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australia's prime minister scott morrison says major cyber attacks are taking place targeting government institutions and agencies involved in the country's critical infrastructure. he's just been holding a news conference outlining the attack. the us supreme court has blocked president trump's attempt to to cancel an obama programme preventing the deportation of people who entered the us illegally as children. more than half—a—million migrants will be able to obtain renewable work permits. dame vera lynn has died at the age of 103. the singer became an icon, symbolising britain's spirit during the second world war.
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the foreign secretary dominic raab has been heavily criticised — for saying the anti—racism gesture known as ‘taking the knee‘ — seemed like a symbol of subordination rather than one of liberation. he added that he thought the gesture had come from the television drama ‘game of thrones‘. followng a wave of negative reaction — mr raab insisted he had ‘full respect‘ for the black lives matter movement. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. the pitch became a site of protest, kneeling to show strength and sympathy in the fight for black rights, echoing last night the stance, the anger of protesters around the world and here at home. yet the full story seemed rather to have passed the foreign secretary by. i understand this sense of frustration and restlessness which is driving the black lives matter movement. this taking the knee thing which, i don‘t know, maybe it‘s got a broader history but it seems to be taken from the game of thrones, it feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination
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rather than one of liberation and emancipation. but i understand people feel differently about it, so it‘s a matter of personal choice. so would you or wouldn‘t you do it? i take the knee for two people, the queen and the missus when i asked her to marry me. there is a broader history. a few years ago, the american football star colin kaepernick angered donald trump but inspired supporters by kneeling rather than standing for the american anthem, to protest against discrimination. but it‘s a modern echo of the public prayer of civil rights leaders like martin luther king. labour‘s less than impressed. a lot of people in the black community felt very, very let down and hurt by the flippant tone that the foreign secretary took this morning, at a time when a lot of people in the black community are grieving over loved ones that they‘ve lost and very, very anxious about the future and really reeling from those images of george floyd over in america. we‘ve got to see a more serious approach. the foreign secretary wrote later that he has full respect for the black lives matter
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movement, saying: ministers have said again and again they understand the frustration felt by those who came here and elsewhere to demand an end to racism. but this less—than—diplomatic choice of words by our diplomat—in—chief adds to the sense of frustration among those who believe the understanding in government is not complete, and that even though there have been years of promises, progress has been far too slow. now is the time to get the government‘s knee off the neck of the black, african, caribbean, asian minority ethnic communities. foreign secretary, would you like to say anything about the taking the knee issue? the foreign secretary chose to not add any more comment this afternoon. when strong feelings are stirred, perhaps our politicians might be advised to always proceed with care. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster.
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now on bbc news, coronavirus: your stories, with philippa thomas.
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