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Suspect tells German court he fired fatal shot at politician

A far-right extremist on trial for the murder of a regional politician whose death shocked Germany last year has acknowledged in court that he filed the fatal shot

US politics: Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush ousts veteran Clay in primary upset – live updates

A big sigh of relief at Republican HQ you would imagine, after Kansas Republicans nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate rather than the divisive figure of Kris Kobach. It had been thought that if Kobach got the nod, it might put the Senate seat seriously in-play in November’s election.

In the end Marshall prevailed comfortably in a crowded primary field without the pre-election endorsement from Donald Trump that some senior Republicans had urged for.

Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century, report the Associated Press.

Bush’s supporters said protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, and outrage over racial injustice had allowed her to win this time in a re-run of a race that she lost in 2018.

Congratulations to @CoriBush on her primary victory tonight! She is a true progressive who stands with working people and will take on the corporate elite of this country when she gets to Congress.

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NSW Health yet to decide if some border residents need to hotel quarantine on return from Victoria

Authorities are also unable to say if non-Sydney residents will have to quarantine in the state capital

Health authorities in New South Wales are unable to say if residents of border areas returning from beyond the Victoria border zone will have to quarantine at hotels when they cross over, admitting that the details of a health order for mandatory hotel quarantine announced hours earlier by the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, have not yet been finalised.

NSW Health also said it had not yet been decided if non-Sydney residents returning from Victoria would have to quarantine at hotels in the state capital as part of the measures the NSW health minister, Brad Hazzard, said were influenced by Victoria’s rising Covid-19 numbers, which reached a record of 725 new cases on Wednesday.

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First Thing: Lebanon was already in crisis – and then came the blast

A nation brought low by economic chaos and Covid-19 is now mourning at least 100 killed by the Beirut explosion. Plus, how racism drove the pandemic in the Deep South

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Lebanon was already suffering from a catastrophic economic crisis and a rise in coronavirus cases before the massive explosion that ripped through its capital on Tuesday evening, leaving at least 100 people dead, 4,000 injured, and many more feared trapped beneath the rubble. Beirut’s hospitals are overwhelmed, while up to 250,000 people have reportedly been left homeless by the blast.

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Virus keeps tourists from Africa's great wildlife migration

One of nature’s most spectacular sights, East Africa’s great wildebeest migration, went largely unwatched this year as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are felt as far as the continent’s wilderness


Sweden's economy less hard-hit by coronavirus

After avoiding a Covid-19 lockdown, the country sees its economy shrink less than in other EU nations.

Business and Racial Inequality: A Discussion

Advocates for racial equality have long pointed out the uneven playing field in the business world. What can companies do to fix it?

WH Smith may cut 1,500 jobs after revenue plummets

High Street chain joins fellows in drastic job cutting after lockdown stalls business activity.

Scrapbooking Isn’t Just for White People

People of color who craft are done being overlooked as customers and designers.


Commerzbank profit slumps 21% as loan loss provisions spike, but beats expectations

Commerzbank on Wednesday reported a 21% fall in second-quarter net profit to 220 million euros ($259.7 million) on the back of a sharp increase in loan loss provisions.

The France football captain who murdered for Hitler – podcast

The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet.

In this episode: Alex Villaplane said captaining France was ‘the happiest day of his life’. Fourteen years later he was shot dead for being a traitor.

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Tech power player Rick Sherlund: 'Software is not only eating the world, it's leading the market higher'

Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Rick Sherlund, one of Wall Street's leading authorities on technology, suggests the coronavirus pandemic fallout is accelerating urgency for cutting edge software.

Stock futures flat as investors await stimulus bill, more earnings

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose for its third straight day on Tuesday.

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Nikola, Twilio, Novavax and more

See which stocks are posting big moves after the bell.


Ellen DeGeneres: Stars back TV host amid 'toxic workplace' claims

Kevin Hart and Katy Perry come to the TV host's defence, but her former DJ recalls "toxicity" on set.

Neil Young sues US President Donald Trump for using his songs

The US president has played Rockin' in the Free World at events without the rock star's permission

Coronavirus: Government performance a pantomime, says actors' union

The actors’ union says Boris Johnson's "lack of clarity" has made audiences “cringe”.

NI arts and music venues may require face masks

Arts Council guidance says audience members may have their temperatures checked when venues reopen.

TV watching and online streaming surge during lockdown

UK adults spent double the usual amount of time watching small screens, research shows.

British Vogue September issue: Edward Enninful showcases activists of 'hope'

British Vogue's Edward Enninful says it was a "no-brainer" that the September issue would be about activism.

BBC defends use of racial slur in news report

The BBC says it was "editorially justified" and the decision was supported by the victim's family.

Sean Penn marries Leila George

Sean Penn is a married man.


Enjoy Those Vegetables, but Don’t Forget to Save Some Seeds

After the unprecedented demand for seed last spring, gardeners may want to plan ahead for the next growing season. It’s easier than you think.

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love 21st-Century Composers

We asked Ivo van Hove, Justin Peck, Du Yun and others to pick the music that moves them. Listen to their choices.

When the Bronx Was a Forest: Stroll Through the Centuries

Yankee Stadium was the site of a salt marsh. Concourse Plaza was a valley. Our critic walks with Eric W. Sanderson, a conservation ecologist.

Seth Rogen and Seth Rogen on Playing Ancestral Homies

In “An American Pickle,” the actor contemplates how our forebears would view us, something he’s thought about a lot during the pandemic.

Hit Hard by Recession, an Irish Family Faces a Bitter Struggle

Caoilinn Hughes’s novel “The Wild Laughter” considers the catastrophic effects of the fall of the Celtic Tiger.

What Parents Leave Behind When They Die

Jill McCorkle’s “Hieroglyphics” examines the end of life through the stories of an aging couple and a tragic murder trial.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump’s Latest Interview Made His Briefings Look Good

The “Axios on HBO” interview was “such a disaster, at one point FEMA showed up and wrapped Trump in a foil blanket,” the “Tonight Show” host said.


'It's always been easy for me to mix it, some people just don't like the cocktail,' says Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe has always been about goals, both the scoring and achieving of them.

The biggest 'gym rat' in golf

"He loves working out; He's a gym rat; He hits the ball a mile," are some of the ways Brooks Koepka has been characterized by a number of golf writers and commentators.

Tiger Woods confident of adding to major tally at PGA Championship

Asked if he could win the US PGA Championship, golf's first major of the calendar year amid a disrupted season, a smiling Tiger Woods had a simple answer for reporters.

At Harding Park, a Reborn Golf Course Honors a Forgotten President

This week’s P.G.A. Championship site is named for Warren G. Harding. The course’s reputation has fared better than his did.

WNBA players, including on team co-owned by US Sen. Kelly Loeffler, wear shirts supporting her...

Players on the WNBA team co-owned by Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and other WNBA teams were seen wearing "Vote Warnock" shirts in support of her Senate challenger before their games on Tuesday.


Coronavirus Live Updates: Governors Seek to Reduce Testing Times in U.S.

The effort by governors from both parties highlights testing troubles and the lack of a national plan. Lawmakers will again meet to discuss pandemic aid.

So You Want to Volunteer in a Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

How do you sign up? Will you get paid? Who will cover the costs if you get sick? Here’s a look at the basics.

Climate change: Satellites find new colonies of Emperor penguins

A search from space discovers new colonies of the Antarctic bird that has an uncertain future.

Tracking Coronavirus: Live Updates on Cases and Deaths Globally

Tens of millions of Americans have lost crucial jobless benefits, and lawmakers still can’t seem to agree on a relief measure. Israel’s troubled school reopenings could be a lesson for the U.S.

A Professor Was a Twitter Hoax

A professor at Arizona State University does not exist.


Is TikTok a Good Buy? It Depends on What’s Included

TikTok’s most valuable assets, a hyper-effective algorithm and a community of popular creators, may not be as easy to acquire as the company itself.

Redcar cyber-attack 'cost council £10.4m'

Thousands of people were affected when public services were knocked offline earlier this year.

Square surges after reporting 64% jump in revenue, more customers using Cash App

Shares of Square soared on Tuesday evening after posting better-than-expected quarterly results and strong growth in its consumer payments app.

Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

Anthony Levandowski gets 18 months in prison for stealing Google self-driving car files

A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming the head of Uber Technologies Inc's rival unit.