‘Athletes need a decision’: Roger Federer in two minds about Tokyo Olympics

Tennis great has called on Games organisers to end uncertaintyStill to decide if he will represent Switzerland amid Covid-19

Tennis great Roger Federer has called on Olympics organisers to end the uncertainty around the Tokyo Games, with the 20-times grand slam winner saying he was still in two minds about whether to compete.

The Olympics are set to run from 23 July 23 until 8 August after being postponed in March last year over the Covid-19 pandemic. But Japan, battling a surge of infections, has extended until the end of May a state of emergency in its capital, Tokyo, and three areas.

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Guardian May 15, 2021, 8:29 am
Taiwan records 180 new cases in island’s worst Covid outbreak of pandemic

New restrictions, including a mandate on mask-wearing and limits on gatherings in the capital, Taipei, will stay in place for two weeks

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Taiwan has reported 180 new cases of Covid-19 as it rushes to contain the worst outbreak the island has seen since the pandemic began. Authorities have raised the alert level in Taipei and the neighbouring county of New Taipei, limiting family gatherings, and ordering numerous industries to close.

Taiwan has been one of the world’s pandemic success stories, and its case numbers remain low relative to outbreaks around the world. But Saturday’s cases, which bring its total number so far to about 1,470 among a population of 24 million, mark the highest rates of community transmission since the pandemic began. Until now almost all of Taiwan’s cases were detected in new arrivals held in hotel quarantine.

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Guardian May 15, 2021, 8:07 am
China tornadoes kill 10, injure hundreds

State media says at least six people died in the inland city of Wuhan, where Covid-19 first emerged in late 2019

Back-to-back tornadoes killed at least 10 people in central and eastern China and left more than 300 others injured, officials and state media have reported.

Six people died in the inland city of Wuhan and four others in the town of Shengze, about 400km (250 miles) east, in Jiangsu province, local government statements said.

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Guardian May 15, 2021, 7:27 am
Cheney's ouster leaves Republican Party divided

House Republicans chose Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Trump loyalist, to replace Liz Cheney in the party's leadership. Nikole Killion has the latest.

CBS May 15, 2021, 2:38 am
More than a dozen states roll back mask mandates; teacher unions call for reopening all schools this fall: Latest COVID-19 updates

Coronavirus cases in the US are at their lowest rate since September and deaths are at their lowest point since April 2020. The latest COVID news.
     

USAtoday May 15, 2021, 2:21 am
Biden administration gives House panel documents related to Trump hotel

The General Services Administration has provided House Democrats with documents related to former President Donald Trump's Washington hotel, in the second case this week where the Biden administration gave the House information that the Trump administration had blocked it from obtaining.

CNN May 15, 2021, 1:41 am
Liz Cheney says Fox News has an "obligation" to debunk election lies

Appearing on Fox News on Thursday, Cheney called out the network for promoting Trump's false claims the election was stolen.

CBS May 15, 2021, 1:05 am
Liz Cheney: McCarthy should testify about Trump’s views on Capitol attack

Lawmakers agree to create bipartisan commission to investigate breach but questions remain over GOP support

The Republican House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, should testify before the commission to investigate the 6 January Capitol attack, the Wyoming representative Liz Cheney said on Friday, because he has “said publicly that he’s got information about the president’s state of mind that day”.

Related: ‘It’s hard to look at’: Donald Trump makes National Portrait Gallery debut

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Guardian May 15, 2021, 12:31 am
Biden Dissolves Controversial Trump Orders On Race And Culture

The president canceled executive actions signed by former President Donald Trump that focused on statues in the wake of protests against racism and police violence that targeted Confederate monuments.

NPR May 15, 2021, 12:12 am
Book excerpt: "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service"

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig's new book traces the evolution, and recent scandals, of the agency responsible for protecting the president.

CBS May 14, 2021, 11:39 pm
California governor candidate under investigation over 1,000lb bear sidekick

John Cox may have violated city law when he brought campaign mascot Tag with him to San Diego

Turns out campaigning across California with a 1,000lb bear is not a foolproof political plan.

John Cox, a candidate vying to replace Gavin Newsom in the state’s gubernatorial recall vote, is under investigation for violating a San Diego city law that bans anyone, except zoos, from bringing wild animals – including lions and tigers and bears – into the area.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 11:24 pm
Biden revokes Trump-era executive actions on immigration, monuments, censorship

President Joe Biden issued executive orders on Friday revoking several executive actions taken by former President Donald Trump, including a proclamation that required that visa applicants have health insurance or the means to pay for medical care, an action related to online censorship and an order to build "the Garden of American Heroes."

CNN May 14, 2021, 11:15 pm
President Joe Biden revokes Trump orders on `heroes garden' and other issues

President Joe Biden on Friday revoked a number of his predecessors executive orders including one to create a "National Garden of American Heroes."
     

USAtoday May 14, 2021, 10:54 pm
Arizona official denounces "unprecedented" election audit

The audit will not change the results of the election in Arizona.

CBS May 14, 2021, 10:49 pm
‘It’s hard to look at’: Donald Trump makes National Portrait Gallery debut

Photo of ex-president will make way for a painted portrait as gallery says Trump’s team is considering artists

A picture is worth a thousand tweets. Donald Trump gained immortality of sorts on Friday when he made his debut at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. But he also ran into some “good trouble”.

Related: Rightwingers tried to discredit Trump ‘foes’ with honey trap plot – report

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 10:33 pm
The hermit kingdom: how a proudly multicultural country became ‘fortress Australia’

As Covid wreaks havoc overseas Australia risks regressing culturally and economically if borders don’t reopen

Tony Sammartino has no idea when he will next hug his three-year-old daughter, but it’s almost guaranteed it won’t be for another year at the earliest.

“These are the best years of her life, and they should be the best of mine too. And they’re slipping away.”

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 10:00 pm
‘Have a little empathy’: Bali tires of badly behaved foreign influencers

Tourists threaten the island’s economic recovery by ignoring Covid protocols, including refusing to wear masks and even making a porn film

A Russian Instagrammer who launched his motorbike off a dock, crashing into the sea. Two YouTube pranksters who fooled a supermarket guard with drawn-on face masks, violating the island’s health rules. A couple allegedly filming porn on a sacred mountain.

Bali has hosted a range of badly behaved influencers during the pandemic. And now it’s had enough.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 10:00 pm
AOC says Marjorie Taylor Greene is ‘deeply unwell’ after 2019 video surfaces

The progressive representative says the Republican extremist’s behavior has ‘raised concerns’ among Democrats

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said the Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene has a “fixation” on progressive members of Congress, and warned that Greene’s behavior has “raised concerns” among Democrats.

Greene, a Trump loyalist and a promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, was elected to the House in 2020, and has spent her first months in office harassing Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Democrats.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 9:47 pm
Delta is first U.S. airline to require new hires be vaccinated

Atlanta-based carrier says starting Monday, employees joining its ranks must be immunized against COVID-19.

CBS May 14, 2021, 9:40 pm
Russia officially dubs US and Czech Republic ‘unfriendly’ states

Government says US missions can no longer hire local staff following law Putin signed last month

The Russian government has officially deemed the United States and the Czech Republic “unfriendly” states, and announced that US diplomatic missions could no longer employ local staff while Czech missions could employ a maximum of 19.

Moscow first announced the ban on the US hiring local staff last month as part of its retaliation for a slew of new US sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2020 US presidential election and for involvement in the SolarWind hack of US federal agencies.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 9:01 pm
20 photographs of the week

The escalating conflict in Gaza and Israel, young migrants on the border between Mexico and the US, protests against the government in Colombia and the enduring impact of Covid-19: the most striking images from around the world this week

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 8:38 pm
Fact check: Stefanik wrongly says US saw 'worst jobs report in over 20 years'

In accepting her new position to replace Liz Cheney as conference chair of the Republican party, Rep. Elise Stefanik went after President Joe Biden and what she called his "far-left radical socialist policies."

CNN May 14, 2021, 8:27 pm
Biden senior Covid advisor Andy Slavitt says he will leave White House in early June

Slavitt, whose position on Biden's Covid response team was always temporary, said that the administration had accomplished many of its goals for the pandemic.

CNBC May 14, 2021, 8:09 pm
India variant could seriously disrupt lifting of lockdown, says Boris Johnson

PM announces acceleration of Covid vaccine programme, saying race could become a ‘great deal tighter’

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The final stage of the lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions across England could face “serious disruption” due to the India variant, the prime minister has warned, as he announced plans to accelerate the vaccine programme to curb its spread.

Boris Johnson said the gap between the first and second Covid jab would be cut from 12 weeks to eight for all over-50s and the clinically vulnerable, admitting: “The race between our vaccine programme and the virus may be about to become a great deal tighter.”

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 8:00 pm
'You left us': Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean slams Trump in expletive-laden message

"F--- you trump you left us on [t]he battle field bloody and alone," Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean wrote, according to his Capitol riot case.
     

USAtoday May 14, 2021, 7:48 pm
Colorado man suspected in wife’s death allegedly voted for Trump in her name

Suzanne Morphew disappeared on Mother’s Day last yearBarry Morphew ‘wanted Trump to win’ presidential election

A Colorado man suspected in the death of his wife, who disappeared on Mother’s Day last year, is also accused of submitting a fraudulent vote on her behalf for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election, court documents show.

Related: California woman may have washed $26m lottery fortune down the drain

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 7:44 pm
House Republicans elect Trump loyalist Elise Stefanik as conference chair after ousting Liz Cheney

The tally was 134-46 for Stefanik, who was endorsed by Trump and House Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise.

CNBC May 14, 2021, 6:10 pm
Using Zoom could help older people avoid dementia, study reveals

Those who communicate online alongside traditional methods show less of a decline in episodic memory

Defiant in the face of Covid isolation, older people across the country ventured online, often for the first time, and mastered technology: reading bedtime stories to grandchildren over Zoom and holding book clubs on Microsoft Teams.

Now a UK study has shown that their determination to access and enjoy the internet’s social possibilities could have had another advantage: protecting them against dementia.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 6:02 pm
House strikes deal on commission to investigate insurrection, with vote expected next week

The agreement would set up an independent commission to investigate the failings that allowed a pro-Trump mob to overrun the Capitol.

CNBC May 14, 2021, 5:47 pm
Crying about hamburgers is dead-end on climate crisis, Republicans warned

Congressman Peter Meijer, 33, warns that false claims of a burger ban or blaming immigrants risk losing the young generation

Lies that hamburgers will be banned, conspiracy-laden claims of government tyranny, blame for environmental degradation foisted upon immigrants – the Republican response to Joe Biden’s climate agenda suggests the base instincts of Donald Trump still strongly animate the party.

Related: Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 5:17 pm
NYC businesses offering unique incentives to encourage more people to get vaccinated

As the pace of new vaccinations is slowing in the U.S., states and businesses are offering unique incentives to encourage more people to get the shot. From baseball tickets to hotdogs, Vladimir Duthiers took a trip around New York City to see what your COVID vaccine dose can get you.

CBS May 14, 2021, 5:16 pm
Trump loyalist Elise Stefanik wins Republican vote to replace Liz Cheney

New York congresswoman and ardent Trump backer wins voteCheney removed for criticizing former president’s election lies

Elise Stefanik has been elected by Republican House representatives to replace Liz Cheney as the party’s conference chair, following the rancorous removal of Cheney over her criticism of Donald Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was rigged.

Related: Frontrunner Andrew Yang gets a grilling during New York mayoral debate

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 4:50 pm
How Angela Rayner came out on top after spat with Starmer over reshuffle

Labour deputy leader has shown she has a significant power base and is not shy of using it

Joe Biden and his vice-president, Kamala Harris, have a standing weekly date for a private one-to-one lunch, just as Biden did with Barack Obama.

Breaking bread is one way of keeping a political relationship on track. No wonder, perhaps, that Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have decided to give it a go as they attempt to rebuild their relationship.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 4:44 pm
Yankees say 8 fully vaccinated members tested positive for COVID

Torres is the first Yankees player to have a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

CBS May 14, 2021, 4:43 pm
What we know about the Indian Covid variant so far | Julian Tang

The good news is, we think existing vaccines will protect us against this rapidly spreading strain. But we need more data

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The new variant of the Covid-19 virus first detected in India comes in three forms: B.1.617.1 (abbreviated as variant 1), B.1.617.2 (variant 2) and B.1.617.3 (variant 3). Each of these has a slightly different genetic makeup. The one that is surging in England is variant 2.

There is some good news and bad news about this variant, based on the limited data we have available. The good news is that we think it does not contain the 484K/Q mutation that has been linked to some degree of vaccine resistance. So the current AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines should work relatively well against it, and at least protect most of us from severe Covid-19 disease and death. We do not have any evidence of this variant causing more severe disease, either – at the moment.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 4:41 pm
Boris Johnson’s county court judgment actually made me feel sorry for him | Zoe Williams

The prime minister’s alleged £535 debt could have affected every aspect of his financial life. I discovered that the hard way a long time ago

It was a piece of singular brilliance from Private Eye to do a speculative search on county court judgments (CCJs) and see if the prime minister’s name turned up. Imagine the delight in the office when there it was, as recent as last October, with “10 Downing Street” as the address, for an unpaid amount – to an unknown creditor – of £535. It was too good (and we all know how that ends) to be true. Downing Street successfully struck out the CCJ in a nanosecond; it was apparently a mischievous claim for defamation from a Covid conspiracy theorist, and you can add your own conspiracy theory here if that’s your poison.

Personally, I’m relieved. For an entire morning, I was experiencing the most unsettling mood change towards the prime minister: fellow-feeling.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 3:07 pm
What Disney, Airbnb and DoorDash results reveal about the post-pandemic economy

Companies are gearing up for an era in which Covid-19 isn't the primary driver of how people spend their money.

CNN May 14, 2021, 1:51 pm
Cyber Ninjas, UV lights and far-right funding: inside the strange Arizona 2020 election ‘audit’

Election experts are watching the effort with alarm, saying officials are not using a reliable methodology – and fear it could be a model for Republicans to try elsewhere

One of the first things you see when you step outside Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the ageing arena in Phoenix, is the Crazy Times Carnival, a temporary spectacle set up in the parking lot. In the evenings, just as the sun is setting, lights from the ferris wheel, the jingle of the carousel and shrieks of joy fill the massive desert sky.

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 9:00 am
‘Bristol does things differently’: Green party emerges as city’s rising force

Success in the local council elections has raised the party’s hopes of a parliamentary seat

Four days on from one of the most eye-catching results in England’s local council elections, Yassin Mohamud, the new Green member for the Bristol inner city ward of Lawrence Hill, still has to stop every few minutes to accept the congratulations of residents, neighbours, shopkeepers and taxi drivers when he walks down to the shops.

“It’s very exciting,” said Mohamud. “I can’t wait to get on with the job. This area has been neglected for too long. There is so much litter, drugs, air pollution, antisocial behaviour. Things must change.”

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Guardian May 14, 2021, 7:00 am
U.S. Marine Major Christopher Warnagiris is arrested for participating in Capitol riot

The Marine is the latest person charged in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, which occurred after President Donald Trump urged supporters to march to Congress.

CNBC May 14, 2021, 12:33 am
Disney misses on subscriber expectations, parks revenue still hurt by Covid restrictions

Disney+ had been bolstering the company's success as it was losing out on business from Covid restrictions, but it seems the rapid growth is starting to slow.

CNBC May 13, 2021, 11:56 pm
Eid al-Fitr celebrations around the world – in pictures

Around the world, Eid al-Fitr celebrations have been taking place in another unprecedented year. With the uneven distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, Muslims in countries like the US and UK have been able to gather en masse for the first time in over a year and celebrate the end of Ramadan. Meanwhile, across Asia, some ceremonies have been more muted and somber, as families continue to lose members to the virus.

Adding to the complex emotions amid this year’s celebration, Muslim communities have been demonstrating solidarity with those affected by the crisis in Gaza, where Israeli strikes have killed dozens of people, including many children. As millions share traditional feasts after a month of fasting, Eid will continue through the evening, and often through the week

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Guardian May 13, 2021, 10:05 pm
Solar pushback: how US power firms try to make people pay for going green

In states like Kansas, energy companies want to impose charges on people who produce their own power with rooftop arrays

Kevin Good is the president of a small solar power company in Kansas – a state that tends to be so sunny you’d think he’d have it made.

“I got into solar at maybe the worst point to do so in the last 50 years,” said Good, who runs Good Energy Solutions in Lawrence, a town of about 100,000.

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Guardian May 13, 2021, 1:00 pm
India’s Covid anguish fuels calls to release rights activists from jail

Protesters against Narendra Modi’s controversial citizenship law remain detained in prisons rife with coronavirus

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An ashen-faced Natasha Narwal emerged on bail from Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail on Monday evening. It was the freedom one of India’s most prominent feminist activists had spent a year fighting for, but this was an exit steeped only in sadness; it had come 24 hours too late.

A day earlier, Narwal’s 71-year-old father, Dr Mahavir Narwal, had died of Covid-19, alone in a hospital intensive care unit in the city of Rohtak – another victim of the devastating second wave that has swept India in recent weeks. So far the country has registered more than 20m cases and a quarter of a million deaths, though most experts believe the true toll to be far higher.

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Guardian May 13, 2021, 11:07 am
Making a splash: the best – and funniest – Guardian headlines over 200 years

Witty, pithy, pretty and hitty, sometimes the headline is better than the story it sits upon

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It’s late. It always is. Just 10 minutes until the front page has to be sent for printing. And above the main story, the splash, hangs a big white space, awaiting inspiration.

The story: Donald Trump’s fractious state visit to the UK in 2019. The words are on the page, but the most important ones – the 60-point headline – are still wanting. A good, sharp headline here will not only sell the story but sell the paper itself. But it must be short, accurate, decent, rhythmic, in good taste, and a perfect tease of the 900 words that follow.

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Guardian May 13, 2021, 8:00 am
Why is the UK slashing its international aid budget? – podcast

Boris Johnson’s government has blamed the Covid crisis for its decision to cut its international aid budget, but is there more to it?

When David Cameron rose to become Conservative party leader, he set about identifying totemic policies that would show his party was changing. As well as promoting new thinking on the environment, he made an effort to highlight his commitment to overseas aid. When he was prime minister, his government signed a target of spending 0.7% of national income on foreign aid into law.

The Guardian’s diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, tells Anushka Asthana that since the entry of Boris Johnson into Downing Street, the future of Britain’s aid budget has looked a lot less certain. He has folded the Department for International Development (Dfid) back into the Foreign Office and now has signed off on a budget that would slash the UK’s commitment to that 0.7% figure enshrined in law.

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Guardian May 13, 2021, 4:00 am
Can Labour survive Britain’s political realignment? - podcast

After another set of disappointing election results, columnist John Harris asks if Labour can ever reconnect with voters in its former heartlands, where support is increasingly swinging to the Conservatives

Last week’s local elections were the first serious electoral test for the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, whose first year in the job has been dominated by Covid-19. It did not go well. On Friday morning the news came through from Hartlepool that Labour had been beaten into second place by the Conservatives in the hotly contested byelection. And the party had also lost a clutch of council seats in its former heartlands in the north of England and the Midlands. There were gains in key mayoral contests and in Wales but the overall picture was one of a party failing to make the gains necessary to put pressure on a Conservative party in power for more than a decade.

Guardian columnist John Harris tells Anushka Asthana that there are no easy answers for Labour. It must now do the hard work of reconnecting with lost voters in places such as Hartlepool. If it doesn’t, the party could be out of power for a generation.

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Guardian May 12, 2021, 4:00 am
Meghan: Covid has wiped out 'generation of economic gain' for women

The Duchess of Sussex has made her first television appearance since her and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan warned women had been 'disproportionately affected' by the pandemic in a pre-recorded message for Global Citizen's Vax Live charity concert.

The Duchess of Sussex said 47 million more women around the world were expected to slip into extreme poverty and called for equitable distribution of Covid vaccines. President Joe Biden, Harry and Jennifer Lopez were among the big names who took part in the event

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Guardian May 10, 2021, 10:50 am
US economy performance under Biden — in 7 charts

The economy seems to be accelerating, with stepped-up vaccinations and more stimulus. That's burnishing Biden's record in his first 100 days.
     

USAtoday April 28, 2021, 10:15 pm
India: drone footage shows makeshift mass crematorium in Delhi – video

Mass cremations have been taking place in the Indian capital, Delhi, in makeshift facilities set up to cope with the huge rise in coronavirus deaths. India recorded another 352,991 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the fifth day of record highs, and 2,812 new deaths, its highest daily figure so far

Coronavirus global news – live updatesIndia’s Covid crisis: doctors sound warning over oxygen hoarding
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Guardian April 26, 2021, 2:02 pm
Protest in a pandemic: voices of young climate activists – video

From flooding the streets with thousands of activists to mass Zoom calls, Twitter storms and isolation, young protesters have had to adapt to a global pandemic and find new ways to push forward their calls for action on the climate crisis.

We spoke to six 'school strikers', all members of Fridays for Future, about the impact the pandemic and social distancing have had on their movement, and what the future could hold for their protests after more than a year of Covid-19

Climate protesters gather in person and online for Fridays for Future
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Guardian April 23, 2021, 6:39 pm