Politics

Republican senator 'struggling' over whether to back Trump in election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Thursday she is struggling over whether she can support President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, saying criticism of Trump’s response to nationwide protests by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis rang true. Asked if she supported Trump, who faces the nation’s voters again in November, she said, “I […]

Business

U.S. jobless claims dip below 2 million, road to recovery rocky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped below 2 million last week for the first time since mid-March, but remains astonishingly high as companies adjust to an environment that has been significantly changed by COVID-19. Other data on Thursday showed a jump in the trade deficit in April as the […]

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Ethiopian food delivery startup rides to restaurants' rescue

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Restaurants may still be officially open in Ethiopia, but diners are staying away due to the coronavirus pandemic. Connecting the two is an Ethiopian food delivery service, Deliver Addis, which has seen demand surge since the start of the health crisis. For many restaurant kitchens, take out has become an important […]

Business

ECB's super stimulus salvo sends stocks, euro higher

LONDON (Reuters) – World markets got another shot of energy on Thursday as the European Central Bank (ECB) ramped up its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) to 1.35 trillion euros. European equities [.EU], oil [O/R] and euro markets [/FRX] had been lower before the ECB said it would raise the programme from 750 billion euros […]

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George Floyd death: Policeman hugs crying black girl who asked ‘are you gonna shoot us?’ during protests

A white policeman hugged a five-year-old black girl during a George Floyd protest after she started crying and asked “are you gonna shoot us?” Simone Bartee was out protesting with her parents in Houston, Texas, on Saturday when she burst into tears. A passing officer noticed the schoolgirl was upset and put his arm around […]

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US pressing Saudi, UAE to end airspace ban against Qatar: Report

Report by WSJ says Washington is concerned airspace restrictions often force Qatari planes to fly over Iran, for a fee. The United States has been pushing to resolve a nearly three-year diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbours by pressing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to stop their ban on Qatari airlines using […]

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UK weather forecast: Unusual low pressure ‘attack’ brings downpours & thunder this weekend

May was a record-breaking month, with scorching temperatures, sunny skies and very little rainfall. However, the start of June and the start of meteorological summer has brought colder, wetter and windier weather – a trend which looks to continue across this weekend. Friday night, Saturday and Sunday will be dominated by a low-pressure system from […]

Politics

Denver mayor walks backs “murder” comments, though others hold him to it

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s office sought to pull back his comments made last week during television interview that Denver police officers had murdered three people, saying he misspoke. Those comments and the reversal come as Denver and the rest of the country continue to protest racism in America’s justice system. As those protests ramped up […]

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Lethbridge police investigating sudden death at supervised consumption site

The Lethbridge Police Service is investigating a sudden death at the city’s supervised consumption site early Wednesday afternoon. According to an LPS release, police were called to the facility at around 12:30 p.m. to assist EMS with a medical emergency in the parking lot along the 1000 block of 1 Avenue South. When officers arrived […]

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World Briefs: Yemen funding far short of target: UN

Yemen funding far short of target: UN BEIRUT • International donors have pledged about US$1.35 billion (S$1.9 billion) in humanitarian aid for Yemen, far short of the US$2.4 billion the United Nations had said was needed to pull a country shredded by years of war, hunger and disease from the brink of disaster. Mr Mark […]