Anti-racism protests held across Europe

NYC mayor vows to shift funding from NYPD to youth initiatives

As calls grow to defund police across the United States, New York City mayor pledges to move funds from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making moves to change the city’s police department, after more than a week of protests.

The measures include shifting part of the NYPD budget to youth and social work, and better transparency for officer’s disciplinary files.

Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane reports.

Future of former Candiac golf course green space in the hands of residents

Residents will be able to have their say on the future of the green space formerly known as the Candiac golf course.

The city will be holding public consultations in the coming fall on the eventual fate of the former links.

Cameroon: Gov't criticised for reopening schools, airports

As Cameroon eases coronavirus restrictions, the government is accused of politicising the pandemic.

Government leaders in Cameroon have been accused of being more interested in fighting the opposition than COVID-19.

Despite accusations of putting the population in harm’s way, the government has reopened airports and schools.

Cameroon has one of Africa’s highest infection rates with more than 200 people reported dead and 6,000 cases.

 

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports.

Australia koalas 'on verge of extinction'

MPs say koalas will become extinct in New South Wales within 30 years unless urgent action is taken to protect them.

A dire warning has been issued about one of Australia’s best-loved animals.

Members of Parliament say koalas will become extinct in New South Wales within 30 years unless urgent action is taken to protect them.

The marsupials are being wiped out along with the eucalyptus tree leaves they eat

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

South African schools reopen as COVID-19 lockdown is eased

Most schools in South Africa have reopened and pupils in their final years of primary and secondary school are allowed to return.

Most schools in South Africa have reopened.

The students in their final years of primary and secondary school have been allowed to return.

Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller spent the morning at one school in Johannesburg.

China rejects accusations it concealed COVID-19 information

Beijing declares its actions to contain the pandemic have been “rigorous” and “effective” and says if it is able to develop a vaccine, it will make it available to the world.

China has rejected accusations that it concealed information on the coronavirus outbreak, declaring its actions to contain the pandemic as “rigorous” and “effective”.

Its defence was made in a government white paper.

China also says that if it is able to develop a vaccine, it will make it available to the world.

 

Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke reports from Hong Kong.

Dutch minks culled after farmers infected with coronavirus

Researchers urge other countries to test their animals after thousands of minks are infected with the virus.

In the Netherlands, thousands of minks are being culled after they infected several farmers with the coronavirus.

The Dutch government says this is to prevent farms from becoming long-term reservoirs of COVID-19.

Researchers are urging other countries such as Denmark and Spain to also test their animals.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Deurne, southern Netherlands.

Israel: Thousands rally against West Bank annexation plan

Israeli protesters, from Arab and Jewish rights groups, warn the decision to turn occupation into annexation, in breach of international law, would leave Israel’s reputation in tatters.

Thousands of Israelis have been protesting in Tel Aviv against the government’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

The annexation plan would see about 30 percent of Palestinian land in the West Bank become part of Israel from early July.

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

13 dead, several people injured in explosion at medical clinic in north Tehran: Khabaronline

(Reuters) – Thirteen people were killed and several were injured in an explosion at a medical clinic in the north of the Iranian capital Tehran, the Khabaronline news site reported on Tuesday.

The explosion was caused by a gas leak, Tehran Deputy Governor Hamid Reza Goudarzi told state TV.

UK: Shakespeare's birthplace hit hard by lockdown

Stratford-upon-Avon’s loss of tourism has angered many whose livelihood depends on it.

As countries across Europe start to emerge from lockdown, the United Kingdom is about to enter its next stage – 14 days quarantine for most international arrivals.

Critics question how useful the measure will be, as there is little evidence new cases are being imported.

It has also angered the tourism industry, which accounts for about 10 percent of the economy.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from one of the most popular tourist spots, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

UK urged to prevent rise in crime fuelled by economic crisis

The UK’s COVID-19 lockdown led to a drop in crime, many fear the post-lockdown economic fallout could reverse that.

The lockdown in the United Kingdom has led to a large drop in crime, but there are fears the economic fallout could reverse that.

London’s mayor is among those urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lead efforts to prevent a surge in criminal activity.

 

Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from London, UK.

Anti-racism protests held across Europe

London among cities where solidarity protests call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

Solidarity protests against racism have been held across Europe – including London.

For the second day in a row, thousands of people gathered outside the US embassy.

They are demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports.