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Astronomers map asteroid’s 22m-year journey to Earth

Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system originAstronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert.It is the first time scientists have traced showering space...

Anti-Asian hate crimes bill passes Senate with bipartisan support

The bill comes amid an alarming increase in reports of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific IslandersThe US Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, marking a bipartisan denunciation of the violence that has come into sharp focus during the coronavirus...

One dose of Pfizer or Oxford jab reduces Covid infection rate by 65% – study

Analysis of test results from more than 350,000 people finds older people just as protected as youngerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reduces coronavirus infections by nearly two-thirds and protects older and more vulnerable people as much as younger, healthy individuals,...

GCHQ chief: west faces ‘moment of reckoning’ over cybersecurity

Jeremy Fleming to say UK must ‘develop sovereign technologies’ and work with allies to ‘build better cyber-defences’ Britain and its allies face a “moment of reckoning” in which secure encryption and other future technologies may no longer be “shaped and controlled by the west”, according to the head of the spy agency GCHQ.In a speech on Friday, Jeremy...

More than 100 asylum seekers feared dead after shipwreck off Libya

Dozens of bodies have been spotted near a capsized vessel which had about 130 people on boardAt least 120 asylum seekers are feared dead after their rubber boat capsized in stormy seas off the coast of Libya while they were attempting to reach Europe, charities and the UN migration agency say.Dozens of bodies were spotted near a capsized vessel on Thursday,...

Australia news live: NSW Health testing dock workers who boarded Covid ship; vaccine rollout reset

Fifteen Sydney waterfront workers waiting on coronavirus test results after boarding ship carrying infected sailors; national cabinet decision to offer all over-50s AstraZeneca vaccine from 17 May welcomed. Follow the latest updates liveScott Morrison claims future generations will ‘thank us’ despite no new emissions pledgeMalcolm Turnbull accuses resources...

Malcolm Turnbull accuses resources minister Keith Pitt of living in ‘coal-hugging bubble’

Former prime minister tells Q+A climate change has become matter of identity politics for rightwing politicians Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has clashed with a former member of his ministry, Keith Pitt, accusing the resources and water minister of living in a “coal-hugging bubble” in a heated episode of ABC’s Q+A.As the audience was filing...

Welsh government accused of ‘playing politics’ by speeding up lockdown easing

Opponents say first minister, Mark Drakeford, is making capital out of timing of announcements during election campaignThe easing of the lockdown in Wales is being accelerated, with a range of indoor activities for adults and children to be allowed earlier than expected and a date set for when pubs, bars, cafes and restaurant could serve indoors.Hospitality...

Morning mail: Biden pledges to halve US emissions, vaccine rollout rejig, ignoring advice

Friday: Australia under pressure after virtual climate summit. Plus: Johanna Leggatt on tuning out the constant stream of self-improvement adviceHello, it’s Imogen Dewey here with the main stories on Friday 23 April: all the action from the climate summit overnight, Australia’s (and the UK’s) deteriorating relations with China, and new flight rules...

David Cameron kept pushing Bank and Treasury to risk £20bn to help Greensill

Former prime minister sent string of emails to Bank officials and argued firm should be a priority for Treasury fundingDavid Cameron repeatedly pushed the Bank of England and the Treasury to risk up to £20bn in taxpayer cash to help Greensill Capital, just as the lender started to face “significant” financial pressure at the start of the pandemic.The...

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