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Aujourd’hui — 2 juin 2020The Guardian

Cannabis residue found in ancient Jewish temple links hallucinogens with religion

Archaeologists say find at Israeli excavation offers first proof of mind-altering substances being used in Judaism

Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artefacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion.

In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an eighth-century BC shrine at Tel Arad offers the first proof for the use of mind-altering substances as part of cultic rituals in Judah, including the first Jewish Temple that stood in Jerusalem at the same time.

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Coronavirus live news: Dr Fauci says he hasn't spoken to Trump in two weeks as Pakistanis told to 'live with virus'

UK’s 14-day quarantine rules criticised as ‘ridiculous’; Global deaths pass 375,000; Spain reports no new deaths for the first time since March. Follow the latest updates

Charlotte Graham-McLay reports for the Guardian:

New Zealand has recorded an 11th consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19, with only one case in the country still considered active.

22 people have died of the virus in New Zealand; there were no additional deaths to report on Tuesday.

No one is being treated in hospital; the one remaining sufferer is recovering at home.
New Zealand is on track to eliminate the virus after locking down the country in late March, when just over 200 cases and no deaths had been recorded. There have been fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases.

Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director-general of health, also addressed the large protests that happened in the country’s largest cities on Monday over “the tragic death of George Floyd in the USA.”

“Anyone who attended these gatherings or who is planning to be at other upcoming events and feels they may be at risk by coming into close contact with people they don’t know, should take a cautious approach and seek advice,” Bloomfield said in a statement, adding that those concerned should visit a doctor. He did not recommend those protesting quarantine themselves.

Increased antibiotics use in combating the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization said Monday.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them.

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Emily Maitlis back on Newsnight in wake of Cummings row

BBC presenter returns for first time since being ruled to have broken impartiality guidelines

Emily Maitlis returned to presenting Newsnight on Monday for the first time since the controversy over her comments on Boris Johnson’s top aide.

The presenter was found to have broken the BBC’s impartiality guidelines following her monologue on Dominic Cummings last week. In her introduction to that show, Maitlis said Cummings had “broken the rules” when he travelled from London to Durham during lockdown and “the country can see that, and it’s shocked the government cannot”.

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Obama shares advice on how to make George Floyd protests 'a turning point'

Former president applauded peaceful protesters and suggested demonstrations could translate to ‘effective action’

Barack Obama has once again weighed in on the George Floyd protests gripping much of America and attracting global attention, suggesting the demonstrations could translate to “peaceful, sustained and effective action” to address structural racism.

Related: Angry Donald Trump calls for tougher approach against George Floyd protests

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‘Rotten racism’: newspapers around the world react to George Floyd protests

From the Sydney Morning Herald to the Global Times, editorials and columnists look at the killing, protests and Trump’s reaction

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the nationwide protests it triggered, and Donald Trump’s reaction have prompted comment and editorials around the globe.

Related: Rage and anguish: how the US papers have covered the George Floyd protests

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Coronavirus latest: at a glance

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak

Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:

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'Fear will always be there': Covid-free island prepares to bring home stranded citizens

Pacific nation of Palau tries to balance citizens’ right to return, with protecting its coronavirus-free status

For 143 Palau citizens trapped overseas by coronavirus travel restrictions, the journey home, always long, will be especially tortuous. To reach their Pacific island home they face six long weeks of quarantine – two in Guam, two in a hotel in Palau, and then another two weeks of self-isolation at home. They will also face at least five Covid-19 tests.

But some Palauans fear that even these measures will not be enough.

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WHO warns overuse of antibiotics for Covid-19 will cause more deaths

Director general says “worrying number” of bacteria are becoming resistant to medicines

The increased use of antibiotics to combat the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them.

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George Floyd killing: pressure grows for other three officers to face charges

The Minneapolis police officer who spent almost nine minutes kneeling on the neck of George Floyd was charged with murder on Friday. But the fate of his colleagues, who stood by as Floyd’s strained cries grew silent, is yet to be determined.

Related: Minneapolis police chief: all four officers ‘complicit’ in George Floyd's death

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Hier — 1 juin 2020The Guardian

Critics round on No 10 over 'ridiculous' rules for 14-day quarantine

Exclusive: Opponents claim exemptions to rules could mean great economic pain for little public health benefit

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.

The Guardian understands that about a fifth of people are expected to receive a spot-check to ensure that they are staying at the address or addresses they have provided to the authorities, but enforcement of the quarantine will be limited.

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Serie C to conquerers of Europe: when star-studded Parma lived the dream | Nicky Bandini

Before being struck by scandal, this once lowly club enjoyed an electrifying rise – and it all began with the vision of one man

Everybody remembers how it ended. From 1990 to 2004, Parma competed as one of Italy’s foremost teams, qualifying for Europe in 14 consecutive seasons and winning four pieces of continental silverware. Then their parent company and chief sponsor, Parmalat, collapsed amid one of the most staggering financial fraud scandals the world has ever known.

Parma avoided instant oblivion. Technically the club did fold, but a subtly renamed version sprung up in its place, taking over the contracts, debts and – crucially – Serie A status of its predecessor.

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US activist sues former Egyptian prime minister over arrest and torture

  • Hazem Abdel Aziz El Beblawi sued in Washington
  • Mohamed Soltan alleges he was targeted for assassination

A US activist arrested as part of a brutal crackdown in Cairo has filed a lawsuit against a former Egyptian prime minister who now lives in Washington DC, arguing he was targeted for assassination, arrest and torture. 

Mohamed Soltan was arrested following the violent dispersal of protesters in Cairo in 2013. Court documents chronicle the extensive physical torture Soltan suffered in multiple detention facilities during his 643-day detention, including beatings, denial of medical treatment and cigarette burns to the back of his neck.

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Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn

Analysis shows 500 species on brink of extinction – as many as were lost over previous century

The sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating, according to an analysis by scientists who warn it may be a tipping point for the collapse of civilisation.

More than 500 species of land animals were found to be on the brink of extinction and likely to be lost within 20 years. In comparison, the same number were lost over the whole of the last century. Without the human destruction of nature, even this rate of loss would have taken thousands of years, the scientists said.

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Donald Trump offers to invite Vladimir Putin to expanded G7 summit

US president initiated call with Russian leader, according to Kremlin account, where they discussed pandemic, oil and space

Donald Trump has offered to invite Vladimir Putin to an expanded G7 meeting in September, but the invitation has already been adamantly opposed by the UK and Canada.

According to a Kremlin account on Monday, the US president initiated the call, in which the two leaders talked about the coronavirus pandemic, oil prices and cooperation in space, as well as Trump’s postponement of a planned G7 summit at Camp David this month and the inclusion of other countries.

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Run the Jewels: ‘I want the oppressors to know that they haven’t created complete hopelessness’

After his impassioned speech about the death of George Floyd went viral, Killer Mike and his rapping partner El-P explain why a mix of serious politics and surreal goofiness makes their music perfect for our times

Run the Jewels have enjoyed one of the more improbable rises to fame in recent hip-hop history. Two figures nearing 40, from the genre’s margins – Killer Mike on the fringes of Outkast’s Atlanta-based circle of rappers and producers, his partner El-P a founder member of Company Flow and longstanding critical darling of east coast underground rap – who pooled their resources to record a mixtape. They gave it away and watched, astonished, as it and its two successors became runaway successes.

It happened despite the fact that their music – political, angry, more about lyrics than hooks – is grounded in the golden age hip-hop of Public Enemy and EPMD, and swims against the genre’s prevalent trends. Yet for all they profess a certain mystification over Run the Jewels’ success, it’s hard to avoid the feeling that they’re the right band for the moment: an alternately surreal and furious response to a world spinning bizarrely, horribly out of control.

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Cologne 2-4 RB Leipzig: Bundesliga – as it happened

The hosts took an early lead but Leipzig ran out comfortable winners thanks in part to Timo Werner’s fine breakaway goal in the second half

Timo Werner took his Bundesliga season tally to 25 as RB Leipzig moved back up to third place with a 4-2 away victory against Cologne.

Jhon Cordóba gave the hosts an early advantage with his 12th goal of the season before going off injured. Leipzig fought back to lead at half-time with a Patrik Schick header and Christopher Nkunku’s cool finish from Konrad Laimer’s pass.

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Well, that was a cracking game. In truth, Leipzig seemed able to carve their opponents open at will, and this could have been a thrashing.

But Cologne opened the scoring and offered plenty going forward - and they could have made things very interesting had Anthony Modeste scored with three minutes to go.

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The Guardian view on the death of George Floyd: a turning point? | Editorial

Par : Editorial

The nationwide protests following the brutal suffocation of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis could be a defining moment in America’s racial politics

“I do not want to see him on a shirt just like the other guys.” Those were the words of George Floyd’s brother, Philonese, during a phone call last week with Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presidential nominee.

Every African American will have known instantly what he meant. Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott and now Floyd: the litany of names of black men who died as a result of encountering the wrong law officer at the wrong time continues to lengthen. Video footage, in the cases of Garner and Scott, revealed to the world the casual, unconscionable brutality with which their lives were taken from them. The shooting of 17-year-old Martin by a Florida community watch officer, and the decision of a jury to acquit his killer, led to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement. But last week it was still possible, in America, for a white police officer to kneel for nearly nine minutes on an unarmed Floyd’s windpipe – in broad daylight – crushing the breath and life out of him.

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John Oliver: When Trump 'uses the word thugs, you know what it’s code for'

The Last Week Tonight host responds to America’s ‘brutality bingo’, the protests over George Floyd’s death, and attempts to discredit mail-in voting

“It’s been a truly brutal week, with protests across the country in response to the horrific killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police,” said John Oliver on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, which was taped, he noted on Twitter, on Saturday morning (“that’s never great, and this week, it’s especially not-great.”) “There is clearly a lot to discuss here: how these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct both in Minneapolis and in the nation at large, and how that misconduct is in and of itself built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color. There is so much to say here – some of it complicated, much of it all too clear. 

“Or, you know, you could just go on TV, open up your mouth, and let this shit fall out,” he said before playing a clip of Fox News host and “human boat shoe” Tucker Carlson.

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#Scumedia? There may be problems with journalism – but we need it more than ever

The political and media classes have been way too close for way too long, but YouTube and 5G conspiracies are no replacement for good reporting

Hello, #scumedia here. Being scummy, obviously, because while in the US, members of the press are being shot in the eye with rubber bullets or pinned down, beaten, teargassed and arrested for the crime of being black while reporting, and in the UK they are relentlessly abused for refusing to “move on”, I say: thank God for the press.

No, I am on not on the frontline. I have been in bunkers and in teargas and bribed my way out of trouble a few times, but I am a scaredy cat. Every day I thank those brave souls who walk into terrifying situations, whether they are war zones or east London hospitals.

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Strong support for cutting UK stock market trading hours, says LSE

Majority agree move would improve gender diversity and mental health, consultation finds

A public consultation has found strong support for cutting stock market trading hours in the UK to help improve gender diversity and mental health across the financial sector.

Feedback from the LSE’s public consultation found that a “significant majority” were sympathetic to arguments that the move would increase employee wellbeing and broaden the appeal of a high-pressure career in finance. The industry has traditionally attracted more men but is trying to recruit more women.

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Coronavirus latest: at a glance

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak

Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:

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Angry Donald Trump calls on governors to 'dominate' George Floyd protests

Donald Trump has urged US governors and law enforcement officials to take a more forceful approach in responding to protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African American man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes.

Related: ‘Rotten racism’: newspapers around the world react to George Floyd protests

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Cutting edge: Japanese paper art inspires a non-slip shoe

Scientists use kirigami techniques to create a sole with pop-up, high-friction spikes

The Japanese art of paper cutting and folding, or kirigami, has led to mind-bending 3D structures from 2D sheets, including spectacular pop-up designs. But now researchers have been getting to grips with the technique for a very down-to-earth reason: creating non-slip shoes.

Scientists have revealed they have developed a kirigami-inspired sole, where tiny spikes pop up from its surface as the shoe is bent during walking. The team found the spikes enhance grip, which could help prevent potentially fatal falls.

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To prevent a chaotic end to lockdown, the public should be told the true risks | Simon Jenkins

Give us the facts. The government scared British people into their homes – now it must reassure them back out

Just tell the truth. If the government is to get the country out of the mess of lockdown, it must take people into its confidence. It scared us into it, and must now reassure us out of it. 

This week children are returning to school in England, on the basis that the risk to them and their families from Covid-19 is “minuscule”. What does that mean? One in a thousand, one in a million? The same as them being in a car crash? No parent will readily tolerate “risking my child”, so a language must be found to set minds at rest. That language should be one of evidence, of facts, not of adjectives and adverbs. 

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'There’s been a few tears': England's teachers on the return to school

Staff say it was a mostly happy moment to see children back in classrooms empty for 10 weeks

There were nerves, excitement, laughter – and some tears – as children, who have been stuck at home since schools were closed as part of a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus, returned to their classrooms for the first time in 10 weeks.

For staff, who have had to work flat out to adapt their schools and timetables to ensure safe social distancing in the Covid era, it was a happy – though anxious – moment to see children back in classrooms that have remained largely empty, apart from small numbers of children of key workers and vulnerable pupils.

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Kick It Out urges all players to take knee over George Floyd and no FA sanctions

  • Chair Sanjay Bhandari wants protests at Premier League games
  • Liverpool squad take a knee at Anfield training

The chairman of Kick It Out has urged every Premier League footballer to take a knee when the season resumes in protest against the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, adding that the Football Association should not punish players who use their platforms to call for social change.

On a day when Liverpool’s players went down on one knee around the Anfield centre circle to express solidarity with those protesting against Floyd’s death, Sanjay Bhandari said there was nothing political about footballers standing against racism.

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House music: Tim Ashley's watching and listening picks

Par : Tim Ashley

In our new series, critics tell us about the music they’re listening to at home. This week, Tim Ashley returns to live concerts and is overwhelmed by Strauss

Two concerts live-streamed from the Philharmonie de Paris have profoundly touched me in the last few days. Both marked the beginnings of a return to live music, albeit with an online audience, as lockdown restrictions begin to be eased across Europe. And both focused, tellingly perhaps, on works by Strauss, written during the second world war – music, in other words, which asserts a common humanity in dark times. Last Wednesday, players from the Orchestre de Paris juxtaposed the string sextet from Capriccio with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and a transcription for brass and woodwind by Andreas N Tarkmann of the Good Friday music from Parsifal. The following evening was given over to a single work, with Renaud Capuçon and Friends performing Strauss’s Metamorphosen.

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A boot is crushing the neck of American democracy | Cornel West

The fundamental question at this moment is: can the United States be reformed?

Here we go again. Another black person killed by the US police. Another wave of multiracial resistance. Another cycle of race talk on the corporate media. Another display of diversity with neoliberal leaders, and another white backlash soon to come. Yet this time might be a turning point. 

The undeniable barbaric death of George Floyd, the inescapable vicious realities of the unequal misery of the coronavirus, the massive unemployment at Depression levels and the wholesale collapse of the legitimacy of political leadership (in both parties) are bringing down the curtain on the American empire. 

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Artist Tatiana Trouvé tells story of lockdown through headlines

Project uses newspapers from around world interspersed with images from her life

The artist Tatiana Trouvé picked up a copy of Libération in mid-March to find an apocalyptic front page with the headline: The Day Before. It came just as the country reluctantly embarked on a full lockdown, and inspired her to start a project where she reimagined newspaper front pages from around the world as quarantines took hold.

The Italian-born artist, who lives in Paris, has now created 40 works that are based on newspaper headlines from 34 different countries. “The idea was that by reading the newspapers I would get out of the lockdown and find out about life outside of my apartment and studio,” she said. “It was about being connected to the rest of the world outside of my studio.”

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The Fiver | A steel-jacketed dose of perspective right up its elite pathway

Par : Rob Smyth

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The Fiver has a dream. In it, the death of almost 400,000 people during a global pandemic leaves all survivors the gift of epiphany, after which they vow to give up public displays of vainglory. Oh, Fiver! Oh, Fiver! If anything, Covid-19 has increased participation in the nation’s favourite sport, the self. The lack of physical contact has created a blizzard of new opportunities to demonstrate the essential irrelevance of every other living thing. You don’t even have to wait for your turn to speak, or for your brain to boot up, like you did before lockdown. Alehouse inanity at digital speed!

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