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Mexico reports 3,494 new COVID-19 cases as tourists return to beaches

Mexico reports 3,494 new COVID-19 cases as tourists return to beaches

INTERNATIONAL
MEXICO CITY: Mexico's health ministry reported 3,494 new confirmed coronavirus infections along with 424 additional fatalities on Saturday (Jun 13), bringing the total in the country to 142,690 cases and 16,872 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the official count. It has not stopped foreign visitors from visiting Mexico's Caribbean coast, with its popular beaches gradually reopening to tourism with new sanitary measures in place. "I've been stuck in New York City in my apartment for three months, so I decided that on the beach somewhere open was probably a good call," said web designer Sam Leon, 31, after arriving Saturday at the airport of famed resort town Cancun. Others were similarly undeterred, even as M...
Reddit names Michael Seibel to board after Ohanian’s call for black candidate

Reddit names Michael Seibel to board after Ohanian’s call for black candidate

Entertainment
Social network company Reddit has named venture capital investor Michael Seibel to its board, days after co-founder and former director Alexis Ohanian resigned and called for the company to replace him with a black candidate. Ohanian's resignation came as the death of Floyd reignited the debate of diversity in America's corporate boardrooms. Social network company Reddit has named venture capital investor Michael Seibel to its board [File: AFP] Responding to Ohanian's request, Chief Executive Officer Steve Huffman said on Friday, "the unacceptable gap" between Reddit's content policy and values has reduced the company's effectiveness in combating hate and racism, and slowed down its response to problems. It should be remembered that Alexis Ohanian, husband to tennis superstar ...
White Lady slapped For raising racism comments towards a native american

White Lady slapped For raising racism comments towards a native american

INTERNATIONAL
A white woman was slapped by a Native American woman who was apparently fed up with being told to ‘go back to Mexico.’ The incident was caught on camera at a Shell convenience store in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday and was later posted to Facebook by customer Greg Conn, who was in the store at the time. Just before Conn started filming, he said the middle-aged white woman burst into the store angrily because her gas pump was not working. Conn said the woman then got into an argument with the younger woman, who was being helped at the country, telling her to ‘go back to her country,’ which is when he started filming. The white woman then tells Conn to leave because ‘you’re not part of this.’ She then returns to the counter and asked the Native American woman, where are you from? Where...
George Floyd Protesters: Trump Issues Orders for active-duty troops to be sent back to their home bases

George Floyd Protesters: Trump Issues Orders for active-duty troops to be sent back to their home bases

INTERNATIONAL
President Donald Trump on Sunday delivered what seems to be some good news for George Floyd protesters. Americans, black and white, have been camping on major streets in the United States after a police officer killed a black man, George Floyd. Those who have been staging protests on streets have been facing it rough in the hands of ruthless National Guards that were deployed to enforce the law and restore the order. On Sunday, Trump has announced the new order that will see the National Guards leave from various cities including the Washington DC, where the White House is situated. President Donald Trump Trump noted that protesters had been controlled, "I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that ...
AMERICA: Clashes across The US as protesters demand for justice.

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

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...
ENTERTAINMENT: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death.

ENTERTAINMENT: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death.

Entertainment, WORLD
Actor John Boyega has delivered an uncompromising message against racism after fielding praise and backlash for Twitter posts about the subject. The Star Wars actor posted about his hatred of racists on Wednesday following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in the US. He added that "WHITE on BLACK racism" had "ruined the world", which sparked responses about other forms of racism. He later doubled down against "racist white people" in an Instagram live. His initial anger was sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, who was shown in a video groaning "I can't breathe" as a white policeman knelt on his neck. Image copyright AFP Image caption George Floyd's death has sparked protests in the US Boyega tweeted his hatred of racists before replying to a ...
FEATURE STORIES: Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony.

FEATURE STORIES: Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony.

Sports, WORLD
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried in a cemetery near the family's Southern California home, according to death certificates. Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar features meticulous landscaping, open courtyards and fountains that “express the joy of living," according to its website. Actor John Wayne, who died in 1979, also is buried there. The Bryants and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash. The retired basketball superstar, his daughter and the other victims will be honored at a Feb. 24 public memorial at Staples Center, where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna, whose team was coa...
FEATURE STORIES: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets African leaders to advance conflict resolution and economic security

FEATURE STORIES: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets African leaders to advance conflict resolution and economic security

AFRICA
Trudeau called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly sharedADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 10, 2020/ -- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a meeting for African heads of state, foreign ministers and representatives of the United Nations and other multilateral bodies on Monday to discuss ways to secure peace across the continent as a necessary condition for prosperity. Trudeau, the 2020 chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly shared, “…as a way not just of countering the pull of extremism in some places or the cynicism of populism, but...
WORLD: African leaders reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan.

WORLD: African leaders reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan.

AFRICA
African leaders on Sunday condemned US President Donald Trump's Mideast peace plan as illegitimate, taking advantage of an African Union summit to voice solidarity with "the Palestinian cause". AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told assembled heads of state that the plan unveiled in late January represented the "umpteenth violation of multiple United Nations and African Union resolutions".He said that it was prepared without international consultation and that it "trampled on the rights of the Palestinian people", a line that drew applause in the main hall at AU headquarters. Trump's long-delayed peace proposals were immediately rejected by the Palestinians, who have boycotted his administration over its pro-Israel stance.The proposals include giving Israel the gree...
UGANDA: Americans pledge to invest shs1.1trn in Uganda’s health and real estate sectors.

UGANDA: Americans pledge to invest shs1.1trn in Uganda’s health and real estate sectors.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A delegation of African American investors has pledged to invest to a tune of s1.1 trillion ($300m) in the health and real estate sectors in Uganda. According to Mark Anthony Hernandez they chose to invest in Uganda because of the peace and security that the country enjoys. “We are a delegation of African Americans from California interested in bringing back African American dollars back to Africa,” Hernandez said during a media briefing at the Entebbe international airport. The investors who are set to meet President Yoweri Museveni next week, were received by Abbey Kigozi Walusimbi, the NRM chairman –Diaspora league. Briefing the media about their planned investment in Uganda, Hernandez said they plan to invest in Neurosurgery in the health sector. On real estat...
AMERICA: Soldier who testified at Trump impeachment loses his White House job.

AMERICA: Soldier who testified at Trump impeachment loses his White House job.

Uncategorized
A US Army officer who testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment probe was pushed out of his White House job on Friday, his lawyer said. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted out of the White House where he worked on the National Security Council, with his lawyer calling the move an act of revenge by the president. “Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth,” lawyer David Pressman said. Hours earlier, Trump had said he wanted Vindman gone. “I’m not happy with him,” Trump, who was acquitted by the Senate on Wednesday of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, told reporters. “You think I’m supposed to be happy with him?” Trump said. “I’m not.” Vindman, who served as director of European affairs on the National Security Cou...
AMERICA: Donald Trump lawyer’s impeachment argument stokes fears of ‘normalisation of lawlessness’ by a president.

AMERICA: Donald Trump lawyer’s impeachment argument stokes fears of ‘normalisation of lawlessness’ by a president.

Uncategorized
When a lawyer for President Donald Trump suggested to senators this week that whatever a president does in pursuit of reelection is inherently in the public’s interest, the moment crystallised fears among some of Trump’s critics about creeping presidential autocracy. “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” said the lawyer, Alan Dershowitz. He sought on Thursday to clarify or walk back his remarks, saying on Twitter that they were mischaracterised. But the wave of outrage underscored how the politics of the Trump era — and his lawyers’ efforts to help Trump advance his agenda and defend himself from scrutiny — have become infused with concerns abou...
AMERICA: Wilbur Ross says Coronavirus could boost US jobs

AMERICA: Wilbur Ross says Coronavirus could boost US jobs

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The rapid spread of the disease has raised fears about its impact on the Chinese economy and global growth. The comments have come under fire from critics of President Trump's administration. In response to a question on Fox Business News about whether the outbreak is a risk to the US economy Mr Ross said: "I don't want to talk about a victory lap over a very unfortunate, very malignant disease." "The fact is, it does give business yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain... So I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America," he went on to say. Later the US Commerce Department echoed his comments: "As Secretary Ross made clear the first step is to bring the virus under control and help the victims of ...