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DC mayor inaugurates 'Black Lives Matter' Plaza near White House

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has feuded with President Trump about militarised responses to protests over police brutality. Days after security forces in the United States pushed back peaceful protesters with flash grenades and tear gas, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday renamed the area in front of the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. The slogan […]

Business

Trump touts job gains as 'greatest comeback in American history'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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. “Today is probably, if you think of it, […]

Business

Global stocks and euro gain ahead of U.S. jobs data

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – World stocks held near three-month highs and the euro also remained close to a three-month peak, thanks to a larger than expected European stimulus boost and on hopes of a global economic rebound. Investors are pricing in an economic recovery despite data showing the severe damage wrought by coronavirus lockdowns. Later in […]

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‘Get off my lawn!’ Scott Morrison told off by resident as Australia PM in awkward moment

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was interrupted by a homeowner in Googong, New South Wales, as he announced a new housing scheme. Mr Morrison and reporters were yelled at from a distance […]

Business

BA owner considers legal action against government quarantine plan – and Ryanair vows support

The chief executive of British Airways owner IAG says the company is considering legal action against the government’s quarantine plans – and one of BA’s biggest rivals says it would support him. Willie Walsh was speaking days after the government announced a 14-day quarantine for arriving air passengers starting later this month, another obstacle for […]

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Sweden puts ex-envoy to China on trial for overstepping mandate

Swedish prosecutor accuses Anna Lindstedt of brokering unauthorised meeting for Chinese-Swedish dissident’s release. Sweden’s former ambassador to Beijing goes on trial in Stockholm on Friday accused of overstepping her mandate by trying to negotiate the release of a Chinese-Swedish dissident held in China. Anna Lindstedt is accused of brokering an unauthorised meeting during her time […]

Politics

Parliament: GIC and Temasek provide loans to companies for investment, says Indranee Rajah

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s GIC and Temasek provide loans to companies in the context of investments, and the Government does not direct these decisions, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah in Parliament on Friday (June 5). Like all other investments the sovereign wealth fund and government investment company make, these are commercial decisions taken […]

Business

Australia shakes up foreign investment laws for national security

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia announced the biggest shakeup of its foreign investment rules in almost half a century on Friday, including additional powers to force the divestment of a business if it creates a national security risk. Citing the need to balance economic and national security, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said all foreign investors will face […]

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Brazil's official coronavirus death toll passes Italy

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s total COVID-19 death toll blew past that of Italy on Thursday, as the Health Ministry reported 1,437 deaths in the last 24 hours and 30,925 additional coronavirus cases. The Latin American nation has now reported 34,021 deaths from the coronavirus, trailing only the United States and the United Kingdom. […]

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Revolt of the generals: Trump faces heat from US military leaders

Current and former Pentagon officials break with embattled US president over crackdown on Floyd protesters. A rare public rift has opened between United States President Donald Trump and senior military leaders over Trump’s threats to use troops against protesters as the US braces for another day of unrest and mourning following the death of George […]