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Hong Kong protestors demand Lam's resignation

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced her government would suspend attempts to pass a controversial extradition bill after enormous island-wide protests. The protests, though, seem to have only gotten stronger, with many now calling for her resignation.

China v Spain, South Africa v Germany: Women's World Cup clockwatch – live!

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5.11pm BST

In Montpellier, it’s one-way traffic. South Africa keeping Germany at bay so far, but they’ve barely left their half.

5.10pm BST

Another chance for Spain! China get forward and send a couple of testing crosses in, before Spain do the same – Hermoso squaring for Lucia Garcia, who gets there ahead of Peng but prods the ball wide!

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Supreme court snubs Republicans in Virginia gerrymandering case – live

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Ten presidential hopefuls to square off while speculation surrounds Sarah Sanders’ replacement as White House press secretary

5.09pm BST

The US Supreme Court sent the case of an Oregon baker who refused to make cakes for gay people back to the lower court to be reconsidered.

#BREAKING: SCOTUS just sent back our case on behalf of a same-sex couple denied a wedding cake to Oregon courts to check for anti-religion bias, in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Disappointing, but this fight is NOT over.

The justices’ action Monday keeps the high-profile case off the court’s election-year calendar and orders state judges to take a new look at the dispute between the lesbian couple and the owners of a now-closed bakery in the Portland area.

The high court’s brief order directs appellate judges in Oregon to consider last term’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of a baker from Colorado who would not make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The court ruled that baker Jack Phillips was subjected to anti-religious bias in the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s determination that he violated state anti-discrimination in refusing to bake the couple’s wedding cake. The Oregon appellate ruling came before the court’s decision in Phillips’ case.

The larger issue weighing the rights of LGBT people against the religious objections of merchants remains unresolved. Another dispute involving a florist from Washington state who would not create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding is headed to the Supreme Court.

4.46pm BST

Meanwhile in Orlando, Florida, supporters of President Trump have started lining up in hopes of getting into a rally announcing his re-election bid Tuesday at 8pm in the Amway Center.

People are already lined up outside the Amway Center in Orlando for the Trump rally tomorrow. About 20 people here with tents, lawn chairs, coolers and umbrellas. @orlandosentinel pic.twitter.com/ltfg7WdN99

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How we met: ‘He said quite confidently, “You’re going to live with me eventually.”’

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Simon and Christian Savidge met in 2011 and live in Wirral. Simon, 37, works for Liverpool library services and has a books blog and YouTube channel. Christian, 47, works in operations for John Lewis

Simon and Christian met on Twitter eight years ago. In his profile, Simon had written that he liked “books, beards and cheese”. “I sent him a message saying: ‘I work in cheese’,” Christian recalls, “because at the time I was working for a dairy.” They both laugh. He also had a beard. But, Simon points out, “He didn’t mention the fact he didn’t really like books.”

Both were single and had turned to Twitter to try to meet someone. They liked that it wasn’t a dating platform. “So you don’t have an expectation,” says Christian. “We were just two people chatting and getting to know each other.”

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Mastercard Will Allow Transgender and Non-Binary Customers to Use Their Chosen Name on Cards

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(Bloomberg) — Mastercard Inc. will allow transgender customers to use their chosen names on credit and debit cards.

The company is working with its banking partners to introduce True Name cards that will let customers use the name they want without requiring a legal name change, a process that should help transgender and non-binary cardholders in particular, the company said Monday in a statement. The network has already started talking to banks to help them implement the cards, said Raj Seshadri, president of U.S. issuers at Mastercard.

“What we’re introducing is a card that represents an individual as who they truly are,” Seshadri said in an interview. “This is something that should be accessible to everyone in the way they want it and there shouldn’t be any pain in that.”

Nearly a third of individuals who have shown forms of identification with names or genders that don’t match their presentation have reported having negative experiences, including harassment, Mastercard said. The company’s network doesn’t require merchants to validate the cardholder’s name, and the name on the card doesn’t aid a transaction’s security, Seshadri said.

“Mastercard listened to transgender and non-binary consumers’ need for privacy and authenticity and created a powerful tool to make their lives better,” Zeke Stokes, chief programs officer at LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, said in a separate statement. “Other businesses should follow suit by working with members of the LGBTQ community to create financial products that reflect true identities.”

Environment reporters facing harassment and murder, study finds

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Tally of deaths makes it one of most dangerous fields for journalists after war reporting

Thirteen journalists who were investigating damage to the environment have been killed in recent years and many more are suffering violence, harassment, intimidation and lawsuits, according to a study.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which produced the tally, is investigating a further 16 deaths over the last decade. It says the number of murders may be as high as 29, making this field of journalism one of the most dangerous after war reporting.

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Boeing’s 737 Max Could Take to the Skies Again — But With a Different Name

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Boeing is open to dropping the “Max” branding for its latest 737 jetliner, based on a global study it is conducting of consumer and airline responses to an aircraft name that’s been tarnished by two fatal crashes and a three-month grounding.

“I’d say we’re being open-minded to all the input we get,” Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith said Monday in an interview on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. “We’re committed to doing what we need to do to restore it. If that means changing the brand to restore it, then we’ll address that. If it doesn’t, we’ll address whatever is a high priority.”

For now, executives insist they have no immediate plans to drop the Max name for something less controversial, such as the product numbers that marked earlier generations of the company’s best-selling aircraft.

The damage to the company’s own name, as well as its jetliner brands, is just one aspect of the crisis that Boeing teams are managing from a Seattle-area war room. Smith tunes in to daily phone calls with Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg and Greg Hyslop, who oversees the aerospace giant’s engineering corps. They’ve hired outside advisers to help with branding and technical matters, along with crisis-management experts Sard Verbinnen & Co.

Regaining Trust

While it’s up to global regulators to determine when the 737 Max will eventually fly again, Boeing is trying to anticipate and plan for every possible scenario related to the unprecedented grounding, which has triggered one of the worst crises in the planemaker’s century-long history.

The Chicago-based company knows that the ultimate success of its effort lies in winning back the confidence of travelers, particularly those skittish about Boeing’s best-selling airplane after 346 travelers died in two fatal accidents within a five-month span.

But it’s unfamiliar territory for a company more accustomed to wrangling with airlines, lawmakers and heads of state.

“How do you talk to that person in seat 17A,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, the Boeing brand is ours. We have to make sure we have enough time and resources to address the problem.”

Democrats Say They’ll Support a Woman for President. Here’s How We Know They’re Lying.

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Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty

One of the most irritating things a person hears when discussing contemporary politics is the acknowledgment that a given candidate is stellar, tempered by the caveat that the same candidate simply can’t win.

“I would vote for Elizabeth Warren, but she’ll just never win,” the man at the bar, or your friend’s mother, or your boss, says, with a rueful, shrugging smile. The smile says: “Don’t blame me, I’m a good, principled person. It’s everyone else who is out to saddle us with a less-good candidate.”

Of course, if all these people did vote for Elizabeth Warren, she would win. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, captured in a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos for The Daily Beast. On the face of it, the results seem positive: about three quarters of respondents say they’re ready for a woman president!

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Women's World Cup, Copa América and a supermarket treat – Football Weekly

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Max Rushden, Marcus Christenson, Lars Sivertsen and Tim Stillman discuss Australia’s comeback against Brazil, England’s huffing and puffing, Scotland’s flattering scorelines and reviews of a supermarket in Colindale

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We look back at the action just gone, starting with possibly the most exciting game of the Women’s World Cup so far – Australia’s 3-2 win over Brazil, coming back from 2-0 down to take the points.

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Carl Beech trial shown video of ex-army chief banging desk in denial

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Edwin Bramall told detectives claim he was part of VIP child abuse ring was ‘outrageous’

The jury in the trial of a man accused of inventing a Westminster VIP paedophile ring was shown a video of the former head of the British army thumping the desk as he told detectives he had no sexual interest in children and later demanded the police clear his reputation.

Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, named Field Marshal Edwin Bramall, 95, among the high-profile figures he claimed had abused him from the age of eight at locations across the south of England.

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“Happy Hunger Games!” A Prequel to the Blockbuster Series Will Hit Bookstores in 2020

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(NEW YORK) — A decade after seemingly wrapping up The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem. A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year.

The novel, currently untitled, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2020. Collins said in a statement Monday that she would go back to the years following the so-called “Dark Days,” the failed rebellion in Panem. Collins set the Hunger Games books in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television.

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” she said. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

The book is set well before the lifetime of Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie franchise. Scholastic spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten declined comment on the new book’s contents or featured characters beyond what’s described in Monday’s announcement.

AP—APThis image provided by Scholastic shows the cover of a new untitled “Hunger Games” novel by Suzanne Collins. The novel, set to be released May 19, 2020, is a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”

Lionsgate released the four Hunger Games movies, and the studio’s vice chairman, Michael Burns, has suggested a prequel. In a recent statement to The Associated Press, the chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Joe Drake, said, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.” The studio did not immediately respond when asked if an agreement for film rights had already been reached.

The first three Hunger Games books — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay — have sold more than 100 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. The very title The Hunger Games has become a catchphrase for suffering and deadly competition, inspiring such headlines as “Trump’s $1 trillion (infrastructure) plan inspires Hunger Games angst.”

Although she was actively involved with the production of the Hunger Games films, Collins appeared done with the novels after the publication of Mockingjay, in 2010. She had said little about her plans in recent years, beyond telling a gathering at the 2013 BookExpo publishing convention that she was working on a new series. Her most recent book, of any kind, came out in 2013: The picture story Year of the Jungle was based on the time in Vietnam served by Collins’ father, a career Air Force officer.

Collins has cited her father as a reason for her lifelong studies of war, and cited both contemporary and classical culture as inspirations for The Hunger Games. She named the country Panem as a reference to the Roman expression “panem et circenses,” meaning bread and circuses, diversions for the masses. In a 2010 interview with The AP, she recalled watching television one night, switching channels, and becoming momentarily disoriented by going back and forth between a reality program and the Iraq War.

“We have so much programming coming at us all the time. Is it too much? Are we becoming desensitized to the entire experience?” she said. “Dystopian stories are places where you can play out the scenarios in your head — your anxieties — and see what might come of them. And, hopefully, as a young person, with the possibilities of the future waiting for you, you’re thinking about how to head these things off.”

Bariatric divorce: why extreme weight loss leads to break ups

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For people struggling with their weight, surgery can be a source of help and hope. But it often has an unexpected effect on romantic relationships

Before Steven Jason Williams had his gastric bypass in August 2017, he attended group sessions to prepare himself. It was at one of these classes that Williams, now 44, was first told that many married patients will divorce within years of the surgery. He turned to look at his wife, Desiree, who had trundled him into the meeting using the portable wheelchair they kept in the boot of their car. Williams couldn’t walk more than a few feet – at his heaviest, he weighed 587lbs (266kg) – and he spent nearly all his time at home, being cared for by Desiree. He knew then that their marriage was over.

“I remember just looking at her thinking, that’s going to be us. Because we’re already rocky as it is,” says Williams. Two months after the surgery, Desiree was gone. “I hadn’t even got the stitches healed.”

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