Police Brutality and a Nation on Fire

U.S. Cities Wracked by Another Night of Protests: Video

Protests spread across the U.S. on Saturday as demonstrations grew over police brutality and the death of George Floyd, who died after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes as he pleaded for air.

The National Guard was deployed to several cities, as police cars and buildings were set on fire, and property was destroyed from New York to Los Angeles.

Here’s the latest footage from Bloomberg QuickTake.

DR Congo activists fight misinformation around COVID-19

Activists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are facing challenges beating myths and COVID-19 itself.

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has risen to nearly 3,000 – seeing its highest daily jump on Friday.

But many people do not believe COVID-19 is a threat, and activists are trying to change that.

Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis reports.

Philippines reports 862 additional coronavirus infections, seven more deaths

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Sunday reported 862 additional coronavirus cases and seven more deaths from the respiratory disease.

In a bulletin, the Department of Health said the Southeast Asian country now had a total of 18,086 infections while its death toll had risen to 957. It said 101 more patients had recovered, taking the number of recoveries so far to 3,909.

The Philippines is set on Monday to ease its coronavirus lockdown in the capital Manila, one of the toughest and longest in the world.

UAE Takes Another Step to Ease Government Telephone Monopoly

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The United Arab Emirates may allow small and medium-sized enterprises to develop internet calling applications, in a sign that it’s easing the government’s monopoly over telephone services.

SMEs may be allowed to develop the technology to facilitate remote learning and work, state-run WAM news agency reported, citing a cabinet meeting.

U.A.E. Lifts Ban on Google Hangouts Meet, Cisco Webex, BlueJeans

The UAE had restricted voice and video calls over the internet until the coronavirus pandemic led the government to loosen the rules.

Spain’s Sanchez Asks Lawmakers to Extend State of Emergency

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he will ask lawmakers to approve a final extension of the country’s state of emergency until June 21.

Parliament will vote on Wednesday on Sanchez’s proposal to extend the state of emergency. The premier has argued that the measure, which allows the government to limit citizens’ movement and impose other restrictions, has allowed the administration to quell the virus.

In the final stage of the state of emergency, Sanchez said the central government will devolve more control over the lifting of the lockdown to authorities in Spain’s autonomous regions. Some of them have clamored for a greater say in implementing the measures.

UK COVID-19 confirmed death toll rises by 113 to 38,489

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom’s death toll from people who have tested positive for COVID-19 has risen by 113 to 38,489, the government said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe lockdown: Grandmothers offer free therapy

The Friendship Bench programme aims to tackle depression and anxiety during the pandemic.

Health experts say globally there has been an increase in anxiety and depression as people struggle to cope with COVID-19 and job losses.

Some grandmothers in Zimbabwe are offering free therapy sessions to tackle these mental health difficulties during the coronavirus lockdown. This is part of an initiative called the Friendship Bench.

Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from the city of Gweru in Zimbabwe.

Top Netanyahu Adviser Says No Tax Hikes as Deficit Widens

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s top economic adviser said raising taxes would be a “big mistake” as the economy begins to recover from the crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Avi Simhon, chairman of the National Economic Council, told Israel radio on Sunday that he didn’t anticipate taxes would rise this year or next. The newly installed government is starting to craft a new budget after unveiling a roughly 100 billion shekel ($28.5 billion) stimulus program, with the Bank of Israel projecting the budget deficit could swell to 11.5% of output this year.

Israel Economy Takes Historic Hit But Tops Expectation for Worse

Police Brutality and a Nation on Fire

Protests over the death of George Floyd continued to rage throughout America on Saturday. Demonstrators clashed with hostile police forces from New York to Los Angeles, Seattle to Miami, and in dozens of cities in between. Over the course of the afternoon, evening, and into early Sunday morning, countless videos emerged depicting the carnage. Flaming police cars, tear gas canisters billowing smoke, and militarized law enforcement were featured throughout — as were several horrifying examples of police brutalizing the citizens they are supposed be protecting and serving.

Here is some of what we’ve seen:

Atlanta, Georgia

Columbia, South Carolina

Chicago, Illinois

Erie, Pennsylvania

Fargo, North Dakota

Flint, Michigan

Los Angeles, California

Louisville, Kentucky

Madison, Wisconsin

Miami, Florida

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

 

New York, New York

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Portland, Oregon

Seattle, Washington

Washington, D.C.

This is America.

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