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  1. UK ministers were warned local lockdowns could fuel racial tensions

    Government accused of being ‘tone deaf’ for imposing restrictions in the north of England despite warnings

    The government has been accused of being “tone deaf” for its sudden introduction of further lockdown restrictions in the north of England last month shortly after being warned that local interventions could fuel racial tensions.

    Documents released by the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warned that in areas with vulnerable or marginalised communities local interventions could make people feel stigmatised, damage trust in government and lead to social unrest.

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  2. US coronavirus death toll set to reach 200,000 by Labor Day, CDC forecast says

    Rate of new deaths could rise in California and Colorado over the coming four weeks and decline in Arizona, CDC says

    The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is set to reach 200,000 by Labor Day as children across the country prepare to return to school, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) forecast.

    The rate of new deaths could rise in California and Colorado over the coming four weeks and decline in Arizona, the CDC said. More than 160,000 people have died from Covid-19 in America, although scientists have pointed out the number of excess deaths so far this year exceeds even this toll.

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  3. 'It’s killed the holiday': Britons in France react to new quarantine rules

    As UK announces 14-day isolation for those arriving from France after Saturday, travellers are left wondering what to do

    France has been added to the UK coronavirus quarantine list meaning that anyone returning to the UK after 4am on Saturday will have to quarantine for 14 days or face a fine. With some travellers desperately trying to return before the deadline, others have decided to stay in France.

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  4. Alexander Lukashenko promises fresh crackdown on Belarus protesters

    Protesters marched towards government buildings demanding Lukashenko’s resignation

    The standoff in Belarus appears to be entering a decisive phase, with embattled president Alexander Lukashenko promising a fresh crackdown as protests continued.

    On Friday evening, tens of thousands of protesters marched towards government buildings in central Minsk, holding flowers and signs demanding an end to violence and Lukashenko’s resignation. Gathering outside parliament, they faced off against a few dozen troops guarding the building.

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  5. 'We can only help ourselves': women in Belarus take protests into their own hands

    After police beat up demonstrators, flower-bearing women take to streets demanding change

    The first chain of women appeared on Wednesday: a few hundred brave souls, dressed in white and holding aloft flowers, in a quietly powerful response to the gruesome violence inflicted on thousands of Belarusians over the previous days.

    By the next afternoon, columns of flower-waving women were everywhere, parading along the broad avenues of central Minsk smiling, laughing and resolutely demanding political change.

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  6. Coronavirus live news: France infections accelerate; Spain to close nightclubs and ban public smoking

    France reports more than 2,800 new infections in another new post-lockdown record; Spain announces 11 new measures; Italy to test travellers from Spain, Croatia, Malta and Greece

    The Argentine biotech firm contracted to produce 400 million doses of an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for Latin America said on Friday it could start shipping the active substance of the product to Mexico for completion.

    Esteban Corley, director of mAbxience, the biotech firm, said he expected the vaccine could be distributed in Latin America between April and May.

    Moscow’s health department has said it recorded 1,706 deaths related to the coronavirus in July, of a total of 10,773 deaths recorded in the city over the course of the month.

    Moscow has been the area worst hit by the pandemic in Russia, and the health department said the coronavirus toll partly accounts for a rise of about 7% in the city’s mortality rate compared to the same month last year.

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  7. Obama condemns Trump attempt to 'kneecap' USPS to discourage voting – live

    Backlash around the postal service continues: Representative Maxine Waters reportedly will hold a presser at the Los Angeles post office at 4 pm PST today, to bring attention to the new USPS rules from the Trump administration and their effects on postal operations.

    "Auntie Maxine" is mad: "Enough is enough!" says @RepMaxineWaters advisory - announcing she's marching down to the main Post Office in Los Angeles today at 4 pm, holding presser to bring attention "to effects Trump Administration’s new USPS rules are having on postal operations."

    The Washington congresswoman Pramila Jayapal endorsed new Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in a Los Angles Times op-ed on Friday.

    Jayapal highlighted Harris’s immigrant background and their shared South Asian heritage and said Harris is uniquely equipped to take on Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric. From the piece:

    Sen. Harris’ nomination offers a clear contrast to a xenophobic president who has attacked immigrants and asylum seekers and the very idea of immigration at every turn, issuing a Muslim ban, separating families, caging children and even threatening student visa programs that allowed Sen. Harris’ mother and me to come to America in the first place.

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  8. Turkey threatens to suspend UAE ties over deal with Israel

    ‘The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached,’ says Erdoğan

    Turkey has threatened to suspend its diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates and recall its envoy, a day after the Gulf state announced it would become the third Arab country to establish full ties with Israel.

    “The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters on Friday.

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  9. Speculation grows over pardon for Edward Snowden after Trump remarks

    • Trump: ‘A lot of people think he is not being treated fairly’
    • Congressman calls for Trump to pardon NSA whistleblower

    Speculation is growing over whether Donald Trump might pardon Edward Snowden after the US president told an interviewer that the exiled former intelligence operative was “not being treated fairly”.

    Related:Edward Snowden on 9/11 and why he joined the army: ‘Now, finally, there was a fight’

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  10. Robert Trump, Donald's brother, seriously ill in New York hospital

    • President expected to visit younger brother, 72, on Friday
    • Robert tried to ban publication of niece’s tell-all book

    President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, according to the White House.

    The president is expected to visit his 72-year-old brother at a hospital in Manhattan on Friday, according to a White House spokesman, Judd Deere. Trump was already scheduled to visit his property in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Friday.

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