• Scotland v Czech Republic: Euro 2020 – live!
    by Scott Murray on June 14, 2021 at 2:16 PM

    Live updates from the 2pm BST kick-off in Group DFootball Daily: Southgate’s England gain revenge on tired CroatiaDrop Scott an email with your thoughts 3.16pm BST58 min: The ball bounces around in the Czech box. Dykes tries his level best to bring it under control, but it won’t obey. You can hear a pin drop in Hampden at the moment. That other-worldly goal by Schick has taken the wind out of many a sail. 3.14pm BST56 min: “Le Freak. C’est Schick.” Gary Naylor got the funk. Continue reading...

  • Joe Biden meets Nato leaders and Turkish president Erdoğan – US politics live
    by Joan E Greve in Washington on June 14, 2021 at 1:58 PM

    Biden continues European trip with summit in BrusselsLeaders of US and Turkey have somewhat strained relationshipNato summit: leaders agree that China presents security risks 2.58pm BSTJoe Biden is intensely preparing for his Wednesday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the US president meets with Nato leaders in Brussels, Belgium.CNN reports: Most of his formal meetings this week have started after noon, leaving his mornings free for consultations with advisers. He has held lengthy preparation sessions with senior officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, to discuss the wide range of issues he plans to bring up with Putin, from cyberattacks to Syria to Ukraine.The President has also asked foreign leaders at the G7, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for their input as he prepares for the meeting in Geneva, according to people familiar with the conversations. Putin even came up as a point of conversation during his tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, Biden told reporters, saying she ‘wanted to know’ about the Russian President. 2.38pm BSTJoe Biden held a meeting with leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the Nato summit in Brussels this morning.“The President underscored strong U.S. support for the security of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the entire Baltic region,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting.Rozmowa Prezydenta RP @AndrzejDuda a Prezydentem USA @POTUS odbyła się na zaproszenie strony amerykańskiej i dotyczyła współpracy polsko-amerykańskiej w zakresie szeroko rozumianego bezpieczeństwa militarnego i ekonomicznego naszego regionu Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: Indonesia fears peak in July with hospitals filling; Thailand vaccine supplies disrupted
    by Kaamil Ahmed (now) and Martin Belam, Helen Sullivan (earlier) on June 14, 2021 at 1:49 PM

    Hospitals in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta already at 75% capacity; Bangkok cancels vaccine appointments; India reports lowest cases since MarchDelaying England’s reopening ‘could keep thousands out of hospital’Novavax Covid vaccine has efficacy of 90%, say manufacturersWorkers making goods for west bear brunt of virus in south-east AsiaCovid cases fall across US but experts warn of vaccine hesitancyUK coronavirus updates – live 2.49pm BSTThe AP reports that Zambia’s first president and leader of the campaign for independence from British rule Kenneth Kaunda, 97, has been admitted to hospital amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. He was democratically elected in 1964 and then led the country under a one-party state until 1991, when he was defeated in elections. Kaunda asked for “all Zambians and the international community to pray for him as the medical team is doing everything possible to ensure that he recovers,” according to the statement issued by Kaunda’s administrative assistant Rodrick Ngolo.The short statement did not specify the cause of Kaunda’s illness, but Zambia is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and the country’s founding president was admitted to Maina Soko Medical Center, a treatment center for the disease in the capital, Lusaka. 2.20pm BSTFully vaccinated Germans have been urged not to storm the country’s pharmacies in the rush to obtain a digital vaccination pass made available in thousands of stores on Monday.The “Digitale Impfpass” or digital vaccination pass, is the official document to be used as part of the the European Union vaccine certificate scheme to facilitate travel across the bloc, which the European parliament agreed last month. Related: Germans told to be patient as chemists start Covid vaccine pass scheme Continue reading...

  • Trial of Aung San Suu Kyi begins in closed courtoom in Myanmar
    by Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok on June 14, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    No media in court and heavy police presence outside as former leader faces raft of chargesThe trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi began on Monday in a closed courtroom in Naypyidaw, as the military junta escalated its attempts to remove her as a political threat.No journalists were present at the hearing inside the Naypyidaw council compound, where there was a heavy police presence. The defence lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said Aung San Suu Kyi “seemed not very well” in court, but that throughout the hearing “she seemed quite interested and paid keen attention.” She has toothache, according to her lawyers, who were escorted to the courtroom by police. Continue reading...

  • New Israeli government is just as bad as the last, says Palestinian PM
    by Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem, and agencies on June 14, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Mohammad Shtayyeh condemns Naftali Bennett’s announcements in support of Israeli settlements Benjamin Netanyahu’s ousting closes one of the “worst periods” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but the new government headed by a settler advocate, Naftali Bennett, is just as bad as the last, the Palestinian prime minister has said.“We do not see this new government as any less bad than the previous one, and we condemn the announcements of the new prime minister Naftali Bennett in support of Israeli settlements,” Mohammad Shtayyeh said, referring to hundreds of thousands of Jewish Israelis who have taken land in the occupied West Bank. Continue reading...

  • UK and EU try to settle standoff over Northern Ireland Brexit checks
    by Lisa O'Carroll and Daniel Boffey on June 14, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Brexit minister and EU Commission official to meet this week as tensions remain highThe Brexit minister Lord Frost and the European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, are expected to meet virtually this week to try to break the deadlock over Brexit checks in Northern Ireland.But as the countdown begins to a 30 June ban on the sale of chilled meats, including sausages, from Great Britain in Northern Irish supermarkets, tensions between the EU and Boris Johnson’s government remain heightened. Continue reading...

  • Birx hinted she wanted Trump to lose election, new book says
    by Martin Pengelly in New York on June 14, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Andy Slavitt writes that White House Covid taskforce coordinator told him ‘I hope the election turns out a certain way’, CNN reportsDr Deborah Birx, then the White House coronavirus taskforce coordinator, hinted to an Obama-era official shortly before the 2020 election she wanted Donald Trump to lose to Joe Biden.Andy Slavitt, a former acting chief of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, writes in a new book, according to CNN, that he spoke to Birx “to get a sense for whether, in the event of a strained transition of government, she would help give Biden and his team the best chance to be effective. Continue reading...

  • I turned down an MBE – I don’t want an honour glorifying the British empire | Nikesh Shukla
    by Nikesh Shukla on June 14, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    I was offered an MBE for ‘services to literature’, but I can’t think of anything I want less, writes author Nikesh ShuklaLast month, I turned down an MBE for services to literature as part of the Queen’s birthday honours list. My reaction, on receiving the email, was very quick: no thank you.Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire? Is this the title I’m asked to carry? I cannot think of anything I want less than to be a member of that empire. There are renewed calls to look at the titles of these honours, and change the E from Empire to Excellence, which would be a good step in the right direction. But before making such a move, we must reckon with the legacy of the British empire. Continue reading...

  • ‘It was damn nice to see him smile’: Schmeichel cheered by visiting Eriksen
    by Marcus Christenson on June 14, 2021 at 12:03 PM

    Denmark goalkeeper says seeing Eriksen ‘helped me a lot’Players unhappy with Uefa’s approach to resuming gameThe Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has said they will play their remaining games at Euro 2020 in honour of Christian Eriksen, after visiting his recovering teammate in hospital. The midfielder collapsed in the 42nd minute of the match against Finland on Saturday and was resuscitated on the pitch. Related: View from Denmark: Eriksen is one of us and that’s why it hurt so much Continue reading...

  • Novavax Covid vaccine has efficacy of 90%, say manufacturers
    by Sarah Boseley Health editor on June 14, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    UK has ordered 60m doses of vaccine that is also critical part of effort to vaccinate developing world Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA Covid vaccine that is a critical part of the effort to vaccinate the developing world, as well as the UK, has an efficacy of 90% overall, its manufacturers have said after trials in the US and Mexico.The UK has ordered 60m doses of Novavax, which has manufacturing agreements in Britain. Novavax has signed an agreement to provide 1.1bn doses to Covax, the UN-led initiative to get vaccines to poorer countries. The Serum Institute of India is contracted to make 100m doses, but has been making vaccines only for India in recent months in response to the Covid crisis there. Continue reading...

  • Israel’s new government gets to work after Netanyahu ouster
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:17 PM

    For the first time in 12 years, Israelis on Monday woke up to a new prime minister, after Naftali Bennett secured the backing of parliament and ousted longtime leader Benjamin … Click to Continue »

  • Justices defer Harvard case on race in college admissions
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The … Click to Continue »

  • Lithuania marks 80th anniversary of Soviet mass deportations
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:05 PM

    Flowers were laid on rusty railway tracks Monday as Lithuania marked the start of a mass deportation 80 years ago by the Soviet Union that was occupying the Baltic nation. … Click to Continue »

  • Suspect in Georgia officer shooting killed by police
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:05 PM

    A man who fired point-black at the chest of an officer — who was saved by a bullet-proof vest — was later killed by police following a manhunt involving multiple … Click to Continue »

  • Editorial Roundup: Texas
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:05 PM

    San Antonio Express-News. June 9, 2021. Editorial: Only authentic artifacts to remember the Alamo Immortalized by a battle, the Alamo is destined to always be a site of contention. Sitting … Click to Continue »

  • High court rejects 2 Virginia white nationalist rally cases
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:05 PM

    The Supreme Court is leaving in place the convictions of two men who as members of a white supremacist group participated in a white nationalist rally in Virginia in 2017 … Click to Continue »

  • The Latest: Erdogan hopes Greece-Turkey talks mean stability
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:05 PM

    The Latest on the NATO summit taking place in Brussels: BRUSSELS — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the revival of a dialogue between NATO members Turkey and Greece to … Click to Continue »

  • Some US allies near Russia are wary of Biden-Putin summit
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    Central and Eastern European nations are anxious about the coming summit meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, wary of what they see as hostile intentions … Click to Continue »

  • Biden, unlike predecessors, has maintained Putin skepticism
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    President Joe Biden frequently talks about what he sees as central in executing effective foreign policy: building personal relationships. But unlike his four most recent White House predecessors, who made … Click to Continue »

  • Former office of Albany’s 1st Black lawyer faces demolition
    on June 14, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    The former office of a civil rights attorney credited as being southwest Georgia’s first Black lawyer is facing demolition. A group of activists is trying to save the now roofless … Click to Continue »

  • Justices Defer Harvard Case on Race in College Admissions
    on June 14, 2021 at 1:53 PM

    With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue - whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions.The justices on Monday put off a decision about whether they will hear an...

  • Mobster Weakens Turkish President's Hand at Summit With Biden
    on June 14, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    As Joe Biden is about to hold his first meeting as president with Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan on Monday, there is a growing consensus among Erdogan-watchers that the strongman president's hand...

  • US Assessing Reported Leak at China's Taishan Nuclear Plant
    on June 14, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    The French joint operator of a Chinese nuclear plant near Hong Kong said Monday that the plant is dealing with a "performance issue" but is currently operating within safety limits, following a report of a potential radioactive leak.The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant is...

  • UK's Johnson Set to Delay End of COVID Curbs as Delta Cases Rise
    on June 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to delay a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions by several weeks on Monday following concerns about a rapid rise in Delta variant infections. Under a so-called "road map" outlined by Johnson in February, the government...

  • Trump Team on Lookout for Candidates Promoting Fake Endorsements
    on June 14, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Former President Donald Trump's team has been working hard to ensure the right Republican candidates promote being supported by the party leader, Politico reported Monday. With the 2022 midterm elections approaching, many candidates are eager to portray themselves as staunch...