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The mayor of Portland, Oregon, has accused Donald Trump of encouraging violence after a reported member of a rightwing group was shot dead when Trump supporters confronted Black Lives Matter protesters. After attacks on his mayoralty from the president, Ted Wheeler said: “President Trump, for four years we have had to live with you and your racist attacks on black people. We learned early about your sexist attitudes towards women … we have listened to your attacks on immigrants … do you seriously wonder that America in decades has not seen this level of violence?” In Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot by police and paralysed, concern grew that the tense but currently peaceful situation could be inflamed by a planned visit this week from Trump, who appears keen to stoke law and order fears among voters heading into the presidential election.

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler to Trump: ‘Stay the hell out of the way’ – video

Britain’s only ever black chief constable has warned that a George Floyd-style killing could happen here, with police embroiled in a crisis over racial justice they were failing to address. Michael Fuller said both British and American black communities were enduring bad experiences of policing, and rejected the assumption it was better in Britain: “In both societies there is racial injustice and social injustice in the way black communities are treated in both countries. The issues are the same.”

Terror arrests at Stansted – Counter-terrorism police have detained two men at Stansted airport after RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept a Ryanair flight. A 34-year-old from Kuwait and a 48-year-old from Italy were detained by counter-terrorism officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit soon after 7pm on Sunday, the unit said in a statement. They were held under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, police said. Police said their enquiries were continuing.

Budget worries as classes resume – School leaders have said they are having to weigh up pupil safety against financial stability because their budgets have been stretched to breaking point by the coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of the full reopening in England this week, annual schools funding of £47.6bn will need at least another £2.38bn if Covid-19 related costs account for as little as 5% of expenditure, according to the teachers’ union NASUWT. Local authorities and academy trusts also say they will need large-scale investment in child and adolescent mental health services. Local lockdowns will also affect the return to school – here’s how that is supposed to work. The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, used an open letter to parents in England on Sunday to urge them to send their children to school from Tuesday.

Bag levy to double – The government is to increase the charge for single-use plastic carrier bags in England from 5p to 10p and end the exemption for smaller shops from April 2021. Since the introduction of the charge in October 2015, shoppers have used billions fewer thin-gauge plastic shopping bags. Recent government data revealed that the 5p levy on any retailer employing 250 or more people had led to a 95% cut in plastic bag use. Greenpeace is calling for a legally binding 50% cut in all single-use plastics by 2025. Morrisons is planning to ditch all of its plastic “bags for life”, recently launching a trial in eight stores in which sturdy paper bags are offered instead.

Coronavirus latest – More than 1,700 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus, according to government figures, the largest weekend number since the middle of May. The figure fuels concerns over a second spike in the autumn. The cases bring the total number to 334,467 and there was one new death, bringing the total to 41,499. Two organisers at a rave in Banwen, West Glamorgan, that attracted an estimated 3,000 people were handed fixed penalty notices for £10,000 on Sunday as police received dozens of reports of illegal gatherings over the weekend and began issuing fines under new rules.

A reveller puts his hands up in front of riot police at the scene of a suspected illegal rave in Thetford Forest, in Norfolk.

A reveller puts his hands up in front of riot police at the scene of a suspected illegal rave in Thetford Forest, in Norfolk. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Among those fined was Piers Corbyn, the weather forecaster and older brother of the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – for organising Saturday’s demonstration in central London against lockdown restrictions. Further coronavirus developments for today and indeed the foreseeable future can be followed at our live blog.

Lebanon looks for new PM – Beirut’s ambassador to Germany, Mustapha Adib, could become Lebanon’s next prime minister after getting the support of senior Sunni politicians. He was named by four former PMs on the eve of binding consultations between the president and parliamentary blocs on their choice for the post. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is due to arrive for a two day-visit and is expected to press for a new political pact. It is Macron’s second visit to the former French protectorate in less than a month – the first came days after the blast of 4 August in the port of Beirut that killed 190 people, wounded 6,000 and caused severe damage to the capital.

Pavement parking ban mooted – Parking on pavements could be banned across England to ease the way for disabled people and parents pushing prams. The practice is banned in London but elsewhere only prohibited for lorries. However the AA has warned a ban would have “unintended consequences”, and is calling for local authorities to make a street-by-street assessment and lay down markings showing where pavement parking is allowed.

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A dominant Lyon sank Wolfsburg to maintain dominance in the women’s Champions League. Their 3-1 win came courtesy of goals from Eugénie Le Sommer, Saki Kumagai and Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, seeing them end another untouchable season showered with confetti, this time in San Sebastián. Lewis Hamilton has admitted that were he only a fan of Formula One he would probably tune in just for highlights of races given the dominance he and Mercedes are demonstrating this season, after his controlled victory at the Belgian GP – Hamilton’s fifth of the season and Mercedes’ sixth from seven races, bringing him closer with 89th career wins to Michael Schumacher’s record of 91.

Eoin Morgan basked in England’s overflowing chest of batting talent at the top of the order after their five-wicket win against Pakistan at Old Trafford in the T20 but hinted change was on the way for the white‑ball squads due to be announced on Monday for the September series against Australia. In the Super League, Hull FC marked their return to action following a series of positive Covid‑19 tests with a 31-12 victory against Huddersfield to give Andy Last his first win as coach five months after his appointment. In rugby union it was Gloucester 46-30 Leicester in their clash, though Eddie Jones will be eyeing the Leicester half-backs George Ford and Ben Youngs, who turned what threatened to be one of the club’s heaviest Premiership defeats into a close contest that was settled six minutes from time. And Julian Alaphilippe dispelled any lingering gloom hanging over the Grand Depart of the 2020 Tour de France by speeding to victory and the race leader’s yellow jersey in the 186km second stage to the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice.


Asian shares have notched a 29-month high as investors wagered monetary and fiscal policies globally would stay super stimulatory, while an upbeat reading on China’s service sector augured well for continued recovery there. The pound is worth $1.334 and €1.120 this morning.

The papers

The Telegraph, i and Express want Rishi Sunak to limber up for a backflip this morning over his rumoured plan for higher taxes to defray coronavirus spending. “Tax rises could choke recovery, Sunak told” – that’s the Telegraph. “Uproar over tax raid on pensions” – the Express highlights that pension tax relief may be targeted. The i says: “Tax raid plan to pay Covid costs sparks backlash.”

Guardian front page, Monday 31 August 2020

Guardian front page, Monday 31 August 2020.

The Guardian’s colourful front-page picture previews the virtual parade being staged for the online Notting Hill carnival. The FT has China more or less confirming what others fear about its influence over companies based there: “TikTok’s US sale put at risk after China tightens tech export curbs.”

The Mail is campaigning with “Let’s banish all the bags”. The Mirror calls the return of nine million pupils to school “The biggest test yet”. Meanwhile it remains very important to the Times whether people physically show up to work: “Reluctant office staff defy the call to commute.”

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