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Chamath Palihapitiya rips airlines again and calls for more money to consumers and small businesses

30th September 2020 23:44 - U.S. News

"If you were going to give these folks money, you should have created some much tighter guardrails for what you were going to do in the future," he said.

Moderna CEO says its COVID-19 vaccine won't be ready until 2021

30th September 2020 23:41 - Us -

Drugmaker's timeline deals a blow to Donald Trump's claim that a vaccine could be out before the November election.

Biden and Trump agreed on at least one thing in debate: Support for electric vehicles

30th September 2020 23:38 - U.S. News

Joe Biden said he plans to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country. Trump said he supports electric vehicles, too.

FAA chief upbeat after flying the Boeing 737 Max, reiterates no firm timeline on approvals

30th September 2020 23:35 - U.S. News

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, a former military and civilian pilot, tested out the 737 Max, Boeing's beleaguered plane, grounded since March 2019.

Heiress who bankrolled NXIVM sentenced to seven years in prison

30th September 2020 23:35 - Us -

Seagram's liquor fortune heir Clare Bronfman was taken into custody to begin her 81-month sentence immediately after her appearance in federal court in Brooklyn.

Mnuchin presents counteroffer on COVID bill in meeting with Pelosi

30th September 2020 23:34 - Us -

The treasury secretary said he and Pelosi are prepared to give negotiations over a coronavirus relief bill "one more serious try."

Jair Bolsonaro attacks 'international greed' over Brazil's rainforests – live

30th September 2020 23:31 - The Guardian

Brazilian leader vows to continue to exploit country’s natural resources in combative comments at UN biodiversity summit

All eyes on China: what to look out for at the UN biodiversity summit

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The Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin tells the summit that the biodiversity crisis is “one of the defining issues of our generations”. A biodiverse planet is essential for humanity, he continues. The global response to restoring nature has to go hand and hand with climate crisis policies, according to the Taoiseach. He says his government will explore an expansion of Ireland’s marine protected areas, adding that his country will use their seat on the UN security council to link human conflict with the environment.

Nepalese prime minister KP Sharma Oli says biodiversity is “lifeline for us”, helping to sustain human health and prosperity. Living in harmony with nature is part of Nepali culture, he continues. The Himalayan nation has doubled their number of tigers, he tells the summit, adding that his country’s mountain ecosystems help sustain life beyond its borders.

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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, president of the Maldives, pledged to designate one island, one reef and one mango grove in each atoll as a protected area. The country is also phasing out single-use plastic by 2023. In reference to the coronavirus pandemic he said humanity is “living with the consequences of our constant disrespect to nature”. He added: “If we continue to disrespect the boundaries of the natural world we will continue to face similar or worse catastrophes.”

The Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel said his country was focusing on three areas of action:

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House delays vote on $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill to allow more time for talks

30th September 2020 23:27 - U.S. News

The House delayed plans to vote on its $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Wednesday as talks between Pelosi and Mnuchin continue.

Biden tells white supremacist groups to 'cease and desist' after Trump's debate 'embarrassment' – live

30th September 2020 23:24 - The Guardian

Democrat describes Trump’s display as ‘national embarrassment’Trump denies knowledge of Proud Boys after saying: ‘Stand by’Debate commission calls for ‘additional structure’ for futureSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter

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Congress no longer plans to vote tonight on a $2.2 trillion stimulus package, so they can take more time to work out a deal with the White House, per multiple reports.

After meeting earlier with treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, House speaker Nancy Pelosi initially seemed to indicate that the House would modify and move forward with voting on the Heroes Act, the latest coronavirus relief package. “Today, Secretary Mnuchin and I had an extensive conversation and we found areas where we are seeking further clarification. Our conversations will continue,” the Democratic speaker had said.

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That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, Maanvi Singh, will take over the blog for the next few hours.

Here’s where the day stands so far:

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Appalachian State tells students to 'remain vigilant' after student dies from coronavirus complications

30th September 2020 23:24 - U.S. News

Chad Dorrill, who died of complications from Covid-19, was attending classes online and living off campus, Appalachian State University officials said.

Palantir closes below first trade after NYSE debut

30th September 2020 23:20 - U.S. News

Palantir held its public market debut on Wednesday, 17 years after its founding, in a highly anticipated direct listing.

Trump says he wears masks "when needed" and mocks Biden's masks

30th September 2020 23:20 - Us -

"I think masks are OK," the president said during the first debate.

Debates commission plans to cut off mics if Trump or Biden break rules

30th September 2020 23:18 - Us -

The announcement from the Commission on Presidential Debates comes after the first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden spiraled into chaos.

Palantir insiders struggled to sell shares at debut because they couldn't access trading platform

30th September 2020 23:17 - U.S. News

Morgan Stanley's trading platform Shareworks was creating problems for Palantir employees and alumni who were trying to sell shares on opening day.

Trump encourages supporters to monitor polling places — a federal crime

30th September 2020 23:15 - Us -

What President Trump is urging his supporters to do differs from the duties certified poll watchers are tasked with.

Coronavirus live news: Italian senate suspended as lawmakers test positive; Covid travel slump could cost 46m jobs

30th September 2020 23:15 - The Guardian

Vaccine trial shows ‘robust’ immune response; warning over global impact of travel collapse; Belgium death toll exceeds 10,000

Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claimsWorld Bank announces $12bn plan for vaccines for poor countries‘Only time will tell’: Russia places huge bet on Covid vaccineGermans embrace fresh air to tackle coronavirusIsrael bans mass protests as Covid lockdown tightens

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Peru will restart international flights to some regional countries as it aims to lift coronavirus restrictions and reopen its economy.

Flights to 11 destinations in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Panama will resume on 5 October, president Martin Vizcarra said, adding that health protocols including coronavirus tests for passengers arriving to Peru will be mandatory.

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New York City restaurants have welcomed patrons back inside for the first time in months as authorities scrambled to contain Covid-19 outbreaks in some neighbourhoods.

Coronavirus infection rates continued to climb in many of the nine ZIP codes in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn where new clusters have emerged, mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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Inside the bizarre story of the NXIVM sex cult

30th September 2020 23:05 - Us -

It was a shocking story when it made headlines in April — an alleged cult leader and former network TV star arrested on sex trafficking charges. Now, the inside story of the organization is being told for the first time in the cover story of this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. Author Vanessa Grigoriadis, who was granted exclusive access to the group shortly before federal indictments were issued, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the charismatic leader of the NXIVM cult.

San Jose cop charged after video shows rough arrest

30th September 2020 23:01 - Us -

Officer Matthew Rodriguez was charged with unlawful assault and battery under color of authority in connection with the July incident.

How does coronavirus spread? When will a vaccine be available? Your questions, answered

30th September 2020 22:59 - Us -

Here are answers to some of your questions about COVID-19 as the U.S. sees a spike in new cases.

Pogba and Mata send lacklustre Manchester United past Brighton

30th September 2020 22:57 - The Guardian

Ed Woodward should not be fooled by the final score. While it was comfortable in the end, the clamour for Manchester United to strengthen their attack is only going to intensify after this misshapen performance from their second string. The search must go on, even if Borussia Dortmund hold firm on Jadon Sancho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær made his point when he turned to his bench moments after Dean Henderson had stopped Brighton’s Leandro Trossard from cancelling out Scott McTominay’s goal. After intending to give Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford the night off, Solskjær called them off the bench and United pulled clear to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

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Manchester United open talks with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembélé loan

30th September 2020 22:51 - The Guardian

United turn to France international after Sancho setbackDembélé would prefer to stay at Barcelona

Manchester United have made contact with Barcelona to see if they can sign Ousmane Dembélé on loan for the 2020-21 season.

United are not entertaining the idea of signing the France international, who has only made 52 league starts for Barcelona since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, on a permanent deal. Barcelona would prefer to sell Dembélé to free up funds for the manager Ronald Koeman to initiate a squad rebuild but realise this may be difficult to achieve.

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Palantir shares jump 30% in stock market debut

30th September 2020 22:47 - Us -

Secretive startup has never made a profit and aims to become the U.S. government's "default" software.

England v West Indies: fifth and final women's T20 international – as it happened

30th September 2020 22:41 - The Guardian

After a whole lot of rain, England won the first-ever five-over women’s international to win the five-match series 5-0

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Heather Knight breaks some WBBL signing news in the presentation! Six England players flying out on Saturday, with Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Glenn and Knight herself joining the already-announced Sciver and Brunt

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Airlines warn of huge job cuts unless lawmakers agree on aid

30th September 2020 22:41 - Us -

Carriers have warned of more than 36,000 furloughs and cuts, but a stimulus bill would extend $25 billion in aid.

When will a coronavirus vaccine really be ready?

30th September 2020 22:40 - Us -

Public health officials, drug companies and the White House keep offering conflicting timelines for when a vaccine will be approved and distributed to the American public.

Trump vs. Biden debate rules to change, with possible mic mute, after ugly first round

30th September 2020 22:32 - U.S. News

The group that sponsors the presidential debates said it will make format changes to the next showdown between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden "to maintain order."

Airlines are hours away from cutting more than 30,000 jobs without billions more in federal aid

30th September 2020 22:24 - U.S. News

Airline executives at American, United, Southwest and JetBlue have been making last-ditch attempts to persuade lawmakers to provide additional aid as the job cuts loom. 

Fed's Daly calls for more fiscal help to get the economy out of a 'big ditch'

30th September 2020 22:24 - U.S. News

Daly likened the rescue funding so far to a bridge that has helped growth recover somewhat but still needs to be extended.

Nikola shares rise after company reconfirms strategy following founder Trevor Milton's resignation

30th September 2020 22:20 - U.S. News

Nikola said it "remains committed to achieving" a set of milestones previously outlined despite founder Trevor Milton's resignation amid claims of fraud and sexual assault.

Nikola founder Trevor Milton is being treated 'as another shareholder,' executives say

30th September 2020 22:20 - U.S. News

Nikola is treating the electric vehicle start-up's founder, Trevor Milton, like they would any other shareholder after he resigned last week, executives said.

Social media amplifies conspiracies ahead of 2020 presidential election

30th September 2020 22:12 - Us -

Social media amplified conspiracy theories and far-right groups during the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN to discuss the impact it could have on the upcoming election.

Sadiq Khan refuses to attend city mayors' summit in Saudi Arabia

30th September 2020 22:06 - The Guardian

Khan and GLA staff will boycott event in protest over human rights issues in the country

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has joined the mayors of New York, Los Angeles and Paris in refusing to attend or send a representative to a major international summit this week hosted by Saudi Arabia as part of its chairmanship of the G20.

Campaign groups had called on mayors around the world not to attend the three-day Urban 20 summit (U20), which began in Riyadh on Wednesday, in protest at the plight of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

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Fact-checking the first presidential debate after a chaotic night in Cleveland

30th September 2020 22:05 - Us -

It was a chaotic first presidential debate in Cleveland. Several things the candidates said were at least partially untrue. Paula Reid provides a fact check from the White House.

The potential impact of the first debate on the presidential race

30th September 2020 22:05 - Us -

CBS News political analyst and former Trump White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and CBS News political contributor and Democratic strategist Joel Payne join "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the first debate could impact the presidential race with just 34 days until Election Day.

Fast moving flames in Northern California destroy dozens of homes and businesses

30th September 2020 21:57 - Us -

Two major wildfires burning in Northern California have ravaged the state's wine country and forced more than 80,000 people to flee. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

AG gets more time to release Breonna Taylor grand jury audio

30th September 2020 21:55 - Us -

A judge gave Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron until noon Friday to redact personal information in the file, as activists demand its release.

Harris slams Trump after debate: "A dog whistle through a bullhorn"

30th September 2020 21:53 - Us -

"Donald Trump is not pretending to be anything other than what he is," said vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris.

U.S. to block palm oil shipments from Malaysian producer

30th September 2020 21:47 - Us -

Customs order comes a week after investigation alleged litany of abuses, including forced child labor.

"Red & Blue": Breaking down the first presidential debate

30th September 2020 21:41 - Us -

President Trump and Joe Biden sparred in the first of three presidential debates Tuesday night. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns, CBS News correspondent Nikole Killion, CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News elections and surveys director Anthony Salvanto join Elaine Quijano for a special edition of "Red & Blue" to break down the debate.

Convicted felon charged in ambush-style shooting of 2 LA deputies

30th September 2020 21:38 - Us -

Deonte Lee Murray, who has an extensive criminal history, is charged with two counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.

What crisis? Europe's top clubs spend £2.5bn on players in transfer window

30th September 2020 21:30 - The Guardian

Premier League spends more than £1bn despite drop in incomeSee all the deals in the Guardian’s transfer interactive

Europe’s top five leagues have spent more than £2.5bn during the transfer window, with more than £1bn of that coming from the Premier League, despite the financial restraints forced on clubs by the coronavirus pandemic.

The sum, recorded by the Guardian’s transfer interactive, is remarkable given the collapse in revenue that has been felt across the continent since lockdown measures were introduced in the spring, specifically in regards to the loss of crowds. The Premier League is again leading the way: the website records that £1.03bn has been spent by England’s top-flight clubs since the window opened on 27 July, a figure boosted by Chelsea’s return to the market in earnest after the end of their transfer ban.

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Democrats put Obamacare center stage in Supreme Court fight

30th September 2020 21:29 - Us -

"This is about your health care," former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, said Sunday of the Supreme Court vacancy.

Battered, bloodshot Boris is no longer the star of his own show | John Crace

30th September 2020 21:21 - The Guardian

Keir Starmer barely has to get out of second gear to win PMQs now. It must be driving Johnson mad

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Like most narcissists, Boris Johnson is unable to conceive of other people having an independent existence. Rather, they are mere satellites orbiting his ego. Mere objects whose only function is to do his bidding. And to be fair, it’s a world view that has served him well enough up to now as he’s cruised his way, with a flamboyant mixture of broken promises, outright lies and back-stabbing, to his life’s goal of becoming prime minister. Family, friends and colleagues that have been trampled upon along the way are just collateral damage.

But there are growing signs that many people are increasingly deciding that enough is enough. Tory backbenchers have got fed up with being left out in the cold from the government’s coronavirus legislation and the Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, made no attempt to disguise his anger on Wednesday at the way parliament had been sidelined. But the person who most gets under Boris’s skin is Keir Starmer. Because more than six months in, he has yet to get the better of the Labour leader.

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Biden uses sarcastic Arabic phrase to mock Trump during debate

30th September 2020 21:14 - Us -

Muslim Americans and others immediately began their own debate on whether the former vice president had used one of the most widespread phrases in the Arab world.

Wall Street is 'doomsday prepping' for the election. It might not be necessary

30th September 2020 21:09 - - RSS Channel - US

The first presidential debate of 2020 didn't exactly scream "peaceful transfer of power."

First man cured of HIV has died of cancer

30th September 2020 21:07 - Us -

Brown was known as the "Berlin patient" because he was living in the German city when he received a treatment that apparently cured him.

Google unveils Pixel 5, Chromecast and Nest Audio smart speaker

30th September 2020 21:07 - The Guardian

New Chromecast with Google TV alongside Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones

Google has announced four new additions to its own-brand hardware line including two new Pixel smartphones, a new Chromecast and Nest Audio smart speaker.

The Pixel 5 is Google’s new top phone, which slots in above the well received but heavily delayed Pixel 4a and the new Pixel 4a 5G, which also launches today.

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Senate will vote on resolution to fund the government Wednesday

30th September 2020 21:06 - Us -

The president needs to sign the resolution by midnight to avoid a lapse in government funding.

Biden's message to Proud Boys is "cease and desist"

30th September 2020 21:04 - Us -

In Tuesday night's debate, President Trump told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by."

Trump should correct his statements on White supremacists, GOP Sen. Tim Scott says

30th September 2020 21:02 - U.S. News

“White supremacy should be denounced at every turn. I think the President misspoke, and he needs to correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak," Scott said.

Trump faces criticism for refusing to condemn white supremacists

30th September 2020 20:56 - Us -

Prodded by Biden and Chris Wallace during the debate to condemn white supremacists, Trump responded by telling extremist group the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by."

Some of the most frequently banned books feature LGBTQ stories, library association says

30th September 2020 20:51 - - RSS Channel - US

Some school libraries ban books because characters use witchcraft. Others do because of profanity or sexual content, or because of uncomfortable themes like racism.

Here's everything Google just announced

30th September 2020 20:47 - U.S. News

Google announced a handful of new gadgets ahead of the holiday shopping season, including a new Pixel phone, Chromecast

Serena Williams insists her body is still willing after pulling out of French Open

30th September 2020 20:44 - The Guardian

Williams picked up injury during US Open semi-final‘My body is doing really well. It’s just bad timing and bad luck’

When Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open moments before her second-round match against the accomplished Bulgarian veteran Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday, she was quick to insist she is still hunting down Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors.

However, whether time, opponents and the achilles injury that first struck at the recent US Open will allow her to do so remains problematic as the American enters her 40th year – three years after winning her last major.

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The pandemic could push an alarming number of women out of the workforce

30th September 2020 20:37 - - RSS Channel - US

First the good news: There are more women in senior-level positions across corporate America.

GOP lawmakers grill Comey on leadership of Russia probe

30th September 2020 20:33 - Us -

The former FBI director testified about the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

NFL postpones Titans-Steelers game after coronavirus outbreak

30th September 2020 20:29 - Us -

The announcement marks the first schedule change of the season due to positive test results.

Ford recalls over 700K vehicles due to faulty backup cameras

30th September 2020 20:20 - Us -

Auto manufacturer says electrical problem can affect some of its pickup trucks and other vehicle lines.

Disney to lay off 28,000 theme park workers

30th September 2020 20:07 - Us -

Temporary COVID-19 closures of Disneyland and Disney World in the spring continue to hurt the entertainment giant.

What does the first climate question at a US debate in 20 years reveal?

30th September 2020 20:02 - The Guardian

The question framed the existence of a human-made climate crisis as something that is for some Americans still debatable

The long-awaited climate question in last night’s presidential debate broke a 20-year silent streak from moderators on the crisis – thrusting it into prime time but also revealing just how stuck in the past much of the US is on the issue.

After more than an hour of chaos as the candidates talked over each other, the Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump: “What do you believe about the science of climate change and what will you do in the next four years to confront it?”

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Nagorno-Karabakh: at least three Syrian fighters killed

30th September 2020 19:59 - The Guardian

Syrians on the ground are believed to be contractors working for Turkish security companies

At least three Syrian opposition fighters have been killed in skirmishes in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Guardian has learned, confirming earlier reports of foreign involvement in the battle between Armenian and Azerbaijan over the territory and increasing fears it may spiral into a wider regional conflict.

As fierce combat between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces stretched into a fourth day, the presence of Syrians on the ground – believed to be contractors working for Turkish security companies – signalled a new frontier for Ankara’s increasingly assertive foreign policy.

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Nikola executives seek to calm investor anxiety after fraud claims delay $2 billion deal with GM, shares jump

30th September 2020 19:59 - U.S. News

Nikola is resetting investor expectations following fraud claims involving the company's technologies and its founder, Trevor Milton, who resigned as executive chairman last week.

American woman working at embassy in Ukraine killed while jogging in Kyiv

30th September 2020 19:46 - The Guardian

Woman had non-diplomatic job at embassy, source saysPolice looking for tall, dark-haired man aged about 30

An American woman working for the US embassy in Kyiv has been killed in an apparent attack while she was jogging in the Ukrainian capital.

A police statement said the victim was found unconscious from a head injury by railway tracks near Kyiv’s Nyvky Park and in the same district as the US embassy. She died in hospital. The statement said the police were looking for a tall, dark-haired man in shorts, T-shirt and running shoes, aged about 30.

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Exchange-traded product assets reach historic levels. Where one market analyst sees the money going

30th September 2020 19:43 - U.S. News

Fed-driven investments such as fixed-income and high-yield funds as well as Environmental, Social and Governance-related tactics are growing popular among ETF and ETP investors, says ETFGI's Deborah Fuhr.

UK coronavirus: 'We will not hesitate to take further measures' if pandemic worsens, PM warns – as it happened

30th September 2020 19:36 - The Guardian

News updates: PM promises more frequent press conferences on Covid situation; MPs vote by 330 to 24 to renew Coronavirus Act

UK records 7,108 more Covid cases as sharp increase sustainedGovernment bows to pressure to let MPs vote on Covid restrictionsStarmer accuses Johnson of abandoning people with ‘viable’ jobsMerseyside economy ‘may collapse without Covid help’Global coronavirus updates - live

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Related: Coronavirus live news: Italian senate suspended as lawmakers test positive; Covid travel slump could cost 46m jobs

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The government has this evening ruled out giving refunds to people holding railcards they have been unable to use – or granting a time extension – despite ongoing travel restrictions in place as a result of coronavirus.

There are an estimated 5.1m railcards in circulation in the UK, typically triggering discounts of about a third on ticket prices, and valid for a year.

After careful consideration, the government has confirmed to us that railcards will remain non-refundable and will not be extended.

We understand that this decision may not be the news our customers had been hoping for. Refunding or extending railcards for over 5.1m customers would come at a significant cost to the taxpayer at a time when the focus must be on maintaining rail services to support the country’s recovery from the pandemic.

Passengers bought railcards in good faith and will be disappointed by the decision not to extend them or offer a discount on renewal to make up for the period when we were encouraged not to travel.

While the Government continues to provide high levels of support to make sure the day to day railway keeps operating, it seems a pity some slack could not be given on this issue to encourage people back to rail travel.

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Eliud Kipchoge denies platform Nike shoes offer London race advantage

30th September 2020 19:33 - The Guardian

World record holder will wear Alphafly Next%s on Sunday Critics of shoe should ‘open their hearts and move on’

Eliud Kipchoge has rejected suggestions that the next generation of game-changing Nike shoes violate the spirit of sport, even though he has conceded that they could give him a major advantage in Sunday’s London Marathon.

The world record holder confirmed that he would wear the Alphafly Next%s, which resemble platform shoes and are claimed to improve running economy by between 5-8%, for the first time in an official race.

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Revealed: No 10 explores sending asylum seekers to Moldova, Morocco and Papua New Guinea

30th September 2020 19:31 - The Guardian

Documents seen by Guardian suggest Foreign Office officials are pushing back at proposals for processing claims in detention facilities overseas

Australian-style offshore asylum plan is driven by No 10

Downing Street has asked officials to consider the option of sending asylum seekers to Moldova, Morocco or Papua New Guinea and is the driving force behind proposals to hold refugees in offshore detention centres, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

The documents suggest officials in the Foreign Office have been pushing back against No 10’s proposals to process asylum applications in detention facilities overseas, which have also included the suggestion the centres could be constructed on the south Atlantic islands of Ascension and St Helena.

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Canada: outcry after video shows hospital staff taunting dying Indigenous woman

30th September 2020 19:26 - The Guardian

Joyce Echaquan is seen grimacing as nurses call her ‘stupid as hell’, renewing calls for country to confront systemic racism

A shocking video showing hospital staff in Canada taunting a dying Indigenous woman has left a community in mourning and renewed calls for the country to confront the realities of systemic racism.

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman, arrived at a hospital in the Quebec city of Joliette on Monday, complaining of stomach pain.

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Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claims

30th September 2020 19:17 - The Guardian

Strand of DNA inherited by modern humans is linked to likelihood of falling severely ill

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Modern humans and Neanderthals could be forgiven for having other issues on their minds when they interbred in the stone age. But according to researchers, those ancient couplings laid a grim foundation for deaths around the world today.

Scientists have claimed that a strand of DNA that triples the risk of developing severe Covid-19 was passed on from Neanderthals to modern humans. The genetic endowment, a legacy from more than 50,000 years ago, has left about 16% of Europeans and half of south Asians today carrying these genes.

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You can now cast your vote for Fat Bear Week

30th September 2020 19:14 - Us -

Many beloved events and activities have been canceled this year, but one has weathered the pandemic: Fat Bear Week

How one Michelin-star restaurant is reopening its New York City dining room

30th September 2020 19:10 - U.S. News

New York City restaurants are reopening their dining rooms for the first time since March, pushing eateries like o.d.o. by Odo to adapt how they serve their food.

Five activists on trial in France for trying to seize African funeral staff

30th September 2020 19:10 - The Guardian

Critics accuse the French state of not doing enough to restitute artefacts they feel were stolen

Five activists have gone on trial in Paris for trying to remove a funeral staff from France’s pre-eminent indigenous art museum as part of a campaign to pressure the government into restituting items they claim were stolen.

Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza, 41, led the operation at the Quai Branly museum last June, condemning “the pillage of Africa”.

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Why you pay taxes and rich Americans -- like Donald Trump -- don't always have to

30th September 2020 18:56 - - RSS Channel - US

How is it that a millionaire can pay hardly any income taxes -- or none at all -- while most people, earning far less, owe more?

Treasury yields rise after better-than-expected economic data

30th September 2020 18:53 - U.S. News

Treasury yields climbed slightly on Wednesday as investors digested latest labor market data.

Young hip-hop producer has a dark premonition on day of his murder

30th September 2020 18:52 - Us -

He sold a track to Ice Cube. His father heard Britney and Rihanna were interested. But 21-year-old hip hop producer Kevin Robert Harris II was gunned down outside his studio —and he may have seen it coming.

Half of Conservative party members believe Islam is threat, poll finds

30th September 2020 18:39 - The Guardian

Survey finds six in 10 card-carrying Tories have negative attitude towards Muslims

Almost half of Conservative party members believe Islam “a threat to the British way of life,” according to a poll which has reignited concerns over Islamophobia within Britain’s ruling party.

It found that more than one-third of card-carrying Tories believed that Islamist terror attacks reflected a widespread hostility to Britain among the Muslim community, and nearly six in 10 thought “there are no-go areas in Britain where sharia law dominates and non-Muslims cannot enter.”

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'How to move to Canada': Americans rush to Google after unwatchable debate

30th September 2020 18:38 - The Guardian

Google reports peak number of searches for ‘How to apply for Canadian citizenship’ after chaotic Trump-Biden skirmish

If you watched Tuesday night’s presidential debate thinking it was the height of civility, you’re probably in the minority. For many Americans, it was enough to trigger a potential mass exodus.

Related: Trump plunges presidential debate into chaos as he repeatedly talks over Biden

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AG says he didn't recommend murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

30th September 2020 18:29 - Us -

Cameron requested more time to give the grand jury recordings to a judge on Wednesday.

These cities are at risk of a housing bubble as home prices inflate worldwide

30th September 2020 18:22 - U.S. News

Despite a global recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, home values around the world continue to rise, with some markets at risk of overheating.

Fact-checking Trump and Biden's claims at the first presidential debate

30th September 2020 18:19 - Us -

The two debated in Cleveland in the first of three debates before the presidential election.

Joe Biden said the economic recovery is 'K-shaped.' Here's what that means

30th September 2020 18:16 - - RSS Channel - US

The American economy is recovering. That's not up for debate.

Feminists like me aren't anti-trans – we just can't discard the idea of 'sex' | Susanna Rustin

30th September 2020 18:12 - The Guardian

If we replace ‘sex’ with ‘gender’ as a way of thinking about ourselves, it will be harder to tackle sex-based oppression

Name a female thinker with an eponymous adjective. The man-derived words are commonplace: Aristotelian, Confucian, Trotskyist, Churchillian. Two queens, Elizabeth I and Victoria, have great chunks of British history and culture named after them. But this is not the same thing.

In fact, with the exception of Thatcherism, it’s hard to find a noun describing a woman’s ideas that is in anything approaching general usage in the UK. Even the novelists Jane Austen and George Eliot don’t have a style named after them in the way that Charles Dickens (Dickensian) and Henry James (Jamesian) do.

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Jimmy Fallon on the debate: 'Felt like getting a Covid test in both nostrils'

30th September 2020 18:10 - The Guardian

Late-night hosts lament the incoherent, off-the-rails presidential debate, from Trump’s interruptions to Biden’s frustration

Tuesday night’s presidential debate was, by most accounts, an off-the-rails train wreck, one quickly trashed by late-night hosts. “Usually when you see two guys this age arguing, it’s about leaves being blown on to each other’s lawns,” said Jimmy Fallon of the 90-minute spectacle which pitted Donald Trump against Joe Biden, both in their 70s, for what turned into an incoherent, sinister mess.

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Ex-Mueller prosecutor says he hasn't been subpoenaed in Durham probe

30th September 2020 18:09 - Us -

Weissmann said he does not anticipate he will be subpoenaed by John Durham as part of his sweeping review into the origins of the FBI's Russia probe.

Belgium agrees on government nearly two years after previous one fell

30th September 2020 18:05 - The Guardian

Flemish Liberal Alexander De Croo sworn in as PM as country passes milestone of 10,000 Covid deaths

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Belgium’s warring political parties have agreed to form a government nearly two years after the previous one collapsed, as the country passed the grim milestone of 10,000 deaths from coronavirus.

The deal, only finalised in the early hours of Wednesday , ends 652 days of caretaker and minority governments, since the fall of the previous administration in December 2018.

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Facebook takes its first step toward Zuckerberg's 'privacy-focused' internet

30th September 2020 18:04 - U.S. News

Facebook announced Wednesday it's integrating its Messenger chat with Instagram direct messages, pushing it toward its goal of a unified messaging system. 

Companies added better than expected 749,000 jobs amid jump in construction, hospitality, ADP says

30th September 2020 18:03 - U.S. News

Companies added jobs at a faster-than-expected pace in September due in good part to a surge in manufacturing hires, according to a report Wednesday from ADP.

Serena Williams quits French Open, says she's "struggling to walk"

30th September 2020 17:56 - Us -

The 39-year-old American star said it is "more than likely" she will not play another tournament in 2020.

New York City sees alarming coronavirus spikes

30th September 2020 17:55 - Us -

New York City’s daily coronavirus infection rate has spiked above 3% for the first time in months. Mayor Bill de Blasio says eight ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens are to blame for the recent surge. Dr. Neeta Ogden, an internal medicine specialist and immunologist, joins CBSN to talk about the latest coronavirus news.

Vatican official accuses Trump administration of exploiting pope

30th September 2020 17:49 - The Guardian

Pope Francis reportedly declined to meet Mike Pompeo during his visit this week, citing closeness of US presidential election

A top Vatican official has accused Donald Trump’s administration of exploiting Pope Francis in the final stages of the US presidential election campaign.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, spoke at a conference on religious freedom on Wednesday organised by the US embassy to the Holy See during his visit to Italy.

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"Stand back and stand by": Trump doesn't condemn white supremacists

30th September 2020 17:47 - Us -

After the debate, in the Proud Boys' Telegram channel, members boasted of Mr. Trump's reaction to "stand back and stand by."

Northern California fires rage on as hot, dry weather holds

30th September 2020 17:43 - The Guardian

70,000 people under evacuation orders in wine countryNo containment of Zogg fire, 150 miles north

Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather.

High winds that spread new fires this week in the Napa and Sonoma wine country and in a far northern area of the state were reduced to breezes, but vegetation remained ripe for burning in high temperatures amid very low humidity.

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U.S. intel "not sufficiently adapted" to address China threat, report says

30th September 2020 17:37 - Us -

The U.S. must shift areas of focus and realign the resources it has dedicated to addressing the strategic threat from China, a House report concluded.

August pending home sales soar to a record high, fueled by rock-bottom mortgage rates

30th September 2020 17:27 - U.S. News

Pending home sales rose 8.8% in August, reaching a record high pace, according to the National Association of Realtors survey, which dates to January 2001. Sales were 24.2% higher than August 2019.

$2.2 trillion HEROES Act would provide second stimulus check

30th September 2020 17:23 - Us -

House Democrats' revised stimulus bill also would restore $600 in extra weekly jobless benefits.

US intelligence sources discussed poisoning Julian Assange, court told

30th September 2020 17:18 - The Guardian

Extradition hearing told spying operation at Ecuador embassy included plot to take baby’s nappy

Plans to poison or kidnap Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy were discussed between sources in US intelligence and a private security firm that spied extensively on the WikiLeaks co-founder, a court has been told.

Details of the alleged spying operation against Assange and anyone who visited him at the embassy were laid out on Wednesday at his extradition case, in evidence by a former employee of a Spanish security company, UC Global.

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Farmville foreclosure! Why Facebook is canning its most popular game

30th September 2020 17:16 - The Guardian

After 11 years of digital ploughing, planting and harvesting, the most famous social network game of all time is being consigned to the scrapheap

Name: FarmVille.

Appearance: Cute, colourful agricultural community filled with innocent, wide-eyed people and animals who are never slaughtered.Is that somewhere in the midwest of the United States? If you want it to be.How long has it been around? Eleven years.And how is FarmVille doing? Not well. In fact, it’s about to be closed down.That’s terrible. What’s the reason? Covid, the recession, Trump, the rise of veganism? Declining popularity and the fact that Flash games will no longer be supported on Facebook from the end of the year. I’m not with you. I gather that. FarmVille is an award-winning game made by US-based developer Zynga; a digital simulation of a farming community, a computerised Ambridge. At one point, it was the most popular game on Facebook with more than 80 million players. But times change.What did you have to do to play the game? Invest a lot of time; devote yourself to ploughing, planting and harvesting; earn farm coins to buy equipment and seeds. But above all badger your Facebook friends to come and help out on the farm – a quick way to grow it.That’s annoying. Intensely. All those Facebook friends quickly got sick of requests to come and help with the lambing, milking and harvesting.Was there no other way to grow? This being the US, raw capitalism also worked. Instead of farm coins you could use farm cash – real money – to buy stuff as a shortcut to commercial success. Clever, eh?Who played it? That was the beauty of the game. It didn’t appeal to spotty teenagers in smelly bedrooms. They didn’t think it was much of a game at all, since no one was annihilated by androids. Even the turkeys were made ready for Thanksgiving by gently plucking their feathers rather than violence. This was a dreamworld, and it appealed to mums who could play the game at home with their children. How sweet. Because of its unusual demographic, it became huge. Zynga partnered with big brands to promote merchandise and Lady Gaga even had her own farm, GagaVille, where players could hear an exclusive set of songs. Sounds like fun, actually. Some games aficionados didn’t think much of it. They said that because all you needed to do was invest time in menial labouring tasks it was both tedious and, for some players, potentially addictive.Do say: “Personally, I’m not too sorry to see it go.”Don’t say: “You do realise you can still play later iterations of the game on your mobile?”

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Greenland's ice melting faster than at any time in past 12,000 years

30th September 2020 17:00 - The Guardian

Increased loss of ice could trigger sea level rise of up to 10cm by end of century

Greenland’s ice is starting to melt faster than at any time in the past 12,000 years, research has shown, which will raise sea levels and could have a marked impact on ocean currents.

New measurements show the rate of melting matches any in the geological record for the Holocene period – defined as the period since the last ice age – and is likely to accelerate, according to a paper published in the journal Nature.

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Nets owner Joseph Tsai sees next season as 'tricky' but expects a 'very nice rebound'

30th September 2020 16:55 - U.S. News

Brooklyn Nets owner Joseph Tsai envisions arenas still without a lot of fans next season though he expects that to turn around in the ensuing years.

Transcript: James Comey on "Face the Nation"

30th September 2020 16:39 - Us -

The following is a transcript of an interview with former FBI Director James Comey that aired Sunday, August 23, 2020, on "Face the Nation."

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

30th September 2020 16:35 - The Guardian

Users will be able to send chats, photos and videos between the two platforms for first time

Facebook Messenger and Instagram have merged, more than 18 months after the Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced his intention to integrate the two platforms.

Instagram’s old direct messaging service, Instagram Direct, has been replaced by Messenger, allowing users to send chats, photos and videos between the two platforms for the first time.

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Mortgage demand falls nearly 5%, even as interest rates set another record low

30th September 2020 16:32 - U.S. News

Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 2% for the week but were 22% higher than one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Debate-watchers say Biden won first debate — CBS News poll

30th September 2020 16:28 - Us -

Immediately after the debate, the CBS News Battleground Tracker interviewed likely voters nationwide who watched the debate in order to get their reaction.

Families plead for Hong Kong activists accused of trying to flee by speedboat

30th September 2020 16:23 - The Guardian

The ‘Hong Kong 12’ - arrested for allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan - have become the latest flashpoint for protesters

The family of a Hong Kong activist detained in China after allegedly attempting to flee to Taiwan by speedboat say they have had no communication from him and are relying on a piece of paper from Chinese authorities as confirmation of his whereabouts.

Andy Li was among 12 people caught by Chinese coastguards on 23 August. He had been arrested earlier that month under Hong Kong’s newly introduced national security law, after which the authorities had confiscated his passport before releasing him on bail.

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Biden campaign raises record $3.8 million in second hour of debate

30th September 2020 16:18 - Us -

Joe Biden's deputy campaign manager said the campaign set a new record for fundraising in the second half of the first debate.

Germans embrace fresh air to ward off coronavirus

30th September 2020 16:18 - The Guardian

Angela Merkel says ventilation may be one of cheapest and most effective ways of containing virus

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Ventilating rooms has been added to the German government’s formula for tackling coronavirus, in refreshing news for the country’s air hygiene experts who have been calling for it to become official for months.

The custom is something of a national obsession, with many Germans habitually opening windows twice a day, even in winter. Often the requirement is included as a legally binding clause in rental agreements, mainly to protect against mould and bad smells.

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"Super healthy" college student dies from COVID-19 complications

30th September 2020 16:16 - Us -

"If it can happen to a super healthy 19-year old boy who doesn't smoke, vape or do drugs, it can happen to anyone," Chad Dorrill's mother said

Watch live: Pharma executives testify at House hearing on drug pricing

30th September 2020 16:01 - U.S. News

The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee is holding a hearing with current and former executives of three major drug companies on the high cost of prescription drugs in the U.S.

Miss Virginia review – shallow biopic fails to do its subject justice

30th September 2020 16:00 - The Guardian

Uzo Aduba has all the talent to play activist Virginia Walden gets but is let down a script uninterested in the issues it depicts

Uzo Aduba has just picked up a well-deserved Emmy for playing the pioneering African American congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in Mrs America. Now she is on the other side of Washington DC, as the struggling single parent turned education reform activist Virginia Walden.

In early scenes, Virginia drags her weary frame through school metal detectors to urgent parent-teacher conferences about her 15-year-old son. Then it’s on to meetings with the bank to plead for loans to pay for private school and her second job cleaning toilets at a congresswoman’s office. On the horizon, the Capitol dome gleams, contrasting with crumbling, graffitied buildings of Walden’s neighbourhood, a simplistic shorthand for DC’s notorious inequalities. The cliched choreography of a school-bully fight scene – they round on the class nerd and trample his glasses – is also typical of this film’s surface-skimming depiction of social problems.

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Actors Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer on historic production of Netflix movie "The Boys in the Band"

30th September 2020 15:54 - Us -

Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer join "CBS This Morning" to discuss their new movie, "The Boys in the Band" on Netflix. The historic production unites a cast of all openly gay actors.

CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the CBS News Election & Survey Unit

30th September 2020 15:53 - Us -

A recap of latest polls and data-driven studies from the CBS News Election & Survey Unit

How to vote by mail in every state and U.S. territory

30th September 2020 15:45 - Us -

CBS News has put together the important deadlines for every state and U.S. territory so you can avoid long lines at the polls while ensuring your vote will count in November.

Timothy Ray Brown, first person to be cured of HIV, dies aged 54

30th September 2020 15:44 - The Guardian

Brown, ‘the Berlin patient’, died of cancer at home in CaliforniaMarrow and stem cell transplants successfully treated virus

Timothy Ray Brown, who made history as “the Berlin patient”, the first person known to be cured of HIV infection, has died. He was 54.

Brown died on Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs, California, according to a social media post by his partner, Tim Hoeffgen.

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A crab-eating contest and pantomime dames: Wednesday's best photos

30th September 2020 15:40 - The Guardian

The Guardian’s picture editors select highlights from around the world

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Visions of love: 30 years of Mariah Carey's style

30th September 2020 15:01 - The Guardian

As she releases her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey we look back at 30 years of Mariah’s style from the classic 90s/00s jeans and nice top to becoming the Queen of Christmas

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'There's a lot of hurt': four years of fire take toll on California's wine country

30th September 2020 14:57 - The Guardian

Residents are now wearily familiar with the enervating routine of wildfires, alerts and being ready to flee at a moment’s notice

As Will Abrams and his wife worked desperately in the early hours of Monday to distract their panicking children from the wildfire flames that crept closer and closer to their car as they fled Santa Rosa, it was not so much fear he felt but a sense of frustration.

Fear was waking up one October night in 2017 with his house ablaze from the Tubbs fire, his children screaming and embers catching in the yard. Fear was having to move burning logs out of the driveway in order to escape.

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Geneva to introduce minimum wage of £3,500 a month

30th September 2020 14:55 - The Guardian

Voters back measure amid reports of growing poverty linked to Covid-19 pandemic

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Geneva is to introduce a minimum wage of almost £3,500 a month, reported to be the highest in the world, after locals approved the measure in a surprise vote result sparked by reports of growing coronavirus-linked poverty in the Swiss city.

The canton’s 500,000 voters passed the minimum wage proposed by local unions and leftwing parties, after twice rejecting it in 2011 and 2014.

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Daniel Dale fact checks key moments from the 1st presidential debate

30th September 2020 14:54 - - RSS Channel - US

CNN's Daniel Dale fact checks key moments from the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden. See more CNN Facts First fact checks here.

Vicious first debate between Trump and Biden offered little on policy, lots of conflict

30th September 2020 14:52 - U.S. News

Hardly a minute went by in the debate without one of the candidates angrily interrupting the other, whether on the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court or the economy.

Here's how to get more financial aid for college amid the Covid-19 pandemic

30th September 2020 14:30 - U.S. News

Parents and students can start filing their FAFSA forms for the 2021-22 school year on Oct. 1. If you’ve experienced financial hardship due to Covid-19, there are a few extra steps this year.

'Only time will tell': Russia places huge bet on Covid vaccine

30th September 2020 14:17 - The Guardian

Country will be giving 10m doses of Sputnik V a month by December, says head of fund backing vaccine

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For Kirill Dmitriev, the man in charge of selling Russia’s coronavirus vaccine to the world, there’s a simple rationale behind Moscow’s accelerated push to be the first country to roll out a coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

“It’s part of the Russian mentality to save the world,” said Dmitriev, head of Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund, in an interview with the Guardian.

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The death toll in ICE custody is the highest it's been in 15 years

30th September 2020 14:11 - - RSS Channel - US

The number of deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody grew dramatically this year.

David Atherton's recipe for beetroot sub rolls

30th September 2020 14:00 - The Guardian

These pink, pillowy rolls – made with grated pickled beetroot and nutritious flaxseed meal – are delicious filled with cured fish and pickles

Sub sandwiches are known for towering layers of filling, but the bread should not be neglected. My favourite sub is stuffed with cured fish, pickles and fresh, crispy lettuce. For this, you want a pillowy, soft roll that can stand up to the strong flavours. The grated, pickled beetroot here keeps the crumb moist and gives it a slightly sour taste and a pretty pink colour. The flaxseed meal and the wholemeal flour feed your gut microbiome without making the bread dense. Finally, the caraway seeds make the fish sing.

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Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: Disney, Micron, Dow Inc., GM & more

30th September 2020 13:53 - U.S. News

The stocks making the biggest moves in premarket trading include Disney, Micron, Dow Inc., GM, and more.

Anthony Scaramucci says first presidential debate was an 'embarrassment' to the U.S.

30th September 2020 13:31 - U.S. News

"I don't think anybody won," said Scaramucci, a hedge fund investor who briefly served as Trump's White House communications chief.

Gilmore Girls power: Why we still love this comforting classic 20 years on

30th September 2020 13:23 - The Guardian

Now enjoying a new lease of life on Netflix, the mother-daughter dramedy still holds a special place in fans’ hearts

At 22, I experienced a moderate bout of depression. Living in a packed house I shared with strangers and having just ended a draining relationship, I was in a weird, transitional period, and I was finding it a bit much. I worked mornings, which at least meant my days began with structure and a sense of purpose. My afternoons, by contrast, were lonely and aimless, defined by hours-long naps and eating large bags of crisps. There was, however, one other, nicer, constant, something I always looked forward to, no matter how grey I felt. Arriving home from the office at about 2pm, I would boot up Netflix, always with the same objective: to transport myself to the almost pathologically cosy, gently kooky world of the mother-daughter dramedy Gilmore Girls.

Originally airing from October 2000 until May 2007 (and now enjoying a second wind in the streaming age), Gilmore Girls is a thoroughly wholesome TV hit. Its unhurried pace, low stakes and sleepy, picturesque setting have led fans and critics alike to cite it as a high point for comfort TV. And as of next week, it will have been keeping viewers warm for 20 years.

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More than 200 writers and publishers sign letter in support of trans and non-binary people

30th September 2020 13:03 - The Guardian

Described as ‘a message of love and solidarity’ and with signatories including Jeanette Winterson and Malorie Blackman, it comes days after a host of prominent literary names signed a letter defending JK Rowling

Days after a host of prominent literary names signed a letter defending JK Rowling “against hate”, more than 200 writers, publishers and journalists including Jeanette Winterson, Malorie Blackman and Joanne Harris have put their names to another stating their support for transgender and non-binary people.

The letter, which is described as “a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community”, was pulled together by acclaimed writers Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Daisy Johnson. With signatories also including Juno Dawson, Elizabeth Day, Max Porter, Nikesh Shukla, Sara Collins, Irenosen Okojie, Mary Jean Chan, Naoise Dolan, Olivia Sudjic, Sharlene Teo and Patrick Ness, it states that “non-binary lives are valid, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights”.

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How to make the perfect pasta ai funghi – recipe | Felicity Cloake's The perfect …

30th September 2020 13:00 - The Guardian

Which mushrooms give the biggest umami hit? Which herbs and spices work best? The classic Italian sauce gets the onceover from our resident perfectionist

The Italians are a nation of mycophiles, pouring into woods and forests in their thousands each autumn on the hunt for chiodini, gallinacci and, most prized of all, porcini, to saute, preserve or, as here, turn into a richly flavoured sauce. As well as having an earthy character that comes from a life spent largely underground, mushrooms are high in monosodium glutamate, the same thing that gives parmesan and ripe tomatoes their intensely savoury quality, which makes them an ideal base for a meat-free ragu. But do you need to be out foraging at dawn for the best results, or can you achieve fungi nirvana with supermarket produce?

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Sober October: 17 ways to unwind after a stressful day – without hitting the booze

30th September 2020 12:30 - The Guardian

Thousands of people will attempt to give up alcohol next month and for many it will be the hour after work that ruins their plans. Here’s how to relax without reaching for alcohol

With Sober October just around the corner, thousands of us will again be attempting to give up booze for a month. But what are the best ways to wind down at the end of the day when alcohol is off the menu? Here are 17 ideas to get you started.

1 Find a new ritual to switch off. “It is important to mark the change in the day – where work ends and your life starts – especially if you are working at home,” says Laura Willoughby, the co-founder of the mindful drinking community Club Soda. “But that does not have to mean an alcoholic drink. Often it has become the time where we do most of our incidental drinking – we open the fridge at the end of the day without really realising.”

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Jacinda Ardern admits cannabis use in heated New Zealand debate

30th September 2020 12:14 - The Guardian

Labour prime minister faces National leader Judith Collins in televised election clash

The prime minister of New Zealand has admitted she has used cannabis in the most robust and animated leaders’ debate of the election campaign so far.

The Labour leader and incumbent prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, met the National party leader, Judith Collins, in the TV3 studios in Auckland, in a one-and-half-hour debate moderated by Patrick Gower.

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Nights at the circus: beyond the big top – in pictures

30th September 2020 12:09 - The Guardian

From acrobatics to contortionists, delve into Guardian photographer Tristram Kenton’s archive of circus shots showing performers at their gravity-defying best

All photographs by Tristram Kenton

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Plan to solve Florida's non-existent protest problem is pure 'mini-Trump'

30th September 2020 12:00 - The Guardian

Governor Ron DeSantis wants to crack down on demonstrators to distract from a disastrous pandemic response, critics say

For many who heard Ron DeSantis outline his proposed “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting Act” it was a head-scratcher.

Why would Florida’s Republican governor suddenly be pushing severe penalties on protesters in a state that escaped the disorder of summer Black Lives Matter gatherings elsewhere? Why threaten to withhold state money from municipalities that defund police even as Florida cities including Miami and Tampa were actually increasing law enforcement spending?

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Glue and scissors: how I rediscovered my teenage hobby amid the pandemic

30th September 2020 12:00 - The Guardian

At some point in my adult life, art had become a thing for people who were already good at art. But during the lockdown, I rediscovered collaging

In March came the quarantine. Homebound under the governor’s orders, my only escape was an Apple orchard of electronics – MacBook. iPhone. iPad. – my world flattened to screens. I was now a college professor whose domain had shrunken from a classroom to a Zoom URL, students admiring the lush wall of plants in my living room. As a single-unwed-childless-petless woman with no roommates, I found my social life relocated fully to social media.

By April, my digital ennui ran deep, but I could find no suitable tech-free distraction to float through the hours confined at home. I made daily attempts at improving my read-to-unread book ratio, but my anxious mind insisted on drifting from the page. Often, my attention broke mid-paragraph and I’d be back online checking for breaking news of a Covid cure that wasn’t coming anytime soon, or peering at posts made by friends I used to spend quality time with IRL.

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Bob Mould, alt-rock's gay icon, takes on American evil: 'My head's on fire!'

30th September 2020 11:57 - The Guardian

The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman is back with a career box set and an incendiary new album, having come to terms with childhood trauma, his sexuality and the death of his bandmate

It’s been a fortnight since Bob Mould could open his windows. “The air is pretty toxic,” he reports from his home in San Francisco, as the California wildfires gradually turn the skies orange. It’s just one example of the unfortunate prescience of his new album, Blue Hearts, which opens with the words “the left coast is covered in ash and flames”.

The veteran singer/songwriter’s response to the Trump presidency, Blue Hearts essays a broken America, from climate change, to rumblings of civil war (Heart on My Sleeve), to the hypocrisy of the religious right (Forecast of Rain, which anticipates Jerry Falwell Jr’s recent scandal). “The terrible division in this country right now comes from the top, from our leader,” he says, scornfully. “This is trickle-down racism.”

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They hate each other's political views – so why have they become friends?

30th September 2020 11:00 - The Guardian

Our political culture is becoming more and more polarized. In such a partisan world, can we still get along with those whose beliefs we can’t abide?

When Glenn Stanton and Sheila Kloefkorn first ended up in the same room together, they knew they were not going to see eye to eye.

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Venezuela shortages prompt wave of protests across country

30th September 2020 11:00 - The Guardian

More than 100 protests erupt in 17 of 23 statesFuel, electricity, water and household goods in short supply

A wave of demonstrations has erupted across Venezuela as angry citizens flout lockdown restrictions to demand an end to worsening shortages of everything from electricity and water to fuel and household supplies.

Since Sunday, more than 100 protests have broken out in at least 17 of the country’s 23 states, sometimes resulting in skirmishes with riot police.

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If Labour wants to win back Britain, it will need to be braver than this | Frances Ryan

30th September 2020 11:00 - The Guardian

Keir Starmer’s cautious approach risks sidelining the party’s social and economic values – and its chance to create change

There is a joke that, if you wish to take the temperature of the British public, just turn on Gogglebox. Last week’s episode on Channel 4 saw the families watch Keir Starmer and remark with confusion on why exactly the Labour leader kept agreeing with the government.

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'Denim is rubbish for keeping you warm': experts' tips for cold-weather dressing

30th September 2020 10:52 - The Guardian

Avoid thick socks with tight shoes, try a neck buff and invest in a rechargeable waistcoat – top tips for dressing warm from a groundsman, a National Trust ranger and a cold-water swimmer

Spending time outdoors was fine in June when it might have involved beer, picnic dressing and socially distanced picnic rugs in the local park. And the outdoors remains vital to life right now, whether that is for a sanity-restoring walk or – depending on where you are in the UK – a meet-up with five friends. But when the temperature is somewhere between 7C and 14C, it takes on a different complexion. Taking rambler Alfred Wainwright’s memorable adage that there is no bad weather, only bad clothes, we asked a groundsman, a dog-walker, a professional snowboarder, a National Trust ranger and others what to wear to keep the heat in and the cold out.

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Close Up Photographer of the Year - in pictures

30th September 2020 10:00 - The Guardian

The annual photography competition devoted to close-up, macro and micro shots has announced its winning image, taken by Galice Hoarau, a French professor of marine molecular ecology. His night-time shot of an eel larva won CUPOTY, and was chosen from more than 6,000 entries from 52 countries. Here is a selection of the best

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'Resist until the end': On the ground with Apple Daily, Hong Kong's pro-democracy newspaper - video

30th September 2020 09:58 - The Guardian

We follow Oscar, a journalist at the tabloid, who in the shadow of China’s controversial national security law continues to report on - now largely silenced - street protests. When the law came into force three months ago, Apple Daily was raided by police: journalists' desks were searched and its founder was taken away in handcuffs. But journalists at the paper are still working, fighting to tell the people of Hong Kong’s story. 

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Trump ensures first presidential debate is national humiliation | Analysis

30th September 2020 09:19 - The Guardian

Analysis: Only one man looked remotely presidential on the debate stage in Cleveland, Ohio, and it was not the incumbent

Trump plunges debate into chaos as he talks over Biden

Cry, the beloved country. Donald Trump ensured Tuesday’s first US presidential debate was the worst in American history, a national humiliation. The rest of the world – and future historians – will presumably look at it and weep.

More likely than not, according to opinion polls, his opponent Joe Biden will win the November election and bring the republic back from the brink. If Trump is re-elected, however, this dark, horrifying, unwatchable fever dream will surely be the first line of America’s obituary.

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How Covid sowed the seeds of food security in Johannesburg

30th September 2020 08:45 - The Guardian

During South Africa’s strict lockdown, groups of activists decided to distribute parcels of vegetables as wells as seedlings and gardening materials as well as to hundreds of vulnerable households

Photographs by Miora Rajaonary

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America's year of fire and tempests means climate crisis just got very real

30th September 2020 08:30 - The Guardian

Record-breaking wildfires and hurricanes were just the most high-profile effects of global heating – and this is only the start

In a flurry of recent fires and storms, the climate crisis has left unmistakable wounds on America. Even in a tumultuous year not short of anguish elsewhere, scientists warn the climate-fueled disasters of 2020’s summer point to major shifts that will upend Americans’ lives like no other threat.

The American west has experienced its biggest year of fire on record, with blazes the collective size of Connecticut roaring across a tinderbox-dry landscape, consuming thousands of buildings, claiming several dozen lives and turning the Bay Area’s sky an eerie orange.

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Trump v Biden in the first 2020 presidential debate: our panelists' verdict

30th September 2020 08:11 - The Guardian

Donald Trump set the tone for a brawl that offered a bleak picture of American democracy

As this annus horribilis grinds toward its close, the first (and final?) presidential debate provided further evidence that 2020 is a bad scriptwriter. What might possibly have been an interesting and even educational exchange turned out to be a distressing and largely unwatchable pissing contest.

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Grit and beauty: the lives of Irish Traveller children – in pictures

30th September 2020 08:00 - The Guardian

Jamie Johnson spent five years photographing the fun-loving, fashion conscious kids who are forced to spend their childhoods battling prejudice

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A Facial Action Coding system to explain what women are thinking? You could just ask

30th September 2020 08:00 - The Guardian

Scientists have been assessing flirty expressions to find the one that makes straight men believe women are interested in them

It’s good to know that the pandemic hasn’t stopped proper academic research being done. Not just research into treatment or a cure for Covid, but something more pressing, such as how to tell if a woman is flirting with you. Because this is a serious study by real scientists, the names and stuff have lots of capitals in them: analysts from the University of Kansas used a Facial Action Coding system and published their findings about flirty expressions in the Journal of Sex Research.

According to the results, the demeanour that most indicates to men that women are flirting with them involves a slightly ducked head-tilt, eye contact and a little smile. Think coy nun, Cadbury’s cartoon Caramel bunny or Princess Diana in her interview with Martin Bashir 25 years ago. You know, that flirty hour during which she discussed years of bulimia, gaslighting from the royal family, media harassment and her husband’s infidelity. Alluring!

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Michael Rosen on his Covid-19 coma: ‘It felt like a pre-death, a nothingness’

30th September 2020 07:00 - The Guardian

Earlier this year, the beloved children’s writer spent six weeks on a ventilator with coronavirus. He talks about the magic of the NHS, the mismanagement of the crisis and how his near-death experience has changed him

“I’m drinking lemon tea,” Michael Rosen says. “Would you like some? It’s what my mother used to call Russian tea, by the way.” And before I am through the kitchen door of his north London home, he has given me a potted history of Russian tea. It is classic Rosen. Rarely does a sentence pass without the much-loved children’s poet and author teaching you something. There are anecdotes within anecdotes, tangents galore and an astonishing frame of reference – from the Palestinian professor Edward Said on “othering” to the former footballer Gordon Strachan on resilience, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah on us all being migrants and the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, on memory banks – and back again. “Sorry to inflict the Arsenal mug on a Man City fan,” he says with a wicked smile. Rosen, it seems, knows everything about everybody.

Earlier this year, the 74-year-old contracted Covid-19. He spent seven weeks in intensive care, six of them on a ventilator. His hair is white and thinner (although still pretty lush), he wears a hearing aid because his left ear is buggered, the bags under his eyes are more scrotal than ever, his left eye is fogged over, his voice is underpowered and he struggles with his breathing. Then there is the dizziness, numb toes, increased arthritis and blood clots on his lungs. Having said that, he is doing amazingly well. He is not hobbling around his kitchen, but cantering. He is writing books and newspaper columns, performing on his YouTube channel (run by his son Joe; 86m views), tweeting like billy-o. And yet there is something different about him.

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Johnson's pledges on the environment are worthless. Worse is how cynical they are | George Monbiot

30th September 2020 07:00 - The Guardian

Pledges are made to distract and placate us - but at this year’s UN biodiversity summit, public anger cannot be extinguished

It’s the hope I can’t stand. Every few years, governments gather to make solemn promises about the action they will take to defend the living world, then break them before the ink is dry. Today, at the virtual UN summit on biodiversity, they will move themselves to tears with the thought of the grand things they will do, then turn off their computers and sign another mining lease.

Ten years ago, at the last summit, world leaders made a similar set of “inspirational” promises. Analysis published a fortnight ago showed that, of the 20 pledges agreed at Nagoya in Japan in 2010, not one has been met. The collapse of wildlife populations and our life-support systems has continued unabated: the world has now lost 68% of its wild vertebrates since 1970. It sounds brutal to say that these meetings are a total waste of time. But this is a generous assessment. By creating a false impression of progress, by assuaging fear and fobbing us off, these summits are a means not of accelerating action but thwarting it.

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Trump heckled, bullied and lied through the debate. It won't help him beat Biden | Richard Wolffe

30th September 2020 06:53 - The Guardian

The president is behind in key states. Fighting on TV won’t turn things around or win over the sliver of undecided voters left

In a bar-room brawl, who wins the fight? The guy swinging his fists or the guy clutching his drink?

From the very first minute of the first presidential debate, the 45th president behaved as he has for the last four years: as unpresidential as possible.

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Treasury Department could upsize airline loans as Delta, Southwest opt out, freeing up funds

30th September 2020 06:26 - U.S. News

The Treasury Department says it plans to upsize loans to airlines under a $25 billion federal program after major carriers Delta and Southwest decided to stick with the private market.

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"If you want to switch seats," moderator Chris Wallace said to President Trump at the 65 minute mark of Tuesday night's debate, "we can do that."

Helen Reddy, Australian singer of feminist anthem I Am Woman, dies aged 78

30th September 2020 04:48 - The Guardian

The singer, whose career was celebrated in the 2019 biopic of the same name, had been diagnosed with dementia several years ago

Helen Reddy, the Australian singer best known for her anthemic 1972 hit I Am Woman, has died at 78.

Reddy had been diagnosed with dementia in 2015 and had been living in a Los Angeles nursing home for professional entertainers.

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An inevitable crisis: how Covid-19 hit universities - podcast

30th September 2020 04:00 - The Guardian

The academic year has started at universities across the UK but far from the promised freshers’ experience, new students are finding themselves forced to isolate and attend classes online

When the coronavirus outbreak first struck Britain in March, universities scrambled to respond. They moved lectures online, sent students home and cancelled exams. But now at the start of a new academic year and despite a summer to plan, there are chaotic scenes springing up on campuses around the country.

The Guardian’s Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks tells Anushka Asthana that Scottish universities were first to return and have already seen multiple clusters of cases with thousands of students, many away from home for the first time, now forced to isolate. Jordan Hunter is in his 3rd year at the University of Glasgow and editor of its student paper. He tells Anushka that anger levels are rising at both university administrators and the government.

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How Trump's Apprentice earnings helped rescue his failing empire

30th September 2020 00:24 - The Guardian

Documents show president earned $427m from NBC reality show – which he used to cover vast real estate and casino losses

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When Donald Trump signed a deal to star in The Apprentice in 2004, the New York Times’ latest bombshell report on his tax returns shows, he was among the worst businessmen in the United States.

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Man accused of driving into protesters is arrested over firearms and 'training camp' at family vineyard

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A California man who allegedly drove his truck into a peaceful protest was arrested and charged with a federal crime.

Hiker fell off cliff to his death while posing for photo

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A hiker died after falling from a cliff into the ocean on Sunday in Oregon's Oswald West State Park, becoming the latest person to lose their life while trying to snap a scenic photograph.

Troubled Florida, divided America: will Donald Trump hold this vital swing state? - video

29th September 2020 10:59 - The Guardian

Donald Trump’s presidency has changed American society. With six weeks until the most important election in a generation, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone are crossing the US to uncover the fault lines that underpin American politics. In the vital swing state of Florida, where disinformation on Covid-19 has spread unchecked, the race for the White House is tightening by the day

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The new centre of dissent: Britain becomes hub for Hong Kong activists

29th September 2020 08:00 - The Guardian

Longstanding cultural ties and a newly welcoming government have led to prominent exiles choosing London as their base

The UK has become an international hub for Hong Kong dissidents as China’s harsh new security law leads to an exodus of pro-democracy politicians, campaigners and protesters, who now face jail terms for their activism.

Longstanding cultural ties, a newly welcoming government and Covid-era travel restrictions that have in effect closed off other potential destinations, such as Canada and Australia, have boosted the number of new arrivals to Britain.

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Why has activist Nathan Law been forced to flee Hong Kong? – podcast

29th September 2020 04:00 - The Guardian

Nathan Law is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, but his years of campaigning have made him a target for the Chinese government. He discusses the toll it has taken and why he has now had to flee to London. Guardian correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison looks at what the future holds for Hong Kong

In July, Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent young democracy activists, announced he had relocated to Britain, five days after confirming he had fled his home because of Beijing’s new security law. Law was a founding member of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party that disbanded the same day Beijing imposed its new security law on the semi-autonomous region. Law and other prominent party members such as former the student leader Joshua Wong were vilified by Beijing, often described as “black hands” and separatists who conspired with foreigners to undermine China.

Nathan talks to Rachel Humphreys about why he decided to dedicate his life to activism and the impact that it has had on him and his family. He talks about his decision to come to Britain and how he will continue to campaign from the UK. Emma Graham-Harrison, senior international affairs correspondent for the Guardian and Observer, discusses how China’s introduction of the national security law effectively ends Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy.

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Demoralised but defiant, Hong Kong's spirit of resistance endures

29th September 2020 02:30 - The Guardian

Security law has largely stamped out anti-government protests, but the opposition is finding new ways to fight

Tony Chung spends his days in fear and solitude. For the 19-year-old activist, who became the first political figure to be arrested under Hong Kong’s national security law, the spectre of prison looms large.

Chung was arrested in late July with three other former members of the pro-independence group Studentlocalism – which he founded at the age of 15 – on suspicion of inciting secession under the law.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region – video report

28th September 2020 21:29 - The Guardian

Dozens have been killed in clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over a disputed area in the south Caucasus region, with international calls mounting for an immediate ceasefire.

Tensions between the countries have been growing for months over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, an enclave legally considered to be part of Azerbaijan, but which has been run by ethnic Armenians since it declared independence in 1991.

Fighting was reported overnight on 27 September and throughout the following day, with both sides accusing each other of using heavy artillery, targeting civilians and deploying foreign mercenaries

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There's a social pandemic poisoning Europe: hatred of Muslims | Patrycja Sasnal and Yasemin El Menouar

28th September 2020 17:38 - The Guardian

If anti-Muslim prejudice is not targeted, steps to counter racism in Europe in the wake of BLM protests will be meaningless

Rarely does the EU act so swiftly. Less than four months since the killing of George Floyd in police custody and the Black Lives Matter campaign that spilled into Europe and galvanised continent-wide protests, the EU is appointing its first ever anti-racism coordinator. This brilliant idea will make little sense, however, if anti-Muslim hatred is not part of their portfolio. Because instead of building a “truly anti-racist union”, as the president of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, would wish, we have so far built an anti-Muslim one.

Prejudice against Muslims exists in every corner of Europe. Not only do we collectively devalue and discriminate against Europeans who follow Islam, but the incidence of violence against Muslims is increasing.

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'We’ve crossed a threshold': has industrial farming contributed to Ireland’s water crisis?

28th September 2020 08:30 - The Guardian

A surge in milk production has reaped economic rewards, but at what cost to once-pristine rivers and estuaries?

When Barry Curtin was a young boy, he would cycle alone along the River Bride in search of a soft mossy stone on which to sit and fish. The river is a tributary of the Blackwater, which flows through Cork, Kerry and Waterford, and it has a sacred significance: its name comes from Brigid, the flame-haired pagan goddess of water. “It was an incredibly diverse place,” says Curtin. “The cleanliness of the water, the damselflies, the dippers – it was full of life.”

But Curtin, a retired teacher, hasn’t fished the river for years. He is appalled at the extent of water pollution, which he says has all but killed the rich diversity of aquatic life. “If you stand in Fermoy and look at the Blackwater at low water level, you can see the slime. There’s no doubt about it – we’ve crossed a threshold. It’s saturated with pollution.”

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Did the NHS 111 Covid helpline fail hundreds of families?

28th September 2020 04:00 - The Guardian

Hundreds of people believe the 111 helpline failed their relatives. Now the Guardian’s David Conn reports that they are demanding a full inquiry into the service

When the coronavirus outbreak hit in March, the NHS feared hospitals could be overwhelmed and so patients with suspected symptoms were directed to call the designated 111 helpline. Call volumes were massive and waiting times were often over an hour.

The Guardian’s David Conn has spent months talking to bereaved relatives about that difficult time and during his conversations he found many were deeply unhappy about the service they felt had been provided by the 111 helpline.

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Who runs Hong Kong: party faithful shipped in to carry out Beijing's will

28th September 2020 02:30 - The Guardian

Hardliners and allies of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, are remaking the semi-autonomous territory

A senior communist party operative whose only previous experience in Hong Kong is a business trip two years ago; a former Guangdong mayor who oversaw the mass arrests of villagers protesting against land seizures; a former provincial party secretary best known for tearing down hundreds of churches and crosses in eastern China.

These are China’s top officials charged with Hong Kong affairs, hardliners and allies of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who are remaking the semi-autonomous territory into a city that is directly under Beijing’s control in all but name.

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What lessons can Europe learn from Sweden's Covid-19 experience?

25th September 2020 10:58 - The Guardian

Experts say that while contested ‘light touch’ response warrants study each country must find right approach for them

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EU governments that locked down are increasingly emulating the one that did not, but experts warn that Sweden’s Covid approach, relying more on voluntary compliance than coercion, will not suit all – and big questions remain over whether it has worked for Sweden.

As infections surge in several European countries, France, which is currently averaging nearly 12,000 cases a day, has ruled out another national lockdown, instead pursuing a strategy the prime minister, Jean Castex, calls “living with the virus” and imposing local measures.

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How Spanish writer's novel about Eta terror campaign became global hit

25th September 2020 06:00 - The Guardian

As HBO series based on Fernando Aramburu’s Patria begins, author says his goal was to document a shared horror

Towards the end of Patria, Fernando Aramburu’s sprawling examination of the human cost of Eta’s four-decade-long terror campaign, a character attends a talk by an author who, as it happens, has written a “testimony to the atrocities” and their enduring consequences.

While he suspects the writer’s heart is probably in the right place, he reckons “nothing will really change because someone’s written a book. So far, it seemed to him, Basque writers hadn’t paid very much attention to the victims of terrorism. They were more interested in the killers, their crises of conscience, their emotional backstories – all that stuff”.

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Rescuers work to save whales in worst mass stranding in Australia's history – video report

23rd September 2020 12:03 - The Guardian

Hundreds of whales have died in what is suspected to be Australia's largest mass stranding on record.

More than 450 long-finned pilot whales were caught on sandbanks and beaches on the Australian island state of Tasmania.

Rescuers have managed to save about 50 whales so far, with efforts to save any whales that are still alive ongoing

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her own words – video obituary

19th September 2020 02:05 - The Guardian

The supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, arguably the single most important female lawyer in the history of the American republic, has died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old.

Appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg was a stalwart of the court’s liberal bloc, which Donald Trump appears now to have the opportunity to confine to a minority for a generation.

Later nicknamed RBG, Ginsburg was an icon, especially for women, and provided an essential vote in watershed rulings that combatted gender discrimination and protected abortion rights, equal pay, civil liberties and privacy rights.

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'I feel sick, violated': former model alleges sexual assault by Donald Trump – video

17th September 2020 11:45 - The Guardian

Amy Dorris alleges she was sexually assaulted by Donald Trump in 1997, when she was 24. Speaking publicly about the alleged incident for the first time, the former model claims Trump grabbed her as she came out of the bathroom of his VIP box at the US Open tennis event, forced his tongue down her throat and held her in a grip from which she could not escape. Trump's lawyers said he denied in the strongest possible terms having ever harassed, abused or behaved improperly toward Dorris

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Can Belarus protesters topple Europe's last dictator? – video explainer

11th September 2020 18:31 - The Guardian

Thousands of Belarusians have defied beatings and arrests to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, after he claimed victory in an election they say was rigged. Protesters have flooded Belarus's capital, Minsk, every week for a month to call for new, free and fair elections, as well as an end to police violence. But Lukashenko has held on with the support of the police and military. Can the protesters topple the man often called Europe's last dictator?

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Voter suppression: how Trump is undermining the US election – video explainer

4th September 2020 10:00 - The Guardian

Americans are increasingly encountering barriers to exercising their most fundamental of democratic rights during this 2020 presidential election – the right to vote. 

The Guardian's Sam Levine looks at how voter suppression has been unfolding across the US, four key tactics being used in attempts to block votes, and how president Donald Trump is trying delegitimize November's election

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Tell us about your return to the UK from countries on the quarantine list

24th August 2020 15:10 - The Guardian

The number of places which people need to self-isolate after returning from is growing. Share your experiences

We would like to hear from people about their experiences arriving at UK airports, ports and train stations from countries on the quarantine list, such as Croatia, France, Spain and Luxembourg.

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Belarus: what is the mood like in the country?

10th August 2020 10:35 - The Guardian

If you live or work in Belarus, we would like to hear your reaction to the situation in the country

After 10 days of protests in Belarus, EU leaders are to hold emergency talks to discuss the country’s political crisis in the country.

Whether you live or work in Belarus, we would like to hear your reaction to the situation in the country. What do you think the mood is like at the moment? Are you taking part in protests? Do you have any concerns?

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Help us document the US healthcare workers who die fighting coronavirus

27th May 2020 17:04 - The Guardian

We’d like your help identifying the US frontline healthcare workers who die after treating or helping patients with coronavirus

Lost on the frontline is a project by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News that aims to document the life of every healthcare worker in the US who dies from Covid-19 during the pandemic. From doctors to hospital cleaners, and from nursing home aides to paramedics, this project will capture the diverse range of frontline health workers risking their lives to help others in this fight. You can read more about the project here .

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