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Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up

Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up

Implications for public record and legal proceedings after administration seized or destroyed papers, notes and other informationStaff and agenciesSat 16 Jan 2021 22.24 ESTLast modified on Sat 16 Jan 2021 22.25 ESTThe public will not see Donald Trump’s White House records for years, but there is growing concern the collection will never be complete – leaving a hole in the history of one of America’s most tumultuous presidencies.Trump has been cavalier about the law requiring that records be preserved. He has a habit of ripping up documents before tossing them out, forcing White House...

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'Always for law and order': Chuck Norris denies being at Capitol attack after image goes viral

'Always for law and order': Chuck Norris denies being at Capitol attack after image goes viral

Martial artist and actor says there is ‘no room for violence of any kind in our society’ after lookalike image sparks speculationGuardian staff and agenciesTue 12 Jan 2021 20.29 ESTChuck Norris, the Hollywood actor, martial arts legend and occasional meme, has publicly denied being at last week’s Capitol riot after images circulated online showing a man with a remarkable resemblance.“It wasn’t me and I wasn’t there. There is no room for violence of any kind in our society. I am and always will be for Law and Order,” tweeted the actor, taking a stance his law-enforcing character in Walker,...

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Kim Jong-un calls US 'biggest enemy' and says nuclear submarine plans 'complete'

Kim Jong-un calls US 'biggest enemy' and says nuclear submarine plans 'complete'

North Korea should ‘further advance nuclear technology’ and develop more flexible attack capability, leader tells party congressStaff and agenciesFri 8 Jan 2021 20.25 ESTLast modified on Sat 9 Jan 2021 06.00 ESTNorth Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has called the United States his nuclear-armed nation’s “biggest enemy” and revealed that plans for a nuclear-powered submarine are complete, state media said.Kim’s declaration on Saturday also included a call to develop smaller, more adapatable nuclear warheads, comes less than two weeks before the inauguration of Joe Biden as US president, and...

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American lawyer arrested by Hong Kong police in national security crackdown

American lawyer arrested by Hong Kong police in national security crackdown

John Clancey, the chairman of the Asian Human Rights Commission, detained on day that saw dozens of pro-democracy activists arrestedStaff and agenciesWed 6 Jan 2021 01.08 ESTHong Kong police have arrested an American lawyer under the city’s national security law, according to multiple sources, hours after authorities arrested dozens of pro-democracy activists as part of a sweeping crackdown.John Clancey, the chairman of the Asian Human Rights Commission and a member of a group linked to pro-democracy protesters, was arrested when police raided the law firm Ho, Tse, Wai & Partners, a source...

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South Africa hits 1 million coronavirus cases as new variant spreads rapidly

South Africa hits 1 million coronavirus cases as new variant spreads rapidly

President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce new restrictions in attempt to slow the surgeGuardian staff and agenciesSun 27 Dec 2020 21.49 ESTFirst published on Sun 27 Dec 2020 19.30 ESTSouth Africa’s Covid-19 surge has taken the country to more than 1 million confirmed cases as president Cyril Ramaphosa called an emergency meeting of the national coronavirus command council.The country’s of the coronavirus, 501.V2, is more contagious and has quickly become dominant in many areas of the resurgence, according to experts.The warning came as South Korea became the latest country to detect...

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Utah star Ty Jordan dies aged 19 after reports of accidental shooting

Utah star Ty Jordan dies aged 19 after reports of accidental shooting

Guardian staff and agenciesSat 26 Dec 2020 17.23 ESTTy Jordan, a star freshman running back for the University of Utah, has died at the age of 19, school officials announced on Saturday.Authorities in Texas, where Jordan grew up, and Utah have not released details about the circumstances of Jordan’s death. However, a police spokesperson in Denton, Texas, told ESPN on Saturday that officers had responded to a report of a shooting on Friday night. The gunshot victim found at the scene died later in hospital.Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts. We love you, Ty. — Utah Football...

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'Help is on the way': Covid relief bill deal agreed, says Mitch McConnell

'Help is on the way': Covid relief bill deal agreed, says Mitch McConnell

Guardian staff and agenciesSun 20 Dec 2020 18.22 ESTFirst published on Sun 20 Dec 2020 11.04 ESTTop congressional leaders have announced agreement on a $900bn coronavirus aid package after late-night discussions on Sunday.“We can finally report what our nation has needed to hear for a very long time: more help is on the way,” said Republican Senate leader Mitch MCConnell. “Moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders of the Senate and House finalised a agreement fo another major rescue package for the American people.”McConnell said lawmakers needed to “promptly...

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Broncos play Saints with no quarterback as Covid-19 ravages NFL

Broncos play Saints with no quarterback as Covid-19 ravages NFL

Guardian staff and agenciesSun 29 Nov 2020 12.57 ESTFirst published on Sun 29 Nov 2020 07.57 ESTThe were forced to play a back-up wide receiver at quarterback on Sunday after their four full-time signal callers were forced into isolation over coronavirus concerns.The news is the latest development as the faces a growing crisis due to Covid-19. that the league has fined the New Orleans Saints $500,000 and taken away one of their draft picks after the team failed to wear masks during post-game celebrations when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month.The San Francisco 49ers face...

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Donald Trump appears to admit Covid is 'running wild' in the US

Donald Trump appears to admit Covid is 'running wild' in the US

President’s tweet came as FDA approved emergency use authorisation for Regeneron antibody therapy Guardian staff and agenciesSat 21 Nov 2020 21.13 ESTLast modified on Mon 23 Nov 2020 11.18 ESTDonald Trump appears to have admitted that coronavirus is “running wild” across the US, in contrast with his statements throughout the election campaign that the country was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic.As new Covid infections in the US approached 200,000 a day, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday night to insist things were bad outside the United States as well: “The Fake News is not talking...

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Pennsylvania supreme court throws out Republican bid to reject 2.5m mail-in votes

Pennsylvania supreme court throws out Republican bid to reject 2.5m mail-in votes

Judge says plaintiff ‘failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted’ Staff and agenciesSat 28 Nov 2020 22.09 ESTLast modified on Sun 29 Nov 2020 06.34 ESTPennsylvania’s highest court has thrown out a lower court’s order that was preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests from the 3 November election.In the latest Republican lawsuit attempting to thwart president-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state, the state supreme court unanimously threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the...

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New variety of apple discovered by Wiltshire runner

New variety of apple discovered by Wiltshire runner

Archie Thomas stumbled across solitary windfall fruit that could be cross between cultivated apple and European crab apple Staff and agenciesSat 28 Nov 2020 03.00 ESTA chance find of an apple on a woodland run has led one nature lover to discover a new variety that he hopes to propagate and name.Archie Thomas, who lives in the Nadder valley in Wiltshire, stumbled across a solitary windfall apple on a wooded trackway alongside a large area of ancient woodland near his home this month.The apple, which Thomas said was “unlike any I’d seen before”, had come from a lone old apple tree in the...

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Treaty to ban nuclear weapons made official with 50th UN signatory

Treaty to ban nuclear weapons made official with 50th UN signatory

Production, use and stockpiling of nuclear weapons illegal from January 2021 though nuclear-armed states have not signed up Staff and agenciesSun 25 Oct 2020 01.52 EDTLast modified on Sun 25 Oct 2020 10.38 EDTAn international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN has said, allowing the historic though essentially symbolic text to enter into force after 90 days.While nuclear powers have not signed up to the treaty, activists who have pushed for its enactment hold out hope that it will prove to be more than symbolic and have a gradual deterrent...

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Actor Jeff Bridges being treated for lymphoma

Actor Jeff Bridges being treated for lymphoma

Famous for his role of The Dude in The Big Lebowski, Bridges says the disease is serious but his prognosis is good Guardian staff and agenciesMon 19 Oct 2020 23.58 EDTLast modified on Tue 20 Oct 2020 00.06 EDTActor has said he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good.The 70-year-old channeled his from in a statement on social media about the diagnosis on Monday evening, tweeting “New S**T has come to light”.As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of...

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Global Covid report: Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring caseload

Global Covid report: Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring caseload

Nine French cities now under month-long curfew; European cases rise 44% in a week; resistance to lockdowns in UK Guardian staff and agenciesSat 17 Oct 2020 23.43 EDTLast modified on Sun 18 Oct 2020 02.57 EDTMillions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a “very concerning” 44% rise in European cases over one week.From Saturday evening, Paris and several other French cities go under a night-time curfew that will last at least a month. England is banning mixed...

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Second presidential debate canceled but Trump plans in-person events

Second presidential debate canceled but Trump plans in-person events

Guardian staff and agenciesFri 9 Oct 2020 20.02 EDTLast modified on Fri 9 Oct 2020 22.17 EDTThe second presidential debate between and Joe Biden has been cancelled, the Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday, a move that came as the president announced his first in-person events since being diagnosed with Covid-19.The decision by the nonpartisan commission follows a public disagreement between the two candidates over the debate’s format. The commission had previously announced the debate would take place “virtually” due to Trump’s diagnosis. Trump, however, said he would refuse...

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Portland protesters set police building on fire and clash with authorities

Portland protesters set police building on fire and clash with authorities

Situation declared a riot as police use flashbang munitions and smoke canisters to force hundreds away Guardian staff and agenciesSun 9 Aug 2020 15.52 EDTA fire lit inside a police union building by a small fraction of protesters in Portland overnight led the authorities to declare the situation a riot and then use flashbang munitions and smoke canisters to force hundreds away from the area.The flare-up in the Oregon city marred demonstrations that took place across Portland this weekend as part of protests that have continued daily, calling for police restructuring and systemic anti-racism...

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Facebook refuses to remove doctored Nancy Pelosi video

Facebook refuses to remove doctored Nancy Pelosi video

Factcheckers put ‘partly false’ label on video that has been circulating since Thursday and viewed more than 2m times Guardian staff and agenciesMon 3 Aug 2020 13.37 EDTFactcheckers monitoring content on Facebook have put a “partly false” label on the latest video that it said was manipulated to make it appear as if the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was drunk or drugged, but by Monday the social media giant had refused to remove the video from its platform.The video had been circulating on Facebook since Thursday and by Sunday night had been viewed more than 2m times, CNN . of the leading...

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Twitter says spear-phishing attack on employees led to breach

Twitter says spear-phishing attack on employees led to breach

Social media company suffered major security breach this month that saw hackers take control of public figures’ accounts Guardian staff and agenciesThu 30 Jul 2020 22.58 EDTTwitter said a large hack two weeks ago targeted a small number of employees through a phone “spear-phishing” attack.The social media platform said the hackers targeted about 130 accounts, tweeted from 45, accessed the inboxes of 36, and were able to download Twitter data from seven.Attackers also targeted specific employees who had access to account support tools, Twitter said. The company added it has since restricted...

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Democrats pan Republican plan to slash jobless benefits to $200 as 'totally inadequate'

Democrats pan Republican plan to slash jobless benefits to $200 as 'totally inadequate'

White House officials and top Democrats negotiating a new aid package as economy continues to reel from coronavirus crisis Guardian staff and agenciesMon 27 Jul 2020 20.34 EDTUnemployment assistance, eviction protections and other relief for millions of Americans struggling in an economy cratered by the coronavirus crisis were at stake as White House officials on Monday began fraught negotiations with top Democrats on a new aid package.Aid on Friday for a $600 weekly jobless benefit that Democrats call a lifeline for out-of-work Americans. Republican want to slash it to $200 a week, saying...

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California protesters demand investigation into death of black man hanging from tree

California protesters demand investigation into death of black man hanging from tree

Authorities in Palmdale vowed to look into Robert Fuller’s death after a medical examiner refused to label the death a suicide Guardian staff and agenciesSat 13 Jun 2020 18.51 EDTHundreds of protesters took to the streets of Palmdale in southern California on Saturday to demand a full investigation into the death of a 24-year-old black man found hanging from a tree near city hall.Authorities in the southern California city vowed on Friday to investigate the death of Robert Fuller, after the Los Angeles county medical examiner deferred an earlier decision labeling the cause of death as...

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Trump administration reverses health protections for transgender people

Trump administration reverses health protections for transgender people

Friday’s announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse shooting that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub Guardian staff and agenciesFri 12 Jun 2020 18.39 EDTThe Trump administration has finalized a regulation rolling back Obama-era protections for transgender Americans against sex discrimination in health care.According to the of the policy, the Department of Health and Human Services will be “returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology”.The Obama regulation...

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Protests after Indianapolis police kill three people within hours

Protests after Indianapolis police kill three people within hours

Officers fatally shot two men and killed a pregnant pedestrian in separate incidents Photograph: Darron Cummings/AP Photograph: Darron Cummings/APGuardian staff and agenciesThu 7 May 2020 17.49 EDTIndianapolis police faced protests on Thursday after officers fatally shot two men and killed a pregnant pedestrian in three separate incidents just hours apart.Police did not have body camera or dash camera footage of either shooting, but they said both men exchanged gunfire with officers.The pregnant woman was walking along an expressway ramp when an officer driving to work struck her with his...

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Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for crimes committed by minors

Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for crimes committed by minors

Kingdom has one of the world’s highest rates of execution and rights groups have repeatedly raised concerns about the fairness of trialsGuardian staff and agenciesSun 26 Apr 2020 20.03 EDTSaudi Arabia has ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively, as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticism over its human rights record.The death penalty was eliminated for those convicted of crimes committed while they were minors, Human Rights Commission president Awwad Alawwad said in a statement, citing a royal decree.“Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no...

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Protesters chant 'lock her up' after Michigan governor's stay-at-home order

Protesters chant 'lock her up' after Michigan governor's stay-at-home order

Thousands demonstrate against measure to limit spread of coronavirus as governor warns of danger to protesters’ healthGuardian staff and agenciesWed 15 Apr 2020 18.47 EDTThousands of people protested Michigan’s stay-at-home order at the state capitol on Wednesday, with protesters chanting “Lock her up!” to show their displeasure with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the coronavirus outbreak.Hundreds of flag-waving, honking demonstrators drove past the capitol. As snow fell, others got out of their vehicles and raised signs, one of which...

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