New York City institutes curfew, Governor Cuomo calls for police reforms

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday called for a national ban on excessive force by police and announced a curfew for New York City following violent protests triggered by the death in Minneapolis of an unarmed black man in police custody. In a joint statement, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio …

UK looks at replacing quarantine for arrivals; PM favours air bridges: Telegraph

British government ministers are aiming to replace quarantine for arrivals to the UK, with government departments being asked to plan to allow the introduction of so-called air bridges by the end of June, the Telegraph newspaper reported. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was now “personally in favour” of the air bridges policy, the newspaper reported, citing …

After protests shake Brazil, Bolsonaro tries to rein in his backers

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro urged his supporters on Monday to put off their protests against the country’s Supreme Court next weekend after counter-demonstrations triggered violent clashes on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro rides a horse during a meeting with supporters protesting in his favor, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil …

New York City institutes curfew, Governor Cuomo calls for police reforms

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday called for a national ban on excessive force by police and announced a curfew for New York City following violent protests triggered by the death in Minneapolis of an unarmed black man in police custody. In a joint statement, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio …

WHO and other experts say no evidence of coronavirus losing potency

World Health Organization experts and a range of other scientists said on Monday there was no evidence to support an assertion by a high-profile Italian doctor that the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic has been losing potency. FILE PHOTO: Technical Lead for the World Health Organization (WHO) Maria Van Kerkhove attends a news conference on …

Please queue here: UK parliament votes on ending special coronavirus measures

British lawmakers will form a long queue snaking through parliament on Tuesday to decide whether to ditch the system of remote voting and parliament-by-videoconference that has allowed scrutiny of the government’s coronavirus response. In April, the House of Commons announced changes that allowed its 650 lawmakers to question ministers by video link, and in May …

Chinese envoy to Britain says Beijing is not suppressing Hong Kong activists

Any responsible government has to take measures against violence, the Chinese ambassador to London said on Monday, when asked about Beijing’s response to protests in Hong Kong against it imposing national security laws on the city. Asked on Sky News whether China was suppressing the activists, Liu Xiaoming said: “It is not Chinese suppression, what …

MTV goes dark, record labels hit pause as U.S. protests rage

Youth television channel MTV and other stablemate channels said they will go dark around the world on Monday to mark the death in police custody of George Floyd, joining other U.S. entertainment outlets in condemning racial inequality. MTV will be joined by its other ViacomCBS youth and music channels, including Comedy Central, CMT, and VH1, …

Former U.S. President Obama condemns violence at protests

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned the use of violence at nationwide protests over racial inequities and excessive police force, while praising the actions of peaceful protesters seeking change. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an Obama Foundation event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng The …

Former U.S. President Obama condemns violence at protests

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned the use of violence at nationwide protests over racial inequities and excessive police force, while praising the actions of peaceful protesters seeking change. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an Obama Foundation event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng The …