Reverand Al Sharpton decries Trump’s ‘wickedness’ at George Floyd funeral

A civil rights leader at Tuesday's funeral for George Floyd, whose death in custody sparked worldwide protests, accused US President Donald Trump of "wickedness" for cracking down on demonstrators instead of police brutality. Reverend Al Sharpton also told the service in Houston that Trump's efforts to stop the protests with force, including the use of rubber … Continue reading Reverand Al Sharpton decries Trump’s ‘wickedness’ at George Floyd funeral

Peru surpasses 200,000 coronavirus infections: health ministry

Lima (AFP) Peru emerged as a global COVID-19 hotspot on Tuesday as the health ministry registered more than 200,000 cases, ranking the South American country as the eighth-highest in the world by number of infections. The death toll rose to 5,738 and the total number of infections climbed to 203,736, an increase of more than … Continue reading Peru surpasses 200,000 coronavirus infections: health ministry

UN chief wants ‘more agile’ mission in Lebanon

United Nations (United States) (AFP) The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, criticized by the United States and Israel, needs to be "more agile and mobile," UN chief Antonio Guterres said in a report published Tuesday ahead of the mission's renewal in August. "Standard armoured personnel carriers are not entirely suitable for crowded areas, narrow streets … Continue reading UN chief wants ‘more agile’ mission in Lebanon

Pompeo criticizes HSBC for backing Hong Kong law

Washington (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday took to task HSBC for backing Beijing's controversial security law proposal in Hong Kong, warning of businesses' overreliance on China. The Asia-focused British banking giant last week posted its support for the law on Chinese social media platform WeChat with a picture of HSBC's top … Continue reading Pompeo criticizes HSBC for backing Hong Kong law

Leverkusen end Saarbruecken’s German cup fairytale

Berlin (AFP) Saarbruecken's unprecedented German Cup run came to an end at the semi-finals on Tuesday after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. The fourth-tier side, whose last competitive match was in March, beat top-flight clubs Cologne and Fortuna Duesseldorf on their way to becoming the first team from that … Continue reading Leverkusen end Saarbruecken’s German cup fairytale

New coronavirus may have emerged in summer 2019: study

Washington (AFP) A surge in hospital visits and internet searches related to COVID-19 symptoms from the Chinese city of Wuhan suggests the coronavirus may have been circulating since August 2019, according to a preliminary study by researchers at Boston University and Harvard. The pandemic, which has been linked to a virus that crossed over from … Continue reading New coronavirus may have emerged in summer 2019: study

As US struggles with race issues, Senate confirms first black Air Force chief of staff

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Senate confirmed General Charles Brown on Tuesday as the first African-American military service chief, voting unanimously to make him chief of staff of the Air Force as the armed forces - and the country as a whole - grapple with questions about racial inequality. The vote was 98-0, as Vice … Continue reading As US struggles with race issues, Senate confirms first black Air Force chief of staff

Confronting a bygone era, London removes slave trader statue

LONDON (REUTERS) - A statue of Robert Milligan, an 18th century slave trader, was removed from its plinth outside a London museum on Tuesday (June 9) after global anti-racism protests triggered a debate about how Britain commemorates its imperial past. Statues glorifying slave traders and colonialists have come into sharp focus in recent days, as … Continue reading Confronting a bygone era, London removes slave trader statue

Venezuelan national assembly says 12-month inflation at 3,600% in May

Caracas (AFP) Venezuelan inflation over the last 12 months to May was 3,684 percent, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Tuesday. In a statement, the legislative body said total inflation in May was 15 percent, compared with 80 percent in April. Since the start of the 2020, prices in Venezuela have risen by more than … Continue reading Venezuelan national assembly says 12-month inflation at 3,600% in May

Premier League clubs lost £600 million in season before virus, says report

London (AFP) Premier League clubs made a combined loss of £600 million in the 2018/19 season, even before suffering the financial pain of the coronavirus pandemic, a report revealed on Tuesday. Analysis from football finance experts Vysyble shows the 20 clubs in the English top-flight combined to post the huge loss despite record revenues of … Continue reading Premier League clubs lost £600 million in season before virus, says report