China retaliates with sanctions on former commerce secretary Wilbur Ross

The ‘counter-sanctions’ are in response to Washington’s actions and are the first under China’s new anti-foreign sanction law Barely 48 hours before the arrival in China of one of Biden’s most-trusted diplomats, Beijing has announced its decision to impose counter-sanctions on seven American citizens and entities, including former commerce secretary […]

Win for Angelina Jolie as court disqualifies judge in Brad Pitt divorce case

Court finds John Ouderkirk did not sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys A California appeals court has disqualified a private judge being used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in their divorce case, handing Jolie a major victory. Related: Marijuana farmers blamed for water theft as drought grips American […]

Most unvaccinated Americans unlikely to get shots, poll finds, as Delta spreads – live

About 16% say they will get the vaccine, according to AP poll Kay Ivey says it’s ‘time to start blaming the unvaccinated’ for rise in cases Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say Philadelphia health officials recommend masks in public indoor settings 7.53pm BST Joe Biden plans […]

Republican governor says ‘time to start blaming unvaccinated’ for rise in cases

Alabama’s Kay Ivey says surge in new infections is due to a reluctance among many in state to get inoculated The Republican governor of Alabama has said it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for rising cases of Covid-19, amid concern that months of misinformation over the need […]

Alabama governor joins growing number of Republicans urging Americans to get vaccinated – live

Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say CDC director warns Americans in ‘another pivotal moment’ in pandemic 2.26pm BST Tennessee’s building commission has voted 5-2 to remove a bust of a confederate general with a “brutal” reputation from the capital building. Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of […]

Can Pelosi’s power play on Capitol attack panel thwart wrecking tactics?

Speaker is locked in a battle of wills with Kevin McCarthy who is determined to change the political conversation, critics say It was, Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, one of the darkest days in America’s history – an assault on democracy, Congress and the constitution. “The American people want […]

Jean Hanff Korelitz: ‘I wanted to be a literary novelist. But I realised that I liked plot’

The author of the book behind TV smash The Undoing talks about her new novel The Plot, a thriller about plagiarism – and how she fell for Hugh Grant In January 2020, the American novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz was “all in all, not in a great place”, despite the runaway […]

Pelosi wants ‘Americans to know the truth’ of the Capitol attack – but will we ever really know?

Speaker is locked in a battle of wills with Kevin McCarthy who is determined to change the political conversation, critics say It was, Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, one of the darkest days in America’s history – an assault on democracy, Congress and the constitution. “The American people want […]

Fire tornadoes, haze, clouds: US blazes create their own weather systems

Bootleg fire is generating enough energy and extreme heat that ‘it’s changing the weather’, says expert In southern Oregon, the Bootleg fire has now burned a swath of land larger than the city of Los Angeles. It has forced at least 2,000 residents from their homes and burned 160 houses […]