One person has been shot and killed

One person has been shot and killed as a caravan of Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the streets of Portland, Oregon. It comes as it was announced that the US president will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, amid outrage over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man who was shot in the back, leaving him paralysed. Fresh speculation has mounted about the whereabouts of Kim Jong-un’s sister – just weeks after she was said to be poised to assume power in North Korea. According to reports from the Korean peninsula, Kim … Continue reading One person has been shot and killed

Sao Paulo’s governor Joao Doria says the state will provide a vaccine for Covid-19

Sao Paulo’s governor Joao Doria says the state will provide a vaccine for Covid-19 for its people even if Brazil’s federal government does not help, Reuters is reporting. UK prime minister Boris Johnson has stressed that ministers will prioritise keeping schools open this winter as they tackle any upsurge in coronavirus cases. “Thankfully he is alive today,” Ms Harris said of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a father-of-three, whose sons witnessed their father being shot. “Joe and I spoke with [the Blake family] yesterday. They are an amazing group of people with extraordinary courage. Even in their pain and grief … they … Continue reading Sao Paulo’s governor Joao Doria says the state will provide a vaccine for Covid-19

A grieving mother

A grieving mother whose son was murdered in the Christchurch mosque attack confronted the terrorist in court today and told him: ‘You killed your own humanity.’ Maysoon Salama told white supremacist gunman Brenton Tarrant: ‘I can’t forgive you… I don’t think the world will forgive you for your horrible crime.’ Ardern said the cluster would have been significantly bigger if level three restrictions had not been imposed so quickly, as people had become infected at churches, shopping centres and on public buses. “If it weren’t for level three, this cluster would be exponential, of that I have no doubt,” she … Continue reading A grieving mother

Thousands of extra medical, dentistry and science students will start at university this autumn

Thousands of extra medical, dentistry and science students will start at university this autumn after a cap on places was lifted and extra funding announced. Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said that students should be guaranteed places at their first-choice university, either this year or next, if they had been made an offer. She also announced that universities would be free to recruit as many medical students as they wanted. The numbers are usually strictly controlled by the government. Video shows the 44-year-old opposition leader being stretchered from the aircraft into a waiting ambulance before being rushed to intensive care. … Continue reading Thousands of extra medical, dentistry and science students will start at university this autumn

Italy has closed nightclubs

Italy has closed nightclubs and made face masks compulsory outdoors after a spike in coronavirus cases among young people. New cases in the past week in Italy, the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus, were more than double those registered three weeks ago. Prokoshev, a bearded 70-year-old, was born in western Siberia but has retired to Russia’s warm south where he tends his vegetable garden in a village near Sochi, President Vladimir Putin’s favourite Black Sea resort. When Prokoshev read the news from Beirut 12 days ago, he made no immediate connection to his bitter experiences … Continue reading Italy has closed nightclubs

Donald Trump has been on the receiving end

Donald Trump has been on the receiving end of an extraordinary rebuke by a former president after Barack Obama denounced White House attempts to suppress postal voting in the upcoming election. Mr Obama, who has generally avoided attacking his successor directly, told a US politics podcast Mr Trump was attempting to “discourage people from voting” by opposing additional funds for the US Postal Service (USPS), which is expected to face a surge of postal votes this November due to coronavirus. The tragic case was one of the most shocking examples of domestic abuse in Australian history. Hannah suffered burns to … Continue reading Donald Trump has been on the receiving end

The government has been accused of being “tone deaf”

The government has been accused of being “tone deaf” for its sudden introduction of further lockdown restrictions in the north of England last month shortly after being warned that local interventions could fuel racial tensions. Documents released by the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warned that in areas with vulnerable or marginalised communities local interventions could make people feel stigmatised, damage trust in government and lead to social unrest. The 72-year-old independent voter was born in Pineville, Kentucky, and has moved around quite a bit over the years. Her family moved to 20 different suburbs by the time … Continue reading The government has been accused of being “tone deaf”

France’s prime minister has told his citizens to ‘pull themselves together’

France’s prime minister has told his citizens to ‘pull themselves together’ amid a fresh surge in coronavirus cases.  Jean Castex said the public was becoming careless and raised the spectre of a second lockdown after a rise of more than 10,000 cases in the last week. The effect was called antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). The reason it matters today, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, is that unexpected glitches such as ADE are the kind of problems vaccine developers look for in phase-3 testing of vaccines – testing that has yet to be carried out on Russia’s newly approved Sputnik … Continue reading France’s prime minister has told his citizens to ‘pull themselves together’

A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist

A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist who was arrested under the new national security law is a traitor who should receive an exemplary punishment to deter further unrest in the city, Beijing has said. Jimmy Lai, 71, who owns the Apple Daily newspaper, conspired with foreign agents and posed a danger to national security, according to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, part of China’s state council, or cabinet. One scientist blasted Putin’s move as ‘unethical’ because an ‘improperly tested vaccine’ could have ‘disastrous’ effects on public health, while others warned that there is ‘no data’ to … Continue reading A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist

I spent my earliest years in Beirut

I spent my earliest years in Beirut before my family returned to the UK, and when I was at school here in the 1980s, the phrase “it’s like Beirut” was bandied around. The Lebanese capital, once called the Paris of the Middle East, became synonymous with a brutal civil war, the kidnapping of Terry Waite and bullet-scarred buildings. He is widely expected to announce the formal resignation of the cabinet but his confirmation became increasingly unnecessary as a string of ministers pre-empted him by saying they were quitting. During the course of the day, Ghazi Wazni, the finance minister, followed … Continue reading I spent my earliest years in Beirut