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Citigroup closes some branches, mostly in LA and Chicago, due to George Floyd protests

Citigroup Inc said on Friday it would "proactively" close some branches and reduce hours at others in light of protests around the country in response to the death of George Floyd that have at times turned violent.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Pentagon orders remaining active-duty troops to leave Washington area

The Pentagon will be sending back the remaining 900 active-duty troops who were sent to the Washington, D.C., area to potentially respond to civil unrest, and they are expected to start heading back to their home bases, a U.S. official told JunctionNews.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Electric skateboard-mounted trash collector among U.S. protest volunteers

As protesters chanted near the White House, Michael Piatschak leaned from his one-wheeled electric skateboard, extended a trash-grabbing claw and, like a raptor swooping on prey, snagged a plastic bag off the street and stuffed it into a shoulder sack.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Democratic U.S. politicians urge police reforms as protesters march for 11th day

Prominent Democratic politicians on Friday embraced the cause of U.S. protesters angered by the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody, adopting their slogans and announcing reforms as tensions remained high in major cities.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
U.S. protesters call to 'Defund the Police.' What would that look like?

Nationwide protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, the latest in a long string of high-profile slayings of black men by white officers, have featured a common rallying cry: "Defund the police."

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Buffalo police officers quit unit to protest colleagues' suspension: reports

All 57 members of a police tactical unit in Buffalo, New York, have resigned from that team to protest the suspension of two colleagues who were filmed shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, local media reported on Friday.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
'We were wrong': NFL commissioner regrets stance on player protests, condemns racism

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league made mistakes in not listening to players, in a video on Friday denouncing racism in the United States amid widespread protests over police brutality against black people.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
COVID-19 crisis shakes Brazil, but Bolsonaro keeps impeachment at bay

One of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks, a paralyzed economy sending investors fleeing for the exit, and accusations that he has undermined Brazil's young democracy have not loosened President Jair Bolsonaro's grip on power.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Trump administration orders Marriott to cease Cuba hotel business

The Trump administration has ordered Marriott International to wind down hotel operations in Communist-run Cuba, a company spokeswoman told JunctionNews, extinguishing what had been a symbol of the U.S.-Cuban detente.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
U.S. schools lay off hundreds of thousands, setting up lasting harm to kids

Late last month, San Diego high school teacher Jessica Macias put aside her worries about her future, psyched herself up and launched into an enthusiastic lesson via video feed to her class on the theory of knowledge.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Trump touts job gains as 'greatest comeback in American history'

President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated a stunning U.S. employment report that showed more than 2.5 million jobs were added last month during the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, and predicted the battered economy will recover all of its lost jobs by next year.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Wall Street rallies to end higher on surprise U.S. jobs report

Wall Street surged on Friday after a strikingly upbeat May jobs report unexpectedly provided the clearest evidence yet that the U.S. economy is headed for a quicker-than-anticipated recovery.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Equities surge, bonds tumble on surprise U.S. jobs gains

An unexpected jump in U.S. employment sent world equities and oil surging on hopes that the global economy has started to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, pulling investors out of perceived safe havens like government bonds and gold.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Gargling with bleach? Americans misusing disinfectants to prevent coronavirus, survey finds

More than a third of Americans misused cleaners and disinfectants to try to prevent infection by the coronavirus, according to a survey taken shortly after President Donald Trump publicly asked whether injecting such products could treat COVID-19.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
U.S. labor market unexpectedly improves; recovery years away

The U.S. economy unexpectedly added jobs in May after suffering record losses in the prior month, offering the clearest signal yet that the downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic was probably over, though the road to recovery could be long.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Explainer: Who are Antifa, the 'boogaloo' movement and others blamed in U.S. protest violence?

President Donald Trump and his allies have sought to blame left-wing extremists for the violence and looting at U.S. protests over police brutality while local authorities and watchdog groups have pointed to the threat posed by right-wing movements.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Wear masks in public says WHO, in update of COVID-19 advice

The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19 to help reduce the spread of the pandemic disease.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
Should U.S. police get free military equipment? Protests revive debate

In cities across the United States this past week, protesters have been confronted by police carrying shields and batons and hulking armored vehicles that might look to some people like a scene straight out of a war zone.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
New York officials defend curfew, subway safety ahead of Monday reopening

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said New York is on track to reopen on Monday from the coronavirus lockdown that turned the most populous U.S. city into a virtual ghost town, restarting work at 32,000 shuttered construction sites.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT
UK halts trial of hydroxychloroquine as 'useless' for COVID-19 patients

British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential "game changer" in the pandemic, was "useless" at treating COVID-19 patients.

[Read More] Posted: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 9:45:43 SGT



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