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30 Jun 6:00pm US urges allies to maintain UN embargo on arms sales to Iran
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Mike Pompeo opposes lifting embargo, which is due to end in October, citing risk to stability A US attempt to destroy the Iran nuclear deal, reimpose sanctions and extend a UN embargo on arms sales to Iran risks a “generational setback for the cause of multilateralism and international law”, Iran’s foreign minister has told the UN security council. Russia’s ambassador to the UN also said the latest US moves to isolate Tehran was like “putting its knee to the neck of the Iranian people”. Vassily Nebenzia described the policy as “a maximum suffocation policy” and said the US’s goal was to make Iran the scapegoat for an uncontrollable escalation in the Middle East.
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30 Jun 5:36pm Trump views US troops as disposable – the Russian bounty scandal makes that clear | Simon Tisdall
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Time and again, the president has failed to protect military personnel. For Trump, he always comes first, no matter who dies Donald Trump
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30 Jun 5:19pm Three asylum seekers at camp near US border test positive for coronavirus
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Advocates have long worried about potential for an outbreak at Matamoros camp, where an estimated 2,000 migrants live Three asylum seekers have tested positive for coronavirus in a sprawling border encampment, marking the first cases in a settlement that advocates have long viewed as vulnerable amid the pandemic. Since confirmed cases of coronavirus in Mexico began rising in March, advocates and government officials have worried about the potential for an outbreak in the Matamoros camp, where an
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30 Jun 4:58pm Some Leicester factories stayed open and forced staff to come in
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Allegations come as the city begins a second lockdown after infection rates increase
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30 Jun 4:22pm Tesla shareholders urged to oust Elon Musk over $55bn pay deal
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Adviser Pirc says Musk’s pay and Twitter outbursts pose ‘serious risk of reputation harm to the company’ Tesla investors are being urged to vote to remove Elon Musk, the electric vehicle company’s founder and chief executive, from the board of the firm as anger mounts over his bonus deal that
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30 Jun 3:04pm UK government hints at U-turn on Huawei role in 5G technology
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Culture secretary tells defence committee US sanctions likely to affect Chinese firm’s viability The culture secretary hinted on Tuesday that the government was close to announcing a U-turn on its controversial decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G technology when he said that American sanctions appeared likely to affect the Chinese company. Oliver Dowden told members of a special defence select committee scrutinising Huawei that an emergency review ordered last month was close to running its course and that a change in policy would probably be necessary.
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30 Jun 2:45pm Controversial Hong Kong national security law comes into effect
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Critics say broad scope of crimes targeted by law marks full takeover by China
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30 Jun 2:32pm US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug
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No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at least
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30 Jun 2:14pm No 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdown
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Shadow health secretary says government must pinpoint how new restrictions will work
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30 Jun 1:57pm Hong Kong government hires London PR firm to improve image
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Consulum’s contract coincides with China passing a harsh new security law for the territory The Hong Kong government has agreed to pay millions of pounds to a discreet London-based PR firm in a bid to counter coverage of the territory in the international media. Consulum, which has also represented Saudi leader
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30 Jun 1:50pm Colombian soldiers accused of raping indigenous teen in second case to emerge in a week
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Allegation comes as nation reels from similarly horrific crime and prompted protests in Bogotá Colombian soldiers have been accused of raping a 15-year-old indigenous girl, in the second such case to emerge in a week. Troops in the southern Guaviare region were accused in September of kidnapping, torturing and repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl from the Nukak Makú tribe, but the case was not widely reported until this week.
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30 Jun 1:30pm How did Jordan end up with the highest smoking rate in the world?
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When international correspondent Michael Safi began looking into why Jordan had become the country with the world’s highest smoking rates, he began to uncover what public health advocates have described as widespread interference in policymaking by multinational tobacco companies Guardian international correspondent
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30 Jun 1:23pm Muddled messaging over Leicester lockdown leaves locals baffled
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Confusion over city boundaries and a lack of warning marked the return of coronavirus restrictions
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30 Jun 12:55pm Local Covid-19 lockdowns too blunt, say German politicians
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Administrators from Germany’s first local outbreak want more precise way of dealing with flare-ups
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30 Jun 12:48pm UN: Syria needs $10bn in aid to combat impact of war and coronavirus
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Economy faltering with half the population out of work and 80% living below poverty line
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30 Jun 12:28pm Netanyahu hints at delay to plans to annex the West Bank
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Israeli PM’s suggestion that deadline may be missed follows Benny Gantz saying Covid-19 is more urgent than annexation The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is
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30 Jun 12:25pm EU bans Pakistan national airline flights over pilot exam cheats
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PIA will not be able to fly into the EU for at least six months because of doubts over validity of pilot licences The European Union’s aviation safety agency announced today that Pakistan’s national airline would not be allowed to fly into Europe for at least six months after the country’s aviation minister revealed that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots had cheated during their pilot’s exams. Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said PIA had not been flying to Europe because of the pandemic. But the airline had hoped to resume its flights to Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Barcelona and Milan within the next two months.
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30 Jun 12:09pm UK coronavirus live: death toll rises by 155; employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff
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PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports
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30 Jun 11:35am Covid-19 healthcare worker death toll: 679 deaths under investigation
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Lost on the frontline is a project by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News to
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30 Jun 11:34am Updated UK coronavirus live: employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff, says No 10
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PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stopped
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30 Jun 11:15am Third of advertisers may boycott Facebook in hate speech revolt
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‘Stop Hate for Profit’ campaign gathers momentum as ad boycott spreads outside US Almost a third of advertisers are considering joining a month-long boycott of Facebook, as the social network struggles to convince advertisers it is doing enough to fight hate speech on its platform. The unprecedented corporate snub has been revealed in survey by the World Association of Advertisers, whose big-spending members control nearly $100bn (£81bn) in spending.
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30 Jun 10:06am Updated Police tell woman to cover up anti-Boris Johnson T-shirt during BLM protest – video
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A woman who was challenged by police 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. 
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30 Jun 9:52am Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036
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President plays patriotism card on eve of vote on constitutional changes
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30 Jun 9:31am Hollywood comedy legend Carl Reiner dies aged 98
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Director of Steve Martin comedies The Jerk and The Man With Two Brains was also famed for his collaboration with Mel Brooks Carl Reiner, the veteran comic and film-maker renowned for his double act with Mel Brooks as well as directing a string of hit comedies including The Jerk and The Man With Two Brains, has died 98.
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30 Jun 9:27am No 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdown extension
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Shadow health secretary says government must pinpoint how new restrictions will work
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30 Jun 9:26am YouTube bans David Duke and other US far-right users
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Six channels with supremacist content ‘repeatedly violated’ the site’s policy on hate speech YouTube has banned some of the video site’s most notorious far-right users, including former Ku Klux Klan leader
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30 Jun 9:23am Updated UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out tax rises to pay for post-Covid recovery
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PM speech comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stopped
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30 Jun 8:30am Australia to acquire long-range missiles as PM warns of dangerous post-Covid-19 world
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Scott Morrison will outline a more muscular defence posture in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region Australia’s defence force is set to acquire long-range missiles and research hypersonic weapons systems, as Scott Morrison warns the country to prepare for a more dangerous post-Covid-19 world and an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region. The Australian prime minister will use a speech on Wednesday to outline a more muscular defence posture, arguing the ADF needs “stronger deterrence capabilities” as the Indo-Pacific becomes “the focus of the dominant global contest of our age” amid tensions between China and the United States.
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30 Jun 8:22am Updated Coronavirus live updates: New Zealand PM dismisses calls to open borders; UK locks down city of Leicester
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a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jun/30/coronavirus-live-updates-news-who-team-to-search-for-covid-19-origin-in-china-as-chief-says-he-fears-worst-to-come?page=with:block-5efa89208f084ab719afe14b#block-5efa89208f084ab719afe14b">Broadway theatres to stay closed
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30 Jun 7:53am UK intelligence torture case to be held in secret after challenge fails
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Judges throw out demand by two MPs and human rights charity for public hearing A judicial review aimed at overturning a decision to ditch a judge-led inquiry into the involvement of British intelligence in torture and rendition will be heard in secret after a challenge involving two MPs failed. The Conservative David Davis and Labour’s Dan Jarvis had joined with human rights charity Reprieve to demand the case be heard in public after it emerged that a further 15 potential cases of post 9/11 human rights abuses may exist.
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30 Jun 7:12am A 10% cut to the US military budget would help support struggling Americans | Bernie Sanders
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If this horrific coronavirus pandemic has shown us anything, it is that national security involves a lot more than bombs At this unprecedented moment in American history — a terrible pandemic, an economic meltdown, people marching across the country to end systemic racism and police brutality, growing income and wealth inequality and an unstable president in the White House — now is the time to bring people together to fundamentally alter our national priorities and rethink the very structure of American society. In that regard, I have been disturbed that for too long, Democrats and Republicans have joined together in passing outrageously high military budgets while ignoring the needs of the poorest people in our society. If we are serious about altering our national priorities, then there is no better place to begin with than taking a hard look at the bloated $740bn military budget that is coming up for a vote in the Senate this week.
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30 Jun 6:55am Iranian authorities move to block release of female rights activists
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New charges brought to circumvent Covid-19 prison release scheme, say human rights groups Female human rights activists imprisoned in Iran are facing a slew of new charges to prevent them from being temporarily released because of the Covid-19 epidemic, rights groups say. Since Covid-19 spread rapidly through the country in early March, Iranian authorities have been under pressure to release all prisoners who pose no risk to society. Around
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30 Jun 6:27am Former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz wins 16-year battle to stay in UK
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Exclusive: Fawaz, who was trafficked to the UK from Nigeria as a child, won his Home Office appeal last week The former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz has won his 16-year legal battle to live and work in the UK after the Home Office granted him leave to remain for 30 months. Fawaz, who has represented England six times and was once an amateur champion, has been struggling to establish his nationality and immigration status since he reached adulthood after being trafficked from Nigeria to the UK as a child and kept in domestic servitude.
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30 Jun 6:20am Iran sentences journalist Ruhollah Zam to death
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Zam’s online work helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017 Iran has sentenced to death a journalist whose online work helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017. Ruhollah Zam had returned to Iran under unclear circumstances and was subsequently arrested. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced Zam’s sentence on Tuesday.
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30 Jun 5:51am Hong Kong activists shut down protest groups after China passes security law
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Campaigners fear ‘disturbing’ legislation aimed at quashing protests will target them
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30 Jun 5:08am They shut his water off over an unpaid bill – and then a fire broke out
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Shut-offs are one of the worst impacts of America’s water poverty crisis. Can Baltimore show another way? Albert Pickett returned to live in his childhood home after his mother died of Alzheimer’s, and discovered that she’d got behind with water bills during the last few years of her life. Pickett, 60, inherited the debts and applied to get on to a repayment plan, but the water department refused as he didn’t have the money, several hundred dollars, required as a deposit.
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30 Jun 5:08am Johnny Mandel, Oscar-winning composer behind M*A*S*H theme, dies aged 94
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Musician, composer and arranger who also won five Grammys hailed by Michael Bublé as ‘a genius, a beast’ Johnny Mandel, the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer behind the theme from
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30 Jun 5:01am Leicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock says
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City is first place in England to reintroduce measures to try to stop spread of coronavirus
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30 Jun 4:38am From London I watch the crisis engulfing my beloved Hong Kong, and I despair | Jessie Lau
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Watching from afar as Beijing passes the security law that tightens its grip on the territory, I feel grief and helplessness
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30 Jun 4:19am ‘Deeply hurtful’ claims of Australian jobseekers turning down work are based on scant evidence
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Scott Morrison accused of amplifying anecdotal reports as Coalition prepares to cut coronavirus welfare payments Claims that Australian business owners are struggling to recruit staff because of a lack of applications are based on just a handful of responses from among 2,324 surveyed employers. Critics including Labor and the Greens have accused the Australian government of amplifying anecdotal reports about jobseekers turning down work in an apparent effort to lay the groundwork to cut government support payments. Kate Carnell, the small business ombudsman, also said the majority of people wanted to work.
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30 Jun 3:00am Covid-19 is now a truly global health crisis – the solutions must be too | Adam Tooze
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A coordinated response to the crisis in the Americas, India and Africa must be led by countries that have suppressed the virus
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30 Jun 2:29am Updated Coronavirus live updates: UK locks down city of Leicester as New Zealand PM dismisses calls to open borders
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a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jun/30/coronavirus-live-updates-news-who-team-to-search-for-covid-19-origin-in-china-as-chief-says-he-fears-worst-to-come?page=with:block-5efa89208f084ab719afe14b#block-5efa89208f084ab719afe14b">Broadway theatres to stay closed until January 2021
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30 Jun 2:15am Covid-19 intensifies elder abuse globally as hospitals prioritise young
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Older patients turned away or left untreated, while domestic abuse is also rising, leading charity reports
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30 Jun 1:48am Oldest surviving photograph of Māori discovered in Australia
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Picture of Hemi Pomara posing in London in 1846 was discovered at the national library of Australia by researchers The oldest surviving photograph of a Māori person has been discovered in the national library of Australia, a historical “scoop” being lauded on both sides of the Tasman. Hemi Pomara was kidnapped from his home on the Chatham Islands in the early 1840s by British traders, after his family were slaughtered by a rival Māori tribe.
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30 Jun 1:30am How do you deal with 9m tonnes of suffocating seaweed?
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Across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, scientists are developing alternative sustainable solutions to the golden tide of
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30 Jun 1:15am ‘War on drugs’ blamed for deaths of at least 122 children in Philippines
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Activists claim young people are deliberately targeted and call for UN to investigate human rights record of Duterte regime At least 122 children, including a one-year-old, have been killed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” in the Philippines, according to a report that concluded some children have been deliberately shot at and targeted as proxies. The study, by the
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30 Jun 1:00am Physical play with fathers may help children control emotions, study finds
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Research suggests father-child play at an early age could benefit children as they get older
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30 Jun 12:21am Scat feels better: digestive health of Japan deer improves as tourist snacks dwindle
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Absence of tourists during coronavirus pandemic has led Nara’s revered deer back to traditional diets and better health
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29 Jun 11:22pm Forget blokes with shovels, shouldn’t stimulus go to nurses and teachers? | Peter Lewis
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Workers who guide our kids into the world and care for us when we are ill are still not fully valued. This must change There’s a direct line that runs from the harassment allegations against a retired high court judge and the emergency ward of the local hospital that bears scrutiny. It starts with an elite profession charged with enforcing the law, where women routinely feel compelled to endure the unwanted attentions of powerful men, and wends its way through the economy and our broader society by devaluing the caring professions.
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29 Jun 11:00pm Updated China passes controversial Hong Kong national security law – reports
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Critics say the measure, which criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, erodes Hong Kong’s autonomy Beijing has reportedly passed a sweeping
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29 Jun 10:17pm More Hongkongers apply to be refugees in Australia as security law passes
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Protesters with pro-democracy movement ‘face the dangers of prosecution’, says advocate, as protection visa applications increase
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29 Jun 10:15pm Leicester lockdown: what are the new Covid-19 restrictions?
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Spike in infections forces non-essential shops to close from Tuesday and schools from Thursday
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29 Jun 10:15pm Koalas will be driven to extinction before 2050 in NSW, major inquiry finds
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State parliamentary investigation finds biggest threat to the species’ survival is habitat loss – but logging and clearing has continued Koalas will become extinct before 2050 in NSW unless there is urgent government intervention to prevent habitat loss, a year-long inquiry has found. The NSW parliamentary inquiry also finds that a government estimate that there are 36,000 koalas in the state is outdated and unreliable.
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29 Jun 9:42pm Homebuilder grant: as construction dries up, NSW, Victoria and Qld yet to sign on to scheme
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Grants for eligible new homes and renovations delayed over concerns about administrative burden they place on states The federal government is still to sign agreements with the bigger states to deliver its $25,000 homebuilder subsidy scheme nearly a month after its announcement. Treasury reported last week that it had received over 21,700 expressions of interest via its website by 12 June. This has since risen to 35,000.
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29 Jun 9:16pm New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers
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G4 strain has already infected 10% of industry’s workers in China but no evidence yet that it can be passed from human to human Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.
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29 Jun 8:43pm Cape Cod issues great white shark warning ahead of 4 July holiday
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Sharks found in nearly every part of the cape, and are gathering there in summer in increasing numbers Cape Cod’s beaches and towns may be quieter because of the coronavirus pandemic, but officials are reminding visitors ahead of the 4 July holiday that the famous Massachusetts destination remains a popular getaway for other summertime travellers: great white sharks. Great whites have been coming to the Cape in greater numbers each summer to prey on the region’s large seal colonies. Most tend to favour the Atlantic ocean-facing beaches where seals tend to congregate, but researchers have found them off nearly every part of the Cape.
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29 Jun 8:23pm China accuses Australia of mass espionage, peddling rumours and stoking confrontation
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Foreign ministry in Beijing says evidence of Australia spying activities is ‘irrefutable’ but provides no new evidence The Chinese government has labelled Australia a “fervent intelligence gatherer”, as it accuses Canberra of a mass scale espionage project that is “jeopardising others’ sovereignty and security”. In a statement sent to Australian media on Tuesday morning, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said a
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29 Jun 7:05pm Seattle: one teen killed and another injured in shooting in police-free zone
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Four people have been shot in Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone in 10 days, prompting officials to look at dismantling it A 16-year-old is dead and a 14-year-old is in critical condition in the latest of a series of shootings inside Seattle’s self-proclaimed police-free zone, known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (Chop). Initially home to hundreds of peaceful protesters, in the last 10 days, four other people were shot in the area, including a 19-year-old man who was killed. The violence has left some officials seriously questioning the safety of the encampment and looking to take steps to dismantle it.
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29 Jun 7:01pm Major failures led to accidental release of serial rapist, report finds
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Joseph McCann freed after probation policy to consider alternatives to prison recall Significant failings by prison and probation staff, and a policy of not recalling high risk prisoners to alleviate pressure on a growing prison population, saw serial rapist Joseph McCann mistakenly freed from jail to attack 11 women and children, a review has found. The damning report by HM Inspectorate of Probation highlights
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