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Mob violence a bigger threat to Israel than Gaza, says Netanyahu

PM’s position echoed by president Reuvin Rivlin, who said a civil war would be ‘a danger to our existence’ Israel’s political leaders have said violent street clashes between Jews and Arabs inside the country pose a bigger threat than the escalating military conflict with Gaza. The country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visited the town of […]

Biden says Colonial pipeline back to full capacity but ‘hiccups’ likely – live

President urges Americans not to buy more gas than necessary Pelosi says Republican bid to downplay Capitol attack ‘sick’ Speaker suggest ethics inquiry of Greene over ‘verbal assault’ of AOC Ousted Liz Cheney does not rule out White House run 6.49pm BST As coronavirus cases and deaths decline across the US amid vaccination efforts, a […]

Meet the workers who put food on America’s tables – but can’t afford groceries

Undocumented immigrants are doing the backbreaking farm work that keeps the US food system running but struggle to feed their families Photographs by Encarni Pindado In the piercing midday heat of southern Texas, farmhand Linda Villarreal moves methodically to weed row after row of parsley, rising only occasionally to stretch her achy back and nibble […]

Largest US pipeline to restart operations after hack shut it down for nearly a week

Announcement comes amid fuel shortages in south-east, with panicked drivers filling up their tanks The largest fuel pipeline in the US has restarted operations nearly a week after a cyber-attack forced its shutdown, prompting distribution problems and panic-buying that drained supplies at thousands of gas stations. Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of operations late Wednesday, […]

Scores more bodies of suspected Covid victims found in Indian rivers

At least 90 more corpses wash up in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh as virus continues spreading into poor rural areas Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage At least 90 more bodies of suspected Covid-19 victims have washed up in rivers in India, as the virus continues to spread into poor […]

Israel vows not to stop Gaza attacks until there is ‘complete quiet’

Defence minister rules out ceasefire as Israeli military says it has killed four senior Hamas commanders Israel will not stop its military operation in Gaza until “complete quiet” has been achieved, the country’s defence minister has said, as airstrikes and rocket fire continued throughout Wednesday. The Israeli military said it had killed four senior Hamas […]

Biden administration approves first major US offshore windfarm

The 84-turbine site off Massachusetts will be capable of generating power for 400,000 homes and businesses Joe Biden’s administration has approved the construction of the US’s first large-scale offshore windfarm, with 84 turbines to be erected off the coast of Massachusetts. The approval of the project, which will generate about 800 megawatts of energy, enough […]

China’s population growing at slowest rate in generations

Census data reveals demographic timebomb, adding pressure on Beijing to boost incentives for couples to have more children and avert an irreversible decline China has reported the slowest population growth since the early 1960s, despite scrapping the one-child policy in 2015 to encourage more births and stave off a looming demographic crisis. On Tuesday, the […]

Twenty-four dead in Gaza after Jerusalem violence spreads

Seven of the deaths were members of a single family, including three children, health officials say Twenty-four people, including nine children, have died in Gaza, the enclave’s health ministry has announced, following all-night airstrikes from the Israeli military, which accused Palestinian militants of launching more than 200 rockets. After weeks of intense violence in Jerusalem, […]

Israeli police storm al-Aqsa mosque ahead of Jerusalem Day march

About 180 people reported injured overnight as hardline Israelis prepare for parade through Old City Israeli police have stormed a sacred Jerusalem site that holds the Dome of the Rock after all-night clashes with Palestinian protesters, before a planned parade by hardline Israeli nationalists through the Old City in a provocative annual flag-waving march. The […]

Liz Cheney a martyr to resistance as Republican party picks cult of Trump

The Republican congresswoman is all but certain to lose her leadership role. Her crime? Rejecting the ex-president’s big lie She is a champion of the hawkish foreign policy espoused by her father, a former US vice-president dubbed “Darth Vader”. She is a hardline conservative whose opposition to gay marriage pained her lesbian sister. Related: Trump […]

India records almost 4,200 Covid deaths in a day

County reports more than 400,000 new infections but experts suspect figures are gross underestimate Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world’s worst outbreaks. India reported a national record of 4,187 new deaths on Saturday. Continue […]

The sleazy, sordid Matt Gaetz scandal: are the walls now closing in on him?

Investigation into Florida congressman is reported to have grown beyond sex trafficking allegations There could have been no more fitting venue for the bellicose US congressman Matt Gaetz to launch his nationwide “America first” speaking tour than The Villages. Where better to perpetuate the fantasy that all is going well for a politician seen as […]

US health insurers report billions in first quarter as small providers face stress

UnitedHealth Group, reported $4.9bn in profits in the first quarter of 2021 while CVS Health reported $2.2bn US health insurance companies beat analyst expectations and reported billions in profits in the first quarter of 2021, after making a windfall in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The insurers’ success comes as small healthcare providers […]

US economy picks up just 266,000 April jobs as hiring slows sharply

Numbers far short of the 1m jobs Wall Street had anticipated Suggests US businesses struggling to find enough workers US employers added back far fewer jobs than expected in April in a sign interpreted as showing that many businesses are now struggling to find enough workers as the economic recovery strengthens. The latest snapshot from […]

Covid rips through rural India’s threadbare healthcare system

The pandemic overwhelming the big cities is reaching areas of Bihar where there is one doctor for 40,000 people In the small rural village of Kathail, in the east of India’s poorest state, Bihar, access to healthcare has always been scarce. But when 34-year-old Umakant Singh fell sick with a cough and fever last week, […]