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  • China threatens death penalty for Taiwan independence ‘diehards’
    by Reuters in Beijing on June 22, 2024 at 2:54 am

    Beijing ramps up pressure over ‘crime of secession’ while Taipei says China has no jurisdiction over Taiwan and urges its people not to be intimidatedChina has threatened to impose the death penalty in extreme cases for “diehard” Taiwan independence separatists, a ratcheting up of pressure even though Chinese courts have no jurisdiction on the democratically governed island.China, which views Taiwan as its own territory, has made no secret of its dislike of President Lai Ching-te, who took office last month, saying he is a “separatist”, and staged war games shortly after his inauguration. Continue reading...

  • Coldest start to winter in decades in some areas with polar air mass predicted across Australia next week
    by Natasha May on June 22, 2024 at 2:03 am

    Many parts of Victoria, NSW and Queensland have shivered through temperatures between 2C and 5C below average, the BoM saysFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastIt has been the coldest start to winter in decades for parts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and temperatures are expected to remain cooler with a polar air mass predicted to sweep through the entire country in the coming week.Dean Narramore, a senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said many parts of south-eastern Australia experienced temperatures in the past week between 2C and 5C below average for winter.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

  • Man under police guard after allegedly slashing staff at western Sydney hospital
    by Australian Associated Press on June 22, 2024 at 1:46 am

    Police attended Westmead hospital about 11.30pm on Friday after a man, 39, allegedly slashed and assaulted staffGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastA man remains under police guard at a western Sydney hospital after allegedly slashing and assaulting staff.Police were called to Westmead hospital about 11.30pm on Friday after reports a man had assaulted several staff members.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

  • Barcelona to ban apartment rentals to tourists in bid to cut housing costs
    by Guardian staff and agencies on June 22, 2024 at 1:01 am

    Spanish city is one of Europe’s top destinations but its popularity has made housing increasingly unaffordable for residentsBarcelona, a top Spanish holiday destination, has announced it will bar apartment rentals to tourists by 2028, an unexpectedly drastic move as it seeks to rein in soaring housing costs and make the city livable for residents.The city’s leftist mayor, Jaume Collboni, said on Friday that by November 2028, Barcelona would scrap the licences of the 10,101 apartments currently approved as short-term rentals. Continue reading...

  • Will ‘sigh of relief’ after US supreme court gun ruling be short-lived?
    by Abené Clayton on June 21, 2024 at 11:53 pm

    Domestic abusers still may not possess guns, but first case decided since 2022 Bruen decision likely won’t be the lastThe US supreme court decided to uphold a 30-year-old federal law prohibiting subjects of domestic violence restraining orders (DVROs) from possessing guns. In Friday’s 8-1 decision, justices – except Clarence Thomas – agreed that Zackey Rahimi’s constitutional rights were not violated when his guns were confiscated following a lengthy history of gun crimes and abuse against his then girlfriend and mother of his child.While the ruling is not a surprise to many experts who heard the 7 November 2023 oral argument, it represents a small victory for those who advocate for protection orders like DVROs and work with survivors of domestic abuse. Continue reading...

  • Guardia Civil reject offer of help from Lancashire police in search for Jay Slater
    by Jane Clinton on June 21, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    Spanish police say they have the resources it needs for hunt for 19-year-old who was last heard from on MondaySpanish police have rejected an offer of support from Lancashire constabulary as the hunt for the missing British teenager Jay Slater in Tenerife continues.Lancashire police said it had made “an offer of support to the Guardia Civil to see if they need any additional resources” in their efforts. The 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle was last heard from between 8am and 9am on Monday morning when he contacted a friend. Continue reading...

  • Trump announces Teamsters union chief to speak at Republican convention
    by Léonie Chao-Fong on June 21, 2024 at 10:07 pm

    Sean O’Brien accepts invitation as union says its message ‘needs to be heard by as wide an audience as possible’Sean O’Brien, the president of the Teamsters union, will speak at the Republican national convention in Milwaukee next month, a move that could spell trouble for Joe Biden’s support among blue-collar workers ahead of the November election.Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, announced on Friday on his Truth Social platform that O’Brien had accepted his invitation to speak at the convention and that he was looking forward to seeing him represent the Teamsters. Continue reading...

  • Mysterious shiny monolith removed from Nevada desert
    by Léonie Chao-Fong and agencies on June 21, 2024 at 9:40 pm

    Art installation at Gass Peak was taken down on Thursday, police say, citing ‘public safety and environmental concerns’The mysterious monolith that appeared in the Nevada desert has been removed, years after similar mystifying, gleaming objects first appeared in the deserts of Utah during the Covid-19 pandemic and captured the world’s imagination.Las Vegas police announced the discovery of the monolith – an art installation – at Gass Peak, roughly 40 miles (64.4km) north of the city, on Monday. Continue reading...

  • Three people dead and 10 injured in mass shooting at Arkansas grocery
    by Guardian staff and agencies on June 21, 2024 at 9:06 pm

    Shooting occurred at Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, a city of about 3,200 people 65 miles south of Little RockThree people were killed and 10 others were wounded – including at least two law enforcement officers – when a shooter opened fire on Friday at a grocery store in Arkansas, police said.The shooting occurred on Friday morning at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce. The suspected shooter was critically injured after being shot by police, Arkansas state police said. The wounded officers did not have life-threatening injuries. Continue reading...

  • Texas Republican vows to pass bill on Ten Commandments in public schools
    by Robert Tait on June 21, 2024 at 8:56 pm

    Dan Patrick pledges to emulate Louisiana with bill that would force schools to display Ten CommandmentsA leading Texas Republican has pledged to emulate Louisiana by passing a bill that would force public schools to display the Ten Commandments.Dan Patrick, Texas’s lieutenant governor, said on Friday he would pass Bill 1515 mandating the biblical stricture in all classrooms, in the next session of the state senate, the upper legislative chamber over which he presides. Continue reading...