Thousands of Americans demand racial justice at Juneteenth observances

ATLANTA (REUTERS) – Thousands gathered in US cities on Friday (June 19) to mark Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery that carries special resonance this year after a wave of protests and national soul-searching about the country’s legacy of racial injustice. With most formal Juneteenth events cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, activists instead organised street marches … Continue reading Thousands of Americans demand racial justice at Juneteenth observances

World in ‘new and dangerous phase’ of pandemic: WHO

GENEVA (AFP) - The new coronavirus pandemic is now in a "new and dangerous phase", the World Health Organisation said on Friday (June 19), with the disease accelerating at the same time as people tire of lockdowns. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged nations and citizens to remain extremely vigilant, as the number of cases … Continue reading World in ‘new and dangerous phase’ of pandemic: WHO

Johnson & Johnson drops skin-whitening creams

LONDON (REUTERS) - Johnson & Johnson has decided to stop selling skin-whitening creams popular in Asia and the Middle East, it said on Friday (June 19), after such products have come under renewed social pressure in recent weeks amid a global debate about racial inequality. Johnson & Johnson will stop selling its Clean & Clear … Continue reading Johnson & Johnson drops skin-whitening creams

Coronavirus: WHO should change rules that led it to oppose travel restrictions, ex-head says

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The World Health Organisation should change guidelines that led it to oppose travel restrictions early in the coronavirus epidemic, said former WHO chief Gro Harlem Brundtland, who now chairs an independent watchdog that monitors the global body. The WHO's decision to oppose travel restrictions when it declared an international emergency on Jan 30 has … Continue reading Coronavirus: WHO should change rules that led it to oppose travel restrictions, ex-head says

Court to consider Trump attempt to stop aide’s damning book

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump's last-ditch bid to stop former top aide John Bolton's book from publication goes to court on Friday (June 19), even though much of the damning contents, painting the president as corrupt and incompetent, is already out. A federal court in the capital Washington will hear arguments from the government that ex-national … Continue reading Court to consider Trump attempt to stop aide’s damning book

Apple reverses course, closes some US stores in virus hotspots

San Francisco (AFP) Apple said Friday it was closing some stores in US states experiencing a surge in coronavirus infections, reversing course after reopening many of its retail locations. The iPhone maker said it was closing six of its retail stores in Arizona, along with two each in North Carolina and Florida and one in … Continue reading Apple reverses course, closes some US stores in virus hotspots

Italy sees Covid-19 ‘warning signs’ after Rome outbreaks

Italy's top health agency on Friday urged caution after last week seeing "warning signs" of new coronavirus transmission, especially over outbreaks of cases in Rome. In its weekly report, the Higher Institute of Health (ISS) said the situation was generally positive but that there was still "a significant circulation of the virus". Rome's Colosseum lit … Continue reading Italy sees Covid-19 ‘warning signs’ after Rome outbreaks

Fugitive Iranian judge found dead in Romania

Bucharest (AFP) A fugitive Iranian judge sought by Tehran for alleged corruption was found dead after apparently falling from a hotel room in Bucharest, Romanian police said Friday. The police said an investigation was under way after a foreign national aged 52, who they identified as Gholamreza Mansouri, was found in the early afternoon. Forensic … Continue reading Fugitive Iranian judge found dead in Romania

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ China has charged two Canadians

Ottawa (AFP) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he was "disappointed" that China formally charged two Canadians with spying and renewed calls for their release. Trudeau called on Beijing to send home the pair, former diplomat diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured January 9, 2020, in Ottawa, called … Continue reading Trudeau ‘disappointed’ China has charged two Canadians

Pompeo warns Europeans against ‘rogue actor’ China

Washington (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday warned Europeans they are abandoning democracy if they embrace China, in a scathing denunciation of Beijing two days after he held talks on trans-Pacific friction. "There's also no way to straddle these alternatives without abandoning who we are. Democracies dependent on authoritarians are not worthy … Continue reading Pompeo warns Europeans against ‘rogue actor’ China