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Police rescue 300 workers ‘locked in rice factory ‘

Police in Nigeria have rescued 300 people they say were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown. From the end of March the men were allegedly not allowed to leave the mill in the northern city of Kano. The workers were promised an additional $13 (£10) a month on […]

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Bank of England to remove any portraits of former governors linked to slave trade

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England said on Thursday it would remove any portraits still on display within the 325-year-old central bank of former governors or directors with links to the slave trade. “As an institution, the Bank of England was never itself directly involved in the slave trade, but is aware of some inexcusable […]

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U.S. Senate Republicans ready police reform bill to rival Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Police reforms will take center stage in Congress on Wednesday as Senate Republicans unveil their effort to address racial disparities in law enforcement and Democrats in the House of Representatives advance their own, more sweeping proposal. More than three weeks after George Floyd’s killing in police custody spurred protests nationwide, Senator Tim […]

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French police clash with anti-racism activists

French police have clashed with activists protesting in Paris against racism and alleged police brutality. Police used tear gas against stone-throwing protesters who tried to hold a march that was banned. The rally is part is a worldwide movement inspired by America’s Black Lives Matter protests. It was organised under the banner “Justice for Adama”, […]

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Right-wing and anti-racism protesters scuffle in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Anti-racism protesters rallied again around Britain on Saturday, with scuffles breaking out in London as counter-demonstrators also came out to protect monuments targeted for their links to colonial history. Statues of historical figures including Winston Churchill – Britain’s World War Two leader whom protesters call a xenophobe – were boarded up to […]

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'Stop buying social peace at our expense', French police tell government

PARIS (Reuters) – French police marched in protest along Paris’ Champs Elysees boulevard to the interior ministry on Friday, accusing the government of scapegoating law enforcement agencies as public anger over race discrimination swells. There were other protests late on Thursday in numerous towns and cities across France and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner sought on […]

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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 […]

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Protesters rally in London, Berlin over George Floyd's death

LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of people protested in London and Berlin on Sunday in solidarity with demonstrations in the United States over the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. The protesters knelt in central London’s Trafalgar Square, chanting “No justice, […]

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Riot police reinforce Hong Kong legislature overnight for expected protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of riot police took up posts around Hong Kong’s legislature overnight, as protests were expected on Wednesday over a bill criminalising disrespect of China’s national anthem and against plans by Beijing to impose national security laws. The proposed new national security laws have triggered the first big street unrest in […]