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AMERICA: Clashes across The US as protesters demand for justice.

AMERICA: Clashes across The US as protesters demand for justice.

AMERICA, CRIME, WORLD
Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. Minnesota's governor said the tragedy of the death of George Floyd in police custody had morphed into "something much different - wanton destruction". New York, Atlanta and other cities have seen violent unrest, while the White House was briefly locked down. An ex-Minneapolis policeman has been charged with murder over the death. Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old Mr Floyd's neck on Monday. He and three other officers have since been sacked. Mr Chauvin, 44, is due to appear in court in Minneapolis for the first time on Monday. Image copyright AFP Image caption A protester throws a fire...
WORLD: Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

WORLD: Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

AMERICA, FEATURE STORIES
Twitter has hidden a tweet by President Donald Trump from his profile, saying it violates rules about glorifying violence. It did the same hours later when the official White House account tweeted a copy of the president's words. Instead of being deleted, both tweets can be viewed by clicking on a prominent warning. It says that "Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible." This is the latest twist in an escalating row between Twitter and the White House. Mr Trump was tweeting about the US city of Minneapolis, which has seen consecutive nights of protests following the death of a black man in police custody. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Users have to press the View button to be able to see the President's tweet...
AMERICA: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze.

AMERICA: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze.

AMERICA, FEATURE STORIES
A police station in Minneapolis has been set alight during a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody on Monday. A police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, 46, despite him saying he could not breathe. President Donald Trump said "thugs" were dishonouring his memory and called on the National Guard to restore order. The incident has added to anger over police killings of black Americans, including Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Mr Floyd's family have demanded that the four police officers implicated in his death face murder charges. Prosecutors have said they are still gathering evidence. A CNN journalist, Omar Jimenez, and his camera crew were arrested live on air by Minnesota state police officers on Friday morning, appa...
AMERICA: Clashes over death of black man in police custody

AMERICA: Clashes over death of black man in police custody

AMERICA, CRIME, FEATURE STORIES
Police fired tear gas and protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti on police cars. Video of the death shows George Floyd, 46, groaning "I can't breathe" as a policeman kneels on his neck. Four police officers have been fired, with the mayor saying that being black "should not be a death sentence". The incident echoes the case of Eric Garner, who was placed in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. His death became a rallying call against police brutality and was a driving force in the Black Lives Matter movement. What happened at the protests? They began in the afternoon on Tuesday, when hundreds of people came to the intersection where the incident had taken place on Monday evening. Organisers tried to keep the protest peaceful and maintain coronavirus social distan...
U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

AFRICA, AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, united states of america, USA
Kampala, May 22, 2020 – On May 20, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the American people made a commitment of an additional USD 162 million for the global COVID-19 response, bringing the total to date to more than USD 1 billion since the outbreak began. The U.S. Mission in Uganda has provided both technical assistance and more than USD 15 million (UGX 56 Billion) in funding to meet the urgent needs of Uganda’s COVID-19 response. This assistance has been spread across many parts of the health sector to directly support the COVID-19 response as well as to assist the broader health sector in continuing its regular service delivery with the goal of enabling Uganda’s overall health system to maintain stability despite the challenges of COVID-19. For decades, the U.S. Mission has i...
Coronavirus: Man on verge of finding cure for COVID-19 shot dead in USA

Coronavirus: Man on verge of finding cure for COVID-19 shot dead in USA

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america, USA
Bing Liu, 37, a researcher for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who was on the verge of discovering the cure to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been killed. The late was found dead in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner said. He was shot at the neck and head. It is shocking that as soon as Bing's body was found an hour later Hao Gu, 46, was found dead inside a car less than a mile away. The motive to the death of the two is not known but police believes that their deaths are connected. Investigators believe an unidentified second man, who was found dead in his car, shot and killed Liu in his home before returning to his car and taking his own life. Police believe the men knew each other, but say there is "zero indication t...
Stephen Curry, Doris Burke, Rick Carlisle, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Doc Rivers and Dawn Staley to Participate in Virtual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference Powered by Under Armour on May 15

Stephen Curry, Doris Burke, Rick Carlisle, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Doc Rivers and Dawn Staley to Participate in Virtual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference Powered by Under Armour on May 15

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, Sports, TECHNOLOGY, united states of america, USA
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to Provide Opening Remarks; Fourth Annual Conference to be Hosted by Jay Bilas and Livestreamed for Free on NBA and Jr. NBA Digital and Social Platforms. The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on May 5 2020, that the fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference powered by Under Armour will feature three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Curt Gowdy Media Award-winning ESPN analyst Doris Burke, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, University of South Carolina women’s head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dawn Staley and LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, among other speakers.   Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors Hosted by Curt Gowdy Me...
Trump ‘confident’ on reopening states

Trump ‘confident’ on reopening states

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america, URA
As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 67,000 on Sunday, President Trump expressed confidence about reopening the nation’s economy and offered support to protesters who have demonstrated against the restrictions still in place in many states. “We are very confident we are going to have a vaccine by the end of the year,” Trump said. Scientists have repeatedly warned that a vaccine may take 12-18 months or longer. Trump said Sunday night that he was first briefed about coronavirus on January 23 and indicated the US intelligence agencies would be issuing a statement in the coming days. "On January 23, I was told that there could be a virus coming in but it was of no real import. In other words it wasn't, 'Oh we gotta do something, we gotta do something.' It was a bri...
Trump announces operation to deport “millions” of immigrants from the US

Trump announces operation to deport “millions” of immigrants from the US

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america, USA
US President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Monday night that Immigration and Customs and Enforcement is preparing to launch mass raids as soon as next week to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants. “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump declared. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.” The announcement is an appeal to his fascistic base, coming just one day before he officially launched his reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida. At the rally Tuesday night, Trump blamed “mass illegal migration,” “vicious gang members” and “sanctuary cities” for threatening the well-being of American citizens. “We are doing things that few others have e...
Coronavirus – Africa: World’s most defiantly joyful song rereleased by UNICEF

Coronavirus – Africa: World’s most defiantly joyful song rereleased by UNICEF

AFRICA, African stars, AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, Entertainment, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MUSIC, UNITED NATIONS, united states of america, USA, WORLD
Mama Africa’s smash-hit “Pata Pata” rerecorded by Angelique Kidjo to to spread information and hope in a time of Coronavirus NEW YORK, United States of America -- Once called the “world’s most defiantly joyful song”, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’ has been rerecorded by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, to spread information and hope in a time of Coronavirus. Without any alteration to chords or syllables, though with several changes to the lyrics, ‘Pata Pata’ will be rereleased by UNICEF across the globe this Thursday, more than 50 years since the international smash hit first took the world by storm. It does so with full copyright approval. Nicknamed ‘Mama Africa’, Miriam Makeba was a South African singer and songwriter. She was a United Nations goodwill ambassador who wo...
Trump and Biden send messages of goodwill to Muslims fasting the month of Ramadan

Trump and Biden send messages of goodwill to Muslims fasting the month of Ramadan

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, united states of america, USA
US President Donald Trump on Thursday wished Muslims across the nation and the world "Ramadan Mubarak," or a blessed Ramadan, saying he prays for those observing the holy month. The President said, "I wish all Muslims, both in the United States and across the world, a blessed and peaceful Ramadan." Trump noted that for millions around the globe, this holy month is an opportunity to renew and strengthen their faith through rigorous fasting, devout prayer, reflective meditation, reading the Quran, and charitable deeds.  These acts are closely aligned with the universal values that the Islamic faith promotes—peace, kindness, and love and respect for others. Trump said that over the past months, we have seen how important the power of prayer can be during challenging times.  "Tod...
Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, REFUGEES, united states of america, USA
President Donald Trump has said he will halt applications of foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the US because of the coronavirus crisis. Trump said on Tuesday that he would order a temporary halt in issuing green cards to prevent people from immigrating to the United States, but he backed away from plans to suspend guest worker programs after business groups exploded in anger at the threat of losing access to foreign labor. Sample US green card He cast his decision to “suspend immigration,” which he first announced on Twitter, as a move to protect American workers and their jobs from foreign competition. More than 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the economic devastation caused by the virus and efforts to contain it. Officials were still working to d...
Coronavirus: Wynn CEO pleads for the reopening of Las Vegas Strip by late May

Coronavirus: Wynn CEO pleads for the reopening of Las Vegas Strip by late May

AMERICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, ECONOMY, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
Matt Maddox, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd, on Sunday called for the Las Vegas Strip to reopen in mid- to late May, as long as a number of health precautions are taken. “Begin with reduced occupancy, physical distancing measures in place, temperature checks and no large gatherings,” Maddox wrote. “We all need to wear a mask.” Matt Maddox, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd He also laid out Wynn´s health and safety guidelines for reopening, which include allowing a maximum of four people to ride in an elevator at one time; and requiring guests to enter the resort through doors that are either propped open, are automated or manually operated by an employee. Casinos and other nonessential businesses in Nevada have been closed since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic....
New York selects Sabrina Ionescu with First Overall Pick in WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®

New York selects Sabrina Ionescu with First Overall Pick in WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
Ionescu, a three-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the nation’s top point guard, averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists as a senior Ionescu One of Three Oregon Players Drafted in First Round; WNBA Honors Alyssa Altobelli, Kobe and Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester. Unanimous National Player of the Year Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon tonight was selected by the New York Liberty with the first overall pick of WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®, which was held virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ionescu, a three-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the nation’s top point guard, averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists as a senior.  She holds the NCAA record for career triple-doubles and is the only NCAA woman or ...
Coronavirus – Africa: World Bank Group and IMF mobilize partners in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: World Bank Group and IMF mobilize partners in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

AFRICA, AMERICA, Banking, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, WORLD
Official creditors have mobilized up to $57 billion for Africa in 2020 alone including upwards of $18 billion from the IMF and the World Bank each The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund today convened African leaders, bilateral partners, and multilateral institutions to spur faster action on COVID-19 response in African countries. H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Director General of the WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Africa Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, and officials of individual countries outlined their policy plans for effective use of resources, multilateral organizations including the United Nations pledged their continued support, and bilateral partners reemphasized their commitment to ...
Highly Anticipated Documentary Series “The Last Dance” coming to Netflix this Monday, April 20

Highly Anticipated Documentary Series “The Last Dance” coming to Netflix this Monday, April 20

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MOVIES, TECHNOLOGY
The full episodic documentary will be available on Netflix across Africa NEW YORK, United States of America-:  Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Chicago Bulls in documentary series “The Last Dance” WHAT: The 10-part documentary series, directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years. In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an ...
US – Russian Space crew safely return to Earth amidst Coronavirus outrising

US – Russian Space crew safely return to Earth amidst Coronavirus outrising

AMERICA, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, Russia, TECHNOLOGY, united states of america, USA
A U.S.-Russian crew landed safely on Friday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following a stint on the International Space Station and was greeted with extra precautions due to the coronavirus. Following a stint on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan and Russian Oleg Skripochka touched down as scheduled at 0516 GMT on Friday. Their Soyuz landing capsule landed under a striped orange-and-white parachute about 150 kilometres southeast of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Jessica Meir after landing from the international space station The crew returned to Earth exactly 50 years after the Apollo 13 astronauts splashed down in the Pacific after an oxygen tank explosion aborted the moon-landing mission. “It’s a little bit surrea...
NBA announces new multiyear partnership with Microsoft to redefine and personalize the fan experience

NBA announces new multiyear partnership with Microsoft to redefine and personalize the fan experience

AMERICA, Business, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Sports, TECHNOLOGY
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced a new multiyear alliance, which will transform the way fans experience the NBA. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft will become the Official Artificial Intelligence Partner and an Official Cloud and Laptop Partner for the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, and USA Basketball beginning with the 2020-21 NBA season. Microsoft and NBA Digital — co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports — will create a new, innovative, direct-to-consumer platform on Microsoft Azure that will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to deliver next-generation, personalized game broadcasts and other content offerings as well as integrate the NBA’s various products and services from a...
Obama endorses Joe Biden for U.S. 2020 elections

Obama endorses Joe Biden for U.S. 2020 elections

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, united states of america, USA
Barack Obama has endorsed Joe Biden for president, casting his former vice-president as the experienced statesman and unifying leader that will be needed to confront the public health and economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic that will probably be the defining issue of the 2020 presidential election. In a 12-minute video released by the Biden campaign, Obama said Biden has "the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery" and would, if elected president, surround himself with people "who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government". "Choosing Joe to be my Vice President was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend," Obama said. ...
Coronavirus: U.S. Pastor who defied social distancing dies if COVID-19

Coronavirus: U.S. Pastor who defied social distancing dies if COVID-19

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, RELIGION, united states of america, USA
A Virginia Bishop who said, “God is larger than this dreaded virus” has died of complications of COVID-19, according to a statement from an elder at his church. Despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid mass gatherings and maintain social distancing, Glenn said in a sermon on March 22, "I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus," and announced he was not afraid to die. Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 9:00 PM,” a statement on the church’s Facebook page said. “Please be in prayer with us for Mo...