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  • Coronavirus Australia live update: Reserve Bank says economic downturn may be 'less than expected', while NSW to reopen gyms on 13 June – latest news
    by Luke Henriques-Gomes (now) and Amy Remeikis (earlier) on June 2, 2020 at 5:36 am

    RBA leaves interest rates at 0.25% as NSW deputy premier says 10 people per class and 100 people per facility can return to gyms and studios. Follow liveReserve Bank says economic downturn may not be as bad as expectedGyms to reopen in NSW from 13 JuneCoronavirus restrictions eased around AustraliaFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 6.36am BSTLabor’s Pat Dodson is asking about increased testing in remote communities and whether the government will engage in “surveillance” of the population.Caroline Edwards, the health department secretary, says the current AHPPC advice is that “anybody with respiratory symptoms, however mild, should get tested” but there is “no proposal to do asymptomatic testing” under consideration. That said, “if there were an outbreak in a remote community we’d have a higher level of testing”, just like when there is an outbreak in aged care 6.26am BSTRachel Siewert is asking the National Indigenous Advancement Agency about when mutual obligations will be reimposed in the Community Development Program.Ryan Bulman replies that the general mutual obligations are being phased back in from 8 June, but will apply differently in each program, so Indigenous affairs minister Ken Wyatt will have the call on CDP. Continue reading...

  • George Floyd killing: police forcefully crack down on protesters as curfews hit – live
    by Helen Sullivan (now); Maanvi Singh , Sam Levin, Joan E Greve and Martin Pengelly (earlier) on June 2, 2020 at 5:34 am

    George Floyd’s death a homicide, county medical examiner saysFamily autopsy points to homicide by asphyxiationCurfew to go into effect for New York City from 11pm to 5amFloyd’s family calls for peaceful protestsPressure grows for other three officers to face chargesMinneapolis police chief: all four officers ‘complicit’ in deathGet a fresh perspective on America – sign up to our First Thing newsletter 6.34am BSTHere is a video of the incident referred to earlier, where police violently dispersed protestors ahead of Trump’s bible photo op: 6.27am BSTHallie Golden reports for the Guardian from Seattle: Officials from the Seattle Office of Police Accountability reported Monday that they received over 12,000 complaints related to how the city’s police responded to protests over the weekend.The majority of the complaints had to do with 10 key incidents, including pepper spraying a young girl on Saturday, punching two people who were already on the ground and being arrested on two separate occasions and covering their badge numbers.The next step will be for officials to run civilian led investigations, which, according to a statement from the office, will be completed “quickly due to the immense public concern.”The report came on the fourth consecutive night of protests in Seattle, which, while mainly peaceful, have included a number of cases of looting. At 6 p.m. Monday, the city’s curfew went into effect, but thousands of protesters remained on the streets.On Twitter, Seattle Police declared a demonstration in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill a riot, saying the crowd had “thrown rocks, bottles and fireworks at officers and is attempting to breach barricades.” Breaking News: Police and protesters clash in Capitol Hill. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/W3M9zlWwIi Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: Singapore reopens schools as UK quarantine rules criticised
    by Alison Rourke (now), Helen Sullivan (earlier) on June 2, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Dr Fauci says he hasn’t spoken to Trump in two weeks; New Zealand to consider easing restrictions earlier than planned; Mexico deaths pass 10,000. Follow the latest updates Singapore reopens schools Pakistanis urged to ‘live with the virus’Australia coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.31am BSTIn the UK critics have taken aim at the government’s 14-day quarantine rules, calling them “ridiculous”. Tens of thousands of new arrivals to the UK will be able to go food shopping, change accommodation and use public transport from airports during a 14-day quarantine imposed to prevent a second wave of coronavirus, under draft plans to be laid before parliament. Related: Critics round on No 10 over 'ridiculous' rules for 14-day quarantine 6.23am BSTMore on Singapore and the government there is racing to create additional housing for about 60,000 migrant workers by the end of this year, as it seeks to reduce the density in dormitories which have seen mass outbreaks of the coronavirus infection, Reuters reports.The nation of 5.7 million people has more than 35,000 cases, one of the largest numbers in Asia, largely due to infections in cramped, bunk-bed accommodation that house more than 300,000 mostly South Asian workers. Continue reading...

  • Where's the catch in the Brexit fishing talks?
    by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels on June 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    As the UK and EU resume negotiations over quotas, many snags remain to be unpickedEuropean Union and British negotiators will face each other screen-to-screen as the latest round of Brexit talks get under way on Tuesday. During this four-day round, the most time has been allocated to one of the toughest issues: fishing rights. Continue reading...

  • Pakistan polio fears as Covid-19 causes millions of children to miss vaccinations
    by Shah Meer Baloch on June 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Officials voice concern as coronavirus halts annual programme in country already struggling against resurgence in casesIn April, almost 40 million children missed their polio drops in Pakistan after the cancellation of the nationwide vaccination campaign. Alongside Afghanistan, Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where polio is still endemic. It was very close to becoming  polio free, with only 12 cases in 2018, but last year the number of cases rose to 147. In the same year, Pakistan was  accused of covering up the resurgence of the P2 strain of the virus, which was thought to have been eradicated in 2014.  Continue reading...

  • The Real Danger in a Quiet Escalation of Tensions Between China and India
    by Suzanne Kelly on May 31, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    This expert-driven national-security insight can’t be generated for free.  We invite you to support quality content by becoming a  Cipher Brief Level I Member .  Joining this experienced security-focused community is only $10/month (for an annual $120/yr membership). It’s a great and inexpensive way to stay ahead of the national and global security issues that impact … Continue reading "The Real Danger in a Quiet Escalation of Tensions Between China and India" The post The Real Danger in a Quiet Escalation of Tensions Between China and India appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West – Part Two
    by Suzanne Kelly on May 28, 2020 at 4:01 am

    In part one of Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West, authors Mitch Silber and Ioan Pop pulled from court documents and open source reporting to shed light on ways that Iran and its proxy groups have engaged in regional escalations after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in January, and after … Continue reading "Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West – Part Two" The post Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West – Part Two appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West – Part One
    by Suzanne Kelly on May 27, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Cipher Brief Expert Mitch Silber and Ioan Pop have pulled from court documents and open source reporting to compile a modus operandi of Iran and Hezbollah and their efforts to attack the west. Mitchell D. Silber, Former Director of Intelligence, NYPD In January 2020, Mitchell D. Silber was named the executive director of the Community … Continue reading "Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West – Part One" The post Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West – Part One appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • How Cyber Plays in Boardrooms of the Future
    by Suzanne Kelly on May 26, 2020 at 4:03 am

    This expert-driven national-security insight can’t be generated for free.  We invite you to support quality content by becoming a  Cipher Brief Level I Member .  Joining this experienced security-focused community is only $10/month (for an annual $120/yr membership). It’s a great and inexpensive way to stay ahead of the national and global security issues that impact … Continue reading "How Cyber Plays in Boardrooms of the Future" The post How Cyber Plays in Boardrooms of the Future appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • NATO Imagines Future Warfare
    by Suzanne Kelly on May 14, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Innovation is a key component of readiness when it comes to future threats. NATO’s Innovation Hub recently commissioned a short story from author August Cole, asking him to draw upon his writing and imaginative abilities to create a picture of what NATO operations could be like in the year 2040. The Cipher Brief is pleased … Continue reading "NATO Imagines Future Warfare" The post NATO Imagines Future Warfare appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Round Four: UK and EU back in the Brexit ring
    on June 2, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Trade negotiators from Britain and the EU embark on a fourth round of post-Brexit negotiations Tuesday but no-one in London or Brussels expects a breakthrough. Instead, once the latest cross-Channel video conferences are over, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen will meet to decide how to proceed. A "high-level" June meeting to take stock of the talks was already foreseen in the political declaration signed by both parties alongside the divorce accord.

  • DC Episcopal bishop: 'I am outraged' by Trump church visit
    on June 2, 2020 at 4:29 am

    The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington sharply criticized President Donald Trump for staging a visit to the historic St. John's Church across from the White House, where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the area of peaceful protesters. The Rev. Mariann Budde, whose diocese St. John's belongs to, said in a statement Monday night that she was “outraged” by Trump's visit and noted that he didn’t pray while stopping by the church, a landmark known for its regular visits from sitting presidents since the early 19th century. "He took the symbols sacred to our tradition and stood in front of a house of prayer in full expectation that would be a celebratory moment," Budde said in an interview after her statement on Trump's visit was posted to the diocese's Twitter account.

  • Black female mayors in spotlight amid protests and pandemic
    on June 2, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation's attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death. “I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” Bottoms said Friday in a rousing speech. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother.”

  • China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO
    on June 2, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus and thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,." The story behind the early response to the pandemic comes at a time when the U.N. health agency is under siege.

  • China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO
    on June 2, 2020 at 4:02 am

    Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” Despite the plaudits, China in fact sat on releasing the genetic map, or genome, of the virus for more than a week after three different government labs had fully decoded the information.

  • Trump vowed to disrupt Washington, now he faces disruption in the streets
    on June 2, 2020 at 9:40 am
  • Canada's Trudeau rejects inviting Russia to G7 summit
    on June 2, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday rejected Russia's participation in a coming summit of the G7 nations, despite host US President Donald Trump wanting to invite Moscow. ​​​​"Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago," Trudeau told reporters. "Its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7 and will continue to remain out," he added.

  • In China, US protests a hot topic on state, social media
    on June 2, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Chinese state media is giving extensive coverage to violent protests roiling cities across the US, while the unrest has also featured widely in Chinese social media. On China's social media platform Weibo, at least 5 news items on the protests were among the top 20 trending topics. Some Chinese media have also made comparisons between the US protests and those in Hong Kong.

  • US records 743 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
    on June 2, 2020 at 8:05 am

    The United States on Monday recorded 743 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University, bringing its total to 105,099 since the global pandemic began. The country has officially logged 1,809,109 cases. The death toll and the number of cases in the United States are by far the worst in the world.

  • On the spot where George Floyd died, his brother urges calm
    on June 2, 2020 at 8:01 am

    George Floyd’s brother pleaded for peace in the streets Monday, saying destruction is "not going to bring my brother back at all." George Floyd, 46, died last week after he was arrested in Minneapolis, accused of using a forged $20 bill to pay for goods at a grocery store. The white officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder.