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George Floyd killing: thousands march peacefully in New York, defying curfew – live

George Floyd killing: thousands march peacefully in New York, defying curfew – live US troops from 82nd airborne division moved from Fort Bragg – reportsFloyd’s family: ‘I want justice for him because he was good’Biden says Trump ‘is part of the problem and accelerates it’Washington archdiocese: ‘Reprehensible’ to allow Trump visitTrump’s threat to deploy military raises spectre of fascismAre you taking part in US protests after the death of George Floyd?Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 4.20am BST In Los Angeles, thousands took to the streets. Mayor Eric Garcetti took a knee with protestors, even as crowds chanted, “defund the police”. 3.59am BST In New York, thousands of protesters defied curfew and remained on the streets, as officers began making arrests. Continue reading...

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Coronavirus live update: Josh Frydenberg says Australia's economy in recession as GDP falls 0.3% in March quarter – latest news

Coronavirus live update: Josh Frydenberg says Australia ABS reports growth slowed to 1.4% through the year as industrial relations roundtables prepare an agenda to regrow the jobs lost during Covid-19. Follow liveABS releases latest national accountsFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 4.19am BST Linda Burney and Mark Dreyfus have put out a statement, calling for clear targets to address the over-representation of First Nations people in Australian’s prison systems, and child removal.Here is part of it: 4.13am BST I doubt we’ll be seeing ‘back solidly in the red’ mugs for sale anytime soon though. Continue reading...

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Coronavirus live news: India evacuates Covid-19 patients ahead of cyclone as Brazil deaths pass 30,000

Coronavirus live news: India evacuates Covid-19 patients ahead of cyclone as Brazil deaths pass 30,000 Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn; Zoom profits double; global cases pass 6.3m. Follow the latest updates India evacuates 100,000 from homes, virus hospital ahead of cycloneBrazil deaths pass 30,000 after record daily riseChina withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings revealGlobal report: Germany eases travel ban and cafe culture returns to ParisCoronavirus latest: at a glance 4.27am BST In Australia, a world without cheques, fewer ATMs and a regulatory push to lower electronic transaction fees as fewer people use cash are some of the likely impacts of Covid-19 on payments, the Reserve Bank has said.RBA assistant governor Michele Bullock told a Morgan Stanley disruption conference on Wednesday that cash was now the payment method for just 25% of transactions, or around 10% of their value. Related: Fewer ATMs, no more cheques and lower e-payment fees predicted for Australia in wake of coronavirus 4.09am BST China reported one new coronavirus case and four new asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in the mainland on 2 June, the country’s health commission said.The National Health Commission said the one confirmed case was imported involving a traveller from overseas. Mainland China had five confirmed cases, all of which were imported, and 10 asymptomatic cases for 1 June. China does not count asymptomatic patients, those who are infected with the coronavirus but not exhibiting symptoms, as confirmed cases.Total number of infections to date in the mainland stands at 83,021. The death toll remained unchanged at 4,634. Continue reading...

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Justin Trudeau lost for words over Trump handling of George Floyd protests

Justin Trudeau lost for words over Trump handling of George Floyd protests Canadian prime minister pauses for 20 seconds before saying: ‘We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States’Live coverage of the US protestsJustin Trudeau, when asked about US president Donald Trump threatening to use the military to quell protests over the police killing of George Floyd, paused for more than 20 seconds before responding that Canadians were observing events in the US with horror.“We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States,” the Canadian prime minister said on Tuesday at a daily news briefing, after a reporter pressed him on Trump’s idea of using soldiers against protesters. Continue reading...

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'He will never see her grow up': tearful mother of George Floyd's daughter – video

Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd's six-year-old daughter, spoke at a news conference on Tuesday after days of protests following his death in Minneapolis. "I'm here for my baby and I'm here for George because I want justice for him," Washington said through tears. "He was a good man"George Floyd protests: curfews set in with US soldiers reportedly poised outside Washington – liveAre you taking part in US protests after the death of George Floyd? Continue reading...

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George Floyd protest: halt UK riot gear sales to US police, says Labour

George Floyd protest: halt UK riot gear sales to US police, says Labour Tory government must act as exports are prohibited if used for internal repression, says Emily ThornberryLabour has called on the UK to suspend the sale of riot control equipment to the United States and review whether any British-made teargas or crowd control guns were being used against demonstrators across the United States.Emily Thornberry, the shadow international trade secretary, has written to her opposite number, Liz Truss, arguing it would “be a disgrace” if the UK supplied material that was used by US police or national guard during crisis sparked by the death in police hands of George Floyd.In her letter the Labour MP said: “If this were any other leader, in any other country in the world, the suspension of any such exports is the least we could expect from the British government in response to their actions, and our historic alliance with the United States is no reason to shirk that responsibility now.” Continue reading...

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Boris Johnson lays out visa offer to nearly 3m Hong Kong citizens

Boris Johnson lays out visa offer to nearly 3m Hong Kong citizens UK prime minister says all eligible for BNO passport can apply if China cuts freedomsBoris Johnson has opened the path to what he called one of the “biggest changes” ever to the British visa system, stating he was ready to offer a right to live and work in the UK to any of the nearly 3 million Hong Kong citizens eligible for a British National Overseas passport.Ministers have been ambivalent since last Thursday on whether the government’s offer of an extendable 12-month visa would be available only to the 350,000 current BNO passport holders in Hong Kong, or would also include the more than 2.5 million eligible to apply for the passport. Continue reading...

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Cyclone Nisarga: India evacuates 100,000 as Mumbai awaits historic storm

Cyclone Nisarga: India evacuates 100,000 as Mumbai awaits historic storm First cyclone in 70 years for financial capital sparks rush to transfer Covid-19 patients and sanitise temporary sheltersAt least 100,000 people including coronavirus patients were being moved to safety as India’s west coast braced for a cyclone – the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in more than 70 years.Authorities in India’s financial capital, which is struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, evacuated nearly 150 virus patients from a recently built field hospital to a facility with a concrete roof as a precautionary measure, officials said on Tuesday. Continue reading...

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Mark Zuckerberg defends decision to allow Trump to threaten violence on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg defends decision to allow Trump to threaten violence on Facebook CEO says decision was ‘tough’ but ‘thorough’ as company faces harsh criticism and public dissent from employeesMark Zuckerberg is standing by his decision to allow Donald Trump to threaten violence against George Floyd protesters on the platform despite harsh criticism from civil rights leaders and public dissent from his own employees, including a public resignation.In a video conference with staff on Tuesday, Zuckerberg said that his decision to not remove Trump’s warning on social media on Friday that “when the looting starts the shooting start” was “tough” but “pretty thorough”, the New York Times reported. The company usually holds an all-staff meeting on Thursdays, but the session was moved up to address growing discontent among employees, hundreds of whom staged a “walkout” on Monday by requesting time off. Continue reading...

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All UK chief medical officers rejected lower virus threat level, source says

All UK chief medical officers rejected lower virus threat level, source says Guardian told all four CMOs discussed and refused No 10 proposal, not just Chris WhittyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll four of the UK’s chief medical officers rejected suggestions from No 10 that the coronavirus threat level could be reduced because it contradicted evidence that showed the virus was still widespread, the Guardian has been told.A senior source in one devolved government said the chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland discussed and refused Boris Johnson’s proposal. Continue reading...

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