Footage shows how clean the air is

Footage shows how clean the air is after three months of coronavirus lockdown in Bangkok, Thailand.  The tropical skyline was clouded in a toxic smog made of harmful PM2.5 particles at the start of the year, caused by construction, cars and agricultural fires. Among locations hit by the escalating rate of infections there has been San Quentin prison, with 900 new cases in the past fortnight. The state’s outbreak, however, has been centred on Los Angeles county, which has hit its own milestone of 100,000 cases, including 3,300 deaths, with the LA county public health director, Barbara Ferrer, warning of … Continue reading Footage shows how clean the air is

A secretive Russian intelligence unit

A secretive Russian intelligence unit has been offering the Taliban bounties to kill British and American soldiers in Afghanistan. The Times understands that American intelligence officials informed their British security counterparts that the Russian group at the centre of the claims is believed to be Unit 29155. This is the elite subversion and assassination wing of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence arm, whose agents were charged with the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in 2018. The men – from a terror group called the Balochistan Liberation Army – threw grenades at a security post near the … Continue reading A secretive Russian intelligence unit

The number of lives lost to coronavirus Covid-19 around the world has passed half a million

The number of lives lost to coronavirus Covid-19 around the world has passed half a million. The US-based Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre confirmed the grim landmark has been reached and now stands at 500,108 as of 10pm on Sunday night. Mr Trump’s “entire presidency has been a gift to Putin”, he said. A former senior Pentagon official said it beggared belief that the president had not been informed of such a controversial piece of intelligence, as claimed by the White House. Areas of the city are no-go zones, with one abandoned cinema serving as the macaques’ base – and … Continue reading The number of lives lost to coronavirus Covid-19 around the world has passed half a million

An historic coalition has been agreed in Ireland tonight between old political rivals Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – along with the Greens

An historic coalition has been agreed in Ireland tonight between old political rivals Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – along with the Greens. The three parties will officially form a government tomorrow, almost five months after the country’s general election, with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin set to be sworn in as the new Taoiseach. Yencer de los Santos Germosen, and his 16-year-old girlfriend, who has not been named, were being pulled out to sea by the currents and were heard screaming for help. Members of a nearby regatta heard the couple’s pleas and contacted the emergency services just before … Continue reading An historic coalition has been agreed in Ireland tonight between old political rivals Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – along with the Greens

Ten countries currently facing serious increases in coronavirus infections are among those nations with less stringent approaches to managing their outbreaks

Ten countries currently facing serious increases in coronavirus infections are among those nations with less stringent approaches to managing their outbreaks. Guardian analysis of coronavirus data, in combination with the University of Oxford’s coronavirus government response tracker, has identified that 10 of the 45 most badly-affected countries are also among those rated as having a “relaxed response” to the pandemic, underlining the mitigating impact of effective government public health policies. The president has repeatedly sought to strip crucial protections in the law, including a recent antidiscrimination policy that prevents health providers and doctors from refusing to cover LGBT+ people. Mr … Continue reading Ten countries currently facing serious increases in coronavirus infections are among those nations with less stringent approaches to managing their outbreaks

Columns of tanks and troops are parading through Red Square today as President Vladimir Putin oversees grand World War II commemorations

Columns of tanks and troops are parading through Red Square today as President Vladimir Putin oversees grand World War II commemorations to stir up patriotic fervour ahead of a vote on extending his rule. Forced to postpone the country’s traditional May 9 Victory Day celebrations by the coronavirus pandemic, Putin rescheduled the parade for just a week ahead of a July 1 public vote on controversial constitutional reforms. Schools and kindergartens, bars, fitness studios and museums, which had gradually begun opening their doors again, were forced to close and people are once more limited to meeting up with just one … Continue reading Columns of tanks and troops are parading through Red Square today as President Vladimir Putin oversees grand World War II commemorations

The re-election of President Trump would be a “danger to the republic”

The re-election of President Trump would be a “danger to the republic” and would have “grave consequences”, his former national security adviser said before the publication today of a damning memoir of 17 months at his side. John Bolton, 71, a lifelong hardline Republican, said he could not vote for Mr Trump but would write in the name of a “true conservative” on his ballot paper in November. He said he hoped that his book was a contribution to a discussion on “what the post-Trump [Republican] party looks like”. Bars, gyms and cinemas will all have to shut their doors … Continue reading The re-election of President Trump would be a “danger to the republic”

Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident

Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident after seven of them jumped into a river to save their friend. The primary school-age pupils were swept to their deaths and the last of their bodies were pulled from the water at around 7am today. He had predicted there would be no empty seats and the campaign planned for a full arena and an outdoor overflow stage for 40,000 people, after boasting of a million ticket requests. There were warning signs that all was not going to plan when six of the advance team were diagnosed with Covid-19. The modest turnout, … Continue reading Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident

Speaking at the Trump campaign’s rally in Tulsa on Saturday night, President Donald Trump’s son Eric referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “animals”

Speaking at the Trump campaign’s rally in Tulsa on Saturday night, President Donald Trump’s son Eric referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “animals”. Telling supporters that there is no family other than the Trumps that will work harder for them, he said they will preserve “the moral fabric of the country”. Dad Michael Ciasullo has been left devastated after losing his wife and three “princesses” just days before Father’s Day. A witness said a police car was following behind the speeding Infiniti when the Infiniti went through a red light and slammed into the family’s Volkswagen in suburban Toronto, … Continue reading Speaking at the Trump campaign’s rally in Tulsa on Saturday night, President Donald Trump’s son Eric referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “animals”

Brazil has passed a total of more than one million coronavirus cases

Brazil has passed a total of more than one million coronavirus cases, and nearly 50,000 deaths, according to its health ministry data, in a new low for the world’s second worst-hit country. Brazil has recorded 1,032,913 confirmed cases, second only to the United States, with 1,206 new deaths reported on Friday to take the total official fatalities to 48,954, the ministry said. The president – who is due in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday to resume campaign rallies, despite widespread opposition over fear the arena event will spread Covid-19 among attendees – has meanwhile provoked consternation by claiming in an interview … Continue reading Brazil has passed a total of more than one million coronavirus cases