Firefighters escape Tamarack wildfire by driving through flames – video

A group of firefighters had a close escape when fast-moving flames engulfed them as they battled the Tamarack wildfire in Nebraska. After driving straight through the inferno, the crew emerged unscathed. Poor humidity and wind conditions have caused the Tamarack fire to grow up to 58,417 acres, prompting local authorities […]

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 […]

Coronavirus live: efforts to find Covid origin ‘not blame game’ says WHO; Indonesia reports record daily deaths

Latest updates: all countries must work together to find the origin of the coronavirus that sparked the coronavirus says WHO; Indonesia’s daily death toll reaches 1,566 Pfizer vaccine second dose has ‘sweet spot’ after eight weeks Fears for Indonesia provinces as Delta variant spreads out of Java New Zealand shuts […]

Naomi Osaka provides spark at subdued opening of Tokyo Olympics

Ceremony began as the most downbeat in Olympic history but finished in spectacular fashion Tokyo Olympics – live updates Amid the darkness of the Tokyo skyline, a moment of hope and raging illumination. After nearly four hours of an opening ceremony that veered from the sombre to the spectacular, the […]

Russia brands local Bellingcat reporting partner as ‘foreign agent’

Move by justice ministry against the Insider seen as revenge for helping reveal Kremlin’s role in assassination attempts Russia has named a local partner of the Bellingcat investigative journalism collective as a “foreign agent” in an apparent act of revenge for helping reveal the Kremlin’s role in the Salisbury poisonings […]

Xi Jinping should take the Zhengzhou floods as a warning from China’s history | Philip Ball

The country’s perilous waters have made or broken past leaders. The climate crisis will only make things worse The footage of a torrent of muddy water engulfing the broad thoroughfares of Zhengzhou, China, may look like a scene from an apocalyptic sci-fi movie. But for China’s leaders, these images speak […]