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The teenager who recorded the video of George Floyd’s death that prompted protests around the world has told a court said that Floyd was “begging for his life”. Darnella Frazier, who was 17 at the time, sobbed as she gave evidence at the second day of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who is accused of murdering Floyd.

Frazier said she began filming because Floyd looked “terrified and scared, begging for his life”. Despite appeals from the crowd, Chauvin did not ease his hold on Floyd, sy het gese, adding that she felt guilt at not being able to intervene to help him. Chauvin denies the charges against him.

The rate of destruction of the world’s forests increased sharply last year, with at least 42,000 sq km of tree cover lost in important tropical areas. The loss put 2020 well above the average for the last 20 jare, and makes it the third worst year for forest destruction since comparable monitoring began in 2002, according to a report from the University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch.

The White House for the first time allowed a small group of journalists inside its main detention facility for migrant children at the US border yesterday.

They reported that it was severely overcrowded; it has a capacity of 250 but more than 4,100 people are living there. Most were unaccompanied children processed in tents before being taken to government-run shelters, and then placed with a relative or sponsor.

N somtotaal van 118 out of 120 samples of US water examined by the Guardian and Consumer Reports contained levels of PFAS or arsenic above CR’s recommended maximum, or detectable amounts of lead. Oor 35% of the samples also contained potentially toxic “forever chemicals”.

A nine-month-long investigation selected 120 people to test their water out of 6,000 volunteers, and samples came from water systems that provide for more than 19 million people.

An estimated 46 million Americans said they would not be able to afford good quality healthcare if they needed it today, according to a survey. It also showed vast racial discrepancies; nearly twice as many Black Americans as white Americans said they would not be able to pay. One in eight Americans said they had reduced their spending on food to pay for healthcare.

This photo gallery is a chocolate box of rickety, quirky spots along the US’s backroads. From rundown churches to country stores, it’s well worth a look this morning. “The series of images we were making gradually came to feel like an examination of a parallel universe,” one photographer said.

The Swiss army has just 1% of female recruits, and hopes to increase this tenfold within the next decade. The force’s solution to attract more women? Give them female underwear. At present, all recruits are given “loose-fitting men’s underwear, often in larger sizes”, but underwear and other pieces of clothing and accessories will be re-evaluated.

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