UK agrees to end tax on US tech giants when global deal takes effect

Deal means US will not retaliate against UK for imposing digital services tax, Treasury says The UK has agreed to phase out its tax on US tech giants such as Google and Facebook, averting the threat of retaliatory tariffs from the United States. A deal between the two countries will keep the digital services tax […]

Climate crisis likely to fuel conflicts over water and migration, US analyses say

The Biden administration has released three reports on security and humanitarian disasters that could strike as world heats up The climate crisis is likely to intensify cross-border clashes, aggravate conflicts over water and migration and cause instability, especially in developing countries, in ways that could threaten global security, the Biden administration warned on Thursday. A […]

US border agents engaged in ‘shocking abuses’ against asylum seekers, report finds

Revealed: documents released after six years of legal tussles uncover over 160 cases of misconduct and abuse Shocking instances of sexual and physical abuse of asylum seekers at the southern US border by federal officers have been uncovered by Human Rights Watch, after a years-long battle to wrestle the information from the Department of Homeland […]

Haiti gang leader threatens to kill kidnapped US missionaries

Wilson Joseph, linked to the 400 Mawozo gang, posts video vowing to ‘put a bullet in the heads’ of 17 captives if demands not met The leader of the Haitian gang that police say is holding 17 members of a kidnapped missionary grouphas threatened to kill them if his demands are not met. In a […]

Made in Bury: Elephant in the Room – video

A group of Bury and Rochdale residents who have lived through experiences such as prison, addiction, mental health problems and homelessness came together and called themselves the Elephants Trail. They want to be voice for others, hold local power to account – and, now, make films about what’s happening in their town. This is the […]

Colin Powell’s UN speech: a decisive moment in undermining US credibility

Analysis: His security council presentation didn’t directly lead to the Iraq invasion – but it was a turning point in US-UN relations Colin Powell will be most remembered for the act he most regretted, his 2003 presentation to the UN security council laying out US evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, which turned out […]

US and China urged to find way to work together before Cop26

Former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon appeals to Joe Biden and Xi Jinping to meet and find common ground US president Joe Biden and the president of China, Xi Jinping, have been urged to meet before the UN Cop26 climate talks to search for common ground by the former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and other prominent […]

EPA unveils new strategy to address US contamination of ‘forever’ chemicals

News comes day after the Guardian revealed data that lists 120,000 sites in US that may be, or may have been, handling the chemicals The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced a “strategic roadmap” it said would help restrict a class of toxic chemicals from being released into the environment and accelerate the […]

US urges UK to rebuild relations with Paris after submarine contract row

Exclusive: diplomatic effort by US following Australia cancelling $66bn deal with France not matched by London The US has urged Britain to follow its example and try to repair its relations with Paris in the wake of the row over France’s loss of its submarine contract with Australia. Australia pulled out of the $66bn (£48bn) […]

Chinese military condemns US and Canada over warships in Taiwan Strait

Countries ‘colluded to provoke and stir up trouble’ in region that China claims as its territory The Chinese military has condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region. China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own […]

‘Brutal aggression’: Venezuela halts talks with opposition after envoy extradited to US

Alex Saab, an ally of president Nicolás Maduro, was extradited to face money laundering charges after a 16-month legal battle Venezuela’s government is halting negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the US of a close ally of president Nicolás Maduro, who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about […]

US officials set stage for vaccination campaign for younger children

US makes plans to approve vaccines for children five to 11 Vaccinating children will reduce virus spread to adults – officials US health officials are setting the stage for a national Covid-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized. Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is currently being given […]

FDA expert panel endorses Moderna vaccine booster shot – US politics live

FDA advisory panel endorses half-dose booster for at-risk adults Committee makes first moves to hold Bannon in criminal contempt Biden: Covid case rates, hospitalizations and deaths down across US Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email The attorney general, Merrick Garland, will make his first appearance before the House Judiciary […]

US and Israel exploring ‘plan B’ for if Iran does not resume nuclear talks

Tehran is warned that the window is closing to return to negotiations and salvage 2015 nuclear deal The United States and Israel have warned that they are exploring a “plan B” for dealing with Iran if Tehran does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. With talks to revive […]

UK, US, China: how the world’s carbon ‘centre of gravity’ moved over 200 years

The geographic centre of the world’s carbon emissions used to sit atop the UK. Now it sits squarely over China A new Guardian visualisation reveals how the “centre of gravity” of global emissions has moved over the past 200 years. The analysis shows how the geographic centre of the world’s carbon emissions used to sit […]

Rolling Stones drop ‘insensitive’ Brown Sugar song from US tour setlist

1971 hit condemned by critics as ‘prime example of entitlement’ but Mick Jagger says it could return The Rolling Stones’ decision to drop the song Brown Sugar from the setlist of their US tour has been hailed as a victory, with previous performances of the hit labelled insensitive and a “prime example of entitlement”. The […]

US justice department to investigate alleged Texas juvenile detention abuse

Investigation will seek to determine whether there is ‘a pattern or practice of physical or sexual abuse of children’ in state’s facilities The US justice department has launched an investigation into juvenile detention facilities in Texas after receiving reports of physical and sexual abuse by staff members against children, the US assistant attorney general for […]

US navy engineer charged with trying to sell nuclear submarine secrets

Jonathan Toebbe and wife arrested in West Virginia after nuclear engineer makes ‘dead drop’ to undercover FBI agent A US navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government – […]

US treasury secretary Yellen: global minimum corporate tax will pass

Minimum global corporate rate of 15% agreed by 136 countries as Yellen also says US will raise debt ceiling on 3 December The US treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, said on Sunday she was confident Congress would approve legislation to implement the global corporate minimum tax agreed by 136 countries. Yellen told ABC’s This Week actions […]

Tom Morello: ‘We came within a baby’s breath of a fascist coup in the US’

Lockdown and ‘looking after the grandmas’ may have kept the Rage Against the Machine guitarist away from recent protests – but he refuses to be silenced Tom Morello has made more than 20 albums, as a founding member of Rage Against the Machine – the political rap-rock band who have sold 16m records, and whose […]

Raymond Odierno, US general who led allied forces in Iraq, dies aged 67

Family says retired soldier died of cancer not Covid-19 New Jersey native capped career as army chief of staff Raymond Odierno, a US general who commanded American and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war and capped a 39-year career by serving as chief of staff of the army, has died, his […]

Taliban say they will not cooperate with US to contain IS extremists

Comments made as talks begin in Qatar to discuss allowing foreigners and at-risk Afghans to evacuate The Taliban has ruled out cooperation with the US to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since the US withdrew from […]

US proposes crackdown on financial ‘enablers’ in wake of Pandora papers

Legislation would force trust companies, lawyers and middlemen to investigate wealthy clients seeking to move money into US US lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force trust companies, lawyers and other financial middlemen to investigate foreign clients seeking to move money and assets into the American financial system. The bipartisan bill was proposed in the […]

Germany investigates possible ‘sonic weapon attack’ against US embassy staff

Police have been investigating possible cases of ‘Havana Syndrome’ associated with the diplomatic mission since August German police are investigating an “alleged sonic weapon attack” against staff of the US embassy in Berlin, in the latest in a growing number of incidents of “Havana syndrome” around the world. The police statement, which said the investigation […]

Secret group of US military trainers has been in Taiwan for at least a year

Small contingent of US special forces and marines training local forces in latest sign of rising US-China tensions The US has been secretly maintaining a small contingent of military trainers in Taiwan for at least a year, according to a new report, the latest sign of the rising stakes in US-China rivalry. About two dozen […]

Canada invokes 1977 treaty with US as dispute over pipeline intensifies

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer says Line 5 of pipeline is a ‘ticking time bomb’ and has ordered it shut down The Canadian government has invoked a decades-old treaty with the United States in its latest bid to save a pipeline that critics warn could be environmentally catastrophic if it were to fail. For nearly 67 […]

Biden: Republicans playing ‘Russian roulette’ with US economy over debt ceiling – live

Senator Richard Blumenthal calls for more Facebook whistleblowers Senator Chris Coons says there may be 50 votes for filibuster reform Senate to vote on raising debt ceiling Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email It’s been a lively morning with reactions on the Facebook whistleblower testimony and lawmakers in a […]

Shooting stars: Russians beating US in race for first film shot in space

Actor and director on International Space Station push ahead of Hollywood project led by Tom Cruise The list of “firsts” in orbit under the Soviet space programme is legendary: first satellite, first dog, first man, first woman. Now another looms after Russia sent an actor and a director to the International Space Station (ISS) as […]

Biden warns ‘meteor headed to crash’ into US economy amid debt struggle

President condemns ‘reckless’ Republicans for pushing government towards historic debt default US politics – live coverage Joe Biden has condemned “reckless” Republicans for pushing the US government towards a historic debt default, warning: “A meteor is headed to crash into our economy.” The president’s intervention came because there is a cap on how much money […]

Civilians killed in deadliest Kabul attack since US withdrawal

Islamic State suspected of carrying out bombing outside mosque in Afghan capital At least five civilians have been killed in a bomb blast at the entrance to a Kabul mosque on Sunday, a Taliban official said, the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since US forces left at the end of August. There was no […]