Pentagon chief ‘deeply concerned’ by sharp rise in suicides among US troops

Defense Department promises improvements in quality of life and mental health help on army bases

The defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, has expressed concern about the alarming spike in suicides among US forces.

In 2020, 385 active-duty soldiers died by suicide, marking a steep increase from the 326 cases reported by the Pentagon in 2018.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Magic Monday for Team GB, volleyball and more – live!

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Spain basketball coach Sergio Scariolo hit out at the Tokyo 2020 organisers after his side were made to wait almost half an hour before being allowed back into the dressing room following their 88-77 Group C victory over hosts Japan on Monday.

Our selection of the best photographs of this third day of the Tokyo Olympics for some reason doesn’t include this one:

Related: Tokyo Olympics 2020: day three – in pictures

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Covid cases in US may have been undercounted by 60%, study shows

Number of reported cases ‘represents only a fraction of the estimated total number of infections’

The number of Covid-19 cases across the US may have been undercounted by as much as 60%, researchers at the University of Washington have found.

Related: Florida urged to ramp up vaccination effort amid ‘alarming’ Covid rise

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‘We use what tools we have.’ Democrats take drastic action in bid to resist Republican rule

Across the US, in Republican-controlled states Democrats are being forced to get creative to oppose a conservative agenda

When a group of Texas Democratic legislators fled their state this month to prevent Republicans from enacting controversial voting restrictions, the incident became somewhat of a Rorschach test for lawmakers in Washington.

Related: Can Pelosi’s power play on Capitol attack panel thwart wrecking tactics?

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Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance blames America’s woes on ‘the childless left’

Hillbilly Elegy author singles out Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker and AOC as he praises far-right president of Hungary

The author turned Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance has blamed America’s woes on “the childless left”, singling out Vice-President Kamala Harris, transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for their own share of the blame.

Related: ‘You are the worst human being’: man confronts Fox News host Tucker Carlson

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