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U.S. Supreme Court rejects cases over 'qualified immunity' for police

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:19pm
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear eight cases involving a legal defense called qualified immunity that can be used to shield government officials from lawsuits including seven involving police accused of excessive force or other misconduct.

Biden lands Planned Parenthood endorsement in U.S. presidential race

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:08pm
The political advocacy arm of reproductive-services provider Planned Parenthood on Monday endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for U.S. president, calling his race against Republican President Donald Trump a "fight for our country's very survival."

Exclusive: U.S. Democratic Party irked by council's 'insurgent' climate plan - sources

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:04pm
The Democratic National Committee's council on climate change irked party leadership when it published policy recommendations this month that ventured beyond presidential candidate Joe Biden's plan, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Family of Rayshard Brooks demands justice after Atlanta police fatally shoot him in the back

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:01pm
The family of Rayshard Brooks, a black man whose death reignited protests in Atlanta over the weekend, on Monday called for "drastic change" in policing and justice for their relative who died after a police officer shot him twice in the back.

With a bit of oomph, Brexit deal feasible in July, says UK's Johnson

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 11:07am
Leaders from Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday that talks on their future relationship should be stepped up to clinch a deal, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggesting an agreement could be reached in July with "a bit of oomph".

Russia jails ex-U.S. marine for 16 years on spying charges

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 10:51am
A Russian court convicted former U.S. marine Paul Whelan of spying for the United States on Monday and sentenced him to 16 years in jail, a ruling that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said outraged Washington.

Russia defends 16-year jail term for ex-U.S. Marine on spying charges

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 10:50am
Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a 16-year jail term handed down by a Moscow court to former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan was neither unfair nor too harsh and that he would have been given a longer sentence in the United States.

Stocks, oil slide on fears of second pandemic

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 10:49am
Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections rocked world markets on Monday, knocking down oil prices and a gauge of global equity performance more than 2% at one point, as investors grappled with how to assess the economic recovery.

China's response to COVID-19 better than U.S.'s, global poll finds

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 10:40am
Far more people around the world think China has responded well to the COVID-19 pandemic than those who think the United States has done a good job, a poll by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation showed on Monday.

For U.S. blacks, Latinos, no sign of a broadly rising tide

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 10:30am
The protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police have opened a broader discussion about racial inequality in the United States.

Black Americans disproportionately die in police Taser confrontations

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 9:45am
As police confront protesters across the United States, they're turning to rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and other weapons meant to minimize fatalities.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights cases

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 9:40am
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a series of new cases seeking to expand gun rights.

Beijing imposes curbs as coronavirus returns to Chinese capital

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 9:40am
Several districts of the Chinese capital put up security checkpoints, closed schools and ordered people to be tested for the coronavirus on Monday after an unexpected spike of cases linked to the biggest wholesale food market in Asia.

Fears for Philippines press freedom as court finds Maria Ressa guilty of libel

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:57am
The head of a Philippine news website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte was convicted of libel on Monday and faces a lengthy jail term in what is being seen as a blow to media freedom in the country.

Coronavirus resurgence in Beijing prompts reinstatement of tough measures

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:55am
Beijing reported its second consecutive day of record new numbers of COVID-19 cases on Monday, adding urgency to efforts to rein in a sudden resurgence of the coronavirus in the Chinese capital.

A picture and its story: Black man carries suspected far-right protester to safety

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 11:53pm
Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez heard the words ring out during chaotic scenes in London on Saturday, when mostly peaceful anti-racist demonstrations turned into violent scuffles with counter-protesters in the area.

Atlanta police shooting of black man was a homicide, coroner says

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 11:01pm
The death of Rayshard Brooks, a black man killed by a white police officer in Atlanta on Friday, was a homicide caused by gunshot wounds to the back, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said on Sunday.

Asian stocks, oil fall as second wave fears grow

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 10:07pm
Asian shares stumbled on Monday and oil prices slipped as fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections in Beijing sent investors scurrying for safe-havens while underwhelming data from China further weighed on sentiment.

UK PM Johnson defends Churchill, criticises 'distortion of our history': Telegraph

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 9:38pm
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain cannot "photoshop" its cultural landscape and complex history as doing so would be a distortion of its past, amid an ongoing row over the removal of statues of historical figures.

Low expectations as Johnson joins EU leaders to break Brexit deadlock

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 5:18pm
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will join a video-conference with EU leaders on Monday, keen to make headway in negotiations on a future EU-UK relationship, but officials in Brussels expect no breakthrough in the Brexit deadlock.