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Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies: Barack Obama calls on Republicans to delay filling vacancy – live

Amid tributes to the late supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former president adds weight to calls for vacancy to remain until after November electionRuth Bader Ginsburg, supreme court justice, dies aged 87Ginsburg changed America long before she joined the supreme courtQ&A: what does Ginsburg’s death mean for the supreme court?Sign up for...

China's white paper on forced labour suggests unease at western pressure

Document defending camps for Uighurs released days after US blocked some Xinjiang importsClues to scale of Xinjiang labour operation emerge as China defends campsChina’s new white paper on forced labour in Xinjiang suggests a government uneasy about growing western pressure over abuses of Muslim minorities in the regionIt also gives a rare, if oblique,...

Japan's beloved matsutake mushroom under threat

For diners with money to spare it is the taste of autumn but decline of red pine forests has left it with a precarious futureIn a country that prides itself on its seasonal cuisine, few ingredients generate as much anticipation in Japan as the delicate, unmistakably autumnal flavours of the matsutake mushroom.As the humidity of summer gives way to cooler...

'Vote like your life depends on it': Pete Buttigieg's message to LGBTQ youth

The breakout star of the Democratic primary is all in for Joe Biden as the race against Donald Trump nears the final straightFor Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay candidate to win a presidential primary or caucus, the threat of a second Trump term is both political and deeply personal.Donald Trump has claimed to be a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights...

China attacks US 'bullying' over ban on Tiktok and WeChat

Donald Trump’s decision to ban downloads of the Chinese-owned platform prompts realignment of tech spaceChina has accused the United States of “bullying” and suggested it may take unspecified countermeasures after Washington banned downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat.“China urges the...

Bye bye bilaterals: UN general assembly to embrace Zoom diplomacy

Conditions that make the annual event a diplomats’ playground will be absent as it goes mostly online Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDiplomats and foreign ministers are slowly emerging from their Covid-induced hibernation, but the 75th United Nations general assembly – supposedly a display of the world’s connectedness –...

Ginsburg dies: Barack Obama calls on Republicans to delay filling vacancy – live

Amid tributes to the late supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former president adds weight to calls for vacancy to remain until after November electionRuth Bader Ginsburg, supreme court justice, dies aged 87Ginsburg changed America long before she joined the supreme courtQ&A: what does Ginsburg’s death mean for the supreme court?Sign up for...

Coronavirus live news: UK could face second lockdown as Melbourne sees more protests

Number of cases worldwide passes 30 million; Victoria announces 21 new Covid-19 cases and seven more deaths; UK faces possible second national lockdown. Follow all the developmentsMutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing ?UK entering second wave of virus, Johnson warns‘Shocking’: Trump under fire from ex-adviser for Covid failures...

'Too late to stop it': California's future hinges on managing megafires

This year’s historic blazes and apocalyptic skies will become routine. Hope lies in rethinking how we live with fireCalifornia’s historic wildfires have served up astonishing scenes of destruction that have claimed several dozen lives, incinerated huge tracts of land and caused dystopian orange skies to loom over a populace choked by toxic smoke. But,...

Space oddity: Australia launches 35kg commercial rocket into atmosphere

Dart rocket, which is just 3.4m long, is part of Australia’s $7bn investment in space technologiesA small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time.The Dart rocket, carrying an air force radio prototype, was launched from the Koonibba rocket range in South Australia on Saturday. Continue reading...

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