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U.S. accuses China of using Floyd death for propaganda

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:07 PM

'The CCP's propaganda efforts – seeking to conflate the United States' actions in the wake of the death of George Floyd with the CCP's denial of basic human rights and freedom – should be seen for the fraud that they are,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'USED AS PROPAGANDA'. US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Universal Orlando is first big Florida theme park to reopen after virus

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The reopened theme park will only operate at 35% capacity, with new rules like mandatory face masks, temperature checks at the entrance, and ground markers

More than 900 U.S. virus deaths in past 24 hours – tracker

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:39 AM

The additional 922 deaths bring the total in the United States to 109,042, and there have been more than 1.89 million cases

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A person gets his temperature checked before being allowed into a Mt. Sinai Hospital building on May 4, 2020 on the Upper East Side neighborhood in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Trump sparks controversy saying 'great day' for George Floyd

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The remarks Donald Trump made during a televised White House briefing come 11 days after George Floyd's death and spark confusion as to why Trump thought it was a great day for Floyd

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Stock markets power ahead on surprise U.S. jobs rise

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:25 AM

The Dow piles on around 830 points, or 3.2%, to finish at 27,110.98 on Friday, June 5

STOCK EXCHANGE. The Fearless Girl statue stands in front of the New York Stock Exchange near Wall Street in New York City on March 23, 2020. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

U.S. shows surprising employment recovery in May 2020 despite pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The United States' unemployment rate is down to 13.3% in May 2020, from 14.7% in April 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 14, 2020, a man wearing a face mask walks past a sign "Now Hiring" in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia. - The US economy regained 2.5 million jobs in May as coronavirus pandemic shutdowns began to ease, sending the unemployment rate falling to 13.3 percent, the Labor Department reported on June 5, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

U.S. launches 1st Taliban air strikes since Afghan ceasefire end

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:37 PM

US forces spokesman Sonny Leggett says the two assaults took place on Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, in separate provinces in Afghanistan

AFTER CEASEFIRE. In this file photo, Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Trump says U.S. 'largely through' coronavirus pandemic

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:31 PM

'We had the greatest economy in the history of the world. And that strength let us get through this horrible pandemic, largely through, I think we're doing really well,' says President Donald Trump

COVID-19 IN US. US President Donald Trump turns to address US Secretary of Health Alex Azar as he speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Breaking with party, Republican senator says Trump rebuke 'necessary'

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:58 AM

Asked if she would support Trump in November's election, Senator Murkowski responds: 'I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.'

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

White House says China's Tiananmen Square 'slaughter' not forgotten

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Open discussion of the brutal suppression, in which hundreds if not thousands are believed to have been killed, is forbidden in mainland China

MAO. Chinese President Xi Jinping (7th L)) attends a military parade with former presidents Hu Jintao (6th L) and Jiang Zemin (8th L) in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

'You changed the world George,' rights leader tells Floyd memorial

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The crowd stands in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the same length of time that officer Derek Chauvin spent with his knee on Floyd's neck

GEORGE. An image of George Floyd is painted on the road near a memorial site outside Cup Foods on June 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. faces unemployment crisis amid record trade drop

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Data show more than 42 million workers in the United States have lost their jobs since mid-March 2020. The country's trade deficit also jumps to $49.5 billion.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020, people wait to receive food bank donations at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. - The ranks of US workers laid off at least temporarily by the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 42 million, with 1.87 million new jobless benefit claims filed last week, the Labor Department said on June 4, 2020. However the number of new claims filed in the week ended May 30 was 249,000 less than the week prior, indicating the unprecedented layoffs were slowing. (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

China says U.S. trade sanctions on Hong Kong violate WTO rules

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'If the United States disregards the fundamental principles of international relations and adopts unilateral measures according to its domestic laws, it will violate WTO rules,' says the Chinese commerce ministry

People gather to watch the sunset as they stand on a viewing platform in Tamar Park overlooking Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon skyline in Hong Kong on May 5, 2020. - Hong Kong on May 5 announced plans to ease major social distancing measures, including reopening schools, cinemas, bars and beauty parlours after the Chinese territory largely halted local transmission of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Memorial service to be held for Floyd after week of protests

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Led by civil rights activist Al Sharpton, the ceremony will be held in Minneapolis, where George Floyd died on May 25 after being detained by police

PORTRAIT. An image of George Floyd is painted on the road near a memorial site outside Cup Foods on June 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. adds Cuba remittances firm to sanctions list

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:30 PM

'We will continue to stop the flow of money into the pockets of those who oppress the Cuban people,' tweets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US EMBASSY. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

China to allow limited U.S. passenger flights

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) China says it will now let foreign airlines operate one international route into the country each week, including American carriers which have been affected by a de facto ban

VIRUS IMPACT. A Delta Air Lines plane. Photo from Shutterstock

Anti-terror unit arrests far-right extremists at U.S. protests

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The men allegedly belong to the 'Boogaloo' movement, which has adopted Hawaiian shirts as a uniform and which promotes 'a coming civil war and/or collapse of society,' says a Nevada federal prosecutor

BOOGALOO. A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Trump still obese, but free of hydroxychloroquine side effects – White House

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:37 AM

A bare-bones bulletin from the official presidential physician, Sean Conley, says 'there were no findings of significance or changes to report'

THE DON. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019. Photo by Saul Leob/AFP

'Brooklyn 99' cast, Blake Lively donate funds to post bail for detained protesters

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Other celebrities like Ryan Reynolds and Chrissy Teigen are also putting up money in solidarity with protesters around the US

Charges filed against all 4 police officers in Floyd killing

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:42 AM

The arrest of all 4 officers involved has been a focus for tens of thousands of protesters who have marched the streets of dozens of US cities for the past 9 days

KNEEL. Protestors kneel during a rally in Coral Gables, Florida on May 30, 2020 in response to the recent death of George Floyd. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP

Trump trying to 'divide' America – ex-Pentagon chief Mattis

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:54 AM

'Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try,' Mattis says

JAMES MATTIS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Trump denies sheltering in White House bunker

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:03 AM

'It was a false report,' Donald Trump tells Fox News radio, before elaborating that he did go into the secure area but only for a 'tiny, little, short period time'

DENIAL. In this file photo US President Donald Trump walks back to the White House escorted by the Secret Service after appearing outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The move is triggered by China's failure to act on American carriers' requests to resume passenger service

AVIATION. A China Southern employee wears a face mask as she carries a model plane at Beijing Daxing International Airport on the eve of a 5-day national holiday on April 30, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Pentagon chief opposes using active duty troops to quell protests

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:26 PM

'I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,' US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says, two days after President Donald Trump said he could do so to call up the army to quash protests

MARK ESPER. In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon on August 28, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Pope says racism 'intolerable,' in reaction to Floyd killing

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:35 PM

But the pontiff also condemns the violence that followed George Floyd's death in the city of Minneapolis as 'self-destructive and self-defeating'

ON RACISM. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

White House race becomes digital dogfight due to pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media takes the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning

'Blackout Tuesday' celebrity posts draw support, skepticism in music industry

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Photos of black squares on Instagram – some critics say the #BlackLivesMatter message is at risk of being diluted by brands and individuals who only see an opportunity to promote themselves

Anxiety rises over attacks on media covering U.S. protests

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:36 AM

A tally by media watchdog groups cites 192 press freedom violations during the latest wave of protests including 131 assaults, of which 108 were by police

PROTEST. Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Police stun Americans – by taking a knee with protesters

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:21 AM

At other times, the kneeling serves to defuse soaring tensions – raising the question of whether it is more of a de-escalation tactic

KNEEL. Los Angeles Police Department officers kneel during a rally led by Baptist Ministers to City Hall on June 2, 2020 in memory of George Floyd. Photo by Frederic J. BROWN/AFP

U.S. protesters risk coronavirus 'for health of nation'

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:12 AM

'It is important to wear a mask not only to protect yourself against COVID-19, but also from state surveillance,' says epidemiologist Brandon Brown

MASKS DOWN. Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Trump angers American religious leaders with Bible photo op

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:29 AM

'It was traumatic and deeply offensive, in the sense that something sacred was being misused for a political gesture,' Washington's Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde says

BIBLE. US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Amid protests, Pentagon squirms under pressure to do Trump's political bidding

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy,' says retired General Martin Dempsey

GAS. Tear gas rises above as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police in Washington, DC, on May 31, 2020. Photo by Samuel Corum/AFP

George W. Bush calls on U.S. to examine its 'tragic failures'

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:13 AM

'The heroes of America – from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King Jr. – are heroes of unity,' the former US president says

BUSH. Former US President George W. Bush speaks during a memorial service for US Senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2018. Photo by Saul Leob/AFP

'Endemic racial discrimination' exposed in U.S. – U.N. rights chief

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:03 PM

'This virus is exposing endemic inequalities that have too long been ignored,' says Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Philippines suspends VFA termination for now

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) The United States welcomes the suspension, which will last for an initial period of 6 months

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Australia probes U.S. police assault on its journalists

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne wants the Australian Embassy to investigate the incident, wherein 7NEWS journalists are slammed with a riot shield and punched and hit with a baton during a broadcast

PUSHING BACK PROTESTERS. Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators shooting tear gas next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

4 U.S. police wounded by shooting in protest-hit St Louis

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The injuries of the 4 officers were 'non-life threatening,' St Louis police chief Colonel John Hayden says

BIKE PATROL. St. Louis City Bike Patrol Officers mobilize as protesters demonstrate against police brutality and the death of George Floyd through downtown St. Louis on June 1, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images/AFP

Tiger Woods urges calm over 'shocking' George Floyd death

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:47 PM

'This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line,' says Tiger Woods

CALM. Tiger Woods likens the violent protests ignited by George Floyd's death to the Los Angeles riots. File photo by Warren Little/Getty Images/AFP

Cole Sprouse among those arrested at Black Lives Matter protest

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:37 PM

'This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing,' the actor says in an Instagram post

COLE SPROUSE. The actor, seen here at an event in Manila in April 2018, is among those arrested at a protest in Santa Monica, California. Rappler screenshot

Minneapolis businesses hammered by pandemic and protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Dozens of business owners in Minneapolis find themselves in a difficult financial situation, facing both the coronavirus and violent protests over the death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MAY 29: A man carries goods out of a ransacked business during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Earlier today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody for Floyd's death. Chauvin has been accused of kneeling on Floyd's neck as he pleaded with him about not being able to breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead a short while later. Chauvin and 3 other officers, who were involved in the arrest, were fired from the police department after a video of the arrest was circulated. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. records 743 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:24 PM

The United States officially logs 1,809,109 cases of COVID-19. The death toll and number of cases in the US are by far the worst in the world.

COVID-19. Certified medical assistant Yatziri Perez conducts a test for COVID-19 at a drive-up testing station in the parking lot of UNLV Medicine on April 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Trump threatens military mobilization against violent U.S. protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Despite the president's rhetoric, the June 1 protests appear largely peaceful in major cities, though some looting was reported in New York and Los Angeles

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

FALSE: Video of protesters breaking into the White House

Jun 02, 2020 - 12:21 PM

The video was taken at the Ohio Statehouse, not the White House

Hong Kong leader accuses U.S. of 'double standards' over protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials seize on the unrest gripping the US in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans

CARRIE. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Biden condemns 'institutional racism,' Floyd death as he reignites campaign

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hate just hides. Doesn't go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,' Joe Biden says of Donald Trump

JOE. File photo taken on March 12, 2020 of former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Saul Leob/AFP

Autopsy finds cop suffocated black man as U.S. braces for more fury

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:27 AM

In a conference call with governors quickly leaked to several media outlets, Trump tells state leaders to 'dominate' and says they are 'going to look like a bunch of jerks' if they are too soft

POLICE BRUTALITY. This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer arresting George Floyd. Photo by Darnella Frazier/AFP

Global stocks rise despite protests, U.S.-China tensions

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Analysts say markets have historically shrugged off civil disruptions

TRADING. The Wall Street street sign is seen in New York City on March 23, 2020. File photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

WHO says it wants to keep working with U.S.

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says US involvement with the organization has made a 'great difference' over the decades and 'it is WHO's wish for this collaboration to continue'

WORK WITH US. This handout image provided by the World Health Organization on May 16, 2020, shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attending a virtual press conference on May 16, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. AFP PHOTO/World Health Organization/Christopher Black

U.S. workers face unequal future when virus recedes

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The coronavirus pandemic is deepening inequality for workers in the world's largest economy

FACES. Two people wearing masks walk pass a mural of the coronavirus in the neighborhood of Queens on April 27, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

'We're tired of being hurt': Rage in New York over George Floyd death

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

New York has its own long history of police violence involving African Americans, with few arrests for fatal incidents and even fewer convictions

PROTEST. Manhattan, New York protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler