© Provided by The GuardianPhotograph: Gilead Sciences/Reuters
Donald Trump promised to put America first, and at least in the case of the coronavirus drug remdesivir, that's precisely what he has done. To the alarm of experts, his administration has bought up virtually all stocks of the drug - one of just two proven to work against Covid-19 - for the next three months, leaving almost none for the rest of the world.
On Tuesday, the US again recorded its highest daily case increase to date, with 44,358 new confirmed infections. Dr Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate committee that the US is "going in the wrong direction" in its handling of the virus, and the subsequent death toll "is going to be very disturbing".
Outbreaks at North Carolina meat processing facilities are being kept quiet, reports Lewis Kendall. While testing has found positive cases at several of the state's meat plants, officials and the companies involved are refusing to release the information.
Three asylum seekers tested positive at a border camp in Mexico. Advocates have long feared an outbreak at the Matamoros encampment, where an estimated 2,000 migrants are living in tents beside the banks of the Rio Grande.
A Sioux leader says Trump should avoid Mount Rushmore. Julian Bear Runner told the Guardian the president's planned visit is both a coronavirus risk and an affront to the Native Americans on whose land the South Dakota monument sits.
Trump's ties to Putin are back under the spotlight © Provided by The GuardianTrump and Putin meet in Helsinki in 2018. Photograph: Pablo Martínez Monsiváis/AP
Trump's excuses for his inaction over Russia's payment of bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of US troops in Afghanistan are wearing thin with Democrats. Amid reports the president was briefed on the intelligence more than once, Adam Smith, chairman of the House armed services committee, told reporters on Tuesday that "it was information that a) the president should have known about and b) based on what we were told today, he did."
Between 30 March and 1 June, Trump spoke to Vladimir Putin by phone six times, yet the issue of the bounties was never raised - raising fresh questions about the president's relationship with his Russian counterpart. "Many of us do not understand his affinity for that autocratic ruler who means our nation ill," said the Democrat Adam Schiff, the House intelligence committee chairman.
Trump uses the US military, just as he uses almost everyone else, as a disposable prop in his own ongoing, self-glorifying, slightly unhinged personal narrative of superior greatness.
Protests have returned to Hong Kong as a new law takes force © Provided by The GuardianA Hong Kong police officer brandishes his pepper spray handgun as he arrests a protester. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters
Protests have broken out again in Hong Kong on the 23rd anniversary of its handover from the UK to China, as a new security law came into force, bringing the supposedly semi-autonomous territory more closely under Beijing's control. Hong Kong police also made their first arrest under the new law, detaining a protester who was carrying a Hong Kong independence flag.
European leaders condemned China's "deplorable decision" to press ahead with the legislation, warning that it puts Beijing's economic relationships with the rest of the world at risk. Meanwhile the Hong Kong government has hired a London PR firm to try to fix its damaged global reputation.
In other news. © Provided by The GuardianZendaya is one of 819 new Academy members. Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage
© Photograph: Gilead Sciences/ReutersVials of remdesivir come off the production line at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California.
The motion picture Academy has added 819 new members to the Oscars voting body in an effort to boost its diversity. The new class of invitees is 36% people of colour and 45% women.
Harvey Weinstein has settled two sexual misconduct lawsuits for almost $19m. The jailed film producer reached the agreement with the New York attorney general, but six of the women involved in the lawsuits called the deal a "sellout" because it did not oblige Weinstein to accept responsibility.
Tesla shareholders are being urged to oust founder Elon Musk from the company's board, over a deal that could award him a bonus of more than $55bn. The investor advice firm Pirc said the pay deal "unfairly enriches the chief executive".
Madrid's Teatro Real is to reopen on Wednesday with a socially distanced performance of Verdi's La Traviata; the Spanish opera house will be among the first in the world to reopen following a Covid-19 lockdown.
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Jacklean Davis was not just the first black female homicide detective in New Orleans. She was also the best homicide detective in New Orleans, hailed nationwide for her remarkable crime-solving skills. Until, that is, a notorious prosecutor brought a case against her, as she tells Ethan Brown.
A tiny media outlet covers the protests from the frontline
Unicorn Riot is a small non-profit with just eight correspondents, but its live-streamed coverage of the nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd have thrust it to the fore. Adam Gabbatt reports on the rapid rise of a new kind of media outlet.
Pierce Brosnan: 'I don't know what else to do but act and paint'
At 67, Pierce Brosnan says the roles that come his way today are often comic, like his latest turn as Will Ferrell's father in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. The erstwhile 007 talks to Chris Godfrey about working with Tennessee Williams, Robin Williams and Roman Polanski.
Opinion: Millions of Americans need higher wages - now
Amelie Ratliff has been on both sides of America's inequality divide, so she knows how the Covid-19 crisis has compounded the country's wealth gap. Why, she asks, is Mitch McConnell still blocking a Senate vote on the 2019 Raise the Wage Act?
Long before the first Covid-19 case was reported in China, the mismatch between wages and cost of living meant the difference between life and death for countless low-income workers in our country.
Last Thing: the most-wanted sneakers of all time? © Provided by The GuardianAir Dior on the catwalk at Miami art week in December. Photograph: Brynn Anderson/AP
Netflix documentary series The Last Dance has sparked a resurgence of interest in Michael Jordan, and in his signature Nike Air Jordans. Not a bad time, then, for Dior to release its luxury update of the classic sneakers - for $2,000 a pair.
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