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Revolution in France: an eyewitness account - archive, 7 August 1830

7 August 1830: The July revolution in Paris saw the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy and the birth of the modern uprising

We communicated in a second edition, last week, the fact of an insurrection having taken place in Paris, in consequence of the arbitrary and tyrannical decrees of the King; and we now furnish such details of that insurrection, and of the memorable consequences resulting from it, as we have been able to collect from the London newspapers.

Related: Insurrection in Paris: attempt at a new revolution - archive, 1832

“Vengeance! – Liberté! – A bas le Roi! – Vive la Charte! – Vive l’Empereur! – Vive Napoléon II! – La Mort à Polignac! – La Mort à Peyronnet! – Liberté ou la Mort!”

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Racism in Britain: the time for denial is over | Letters

Readers respond to an interview with the footballer Danny Rose in which he recounted the racism he has suffered, and to the Guardian’s Young, British and Black interviews with 50 of those behind the UK’s anti-racism protests in recent months

In the context of Black Lives Matter, I have read little that is more shameful and quietly eloquent than your interview with Danny Rose (Tottenham’s Danny Rose tired of police stopping him to ask if car is stolen, 3 August). Danny is right: nothing will change, because sexism and racism seem so ingrained in some institutions as to be hardly worthy of notice. After all, institutional racism does not exist in the Metropolitan police according to its commissioner, Cressida Dick, nor elsewhere according to some government advisers.

Let us imagine that Harry Kane, say, was stopped, searched and breathalysed, with no proper cause, or questioned on the propriety of his sitting in a first-class carriage – it would be front-page news and the commentariat would be up in arms.

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A year on from a devastating siege, Kashmir is being turned into a colony | Mirza Waheed

Since erasing the region’s special status India is selling off its rich land and mineral rights – and crushing all dissent

  • Mirza Waheed is a novelist and essayist

I’m sure many people have heard of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. It’s a movement of Argentinian women who staged a silent protest against the disappearance of their children during the military dictatorships of the 1970s and 80s.

From 1977 to about 2006, they gathered at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires and wore white headscarves embroidered with the names and dates of birth of their children – demanding answers from the state. It was a bleak form of protest, but it succeeded in getting the generals and police officers prosecuted and punished for crimes against humanity.

Local law is frozen. An astonishing 99% of habeas corpus pleas since last August are pending

Related: Modi's brutal treatment of Kashmir exposes his tactics – and their flaws | Arundhati Roy

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Husband of LA district attorney charged after pointing gun at Black Lives Matter protesters

David Lacey, whose wife Jackie Lacey is running for re-election, has been charged with multiple firearm assaults

The husband of the Los Angeles district attorney has been charged with multiple firearm assaults after he pointed a gun at Black Lives Matter activists and said, “I will shoot you.”

David Lacey, whose wife Jackie Lacey is the elected prosecutor currently running for re-election, is facing three misdemeanor charges for pointing his firearm at three organizers who were protesting outside their house on 2 March, the day before the primary election. The charges come from the state attorney general’s office.

Related: Los Angeles sheriff's department faces a reckoning after another police shooting

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The evolution of Extinction Rebellion

In its first year of existence, XR transformed the global conversation around the climate crisis. But then it was gripped by internal conflicts about its next steps. Can the movement reinvent itself for the post-pandemic world? By Matthew Taylor

In November 2017, Roger Hallam looked up from his cup of tea in a central London cafe and made a bold prediction. He had been walking me through the principles behind a new air pollution campaign he was organising, which involved small groups of activists blocking some of London’s busiest junctions, when he paused, mid-sentence. “Of course, this is just small-scale stuff compared to what is coming,” Hallam said. “The scale of the ecological crisis is a different thing. It is going to change everything.”

The air pollution campaign, Stop Killing Londoners, had yet to gain traction with politicians or the media, but Hallam didn’t seem too concerned. He explained that it was partly being used to “road-test” civil disobedience tactics. “Within a year or so we will have thousands of people on the streets, blocking large parts of central London for days on end,” he said. “Hundreds will be arrested and the government will be forced to sit down and tell the truth about the climate emergency.”

Related: A fortnight with Extinction Rebellion – in pictures

Related: The sound of icebergs melting: my journey into the Antarctic

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Coronavirus US: bailout funding deadlocked as urgent talks resume in Washington - live

3.38pm BST

Trump is atwitter this morning, airing his usually stream of mixed-caps and all-caps grievances against political enemies, real and perceived.

In his latest missile about the coronavirus pandemic, Trump attacked two of the nation’s most prominent female leaders responsible for navigating the coronavirus pandemic: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Dr Deborah Birx, who leads the White House’s coronavirus task force.

So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!

3.00pm BST

Donald Trump has once again said the quiet part out loud.

In a tweet reacting to a decision by Nevada state lawmakers to allow mail in ballots to be sent to all active voters ahead of the November election, Trump said the legislation “made it impossible for Republicans to win the state”.

In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!

2.46pm BST

Texas congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso, has released a statement on the one year anniversary of what was the deadliest attack on Hispanics in the US in modern history.

I’m posting her statement in full, including the names of the 23 victims killed. I encourage everyone to read our piece by Claudia Tristán, who spoke to the congresswoman.

2.35pm BST

Hello! Lauren Gambino in Washington, taking over for Martin.

We’re keeping on eye on Capitol Hill, where negotiations over a new coronavirus relief package appear at a standstill.

Campaign Manager @BillStepien: Joe Biden is “an empty vessel of the Radical Left”

2.13pm BST

Two weeks ago, my life as I knew it changed in an instant. And my family will never be the same. A madman, who I believe was targeting me because of my position as a federal judge, came to my house.

So begins an incredibly powerful video statement released this morning by Judge Esther Salas, recalling the 19 July shooting at her house which killed her son and injured her husband.

1.40pm BST

Domenico Montanaro has a piece over at NPR looking at the latest polling for November with a blistering opening: “It’s hard to believe that the hole president Trump dug for himself could get deeper, but it has.”

Montanaro says:

A record and widening majority of Americans disapprove of the job he’s doing when it comes to handling the coronavirus pandemic; he gets poor scores on race relations; he’s seen a suburban erosion despite efforts to win over suburban voters with fear; and all that has led to a worsened outlook for Trump against Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election. As a result, in the past month and a half, the latest NPR analysis of the Electoral College has several states shifting in Biden’s favor, and he now has a 297-170 advantage over Trump with exactly three months to go until Election Day.

1.35pm BST

I mentioned earlier about Republicans being keen to use Joe Biden’s VP pick as an attack line, and senior advisor to the Trump campaign Jason Miller was doing just that last night, trying to ramp up the stakes by describing the choice as “his political living will”

“He’s already said he’s going to be a transition candidate on to the next generation. He’s refused to say that he would run for a second term, so it really does matter who is picked” Miller told Fox News on Sunday.

1.07pm BST

Continued concerns about the health of Ruth Bader Ginsburg have reignited the discussion around what happens around appointments to the Supreme Court during an election year. Sahil Kapur has been looking at this for NBC News this morning, and quoting some combative Democratic Party words over the prospect of there being a tussle over appointments in what are potentially the last months of the current administration.

Sen. Tim Kaine is quoted as saying “We knew basically they [Republicans] were lying in 2016, when they said, ‘Oh, we can’t do this because it’s an election year.’ We knew they didn’t want to do it because it was President Obama.”

12.42pm BST

It is the anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 23 people last year in the Texas border town of El Paso. Claudia Tristán has been there for us as the Hispanic community remembers the tragic loss of life, and the impact of the attack.

A year on it still pains people in El Paso that race was allegedly a leading motive for the suspect, who survived and is now awaiting trial on federal hate crimes, which he denies. The shooting was crushing. But also infuriating, firstly because El Paso had become one of the cities caught up in Donald Trump’s battle against migrants and asylum seekers crossing the border into the US, drawing negative attention. Secondly, because key figures ignored the racial element of the attack.

12.08pm BST

The timetable may have slipped a little, but we are expecting Joe Biden to announce his VP pick possibly as soon as this week, maybe next week - and Annie Linskey has written about the situation for the Washington Post this morning.

It’s a fascinating piece looking at how the wide field and lengthy selection process has, as she puts it, allowed “Trump’s campaign an opening to dig up dirt and launch attacks on potential rivals.”

The increasing nastiness is fueled by a sense, even among Biden’s closest advisers, that Biden is entering the final phase of the search without a clear favorite. Rather than a traditional “shortlist” of three candidates, people close to the process expect him to interview five or six finalists for the position.

Several people interviewed said the delay has intensified currents, many of them sexist, that have been swirling for weeks. The resulting backbiting risks inflaming divisions within the party that complicated the 2016 campaign — but that Biden has worked to coalesce since locking down the nomination in the spring.

11.57am BST

The coronavirus pandemic may have disrupted campaigning for November’s election, and it has also had an impact on activist groups trying to raise awareness in the US of the climate emergency gripping the planet. The US is currently experiencing the two extremes of Hurricane Isaias on the east coast, and raging wildfires on the west coast.

Lauren Aratani has written for us today about how young activists are adapting their tactics to get the message across during a pandemic and at a time when the Black Lives Matter protest movements have heightened awareness of racial injustices.

Related: With big rallies cancelled, young climate activists are adapting election tactics

11.51am BST

Auction site Moments In Time has been generating a lot of publicity this morning about the planned sale of a hand-written letter from civil rights icon Rosa Parks which mentions Rev. Martin Luther King Jr in the course of it.

Priced at $54,000, the letter, dated 6 October 1981, was sent to a Mr. Kessler more than a decade after King’s assassination.

11.18am BST

One company that the coronavirus bailout measures could be coming too late for is Lord & Taylor, one of America’s oldest department stores, which has filed for bankruptcy.

Established in 1826, Lord & Taylor has long been a trailblazing brand. We are America’s oldest department store, the first to offer personal shopping, the first to open a branch store – and the first to have a female president. Today, we announced our search for a new owner who believes in our legacy and values. Part of our announcement also includes filing for Chapter 11 protection to overcome the unprecedented strain the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on our business. This strategy is part of our fierce commitment to preserve a nearly 200-year-old brand that has served local communities and loyal customers for generations.

11.06am BST

Slow, grinding negotiations on a huge Covid-19 relief bill are set to resume, reports Andrew Taylor in Washington for the Associated Press. The path forward, though, promises to be a challenge.

Both the Trump administration team and top Democrats reported some progress over the weekend, even as they highlighted their differences.

10.56am BST

Good morning, welcome to our live coverage of US politics, the Black Lives Matter protest movement and the coronavirus crisis for today

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Berlin protests against coronavirus rules divide German leaders

Up to 20,000 demonstrated against restrictions, raising fears of a rise in infections

German leaders are divided over whether to restrict the rights of demonstrators, after tens of thousands of people who took to the streets of Berlin at the weekend failed to abide by hygiene and distancing rules.

According to officials, up to 20,000 people took part in demonstrations against the government’s coronavirus restrictions at different locations across Berlin on Saturday, amalgamating for a joint rally later in the day. Organisers said up to 1.3 million people took part, a figure that police denied.

Related: Coronavirus world map: which countries have the most Covid-19 cases and deaths?

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Will Trump actually pull federal agents from Portland? – video explainer

Federal agents accused of behaving like an 'occupying army' are said to be pulling out of Portland, Oregon, in an embarrassing climbdown by the White House, but many protesters are sceptical over whether the agents will actually withdraw from the city.

The force, which have been dubbed by some as 'Donald Trump’s troops', were sent in by the president a month ago to end what he called 'anarchy' during Black Lives Matter protests sparked after the police killing of George Floyd.

The Guardian's Chris McGreal looks at what Trump was hoping to gain by sending paramilitaries into the city, if and how they will leave, and how their presence has fuelled anger among most residents

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Listen to the young voices of the Black Lives Matter movement | Letters

Readers respond to the Young, British and Black special report and interviews

Your necessary airing of the views of young black Britons (Young, British and Black, 29 July) raises vital questions. What is important is what can be done to make their lives better. I have two adopted African-Caribbean children and have regularly discussed their experiences with them and I have found that authorities are supportive if problems are drawn to their attention.

My son was bullied by older children on his way home from primary school. When we took this up with the head, action was so effective that it stopped instantly. At secondary school a teacher used a racist insult and, instead of discussing it with us, my son wrote to the county education authorities, who contacted the school and the teacher was disciplined (he was later sacked for hitting a pupil).

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Concern as Hong Kong postpones elections for one year, citing Covid-19

The government’s decision is ‘an assault on fundamental freedoms’, says Hong Kong Watch, as democracy deteriorates

The Hong Kong government has postponed its upcoming elections for one year, citing the growing coronavirus outbreak in the territory but sparking immediate accusations that the pandemic was being used as a pretext to suppress democracy.

The city’s leader, Carrie Lam, announced on Friday she had invoked colonial-era emergency regulations to delay the 6 September vote to 5 September 2021, saying it was the “hardest decision I have made in the past seven months”, but had the full support of the Chinese central government.

Related: Hong Kong: 12 pro-democracy candidates banned under security law

Related: European committee chairs jointly condemn China over Hong Kong

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Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal troops

Thursday night’s protest passed off without major incident or intervention by the police in the absence of federal officers

The withdrawal of federal agents from frontline policing of demonstrations in downtown Portland significantly reduced tensions in the city overnight.

Protesters in support of Black Lives Matter once again rallied near the federal courthouse that became a flashpoint, and the scene of nightly battles amid the swirl of tear gas, after Donald Trump dispatched agents to end what he called anarchy in the city after weeks of demonstrations.

Related: 'These are his people': inside the elite border patrol unit Trump sent to Portland

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Soldiers and police deployed at anti-corruption demonstrations in Zimbabwe

As the economy falters, President Emmerson Mnangagwa blames foreign interference, issues warnings to ‘rogue Zimbabweans’

Hundreds of police and soldiers have been deployed on the streets of cities across Zimbabwe ahead of planned anti-corruption demonstrations on Friday.

Recent weeks have seen rising tensions in the poor southern African country as security agencies have sought to stifle widespread anger at soaring prices, inadequate public services and allegations of graft at the highest levels of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

Related: Zimbabwe brands US ambassador 'a thug' as crackdown on dissent intensifies

Related: Zimbabwe spends millions on officials' luxury cars as country goes hungry

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'Political purge' on Hong Kong opposition may spell end of democracy

Decision to bar pro-democracy candidates is a sign that even moderate dissent will not be tolerated

Hong Kong’s decision to bar 12 pro-democracy candidates from standing for office sets a sweeping precedent and may signal the end of meaningful political opposition in the city.

The group disqualified from contesting upcoming elections to the city’s legislative council include the prominent student activist Joshua Wong but also moderates and four incumbents, such as Alvin Yeung, who represents Hong Kong’s accountants.

Related: Hong Kong: China says it will not recognise UK overseas passports

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Hong Kong: 12 pro-democracy candidates banned under security law

Disqualifications and growing number of activist arrests under law imposed by China signal curtailment of city’s civic freedoms

Twelve pro-democracy candidates have been disqualified from Hong Kong’s upcoming legislative elections, in the most sweeping curtailment of the city’s electoral freedoms to date.

The government said the candidates were not fit to run for office on the grounds that they had advocated the city’s independence, solicited intervention by foreign governments or opposed the new national security law.

(February 1, 2019) 

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Federal agents show stronger force at Portland protests despite order to withdraw

Oregon’s governor announced ‘Trump’s troops are leaving’ on Wednesday, but the forces made it clear they did not intend to go quietly

Federal agents accused of behaving like an occupying army were expected to begin pulling out of central Portland, Oregon, on Thursday in an embarrassing climbdown by the White House.

But on Wednesday night the forces that have been dubbed by some as “Trump’s troops” made it clear they did not intend to leave quietly.

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Trump calls for delay to election, claiming mail-in voting will lead to fraud – live

2.01pm BST

On a brighter note, and sticking to their timetable, Nasa appears to have successfully launched the Perseverance mission, the third and final Mars launch from Earth this summer. China and the United Arab Emirates got a head start last week, but all three missions should reach their destination in February.

Nasa’s science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen, pronounced the launch the start of “humanity’s first round trip to another planet.”

1.56pm BST

Donald Trump has ratcheted up his claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to election fraud, and appears to be making a call to delay November’s presidential election.

With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???

1.52pm BST

There were mixed reviews for the tech giant CEOs that appeared before Congress yesterday - and for the people who posed them questions.

Matt Stoller, the author of Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, writes for us today, saying “Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight”

Over and over, the CEOs had similar answers. I don’t know. I’ll get back to you. I’m not aware of that. Or long rambling attempts to deflect, followed by members of Congress cutting them off to get answers to crisp questions. I learned two things from the surprisingly wan responses of these powerful men. First, they had not had to deal with being asked for real answers about their business behavior for years, if ever, and so they were not ready to respond. And two, antitrust enforcers for the last 15 years, stretching back to the Bush and Obama administrations, bear massive culpability for the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of these corporations.

While it is true that tech employees do often have liberal leanings, there is little to suggest that these companies’ products, algorithms, and policies are designed to tilt the political scales. If anything, digital platforms are biased toward emotional and sensational content that will get the most clicks and drive ad dollars. And Republicans’ suspicion would seem to elide the fact that conservative figures and publications dominate the rankings for the most-engaged pages on Facebook. Despite the lack of substantive evidence that there is actually an anti-conservative cabal controlling Silicon Valley, Republican lawmakers were intent on using their limited time to present lawmakers with questionable and often nonsensical examples of censorship.

1.41pm BST

Mike Pompeo is up before the Senate foreign relations committee right now, and they haven’t wasted any time in criticising his failure to appear since April 2019. You should be able to watch the session here in the blog by pressing play above - you may have to refresh the page to get the video to appear.

1.34pm BST

We’ve just had two bits of key economic data out. Jobless claims were up again by 12,000, with over 1.4m Americans making initial claims.

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

Initial claims were 1,434,000 for the week ending 7/25 (+12,000).

Insured unemployment was 17,018,000 for the week ending 7/18 (+867,000).

Related: US economy suffers worst quarter since the second world war as GDP shrinks by 32.9%

Related: German economy in sharpest decline since 1970, as markets await US GDP – business live

1.18pm BST

The Joe Biden campaign has just put out a video on Twitter where Biden and former president Barack Obama phone a teacher to discuss the re-opening of schools during the coronavirus crisis.

I'm the proud husband of a teacher. I've seen firsthand how difficult the job can be in normal times — let alone in the middle of a pandemic. So when I heard Beth's story, I knew @BarackObama and I had to give her a call.

It’s a tough spot for you to be in. There used to be some boundaries around which you just didn’t politicise certain things. You didn’t politicise public health. You didn’t politicise school safety. Right? There were there were some things where it really didn’t matter what the party was.

12.55pm BST

The almost constant war of diplomatic words between China and the US continued today, this time with China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, who accused the US of starting a trade war and stoking a new cold war with China. He said that there would be no winner from such an approach.

While he did not mention anybody by name, he said some US politicians were doing and saying anything to get elected.

12.40pm BST

Away from earthly political concerns, Nasa are a few minutes away from launching the Perseverance mission which will be seeking life on mars. You can watch the lift-off here.

12.18pm BST

Rep. John Lewis’ funeral will take place today at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy, and former president George W. Bush is also expected to attend.

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity. That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

12.02pm BST

Of course, it doesn’t help if the conspiracy theories and misinformation are coming from the top.

Rep. Louie Gohmert thinks that it’s possible that wearing a mask gave him COVID.

I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place if I might have put some of the virus onto the mask and breathed it in. I don’t know. But I got it, we’ll see what happens from here. The reports of my demise are very premature.

11.41am BST

Yesterday the CEOs of four of the biggest tech companies were up before members of the House judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee to face intense questioning over whether they have too much power. The question of distributing fake news and conspiracy theories was just one aspect of the quizzing.

My colleague Poppy Noor has been looking at this for us today - speaking to experts and asking whether suppressing online conspiracy theorists works.

The more likely a claim is to be judged false, the less likely the editor will decide to put it in the paper or on the air. What’s happened with Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is the gatekeeping function has been displaced: anybody can say anything to anyone in the whole world, pretty much for free.

Related: Does suppressing online conspiracy theorists work? Experts weigh in

11.34am BST

Nine days after federal officials released details of a $60 million bribery probe, the Ohio House is preparing for an historic vote on whether to remove Republican speaker Larry Householder, who is alleged to have led the scheme.

The House will convene Thursday after a secret vote taken Tuesday by the Republican caucus during a closed-door meeting indicated enough support to remove him, report the Associated Press. Democrats have also called for him to be removed.

11.23am BST

We are within days of finding out who Joe Biden is going to pick to be his running mate for the November election. It’s a crucial appointment, not least because Biden is attempting to become the oldest person to take on their first-term as president. A successful VP might expect to automatically be in pole position for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2024.

Biden has promised to pick a woman, and there is no shortage of options in the Democratic ranks. But, as my colleague Daniel Strauss in Washington reports, no single candidate will be able to satisfy all the interest groups and sectors of the party.

It’s possible Biden will infuriate varying sectors of the Democratic party depending on who he picks. If he picks a Caucasian women, Biden risks disappointing the African American community. If Biden picks a centrist he could disappoint the progressive wing of the party and depress turnout among activists in that wing. If Biden picks a progressive, he might turn off moderates and Republicans the campaign and its allies have been working to woo.

Related: Joe Biden's running mate - none will satisfy all sections of the party

11.14am BST

Authorities have announced an arrest after a fire destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters last Friday, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Phoenix police said 29-year-old Matthew Egler was booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure.

11.02am BST

Good morning, and welcome to what looks like a very busy day in US politics, with a lot of things scheduled. Here’s a quick run-down of where we are, and what we might expect.

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'I was shielded from my history': the changes young black Britons are calling for

Exclusive: from schools to policing, 50 people share their experiences of growing up in the UK

Following the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK and across the world, the Guardian interviewed 50 young black Britons, many of whom have been at the heart of the recent anti-racism protests, to ask what changes they would like to see in their lifetime.

Three demands came up repeatedly: decolonising the curriculum; divesting funds away from police forces in favour of a public health-focused approach to crime; and better representation of black Britons across a wider section of society.

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From Shetland to Monmouth: three young voices behind the UK's anti-racism protests – video

From cities to towns, at the heart of the recent anti-racism protests in Britain there has been a new generation declaring in their thousands that black lives – their lives – matter. As part of our Young, British and Black series, the Guardian has interviewed Eleanor Woolstencroft, 14, Mara Ival-Duncan, 19, Nyasha Katsande, 20, on their experiences of racism before and after the demonstrations sparked by the US police killing of George Floyd in May

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Federal officers to pull out of Portland in a major reversal for Trump administration

Oregon’s governor says local police will guard the courthouse as the president says the pullout will not begin until the city is secure

The Trump administration is to pull federal paramilitaries out of Portland from Thursday in a major reversal after weeks of escalating protests and violence.

Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, said she agreed to the pullout in talks with vice-president Mike Pence.

Related: ‘I want to stand up to Trump’: Portland protesters unleash fury over BLM, Covid-19 and economy

Angry African American man tells white protesters to stop provoking federal paramilitaries at Portland courthouse because it distracting from rally for #BlackLivesMatter. Calls white protesters behaviour “racist shit” #portlandprotests

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Netanyahu rattled by Last Supper sculpture in Tel Aviv square

Israeli prime minister says the mock tableau of Jesus’ final meal before his killing is akin to a death threat

A sprawling sculpture of Benjamin Netanyahu gorging on a giant frosted cake, Moët champagne and pink macaroons has irked the Israeli leader, who suggested the Last Supper-inspired artwork was the equivalent of a death threat.

Appearing in Tel Aviv overnight, the life-sized pop-up exhibit was made in the wake of a series of protests that have called for the 70-year-old prime minister to resign.

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