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Vogue Portugal defends controversial mental health cover

The magazine says it was trying to raise awareness after it was accused of using dystopian imagery.

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Israel has ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed as Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown after both areas saw surges in coronavirus cases

Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over

The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step

Risks, R numbers and raw data: how to interpret coronavirus statistics

Covid-related facts and definitions are confusing, and as lockdown is eased, clarity is more important than ever

We’re finally over the first peak of the epidemic, but the numbers relating to the virus keep on spreading. Sometimes, however, things get lost in translation from the spreadsheet to the article, broadcast or tweet.

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Knife-edge Polish presidential race could slow the march of populism

As liberal Rafal Trzaskowski gains on rightwing Andrzej Duda, LGBT rights are among issues at stake in Poland and beyond

When Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, goes up against his liberal challenger in a presidential run-off next Sunday, there will be more at stake than just the medium-term political trajectory of the country. The vote is set to be one of the closest and most important European elections in recent years, and the result will resonate well beyond Poland’s borders.

Duda takes on liberal challenger Rafał Trzaskowski in a race that numerous polls suggest is too close to call. The final outcome will be watched closely by European leaders wary of Poland’s recent political direction, and by progressive politicians worldwide seeking lessons about what does or doesn’t work in taking on populists at the ballot box.

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Srebrenica 25 years on: how the world lost its appetite to fight war crimes

Ratko Mladić was brought to justice but where’s the desire to investigate mass killings in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar?

Ratko Mladić, the Bosnian Serb general convicted of ordering the execution of 8,000 men and boys from Srebrenica, will spend this week’s 25th anniversary of the slaughter in a cell in The Hague, where he has spent the past nine years.

A quarter century on from Srebrenica, the world has become painfully used to atrocities. Mass killings in Syria or Yemen no longer always make the news. China has incarcerated more than a million Muslim Uighurs and forced contraception, sterilisation and abortions on them.

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We might never get over the fear that the pandemic induced

Covid-19 taught us to be cautious, but that will make economic recovery all the more difficult

“When things get back to normal” was almost as common a phrase as “shall we Zoom?” in the early days of this pandemic. We’ve since been on a steep learning curve. Not a soul thinks that the thing missing in their life is another video conference, and our expectations have caught up with the reality that we’ll be living with the effects of Covid-19 for years to come.

In the economics sphere, this has seen confident predictions of immediate V-shaped recoveries give way to a focus on the damage that high, lasting unemployment might do. Ongoing social distancing will mean that many firms will be smaller or not viable until a vaccine turns up.

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Recovery plan must not endanger the Earth | Letters

The government’s shake-up of planning laws threatens wildlife and habitats; the environment bill must be brought forward

The government has repeatedly pledged to maintain high environmental standards. It appears, however, that important laws to protect the environment are now at risk. The prime minister has again claimed that environmental assessments hold up housebuilding, and has promised the “most radical changes” to the planning system since the Second World War. There are rumours of deregulatory measures, including those that weaken laws to protect habitats and wildlife. Furthermore, the government’s flagship environment bill has been delayed and its new body to enforce environmental laws after Brexit will not be ready in time.

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The Observer view on the reopening of the economy

Now is not the right time for the government to step back and abandon targeted financial support

It was trailed as a desperately needed cash injection on the scale of Roosevelt’s New Deal. Yet when the prime minister set out his plans for infrastructure investment last week, they amounted to a tiny fraction – less than £100 per head – of the more than £4,000 per person spent by the US government after the Great Depression. The chancellor is expected to set out more detail this week on what he will do to save jobs and boost demand. But all the signs are that it will be unequal to the task of protecting people’s livelihoods in the wake of the biggest economic downturn for 300 years.

The unprecedented scale of the economic shutdown necessitated by the pandemic paved the way for a huge package of financial support for individuals and businesses. There have undoubtedly been important gaps, but in the main, chancellor Rishi Sunak responded swiftly and pragmatically. Just over three months later, and it seems Sunak is determined to reset course, away from the large-scale intervention that the economy continues to require, and towards a more traditionally laissez-faire approach. Hence the move towards relaxing the lockdown to allow large swaths of the economy to reopen – despite the warnings from some prominent scientists that this is happening too soon – and the planned phase out of much government financial support in the coming weeks.

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WHO halts trial of HIV drugs as possible treatment for patients hospitalized with coronavirus

The WHO said the trial results of the hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir-ritonavir drugs "produced little or no reduction in the mortality" of COVID-19 patients.

Florida reports more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases, breaking another daily record as Miami...

Even as Florida continues to report record case numbers, Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will not halt its re-opening and refuses to order a statewide mask mandate to curb the spread of the virus.


Where you bank can make a big difference for racial justice

Netflix announced recently that it would move some of its cash to financial institutions that support Black communities in the U.S. You can do the same.

'Unite the nation': Jean Castex replaces Édouard Philippe as French prime minister – video

France has a new prime minister after President Emmanuel Macron named career civil servant Jean Castex as the replacement for Édouard Philippe. Castex will be part of Macron's 'new course' for the last two years of his mandate.

Castex, from the centre-right of French politics, coordinated France’s successful exit from lockdown and is widely known as Monsieur Déconfinement. He will form the next government

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England's quarantine to be dropped for Spain, Italy, France and Germany

Rule change to come into effect on 10 July, with full list of countries published on Friday

English holidaymakers will be able to visit Spain, Italy, France and Germany without having to quarantine for 14 days on their return and travel restrictions on up to 60 other countries and territories are also set to be lifted.

The government’s rule change will come into effect on 10 July with the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, describing it as a major step in “reopening the nation”.

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Here's what happened to the stock market on Thursday

A massive spike in U.S. jobs creation sparked a rally on Wall Street to end the holiday shortened week.

The Guardian view on France's green wave: seizing the moment | Editorial

The march of Europe Ecology is yet another example of how parties of the environment are steadily acquiring power and influence across the continent

Lyon, Strasbourg and Bordeaux; Besançon, Poitiers and Tours: the list of powerful cities that turned green, after France’s municipal elections last weekend, was long and impressive. Marseille has been a conservative fiefdom for decades. But a leftwing alliance propelled Michèle Rubirola, the candidate of Europe Ecology – France’s Green party – to the mayoralty. These were totemic victories, turning the once-peripheral Green party into a significant player in urban France.

Sunday’s polls should have taken place in March but were postponed as France locked down. Perhaps because of that delay, and the lingering presence of Covid-19, turnout was low. That may have disproportionately helped Green candidates, whose voters tend to loyally turn out for local elections, and Europe Ecology is still well down the pecking order in national polls. But these caveats aside, the “green wave” in France offers heartening evidence that environmental priorities are truly beginning to shape and influence politics in Europe.

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How Jarvis Cocker made an isolation anthem by accident

The former Pulp man on his "alive album", domestic discos, and embracing crowd surfing in his 50s.

How to Build a Girl: Beanie Feldstein's Wolverhampton accent lessons

Actress Beanie Feldstein came to Wolverhampton to prepare for a role in the film How To Build A Girl.

Closed theatres wrapped in pink ribbon messages of support

Buildings across the country have been given a colourful new look, as venues remain shut.

Author Damian Barr apologises for trans tweets

He previously campaigned to have the vice-president of the Booker Prize removed for "homophobic views".

Brie Larson reveals some major roles she lost out on

Before she was "Captain Marvel," Brie Larson says she missed out on some big movies.

'Hamilton' -- 4 things to know in honor of July 4th

You now have more than one "shot."

'John Lewis: Good Trouble' highlights the civil rights icon's remarkable life

"John Lewis: Good Trouble" derives its title from a favorite saying of the civil-rights icon and longtime congressman, but "Being John Lewis" -- and witnessing the effect he has on those who meet him -- might be equally apt. A fitting if slightly disjointed tribute, the CNN Films documentary is somehow both timely and timeless in honoring a man who has spent his entire adult life in the public arena.

Singer Duffy slams Netflix over kidnap film '365 Days,' saying it 'glamorizes' sexual violence

Welsh singer Duffy, who revealed earlier this year that she had been kidnapped and raped, has written an open letter to Netflix, criticizing the streaming service for its decision to air the "erotic" kidnap film "365 Days."


With Department Stores Disappearing, Malls Could Be Next

Brick-and-mortar retail was in the midst of seismic changes even before the pandemic. Analysts say as much as a quarter of America’s malls may close in the next five years.

What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Ganja & Hess’ and ‘Outcry’

Revisit Bill Gunn’s low-budget vampire horror film, and catch Showtime’s new investigative mini-series.

Nikolai Fadeyechev, Elegant Bolshoi Dancer, Is Dead at 87

He was acclaimed for his noble style, and for being a partner who showed off his ballerinas and did not compete with them.

Black in America, Through a Camera

In a photography show and auction Jamel Shabazz and others take an up-close look at Black culture and community.

What to Do At Home This Week

See the Mona Lisa, up your baking skills and get some answers to your salacious questions about dinosaurs.

8 Picture Books That Let Young Minds Wonder and Wander on Their Own

These journeys of the imagination explore what it means to be human.

‘I Am Here to Prove You Wrong’

At Miss Muslimah USA, a pageant for young Muslim women, the complexity of modesty is on full display.


Masahiro Tanaka Hospitalized After Being Hit by Line Drive

The Yankees starting pitcher was struck during live batting practice in the team’s first summer workout on Saturday.

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo Win 2020 Nathan's Hot Dog Competition

Even with a diminished field, the two competitive eaters put on an impressive showing in the annual event, which was held in a private location with coronavirus provisions this year.

With Plexiglass and Piles of Hot Dogs, a Fourth of July Tradition Lives On

“They’re going to be burping and groaning, and I’m just going to have to focus on my hot dogs,” the winner of last year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest mused of a quieter, crowd-free competition.


Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

An Electron rocket launched from New Zealand's North Island fails in flight, destroying its satellites.

239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.

DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds

The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.

The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus?

Even with more than 500,000 dead worldwide, scientists are struggling to learn how often the virus kills. Here’s why.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Latest News and Analysis

Pubs in England reopened after three months of being shuttered. And with the pandemic’s economic fallout lingering, vulnerable tenants in the United States are facing eviction.


Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech

The TraceTogether Token is designed to make an app more effective, but worries privacy campaigners.

Tech workers are opening their wallets to beat Trump even with stock prices soaring and profits...

Silicon Valley has leaned left for decades, but heading into the 2020 election, the disparity between donations to Democrats and Republicans has never been greater.

Can a BBC reporter make better pizza than a machine?

Picnic's machine is able to put together 300 pizzas an hour, but can a human make something tastier?

This Year’s Summer Campground: Our Bedrooms and Living Rooms

Summer camp in the pandemic looks just like a screen. But what happens when kids run away from the computer?

The CEO of a major advertising trade group says the Facebook boycott is a turning point

World Federation of Advertisers CEO Stephan Loerke believes the slew of big brands publicly pausing social media advertising aren't likely to come back until real change is made. "We moved from brand safety to, I think, societal safety."