Friday briefing: Speak to us, US attorneys inform Andrew | World information

Friday briefing: Talk to us, US attorneys tell Andrew | World news

Top story: Maxwell is accused of supporting Epstein sex crimes

Good morning everyone. I'm Martin Farrer and these are the top stories this morning.

Prince Andrew is growing under pressure to speak to U.S. prosecutors after celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested for alleged sex crimes with her boyfriend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell yesterday appeared on a video link in a New Hampshire court after he was arrested in a remote property and charged with alleged sex offenses, conspiracies, and perjury involving Epstein, the shameful financier who died in prison last year. Acting US attorney Audrey Strauss told reporters yesterday in Manhattan that she would "welcome Prince Andrew who comes in to speak to us."

The New York prosecutor accused Maxwell of "hiding" and having previously lied about her direct and indirect involvement in the abuse of underage girls. She claimed that she helped Epstein look after young women and that she also participated in the abuse. Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing. However, her arrest is likely to send tremors through the circle of celebrities Maxwell Epstein is said to have helped build when she moved to New York in the 1990s. It will also draw attention again to the Prince's relationship with Maxwell, who introduced him to Epstein in 1999.

Corona Virus Updates – Boris Johnson will use a television address today to warn people in England to behave responsibly when the pubs reopen this weekend. The country is not yet "out of the forest" because it contains the corona virus. People in pubs, restaurants and hairdressers have to abide by the rules of social distancing or risk that these companies will be closed again due to renewed local blocks, he will say. Public Health England figures showed yesterday that acute respiratory outbreaks in workplaces have more than doubled in the past week. English tourists will be able to visit Spain, Italy, France and Germany next Friday without having to quarantine for 14 days on their return. Travel restrictions for up to 60 other countries and areas are also to be lifted. The decentralized nations will outline their plans later. The English curriculum may need to be changed to "re-teach" children starting secondary school this year to compensate for the missed classes as the government outlined its plan to leave schools with few restrictions in September to reopen. Professor Robin Shattock of Imperial College London says he is "cautiously optimistic" that his pioneering research using genetic coding will produce a vaccine that works just as well as any other 120 pioneers worldwide.

The Trump administration has not regretted its decision to urge states to reopen their economies, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, despite the huge surge in Covid-19 in the US, which saw 37 states see an increase in cases on Thursday. It comes after former CIA director Leon Panetta said the president "went mad" during the crisis. Texans have been informed by their governor that they must wear masks in public to stop the spread. Pubs in Ireland have already been well received. In Australia, officials believe that a so-called super spreader could be responsible for the increase if 300,000 people in Melbourne are banned again.

You can follow developments overnight from around the world in our live blog here.

Call Hong Kong – Pro-democracy activists are discussing a plan to create an unofficial exile parliament to safeguard democracy in Hong Kong and send a message to China that freedom cannot be destroyed. Simon Cheng, a former British consulate worker in Hong Kong who became an activist, unveiled the plan after he was granted asylum in the UK. He said he was tortured by China's secret police. Another leading democracy activist, Nathan Law, has left Hong Kong after draconian new security laws were passed in the area that seemed to usher in a new era of direct control by Beijing.

Rowling row – Two of the most popular websites for Harry Potter fans have distanced themselves from the author JK Rowling due to their comments on transgender rights. The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet said they would no longer provide links to the British author's personal website, use photos of her, or write about achievements not related to the world she created. Rowling caused outrage by saying that transgender rights may conflict with the message of empowerment in her books.

Log In – The organizers of the BBC Proms have announced plans for a slimmed-down version of the concerts that will take place this summer, but almost certainly with no live audience. Live and audience-free proms begin on August 28 and will include each of the BBC orchestras. Sakari Oramo will conduct the live opening concert, while Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska will be in action yesterday evening. Spectators and listeners are encouraged to wave flags and sing along in their homes.

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Pep Guardiola paid tribute to his players' stance in Manchester City when Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden inspired them to win 4-0 against new champions Liverpool. England's smooth preparations for the West Indies test series were undermined by news that Sam Curran spent the day after illness and diarrhea in his room self-isolating overnight. England's players will wear Matter badges on the collar of their jerseys during the Black Lives series, which is known as the "act of solidarity" with their Caribbean opponents. Lewis Hamilton said winning this season's Formula 1 World Championship would mean more than ever given his personal commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement. According to a leading sports lawyer, Manu Tuilagi can easily claim damages and damages against Leicester after he has resigned from the club. The prospect of a general ban on all Russian athletes has increased after World Athletics has frozen the process that allows them to compete on the international racetrack. And nine other NBA players tested positive for Covid-19 less than a week before the teams headed to Florida to continue the 2020 season.


The owner of the restaurant chains Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas broke into the administration and immediately lost 1,900 jobs. The Casual Dining Group has commissioned the consulting firm AlixPartners to manage, which will likely lead to the breakup of the group, but 91 of its existing 250 locations will remain closed. The FTSE100 will open flat this morning as the pound buys USD 1.246 and EUR 1.109.

The papers

The Guardian summarizes most of the front pages with "Pressure on Prince Andrew as arrested friend Maxwell". The Times has "come and talk to us, prosecutors say Andrew" and the telegraph The headline reads, "Duke is urged to help with US investigations as Maxwell is charged with caring for girls." The Mail says "Prince is said: time to come". The mirror reads "The FBI accuses the prince's mate of having taken care of young girls".

Guardian front page, Friday July 3, 2020

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The express leads with the expected statement from Boris Johnson today: "Boris: Do not be ruthless on Super Saturday", although the I means "public to avoid super Saturday". The Scotsman says: "The Scots are facing the big cover-up because the lock has continued to wear off" because the Scots are asked to wear face masks outside. The FT goes with: "Sunak downplay tax cut options and focus on averting job losses."

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