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BBC News

How to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at protests

With demonstrators across the US calling for racial justice, we ask a health expert how to protest safely during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Brazil marks another record increase in its death toll. And a survey shows nearly a quarter of Americans would r…

Hopes ibuprofen could treat Covid-19

Scientists are testing if the drug could prevent severe breathing problems. Also: WHO resumes hydroxychloroquine trials; new evidence about so-called superspreaders; and British Vogue replaces models with key workers on its cover.

Brazil: Indigenous communities under threat

Illegal mining operations in the Amazon are exposing Indigenous villages to COVID-19. Meanwhile, recordings obtained by the Associated Press suggest that, while the WHO publicly praised China’s efforts, officials were frustrated with Beijing’s la…

UN: higher ethnic minority death rates highlight existing inequalities

UN’s human rights chief says pandemic is exposing issues ignored for too long. Also: New research shows every centimetre counts in social distancing; and the return of Parisian pavement cafes.

Latin America: WHO says outbreak has not yet peaked

Brazil and Mexico are easing their COVID-19 restrictions, despite the continuing rise in infections. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin schedules a referendum on the Russian constitution, already delayed by coronavirus. And a chef re-opening his restaurant in…

The Economist | Business

The e-commerce boom makes warehouses hot property

The warehouse king battles a master of the universe…

Working life has entered a new era

Farewell BC (before coronavirus). Welcome AD (after domestication)…

The global grooming industry gets cut down to size

Itinerant hair stylists and barbers are a rare bright spot in a clobbered business…

The Renault-Nissan alliance hunkers down

The fraying Franco-Japanese carmaking union wants to give it another go…

How big oil is trying to win back investors

Supermajors claim their prospects are not as bleak as they seem…

The Economist | International

Fake news is fooling more conservatives than liberals. Why?

As with the coronavirus itself, some people seem to be more vulnerable than others to the infodemic…

Old religious quarrels return as covid-19 lockdowns ease

The pandemic has exacerbated tension between church and state, and between religious figures, in many places…

How lockdown converted the world to cycling, and the speedbumps that lie ahead

Cycling ticks lots of good policy boxes, but cars aren’t over yet…

What awaits tourists when they re-emerge from lockdown?

Covid-19 will change the way people travel…

How China emerges from lockdown will affect global tourism

Will footloose Chinese shoppers still feel welcome abroad?

The Economist | U.S.

How to fix American policing

The country’s forces kill too many of those they serve. Here is how to change that…

Far worse than Nixon

Donald Trump’s pledge to restore America to order recalls Andrew Johnson more than Tricky Dicky…

The grim racial inequalities behind America’s protests

Profound economic, health and judicial disparities help explain the fury over George Floyd’s death…

The violence in American cities reflects the fury of polarisation

America’s chronic anger could be its political undoing…

History is repeated in protests at the death of George Floyd

And may unhappily continue to repeat itself…

The Guardian

European Central Bank extends Covid-19 emergency stimulus by €600bn – business live

Live coverage of business, economics and markets as ECB president Christine Lagarde warns of ‘unprecedented’ 8.7% GDP slump in 2020ECB’s €600bn asset purchases surprise investorsUK construction industry recovers, but only slightly Aston Marti…

George Floyd killing: police officers to appear in court as family holds memorial service – live

Movement to defund police gains ‘unprecedented’ support across USTrump’s Bible photo op splits white evangelical loyalists into two campsNew York police take seconds to restore reputation for brutalityMattis condemns Trump’s handling of prote…

Coalition to add new national security test to Australia's foreign investment regime

The treasurer will be able to vary acquisition conditions by overseas buyers, or dispose of investments if national security risks emerge post-approvalThe Morrison government will add a new national security test to Australia’s foreign investment r…

'We are not the problem': inside the George Floyd protests in New York – video

The police killing of George Floyd continues to ignite protests across the US. On 2 June, the Guardian embedded with activists as they marched through New York City to voice their anger at the death and the systematic racism that enabled it Continue…

Facebook deactivates accounts of Tunisian political bloggers and activists

Several accounts reactivated after protests but social media giant gives no explanation for its actionsThe Facebook accounts of several high-profile bloggers and activists in Tunisia were among those deactivated without warning over the weekend.

New York Times

On Tiananmen Anniversary, Hong Kong Makes Mocking China’s Anthem a Crime

Hours after the contentious bill became law, more than 1,000 people gathered to commemorate the victims of China’s 1989 crackdown, despite a police ban.

Live Coronavirus Updates: New Cases Multiply Worldwide

The geography of the illness is changing. Brazil now has nearly as many deaths a day as the United States, and Egypt is seeing exponential growth in patients.

Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil for 1st Time, in New Challenge to Protests

Days after China moved to enact new security laws for Hong Kong, the territory’s police rejected permission for an annual vigil to honor the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

For Hong Kong, Tiananmen Looms Over the Future

In early 1989, change seemed unstoppable in Beijing. That it wasn’t, that China would push back with fury, casts a large shadow over Hong Kong today.

Dear America: We Watch Your Convulsions With Horror and Hope

The world has been transfixed by the unrest in the United States over police brutality, racism and President Trump’s response. Here are snapshots of how people in other countries view what’s happening.

South China Morning Post

Man held in South Korea laundered US$1 billion for Iran through UAE, court papers show

An Alaska man accused of laundering US$1 billion held in South Korea for Iran funnelled nearly all the money through the United Arab Emirates, US federal court documents released on Thursday show.The court documents, filed as part of a US asset seizu…

India’s Bollywood cuts kissing scenes, epic dance routines under new coronavirus rules

As Bollywood resumes shooting in the next few weeks based on coronavirus guidelines issued by the Producers Guild of India, the Hindi film industry is bracing itself for a new world with little of the old razzamatazz.Filming will be lean and sparse t…

Retired footballer denounces Communist Party, calls for ‘Chinese federation’

Retired footballer Hao Haidong has openly challenged Communist Party rule in China, in a video posted online on Thursday.The well-known sports figure also issued what he called a “manifesto for the establishment of a Chinese federation” in the cl…

New York coronavirus came via Europe, not directly from China, scientists say

The coronavirus spreading in New York is unlikely to have come directly from China, but from infected people travelling to the United States from Europe, according to a new study.Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New Yor…

On Tiananmen crackdown anniversary, US senator’s call for military force against Floyd protesters stirs fury

American lawmaker Tom Cotton has called for the deployment of military forces to quell unrest across the United States in an opinion piece published in Asia on June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, when at least hundreds of prot…

The Straits Times

Coronavirus: Paris gallery keeps visitors apart with extension hats

June 04, 2020 7:56 PMPARIS (REUTERS) - An art gallery in Paris has sought inspiration in ancient China to help it enforce social distancing, by providing hats with winged extensions for visitors.

Embattled at home, Trump finds himself isolated abroad, too

June 04, 2020 4:25 PMBRUSSELS (NYTIMES) - With US cities burning and the coronavirus still raging, killing more people than in any other country, President Donald Trump also has growing problems overseas. He has never before been so isolated and igno…

Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' will be larger than usual this summer, scientists predict

June 04, 2020 4:08 PMNEW YORK (NYTIMES) - The "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico will be larger than usual this summer, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted on Wednesday (June 3).

Ultra hawk Steve Bannon forecasts Beijing's hegemony if democracies do not stand up

June 04, 2020 3:55 PMWASHINGTON - China cannot allow Hong Kong or Taiwan to be successful democracies in its plan to turn a vast swath of the globe essentially into tributary states through the "predatory capitalism" of the Belt and Road Initiative,…

Coronavirus: Confidence in Swedish authorities dips amid mounting pandemic death toll, polls show

June 04, 2020 3:46 PMSTOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - Swedes' confidence in the ability of the government and the health agency to handle the outbreak of the novel coronavirus is falling amid growing worries about the high mortality rate, polls published on Thu…

Sydney Morning Herald

Activists in Hong Kong defy ban to mark anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre

The activists broke through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil as China takes a tougher stance against semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

Foreign deals set to face tougher security checks

A new security test would be imposed on all foreign investments that threaten the national interest in a federal government plan to fix legal gaps that leave critical assets exposed to overseas control.

'They had nothing': Broncos lashed after Roosters serve up 59-0 hiding

The Broncos were on the end of the biggest defeat in club history, embarrassed by the brilliant Roosters at Suncorp Stadium. At least nobody was there to watch.

Today's cartoons: The illustrated news

The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.

Best of cartoons, June 5, 2020

The news of the day as interpreted by our talented artists, illustrators and cartoonists.

TechCrunch

Searchable.ai nabs additional $4M seed to continue building AI-driven search

Searchable.ai is an early-stage startup in the alpha phase of testing its initial product, but it has an idea compelling enough to attract investment, even during a pandemic. Today the company announced an additional $4 million in seed capital to con…

Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator

Fitbit has secured an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Fitbit Flow emergency ventilator. The ventilator hardware is low-cost, and doesn’t require very much training or expertise to use,…

Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M

A lot of the attention in medical technology today has been focused on tools and innovations that might help the world better fight the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Today comes news of another startup that is taking on some funding for a disrupti…

Amazon reportedly considering $2 billion stake in Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel

Amazon .com may follow its American peer Facebook’s footsteps in securing a slice of India’s booming telecom market. The e-commerce giant, which has invested over $6.5 billion in India, is in early-stage talks to buy a 5% stake worth at least…

Workshops, pitches and the shortlist of Europe’s hottest startups in The Europas Awards

Well the votes from the public and the judges are in and we can finally reveal the shortlist for The Europas Awards 2020 to find the hottest European tech startups! The entries were sorted and sifted by journalists to compile an editorially-driven …

Wall Street Journal

Virus Cases in Europe Drop to Fewest Since March; India Sees Surge

Cases in Europe dropped to their lowest level since March 22, while India experienced its biggest single-day rise. The U.S.death toll rose to more than 106,000.

Hong Kong Residents Could Be Offered U.K. Citizenship Amid China Standoff

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain is considering providing a route to British citizenship for nearly three million Hong Kong residents, as the U.K. escalates a standoff with China.

Scientist Behind Sweden's No-Lockdown Policy Says It Wasn't Strict Enough

The epidemiologist behind Sweden’s controversial decision to forgo a mandatory lockdown conceded for the first time that more restrictions might have helped prevent a surge in coronavirus-related deaths.

The Pandemic Sent 1.5 Billion Children Home From School. Many Might Not Return.

School closures this spring are now compounding longstanding social differences, as hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. and Europe who lacked the support to continue distance learning risk leaving school altogether.

Stung by Past Mistakes, Eurozone Takes a Page From U.S. to Fight Crisis

Worried about the depth of its economic downturn, Europe is lining up two new packages potentially worth hundreds of billions of euros that boost prospects for a global recovery.

Wired

How to Make Your Virtual Jam Session Sound—and Look—Good

You know those videos of musicians rocking out from their living rooms, laid out in a grid? Here's how they're made.

The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

For some, it's a sort of mental self-preservation, for others it’s a concerted strategy to win the former category over to their way of thinking.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

Passenger jets and cruise ships normally gather key weather data. But full docks and empty skies make it hard to predict the details of incoming storms.

Curfews Can Quell Violence—but Also Spark More Protests

Researchers say the stay-home orders can encourage police abuse and pit residents against law enforcement.

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You 'Crisis Fatigue'

Your body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but is overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures of this horrible year.

World Health Organization

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 31 May 2020, WHO received information that between 18 and 30 May, four deaths were reported from the same quarter (quartier Air Congo) in Wangata Health Zone, Mbandaka city, Equateur Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

From 20 to 26 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1).

Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) – Ethiopia

Between 2 and 8 April 2020, six suspected human cases of dracunculiasis in Duli village, Gog district, Gambella region, Ethiopia, were reported to WHO.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

From 13 to 19 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

From 6 to 12 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). Since the resurgence of the outbreak on 10 April 2020, seven confirmed cases have been reported…

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