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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates A few years ago, I had the honour of meeting the world’s most eligible bachelor. Sudan was a hulking great rhinoceros, protected by the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. I remember stroking the gentle giant, struggling with the fact that this was the last male northern white rhino on the … Read more

First Thing: Trump juked the stats over police killing black Americans

First Thing The president made the misleading claim that ‘more white people’ than black are killed by US law enforcement. Plus, ‘rule by fear’ in the new Hong Kong Donald Trump: ‘I know people that like the Confederate flag, and they’re not thinking about slavery.’ Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Good morning, Donald Trump has once again stoked racial divisions after telling a CBS interviewer that “more … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Renewed restrictions take effect in Hong Kong; India reimposes lockdown as cases near 1 million

KEY FACTS 6:05 a.m.: Russia lifts mandatory quarantine for arrivals 5:08 a.m.: India reimposes lockdown as cases near 1 million 4:45 a.m.: Renewed restrictions take effect in Hong Kong The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:05 a.m.: Russian authorities have lifted mandatory two-week self-quarantine for those … Read more

Australia’s Covid-19 face mask advice: can I reuse them, what’s the best to use and where to buy?

Coronavirus outbreak The health department now recommends masks where community transmission of coronavirus is occurring and physical distancing is difficult. From washable cloth face masks to reusable ones and how to wear them, here’s what you need to know Follow live news from around Australia What you need to know about Melbourne’s lockdown rules Melbourne map: where Covid-19 cases are rising or falling Sign up for … Read more

Scott Morrison says Australia cannot shut down to contain second wave of Covid-19

Scott Morrison says the response to a second wave of Covid-19 infections cannot be shutting the country down to try to eliminate the virus, and he’s moved to reassure people his government will not be withdrawing income support “for those in need”. With renewed debate around whether Australia should respond to the latest outbreak and a spike in community transmission with more forceful lockdowns, Morrison said … Read more

Ruby Princess inquiry: NSW Health made ‘serious mistake’ when assessing travel history of passengers

Ruby Princess Authorities distributed an arrival form with outdated questions about coronavirus hotspot countries, inquiry told NSW Health gave Ruby Princess passengers arriving in Sydney a form asking them to report if they had been in specific Covid-19 hotspot countries in the past 14 days. However, by that date, the policy had changed to include all international travel. Photograph: James D Morgan/Getty Images New South Wales … Read more

Coronavirus NSW: Crossroads Hotel outbreak linked to Victoria via genomic testing

Australia news NSW deputy premier John Barilaro says Covid-19 strain in Sydney’s south-west suburb of Casula came from Victoria Follow live news from around Australia What you need to know about Melbourne’s stage 3 lockdown rules Melbourne coronavirus map: where Covid-19 cases are rising or falling Sign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email Coronavirus testing at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula. The NSW government says genomic … Read more

Victoria and Melbourne coronavirus map: where Covid-19 cases are rising or falling

Datablog Victoria Guardian Australia analysis and map shows how the pattern of Covid-19 has changed throughout Melbourne. Live data updates will track it as the lockdown continues Australia coronavirus map, stats and active cases Coronavirus world map Global coronavirus cases and deaths over time: country comparisons Tue 14 Jul 2020 21.54 EDT Last modified on Wed 15 Jul 2020 01.17 EDT A Guardian Australia analysis of Victorian coronavirus … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Matt Hancock has ruled out mandatory face masks in offices, adding to the growing confusion around the Government guidance as ministers encourage people to get people back to work. The Health Secretary insisted ministers “will not be recommending masks in the office”, despite widespread reports that the measure is only … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Captain Tom Moore is to receive his knighthood from the Queen in person this Friday, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. Her Majesty will present the heroic veteran with his honour at Windsor Castle in a private ceremony. The 100-year-old captured hearts across the nation during lockdown as he raised almost £33 … Read more

Hand sanitiser station set on fire at children’s park

VANDALS have struck just a week after a council spent thousands of pounds to introduce safety measures so it could reopen its parks to children. Residents reported a hand sanitiser station at Launton Meadows play area, off Manston Road, Bicester, had been pulled from its post and set on fire destroying the kit. Bicester Town Council leader, Richard Mould, described the vandalism as ‘wanton destruction’. It … Read more

Students use sexual harassment service more than expected at Oxford University

A TOTAL of 167 students at Oxford University used its sexual harassment support service in one year, a figure that is more than the university expected. Launching the Sexual Violence and Harassment Service in October 2018, Oxford University forecasted somewhere in the region of 50 students that would seek support in the first year. But by the end of August 2019, the figure rose by 117, … Read more

Brothers and sisters meet latest new arrivals in lockdown – send us your pictures

BABIES born during lockdown continue to bring a ray of hope to families dealing with the coronavirus crisis as lockdown is eased. Restrictions have been frustrating for new parents, who have not been able to show off their bundles of joy to family and friends in the usual way. Parents are now sharing photos of their new arrivals with the Oxford Mail and we want more … Read more

Coronavirus live news: 160,000 Catalans back into lockdown; Florida records new daily death toll high

India Covid-19 cases top 900,000 as 133m re-enter lockdown; Venezuela’s capital Caracas to go into a strict lockdown on Wednesday Revealed: Italy’s call for urgent help was ignored as coronavirus swept through Europe Ardern warns New Zealanders against Covid-19 complacency Fauci stands ground as Trump works to undermine him Does coronavirus spread in the air and how do we stay safe? UK coronavirus updates – live … Read more

Congress Is Investigating Contracts Tied To Mask And PPE Shortages

Enlarge this image House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on May 27, 2020. He heads the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images Congressional investigators are launching an inquiry into a handful of companies that landed government contracts related to COVID-19, calling the deals “suspicious” … Read more

Trump embraces his gray hair amid coronavirus pandemic

Making America GRAY Again: Donald Trump, 74, finally embraces the natural look as he ditches the hair dye President Donald Trump’s hair looked markedly different Tuesday as he emerged for a briefing in the Rose Garden Just months ago, the president boasted a mop of blonde hair Yet he appears to have embraced a more natural gray tone Trump is known to be immensely proud of … Read more

Quarantiners answer the door naked to ACT police doing check ups

‘Put some clothes on’: Cops conducting door-to-door coronavirus checks complain homeowners are greeting them in the NUDE ACT residents in quarantine were opening their doors to police in the nude More than 400 checks were conducted over weekend on people and businesses Police said out of 367 checks on people quarantining, they were all successful By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia Published: 05:02 EDT, 15 … Read more

Elvis’s grandson struggled with ‘Pressure’ of Presley family

Elvis’s grandson Benjamin Keough struggled with ‘pressure’ of Presley family name prior to his death, says friend Musician Brandon Howard has spoken out after his friend died on Sunday Benjamin Keough, Elvis Presley’s grandson, killed himself at his mother’s home Howard said that his friend struggled to live up to the Presley family name He also said that despite his own struggles, Keough was always the first … Read more

Trump heads to Georgia, one of the new 2020 battleground states

President Trump will be visiting Georgia on Wednesday to talk about infrastructure, but like his recent trips to Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, this happens to be to a battleground state his reelection campaign is eager to keep in the “win” column in November.  The latest CBS News Battleground Tracker poll rates Georgia as a toss-up for the presidential election; currently, Biden leads Mr. Trump by two … Read more

Election Day could turn into “Election Week” with rise in mail ballots

Election officials across the country and in key battleground states say there could be a delay in reporting election night results in November given the likely surge in mail-in absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic. Citing data from recent primaries, officials and election experts anticipate that more voters will cast their ballots by mail in this election than in years past and say the public … Read more

“We all feel abandoned”: Tesla workers say company ignoring concerns about virus at California plant

Tesla workers are speaking out after an industry blog reported that more than 100 have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 1,000 have been exposed. The workers have raised serious concerns about their health and safety at the Fremont plant but say those concerns are being ignored. “I feel abandoned, we all feel abandoned,” Tesla employee Branton Phillips told CBS San Francisco. Phillips says the … Read more

Mongolian teen dies of bubonic plague caught from infected marmot

Beijing — A 15-year-old boy has died in western Mongolia of bubonic plague, the country’s national news agency reported. The Health Ministry said laboratory tests confirmed the teenager died of plague that he contracted from an infected marmot, according to the Montsame News Agency. A marmot peers out from rocks in a file photo taken in Juneau, Alaska. Becky Bohrer/AP The case prompted the government to impose … Read more

French tourism gets boost with reopening of Disneyland Paris

1 / 3 APTOPIX France Bastille Day Fireworks Fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Bastille Day celebrations late Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Bastille Day marks the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille prison by angry Paris crowds that helped spark the French Revolution. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh) PARIS (AP) — The French tourist industry received a further boost Wednesday with the partial reopening of … Read more

ASOS to reject UK govt bonus for bringing back furloughed staff

FILE PHOTO: A model walks on an in-house catwalk at the ASOS headquarters in London More LONDON (Reuters) – British online fashion retailer ASOS <ASOS.L> on Wednesday joined peers Primark <ABF.L> and John Lewis in saying it would not take advantage of a British government scheme to pay employers for bringing back staff from furlough. Finance minister Rishi Sunak said last week the government would introduce … Read more

Coronavirus updates: ‘We are headed in a terrible direction’ says Nashville mayor as city breaks case record

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 577,000 people worldwide. Over 13.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions … Read more

Tracking Trump and Fauci’s tense relationship

As the White House tried to discredit the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, with President Donald Trump saying he’s a “nice man” but “made a lot of mistakes,” Fauci continued to break from the administration’s rosy messaging on the coronavirus, warning Monday the pandemic is “unprecedented” and the worst is yet to come. The White House’s attempt to marginalize Fauci and limit … Read more

Young people of color with preexisting conditions face elevated COVID-19 risk

Communities of color have been bearing the brunt of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and as multiple states across the country are seeing record-breaking spikes in COVID-19 cases, doctors are seeing a new trend: Young people of color with underlying medical conditions are being hit harder by the virus than their peers. People of any age with preexisting conditions, like diabetes, obesity and heart disease, … Read more

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter. The secret authorization, known as a presidential finding, gives the spy agency more freedom in both the kinds … Read more

US coronavirus deaths could reach more than 220K by November: study

U.S. coronavirus deaths are projected to reach more than 220,000 by the beginning of November as many states continue to report a surge in new cases and hospitalizations. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington estimates 224,089 fatalities from COVID-19 by Nov. 1, which is roughly 90,000 more than the current number of deaths in the U.S. “We can now see the projected trajectory of … Read more

Decapitated body of tech CEO found in NYC apartment, sources say

The body of a decapitated, dismembered tech CEO was found inside a Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday afternoon — sorted in plastic bags right next to a power saw, sources told The Post. Police came upon the grisly scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., after a cousin of the dead man requested a welfare check at the man’s E. Houston Street building and called police, the … Read more

Chef creates ‘world’s healthiest’ cookie with all 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables

Chef Gurpareet Bains, who has reported followers like Gwyneth Paltrow, among other famous folk, and written several cookbooks dedicated to healthy eating, has released his newest, chewy creation. (SWNS) Don’t forget to eat your cookies. A chef has allegedly created the “world’s healthiest” cookie that contains all of the recommended five daily servings of vegetables. MAN SHED NEARLY 300 POUNDS, CREDITS MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS WITH HELPING … Read more

Bali hotel rated best in the world

A hotel in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia has been rated as the best in the world, based on an annual survey.  (iStock) The idea of staying in a hotel beyond your own backyard may feel like a million miles away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep dreaming of a holiday abroad. New York magazine Travel & Leisure conducted a survey earlier this year, which concluded just before worldwide … Read more

China vows to retaliate after Trump’s HK move

Media playback is unsupported on your device China has vowed to retaliate after the US ended Hong Kong’s preferential trade status and imposed sanctions on officials who crack down on rights. President Donald Trump said he was acting because China had taken away Hong Kong’s freedom after it imposed a new security law. Beijing condemned Mr Trump’s decision, saying it would impose sanctions on relevant people … Read more

New York Times moving staff from Hong Kong to Seoul

The New York Times says it will move some of its Hong Kong staff to Seoul as concerns mount over the implications of a severe new security law for the city. The US news outlet said the law “unsettled news organizations and created uncertainty about the city’s prospects as a hub for journalism”. Reporters will remain, but the digital editing team will relocate over time. Global … Read more

Cards and letters greet jailed India scholar on birthday

Prominent Indian scholar and human rights defender Anand Teltumbde has turned 70 in a Mumbai prison amid growing calls for his release, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” Professor Teltumbde often quoted these iconic words from German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller, criticising silence when faced with evil, in his books … Read more

India bets on ‘unproven’ Covid plasma therapy

It was the middle of a night in May when Adwitiya Mal’s father-in-law complained of difficulty in breathing. The family doctor checked on him and advised that they wait for a few hours for him to stabilise. But in the early hours, his blood oxygen level had fallen and he had to be rushed to a hospital in Delhi. He was also running high fever. His … Read more

How New Zealand went ‘hard and early’ to beat Covid-19

In late June, two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in New Zealand. When many countries are registering thousands of cases a day, two seems little to worry about. But until that point, New Zealand had gone 24 days without a single case, so these – linked to quarantine breaches – were enough to lead to the resignation of the health minister. So what was the strategy … Read more

Plastic surgeons say pandemic has boosted demand

A number of cosmetic surgery clinics around the world are reporting a rise in people getting treatment during the coronavirus outbreak as they can hide their treatment behind a mask or work from home. Despite the virus shutting businesses across the globe, a number of plastic surgery clinics have remained open, adopting stricter measures such as Covid-19 tests and more frequent cleaning. Clinics in the US, … Read more

The doctors saving lives in two countries

From his laptop at his home just outside London, Dr Tahir Akhtar is helping treat a coronavirus patient in Lahore, Pakistan. Via a video link, a doctor there shows Dr Akhtar around the intensive care unit at the city’s Jinnah Hospital. Dr Akhtar is an intensive care unit consultant in Britain’s National Health Service, and has helped lead the response to Covid-19 in Essex, where he … Read more

Is India the next global coronavirus hotspot?

The coronavirus took hold slowly in India, but six months after its first confirmed infection it has overtaken Russia to record the world’s third largest caseload. With the world’s second-largest population, much of which lives packed into cities, the country was perhaps always destined to become a global hotspot. But the data behind its case numbers is questionable, because India is not testing enough, and an … Read more

The Latest: English town of Blackburn imposes restrictions

LONDON — Authorities in the English town of Blackburn have imposed new restrictions on social mingling amid what they say is a “rising tide” of new coronavirus cases. Director of Public Health Dominic Harrison says Blackburn’s infection rate is 47 per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the country. He said Wednesday that the main issue is transmission within families, mostly in South Asian households. … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he is “not frankly interested” in his colleague Michael Gove being pictured in a shop without a mask. Mr Gove, who had earlier sparked confusion by suggesting face coverings would not be mandatory in shops in England, was photographed uncovered in Pret A Manger despite … Read more

Victoria reports 238 new coronavirus cases and one death as NSW Crossroads cluster worsens

Victoria has recorded 238 new cases of Covid-19 and the death of a woman in her 90s and New South Wales has recorded 13 new cases, including 10 linked to the Crossroads hotel cluster in south-west Sydney which has now affected 34 people. Victoria’s deputy police commissioner, Rick Nugent, outlined a number of breaches of Covid-19 lockdown measures including people refusing to leave KFC restaurants, playing … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The graffiti artwork created by Banksy on a Tube train was accidentally removed by a cleaner, the Evening Standard can reveal. The secretive world-renowned artist yesterday afternoon posted a video showing images of rats – including one wearing a facemask – being spray-painted onto a Circle line train. The work … Read more

Shopper hauled away by police not wearing a face mask

Dramatic moment furious shopper is hauled away by police after trying to fight off officers who stopped her for not wearing a face mask in supermarket Two women were marched out of a Walmart in Shelby County, Tennessee One of the women tried to pull an officers hands off the other woman Shelby County passed a law making masks mandatory in public on July 3 By Joe … Read more

The map that shows why Sydney is doomed as coronavirus outbreaks grow

The map that shows why Sydney is doomed: At least SEVENTEEN venues are shut down for cleaning after being exposed to coronavirus 17 venues have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney Outbreak spreads beyond western suburbs to the CBD and Blue Mountains  Business owners have been forced to close bars, restaurants and gyms   By Louise Ayling For Daily Mail Australia Published: 05:15 EDT, 15 July 2020 … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Matt Hancock has ruled out mandatory face masks in offices, adding to the growing confusion around the Government guidance as ministers encourage people to get people back to work. The Health Secretary insisted ministers “will not be recommending masks in the office”, despite widespread reports that the measure is only … Read more

Administrators had to pay Virgin employees with loans

REVEALED: How administrators were forced to pay Virgin employees with loans because airline had no money for wages and was burning through $200million a month Deloitte, administrators of Virgin Australia, wrote to the airline’s creditors  Letter revealed they had to borrow money to pay staff and keep company afloat  Airline placed in administration after travel bans revealed precarious position  U.S. firm Bain Capital put forward more … Read more

Former Trump doctor wins congressional runoff as Texans vote amid coronavirus

Former White House physician Ronny Jackson won the primary runoff for the Republican nomination for Texas’ 13th Congressional District. Lone Star State voters cast ballots for runoffs in a high-profile Senate race and 15 House districts as Texas grappled with growing numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The outbreak sparked an effort to expand mail-in voting that was eventually quashed. President Trump and Jackson both tweeted … Read more

Masks and Mickey: Disneyland Paris reopens after four-month closure

FILE PHOTO: Disneyland Paris gets ready to re-open doors to the public More PARIS (Reuters) – Disneyland Paris welcomed back visitors on Wednesday after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, with face masks and social distancing the order of the day. A steady stream of visitors trickled in during the morning, with one group wearing Mickey Mouse ears and dancing with glee as they … Read more

National Clean Beauty Day: Best products to help clean up your routine now

If you’ve ever wondered if there is a day to celebrate clean beauty… there actually is. On July 15, people nationwide will celebrate National Clean Beauty Day. This day was created with an aim to educate consumers about the importance of conscious cosmetics consumption. Additionally, the day exists to encourage the industry to adopt earth-friendly practices and use more organic ingredients within their routines. Pioneering beauty … Read more

Michigan girl sent to juvenile detention for not doing online schoolwork: report

A Michigan girl was incarcerated in May after she allegedly failed to finish her online schoolwork, according to a report. The 15-year-old girl, identified as Grace, has been in custody at a Detroit area juvenile detention center for roughly two months now after a judge ruled she violated her probation by not completing online coursework amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports said. Grace has ADHD, a learning disorder … Read more

California School Districts Grope for Sensible Reopening Plans

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). School leaders in Elk Grove, California, wanted to leave as little to chance as possible. So they brought nearly 150 voices into their decision-making process, and canvassed the parents of the estimated 63,000 students in the district to ask how they wanted their children taught. The result was a four-item menu of instruction choices for … Read more

Conspiracy Theories Aside, Here’s What Contact Tracers Really Do

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, contact tracing is downright buzzy, and not always in a good way. Contact tracing is the public health practice of informing people when they’ve been exposed to a contagious disease. As it has become more widely employed across the country, it has also become mired … Read more

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2020-07-15T09:02:38.670Z John Lewis Partnership has thrown the future of hundreds more jobs into doubt just a week after putting 1300 staff under threat of redundancy as new chairman Sharon White revamps the retail group: 2020-07-15T08:49:56.436Z Job cuts at Burberry after lockdown hits sales Around 500 jobs are being cut at luxury fashion firm Burberry in the UK and globally as it axes office space and makes … Read more

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The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends More Brits than ever are choosing to ditch cigarettes, with a charity suggesting that over one million people in the UK have given up smoking since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. According to Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), which conducted a survey of 10,000 Brits, of those who had quit in the last four months, 41 per … Read more

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The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends More Brits than ever are choosing to ditch cigarettes, with a charity suggesting that over one million people in the UK have given up smoking since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. According to Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), which conducted a survey of 10,000 Brits, of those who had quit in the last four months, 41 per … Read more