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We must stand with Hong Kong’s embattled journalists

First, they came for the protestors, then they came for the elected democrats, and now it is the turn of journalists. Step by step, the long arm of the national security law is suffocating free expression in Hong Kong.Having rounded up and imprisoned a number of opposition politicians under “subversion” charges, this week the Chinese Communist Party turned its attention to Hong Kong’s free media – sending 500 national security officers to arrest the editor-in-chief and four other directors from the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, on the basis that they have “colluded with foreign political forces” by publishing articles critical...
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French Grand Prix LIVE: F1 latest updates as Max Verstappen passes Lewis Hamilton to retake lead

Follow live coverage of the French Grand Prix as Max Verstappen hopes to deliver on pole position today.The lead Red Bull and overall championship leader finished 0.258 seconds clear of title rival Lewis Hamilton in Saturday qualifying with fellow Mercedes Valtteri Bottas next up in third. Sergio Perez, winner last time out in Azerbaijan, starts fourth in the other Red Bull ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly.Hamilton has dominated the past two editions of the French race, winning both from pole, but the seven-time world champion has had no answer for the pace of...
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Italy vs Wales LIVE: Euro 2020 team news, line-ups and more today

The final round of group-stage matches at Euro 2020 get underway from Sunday, with Group A first to be decided - though the real pressure is off these two nations as Italy host Wales in Rome.Roberto Mancini’s side have been nothing short of excellent so far, perhaps the most complete and consistent nation of the group phase, having taken two wins from two in style. They first off beat Turkey on a spectacular opening night, before then seeing off Switzerland with arguably even more conviction by the same 3-0 scoreline.The Azzurri have become favourite in some fans’ eyes to...
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Italy vs Wales live stream: How to watch Euro 2020 fixture online and on TV today

The top two of Group A meet in the final round of games, with Italy already assured of progression to the last 16 of Euro 2020 and Wales confident of joining them.Roberto Mancini’s side have been one of the early standouts of the tournament, scoring three in both their games so far and impressing with their speed of play and hard work in midfield.FOLLOW LIVE: Team news, build-up and all the action as Wales face Italy in Group AWales earned a somewhat fortuitous draw against Switzerland, but were deserved victors against a dismal Turkey side to move onto four...
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Italy vs Wales predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Euro 2020 fixture today

After Gareth Bale’s heroics for Wales against Turkey the Dragons are close to a place in the last 16 of Euro 2020.Four points should be enough to see them through and they will definitely finish in the top two of the group if they take a point or better from this game, while even defeat could see them end the day second if Switzerland are not able to win and turn around the gap in goal difference.FOLLOW LIVE: Team news, build-up and all the action as Wales face Italy in Group AItaly, meanwhile, have been one of the most...
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Italy vs Wales prediction: How will Euro 2020 fixture play out today?

Italy’s tremendous start to Euro 2020 means they are already through to the last 16, leaving Roberto Mancini able to switch his team around if he wishes, giving tournament game time to a few other members of the squad.Wins over Switzerland and Turkey have been richly deserved for the Azzurri, with a three-goal margin of victory each time proving their consistency as much as their quality.FOLLOW LIVE: Team news, build-up and all the action as Wales face Italy in Group AA draw here guarantees them top spot - and that outcome would suit Wales perfectly well too, as it...
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Is Italy vs Wales on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Euro 2020 fixture today

Italy have been the team to watch at Euro 2020 so far and their final group-stage game sees them face Wales in Baku.The front three of Domenico Berardi, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne have impressed with their movement, link play and creativity, while midfielder Manuel Locatelli provided the drive from deep to score twice against Switzerland and seal their progression to the last 16.FOLLOW LIVE: Team news, build-up and all the action as Wales face Italy in Group AWales are on the verge of making the knock-out phase for the second consecutive European Championships; a draw will guarantee their...
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Ron Johnson booed and heckled at Milwaukee Juneteenth event after delaying bill making it federal holiday

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson was booed and heckled at an event commemorating Juneteenth after he delayed the Senate bill making it a federal holiday. Mr Johnson was heckled by event attendees as he spoke to reporters about why he initially tried to block the Senate bill. “We don’t need you out here,” one person can be heard saying in a video from the scene. While the Republican senator said he thinks Juneteenth is “a day to celebrate”, he didn't think it was right to add another paid day off for federal employees at the expense of taxpayers. “Most people...
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Labour Muslims urge Keir Starmer to take ‘urgent action’ over party official’s ‘vile Islamophobia’

Keir Starmer has been urged to take "urgent action" after a senior Labour official claimed antisemitism amongst Muslims was responsible for the party's bad polling.The anonymous party strategist was quoted by the Mail on Sunday newspaper claiming that Labour was "haemorrhaging" Muslims voters because of "what Keir has been doing on antisemitism". The claim, suggesting Muslims were opposed to fighting anti-Jewish racism and were abandoning Labour because of this, comes ahead of a by-election in Batley and Spen, where the opposition appears on course to lose yet another seat.Activists in the constituency say Labour's equivocal position on Palestine has been...
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Florida man bitten by eight-foot shark after being mistaken for bait

A man in Florida was bitten by an eight-foot shark, as he swam close to a fishing line 40 yards from the shore.The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) said in a press release on Facebook that the man sustained “visible wounds to the upper body and chest area” and was transported to a local hospital.SWFD beach safety personnel and emergency units responded to the incident on Thursday afternoon in the area of Grayton Beach State Park in northwestern Florida.Authorities said the man is believed to be in stable condition and expected to recover but that he is receiving further...
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Who will Wales play next at Euro 2020? Possible last-16 opponents

Wales are primed for the round of 16 at Euro 2020 with a real buzz under Robert Page after victory over Turkey.Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are recapturing their best form, while the next generation is coming through with real signs of promise.A final Group A match against Italy will decide where they finish, but the tournament has so far been a success for the Welsh.Memories of Euro 2016 are starting to become more vivid with this group dreaming of replicating that incredible run.Here is who Wales could face in the last 16: If Wales win Group AWales would...
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Man suffers horrific injuries after being mauled by 9ft alligator that chomped on head

A diver in Florida is fortunate to be alive as he was savagely attacked by an alligator.Jeffrey Heim was looking for fossilized shark teeth in the Myakka River in Florida when the nine-foot-long beast jumped up and clenched its jaws around his head.“It hit me twice, once right here and once right here and I think my hand might have protected my face ‘cause I got a puncture wound on the top [and] a puncture wound on the bottom,” Heim told Fox35 about the injuries.He said that the whole incident “happened so fast,” and there was nothing he could...
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Oliver Dowden claims GB News ad boycott risks undermining tolerance and people have a lot to say

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James McAvoy says he has ‘no faith’ in politicians who have ‘lied horrendously’

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A Pandemic Poem review: The timing isn’t right to memorialise our loss

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Norrie vs Berrettini live stream: How to watch Queen’s final online and on TV today

Cameron Norrie faces Matteo Berrettini in the final of Queen’s today.The 25-year-old is one match away from claiming a first ATP title after a 7-5 6-3 semi-final victory over Canadian second seed Denis Shapovalov.The only other Brits to reach the Queen’s final in the last 40 years are Tim Henman and Andy Murray, and Murray remains the only one to lift the title since the Second World War.“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” confessed Norrie. “I think I played very, very good today and I’m so pleased to get into the final. I can’t really describe it, it’s nice to get...
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Becoming my baby grandson’s carer was a wake-up call on the urgent need to better support fathers

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Ed Davey says Lib Dems could win ‘dozens’ of Blue Wall seats from Tories after by-election win

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The World Health Organisation ‘advice’ over women and alcohol belongs in Gilead

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