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Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections

FILE PHOTO: Medical staff wearing protective suits take a rest at an emergency room amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, Indonesia, June 5, 2020, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/FB Anggoro/ via REUTERS. JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia reported on Saturday its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections, with 993 new cases, taking its total number to 30,514, a health ministry official said. ... Full story

How Bill Gates became the voodoo doll of Covid conspiracies

In 2015, an unassuming-looking Bill Gates came on stage at the TED conference in Vancouver to issue a dire warning. "If anything kills over 10 million people over the next few decades, it is likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than war," he told the audience. His prescient words picked up some coverage at the time, including from the BBC - but largely went unheeded. But now, the video of this talk has now been viewed more than 64 ... Full story

Biden formally wins Democratic nomination

Image caption This is Joe Biden's third attempt to win the presidency. Joe Biden has formally won the Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump in November's presidential election. He said on Twitter that he had secured the 1,991 delegates needed and would fight to "win the battle for the soul of the nation". He had been the effective nominee since Bernie Sanders withdrew in April. Coronavirus - and its effect on the economy - and the ... Full story

Protests in Australia, Japan embrace 'Black Lives Matter' movement

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Thousands took to the streets in Australia on Saturday, and hundreds did in Japan, to support protests across the United States against police brutality, while demonstrations were expected in South Korea with a virtual rally in Thailand. People wearing masks hold placards during a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, at Shibuya shopping and amusement ... Full story

Trump 'approves plan' to withdraw US troops from Germany

Image caption Mr Trump has previously complained about a lack of burden-sharing at Nato. US President Donald Trump has approved a plan to withdraw 9,500 American troops from bases in Germany by September, US media say. Mr Trump, who has long complained that European members of Nato should spend more on their own defence, reportedly wants US troop levels capped at 25,000. Troops would either be redeployed elsewhere or return home, US media ... Full story

Kazakh police detain dozens of anti-government protesters

ALMATY (Reuters) - Police in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty detained dozens of anti-government protesters who took to the streets on Saturday even as a new, more liberal law on demonstrations was expected to come into force. Pedestrians wearing protective face masks, which are used as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), watch law enforcement officers detaining a man during an unsanctioned rally held by Kazakh ... Full story

Russia reports 8,855 new coronavirus cases, 197 deaths in last 24 hours

A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves walks through a disinfection cabin placed at the entrance of the Evropeyskiy shopping mall, after it was reopened as part of a phase of lifting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Moscow, Russia June 5, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reported 8,855 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, pushing the total number of infections to 458,689. Officials ... Full story

Iranian wedding party fuelled new COVID-19 surge, President Rouhani says

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening ceremony of Iran's 11th parliament, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Tehran, Iran, May 27, 2020. Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERS. DUBAI (Reuters)- - A wedding party contributed to a new surge in coronavirus infections in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday but insisted the country had no option but to keep its ... Full story

Rare turtle lays eggs on tourist-free Thai beach

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A critically endangered turtle emerged from the sea to lay at least 80 eggs on a Thai beach just minutes before the start of World Environment Day - just one sign of how wildlife is making the most of the coronavirus pandemic limiting human movement. The Hawksbill sea turtle chose a beach on Koh Samui, an island typically visited by several million people each year, and was tracked by veterinarians thanks to an implanted ... Full story

Mass rallies in Australia for Black Lives Matter

Image caption Thousands protest in Sydney. Organisers urged attendees to try to observe social distancing. Tens of thousands of people have been protesting across Australia in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The marches were inspired by the death of African American George Floyd in police custody. However, protesters were also highlighting the mistreatment and marginalisation of Australia's Aboriginal people. Protesters were ready ... Full story