm Islamist militants abduct four aid workers in north-east Nigeria
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Hostages from different aid organisations appeal for rescue in video Islamist militants have abducted four aid workers and a private security worker in north-east
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29 Jun 2:03pm Minister refuses independent inquiry after Glasgow attack
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MPs say concerns about mental health of rehoused asylum seekers were ignored by Home Office A Home Office minister has refused to commit to an independent inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow, after a Sudanese man stabbed six people including a police officer at a city centre hotel on Friday before being shot dead by police. Despite being pressed by representatives from all parties other than the Conservatives in the Commons on Monday afternoon to acknowledge the importance of learning lessons from
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29 Jun 1:48pm India bans TikTok after Himalayan border clash with Chinese troops
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Government blacklists more than 50 Chinese-made apps, citing ‘threat to sovereignty’ The Indian government has banned
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29 Jun 1:30pm Chaotic world order and rising tensions with Beijing push Scott Morrison to overcome fear of ‘negative globalism’
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The Australian government has realised that strengthening international institutions is preferable to the alternative – relying on Trump or Xi Last October, Scott Morrison continued a proud Australian political tradition and admitted that – despite being prime minister – he has only a passing interest in international affairs. Days after returning from a lengthy visit to Washington, Morrison explained, almost apologetically, that his various foreign travels had been forced upon him by the unfortunate intrusion of global events. “My instincts and passions have always been domestic,” he said in a speech to the Lowy Institute. “I am not one who naturally seeks out summits and international platforms.”
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29 Jun 1:30pm How to handle your private health insurance – in one afternoon a year
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If you turned 31 this year, you have until 1 July to avoid a fee loading on private health cover, but experts say there’s no need to panic-buy Private health insurance in Australia is kind of an oxymoron. “Every Australian already has health insurance: Medicare,” says Uta Mihm of consumer advocacy group Choice. So why does it exist here at all? Well, that’s the
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29 Jun 1:12pm Riot police confront peaceful violin vigil for Elijah McClain with pepper spray – video
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Police in riot gear confronted protesters in Aurora, Colorado who had gathered at a violin vigil for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old known for his violin playing who died after he was put into a neck hold by police in suburban Denver last year. Aurora police department said officers did not use tear gas on demonstrators but said pepper spray was used to make sure protesters were moving back.
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29 Jun 1:12pm No evidence that taking vitamin D prevents coronavirus, say experts
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Nice says topic is still under review, but still advises taking supplements for bone health
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29 Jun 1:09pm Woman sues police for telling her to cover up anti-Boris Johnson T-shirt
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Jessie-Lu Flynn told her ‘Fuck Boris’ slogan was in breach of Public Order Act at Black Lives Matter protest A woman who was challenged by police officers for wearing an anti-Boris Johnson T-shirt at a Black Lives Matter demonstration is launching legal action against them over the right to free speech and political debate. Jessie-Lu Flynn, an actor who is also the founder of the immersive theatre company
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29 Jun 1:00pm Updated Trump retweets video of white St Louis couple pointing guns at protesters
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Clip shows man and woman pointing weapons at people staging protest against US city’s mayor
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29 Jun 12:20pm US visitors set to remain banned from entering EU
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Agreed shortlist of permitted countries also excludes Russia, Brazil and India
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29 Jun 12:06pm Nova Scotia gunman was paranoid survivalist – but not informer, say police
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Gabriel Wortman frantically stockpiled supplies amid coronavirus fears but had no ‘special relationship’ with RCMP Police in Canada believe the gunman behind the country’s
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29 Jun 11:46am Poland set for ‘dirty’ political campaign before presidential run-off
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Vote between incumbent Andrzej Duda and Rafał Trzaskowski likely to be close Poland is set for a fortnight of political campaigning that will be combative, intense and is likely to involve “dirty” smears of the challenger from public media outlets, before a presidential run-off on 12 July. Most polls have shown the vote is likely to be extremely close and the result will be decisive for the country’s political trajectory.
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29 Jun 11:35am Sturgeon refuses to rule out Scotland screening visitors from England
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First minister’s comments come after public health expert said people arriving from England could also be asked to self-isolate
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29 Jun 6:41am US to join summit on global green recovery from Covid-19 crisis
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Exclusive: IEA chief warns rebound in emissions would be missed economic opportunity The US is to join with other major powers including China, India and the EU in formulating plans for a global green recovery from the coronavirus crisis, in the only major international summit on the climate emergency this year. The idea of a
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29 Jun 3:00am ‘The new gold’: demand for PPE soars again amid shortage as US cases rise
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Fragile supply chains and wary hospitals continue to push some workers to wear N95 masks and and gowns for up to a week Demand and prices for personal protective equipment is soaring again across the US as coronavirus cases continue to rise in more than half of states. One of the nation’s largest organizations donating personal protective equipment (PPE) said they have received a surge in requests from Covid-19 hotspots, especially in Texas, which has paused it’s reopening plan following record increases in cases and hospitalizations.
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29 Jun 1:00am Iranian fleet accused of stealing Somalian fish despite acute food shortage
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Evidence from NGOs suggests fleet of up to 192 Iranian vessels could be one of the largest illegal fishing operations in the world A large fleet of Iranian fishing vessels has been identified operating illegally in Somalian waters for over a year, depleting fish stocks in a country where one in three people face acute shortages of food. The Somali government, which is unable to police its vast coastline, has expressed concern over food and maritime security and has called on Iran to investigate.
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29 Jun 1:00am Poland should get less from Covid-19 fund due to rights record, claim EU member states
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Danish PM among those who say rule of law and LGBT rights issues mean a tougher line should be taken with Poland The EU’s pandemic recovery fund risks being derailed after an outcry within the bloc that Poland is set to be one of the biggest recipients despite its government’s
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29 Jun 12:49am Poland election: Duda forced to second round, exit poll suggests
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Andrzej Duda, ally of rightwing PiS party, could face liberal Rafał Trzaskowski in presidential runoff The incumbent Andrzej Duda won the most votes in Sunday’s Polish presidential election, but fell short of the 50% he would need to win without a second round of voting, according to results recorded so far. Duda, allied with Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, had received 45.73% of the vote, according to results based on 82.2% of the total number of polling districts, with second place going to the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, with 28.51%.
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29 Jun 12:40am Global report: deaths from Covid-19 pass half a million
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Ten million test positive in the space of six months; Melbourne records highest daily jump in locally acquired cases; some US states reimpose restrictions
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29 Jun 12:00am Italian fashion needs to confront its racism, say industry insiders
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Scandals including Gucci’s blackface jumper point to colonialist ideas about identity How culpable is Italy in fashion’s current race crisis? Very, according to black members of the Italian fashion industry. When the media cites examples of fashion houses co-opting centuries-old racist imagery and making it new (Gucci’s
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29 Jun 12:00am Poland election: Duda forced to second round, exit poll suggests
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Andrzej Duda, ally of rightwing PiS party, could face liberal Rafał Trzaskowski in presidential runoff The incumbent Andrzej Duda won the most votes in Sunday’s Polish presidential election, but fell short of the 50% he would need to win without a second round of voting, an exit poll has suggested. The Ipsos exit poll suggested that Duda, allied with Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, had received 45.73% of the vote, according to results based on 82.2% of the total number of polling districts, with second place going to the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, with more than 30%.
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28 Jun 11:01pm Coronavirus Victoria: 74 locally acquired cases recorded in highest daily increase
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Health authorities expect numbers to get worse in coming days and are considering further lockdowns
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28 Jun 10:58pm Coronavirus lockdown could lead to 214,000 extra babies in the Philippines
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Covid-19 restrictions have made family planning services unreachable and overwhelmed and could result in highest birth rate for 20 years
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28 Jun 10:44pm Australian government powerless against lobbyists with hidden interests, audit finds
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National Audit Office points to glaring risk of non-compliance of transparency and revolving-door rules The government is powerless to ensure lobbyists are not hiding “whose interests they are representing” when meeting politicians and can do nothing to check whether revolving-door rules are being adhered to, a damning audit has found. Australia’s federal lobbying system is widely
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28 Jun 10:31pm Mississippi flag comes down after vote to remove Confederate emblem – video
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Mississippi lawmakers have voted to retire the state flag, the last to feature the Confederate battle emblem. The House and Senate voted to remove the current flag, while a commission will design its replacement.
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28 Jun 9:16pm Russian mining giant admits pumping wastewater into Arctic tundra
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Norilsk Nickel suspends workers at metals plant who dumped the water in ‘flagrant violation of operating rules’ A Russian mining giant said on Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby Arctic tundra. Independent newspaper
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28 Jun 8:58pm Dozens arrested during Hong Kong peaceful protest against national security laws
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Silent protest ends in scuffles with police as Beijing prepares to approve controversial legislation Hong Kong police have arrested at least 53 people after scuffles erupted during a relatively peaceful protest against planned
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28 Jun 8:08pm Chesapeake Energy, fracking pioneer, files for bankruptcy owing $9bn
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The Oklahoma City-based company helped turn the US into a global energy powerhouse but ran up huge debts in the process Chesapeake Energy, the shale gas drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said on Sunday that it had been forced to enter chapter 11 protection because its debts of $9bn were unmanageable.
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28 Jun 7:59pm Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate emblem from state flag
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Governor Tate Reeves has indicated he will sign the bill to replace the state flag and create a commission to design a new one Mississippi legislators have voted to replace the state flag, the last in the nation to feature the Confederate battle emblem, which has been condemned as racist.
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28 Jun 7:01pm Police release images of 15 people over toppled Colston statue
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Avon and Somerset police say they have no choice but try to trace individuals due to criminal damage Detectives have released images of 15 people they want to trace over the Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol in which the statue of the slave trader Edward Colston was toppled and thrown into the harbour. Avon and Somerset police published the images of the men and women, arguing that in law, a crime – criminal damage – had been committed and it had no choice but to investigate. The force also said it had consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service about its investigation.
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