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Coronavirus live news: US launches $3.2bn virus treatment program; England opens vaccines to all adults

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern gets Pfizer vaccine; England opens vaccines to all over 18s from Friday; new US program will focus on development of antiviral pillsUK’s green list update will be ‘cautious’, insiders warnPrevious Covid infection may not offer long-term protectionNetherlands offers free pickled herring as Covid jab incentiveMinisters will not tell workers to return to office when lockdown endsSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.56am BST The health service in England w...
Tags: England, Wales, Scotland, White House, US, World news, Britain, United States, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Public Health England, Anthony Fauci


Boris Johnson criticised for meeting Bahrain’s crown prince

Human rights groups accuse PM of ‘putting trade over torture’ in seeking deal with Gulf stateBoris Johnson has been accused of putting trade before torture after he met senior Bahraini officials in Downing Street to discuss a free trade deal with the Gulf states.Neither the Foreign Office nor Downing Street advertised the meeting with the country’s prime minister, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, in advance, with one official citing security concerns. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Bahrain, Foreign Office, Gulf, Liz Truss, Trade Policy, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa


Joe Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday – live

‘Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,’ president says‘It is time to move forward,’ Biden says after supreme court decisionSupreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millionsHouse votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade IraqNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 9.23pm BST Now that Joe Biden has signed the Juneteenth bill, June 19 officially becomes a federal holiday just two days before America commemorates the end...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, America, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US Congress, Biden, Bush, Trump Organization, US Office of Personnel Management


Boris Johnson under fire over meeting with Bahrain’s crown prince

Human rights groups accuse UK prime minister of ‘putting trade over torture’ in seeking deal with Gulf stateBoris Johnson has been accused of putting trade before torture after he met senior Bahraini officials in Downing Street to discuss a free trade deal with the Gulf states.Neither the Foreign Office nor Downing Street advertised the meeting with the country’s prime minister, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, in advance, with one official citing security concerns. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Bahrain, Foreign Office, Gulf, Liz Truss, Trade Policy, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa


Wind turbine clash adds to UK-EU post-Brexit tensions

Exclusive: Brussels is concerned that British government is favouring domestic firms, in breach of trade dealA new front has opened up in the post-Brexit tensions between Boris Johnson and the EU over Brussels’ concerns that the British wind turbine industry is being favoured for government contracts worth billions of pounds.With the support of the governments of France and Spain, the European Commission has privately warned UK officials that the government’s procurement policy could be in breac...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Politics, UK, France, Environment, Eu, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, European Commission, Wind Power, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Brexit


Wind turbines clash adds to UK-EU post-Brexit tensions

Exclusive: Brussels is concerned that British government is favouring domestic firms, in breach of trade dealA new front has opened up in the post-Brexit tensions between Boris Johnson and the EU over Brussels’ concerns that the British wind turbine industry is being favoured for government contracts worth billions of pounds.With the support of the governments of France and Spain, the European Commission has privately warned UK officials that the government’s procurement policy could be in breac...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, European Commission, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Brexit, UK EU, Trade Policy


Little left to chance in carefully-curated Geneva summit

Meeting goes as well as could be expected as Biden and Putin speak language of diplomacy – but hardly one of affectionJoe Biden and Vladimir Putin hadn’t even sat down before tensions boiled over at the 18th-century Villa La Grange, a fine Swiss manor house besieged on Wednesday by a 21st-century press pool. The two men looked cordial enough as they shook hands for the first time as leaders. But the sun-struck journalists behind them pushed and shouted, some knocked to the floor, as they fought...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, US, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Geneva, Biden, Villa La Grange


Biden rejects Putin’s ‘ridiculous comparison’ between Capitol rioters and Alexei Navalny at summit – live

Biden says he raised human rights concerns at summitPutin says he and Biden agreed ambassadors should return to postsSummit concludes after about three hours of talks between leadersFirst session was small meeting with Blinken and Lavrov presentSecond session included more of the two leaders’ senior aides 7.20pm BST Back in Washington, a contender for headline of the day from MSNBC’s Maddowblog. Trumpets please…Defying irony, GOP alleges White House ‘weakness’ toward RussiaPresident Joe Bide...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Gop, US politics, Geneva, Biden, Msnbc, Republican National Committee, Alexei Navalny


Putin says Biden is an ‘experienced statesman’ and ‘very different from Trump’ after summit – live

Putin says he and Biden agreed ambassadors should return to postsSummit concludes after about three hours of talks between leadersFirst session was small meeting with Blinken and Lavrov presentSecond session included more of the two leaders’ senior aides 6.26pm BST Joe Biden is now holding his solo press conference after his summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.“I told Putin our agenda is not against Russia or anyone else. It is for the American people,” Biden ...
Tags: Usa, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, US politics, Geneva, Biden, Lavrov, Geneva Switzerland, Randolph, Blinken


Biden-Putin summit live: leaders reach second stage of tense talks

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will talk for four-five hours before making separate press appearancesFirst session, with Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov, concludesTalks amid tensions expected to focus on regional conflicts, climate, Covid 4.17pm BST A former longtime White House correspondent said today’s chaotic media scrum at the beginning of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin’s summit reminded him of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s Geneva meeting in 1985.Photo-op was also jammed and chaoti...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, US politics, Ronald Reagan, Geneva, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sergey Lavrov, Antony Blinken, Reagan Gorbachev, COVID, Biden Putin


UK criticises Leo Varadkar over united Ireland comments

Irish deputy PM’s remarks ‘unhelpful and ill-advised’, says Northern Ireland secretaryThe British government has rebuked Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Leo Varadkar, for saying he believed there could be a united Ireland within his lifetime.Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, told the Commons on Wednesday the comments were “unhelpful and ill-advised”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Leo Varadkar, Brandon Lewis, Fine Gael


UK asks EU to suspend Northern Ireland sausage ban

Brexit minister Lord Frost asks for ‘a bit of breathing space’ to negotiate deal and head off trade warThe UK has asked the EU to suspend an imminent ban on the sale of British sausages in Northern Ireland to give both sides “breathing space” to negotiate an agreement on the Brexit protocol and avert a trade war.Lord Frost, the Brexit minister, was speaking days after Boris Johnson warned he would do “whatever it takes” to protect Northern Ireland’s position as part of the UK. Continue reading.....
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Brexit, Lord Frost, Frost the Brexit


Senate unanimously passes bill making Juneteenth a holiday

By Ted Barrett, Ali Zaslav and Alex Rogers | CNN The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The legislation has gained momentum since the massive Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last year and the Democrats’ takeover of the White House and Congress. But Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson blocked the bill in 2020, ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, History, Soccer, United States, South Dakota, House, Wisconsin


Home Office abandons plans to deport Osime Brown to Jamaica

Family celebrate success of campaign to halt deportation of 22-year-old, who has autismA 22-year-old man who has autism and his family are celebrating after the Home Office abandoned plans to deport him to Jamaica.Osime Brown, who left Jamaica aged four to settle in the UK with his mother, Joan Martin, was facing deportation after being released from prison where he had been serving a sentence for stealing a friend’s mobile phone, though he and others said he did not do it. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Autism, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Jamaica, Caribbean, Joan Martin, Osime Brown, Jamaica Osime Brown


Evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US in late 2019

By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press NEW YORK — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is not definitive, and some experts remain skeptical, but federal health officials are increasingly accepting a timeline in which small numbers of COVID-19 infections may have occurred in the U....
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Cdc, Washington, China, New York City, US, Sport, World news, Soccer, United States, Harvard University, Wisconsin, Associated Press, Disneyland


‘People have already forgotten Jo Cox’: Samuel Kasumu on why he quit as No 10’s race adviser

He resigned amid the fallout from a government report that dismissed institutional racism. In his first interview since, he says some ministers are waging a culture war – and endangering the countryJohnson’s former race adviser accuses Tories of inflaming culture warsSamuel Kasumu is worried about what is to come. The former race adviser to No 10 has watched, dismayed, as commentators and members of the government – whom he believes should know better – engage in a bitter culture war. He warns t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Race, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Jo Cox, Samuel Kasumu, Jo Cox '' Kasumu


Why is Israel lifting Covid restrictions as England extends them?

Analysis: both are viewed as running successful vaccine campaigns, but case numbers are very differentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael and the UK were viewed as world leaders in their coronavirus vaccine campaigns but whereas the former is lifting almost all pandemic limitations, the latter is now glumly extending its restrictions in England amid a sharp rise in infections.Despite starting its mass inoculation programme after the UK in December, Israel has sped ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Israel, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK-Australia trade deal: what does it mean?

The main elements of the ‘historic’ post-Brexit deal signed by Boris Johnson and Scott MorrisonBoris Johnson has hailed a “historic” trade deal with Australia as a “new dawn” for the two countries, but what is the deal about? Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, Australia, International Trade, UK News, World news, Australia news, Foreign Policy, Global Economy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, UK Australia, Scott MorrisonBoris Johnson


Rich countries urged to come up with detailed plans to cut emissions

Laurence Tubiana, a key player in 2015 Paris summit, says UK and others must explain how they will achieve climate goalsRich countries must come forward with detailed plans on how they hope to meet their climate targets, and Boris Johnson must forge much closer relationships with developing countries to bring about the breakthrough needed on the climate crisis this year, one of the architects of the Paris agreement has said.The G7 summit, which ended on Sunday in Cornwall, achieved much less tha...
Tags: Politics, UK, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Paris, Global climate talks, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Green politics, G7, Laurence Tubiana, Paris Climate Agreement


UK and EU try to settle standoff over Northern Ireland Brexit checks

Brexit minister and EU Commission official to meet this week as tensions remain highThe Brexit minister Lord Frost and the European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, are expected to meet this week to try to break the deadlock over Brexit checks in Northern Ireland.But as the countdown begins to a 30 June ban on the sale of chilled meats, including sausages, from Great Britain in Northern Irish supermarkets, tensions between the EU and Boris Johnson’s government remain heightened. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, European Commission, Boris Johnson, Frost, Brexit, Great Britain, EU Commission, David Frost


Birx hinted she wanted Trump to lose election, new book says

Andy Slavitt writes that White House Covid taskforce coordinator told him ‘I hope the election turns out a certain way’, CNN reportsDr Deborah Birx, then the White House coronavirus taskforce coordinator, hinted to an Obama-era official shortly before the 2020 election she wanted Donald Trump to lose to Joe Biden.Andy Slavitt, a former acting chief of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, writes in a new book, according to CNN, that he spoke to Birx “to get a sense for whether, in the ...
Tags: Obama, White House, World news, US news, Cnn, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Andy Slavitt, Centers for Medicaid, Trump Administration, Medicare Services, US elections 2020, Deborah Birx, Birx


Promises and protests at the G7 in Cornwall – photo essay

Our photographer looks back on three days of politics and demonstrations during the summit in Carbis BayWith more than 6,000 police deployed to Cornwall for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, there were surreal sights everywhere: armed officers on residential streets, snipers on rooftops, marine units in St Ives harbour and battleships in the sea. Many residents revelled in the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the action as world leaders and diplomats were convoyed into Carbis Bay, while others objec...
Tags: Politics, Protest, Police, Angela Merkel, Environment, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, St Ives, G7, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Carrie Johnson, Extinction Rebellion


Home Office condemned for forcing migrants on bail to wear GPS tags

Round-the-clock tracking condemned as ‘Trojan horse’ giving government vast surveillance powers that violate human rightsMore than 40 human rights organisations have condemned the Home Office’s introduction of 24-hour GPS monitoring of people on immigration bail in an expansion of surveillance powers that has involved no consultation process or parliamentary debate.The new policy marks a shift from using radio frequency monitors (which alert authorities if the wearer leaves an assigned area) to ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Surveillance, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Global development, Prisons and probation, Civil liberties - international, Priti Patel


UK aid cuts to Bangladesh NGO a ‘gut punch’, says charity head

Withdrawal from long-term partnership catastrophic, says Brac, affecting women and girls’ education and those in extreme povertyThe UK government’s funding cuts to the world’s largest international non-governmental organisation are a “gut punch” after a successful 10-year £450m partnership, according to a director.Asif Saleh, executive director of Brac Bangladesh, said the cuts will leave hundreds of thousands of girls without an education, millions of women and girls without access to family pl...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Charities, Aid, Global development, Bangladesh, Inequality, Foreign, Brac, Asif Saleh, Women's rights and gender equality


Rishi Sunak’s billionaire in-laws hit with £5.5m bill in Amazon India tax dispute

News follows disclosure of competition case brought by small traders against US tech giant and family-run Indian joint venture CloudtailA joint venture between Rishi Sunak’s billionaire in-laws and the internet retailing giant Amazon is in a multimillion-pound dispute with the Indian tax authorities, a Guardian investigation has found.The disclosure adds to the list of legal battles currently involving the joint venture, following news on Friday that India’s competition commission has been given...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Politics, Technology, Internet, India, US, UK News, World news, Regulators, E-commerce, South and Central Asia, Amazon India, Amazon Continue, Rishi Sunak


Joe Biden to use Nato summit to atone for damage of Trump years

Omens are favourable, but experts warn previous four years will have lasting consequencesThree years ago it was Donald Trump who stunned Nato members at a summit in Brussels, warning that he may be prepared to pull the US out of the western military alliance if its other members did not increase their defence spending.At a summit in the same city on Monday, it falls to Joe Biden to repair the damage from four years of his predecessor’s freewheeling theatrics, although experts caution that the Tr...
Tags: Politics, US, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Military, US politics, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Nato, US military, Brussels, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration


G7 partners survive small talk at ultimate office awayday | Helen Pidd

Some summit spouses must have trust issues – why else would they turn up?It could be said that anyone who voluntarily attends their partner’s office party is either a masochist or has trust issues. So, why, then, do the spouses of world leaders feel obliged to turn up to global summits?Ordinarily, it appears that their only duty is to make small talk with their fellow spare parts while their other halves chew over the big issues of the day. At the G7 meeting in Cornwall this weekend, the Wags an...
Tags: Politics, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, G7, Habs, Jill Biden, Helen Pidd, Carrie Johnson


Coronavirus live: UK cases up by 2,000 for second week in a row; G7 calls for expert-led study on origins of Covid

Follow the latest updates on the pandemic in the UK and across the worldSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.08pm BST The IMF welcomed the Group of Seven’s support for expanding the global lenders emergency reserves by $650bn and said it would work with members on ways to $100bn to the world’s poorest countries.The IMF managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, said that the allocation of Special Drawing Rights would help boost global reserves and allow countries to fund much needed fiscal measu...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Who, Boris Johnson, Imf, Kristalina Georgieva, Group of Seven, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Coronavirus, Cornwall Boris Johnson


Johnson defends G7 deal amid criticism of final communique

Green campaigners and anti-poverty groups say Cornwall summit failed to address challenges facing the world Boris Johnson sought to defend the deal struck by G7 leaders at the Cornwall summit, as green groups and anti-poverty campaigners said the rich nations’ club had failed to match the scale of the challenges facing the world.The final communique contained no early timetable to eradicate coal-fired emissions, offered only 1bn extra coronavirus vaccines for the world’s poor over the next 12 mo...
Tags: Politics, China, World news, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Cornwall, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, G7, Coronavirus


Johnson’s G7: after all the hype, what was actually achieved?

Analysis: Cornwall summit revives multilateralism but lacks action on climate, vaccines and ChinaBoris Johnson struggled to present an agreement by G7 world leaders in Cornwall as a breakthrough matching the scale of the crises facing the globe. The final communique of the rich nations’ club contained no early timetable to eradicate coal-fired emissions, offered only 1bn extra vaccines for the world’s poor over the next 12 months, and made no new binding commitments to challenge China’s human ri...
Tags: Politics, China, World news, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Cornwall, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, G7, Coronavirus, ChinaBoris Johnson



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