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Tiananmen Square witnesses remember an air of celebration, and then 'Orwellian silence'

Tiananmen Square witnesses remember an air of celebration, and then 'Orwellian silence'

Student protesters and journalists in 1989 recall the joy and hope before the crackdownIt was mid-morning in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 1 June, 1989. Someone had turned on a boombox playing 80s
Philippines police may have killed tens of thousands with 'near impunity' in drug war – UN

Philippines police may have killed tens of thousands with 'near impunity' in drug war – UN

Campaign of encouragement by high-level officials may have been seen by police as ‘permission to kill’, says damning reportTens of thousands of people may have been killed in the war on drugs since
Trans-Tasman travel bubble: Canberra airport asks people to register interest for New Zealand flights

Trans-Tasman travel bubble: Canberra airport asks people to register interest for New Zealand flights

Australian Chamber of Commerce proposes Canberra to Wellington flights as early as 1 July, but minister says it’s too soon to set a dateSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload
Global report: Mexico and Brazil hit highest daily deaths as Germany spends big on recovery

Global report: Mexico and Brazil hit highest daily deaths as Germany spends big on recovery

Mexico’s daily death toll is twice previous high; Angela Merkel launches €130bn stimulus: China to allow some foreign flights to resumeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus
Kim Yo-jong warns South Korea to tackle 'evil' propaganda balloons

Kim Yo-jong warns South Korea to tackle 'evil' propaganda balloons

North Korean leader’s sister says continued air drops by defectors could jeopardise peacekeeping agreement Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has warned South
Hong Kong braces as protesters plan to defy Tiananmen vigil ban

Hong Kong braces as protesters plan to defy Tiananmen vigil ban

Tension high as authorities ban vigils marking 1989 pro-democracy movement ahead of vote on bill that would outlaw mocking Chinese anthemHong Kong is bracing for another tense day as its legislature
Australia will 'continue to welcome' Hong Kong residents as calls mount to match UK's offer of safe haven

Australia will 'continue to welcome' Hong Kong residents as calls mount to match UK's offer of safe haven

MPs urge the government to help people fearing China’s planned security lawsThe Australian government has declared it will “continue to welcome” Hong Kong residents, but it won’t be drawn on calls for
Trump administration to bar Chinese airlines from flying to US

Trump administration to bar Chinese airlines from flying to US

Transportation department says restriction to start 16 JuneUS wants Beijing to let American carriers resume flightsThe US will bar Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting
My lockdown fantasy: I wish I was back in the bustling, mind-blowing beauty of Phnom Penh

My lockdown fantasy: I wish I was back in the bustling, mind-blowing beauty of Phnom Penh

From its sublime palaces and museums to its divine art deco markets, the city’s glorious architecture is lovingly captured in a thrilling new book. But can it survive a tidal wave of foreign
China accuses UK of gross interference over Hong Kong citizenship offer

China accuses UK of gross interference over Hong Kong citizenship offer

‘Serious representations’ made after worries offer could trigger brain drain from regionChina’s foreign ministry has accused Britain of “gross interference” in the country’s affairs after Boris
Air pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may follow

Air pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may follow

Cleaner skies were a silver lining of pandemic but data indicates air quality receding as lockdowns easedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution in China has climbed
Global stocks hit three-month highs on economic recovery hopes – business live

Global stocks hit three-month highs on economic recovery hopes – business live

Markets ride on wave of economic optimism and shrug off growing unrest in the US, as China services activity hits 10-year-highEurozone private sector activity improves in May but still in severe
Beijing draws up plans to outlaw criticism of traditional Chinese medicine

Beijing draws up plans to outlaw criticism of traditional Chinese medicine

Draft legislation could lead to criminal prosecution for smearing medicinal approach backed by Xi JinpingAuthorities in Beijing are drafting legislation to outlaw criticism of traditional medicine in
'Sacrificed': anger in China over death of Wuhan doctor from coronavirus

'Sacrificed': anger in China over death of Wuhan doctor from coronavirus

Hu Weifeng, 42, worked at the same hospital as whistleblower ophthalmologist Li WenliangCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe death of a doctor at Wuhan’s “whistleblower
New Zealand tackles 'period poverty' with free sanitary products for all schoolgirls

New Zealand tackles 'period poverty' with free sanitary products for all schoolgirls

More than 90,000 girls stay away from school because they cannot afford pad or tampons, Jacinda Ardern says Girls in New Zealand high schools will no longer have to pay for sanitary products after the
Global report: Asian markets at three-month high on hope of Covid-19 recovery

Global report: Asian markets at three-month high on hope of Covid-19 recovery

Australia in recession; record deaths in Brazil; Zoom makes $27m profit in one quarter; South Korea announces huge stimulusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStock markets in
Boris Johnson lays out visa offer to nearly 3m Hong Kong citizens

Boris Johnson lays out visa offer to nearly 3m Hong Kong citizens

UK prime minister says all eligible for BNO passport can apply if China cuts freedomsBoris Johnson has opened the path to what he called one of the “biggest changes” to the British visa system,
Brazil poised to overtake Italy as country with third-highest death toll – as it happened

Brazil poised to overtake Italy as country with third-highest death toll – as it happened

Sweden death rate now higher than France; Pakistan records largest single day rise in new infections; global deaths pass 380,000. This blog is now closedFollow the latest global coronavirus live blog
Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Covid-19-related developments throughout the Pacific IslandsSign up to receive the weekly briefing straight to your inboxDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsHere
'Abuse of power': global outrage grows after death of George Floyd

'Abuse of power': global outrage grows after death of George Floyd

Protests spread to Sydney and Paris, as diplomats question use of force in US George Floyd protests: latest developmentsThe EU’s top diplomat has described the death of George Floyd as an “abuse of