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Why Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate – video explainer

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Joe Biden has picked his former one-time presidential rival Kamala Harris to be his running mate, making her the first woman of color on a major party presidential ticket. The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino explains Harris’s trailblazing background, the ‘hunger for black, female leadership’ and the excitement around the Californian senator’s nomination What to make of the Kamala Harris VP pick? Our panel’s verdict Good day for our country’: Democrats hail Kamala Harris as VP pick Continue reading...

Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes list of world's highest-paid male actors

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Netflix now accounts for quarter of all actors’ earnings as the Rock takes home biggest pay packet for second year running Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler turned actor formerly known as the Rock, has again topped Forbes’s list of the highest-paid actors having made an estimated $87.5m (£67m) in the fiscal year ending June 2020. Next on the list were Ryan Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg, with $71.5m and $58m respectively. Save for Johnson, the names mark a considerable contrast to those on last year’s...

A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants

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A pioneering method from Africa that protects farms from forest herds is now paying off in India, with more profit and less conflict Watchtowers in trees, tripwire alarms, radio collars, chilli smoke and beehive fences: scientists and conservationists across Asia and Africa are coming up with safe and humane ways to keep elephants at bay and reduce conflict with humans. In early June, the agoni...

Stonehaven: serious injuries reported after train derails in Aberdeenshire – video

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Emergency services have been called to a major train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, where smoke could be seen billowing from the track amid reports of an engine fire and serious injuries. Four passenger carriages came off the track at Carmont, just west of Stonehaven, as a Scotrail high-speed train travelled from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street. About 30 emergency vehicles, including an air ambulance, were reported to be attending the scene, where some witnesses suggested on so...

Liz Truss’s post-Brexit stilton deal with Japan will not ‘make Britain grate again’ | Rick Burin

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There’s nothing wrong with being proud of our national dishes, but focusing on cheese makes us look ridiculous There are differing visions of Britain. You hear it in the way we talk about the second world war: the nation split into those who think we were fighting Nazis and those who think we were fighting Germans. Patriots have long looked at their country and cherrypicked the parts that appeal. To some, being British is about the armed forces and the royal family. To others, it is the BBC a...

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai released on bail – video

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The Hong Kong pro-democracy figure and media mogul Jimmy Lai has received a hero’s welcome on return to his newspaper after his arrest on allegations of foreign collusion. Chinese state media labelled him a 'genuine traitor'. Lai, his sons, senior executives from his Next Digital media company and others including the activist Agnes Chow were detained under Beijing’s national security law on Monday. Hundreds of police officers raided the offices and newsroom of Apple Daily, the tabloid Lai fo...

'A poor vaccine is worse than no vaccine': the challenges faced by scientists

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Vaccines could trigger response where people become sicker when infected a second time, scientists fear Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In 1977 Scott Halstead, a virologist at the University of Hawaii, was studying dengue fever when he noticed a now well-known but then unexpected feature of the disease. Animals that had already been exposed to one of the four closely-related viruses that cause dengue and produced antibodies to it, far from being protected against...

Reports of serious injuries after train derails in Scotland

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Smoke seen billowing from track near Stonehaven amid reports of a fire and injuries Emergency services have been called to a major train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, where smoke can be seen billowing from the track amid reports of an engine fire and serious injuries. About 30 emergency vehicles, including an air ambulance, are reported to be at the scene already, with more continuing to arrive. Continue reading...

Disability care agency banned after degrading death of Adelaide woman Ann Marie Smith

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NDIS quality commission says Integrity Care SA is being banned for a number of contraventions following an investigation into the ‘appalling circumstances’ of Smith’s death The disability care provider for an Adelaide woman with cerebral palsy who died in “disgusting and degrading” conditions earlier this year has been banned from operating under the NDIS. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission on Wednesday announced it was revoking the registration of the company responsible for caring f...

US politics: Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate – live updates

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Democrats hail Kamala Harris as VP pick Trump campaign launches scattergun attacks on Harris QAnon supporter denounced for racism wins Georgia primary ‘Squad’ member Ilhan Omar wins her primary race 53,344 new US coronavirus cases reported – up on day before Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 11.16am BST In the latest in a string of victories by a new generation of the progressive wing of th...

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai released on bail

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Hero’s welcome for Apple Daily founder and pro-democracy activist on return to office The Hong Kong pro-democracy figure and media mogul Jimmy Lai has received a hero’s welcome on return to his newspaper after being arrested on allegations of foreign collusion, while Chinese state media has labelled him a “genuine traitor”. Lai, his sons, senior executives from his Next Digital media company an...

Brazil's black trans musicians: 'When we join forces, we're dangerous!'

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Informed by baile funk, metal and more, Linn da Quebrada and Jup do Bairro – with producer Badsista – are dodging racism, transphobia and music industry resistance to tell their own stories Jup do Bairro and Linn da Quebrada first met at a festival in São Paulo through mutual friends. It didn’t go well, Jup says while we wait for Linn to join our Zoom call. “I looked at her and joked: Is it Lin...

Idaho goat 'Mr Mayhem' becomes unlikely paddleboarder – video

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Meet Mr Mayhem, a five-year-old Nigerian dwarf-pygmy goat cross with a taste for life on the water. When owner Alyssa Kelley tore her lateral collateral ligament in 2019, her quest for a new hobby led her to try paddleboarding with her unlikely companion. She says the pair have taken to the water over 20 times together, with Mr Mayhem falling in twice during their early adventures. Continue reading...

European banks urged to stop funding oil trade in Amazon

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Indigenous people in headwaters region say financing harms communities and ecosystems Indigenous people living at the headwaters of the Amazon have called on European banks to stop financing oil development in the region, as it poses a threat to them and damages a fragile ecosystem, after a new report found $10bn in previously undisclosed funding for oil in the region . The headwaters of the Amazon in Ecuador and Peru are home to more than 500,000 indigenous people, including some who choose ...

Polio vaccinations resume in Pakistan and Afghanistan after Covid-19 delays

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Fight to eradicate disease getting ‘back on track’ after surge in cases due to pause in vaccination campaigns Polio vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan – the last two polio-endemic countries in the world – after a “surge” in cases. The pandemic halted campaigns in both countries in March and confirmed cases have now reached 34 in Afghanistan and 63 in Pakistan – where cases are being recorded in areas of the country previously free of the disease. Continue reading...
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