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Donald Trump declined to reply questions underneath oath yesterday in New York state’s civil investigation into his enterprise dealings, pleading the fifth two days after the FBI raided his Florida residence in a separate felony case, searching for categorised paperwork taken from the White Home.

The previous US president’s resolution to train his fifth modification constitutional proper towards self-incrimination was delivered throughout a closed-door deposition in Manhattan, the place the New York state legal professional normal, Letitia James, is analyzing the Trump household actual property empire.

“I declined to reply the questions underneath the rights and privileges afforded to each citizen underneath the USA structure,” Trump mentioned in an announcement launched after the questioning started.

The deposition, which occurred in decrease Manhattan, seems to have lasted roughly 4 hours. The previous president departed 28 Liberty Road at 3.20pm in a black Secret Service SUV and peered out the rear window as his motorcade crawled out of an underground storage and previous onlookers.

  • Did Trump say something concerning the case? In accordance with the New York Occasions, Trump accused the legal professional normal of getting “brazenly campaigned on a coverage of destroying me”. Past that, from 9.30am to about 3pm, the previous president had repeated the phrases “similar reply” to each query about “valuations and golf golf equipment and all that stuff”, his lawyer mentioned.

After the autumn of Roe, Republican pursuit of abortion bans seems to falter

Abortion opponents in Kansas react to the information that the anti-abortion referendum had failed. {Photograph}: Charlie Riedel/AP

Within the lead-up to the US supreme courtroom overturning Roe v Wade and thus scrapping federal abortion safety, Republican lawmakers throughout the nation maintained an uncompromising rallying cry towards abortions, vowing to implement a sweeping wave of restrictions of their states.

Nonetheless, because the highest courtroom within the US overturned the ruling, many Republican leaders and officers have grow to be extra hesitant – or have even gone silent – over the precise sort of bans they promised to enact.

As Republicans transfer in direction of an election season rife with inner disagreements inside their very own occasion and combined public opinions on exceptions in abortion bans corresponding to cases of rape and incest, many rightwing lawmakers are discovering it more and more tough to implement cohesive abortion insurance policies.

The phenomenon has been starkly illustrated by Kansas’s referendum final week, the place the often reliably Republican state voted to maintain abortion protections in its state structure, offering an sudden increase from pink state America to the abortion rights motion.

  • What do most People take into consideration abortion rights? In accordance with a survey carried out between 27 June and 4 July by the Pew Analysis middle, a majority of the general public disapproves of the supreme courtroom’s resolution to overturn Roe: 57% of adults disapprove of the courtroom’s resolution.

China overtakes the US in scientific analysis output

A child wearing VR glasses experiences AI technology
The Japanese report additionally discovered that Chinese language analysis comprised 27.2% of the world’s prime 1% most often cited papers. {Photograph}: VCG/Getty Photographs

China has overtaken the US because the world chief in scientific analysis output and “excessive influence” research, in accordance with a report printed by Japan’s science and expertise ministry.

The report, printed by Japan’s Nationwide Institute of Science and Expertise Coverage (NISTP) on Tuesday, has discovered that China now publishes the best variety of scientific analysis papers yearly, adopted by the US and Germany.

The figures had been based mostly on yearly averages between 2018 and 2020, and drawn from information compiled by the analytics agency Clarivate.

The Japanese NISTP report additionally discovered that Chinese language analysis comprised 27.2% of the world’s prime 1% most often cited papers. The variety of citations a analysis paper receives is a generally used metric in academia. The extra occasions a research is cited in subsequent papers by different researchers, the better its “quotation influence”.

The US accounted for twenty-four.9% of the highest 1% most extremely cited analysis research, whereas UK analysis was third at 5.5%.

  • What’s the US going to do to enhance? The report was printed on the day US president, Joe Biden, signed the Chips and Science Act, laws that will authorize $200bn in analysis funding over 10 years to make US scientific analysis extra aggressive with China’s.

In different information …

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his sister Kim Yo-jong
The North Korean chief Kim Jong-un and his sister Kim Yo-jong are blaming South Korea for the outbreak of Covid-19 of their nation. {Photograph}: Reuters
  • North Korea has declared a “shining victory” in its battle with Covid-19, amid strategies from Kim Jong-un’s sister that the nation’s chief had at one level been “critically ailing” with the virus. His influential sister Kim Yo-jong mentioned he had been among the many tens of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans to have come down with a “fever”.

  • A 23-year-old man has been charged and remanded in custody after an American vacationer was raped in a public rest room within the centre of Paris, in a case that has brought on shock within the busy riverside space that was thought of protected. The girl, 27, was discovered by her companion and instantly taken to a Paris hospital.

  • Joe Biden has mentioned that the US is aware of “with certainty” that the Syrian authorities is holding Austin Tice – an American journalist who has been lacking for a decade – and known as on Damascus to launch him. Biden mentioned he’s “calling on Syria to finish this and assist us deliver him residence”.

  • Kobe Bryant’s widow is searching for compensation for snapshots taken of the NBA star’s physique after a crash that additionally killed her daughter. A regulation prompted by the crash makes it against the law for first responders to take unauthorized pictures of deceased folks on the scene of an accident or crime.

Stat of the day: Document Loss of life Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year occasion’

Death Valley in California
Tons of had been marooned within the downpour in California’s Loss of life Valley because the local weather disaster will increase the probability of maximum climate. {Photograph}: AP

Latest extreme rains in California’s Loss of life Valley that flushed particles throughout roads, broken infrastructure and carried away automobiles are being described by meteorologists and park officers as a once-in 1,000-year occasion. The arid space was pelted with roughly an inch and a half of rain on Friday, close to the park’s rainfall document for a single day. The storm poured a quantity of water equal to roughly 75% of the common annual complete in simply three hours, in accordance with specialists at Nasa’s Earth Observatory.

Don’t miss this: how the tradition wars hijacked Drag Queen Story Hour

Sebastian Samuel, AKA Ada H Dee, meets his audience at a reading.
Sebastian Samuel, AKA Ada H Dee, meets his viewers at a studying. {Photograph}: Drag Queen Story Hour UK

Exhibits that includes drag queens studying to younger youngsters have confirmed more and more fashionable within the UK – however, as within the US, they’re additionally attracting indignant protests. How have we reached a spot the place these joyful occasions are seen as a risk to infants? Seb Samuel AKA Ada H Dee – the primary drag queen within the UK to learn tales to youngsters in libraries – believes it’s a knock-on impact of the normalisation of anti-LGBTQ+ attitudes within the wider world.

Local weather test: local weather disaster fueling barrage, scientists say

Severe flooding in East St Louis, Illinois, in late July.
Extreme flooding in East St Louis, Illinois, in late July. {Photograph}: Derik Holtmann/AP

“Local weather change is growing the depth and frequency of flooding and it’ll probably worsen with additional warming,” Andreas Prein, an skilled in local weather extremes on the Nationwide Middle for Atmospheric Analysis, mentioned. “We’re additionally seeing these repeated storms hit the identical space, like Kentucky, repeatedly in a brief time frame, which isn’t effectively understood. However we all know the recent temperatures, just like the jap US has simply had, has helped construct the water within the ambiance.”

Final Factor: Domino’s retreats from Italy having failed to overcome the house of pizza

A Domino’s delivery driver
Domino’s was hit by the pandemic, which pressured conventional Italian pizzerias to undertake their very own supply providers. {Photograph}: Toby Melville/Reuters

Domino’s Pizza has pulled out of the Italian market after failing in its mission to overcome the house of pizza. The corporate set out with formidable plans of opening 880 retailers throughout the nation by 2030, hopeful that it may win over Italian prospects with pizza topped with pineapple. It obtained so far as opening 29 branches, all of which have now been closed. Domino’s first foray into Italy was in Milan in 2015, earlier than venturing to different cities. It didn’t, nonetheless, make it to Naples, the southern metropolis the place pizza margherita was created.

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