Milley defends calls to Chinese general reported in Woodward book – live

Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has defended phone calls in which, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post, he reassured his Chinese counterpart that the US would make it through the transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden without launching an … Read more

‘This is the worst kind of politics’: Biden criticizes Republicans resisting vaccine mandates – live

Another indictment against Chauvin alleges he carried out a similar act [to the one that killed Floyd] against a then-14-year-old boy in 2017. This indictment alleges Chauvin deprived the teenager, who is Black, of his right to be free of unreasonable force when he held the teen by the throat, hit him in the head … Read more

Covid live news: 90% of young adults in UK likely to have antibodies; China has vaccinated 1bn people

Vaccinations are estimated to have directly averted about 230,800 hospital admissions in England, according to new figures. Some 178,900 admissions have been prevented among those aged 65 years and over, with a further 51,900 among people aged 45 to 64, PA Media reports. The estimates, which have been calculated by Public Health England and Cambridge … Read more

Democrats celebrate Gavin Newsom’s victory in California recall vote – live

3.26pm BST15:26 Bryan Armen Graham Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will testify on Wednesday about the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, as the US Senate examines why the FBI failed to investigate his crimes sooner. Biles and Raisman will appear before the Senate Judiciary … Read more

Californians vote in recall election as polls show Newsom holding favor – live

Some ancestors of Joe Biden enslaved people, according to a new genealogy of the 46th US president. According to Alexander Bannerman, co-author with Gary Boyd Roberts of an article in American Ancestors Magazine, Biden’s great-great-great grandfather on his father’s side, Jesse Robinett, was listed in the 1800 census as enslaving two people in Allegany county, … Read more

Hillary Clinton: US still faces ‘real battle for democracy’ – video

Hillary Clinton said the US was still in a ‘real battle for our democracy’ against pro-Trump forces on the far right who are seeking to entrench minority rule and turn back the clock on women’s rights. Speaking at a Guardian Live event on Monday, Clinton said she believed there was majority support for Joe Biden’s … Read more

9/11 anniversary: Biden joins survivors and families as US marks 20 years since terror attacks – live

The US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, spoke at the Pentagon memorial ceremony, where he expressed his condolences and said that America must be “tireless” in protecting its values of liberties, rights, and the rule of law. “On behalf of the Department of Defense, let me renew our deepest condolences to the families and loved … Read more

Republican governors threaten lawsuits over Biden’s vaccine mandate – live

2.55pm BST14:55 Despite the threat of lawsuits from a number of Republican leaders, it’s worth noting that at least one Republican governor is actually welcoming Joe Biden’s new vaccination policies. Governor Phil Scott (@GovPhilScott) I appreciate the President’s continued prioritization of vaccination and the country’s recovery as we move forward. As Vermont’s experience shows, vaccines … Read more

Biden to outline strategy to combat Covid-19 amid Delta variant wave – live

The former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, also a former top aide to former first lady Melania Trump, has written a book. According to Axios, which broke the news having noticed an Amazon page for the title, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House will be published … Read more

Jen Psaki mocks Texas governor’s pledge to ‘eliminate’ rape amid criticism of abortion ban – video

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked for her response to Texas governor Greg Abbott’s latest defense of the six-week abortion ban in his state. Abbott pledged to ‘eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas’ when he was asked why rape and incest victims should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term. Psaki said in response: ‘If … Read more