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6 Aug 5:17pm Updated Coronavirus live news: UK adds Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra to quarantine list
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6 Aug 3:00pm Artist critically wounded in Hampshire shooting as suspect dies in chase
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Children’s writer James Nash is shot by attacker who fled on a motorcycle, which he crashed An artist and children’s author was the victim of a shooting in a quiet Hampshire village in which the suspect fled on a motorcycle before crashing in a police chase and dying. James Nash, who was also a parish councillor, suffered critical head injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the motive for the attack.
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6 Aug 2:47pm Social distancing in the skies becomes a perk in post-Covid travel
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Air passengers looking for that one-metre buffer between seats must be ready to pay for the luxury
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6 Aug 2:03pm No lights, no glass, no money: Beirutis hamstrung in efforts to rebuild
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Tuesday’s blast has dealt a further blow to a city that was already struggling with creaking infrastructure and few resources
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6 Aug 1:30pm Australian couple to build a home on government Covid-19 grants and super changes
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Pair take advantage of homebuilder initiative, ability to withdraw from superannuation, and a Queensland government grant to plan home on cheap land east of Brisbane CBD The Covid-19-induced economic downturn may have shattered the dreams of many Australians who had been saving to own their first home, however one resourceful Brisbane couple are taking advantage of a slew of government stimulus initiatives and other grants to entirely fund their new house. After his partner Christie lost her job in fashion, Chris Gorter, who runs a snake-catching business in south-east Queensland, discussed with her a more affordable living arrangement.
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6 Aug 12:57pm Rare bearded vulture chick born in Picos de Europa flies the nest
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The bird is the first to be born within the mountain range in northern Spain for 75 years The first
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6 Aug 12:42pm Pope appoints six women to top roles on Vatican council in progressive step
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Former Labour minister Ruth Kelly is among the women who will oversee Vatican finances and address its cashflow problems
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6 Aug 12:39pm Boris Johnson defends refusal to suspend Tory MP accused of rape
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Charities and trade unions call on Commons authorities to suspend unnamed ex-minister due to seriousness of allegations
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6 Aug 12:37pm MPs to investigate surge in migrants crossing Channel in small boats
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Response of UK and French authorities and role of criminal gangs will be under scrutiny MPs are to investigate the surge in migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats after more than 2,000 people were reported to have entered the country by this route in June. The home affairs select committee, chaired by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, is to examine the reasons behind the
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6 Aug 12:18pm Updated Coronavirus global report: concern over German cases as holidays disrupt French testing
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Spain orders town of 32,000 back into confinement; Poland records highest daily case number so far
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6 Aug 12:10pm Beirut explosion: Macron tours wrecked capital as public rage grows
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Calls for probe into blast that killed at least 157 mount as officials begin blame game over ammonium nitrate storage
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6 Aug 11:46am Preston faces fresh coronavirus lockdown, health official says
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Strict rules could be reimposed in days after cases double in a week in Lancashire city
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6 Aug 11:00am Extreme droughts in central Europe likely to increase sevenfold
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Researchers say moderate reductions in CO2 emissions could halve their likelihood Extreme droughts are likely to become much more frequent across central Europe, and if global greenhouse gas emissions rise strongly they could happen seven times more often, new research has shown. The area of crops likely to be affected by drought is also set to increase, and under sharply rising CO2 levels would nearly double in central Europe in the second half of this century, to more than 40m hectares (154,440 sq miles) of farmland.
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6 Aug 10:28am Updated UK coronavirus live: test and trace scheme fails to reach thousands of contacts of people testing positive
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Latest figures show just 72% of close contacts reached; Aberdeen outbreak cases
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6 Aug 10:24am European court advises Madeleine suspect was lawfully tried for rape
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Setback for Christian Brückner’s attempt to find legal loophole under European arrest warrant rules The prime suspect in the disappearance of the British toddler Madeleine McCann was told that he was lawfully put on trial for rape last year, as his lawyers attempted to overturn that conviction at the European court of justice. Christian Brückner, a 43-year-old German, is trying to overturn his conviction for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2005. He has argued at the ECJ that he had been extradited to Germany from Portugal, and later Italy, on a different charge.
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6 Aug 10:08am Coronavirus: Aberdeen residents told not to leave city for holidays
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Nicola Sturgeon says people must observe fresh lockdown rules as cases rise to at least 79
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6 Aug 9:55am China sentences third Canadian to death over drug charges
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Court in Guangzhou announced Xu Weihong’s penalty and said an alleged accomplice had been given a life sentence China has sentenced a third Canadian citizen to death on drug charges amid a steep decline in relations between the two countries. A court in Guangzhou announced Xu Weihong’s penalty on Thursday and said an alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, had been given a life sentence.
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6 Aug 9:50am Monsoon rains driven by high winds bring flooding misery to Mumbai
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India’s commercial capital grinds to a halt after heaviest August rainfall in 47 years causes widespread flooding The heaviest monsoon downpour in nearly 50 years has brought Mumbai to a standstill, with stranded passengers at railway stations having to be rescued by dinghies from waist-high water. People who live in areas normally unaffected by the annual monsoon flooding looked out from their high-rise flats at new swirling rivers outside caused by the heaviest single day’s rain recorded in August in 47 years.
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6 Aug 9:50am Imperial War Museum unveils film marking 75 years since Hiroshima bomb
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Video by Ed Devlin and Machiko Weston tell story of nuclear bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki A powerful 10-minute video artwork marking the 75th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been released by
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6 Aug 9:44am Niger lost tens of millions to arms deals malpractice, leaked report alleges
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Government audit alleges that poor west African country lost at least $137m over eight years More than $100m of public money in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries and a key regional recipient of western aid, was wasted in a series of potentially corrupt international arms deals, a leaked official document alleges. A confidential government audit of defence spending found that at least $137m had been lost due to malpractice over an eight-year period ending in 2019.
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6 Aug 9:33am Mumbai flooding: monsoon rains inundate streets, homes and hospitals – video
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Scores of videos shared on social media show streets and homes in Mumbai deluged by heavy monsoon rains, driven by high winds. The flooding has added to the woes of residents already bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic.  India has the third-highest number of cases worldwide with Mumbai considered the worst-affected city. A survey last month showed that more
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6 Aug 9:11am Italy threatens to ban Ryanair alleging Covid-19 guideline violations
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Dublin-based airline, previously criticised by German health authorities, denies accusations of non-compliance
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6 Aug 9:02am Italian homes evacuated over risk of Mont Blanc glacier collapse
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Roads near Courmayeur closed to tourists because of threat from falling Planpincieux ice Homes have been evacuated in Courmayeur in Italy’s Aosta valley, after a renewed warning that a huge portion of a Mont Blanc glacier is at risk of collapse. The measures were introduced on Wednesday morning after experts from the Fondazione Montagne Sicura (Safe Mountains Foundation) said 500,000 cubic metres of ice was in danger of sliding off the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses park.
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6 Aug 8:58am Updated Beirut explosion: death toll rises to 137 as army takes control of site
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Volunteers help clean up damaged streets as officials begin blame game over ammonium nitrate storage
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6 Aug 8:30am Coalition tweaks jobkeeper scheme again amid Covid second wave in Victoria
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Ahead of Friday’s national cabinet meeting, the expenditure review committee signs off on changes that will cost $15.6bn The Morrison government has tweaked the eligibility requirements for the jobkeeper wage subsidy only three weeks after cutting the payment in an attempt to save businesses and jobs at risk because of the deteriorating outlook in Victoria. Ahead of Friday’s national cabinet meeting, and after new Treasury analysis
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6 Aug 6:49am Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of atomic bombing - in pictures
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City remembers world’s first atomic bombing with downsized ceremonies due to coronavirus and mayor urging nations to reject nationalism and unite to fight all threats
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6 Aug 6:35am Beirut blast: what we know so far
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An explosion in the port of Lebanon’s capital on Tuesday devastated the city
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6 Aug 6:20am Scotland plays down expanding Aberdeen coronavirus lockdown
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Health secretary says ministers will act if there is evidence of wider community transmission
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6 Aug 6:00am How the Navajo Nation won a hard-earned political voice in Utah
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New districts were adopted just in time for the 2018 midterm elections and could impact November’s election
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6 Aug 5:49am Shinzo Abe accused of going awol as Japan tackles Covid surge
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PM acclaimed Japan’s response as a model for the world, but has been largely silent amid record case rises
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6 Aug 5:14am German Protestant church to send migrant rescue boat to Mediterranean
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Sea-Watch 4 is result of crowdfunding and is set to leave from Spain in few days The German Protestant church will send a ship to the central Mediterranean to rescue migrants attempting to reach Europe from north Africa. The boat, named Sea-Watch 4, will depart in a few days from the seaport of Burriana, near Valencia, in Spain, where volunteers are finalising preparations, the crew has said.
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6 Aug 5:13am Beirut explosion: death toll rises to 137 with at least 5,000 wounded
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Lebanese army takes control of blast site as volunteers help clean up shattered streets
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6 Aug 4:50am Melbourne Uber drivers fear for their health as they transport passengers to Covid-19 tests
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Rideshare association says there has been no clarity from Victorian government on transporting potentially infectious people
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6 Aug 4:20am Updated Coronavirus live news: WHO surge team arrives in South Africa as global deaths top 700,000
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6 Aug 4:17am Businesses hit by new Victorian Covid restrictions fear being thrown off jobkeeper scheme
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Business lobby urges PM to change rules that currently risk seeing sectors that saw a bump in income in June flunking out of jobkeeper program Companies hit by sweeping new restrictions in Victoria that came into force this week risk being thrown out of the federal jobkeeper support scheme unless the rules are changed, business leaders say. They say this will put more jobs at risk in a state economy that is already set to be devastated by the new coronavirus lockdown, making it difficult for employers to keep people on in the run-up to Christmas.
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6 Aug 4:17am Beirut explosion: satellite images before and after the blast
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Satellite images demonstrate the scale of the damage caused by Tuesday’s explosions in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut, with buildings miles from the port lying in ruin. The blast comes at a terrible time for
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6 Aug 3:08am Victoria lockdown to push Australia unemployment to 10% and cost national economy up to $12bn
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Scott Morrison says situation in Victoria ‘devastating’ for state economy and national outlook as Treasury reveals forecast
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6 Aug 2:41am Beirut explosion: anger at officials grows after missed warnings
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Released paper trail reveals ignored warnings over stash that has killed at least 135 people
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6 Aug 2:39am Deutsche Bank gave Donald Trump financial records to New York prosecutors - report
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Manhattan district attorney’s office seeking eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax records New York prosecutors investigating Donald Trump’s finances previously issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank, one of the foremost lenders to the president’s business, as part of their inquiry – and the bank complied,
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6 Aug 2:26am A Thousand Cuts: inside a chilling documentary on Maria Ressa
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The journalist who became a target of Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, talks about her surreal present and her uncertain future “For years now, I’ve been saying that I feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, with talking cards all over saying off with my head.” As her life has grown increasingly surreal, the journalist Maria Ressa has gained a newfound sympathy for the dazed girl in Wonderland. In the course of her Zoom interview with the Guardian, she also claims to feel like one of the characters in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, benumbed by a constant stream of media stimulation. She feels like Cassandra as well, doomed to speak truths that fall on deaf ears. And she sometimes feels like Sisyphus, he of the unending boulder-push. These days, she finds it all too fitting to think of her life in grandly literary or mythological terms.
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6 Aug 2:15am Malawi human rights groups warn of Covid deaths in packed prisons
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Government urged to reduce overcrowding with cases rising fast in prisons accommodating many elderly and terminally ill inmates Human rights campaigners in Malawi are calling on the government to urgently release people from its notoriously overcrowded prisons as cases of Covid-19 are rising among both staff and inmates. Currently, 86 inmates and 21 members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Malawi prison authority’s spokesperson, Chimwemwe Shaba. There are 71 cases in one prison in Blantyre alone.
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6 Aug 2:10am Peter Dutton confirms Australia could spy on its own citizens under cybersecurity plan
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Australian Signals Directorate will for the first time be able to identify suspects on home soil Peter Dutton has confirmed the
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6 Aug 2:02am Updated Grace Millane murderer launches appeal against conviction and sentence
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Defence lawyer tells Auckland court that appeal will focus on trial process and will not seek to justify killer’s ‘inexcusable’ actions The man who murdered British backpacker Grace Millane in Auckland, New Zealand, has launched an appeal against his guilty verdict and jail term. In opening remarks at an Auckland court hearing on Thursday, defence lawyer Rachel Reed said she would not try to to justify his actions. “I do not in any way seek to condone or excuse his actions after Miss Millane’s death,” she said,
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6 Aug 1:58am Google deletes 2,500 China-linked YouTube channels over disinformation
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Move comes amid rising US-China tensions over TikTok and WeChat apps that White House says are ‘significant threats’ Google says it has deleted more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to weed out disinformation on the video-sharing platform. The Alphabet-owned company said the channels were removed between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.“
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6 Aug 1:50am Beirut blast: anger at officials grows after missed warnings
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Released paper trail reveals ignored warnings over stash that has killed at least 135 people
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6 Aug 1:30am Covid outbreak exposes dire conditions at Guatemala factory making US brands
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More than 200 workers tested positive at garment factory supplying Amazon, Gap and American Eagle A garment factory supplying Gap, American Eagle and Amazon was at the centre of one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in Guatemala, the Guardian can reveal. More than 200 people tested positive for Covid-19 at the KP Textil factory, exposing the dire working conditions inside the country’s
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6 Aug 1:00am Wole Soyinka protests imprisonment of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala
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Nobel literature laureate writes letter of solidarity marking Bala’s 100th day in detention, saying his supporters ‘will not rest until you are free and safe’ The Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, who was held as a political prisoner in Nigeria in the 1960s, has written a letter of solidarity to the detained Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala on his 100th day in detention. Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria,
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6 Aug 12:59am Mexico state bans sale of sugary drinks and junk food to children
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Oaxaca brings in measures after obesity crisis is highlighted by high death toll during coronavirus pandemic The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snack foods to children – a measure aimed at curbing obesity.
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6 Aug 12:15am Beirut explosion: international rescue workers fly in to boost search for survivors
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Race begins to find alive those trapped in rubble of Lebanon’s capital after Tuesday’s enormous blast
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5 Aug 11:58pm Hundreds of types of face masks withdrawn from sale in Australia amid safety fears
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Regulator begins mass audit as nurses send photos of equipment supplied to them marked ‘not for medical use’
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5 Aug 10:43pm Beirut explosion: how you can help victims in Lebanon
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The death toll stands at 135, with more than 5,000 injured and 300,000 homes badly damaged. There are several organisations seeking donations or funding
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5 Aug 10:14pm Australian unions warn some foreign seafarers forced to stay on board with no prospect of returning home
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Covid-19 travel restrictions compounding crisis among ‘exhausted and traumatised’ foreign shipping crews Australia’s maritime regulator has been inundated with complaints about shipping crews being forced to stay on board for months on end without any prospect of returning home – a problem complicated by Covid-19 travel restrictions. In the latest such case, Australian authorities detained a Hong-Kong flagged bulk carrier in Newcastle over claims of serious breaches of the international convention that protects the working and living conditions of seafarers.
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5 Aug 10:06pm Updated Facebook removes Trump post over false Covid-19 claim for first time
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Video in which Trump wrongly said kids were ‘almost immune’ from illness also prompted Twitter to ban president’s re-election campaign account Facebook has removed a post from Donald Trump’s page for spreading false information about the coronavirus, a first for the social media company that has been harshly criticized for repeatedly allowing the president to break its
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5 Aug 9:27pm Deutsche Bank gave Trump financial records to New York prosecutors - report
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Manhattan district attorney’s office seeking eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax records New York prosecutors investigating Donald Trump’s finances previously issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank, one of the foremost lenders to the president’s business, as part of their inquiry – and the bank complied,
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5 Aug 9:26pm Minneapolis will not put dismantling of police department on November ballot
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Commission decides to take more time to review amendment that followed killing of George Floyd A Minneapolis commission decided on Wednesday evening to take more time to review a city council amendment to
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5 Aug 9:25pm Woman plays Auld Lang Syne on piano amid debris of Beirut explosion – video
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Beirut resident Hoda Melki captures the moment her mother plays Auld Lang Syne on the piano among the debris and damage of her apartment, a day after a major explosion in Lebanon's capital. The blast killed 135 people, injured 5,000 and damaged the houses of up to 300,000 after ripping through Beirut's port
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5 Aug 7:01pm Fall in Welsh-capable teachers risks missing language target, report warns
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Language decline among newly qualified teachers could undermine goal of reaching 1 million Welsh speakers A “striking” decline in the number of newly qualified teachers able to teach in Welsh could undermine the country’s ambition to have a million speakers of the language in 30 years’ time, a report warns. The
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