‘We must defend our city’: A day in the life of a Hong Kong protester

As demonstrations entered their 11th week, the Guardian shadowed a protester for the day at a major anti-government rally banned by the police

It is noon on a muggy August day in Hong Kong. Patrick Wong*, 20, has just eaten a breakfast of instant noodles and vegetables with his parents at a nearby cha chaan teng, an old-school local diner. Now he is preparing for another long Sunday on the streets.

He is packing a black T-shirt, a yellow helmet, and a pair of goggles that can withstand 0.22-calibre bullets. He hopes for a peaceful march, as organisers and protesters have planned, but he is preparing for the worst.

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‘We are trying to save Hong Kong’: the political uprising through the eyes of a protester – video

As protests in Hong Kong entered their 11th week, the Guardian shadowed a protester for the day as he joined a major anti-government rally. Organisers say the march, banned by police, was attended by as many as 1.7 million people. It was the first peaceful gathering of protesters for many weeks.

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Robodebt could target pensioners and ‘sensitive’ groups, leaked documents show

Exclusive: Coalition needs to include over 65s and other disadvantaged welfare recipients to hit $600m budget plan

The Morrison government could target thousands of pensioners and other “sensitive” welfare recipients under a proposed expansion of the controversial robodebt scheme needed to achieve a promised $2.1bn in budget savings, according to confidential documents seen by Guardian Australia.

The documents, stamped “PROTECTED CABINET”, show the scheme would fall $600m short of its required budget savings unless it is expanded to hit “sensitive” groups originally quarantined from data matching.

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Sydney train delays trigger chaos across the city and commuter rage

Social media erupts with complaints as Sydney trains delayed across network due to single mechanical issue

A train needing mechanical repairs at Sydney’s Town Hall station has caused chaos, sparking long delays across the city and triggering an outpouring of frustration on social media.

The train on the T1 North Shore Line needed mechanical repairs at Town Hall early on Friday morning, stopping trains from travelling between the CBD and North Sydney. Delays were still continuing more than six hours later.

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The great Australian cafe war: he thought he was the best customer ever … but was he?

When Fraser Harvey crowned himself his local coffee shop’s No 1 customer he thought he had no competition. He was wrong

It all started on Monday when Fraser Harvey walked into his local cafe in Melbourne’s city centre.

To mark his constant visits to the Sensory Lab outlet on Collins Street, he put up a small poster that crowned him as its favourite customer.

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US justice department news briefing links to white nationalist website

Email sent to immigration judges links to virulently anti-immigrant site full of antisemitic references

The US Department of Justice distributed a morning news briefing to immigration judges that contained a link to a white nationalist website riddled with antisemitic references.

As first identified in a report by BuzzFeed News, the executive office for immigration review (EOIR), a division of the justice department, included a link to a blogpost on the website VDare in the briefing, which was emailed to immigration court employees earlier this week.

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Hong Kong businesses fear protests will push economy into recession

Amid mass demonstrations and a trade war, financial observers say the city’s slowdown could deepen

Hong Kong is a free marketer’s dream. The tiny island has a GDP bigger than many industrialised countries, low tax and abundant cheap labour, and is a world-class financial centre boasting a stock market with a total value of more than £2.5tn.

No wonder then that the city’s most powerful vested interests are showing signs of nerves after 11 weeks of street protests that have paralysed the city, sparking its biggest political crisis since the handover to China in 1997 and threatening to push it into recession. Even worse, some observers believe the standoff could destroy Hong Kong’s cherished entrepot status and send it on a journey of no return into China’s orbit.

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Amazon rainforest fires: Macron calls for ‘international crisis’ to lead G7 discussions

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro lashes out at ‘sensationalist’ comments saying they were for ‘personal political gain’

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has said the fires in the Amazon are an “international crisis” and called for them to be the first item discussed at the G7 summit, prompting a furious response from Brazil’s leader.

“Our house is burning. Literally,” Macron tweeted, adding that the Amazon produced 20% of the world’s oxygen.

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South Korea cuts intelligence ties with Japan, raising fears over North Korea

Trade dispute widens, sparking concerns that information about North Korea’s missile programmes may not be shared

South Korea has said it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.

South Korea’s Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the presidential National Security Council, said Japan had created a “grave change” in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea’s fast-track export status this month.

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‘Illume my life’: Prince Albert’s passions digitised for website

Thousands of photos and letters available online to mark 200th anniversary of birth

Thousands of photographs, prints and letters that reveal the private passions and public interests of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert have been published online to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The Royal Collection has digitised 17,500 documents for a new website, the majority publicly available for the first time.

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Single polypill reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes, study finds

Large trial held in Iran of inexpensive medication combining four common drugs

A cheap, single pill taken once a day that combines four common drugs is safe and reduces the risk of events such as heart attacks, strokes and sudden death in people over the age of 50, research has found.

The study, the first large-scale trial to date, looked at the effectiveness of a so-called polypill – a four-in-one therapy containing drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure that was first proposed more than 15 years ago. The researchers found those taking the polypill had a more than 30% lower risk of serious heart problems than those just offered advice.

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