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Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with at present’s important tales.

Trump orders federal companies handy over citizenship information

Confronted with a number of authorized obstacles, Donald Trump has deserted his efforts to incorporate a query on citizenship within the 2020 US census. The president has as a substitute ordered federal companies to supply information to the administration on the variety of residents, non-citizens and undocumented immigrants dwelling within the US. In the meantime, immigration officers are reportedly planning raids focusing on 1000’s of undocumented individuals in main US cities, starting on Sunday.

New Orleans residents brace for Storm Barry’s arrival

Storm clouds gather over St Louis cathedral in New Orleans on Thursday.

Storm clouds collect over St Louis cathedral in New Orleans on Thursday. {Photograph}: Seth Herald/AFP/Getty Photos

Evacuations have been ordered in components of Louisiana as nationwide guard troops and rescue crews throughout the state await the arrival of Tropical Storm Barry, which appears more likely to develop into the primary hurricane of the 2019 season. However regardless of warnings of heavy rainfall pouring extra water into the swollen Mississippi, most individuals in New Orleans are staying put for what’s more likely to be not more than a class one hurricane. “Ain’t goin’ nowhere on a cat one. Three? Yeah, then I’d give it some thought,” one resident advised Jamiles Lartey.

  • Greece deaths. Seven individuals have been killed by a freak storm in a preferred vacationer area of northern Greece, with meteorologists warning of extra excessive climate to come back.

  • Local weather money. A gaggle of rich US philanthropists and traders has donated greater than $600,000 (£480,000) to grassroots local weather activist organisations, together with Extinction Riot.

Iran tells western powers to depart the Gulf area

Iran’s Grace 1 supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar. Its captain was arrested on Thursday.

Iran’s Grace 1 supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar. Its captain was arrested on Thursday. {Photograph}: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Photos

Iran has advised western powers energetic within the Persian Gulf to depart the area amid escalating tensions between Tehran, the US and the UK, which an Iranian spokesman described as a harmful sport. The nation’s international ministry has demanded the UK launch the Iranian supertanker, Grace 1, which was seized by British forces close to Gibraltar final week on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria. Its captain and chief officer had been arrested in Gibraltar on Thursday.

Disabled voter entry below menace from 2020 safety push

Electronic voting machines in South Carolina during the 2016 primaries.

Digital voting machines in South Carolina in the course of the 2016 primaries. {Photograph}: Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Russian interference within the 2016 elections, and the concern of a repeat in 2020, have left many People suspicious of voting know-how, which explains the rising marketing campaign for a return to unhackable, hand-marked paper ballots. However in calling for safer measures, cybersecurity specialists have come up in opposition to incapacity rights advocates, who stated digital voting machines provide disabled individuals the perfect entry, as Jordan Wilkie experiences.

Crib sheet

  • The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has invited his son Eduardo, a federal congressman with hyperlinks to the Trump administration and the American far proper, to develop into the nation’s ambassador to the US.

  • Well being staff within the Democratic Republic of the Congo have launched an emergency measles vaccination drive in three Ebola-stricken areas. This follows an outbreak of the illness that has already killed 2,000 , principally younger youngsters.

  • India’s Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is because of launch on Sunday, with plans to deploy a lander to the lunar floor in September. That might make India the fourth nation to attain a smooth touchdown on the moon, after the US, Russia and China.

  • Considered one of 12 current pairs of Nike’s “Moon Shoe”, whose treads resembled these of the Apollo astronauts, is to go on the block at Sotheby’s in New York as a part of the public sale home’s first sale devoted solely to sneakers.


Dorian Electra: ‘I always identified with the word kid more than girl or boy.’

Dorian Electra: ‘I at all times recognized with the phrase child greater than woman or boy.’ {Photograph}: PR

Dorian Electra: ‘Placing the moustache on makes me really feel grounded’

With their trademark pencil moustache, gender-fluid pop sensation Dorian Electra is essentially the most full of life, witty new star of 2019. On the eve of their debut LP launch, they inform Ben Beaumont-Thomas about performing as a stripper, dressing as Bono and being “a gladiator, in a cultural sense”.

The Nadaistas: Colombia’s beatniks discover new relevance

Within the late 1950s, a bunch of precocious poets scandalised Medellín, Colombia’s second metropolis, with assaults on institution politics and social moralising. Now, with the nation at its most polarised in a long time, the surviving Nadaistas inform Mat Youkee their message is as resonant as ever.

Be My Eyes: the app that pairs blind individuals with helpers

Erum Salam logged on to Be My Eyes, a brand new iPhone app that connects the blind or visually impaired with volunteers to assist them with on a regular basis duties, equivalent to studying labels or selecting outfits. The one drawback? It’s so common that the tens of millions of volunteers vastly outnumber its 138,455 blind and low-vision customers.

Do People wish to keep on Love Island?

The British actuality TV hit Love Island was initially a spin on much less profitable American reveals, equivalent to Temptation Island and Paradise Resort. Now it has launched throughout the Atlantic on CBS, as Love Island USA. It’d simply wrestle in primetime, says Benjamin Lee.


Nancy Pelosi’s assaults on the “squad” of progressive congresswomen, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, spilled into the New York Instances final weekend. In a hostile local weather, the Speaker should be standing up for her freshman colleagues, says Arwa Mahdawi – not making an attempt to tear them down.

Pelosi’s fixed public assaults in opposition to the 4 newly elected girls of colour aren’t simply disrespectful, they’re harmful. Whether or not she means to or not, her repeated insinuations that the squad are rabble-rousing upstarts who’re undermining the Democratic celebration helps bolster the appropriate’s vitriolic narratives in regards to the congresswomen.


The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder have reportedly traded eight-time NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets, in alternate for that different celebrated level guard, Chris Paul. The commerce reunites former Thunder teammates Westbrook and James Harden, the NBA’s two highest scorers over the previous 5 seasons.

California’s Badwater Ultramarathon is a 217km (135-mile), continuous run over three mountain ranges, in desert temperatures that routinely prime 125 Fahrenheit (53C), and that includes a vertical ascent of 4,000 metres (13,000ft). Is it the world’s hardest race, asks Kristen Doerer.


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