FBI chief likens ransomware threat to 9/11 as Biden plans to confront Putin at G7 – live

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the agency is investigating about 100 different types of ransomware, many of which trace back to hackers in Russia, and compared the current spate of cyberattacks with the challenge posed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “There are a lot of parallels, there’s a lot of importance, and a … Read more

Biden to meet with Queen Elizabeth this month, Buckingham Palace says – live

Capito briefed the other five Senate Republicans in her negotiating group — JOHN BARRASSO (Wyo.), ROY BLUNT (Mo.), MIKE CRAPO (Idaho), PAT TOOMEY (Pa.) and ROGER WICKER (Miss.) — on Wednesday night. Per three people familiar, Biden wants $1 trillion in new spending and is sticking to his guns on corporate tax hikes being part … Read more

Coronavirus live news: Brazil anger as death toll mounts; Olympics will go ahead – Tokyo chief

Pot-banging protests erupted across several cities in Brazil last night, as President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the nation, Reuters reports. It occurred just days after protestors took to the streets across the country over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed almost half a million people. The last few days have been … Read more

Biden promises ‘summer of freedom’ as he urges more Americans to get vaccinated – live

Susan, a former employee for the crime app Citizen, applied for a job curating the platform’s content and notifications in 2019 “in a pinch”. She had a writing background, was having trouble finding work in New York City, and thought she could make some money while looking for a better fit. By the time she … Read more

Biden visits Tulsa to honor victims of 1921 race massacre – US politics live

The Washington Post has obtained more than 800 pages of emails to and from Anthony Fauci, the senior US health official who is now chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Anthony Fauci. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP The paper reports that the emails offer a window … Read more

Coronavirus live news: Peru death toll more than doubles after review, WHO renames variants

8.45am BST08:45 The pressure to get England’s Covid restrictions dropped on 21 June is coming from several quarters, not least those sectors of the hospitality industry that are still unable to open their doors. CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, Michael Kill, has been pushing for earlier clarification of when reopening might happen. He … Read more

Senate Republicans sink effort to create bipartisan commission into Capitol attack – live

6.33pm BST18:33 Biden celebrates progress in US fight against coronavirus in Virginia As the Senate voted on the January 6 commission bill, Joe Biden delivered remarks on the country’s fight against coronavirus in Alexandria, Virginia. Appearing alongside Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the president celebrated the significant progress that the state has made to limit the … Read more

Manchin criticizes Republican opposition to 6 January commission: ‘There’s no excuse’ – live

5.46pm BST17:46 The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, also released a statement in response to Republicans’ latest infrastructure proposal. “At first review, we note several constructive additions to the group’s previous proposals, including on roads, bridges and rail,” Psaki said. “At the same time, we remain concerned that their plan still provides no substantial … Read more

US failing to offer ‘Havana syndrome’ sufferers adequate care, diplomats say – live

Officials ‘invalidating our injuries and experiences’, letter states Biden says US must redouble efforts to investigate virus origins Senate Republicans want to lower cost of $1.7tn infrastructure plan 1.02am BST We’re wrapping up our US politics coverage for tonight. It was a relatively quiet day, with the news of a mass shooting in San Jose … Read more

Biden to meet George Floyd’s family on anniversary of his murder – live

4.31pm BST16:31 Barack Obama reflected on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, saying he is hopeful about the progress he has seen over the past year to combat racism in America. “George Floyd was murdered one year ago today. Since then, hundreds more Americans have died in encounters with police—parents, sons, daughters, friends taken … Read more