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In the face of international condemnation – but very little comment from his own party – Donald Trump returned to the offensive against four Democratic congresswoman he targeted with racial invective on Sunday. True to provocative form, the president accused the Democrats of “spewing” “racist hatred” – precisely the offence...

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. Along with death and taxes, you can usually rely on China’s GDP figures to be bang on target…. despite the challenge of measuring growth across such a huge country. And once...

Just two years ago, investors were heavily pouring money into China’s dockless bike-sharing startups. Now that boom has busted with derelict bikes littering the streets of cities. Meanwhile, a new race has started for two-wheelers with motors — and one of the main players is a survivor from the bike-sharing...

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke recently delivered an impassioned speech while meeting with the Gullah-Geechee Nation, an organization of African Americans whose ancestors were enslaved on plantations from Florida to South Carolina. The speech in Beaufort followed one attendee’s question about whether O’Rourke supports reparations, the idea of compensation for...

The World Cup-winning football star Megan Rapinoe does not think she is qualified for public office, as some have suggested since she clashed publicly with Donald Trump. But she has promised to “fight for equal pay” for the rest of her life. “I do continue to keep playing,” the 34-year-old...

Donald Trump aimed a fiercely controversial attack at “the Squad” on Sunday, saying the four progressive Democrats who have clashed with their own party leaders should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”. “You can’t leave fast enough,” he added. Trump...

Immigration raids were expected in major US cities on Sunday, a prospect that sparked anger, fear, protests and attempts to protect those in peril. On Saturday night, New York mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or Ice, had mounted its first raids but...