Donald Trump promises 'animals must be hit hard' after two LA police officers were shot

The video shows a gunman approaching a stationary police vehicle in Los Angeles and opening fire on the two officers inside. The gunman then flees the scene. In response to the video the US president tweeted “Animals that must be hit hard”.

The LA county sheriffs office Tweeted: “Moments ago, two of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital.

“They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

“We will update this thread with information as it becomes available.

The sheriffs office added:”The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation.”

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Donald Trump promises 'animals will be hit hard' after two LA police officers were shot

The video shows a gunman approaching a stationary police vehicle in Los Angeles and opening fire on the two officers inside. The gunman then flees the scene. In response to the video the US president tweeted “Animals that must be hit hard”.

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China cover-up: Beijing scientist promises proof coronavirus made in Wuhan weapons lab

Doctor Li Meng-Yan has previously backed claims Beijing tried to silence anyone who attempted to raise the alarm when the virus first broke out in Wuhan last year. In December Doctor Li was tasked with looking into a cluster of virus cases that we now know to be coronavirus. She claims she discovered a cover-up operation and that the Chinese government knew about the spread of the virus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak.

She maintains she has had to flee to the US for her own safety.

She is now living at a secret location within the US.

The virologist claims she was asked to study a cluster of unknown virus cases that were coming out of Wuhan in December.

She reports that her supervisor asked her to investigate a new “SARS-like” virus coming out of Wuhan on December 31.

When she went to Wuhan Doctor Li reported to her supervisor that infections appeared to be rising exponentially there.

The response she received was that she had to “keep silent and be careful”.

Her supervisor said: “We will get in trouble and we’ll be disappeared.”

The doctor then went on to explain how the virus did not come from the wet market in Wuhan but was manmade in a virology institute in the city.

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“Anyone, even if you have no biology knowledge, will be able to read it, and check and identify and verify it yourself.”

Speaking out has come at a cost to Doctor Li and her family.

She spoke of how Chinese authorities would delete, “all my information, and also they told people to spread rumours about me.

“That I’m a liar, I don’t know anything, I just killed a hamster in the lab.

“They will try to control my family and friends and then suddenly I don’t exist.”



China cover-up: Beijing scientist promises proof coronavirus made in Wuhan weapons lab

Doctor Li Meng-Yan has previously backed claims Beijing tried to silence anyone who attempted to raise the alarm when the virus first broke out in Wuhan last year. In December Doctor Li was tasked with looking into a cluster of virus cases that we now know to be coronavirus. She claims she discovered a cover-up operation and that the Chinese government knew about the spread of the virus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak.

She maintains she has had to flee to the US for her own safety.

She is now living at a secret location within the US.

The virologist claims she was asked to study a cluster of unknown virus cases that were coming out of Wuhan in December.

She reports that her supervisor asked her to investigate a new “SARS-like” virus coming out of Wuhan on December 31.

When she went to Wuhan Doctor Li reported to her supervisor that infections appeared to be rising exponentially there.

The response she received was that she had to “keep silent and be careful”.

Her supervisor said: “We will get in trouble and we’ll be disappeared.”

The doctor then went on to explain how the virus did not come from the wet market in Wuhan but was manmade in a virology institute in the city.

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“Anyone, even if you have no biology knowledge, will be able to read it, and check and identify and verify it yourself.”

Speaking out has come at a cost to Doctor Li and her family.

She spoke of how Chinese authorities would delete, “all my information, and also they told people to spread rumours about me.

“That I’m a liar, I don’t know anything, I just killed a hamster in the lab.

“They will try to control my family and friends and then suddenly I don’t exist.”



Labour tensions: Diane Abbott's thinly veiled warning to Starmer over pro-Corbyn promises

The Labour MP denied her party has shifted to the right under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership when confronted by Sky’s Sophy Ridge on the Labour leader’s performance so far. Asked whether she was comfortable with the apparent shift of the party from Jeremy Corbyn’s policies and stances, Diane Abbott said she does not believe Sir Keir would admit the party has moved from its radical left-wing values. 

She added: “One of the things he said after he was elected as the leader was that it was important to hold on to our values and it was important not to abandon our new found radicalism.

“He said that the case for a strong, radical Labour Party is as important as ever. So I don’t think that Keir Starmer would say that we shifted to the right.”

The Sky host pointed out: “It sounds a little bit like you’re trying to remind Keir Starmer of some of the things that he said in the past. Do you think that he was happy to appear more left-wing, more pro-Corbyn during the leadership election to try and get votes?”

Ms Abbott replied: “You may say that, I couldn’t possibly comment. All I’m telling you is on the record Keir Starmer has been very clear that we shouldn’t abandon the radicalism that we found in the Corbyn era.”

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Good as their word! Kate and William praised as fan lists secret promises kept by royals

Kate and Prince William are the “epitome” of the the phrase “actions speak louder than words”, according to fans of the Cambridges. Royal fan Kayla Adams compiled a list of “promises” kept by the royals in a touching Twitter thread. 

Starting with William’s commitment to fight the illegal ivory trade, as well as Kate’s involvement with charities focused on children’s mental health, the royal fans said the couple have delivered again and again.

Mentioning the Duchess of Cambridge’s work to improve children’s wellbeing, Ms Adams wrote: “The Duchess promised to help children and their mental health.

“She launched and produced: Mentally Healthy Schools; MPACT Plus; Tiny Happy People; Early years steering group; and still so much more to come from 5 BIG QUESTIONS. ACTIONS”.

Sharing pictures of Kate’s visit at The Nook, one of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ purpose-built hospices, Ms Adams added: “A little cute one. 

“Kate promised the parents of Fraser Delf she would plant a sunflower in his memory.

“When she visited The Nook days later, she potted a sunflower for the Delf family. ACTIONS”.

The royal fan also recalled Kate and William’s pledge to put the mental health of key workers at the forefront of their work in 2020. 

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After listing a few of the work carried out by the pair, including Kate’s efforts to gather donations for baby banks and the support to the online platform Our Frontline, Ms Adams wrote: “They DELIVERED. ACTIONS”.

Ending her long thread on Twitter, the royal fan wrote: “I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the promises the Duke and Duchess have made through the years & followed through on.

“They are the epitome of ‘Actions speak louder than words’.  

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“This is just one of the many reasons why we love them.”

Other Cambridges’ fans welcomed this list of successes and achievements.

Twitter user Debra Lubbe wrote: “A shining example of how it should and can be done.

“I adore this beautiful couple.” 

Fan account The Cambridges added: “They are the best and will be amazing King and Queen when the time comes”.

Michelle Odvody added: “They truly are just honest wholesome beautiful people who truly care about others.”

Kate and Prince William have worked throughout the pandemic from their home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall.

The couple moved there from their home in London, Kensington Palace, in late March, when the Government shut down schools for every pupil but essential workers’ children.

From there, they publicly backed Our Frontline, the platform launched by several mental health charities including Mind which has been providing 24/7 online support to key workers and those on the frontline.  

Kate and William also continued to stay in touch with their patronages and launched new projects.

The Duchess, an amateur photographer, urged Britons to take part in a photography contest launched in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery to depict the spirit of the nation on lockdown.

She also continued her work with young children leading a virtual school assembly in which she highlighted the importance of kindness and reaching out to others in trouble.

Kate and William also carried out important work behind the scenes.

As unveiled earlier this month, the Duchess of Cambridge has secretly led a donation campaign to baby banks, which eventually resulted in thousands of items distributed across the country.

Kate was pushed to do this after visiting a baby bank in West Norfolk and “bursting into tears” on her way home.    



Michael Mosley diet: Very Fast 800 plan promises 1.5 stone weight loss in eight weeks

He added: “Because The Very Fast 800 is an intensive approach to weight loss, it is not suited to everybody.

“As with any diet, you should speak to your usual health professional before commencing The Very Fast 800 approach, and please see our medical disclaimer for information regarding cautions and exclusions indicating who shouldn’t do the diet.”

Dr Mosley also recommends following the keto diet, a high fat low carb plan. 

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EU shamed: MEP attacks bloc’s ‘worthless promises’ – Commission ‘did nothing’

Back in June, EU countries agreed there would no longer be panic and uncoordinated border closings like those implemented across the bloc at the beginning of the pandemic.

But as new cases of the deadly virus continue to rise across countries within the EU, many have begun to close borders again to stop the spread of the virus.

Last week, the EU Commission urged all member states to avoid any “uncoordinated actions at the EU internal borders”.

And German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed it was “unreasonable” for national reflexes to have priority.

But the Commission has come under fire for doing nothing as the promises of a unified response made by EU nations were branded by German MEP Markus Ferber as worthless.

He said: “The promises made in June are no longer worth anything. The EU Commission can only appeal.

“Otherwise everyone does what they want. The Commission did not manage to develop uniform criteria.

“They went on a limb and did nothing.”

As borders across the EU and on a global scale have become restricted, freedom of travel, one of the most important assets of the EU, has shattered.

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It is for “short-term visits by unmarried partners to Germans living in Germany, Union citizens or third-country nationals with an existing right of residency in Germany”.

Long-term relationships must be declared and both parties must sign the document.

In addition, it must be stated: “We have met at least once in Germany beforehand.

“Appropriate evidence of this meeting is attached to the declaration. We had a previous joint residence abroad.”

FDP MEP Moritz Korner criticised the new system suggesting whether someone has been in Germany or not has nothing to do with the virus.

He said: “I think it’s ok that people are asked to prove their relationship. But not detailed evidence.

“I don’t know how this solution came about. It is adventurous and endlessly bureaucratic.

“Is someone show how less dangerous because they have already been to Germany? This has nothing to do with corona.”

Additional reporting Monika Pallenberg



Google Pixel 4a promises some of the best Android features at a bargain price

Google has finally unveiled its long-awaited Pixel 4a. For those who haven’t been following every twist and turn of this tale, the affordable follow-up to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL has been rumoured for months – with leaked images suggesting that Google had originally planned to announce the handset back in mid-May during its annual Google IO developer conference. Google IO was scrapped due to the ongoing pandemic, and so it seemed was the Pixel 4a.

However, just as all hope seemed to be lost, Google Pixel 4a is finally here. Google suprised us all with the announcement in a new blog post, which also confirmed the existence of the Pixel 5 (as well as a key feature) and a 5G-enabled Pixel 4a model to launch later this year. As the name suggests, the Pixel 4a is the spiritual successor to the Pixel 3a, which single-handedly doubled Pixel hardware sales thanks to its appealing combination of free cloud storage, competitive price tag and trademark Pixel camera.

With the Pixel 4a, Google wants to bottle the same magic for a second year running. The US search firm describes the handset as the “everything you love about Google” phone. What does that mean? Well, it seems the focus is once again on the camera (no pun intended).

In the blog post announcing the arrival of the Pixel 4a, Google says; “With the same incredible camera experiences from Pixel 4 and a redesigned hole-punch design, Pixel 4a brings the same features that have helped millions of Pixel owners take great shots. HDR+ with dual exposure controls, Portrait Mode, Top Shot, Night Sight with astrophotography capabilities and fused video stabilisation—​they’re all there.”

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Unlike the flagship Pixel 4 (which starts from £669), Pixel 4a ditches the telephotos from the main camera set-up in favour of a single lens and LED flash. So, those hoping for lossless zoom from their smartphone camera might have to look elsewhere. The gesture-controls and facial recognition found on the Pixel 4 are also missing in action on the Pixel 4a too. That’s likely a cost-cutting measure, but for our money, the Pixel 4a looks better with the small selfie camera cut-out in the 5.8-inch OLED display.

When it comes to unlocking the Pixel 4a and logging into banking apps, that’s all handled with a circular rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, similar to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL before it.

Like the Pixel 3a, Google has used a matte-finish plastic case for the Pixel 4a. The signature pop of colour on the power button also makes a return – this time in mint. Unfortunately, Google has opted for a one-size-fits-all approach this time around as there’s no Pixel 4a XL, so those hoping for a little more battery and a bigger screen for bingeing boxsets on-the-move and playing games will have to look elsewhere.

Powering the Pixel 4a is the Qualcomm-built Snapdragon 730G chipset coupled with Google’s Titan M security module for on-device security. Google says it has focused on battery life with the Pixel 4a. According to the search firm, Pixel 4a owners can expect to see 24-hour battery life from the device – something we’ll need to test. Pixel 4a also sports 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage for your apps, games, and photos.

As you’d expect, Google will also back-up your photos to the cloud at no additional cost – although these will be stored in “high quality”, which uses a compression algorithm to crunch down your images to save space. Originally, Google allowed all Pixel owners to store their photos and videos in their original quality, however, this offer was shuttered around the time of the Pixel 3a launch last year and hasn’t made a comeback with the Pixel 4a.

Pixel 4a includes a headphone port, so any 3.5mm headphones will work with this smartphone – so adapter or fiddling around in Bluetooth menus needed before you jump back into your favourite album.

Although Google is only offering the Pixel 4a in a Just Black colour, the Californian company has designed fabric cases for the new affordable handset in three colours which will be available on store shelves at the same time as the handset.

Pixel 4a owners will be able to enjoy entertainment, games and apps and extra storage with three-month free trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One bundled with the smartphone.

Pixel 4a costs £349 and is available to pre-order September 10, 2020 in the UK. The handset will go on-sale from October 1, 2020. The low-cost Pixel will be available a little earlier in the United States, while the launch seems to coincide with Google’s annual hardware showcase – typically held in early October – here in the UK.



World War 3: Chinese military chief promises Beijing will reunify Taiwan in threat to US

Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang also launched a blistering attack on US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, whom he branded “full of arrogance”, during a press conference in Beijing yesterday, with his remarks being published on the website of the People’s Liberation Army. Asked about a US/Taiwan arms deal worth $493million (£620million) for the upgrade of surface-to-air Patriot missiles, Ren confirmed China was imposing sanctions on US defence contractor Lockheed Martin as a result.

He also criticised the US decision to send military personnel to Taiwan for exercises, which he said had a “severe negative impact on bilateral relations”.

Ren added: “These attempts to contain China with Taiwan interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

“They are completely wrong and extremely dangerous.

“The US should realise that China must and will be reunified, and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation must and will be achieved.

“These actions have sent extremely wrong messages to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities.

“These are the latest moves from the US that violate the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communique.

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In a clear indication of China’s increasingly hardline stance on the issue, he added: “We have the firm will, full confidence and sufficient capability to thwart any form of external interference and separatist attempts for “Taiwan independence”.

“And we will resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and safeguard peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Ren also hit back against Mr Esper, who recently claimed China’s aggressive behaviour, specifically military drills held in May on Hainan Island in the South China Sea, in which the superpower simulated the seizure of Taiwan-held Pratas Island.

He added: “The remarks from the US side about China are groundless and unreasonable, full of arrogance, bias, attacks and smears.

“We are firmly opposed to these remarks.

“It is a well-known fact that the US always bends international rules as it sees fit and is aggressively pursuing “America first” and unilateral bullism.

“Unlike the US, who has withdrawn from many international organizations and treaties, China is taking solid actions to fulfil its international responsibilities and obligations and joined the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on the same day the US announced its withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The US has held and bragged about some highly-targeted military exercises in the Indo-Pacific region, deployed game-changing weapons and equipment to the region, and even openly pursued an alliance against China.

“We urge the US to stop undermining world peace and regional stability, and stop sowing discord among countries.”