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Ghislaine Maxwell, long-time friend of Jeffrey Epstein, arrested by FBI

July 2, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who was a long-time friend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested by the FBI. Maxwell, who has kept a low profile since Epstein’s death in August last year, was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday on charges related to the financier. Epstein was accused of raping and trafficking underage girls […]

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US suffers record daily COVID-19 cases as Trump says it will 'sort of just disappear'

July 2, 2020

The United States has recorded its biggest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases, with more than 50,000 people testing positive for the first time. A total of 50,700 new COVID-19 cases were registered across the country on Wednesday, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, with a number of states struggling to control […]

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Officials take action over 'screeching' noise emanating from Golden Gate Bridge

July 2, 2020

Golden Gate Bridge officials have promised to take action after upgrades to the structure meant it began emitting a loud humming noise audible across San Francisco. Repairs to the railings on the iconic California bridge were supposedly meant to let off a low-level noise as wind blew through them, but residents across the city have […]

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UK recognises Guaido as Venezuela's president in £800m row over gold

July 2, 2020

The UK has said it “unequivocally recognises” opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president in a crucial ruling over the fate of £800m in gold bullion being held in the Bank of England’s vaults. Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV) took legal action to release the gold held on its behalf, which it wants to sell […]

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'We were threatened with beheading': Robbie Williams and wife reveal Haiti incident

July 2, 2020

Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have said they were both threatened with being beheaded during a charity trip to Haiti. The couple were in the Caribbean working with UNICEF four months after the 2010 earthquake, they recalled, speaking on Field’s podcast Postcards from the Edge. Williams said: “I got threatened to be beheaded […]

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Landslide kills 100 at jade mine after people left trapped

July 2, 2020

At least 100 people have been killed after a landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar left workers trapped under a mound of refuse. The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state, in the north of the country, when a wave of mud caused by heavy rain buried them early […]

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Headteachers self-isolate after exposure to coronavirus at school reopenings meeting

July 2, 2020

More than 40 headteachers from San Francisco have been told to self-isolate, after being exposed to coronavirus at an in-person meeting. Despite the state-wide stay at home order in California, the Santa Clara County Unified School District held the face-to-face meeting last month to discuss arrangements for the reopening of classrooms in the area. A […]

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New Zealand's health minister resigns after coronavirus lockdown blunders

July 2, 2020

New Zealand’s health minister has resigned after criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and making a series of personal blunders. David Clark had previously described himself as an “idiot” for flouting the country’s strict lockdown measures. He twice broke the rules, once by going mountain biking near his home in Dunedin, and again […]

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China tells UK to 'respect its position' and stop interfering in Hong Kong

July 2, 2020

China is urging the UK to stop “interfering” in Hong Kong’s affairs after Boris Johnson’s government gave millions of citizens the chance to move to Britain. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the citizenship offer, describing the new security legislation as a “clear and serious breach” of the deal that saw Hong Kong pass from the […]

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Cricket mourns the loss of a 'legend, hero and icon'

July 1, 2020

Legendary West Indian batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95. The Barbados-born star was feted as one of ‘the three Ws’ alongside Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, with the trio representing one of the game’s most formidable batting units for more than a decade after each made their Test […]

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