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  • Australia news live update: Nine deaths, 1,750 Covid cases in Vic as Melbourne emerges from lockdown; 332 cases, two deaths in NSW 23.10.2021
    Premier Daniel Andrews says the state is on track to reach 80% fully vaccinated next weekend. Follow updates live Vaccine requirements for children could hamper Australians returning from UKAustralia vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefingLet’s take a closer look at […]
    Cait Kelly (now) and Ben Doherty (earlier)
  • ‘I was terrified’: the vet sterilizing Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos 23.10.2021
    The progeny of animals brought illegally to Colombia and kept in the drug lord’s private zoo must now be put on birth controlWhen Gina Paola Serna studied to become a biologist and veterinarian in Colombia, she never expected to one day be tasked with neutering an invasive herd of hippos that once belonged to Pablo […]
    Joe Parkin Daniels in Bogotá
  • ‘Nervous giddy excitement’: relieved Melbourne residents enjoy weekend out of lockdown 23.10.2021
    The world’s lockdown capital emerges for its first Friday night of freedom, but not everyone joined the partyFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesVic: hotspots; restrictions; vaccination rates by postcodeAustralia vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefingFrom St Kilda […]
    Cait Kelly
  • Nasa announces uncrewed flights around the Moon to begin in February 2022 23.10.2021
    The Orion capsule will be launched on the Space Launch System, paving the way for the resumption of people to walk on Earth’s satellite againNasa has announced plans to launch an uncrewed flight around the Moon in February 2022, paving the way for astronauts to once again set foot on Earth’s satellite.The US space agency […]
    Guardian staff
  • Facebook crisis grows as new whistleblower and leaked documents emerge 23.10.2021
    Company under fire as news reports detail spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories even as staff raised concernsFacebook faced mounting pressure on Friday after a new whistleblower accused it of knowingly hosting hate speech and illegal activity, even as leaked documents shed further light on how the company failed to heed internal concerns over election […]
    Kari Paul in San Francisco and Dani Anguiano in Los Angeles
  • Ethiopian government airstrike on Tigray forces UN to abort flight in midair 23.10.2021
    UN says government was aware of plane carrying 11 aid workers as year-long conflict with TPLF escalates in Tigray and AmharaAn Ethiopian government airstrike on the capital of the northern Tigray region has forced a UN aid flight to abort a landing in midair.The UN has suspended its twice-weekly passenger flights to Mekelle for humanitarian […]
    Staff and agencies
  • UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states 23.10.2021
    UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, says the world should be prepared for ‘even more mass atrocity crimes’The United nations fears another human rights catastrophe in Myanmar amid reports of thousands of troops massing in the north of the south-east Asian country, which has been in chaos since a February coup.“We should all be […]
    Agence France-Presse
  • Alec Baldwin was given loaded weapon and told it was safe, court records show 23.10.2021
    Assistant director who gave actor prop gun did not know it was loaded with live rounds, search warrant saysAlec Baldwin was handed a loaded weapon by an assistant director who indicated it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released on Friday show.The assistant director did […]
    Associated Press
  • Lyft admits it recorded 4,000 sexual assault claims in long-awaited report 23.10.2021
    Company reveals figures, promised in 2019, as ride-hailing companies face growing safety scrutinyThe ride-hailing app Lyft received more than 4,000 reports of sexual assaults during rides from 2017 to 2019, the company revealed in a new report, including 1,800 reports in 2019 alone.Lyft revealed the numbers on Thursday, after having pledged in 2019 to do […]
    Kari Paul and agencies
  • House to aim to vote on infrastructure and reconciliation bills next week, Hoyer says – as it happened 23.10.2021
    Hoyer aims for next week as Pelosi says Democrats nearing dealBiden gives strongest signal he’s ready to move to end filibusterPfizer vaccine 90.7% effective in children aged five to 11Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by emailThe House will “aim” to vote next week on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the […]
    Dani Anguiano (now) and Joan E Greve (earlier)
  • English cities to receive transport boost of almost £7bn in budget 22.10.2021
    Funding will be used to help ‘level up’ regions including Greater Manchester and West MidlandsAlmost £7bn will be allocated in next week’s budget to “level up” urban transport in cities around England, the government has said.City regions will receive a total of about £5.7bn in sustainable transport cash, while another £1.2bn will go towards improving […]
    Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent
  • Have Sumatran fishing crews found the fabled Island of Gold? 22.10.2021
    Treasures worth millions found in the last five years along the Musi River could be the site of the Srivijaya empireIt was a fabled kingdom known in ancient times as the Island of Gold, a civilisation with untold wealth that explorers tried in vain to find long after its unexplained disappearance from history around the […]
    Dalya Alberge
  • Merkel hesitates over handshake with EU's Ursula von der Leyen – video 22.10.2021
    Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor of Germany, seemed wary of offering her hand for a full handshake with the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, at a Brussels summit. Von der Leyen instead grasped Merkel's hand by way of greeting, at what could be her compatriot's final EU summit as chancellor‘You are a monument’: EU […]
  • Facing pressure at home, New Zealand’s climate change minister steels himself for Cop26 22.10.2021
    In the run-up to the Glasgow conference, James Shaw admits he is unhappy with New Zealand’s track record on emissions but insists there is room for hopeNew Zealand’s climate change minister James Shaw has revealed his official and unofficial coping mechanisms for reckoning with the country’s dismal climate record. The first is a measured speech […]
    Eva Corlett in Wellington
  • China’s hypersonic glider weapons test threatens to drive new arms race 22.10.2021
    Analysis: China recently tested a nuclear-capable manoeuvrable missile and Russia and the US have their own programmesA new focus on hypersonic glider weapons, after a reportedly successful Chinese test, is helping drive an arms race that is eclipsing hopes of a return to disarmament by the world’s major powers.The Chinese test on 27 July, first […]
    Julian Borger in Washington
  • English schools struggle to cope as Covid wreaks havoc 22.10.2021
    Despite government narrative of a return to normality, schools in areas with high Covid rates lack supportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools in England hit by high numbers of Covid-19 cases among staff and pupils have been forced to reinstate mask wearing, send whole year groups home to study online and in some […]
    Sally Weale and Nicola Davis
  • ‘You are a monument’: EU leaders hail Angela Merkel at ‘final’ summit 22.10.2021
    Chancellor given paperweight as parting gift but she may not be done yet if German coalition talks falterAfter nearly 16 years and 107 EU summits, Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor of Germany, might have expected more from her fellow leaders than a glass paperweight and praise for being a “monument”.But at what was expected to […]
    Daniel Boffey in Brussels
  • 'A role model': Obama pays tribute to Angela Merkel – video 22.10.2021
    The former US president Barack Obama has paid tribute to Angela Merkel in a farewell video during what was expected to be the outgoing chancellor of Germany’s final meeting in Brussels. 'Thanks to you, the centre has held through many storms,' Obama said in the video aired in the summit room in the Europa building. 'So […]
  • Israel labels Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organisations 22.10.2021
    Defence ministry says the six groups have undercover links to militant PFLP movementIsrael has accused six prominent Palestinian human rights groups of being terrorist organisations, saying they have undercover links to a militant movement.Most of the groups document alleged human rights violations by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Continue reading...
    Harriet Sherwood and agencies in Jerusalem
  • Questions raised over secrecy around Queen’s overnight hospital stay 22.10.2021
    Royal watchers say Buckingham Palace ‘could have handled it differently’ after the news was leaked to a newspaperThe Queen is undertaking “light duties” after a hospital visit for “preliminary investigations” as Buckingham Palace faced questions over its handling of news of her overnight admission.The 95-year-old monarch is said be resting at Windsor Castle after undergoing […]
    Caroline Davies