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Asked if his backing for Dominic Cummings is unconditional, Boris Johnson says he "can't give any unconditional backing to anybody." He adds he does not believe "anybody in No10 has done anything to undermine our messaging." Live:

U.S. states are spending billions buying protective medical supplies during the coronavirus crisis, but many aren’t sharing details. That worries transparency advocates. 

Newly released footage shows us what the extinct Tasmanian tiger looked like:

Boris Johnson’s support for Dominic Cummings is a slap in the face for us | Letters

#Coronavirus updates: • Iran reopens major Shia shrines • EU to unveil trillion-euro recovery plan • Britain could reopen non-essential retail in June Follow our LIVE blog for updates 👉

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Thai researcher eyes affordable, accessible coronavirus vaccine for SE Asia

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Cinemas, gyms and everything that is re-opening in Dubai from May 27 #coronavirus 

"On the point about eyesight, I'm finding I have to wear spectacles for the first time in years... so I'm inclined to think that's very, very plausible" PM Boris Johnson on Dominic Cumming's claim that he went for a drive to test his eyesight

“It’s really critically important, we have the scientific evidence of how important it is,” White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said.

Cummings has done enough to save his job - but public trust in Boris Johnson's government has gone | @JohnRentoul 

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Former Hong Kong governor: China's proposed national security law should be on G7 agenda

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"We're just having a bit of an earthquake here": New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when a quake struck during a live TV interview.

As the U.S. neared 100,000 coronavirus deaths, President Trump tweeted and golfed, making little effort to recognize the toll he predicted would never be reached

A man, who has been identified to be of Pakistani origin, has been arrested by Police in England's Derby after he vandalised Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara there today morning.

GRAPPLING GATORS: Two large alligators were seen fighting on the fairway of a South Carolina golf course.

By his own account Cummings broke the rules (for whatever reason). 2 Other officials involved in lockdown policy did similar and resigned.

"Why do working-class white men—the most reliable component of Donald Trump’s base—support someone who is, by their own standards, the least masculine man ever to hold the modern presidency?" Here's the answer, from @RadioFreeTom :

The largest outbreak in South Korea came from a church. The largest outbreak in France came from a church. The latest outbreak in Germany came from a church. The latest CDC investigation traces a rural Arkansas outbreak—from a church.

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Watch: Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas as thousands took to the streets to march against China’s proposed tough national security legislation for the city

First lady Melania Trump thanked students for helping to keep the country safe and acknowledged recent changes they’ve had to make. “Please know that the President and I are with you during these challenging times and will do everything we can do to support you." #CNNTownHall 

“I wanted to sample the music that is played during the ceremonial walk of the King, so naturally, Korean elements ended up being an essential component to the track as well as the music video,” @BTS_twt 's Suga says of the newly released #Daechwita 

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands protest security law

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Agust D. That’s it. That’s the tweet.

The front page of The New York Times for May 24, 2020

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Michigan's AG slammed President Trump for "conveying the worst possible message" by refusing to wear a mask in front of cameras during his visit to a Ford manufacturing plant. "I am ashamed to have him be President of the United States of America."

i knew @PressSec  from her time at FNC, and must say, she's grown into a serious badass. The media preferred her to be the CNN punching bag, and treated her like a joke. Now that joke schools their asses.

No 10 prepares to launch new ‘track and trace’ app, in latest effort to locate Boris Johnson.

A misbegotten, warped freedom obsession is killing us.

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