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Top story: “Obstruction of justice as a way of life”

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Donald Trump was unaware that the United Kingdom possessed nuclear weapons, according to his former national security adviser, John Bolton, whose forthcoming book The Room Where it Happened was published in media extracts as the President attempts to block its publication. Trump has begged Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him get re-elected; encouraged China’s concentration camps for more than a million Muslims – which has led to US sanctions – as exactly the right thing to do; and was willing to suspend criminal investigations to “give personal favors to the dictators he loved,” writes Bolton.

Bolton describes a pattern of corruption in which Trump regularly attempts to use the leverage of American power on other countries for his personal gain. “The scheme looked like obstructing justice as a way of life, which we could not accept,” writes Bolton, adding that he had expressed concerns to Attorney General William Barr. Trump refused to issue a statement commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, saying “It was 15 years ago” (it was the 30th anniversary). Bolton’s book quotes Trump as saying that the invasion of Venezuela would be “cool” and that he was “really part of the United States.” He says summit diplomacy with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was intended to be a spectacle, with Trump happy to “sign a dull statement, have his press conference to declare victory, and then get out of town “. Mike Pompeo laughed at the president behind his back, slipping a note at Bolton saying, “He’s so full of shit. ”

The Guardian’s editor in chief of global affairs, Julian Borger, said: “Bolton does not emerge from his tenure or the months that followed as an icon of public virtue. If he had agreed to testify before the impeachment hearings, he would have sounded the alarm over the presidential abuses which he believed were now bothering him, and perhaps something could have been done about it. topic. It’s hard to see his refusal as anything other than keeping the best material for his $ 2 million book deal. Unsurprisingly, Trump said on social media that the book was “made up of lies and false stories” and called Bolton a “boring and disgruntled lunatic who only wanted to go to war.”

Examination of the statue of Rhodes – Late yesterday, the governing body of Oriel College in Oxford voted in favor of tacitly withdrawing the removal of a Cecil Rhodes statue, but referred the case to an independent commission of inquiry. Pub chain and brewer Greene King and London’s Lloyd’s insurance market both revealed last night that, given their historical ties to the slave trade, they will be making repairs through charitable donations, practices and investments in creating opportunities and inclusion for BAME groups.A black nurse with a British Empire medal initiates civil action against the Met after she was pulled from her car, searched and detained in a cell for 18 hours when she did nothing wrong.

“You scare my life”: camera images show the arrest of a black nurse in London – video

Neomi Bennett – who appeared on Dragon’s Den after inventing a device to put on deep vein thrombosis stockings – is taking civil action against the Met. His conviction for obstructing the police has already been quashed. In the United States, the Atlanta officer who shot and killed a fleeing Rayshard Brooks faces 11 charges, including the crime of murder. Brooks, who was black, posed no threat when he was killed, prosecutors said.

After Covid, a climate disaster? – The world has only six months to prevent a “carbon rebound” after the blockage that would overwhelm efforts to prevent the climate disaster, warns an expert from the International Energy Agency. Governments plan to spend $ 9 billion (£ 7.2 billion) worldwide over the next few months to boost their economies, and Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, says too little is routed to carbon reduction industries. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, more than half a trillion dollars worldwide – $ 509 billion – will go directly to carbon-intensive industries such as airlines. “The next three years will determine the course of the next 30 years and beyond,” Birol told the Guardian. In Britain, Lib Dems unveiled proposals to invest £ 150 billion in green projects over three years, calling coronavirus recovery “a unique opportunity” to tackle potential mass unemployment and reshape environmental economics.

A new case of coronavirus has been reported in New Zealand as authorities scramble to contain the fallout from Tuesday’s embarrassing revelations of a quarantine violation and reports that people are missing after leaving early isolation. Police said six people fled the segregation after being granted compassionate care leave. (In yesterday’s email briefing, we mistakenly said that two new cases were British – in fact, they were New Zealanders returning from Britain.) And the group of new cases from Beijing may have -be started a month earlier than expected, partly due to asymptomatic infections, according to the director of Chinese Infectious Disease Authority.

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Trawling by police criticized – Police in England and Wales extract “excessive amounts of personal data” from victims ‘and witnesses’ cell phones, which can discourage the public from reporting crimes, warned the Information Commissioner’s office ( ICO). He says that individuals’ cell phones “contain the most intimate and private details of our daily lives.” The investigations into the rapes are systematically dropped after the victims refused to hand over their phones for analysis, suggests an investigation by the campaign group Big Brother Watch. Access to information requests revealed that approximately one in five complainants refused to undergo a “digital strip search” and all of these cases were closed. Activists call for changing this “all or nothing” approach. The National Council of Chiefs of Police says that the police have a duty to pursue all reasonable channels of investigation, to comply with obligations to disclose evidence and to prepare strong arguments for prosecutors.

British Air Power – Construction is starting on the world’s largest liquid air battery, which will store renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants. The facility developed by Highview Power is expected to be operational in 2022 and will supply up to 200,000 homes for five hours and store energy for several weeks. The project near Manchester will use alternative green energy to compress the air into a liquid and store it. When the demand is higher, the liquid air is returned in a gas, supplying a turbine which returns green energy in the network.

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Odion Edgal gets his supplies from Scope in Walthamstow after running out of books during the lockout. Photography: David Levene / The Guardian

Charity shops in England have adopted the new standard – after all, many of us have missed Scope’s tastes as much as Primark or John Lewis. Sam Wollaston spends a day with clients, donors and staff who return with pleasure.

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Lunch read: bravery by Noor Inayat Khan

She was the daughter of an Indian Sufi mystic, who gave her life as a British agent fighting with French resistance and for the cause of freedom. Now, 76 years after Noor Inayat Khan, 29, was captured by the Gestapo and executed in the Dachau concentration camp, an unpublished story reveals that it was her love of the blue color that betrayed her towards the ‘enemy.

Noor Inayat-Khan, who became the first radio woman to be sent to Nazi-occupied France.

Noor Inayat-Khan, who became the first radio woman to be sent to Nazi-occupied France. Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) / PA


Kevin De Bruyne led the show and David Luiz’s disastrous appearance on the bench contributed to Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal as the Premier League made a largely successful comeback. But goal-line tech makers have apologized after the first 0-0 draw between Aston Villa and Sheffield United fell into a farce when a goal was denied because the cameras failed to spot the ball crossing the line. US Open 2020 will begin behind closed doors on August 31, but there is no guarantee that the best tennis players in the world will be there. Flushing Meadows’ two-title winner Dylan Alcott has appealed the decision to remove wheelchair tennis from this year’s grand slam against this year’s coronavirus, “disgusting discrimination”.

Rory McIlroy risked the grudge on the fairways by insisting that he has no sympathy for European players who chose not to earn world ranking points when the PGA Tour was restarted. 100m world champion Christian Coleman has learned that shopping for Christmas is not a defense for missing a drug test under the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The same day that the Los Angeles Chargers head coach said the teams would be “crazy” not to watch Colin Kaepernick as the new NFL season approaches, Donald Trump said he would support the return of the quarterback from the league. And the helicopter pilot who crashed into thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported as he climbed as he descended.


Stocks fell in the Asia-Pacific region as markets eased after their big rebound. The S & P / ASX 200 in Sydney slipped 1% after the government said unemployment had exceeded 7% and would have been more than 9% if the figure included laid-off workers and those not officially looking for work. At the time of writing, the pound was worth $ 1,255 and € 1,155 while the FTSE tends to drop by around 50 points.

The papers

“Rhodes must fall – Oxford college supports campaign to remove statue” – Guardian front page, which also features “Schools to hire private tutors to help students” – the program covering England will be funded by the government. The mastery of the understatement is demonstrated by the Time who calls Trump “uninformed” after asking if Britain is a nuclear power. It’s at the top of the forehead – the main story is “Doctors are demanding that schools be reopened” as pediatricians warn that a generation’s life chances are being felt.

Guardian front page, Thursday June 18, 2020

Guardian front page, Thursday June 18, 2020.

the Mirror asks, “Take our kids back to school” while the Telegraph puts a royal seal on the question: “Charles – young face devastated by the virus”. “VITAMIN D NEW HOPE IN THE WAR ON CORONA” – between capital letters and press on the Mail As such, the Briefing wondered for a moment when this “Vitamind” substance could be purchased. Here’s what it’s really about.

the FT a “The United States is shaking up the global digital tax plan and warning Europe.” the I and the Express cover the potential end of triple lock pension increases. the Subway reports on “PM’s £ 1 million paint job” – the red, white and blue makeover of his official jet – and links it to a photo of his car, which also needs rattle therapy after have suffered a tail shunt when leaving parliament.


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