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  • Coronavirus live news: UK at ‘critical point’ in pandemic as US nears 200,000 deaths
    by Helen Sullivan on September 21, 2020 at 6:10 am

    England’s chief medical officer to warn of a ‘very challenging winter’; more than one in five Covid-19 deaths globally is in US; Lebanon sees record case rise. Follow the latest updatesTrump health official says ‘biology independent of politics’ as US nears 200,000 deathsUK at ‘critical point’ over Covid-19, top scientists to tell publicMutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing‘Quite a year’: couples on being separated by the Covid pandemicSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.10am BSTHi this is Damien Gayle taking over the live blog now from London. For the next few hours I’ll be continuing to keep you updated with the latest coronavirus-related world news. If you have any news you think I should include drop me a line, either via email to damien.gayle@theguardian.com, or via Twitter direct message to @damiengayle. 7.01am BSTThat’s it from me, Helen Sullivan, for today. Thanks for following along. I leave you with what it looks like to lose an Emmy in 2020 – the awards were delivered to actors’ houses by people wearing hazmat suits… who quickly departed if the actor didn’t win: when you lose the emmy pic.twitter.com/ECkbGcoHBA Continue reading…

  • At least 8 dead in residential building collapse in India
    on September 21, 2020 at 6:07 am

    A residential building that was due for repairs has collapsed in central India, killing at least eight people

  • US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert
    on September 21, 2020 at 6:03 am

    Members of the newly formed U.S. Space Force are deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula

  • West African portrait photography – in pictures
    on September 21, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Post-colonial west African portrait photography is celebrated in a show bringing together the work of some of the region’s most important photographers, including Sanlé Sory, Rachidi Bissiriou, Malick Sidibé and Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou.Tête à Têtes – West African Portraiture from Independence into the 21st Century is at David Hill Gallery 18 September to 27 November Continue reading…

  • Briton and Australian mapping unexploded bombs killed
    on September 21, 2020 at 5:49 am

    A British man and his Australian colleague who worked for an non-governmental organization that mapped unexploded ordnance have been killed in an explosion in the Solomon Islands.

  • Covid-19 Live Updates: Health Officials Tiptoe Around Trump’s Vaccine Timeline
    on September 21, 2020 at 5:36 am

    New Zealand says it will ease its virus measures. Lockdowns return as Europe faces a second wave.

  • Global report: US Covid deaths near 200,000 as UK ‘heads in wrong direction’
    by Helen Sullivan on September 21, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Israeli protesters return despite lockdown; Australian state of Victoria reports fewest infections in three months; New Zealand eases restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US is nearing the stark milestone of 200,000 deaths, nine months after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, as cases in the UK rose to a four-month high and Europe continued to see rising infections.The number of deaths in the US, the highest in the world, stood at 199,509 on the Johns Hopkins University tracker on Monday morning, roughly a fifth of the global total. Nearly 6.8m of the world’s 30.1m infections are in the US. Continue reading…

  • Indian couple run street-side classes for poor students
    on September 21, 2020 at 5:17 am

    An Indian couple are conducting free classes for underprivileged children on a sidewalk in New Delhi

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Belarus, Aleksei Navalny: Your Monday Briefing
    by Natasha Frost on September 21, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Here’s what you need to know.

  • Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in less than a day
    on September 21, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Removed less than a day after it was installed by anti-government demonstrators.

  • Robots gear up to march to the fields and harvest cauliflowers
    by Julia Kollewe on September 21, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Prototype technology could help alleviate growing shortage of human crop pickersThe job of harvesting cauliflowers could one day be in the mechanical hands of robots thanks to a collaboration between scientists and the French canned vegetable producer Bonduelle.Fieldwork Robotics, the team behind the world’s first raspberry-picking robot, is designing a machine in a three-year collaboration launched on Monday. Continue reading…

  • Alex Winter: ‘I had extreme PTSD for many, many years. That will wreak havoc’
    by David Smith on September 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

    He is starring in a new Bill & Ted movie and releasing a documentary about child actors. The film-maker discusses the abuse he experienced as a young performer, his close friendship with Keanu Reeves – and why he quit actingBy the age of 12, Alex Winter knew both the highs and horrors of life as a child actor. Three years into his career, he was sharing a Broadway stage with Yul Brynner in The King and I. “But at the same time,” he says, “I was dealing with really intense and prolonged abuse.“There was The King and I – eight shows a week, happy face – feeling genuinely happy in that role. Great relationship with my mom and dad; great relationship with the co-workers around me; doing interviews, signing autographs, living this amazing … and then this nightmarish other existence.” He has not named his abuser, who he says is dead. Continue reading…

  • ‘I picked up a drink and casually set fire to my life’: how addiction nearly destroyed me
    by Mario Koran on September 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Find a job, lose the job, go to jail: Guardian reporter Mario Koran found himself in a dangerous cycle. But behind bars, he discovered a new purposeIn July 2016, I stood behind a podium in a San Diego banquet hall and wept in front of a room full of reporters. I’d just been named the city’s journalist of the year for my work on a series that helped unseat a school board president and led to a criminal conviction.I had reached a peak: I had a meaningful job in a postcard-perfect beach city. A wife I loved, a gorgeous baby girl and another on the way. Most everywhere I went, people told me I had a beautiful family, and I knew it was true. Continue reading…

  • Folkestone charities fear far right will target asylum seeker base
    by Jessica Murray in Folkestone on September 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Refugee groups urge ministers to ensure safety of 400 people housed in barracks The people of Folkestone have become used to the sound of helicopters buzzing over their heads at night, as authorities scour the waters off the south coast for asylum seekers crossing the Channel on small boats.September has become the busiest month on record for migrant Channel crossings, while more than 6,500 have made the journey this year – more than three times the total in 2019. The sight of new arrivals, some in flimsy dinghies and using spades as oars, has become an almost daily occurrence. Continue reading…

  • Woman, 117, marks becoming Japan’s oldest ever person with cola and boardgames
    by Justin McCurry in Tokyo on September 21, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Kane Tanaka, who has not been able to see her family due to the pandemic, celebrated with a bottle of CokeA 117-year-old woman with a weakness for fizzy drinks and chocolate has become Japan’s oldest person on record, as the country marks a public holiday devoted to its senior citizens.Kane Tanaka, who had already been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest living person in March last year, achieved the all-time Japanese age record on Saturday, when she became 117 years and 261 days old. Continue reading…

  • Reporter says China threatened to detain his Aussie daughter
    on September 21, 2020 at 4:29 am

    A former Australian correspondent in Beijing said Monday that he and his 14-year-old daughter were threatened with detention before they left China two years ago

  • ByteDance to float TikTok Global to allay transparency fears
    by Martin Farrer and agencies on September 21, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Parent company ByteDance, under pressure in China not to give in to US demands, said the plan ‘does not involve the transfer of any algorithms’A new company set up to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States plans to float on the stock market in an effort to increase transparency and show the Trump administration that it will adhere to regulatory oversight.TikTok Global plans to hold a public listing, its Chinese parent company ByteDance said Monday, after announcing a deal over the weekend that would avert a shutdown of the popular app in the US. Continue reading…

  • As U.S. Increases Pressure, Iran Adheres to Toned-Down Approach
    by Julian E. Barnes, David E. Sanger, Ronen Bergman and Lara Jakes on September 21, 2020 at 4:17 am

    The Trump administration has ramped up its criticism of Iran, but Tehran has chosen a path of restraint, intelligence showed.

  • Watchmen, Succession and Schitt’s Creek dominate virtual Emmys
    by Adrian Horton on September 21, 2020 at 4:03 am

    The most diverse field in Emmys history garnered several awards for black actors and a full sweep for a Canadian sitcomEmmy winners 2020: the full listIt was uncharted waters for the 72nd Emmy awards – the first major acting awards show held since the pandemic began, a strange and subdued ceremony in which stars accepted awards on Zoom. But unwelcome new methods (the telecast required more than 100 live feeds), and the end of former Emmys juggernauts Game of Thrones and Veep, ushered in a celebration of new series and talent: Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy awards, HBO’s Succession dominated in drama and the evening’s most-nominated show, HBO’s prescient, eerie Watchmen, cleaned up in the limited series category. Related: Emmy winners 2020: the full list Continue reading…

  • The Inside Story of Why Mueller Failed
    by George Packer on September 21, 2020 at 4:01 am

    In a new book, Andrew Weissmann, one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top deputies, lays out the limits and letdowns of the years-long Russia investigation.

  • ‘A summer like never before’: Victoria and NSW prepare for Covid risk in the holiday season
    by Michael McGowan on September 21, 2020 at 4:00 am

    With case numbers down now in both states, attention turns to the threat from warmer weather and crowded beachesState premiers in Victoria and New South Wales have begun outlining plans for “a summer like never before” as authorities scramble to prepare for large crowds at beaches and warn of the possibility of Covid-19 outbreaks in the warmer months ahead.On Monday the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, said it was “a great day” after the state recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases. Continue reading…

  • Some wipeout: Hawaii big wave surfer’s board floats 8,000km to Philippines
    by Agence France-Presse on September 21, 2020 at 3:55 am

    More than two years after disappearing in a huge swell at Waimea Bay, Doug Falter’s board was found near the remote island of SaranganiWhen big wave surfer Doug Falter lost his board in a wipeout in Hawaii, his best hope was for a local fisherman to pick it up. He never imagined it would be found more than 8,000km (5,000 miles) away in the southern Philippines.But more than two years after watching his pale blue custom-shaped board disappear in the huge swell of Waimea Bay, Falter was alerted via social media that it had been found near the remote island of Sarangani. Continue reading…

  • More than 200 pilot whales feared stranded in Tasmania’s Macquarie Harbour
    by Adam Morton and Australian Associated Press on September 21, 2020 at 3:06 am

    About 250 whales believed to be stuck on a sandbar on state’s remote west coast Scientists and whale rescue crews are rushing to Tasmania’s remote west coast after reports a pod of about 250 whales has become stranded in Macquarie Harbour.The whales were believed to be stuck on a sandbar inside Macquarie Heads, near the harbour mouth, a spokeswoman for the Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment said. Continue reading…

  • China prepares to count 1.3B people
    on September 21, 2020 at 2:36 am

    How do you count 1.3 billion people amid a pandemic? China will be finding out as the world’s most populous country launches its seventh national census on November 1.

  • Indian lawmakers pass farm bills amid uproar in Parliament
    on September 21, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers have approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through private investments

  • Protests Shake Bangkok, Challenging Old Guard’s Grip on Thailand
    by Hannah Beech on September 21, 2020 at 1:59 am

    The weekend of rallies heightened the focus on a once taboo issue: a rich and powerful monarchy that has rarely been challenged or criticized.

  • Bahrain says it broke up militant attack plot in early 2020
    on September 21, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Bahrain says it broke up a plot by militants backed by Iran earlier this year to launch attacks on diplomats and foreigners in the island nation home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet

  • Australian and British bomb disposal workers killed by blast in Solomon Islands
    by Dorothy Wickham, Ofani Eremae in Honiara, and Ben Doherty Pacific Editor on September 21, 2020 at 1:03 am

    NGO workers mapping second world war bomb sites died when ordnance detonated in their home An Australian man and his British colleague working to map unexploded bombs have been killed in an explosion at their home in Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands.Australian Trent Lee and Briton Stephen “Luke” Atkinson died when an unexploded ordnance is believed to have detonated shortly after 7.30pm on Sunday. Continue reading…

  • ‘Follow your conscience,’ Biden urges Republicans as Trump pushes for supreme court nominee – video
    on September 21, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden makes a plea to Senate Republicans, asking them to ‘follow their conscience’ and defy president Donald Trump’s push to name his nominee for the supreme court ahead of November’s election. Trump says he plans to nominate a women for the seat as soon as possible, after Ruth Bader Ginsburg died aged 87 six weeks out from the US election. ‘I appeal to those few Senate Republicans, that handful who really will decide what happens. Please follow your conscience,’ Biden says. ‘Don’t vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created. Don’t go there. Uphold your constitutional duty, your conscience’Supreme court: Biden accuses Trump and Republicans of abuse of powerSecond Republican senator says there should be no supreme court vote before election’I will fight!’: mourners’ vow at supreme court vigil for Ruth Bader GinsburgContinue reading…

  • Former World Leaders Urge Ratification of Nuclear Arms Ban Treaty
    by Rick Gladstone on September 21, 2020 at 12:11 am

    In an open letter, the onetime leaders implored their own governments to embrace an arms treaty negotiated at the U.N. three years ago. It is six ratifications short of the 50 needed to go into effect.

  • Quebec town Asbestos pauses name change process after citizen complaints
    by Frank Miles on September 20, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    A town in Canada is sick of its name for too many negative connotations.

  • ‘Quite a year’: couples on being separated by the Covid pandemic
    by Helen Sullivan on September 20, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Guardian readers tell their stories of being kept apart by illness, work and closed bordersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has lead to airport closures, cancelled flights, and some countries not allowing citizens to leave.For couples used to being apart for short periods the restrictions have meant being apart for much longer. For those from different countries, they may have had to choose between visiting or caring for family and being together. Some have been kept apart by illness or essential work. Continue reading…

  • World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam
    by Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent on September 20, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Charity says world’s fast-shrinking carbon budget should be used to improve lot of poorestThe wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research.Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 60% over the 25-year period, but the increase in emissions from the richest 1% was three times greater than the increase in emissions from the poorest half. Continue reading…

  • Trump Seeks to Turn Israeli-Arab Accords Into Campaign Gains
    by Michael Crowley on September 20, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    President Trump’s re-election campaign lost no time turning a White House ceremony into a television ad, as it targets Jewish and evangelical voters.

  • Ivory Coast opposition urges civil disobedience before vote
    on September 20, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Ivory Coast opposition candidate Henri Konan Bedie is calling for civil disobedience to take place nationwide ahead of next month’s vote

  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens retaliation for all involved in killing of Soleimani
    by Bradford Betz on September 20, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Saturday threatened to avenge the killing of its top general, saying it would go after everyone responsible for the January U.S. drone strike in Iraq.

  • Iran dismisses US efforts for UN sanctions as currency drops
    on September 20, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Iran’s president has dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on his country, as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever

  • Thousands protest Netanyahu; many ignore Israeli virus rules
    on September 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Thousands of Israelis are protesting outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem

  • Supreme court: Biden accuses Trump and Republicans of abuse of power
    by David Smith in Washington on September 20, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg rocks presidential raceTrump will pick woman; McConnell promises vote‘I will fight!’: mourners’ vow at supreme court vigil Opinion: Democrats can still have the last laughJoe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, made an urgent plea on Sunday to the conscience of Senate Republicans, asking them to defy Donald Trump and refuse to ram through his nominee to the supreme court before the November election. Related: Rushing to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell shows power trumps principle | Robert Reich Continue reading…

  • In Belarus, Russian Mercenaries Turned From Saboteurs to Friends
    by Ivan Nechepurenko on September 20, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko accused Russia of sending a group of mercenaries to disrupt his re-election. With mass protests consuming the country after the vote, he briskly changed his tune.

  • Leak reveals $2tn of possibly corrupt US financial activity
    by David Pegg on September 20, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Among those named in reports is Paul Manafort, former political strategist for Donald TrumpThousands of documents detailing $2 trillion (£1.55tn) of potentially corrupt transactions that were washed through the US financial system have been leaked to an international group of investigative journalists.The leak focuses on more than 2,000 suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed with the US government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Continue reading…

  • Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France to make history for Slovenia
    on September 20, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Tadej Pogacar became the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France as the famous three-week race ended on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday.

  • Cuba’s Economy Was Hurting. The Pandemic Brought a Food Crisis.
    by Ed Augustín and Frances Robles on September 20, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    The island was able to control the coronavirus, but the dearth of tourists in the pandemic’s wake strangled an economy already damaged by mismanagement and U.S. sanctions.

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Republicans and Democrats draw battle lines over replacement – video
    on September 20, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    A further feud has emerged just weeks before the US election after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Donald Trump is advocating that the seat be filled with a ‘very brilliant’ woman as soon as possible. However, Democrats are rallying in an attempt to prevent Trump filling the seat until after the election. Joe Biden and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said Republicans should follow the precedent that GOP legislators set in 2016 by refusing to consider a supreme court choice in the run-up to an election. If the Republicans were to get their way it could result in a conservative majority on the supreme court for decades to comeSupreme court: Democrats rally in bid to stop Trump filling Ginsburg’s seatContinue reading…

  • Belarus sees another massive Sunday protest after opposition leader detained
    by Danielle Wallace on September 20, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Tens of thousands of Belarusians calling for the authoritarian president to resign marched through the capital Sunday as the country’s wave of protests entered its seventh week.

  • Thailand protesters demand limits to king’s power, install ‘People’s Plaque’ near Bangkok palace
    by Peter Aitken on September 20, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    The protesters demanded the removal of the current prime minister in addition to limiting the king’s power.

  • Verdict against young artists in Sudan stirs controversy
    on September 20, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Decision to send 5 young artists to prison stirs controversy in Sudan and abroad

  • If You Care About the Court, Don’t Talk About It
    by Anne Applebaum on September 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Fixating on the open Supreme Court seat will provoke a culture war.