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31 Jul 6:45pm Twitter bans white supremacist David Duke after 11 years
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The former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard has faced a belated backlash from social media companies In 1999, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke predicted that the Internet would help give birth to a “coming white revolution”. The news media did not give him friendly coverage, he wrote on his website, but on the internet, he could reach supporters directly, starting a “chain reaction of racial enlightenment”.
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31 Jul 6:23pm Updated Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record daily rise in global cases
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New cases jump to 292,500, Irish Cup final played in front of fans; global death toll passes 674,000; France confirms
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31 Jul 4:00pm Melbourne is shaking with fear of coronavirus – and nothing is like the first wave | Sophie Black
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We know we’re the cautionary tale that the rest of the country is scaring themselves with in order to keep 1.5 metres apart The morale-boosting markers that were shared across Melbourne during the first lockdown have all but disappeared. Rainbows have peeled off fences, forgotten teddy bears are wedged between Venetian blinds and most of the chalk messages have long washed away. “This isn’t like the first wave,” our chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said on the Saturday. By the Monday, with the daily presser citing our then record highest number of Covid cases at 532, and cement grey cloud obscuring the sun, Melbourne felt done in. Come Thursday, under a blue sky, with blossoms out and wattle blazing, Victoria clocked 723 – a number that winded the city. And now
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31 Jul 4:00pm Free but restless, Behrouz Boochani takes tentative first steps into new life
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Kurdish Iranian journalist is adapting to quietness and isolation of New Zealand after six years of struggle It’s the middle of the day in a sleepy, affluent suburb of Christchurch and Kurdish Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani is burning lunch. It has been seven months since he arrived in New Zealand and the subtleties of cooking elude his grasp – and interest. His large house down the road from the University of Canterbury has a bachelor-pad vibe. Books are stacked untidily on every surface, and two broken heaters sit on the floor beside a heat pump turned to max.
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31 Jul 3:38pm TikTok: Trump suggests US may ban Chinese-owned app
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The US is reportedly preparing to take action against the popular short video app over concerns for the security of personal data Donald Trump on Friday again suggested the US may take action against the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok, floating a potential ban. “We’re looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing some other things,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House on a trip to Florida.
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31 Jul 3:14pm Updated Coronavirus live news: France registers more than 1,300 cases for third day in a row
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Irish Cup final played in front of fans; global death toll passes 674,000; France confirms
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31 Jul 2:32pm Hedge fund boss Crispin Odey charged with indecent assault
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High-profile Tory donor and Brexit backer denies indecent assault in 1998 Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has denied indecently assaulting a woman more than 20 years ago. The Tory donor, 61, was charged on 14 May this year over an alleged incident at an address in Chelsea, west London, in 1998.
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31 Jul 1:03pm Chris Packham loses appeal against HS2 rail project
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Environmentalists say the impact of the project will lead to irreversible damage The broadcaster Chris Packham has lost his case against
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31 Jul 12:54pm Will Trump actually pull federal agents from Portland? – video explainer
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Federal agents accused of behaving like an ‘occupying army’ are said to be pulling out of Portland, Oregon, in an embarrassing climbdown by the White House, but many protesters are sceptical over whether the agents will actually withdraw from the city.
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31 Jul 12:24pm Digested week: I get to see my mother for the first time since March
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So much, yet so little, has happened since lockdown, not least Grant Shapp’s ruined holiday
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31 Jul 12:03pm Underage girl forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, US court document claims
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Jeffrey Epstein victim says orgy on late financier’s island was attempt to blackmail prince The sex offender Jeffrey Epstein allegedly tried to gather incriminating material against Prince Andrew by forcing an underage girl to have sex with him, according to newly released court documents. The papers released by a court in New York say the alleged encounter took place on the late US financier’s private island in the US Virgin Islands. A document claims Epstein instructed the girl, referred to as Jane Doe #3, to “give the prince whatever he demanded and report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse”.
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31 Jul 11:52am Alan Parker, director of Midnight Express and Bugsy Malone, dies aged 76
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Director who first made his mark in the 1970s and had later hits including Fame and The Commitments, became the chair of the UK Film Council Alan Parker, the British director behind a string of hits including Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, and The Commitments, has died aged 76. The news was announced by a representative, who said he had died on Friday “after a lengthy illness”.
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31 Jul 11:39am As cases surge, we must learn from past mistakes | Letters
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At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government failed to heed warnings from other countries, writes
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31 Jul 10:53am US homeland security surveilling journalists covering Portland protests
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‘Intelligence reports’ distributed to other federal agencies decried as violation of constitutional right to a free press The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been surveilling the work of American journalists reporting on the unrest in Portland, Oregon, circulating “intelligence reports” on them to other federal agencies in a move that has been decried as a clear violation of the constitutional right to a free press.
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31 Jul 10:23am Challenge accepted: Turkish feminists spell out real meaning of hashtag
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Popular with celebrities, the Instagram trend was intended to draw attention to violence against women in Turkey Feminists in Turkey have called on the rest of the world not to forget the original context of Instagram’s #challengeaccepted trend, which was supposed to draw attention to
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31 Jul 9:57am Baldness and rashes? Experts split over unusual Covid-19 risk factors and symptoms
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Academics analyse whether hair and hearing loss may also be linked to coronavirus
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31 Jul 9:29am Hinkley Point C: French watchdog fines EDF €5m for false claims on cost
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Company may have artificially raised share price with ‘false information’ in 2014, says AMF The French market watchdog has levelled a €5m (£4.5m) fine against the energy giant EDF for misleading investors about the cost of the Hinkley Point C new nuclear project. The regulators found that the French state-owned energy company spread “false information” about its agreement with the UK government to build Britain’s first
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31 Jul 9:12am Vanessa Guillén: Trump meets with family of soldier killed at Texas army base
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President promises investigation into death of Guillén, whose family says she was sexually harassed by a soldier suspected of killing her Donald Trump has met with the family of a soldier who investigators say was killed on the Texas army base where she was stationed, saying it is a “terrible story” and that he would help with funeral expenses. The family of army specialist Vanessa Guillén, whose remains were found on 2 July following her disappearance in April from Fort Hood, rallied with several dozen supporters before the meeting with Trump, calling for justice in the case and for changes in the way the military handles sexual abuse and harassment.
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31 Jul 9:04am Updated Concern as Hong Kong postpones elections for one year, citing Covid-19
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The government’s decision is ‘an assault on fundamental freedoms’, says Hong Kong Watch, as democracy deteriorates
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31 Jul 8:51am Supreme court to rule on whether Shamima Begum can return to UK
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Case goes to UK’s highest court as Home Office appeals decision to let 20-year-old return The UK’s highest court is to consider whether Shamima Begum, who left London as a schoolgirl to join
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31 Jul 8:28am Booker prize-longlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested in Zimbabwe
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Author whose novel This Mournable Body was announced as a finalist earlier this week, was held during anti-corruption protests
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31 Jul 8:22am Updated Coronavirus live news: France cases rise by 54% in a week; Vietnam records first Covid-19 death
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Tokyo sees new daily record cases; numbers climb in Spain, Germany and Russia; Brazil’s Bolsonaro treated for infection
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31 Jul 8:14am How the Covid-19 resurgence is dividing opinion across Europe
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Message echoes across continent that small pleasures of communal life may soon be sacrificed again
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31 Jul 8:05am Hancock defends last-minute coronavirus lockdown in north of England
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Health secretary’s late-night announcement provokes ire across political spectrum
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31 Jul 7:35am Madonna leads celebrity vogue for Covid-19 conspiracy theories
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Singer’s claim vaccine is being concealed is latest example of stars spreading falsehoods during pandemic
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31 Jul 7:32am UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson postpones relaxing of lockdown rules in England due on 1 August
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Scotland advises against travel to parts of northern England; UK government criticised for ‘shockingly short notice’ lockdown ahead of Eid
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31 Jul 7:14am Huge crowds rally for Belarus opposition leader in run-up to presidential election
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Opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, backed by leaders disqualified from poll Tens of thousands of supporters of a Belarusian opposition candidate crowded into a Minsk square on Thursday evening before upcoming elections for what may have been the largest political rally in the country’s modern history. More than 63,000 people attended the event, according to the human rights organisation Viasna, which has sent monitors to the opposition protests. That number would mark it as the “largest in Belarus since 1991”, according to Charter97, a prominent opposition website.
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31 Jul 6:27am Landmark ruling sees Ugandan poacher jailed for killing Rafiki the gorilla
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Six-year sentence following death of one of country’s best-known silverback mountain gorillas is first of its kind In the first conviction of its kind, a court in Uganda has jailed a poacher for six years after he admitted killing one of the country’s best-known silverback mountain gorillas in a national park. Felix Byamukama, from Murole in the south-west district of Kisoro, pleaded guilty to illegal entry into a protected area and killing the gorilla named Rakifi and a duiker antelope. Byamukama had said earlier that he killed the animal in self-defence after he was attacked. It is the first time Uganda, home to 50% of the world’s mountain gorillas, has jailed someone for such an offence and the sentence has been widely welcomed by wildlife groups.
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31 Jul 6:00am Revealed: super-rich donate to Cuomo as he rejects tax hikes for billionaires
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Investigation shows governor’s political machine has received money from more than a third of New York’s billionaire families New York governor Andrew Cuomo has stood firm against intensifying pressure to avert massive budget cuts by raising taxes on the many billionaires who live in his state.
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31 Jul 5:56am Coronavirus cases rise 54% in mainland France in a week
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Health authorities say rise is particularly concerning among those aged 20-30
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31 Jul 5:46am Ex-football coach Barry Bennell pleads guilty to nine sexual offences
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Former Crewe coach is serving 30-year jail term after being convicted of 50 child sexual offences in 2018 The convicted child sex offender and former football coach Barry Bennell has pleaded guilty to nine sexual offences. The 66-year-old former Crewe Alexandra coach, also known as Richard Jones, entered the pleas at Chester crown court on Friday via video link from HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire.
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31 Jul 5:33am Updated UK coronavirus: large areas of northern England put back in lockdown after rise in cases
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Measures mean people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester cannot meet indoors
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31 Jul 5:30am Firearms exports to Brazil surge as gun ownership increases under Bolsonaro
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Controversial relaxation of gun laws is fuelling fears among experts that moves will add to already shocking levels of violence Firearms exports from Austria to Brazil have surged by more than 377% in the first half of this year as gun ownership increases under the South American country’s rightwing president,
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31 Jul 5:22am Ghislaine Maxwell trained underage girls as sex slaves, documents allege
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Unsealed testimony from 2015 case reveals series of claims about British socialite’s role in Epstein sex-trafficking ring
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31 Jul 5:16am Updated Coronavirus live news: Tokyo sees new daily record cases; numbers climb in France, Spain and Germany
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Vietnam reports biggest jump in cases; Brazil’s Bolsonaro treated for infection; WHO says ‘young people’ behind some spikes
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31 Jul 5:03am Updated Coronavirus near me: are UK Covid-19 cases rising in your area?
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Latest updates: how has Covid-19 progressed where you live? Check the week-on-week changes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland The map shows local authorities where the number of cases has increased week-on-week and where it has fallen. Some of this is due to natural fluctuations, especially in areas where there are very few cases, and so a rise from 1 to 2 is a doubling. Increased testing also means that more cases may be being detected than previously, although the impact of this between one week and the next is likely to be slight.
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31 Jul 5:00am Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 627 new Covid-19 cases as multiple doctors in intensive care
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There were eight more deaths in Victoria while 21 new coronavirus cases were recorded in New South Wales Multiple doctors in Victoria – some of them early in their careers – are currently in intensive care after contracting Covid-19 at work. An emergency department doctor at Northern Hospital in Melbourne’s outer north is in the hospital’s intensive care unit, in a stable condition, on a day when Victoria
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31 Jul 5:00am UK waste incinerators three times more likely to be in deprived areas
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Greenpeace data raises concern over air quality and health of vulnerable people
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31 Jul 4:59am What are the new lockdown rules in northern England?
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All you need to know about the updated coronavirus measures affecting more than 4m people
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31 Jul 4:00am Algeria needs an apology and reparations from France – not a history lesson | Nabila Ramdani
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Emmanuel Macron has set a historian to investigate colonial brutality – but yet more evidence is no substitute for action Clarifying the past is a notoriously difficult task at the best of times, but exceptionally so in relation to the intensely bloody history of Algeria. France, its former coloniser, has a long record of
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31 Jul 3:40am Matt Hancock defends last-minute northern coronavirus lockdown
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UK health secretary’s late-night announcement provokes ire across political spectrum
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31 Jul 3:28am Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 627 new Covid-19 cases, with 21 new cases in NSW and one in Qld – latest news
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Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews have discussed next steps as eight deaths reported overnight and Covid-19 infections continue to rise. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
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31 Jul 3:00am Trump’s Covid-19 testing tsar Brett Giroir faces monumental challenge
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Giroir’s qualifications have come under increasing scrutiny as the US death toll tops 150,000, and testing continues to lag Jesuit high school, an all-boys Catholic school in New Orleans, is proud of its alumni. In 1978,
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31 Jul 2:33am Updated Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria aged care clusters grow with 25 new Covid-19 cases at Epping Gardens and 627 throughout state
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Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews have discussed next steps as eight deaths reported overnight and Covid-19 infections continue to rise. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
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31 Jul 1:54am Global report: China records most daily cases since March; poverty fears in south-east Asia
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Xinjiang records 112 local transmissions; UN says millions could be forced into poverty in south-east Asia; Indonesia extends restrictions
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31 Jul 1:30am Coronavirus live news: England imposes new restrictions in north as French cities adopt new mask rules
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Vietnam reports biggest jump in cases; Brazil’s Bolsonaro treated for infection; WHO says ‘young people’ behind some virus spikes; Follow latest updates
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31 Jul 1:00am India arrests 50 journalists in clampdown on critics of Covid-19 response
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Reporters for independent outlets, many in rural areas, say pressure won’t deter them from covering embarrassing stories
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31 Jul 12:33am Updated Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria reports 627 new Covid-19 cases and eight more deaths as restrictions considered
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Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews have discussed next steps as Covid-19 infections continue to rise. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
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31 Jul 12:32am Updated Coronavirus live news: Vietnam reports biggest jump in cases, Bolsonaro treated for infection
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England tightens restrictions in north of country; WHO says ‘young people’ behind some virus spikes; Spain records highest Covid-19 cases since lockdown lifted. Follow latest updates
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31 Jul 12:01am Kylie Moore-Gilbert granted meeting with Australian ambassador to Iran
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Exclusive: British-Australian academic will meet diplomat for first time since sudden move to a new notorious prison The imprisoned British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is set to be granted a meeting with Australia’s ambassador to Iran as soon as Sunday. Following reports in the Guardian that Dr Moore-Gilbert was
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30 Jul 10:54pm Obama, Bush and Clinton speak at funeral for congressman John Lewis – video
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Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and House speaker Nancy Pelosi have delivered eulogies for congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. Hailing him as founding father for 'a fuller, fairer, better' America, Obama praised Lewis's influence on his own path to the presidency. Clinton said Lewis believed 'none of us will be free until all of us are equal', while Bush said he lived in a better and nobler country because of the congressman
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30 Jul 10:00pm Soldiers and police deployed at anti-corruption demonstrations in Zimbabwe
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As the economy falters, President Emmerson Mnangagwa blames foreign interference, issues warnings to ‘rogue Zimbabweans’ Hundreds of police and soldiers have been deployed on the streets of cities across Zimbabwe ahead of planned anti-corruption demonstrations on Friday. Recent weeks have seen rising tensions in the poor southern African country as security agencies have sought to stifle widespread anger at soaring prices, inadequate public services and allegations of graft at the highest levels of
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30 Jul 9:29pm Updated NSW Covid-19 hotspots: list of regional and Sydney outbreak locations
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As coronavirus community transmissions rise in New South Wales, here are the current hotspots and what to do if you’ve visited them
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30 Jul 8:28pm Coronavirus Australia live update: further Victoria restrictions considered after deadliest day and record cases – latest news
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Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews have discussed next steps as Covid-19 infections continue to rise. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
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30 Jul 7:30pm Updated Australia coronavirus live update: further restrictions being considered after deadliest day – latest news
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Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews have met to discuss possible further restrictions in Victoria. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
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