Washington prepares for major protests as US officials move to rein in policing tactics

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Protesters are expected to gather in Washington for a huge demonstration on Saturday (June 6), its police chief said, as street marches over the killing of a black man in custody enter a 12th day and the authorities move to rein in policing tactics. Mr George Floyd, 46, died on May 25 in Minneapolis … Continue reading Washington prepares for major protests as US officials move to rein in policing tactics

Trump catches Merkel off guard with decision to pull 9,500 troops from Germany

BERLIN (BLOOMBERG) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was caught off guard by US President Donald Trump's decision to pull 9,500 US troops out of Germany by September. The government wasn't officially notified by the United States about Mr Trump's plan, and it has so far found out about the matter only from media reports, a … Continue reading Trump catches Merkel off guard with decision to pull 9,500 troops from Germany

Messi returns to Barcelona training, Suarez fit again

Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi returned to the Camp Nou on Saturday after missing two group training sessions with a slight leg injury, while Luis Suarez is set to be fit for the La Liga restart next week. Messi trained alone indoors on Wednesday and Friday, but worked on the sidelines of a group session at … Continue reading Messi returns to Barcelona training, Suarez fit again

Brazil threatens to quit WHO, Trump says US beating pandemic

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to pull out of the WHO over "ideological bias," as his counterpart Donald Trump said the US economy was recovering from the coronavirus pandemic while Europe slowly reopens its borders. From Africa to Europe to Asia, governments are focused on reviving economies ravaged by weeks … Continue reading Brazil threatens to quit WHO, Trump says US beating pandemic

Libya govt says offensive launched for Kadhafi hometown Sirte

Tripoli (AFP) Forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognised government said they launched an offensive Saturday for slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi's hometown Sirte, as rival strongman Khalifa Haftar backed a ceasefire following a string of military setbacks. Government of National Accord forces have repulsed a 14-month offensive against the capital Tripoli by eastern-based Haftar and are now … Continue reading Libya govt says offensive launched for Kadhafi hometown Sirte

Solskjaer backs extra subs change

London (AFP) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the introduction of extra substitutions will be "welcome" when Manchester United resume their Premier League campaign later this month. The coronavirus pandemic forced the English top flight to be suspended in March. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Oli SCARFF AFP/File But even though Britain's official virus death toll … Continue reading Solskjaer backs extra subs change

Global race protests mark George Floyd’s death

13:23 London (AFP) Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. The death during the arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the US state of Minnesota, has brought tens of thousands out … Continue reading Global race protests mark George Floyd’s death

It’s 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

Brussels (AFP) High-ranking Olympic official Pierre-Olivier Beckers on Saturday made plain that the delayed Tokyo Olympics "will be held in 2021 or not at all". The Belgian was reiterating the stance put forward by Japan and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach that next year was the last chance to hold the Games postponed due … Continue reading It’s 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

Iranians must live with virus ‘for long time’: Rouhani

Tehran (AFP) President Hassan Rouhani warned Iranians Saturday to prepare to live with the novel coronavirus "for a long time", as the country gradually rolls back restrictions imposed to curb the outbreak. People should not assume that "this disease will be eliminated in 15 days or a month: we must therefore follow the instructions for … Continue reading Iranians must live with virus ‘for long time’: Rouhani

Balotelli set to be released by Brescia

Rome (AFP) Mario Balotelli's ill-fated stint at hometown club Brescia appears to be coming to an end, with local media reporting Saturday his contract will be terminated after repeated absences from training. A letter notifying Balotelli of his release was sent to the Italy international by the club's lawyers on Friday, according to Sky Sport, … Continue reading Balotelli set to be released by Brescia