First Thing: protests in Minneapolis suburb after fatal police shooting

Protests erupted in Minneapolis overnight after the death of a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by police during a traffic stop in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. Family members identified the victim as Daunte Wright.

According to police, officers pulled over a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation, and as police tried to arrest the driver he got back into the car and an officer fired at him. The driver then drove on for several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger in the vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Tensions have been running high in the city, where the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin over the killing of George Floyd is taking place. Floyd’s death sparked international demonstrations against police brutality and racism.

  • Virginia’s governor has ordered an investigation into an incident in which a Black and Latino army lieutenant was threatened, knocked down and pepper-sprayed by police during a traffic stop. Governor Ralp Northam said he had invited Lt Caron Nazario to meet with him.

Facebook failed to crack down on deceit and harassment by world leaders and politicians

Facebook pledged to combat state-backed political manipulation on the site after Russian agents used inauthentic Facebook accounts to deceive American voters during the 2016 US election.

Facebook pledged to combat state-backed political manipulation on the site after Russian agents used inauthentic Facebook accounts to deceive American voters during the 2016 US election. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Facebook knowingly allowed world leaders and politicians to spread misinformation and harass opponents, a Guardian investigation has revealed.

Internal documents show that Facebook handled more than 30 cases of politically manipulative behaviour across 25 countries; it quickly addressed this in countries such as the US and Taiwan but moved slowly, if at all, in places including Afghanistan and Mexico.

  • Why the inactivity? One former employee at Facebook said this was because those countries posed less of a “PR risk” to the firm:

Natanz attack deals blow to Iran’s nuclear programme

The Natanz nuclear enrichment plant in central Iran.

The Natanz nuclear enrichment plant in central Iran. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

An attack on a nuclear plant in Iran – attributed to Israel – will set back Tehran’s nuclear programme by nine months, US intelligence sources have claimed.

Israel has not confirmed it was behind the cyber-attack on the heavily guarded Natanz facility, but its security officials have done little to dispel the notion.

Michigan’s governor has pledged to push for more Covid-19 vaccines for her state, amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases. Gretchen Whitmer said that while the White House was “by and large … doing a great job”, adjustments needed to be made.

Biden has agreed to send Michigan more federal resources to support vaccinations and testing, but won’t send any more vaccines.

Following a summer of anti-racism demonstrations, predominantly Republican lawmakers are pushing back. Across the US, 29 states are attempting to introduce anti-protest laws, which critics warn would limit demonstrations and infringe on free speech. You can read more about the proposed measures here.

After taking some time away from the limelight following accusations from Natalie Portman that he was “creepy” with her when she was 18, Moby is back, with a new album and documentary about his life. In this interview, he talks about the highs and lows of his career, his struggles with addiction, and whether he regrets what happened with Portman.

Florida is on alert as alligators begin heading into urban areas to find love. Last week, a 10ft reptile was found under a parked car in Tampa, and just before that, a 7ft gator was found lurking in a back yard in Pinellas county before taking a dip in the family pool. One man even saw a rather lively mating ritual in his own back yard.



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