Donald Trump has dubbed Joe Biden “the destroyer of American greatness”. In aspeech at the Republican convention as he accepted his presidential nominationearly today, Mr Trump warned the country’s way of life would be dismantled unless he won re-election. In a 70-minute address packed with grave warnings about a Biden presidency, Mr Trump said: “This election will decide whether we save the American dream, or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny.” US EditorBen Riley-Smithlooks at whether the performance will beenough for him to retain the presidency. Mr Trump was introduced at the Republican National Convention by his daughter Ivanka, who hailed him as the “people’s president” andgave a fierce defence of his presidency. Less positive noises were being made at the gates of the White House ashundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered, demanding his resignation and calling for a “revolution”.
The decision for Mr Trump to deliver his presidential nomination acceptance speech from the White House’s South Lawn broke with a long-running custom to separate the so-called “people’s house” from political campaigning. But it was not just speaking from a podium marked with the presidential seal that caused a stir. US CorrespondentRozina Saburexplainsfive things we learnt from the convention.
‘Go back to your workplace or risk losing your job’
Does home working mean staff are more likely to be made redundant? Prime Minister Boris Johnson will launch a major drive to get Britain back to the office as ministers warn thatworking from home will make people more “vulnerable” to being sacked. A publicity campaign to begin next week will extol the virtues of returning to the workplace, making the “emotional case” for mixing with colleagues and highlighting the benefits to mental health. Mr Johnson is said to be increasingly concerned about empty offices and eerily quiet city centres. Next week’s return of schools will be critical in determining how many workers are prepared to go back. With surveys consistently showing deep reservations, we examine in detail theeight steps firms must take to get Covid-conscious workers back into the office.
Ey up, Alexa. Fancy a brew and a bit of tiffin?
Regional accents are a problem that has long flummoxed Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant. But now the language experts who develop the AI technology hope to change that by adding hundreds of regional words to its vocabulary. Words and phrases will include “ta-ra” for goodbye and the greeting “ey up”.Read more about the extensive vocabulary update, which means if users fancy a cup of tea or “brew” in Manchester, Alexa will understand them – and even the Cockney rhyming slang “rosy lee”.
At a glance: More coronavirus headlines
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Breaking| Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is toannounce his resignation over health issues, it was reported early today – hours before he was due to address a press conference. Speculation about the 65-year-old’s health has been swirling for weeks, but reached fever pitch after he made two separate trips to hospital in recent days. The Nikkei fell 2pc after the news and the yen tumbled against the dollar.Read the latest.
Around the world: Paris makes masks mandatory
Paris today makes masks compulsory in all outdoor spaces. Read howFrance recorded a post-lockdown recordof more than 6,100 new virus infections in just 24 hours and its R rate rose to 1.4. And view more striking pictures from around the world intoday’s gallery.