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Coronavirus: Rapid spread raises fears of global pandemic (27 minutes old)

More infections are reported around the world as governments struggle to contain outbreaks.

Coronavirus: Iran denies cover-up as death toll rises to 12 (56 minutes old)

A minister rejects a claim that 50 people have died in Qom, the centre of Iran's Covid-19 outbreak.

Taj Mahal: US President Donald Trump visits India's 'monument of love' (56 minutes old)

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania visit the Taj Mahal on day one of a trip to India.

Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysian prime minister in shock resignation (4 hours old)

The 94-year-old's surprise move comes amid rumours that he may form a new coalition.

Belgian city of Aalst says anti-Semitic parade 'just fun' (1 hour 57 minutes old)

Aalst prompts an outcry over negative Jewish stereotypes, which an official defended as "our humour".

Car drives into carnival crowd in German town (4 minutes old)

German police say several people were injured after a driver drove into a crowd in Volkmarsen.

Syria conflict: Inside the final rebel stronghold (7 hours old)

Millions of people who have long opposed the Syrian regime are trapped at the border with Turkey.

Lesotho's PM Thomas Thabane seeks immunity over murder of ex-wife (2 hours old)

Thomas Thabane and the first lady are accused over the shooting of his previous wife in 2017.

Canary Islands sandstorm: Flights disrupted as dust cloud strands tourists (3 hours old)

Flights to and from the Spanish islands have been disrupted, leaving tourists stranded at airports.

Nemtsov: Prague denies renaming square to troll Moscow (1 hour 15 minutes old)

Politicians in Prague vote to rename a square by the Russian Embassy to honour a slain Putin critic.

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Coronavirus: Iran denies cover-up as seven deaths reported in Italy (58 minutes old)

Tehran rejects claim death toll is more than four times higher than official figures suggestCoronavirus latest – live updatesThe Iranian government has denied trying to cover up the full extent of an outbreak of the coronavirus, as Italy reported a seventh death and officials across the Middle East and Europe scrambled to limit its spread.On Monday, a lawmaker from Qom – a Shia holy city 75 miles (120 km) south of the capital, Tehran, accused Iran’s health minister of lying about the scale of the outbreak. Continue reading...

Driver arrested in Germany after car hits carnival crowds (7 minutes old)

Children believed to be among 10 people injured at parade in town of VolkmarsenTen people have been injured after a car ploughed into a carnival parade in the western German town of Volkmarsen, police said.Police said the driver had been arrested but declined to say whether the incident was an accident or a deliberate attack. Continue reading...

No 10: UK aim is to 'restore independence' from EU by end of year (2 hours old)

Spokesman says objective is to end transition period by 1 January with or without trade dealAll the day’s political developments - liveBritain’s main goal in trade talks with the EU will be to “restore economic and political independence from 1 January”, No 10 has said, as the government prepares to publish its negotiating aims on Thursday.Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said the “primary objective” was ending the transition period by the end of the year, regardless of whether a deal had been struck. Continue reading...

Lesotho PM requests immunity from charge of murdering wife (2 hours old)

Lawyer argues that Thomas Thabane’s office gives him immunity from prosecutionLesotho’s prime minister has made a surprise appearance in court, where his lawyer argued that his office granted him immunity from prosecution for allegedly murdering his estranged wife shortly before he took power.Thomas Thabane sat in the public gallery of the court in Maseru, the capital of the small mountain kingdom, with his present spouse. He had been due to appear on Friday to be charged with murder, but had not appeared, saying he had to travel to neighbouring South Africa for medical treatment. Continue rea[...]

Informants named in WikiLeaks files disappeared, Assange hearing told (1 hour 32 minutes old)

Lawyers for US government deliver opening arguments as extradition case beginsSecret sources who had supplied information to the US government “disappeared” after they were put at risk of death or torture by WikiLeaks’s release of classified documents, the first day of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing has been told.James Lewis QC opened the US case for the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder from the UK at Woolwich crown court. Lewis referred to a range of sources in states including Iraq, Afghanistan and China. Continue reading...

Harvey Weinstein trial: deliberations to resume after jurors signal they are split (1 hour 15 minutes old)

Jury sent a note on Friday asking if it was permissible to be hung on one or both counts of predatory sexual assault Jurors at Harvey Weinstein’s New York City rape trial are set to resume deliberations on Monday after signaling they are at odds on the top charges in the closely watched #MeToo case.The jury sent a note to Judge James Burke at the end of a fourth day of deliberations on Friday, asking if it was permissible to be hung on one or both counts of predatory sexual assault against the disgraced movie mogul while reaching a unanimous verdict on lesser charges. Continue reading...

Trump holds rally in India while Steyer qualifies for South Carolina debate – live (8 minutes old)

Trump has appeared at a rally with Narendra ModiSteyer qualifies for South Carolina debate In this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 3.28pm GMT Another Florida Democrat, freshman congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, criticized Bernie Sanders for offering some praise for the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The Castro regime murdered and jailed dissidents, and caused unspeakable harm to too many South Florida families. To this day, it remains an authoritarian regime that oppresses its people, subverts the free press, and stifles a [...]

Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad resigns amid political turmoil (5 hours old)

The 94-year-old quits after Anwar Ibrahim accused his party of betraying a promise to transfer powerMalaysia’s prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has resigned amid a day of political drama, prompting the collapse of the ruling alliance and uncertainty over the future leadership of the country.His resignation, delivered to the king on Monday afternoon, follows accusations that the 94-year-old leader betrayed a promise to hand over power to the country’s would-be prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar was promised that he would succeed Mahathir when the rivals partnered in an unlikely alliance that[...]

Leaked reports show Mo Farah changed account to US anti-doping investigators (4 hours old)

Farah repeatedly denied having L-carnitine injection to UsadaAthlete insists he clarified quickly after realising his errorPanorama probes links between UKA and Alberto SalazarMo Farah is facing fresh questions over his relationship with banned coach Alberto Salazar after it emerged that he repeatedly denied to US anti-doping investigators that he was given injections of a controversial supplement – only to change his account.The BBC’s Panorama says that Farah was injected four times with L-carnitine two days before before the 2014 London marathon by UK Athletics chief medical officer at the t[...]

As Hay festival opens in the UAE, authors condemn free speech abuses (37 minutes old)

Stephen Fry, Noam Chomsky and more than 40 NGOs say the country’s support for the event is at odds with its record on human rightsAs bestselling authors from Jung Chang to Bernardine Evaristo prepare to gather in Abu Dhabi for the first Hay festival in the United Arab Emirates, leading figures have spoken out against the country’s compromised free speech. Stephen Fry - the festival’s president – has joined more than 40 public figures and organisations castigating its government for “promoting a platform for freedom of expression, while keeping behind bars Emirati citizens and residents who sha[...]

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