GOP lawmakers urge Biden to meet with them on virus relief

A group of Senate Republicans has called on President Joe Biden to meet them at the negotiating table as the newly elected president signals he could move to pass a new $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package with all Democratic votes
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New Alan Turing £50 note enters circulation
A new £50 banknote featuring the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing enters circulation in the UK on Wednesday, three months after the Bank of England first unveiled the design.
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Angela Merkel mixes her Covid vaccines – receives Moderna after AstraZeneca first dose
ANGELA MERKEL has now been fully inoculated against the coronavirus but has received two different types.
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Face masks, social distancing and ‘Rule of Six’ could be ditched on July 19
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Father's Day 'murder-suicide' leaves family of four dead including girl, aged 5
Military veteran Nicholas Mavrakis, 47, his wife Lesley, 37, son Ace, 13, and daughter Pippa, five, all died from gunshot wounds on Father's Day, police have said
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Bruno Tonioli's return to Strictly 'still to be decided' due to travel concerns
Shirley Ballas has claimed that Strictly Come Dancing producers are "still deciding" whether Bruno Tonioli will take part in the upcoming series of the dance show, but says Motsi Mabuse will return
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The Fit List: Give yourself a pamper with these wellness-inspired treats
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How to train your body for a marathon, race or big running event
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'It's a family': Wreck shatters life's work at girls home
The Alabama girls home director who lost two children and two nephews in a wreck that killed 10 people has dedicated her life's work to helping abused and neglected children
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Prince Harry and William prepare for first meeting in months – 'There may be some nerves'
PRINCES Harry and William will be seen "uniting" over Princess Diana's memory at the upcoming unveiling of a statue in her honour, it is claimed.
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New £50 polymer note featuring Alan Turing released into circulation
The new polymer note will join the Sir Winston Churchill £5, the Jane Austen £10 and the JMW Turner £20
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Tiny Victorian cottage in Zone 1 listed for sale for the price of the average first London home
Part of a former school, the Zone 1 cottage has a front garden and is being sold with the freehold.
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UK festivals organisers need urgent help, say MPs
Public accounts committee highlights confusion within government over how post-Covid arts fund will affect sectorDozens of festivals are facing “devastating consequences to their survival” this summer amid confusion within government over how a £1.57bn post-Covid arts fund will affect the sector, parliament’s spending watchdog has found.The influential public accounts committee has called on the government to offer urgent support to outdoor events organisers in a report released on Wednesday. Continue reading...
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Opinion: Why we need to throw tourism a lifeline right now, with a Travel Day Of Action
As the travel industry prepares to lobby the government, Sarah Marshall says we need to fight now, before it’s too late.
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Kobe Bryant's widow to settle lawsuit over deadly crash
Kobe Bryant’s widow has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and owners of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others
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Recruitment of under-18s to British military should end, ministers told
Human rights groups call for bar on junior entry, which accounts for quarter of intake to armyMinisters have been urged to stop the practice of recruiting children to Britain’s military by a coalition of 20 human rights organisation as MPs debate the armed forces bill.The pressure to end the practice also comes as figures showed that girls aged under 18 in the armed forces made at least 16 formal complaints of sexual assault to military police in the last six years – equivalent to one for every 75 girls in the military. Continue reading...
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Cloud spraying and hurricane slaying: could geoengineering fix the climate crisis?
Around the world, dozens of ingenious projects are trying to ‘trick’ the ocean into absorbing more CO2. But critics warn of unforeseen consequencesTom Green has a plan to tackle climate change. The British biologist and director of the charity Project Vesta wants to turn a trillion tonnes of CO2 into rock, and sink it to the bottom of the sea.Green admits the idea is “audacious”. It would involve locking away atmospheric carbon by dropping pea-coloured sand into the ocean. The sand is made of ground olivine – an abundant volcanic rock, known to jewellers as peridot – and, if Green’s calculations are correct, depositing it offshore on 2% of the world’s coastlines would capture 100% of total global annual carbon emissions. Continue reading...
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Sexual harassment in schools: are our children safe?
Girls being constantly sent nude images, sexist name-calling, harassment, rape, a climate of fear, an over-sexualised culture that has become the normality in schools across the country. 
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Three in four domestic abuse cases end without charge in England and Wales
Data comes to light as part of review into police response to abuse during coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree in four domestic abuse offences reported to the police are closed without a perpetrator being charged, a watchdog has said, amid fears the figures have worsened during the pandemic.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said forces were increasingly using two types of “outcome” to close domestic abuse cases: the first being the absence of support from the victim and the second being a lack of evidence despite having the victim’s backing to prosecute. Continue reading...
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NFTs and me: meet the people trying to sell their memes for millions
Once, people who owned viral photos made little money from them. Now, the ‘original’ can potentially sell for an enormous sum. But are buyers savvy investors – or unwitting dupes?The photographer Jeff McCurry’s favourite Harambe memes are the ones where the dead gorilla is in heaven, Photoshopped alongside Diana, Princess of Wales, Tupac and Muhammad Ali. “It’s like: wow,” says McCurry. “What greater spot can you be placed in? Harambe’s at the top of the hill, waiting to meet you there.”McCurry took the photograph of the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla that went on to become a meme. In it, Harambe kneels, projecting a fearsome aura of strength, nobility and calm. A former volunteer photographer at Cincinnati zoo, McCurry was there on 28 May 2016, the fateful day a three-year-old boy climbed into the gorilla’s enclosure, forcing zookeepers to shoot Harambe dead. “It didn’t seem real at first,” says McCurry, who was a regular visitor to the zoo. “When any of your friends die, it’s hard to process. I was in shock.” Continue reading...
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Britney Spears speaks at last: will her day in court upend all we thought we knew?
The singer will today make a bid to take back control of her life. After a glut of speculative documentaries and conspiracy theories, her own voice can finally be heardBritney Spears never used to be an enigma. In the early years of her career, she did interviews for print, TV and radio. She held press conferences and endured day-long junkets. She shot behind the scenes videos, documentaries, TV specials. Britney was candid and trusting. “I’m from the south,” she told the Observer in 2001, “so I’m a very open person and I’ve had to teach myself not to open up to too many people.”These days however, if Britney interviews are granted, they are conducted under such strict terms that few publications have bothered. Even the radio and TV appearances when she has a record to sell are strictly surface level. Her music gives few clues to her state of mind. Her last four albums offer up sexy party tunes that don’t reflect the artist’s lived reality: now 39, by her own account she doesn’t drink, keeps a small circle of friends, only went out clubbing twice in the four years she spent in residence in Las Vegas, and prior to meeting current boyfriend Sam Asghari in 2016, was “over” dating. Continue reading...
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ADVERTORIAL: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK queen joins forces with Nasty Gal
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Man United might have the perfect transfer alternative to Kieran Trippier
Man Utd want to sign Kieran Trippier this summer but they might need a plan B if Atletico Madrid dig their heels in.
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Man City plan for Yan Couto could be thwarted
Named the best right back in the Spanish second division, the Manchester City loanee was close to remaining with the Blues when he signed last summer
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When does the Tour de France start 2021?
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Priti Patel warns EU to treat Brits living in bloc fairly - ‘We’ve been generous!’
PRITI PATEL has warned the EU Britons are being denied work and healthcare after Brexit.
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Miserable washout weekend ahead over four days of rain - but 25C sun to come
The Met Office has warned Brits to expect a cool start to Wednesday but with some sunshine as northern and western regions are hit by downpours
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Tory MP rubbishes DUP protests over Irish Protocol - ‘We’d bite your hands off for access'
A TORY MP has dismissed issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol, saying English towns would "bite your hand off" for access to both UK and EU markets.
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Ramsey 'keen on Arsenal return' as Gunners lead Kessie race
Mikel Arteta has seemingly pinpointed the midfield as his main problem area if the transfer rumours are anything to go by, the Gunners linked with a staggering amount of talent in the middle of the park
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Too early to declare who won 8-way primary for Manhattan DA
A winner in the eight-way Democratic primary for Manhattan district attorney couldn’t be determined as of Tuesday night, but Alvin Bragg and Tali Farhadian Weinstein appeared to rise to the top of votes counted so far
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Coronavirus live news: Thailand suffers record daily deaths; Tokyo bans alcohol at Olympics
Thailand confirms 51 fatalities as authorities battle third and deadliest outbreak; Tokyo organising committee decides against allowing alcohol sales after public outcry; New Zealand brings back restrictions in WellingtonColombia battles third Covid wave amid unrestWorld gained 5.2m millionaires last year in Covid crisisScotland to remove all major Covid restrictions on 9 AugustNew Zealand reintroduces restrictions in WellingtonSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.22am BST Thailand has suffered its highest one-day death toll of the pandemic so far, with 51 Covid fatalities confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the total toll to 1,744. The country, grappling with its third and most deadly outbreak, also reported 3,174 new infections, bringing total confirmed cases to 228,539. More than 85% of new cases and deaths came after April this year. 5.19am BST Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan. Thailand has suffered a record daily death toll, with 51 Covid fatalities reported on Wednesday. Continue reading...
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Coronavirus news - live: India says Delta plus a ‘variant of concern’, found in nine countries
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Tokyo Olympics organisers ban alcohol sales after public outcry
Games officials faced accusations the event was getting preferential treatment while other Tokyo businesses still faced alcohol restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverageThe organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have been forced to abandon plans to allow the sale of alcohol at venues after public outcry.The president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, said on Wednesday that the decision had been made to ensure the Games were “safe and secure” during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
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Biden faces growing pressure from the left over voting bill
Progressives are growing increasingly frustrated with what they see as a lack of action from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on voting rights
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‘Don’t brainwash my child!’ Enraged parents condemn ‘One Britain, One Nation’ campaign
OUTRAGED parents across the country have condemned the Government's "One Britain, One Nation" campaign, claiming it will "brainwash" their children.
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Moving on: why the EU is not missing Britain that much
On the 5th anniversary of Brexit, commentators reflect on the EU’s success at rallying together after Britain’s exit On the night of 23 June 2016 a storm broke out over Brussels. Rain poured, thunder rolled and lightning flashed over the headquarters of the European Union’s institutions.Then in the small hours came a political thunderbolt almost no one had forecast: the UK had voted to leave the union. Five years on, the Brexit tempest has subsided – in Brussels, if not in London. Continue reading...
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EXPLAINER: What's next now that GOP has blocked voting bill?
Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. Congressional Democrats have been pushing the bill as an urgent response to the 2020 election and a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening voting rules in the states
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Liverpool transfer round-up as Jurgen Klopp prepares to offload quartet
Liverpool are set to overhaul their squad this summer with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi potentially seeking pastures new
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Inter expect Hakimi bid as Traore states transfer preference amid Chelsea link
The Champions League winners face competition from PSG for Hakimi in the transfer window, while an alternative wing-back target has spoken out on his future plans
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Myanmar: Facebook promotes content urging violence against coup protesters – study
Posts ranging from wanted posters to death threats remain online for months, breaching platform’s own standardsFacebook is promoting content that incites violence against Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters and amplifies junta misinformation, despite promising to clamp down on the misuse of its platform, according to a study.An investigation by the rights group Global Witness found that Facebook’s recommendation algorithm continues to invite users to view content that breaches its own policies. After liking a Myanmar military fan page, which did not contain recent posts violating Facebook’s policies, the rights group found that Facebook suggested several pro-military pages that contained abusive content. Continue reading...
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From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is under mounting pressure
The tech industry is under mounting pressure in Washington
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Spears set to make rare remarks to conservatorship judge
In a highly anticipated hearing, Britney Spears is expected to address the court in the conservatorship that has controlled her money and affairs for 13 years
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Tokyo shapes up to be No-Fun Olympics with many rules, tests
The Tokyo Olympics are not looking like much fun: Not for athletes
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Asian Americans lobby to name Navy ship for Filipino sailor
Veterans and civilians in the U.S. and the Philippines are campaigning to name a Navy warship for a Filipino sailor who bravely rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago
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Colombia reaches 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases surge
Colombia has reached 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 this week, becoming just the tenth country in the world to hit the grim milestone
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Assad forces’ shelling in Syria causes 5,000 civilians to flee
At least 31 people killed since start of June amid government attacks on Idlib areaAbout 5,000 civilians in the north-west of Syria have been forced to flee their homes after more government shelling targeting the contested area, a local aid agency said.At least 31 people have died since the beginning of June, victims of Bashar al-Assad’s forces hitting civilian buildings in southern Idlib province. The buildings included a hospital, displacement camp school, and a White Helmets headquarters. The number of dead includes three children and a civil defence worker who was killed in an attack on the town of Qastoun on Saturday. Continue reading...
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Brexit has weakened and isolated the UK, says EU vaccine chief
Thierry Breton, who is also single market commissioner, believes downsides of leaving bloc are exposed by pandemicBrexit has proved an “aberration that has weakened and isolated the UK”, the EU’s single market commissioner, Thierry Breton, has said, with any concrete benefits for Britain “hard to see” and multiple downsides cruelly exposed by the pandemic.Breton, a former French finance minister in charge of the bloc’s Covid vaccination programme, now outpacing Britain’s, said that five years after the referendum, Brexit’s promised outcomes were “far from reality”. Continue reading...
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