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Brazil reaches 27,878 coronavirus deaths, surpasses Spain

Gravediggers bury the body of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sao Francisco Xavier cemetery, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes. RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Coronavirus deaths in Brazil reached 27,878, the Health Ministry said on Friday, surpassing Spain to become the fifth ranking nation in the number of dead. In the last 24 hours, Brazil, which now has the second-largest outbreak in ... Full story

'Am I next?' Tennis star Gauff joins chorus of protest after Minneapolis death

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teenage tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff released a video protesting killings of African-Americans in the United States on Friday, joining a chorus of outrage across the country that followed the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Fourth Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 26, 2020 Cori Gauff of the U.S. celebrates during her match against Sofia Kenin of the ... Full story

Opioid overdoses on the rise in Canada during COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s opioid-related deaths have been rising since the coronavirus pandemic began, the country’s chief public health officer said on Friday. An intravenous (IV) drug user fills a syringe with street drugs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside as the local health unit has started providing a "safe supply" of narcotic alternatives to combat overdoses due to poisonous additives and to help support addicts and the homeless into ... Full story

Exclusive: Zoom plans to roll out strong encryption for paying customers only

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zoom ( ZM.O ), the video conferencing provider whose business has boomed with the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to strengthen encryption on video calls made by paying clients and institutions like schools, but not for users of its popular free accounts, a company official said Friday. FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Zoom logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado ... Full story

North Korea says it supports China's measures on Hong Kong

FILE PHOTO: A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Saturday expressed its support for China’s decision to impose new national security laws in Hong Kong, calling it a “legitimate step” to safeguard the state security. “Since Hong Kong issue is an issue pertaining thoroughly to the internal affairs of China, any country or ... Full story

Edging closer to bailout, Lufthansa accepts tweaked demands by Brussels

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa’s ( LHAG.DE ) management board accepted a more favourable set of demands made by the European Commission in exchange for approval of a 9 billion euro ($10 billion) government bailout, the carrier said on Saturday, paving the way for its rescue. FILE PHOTO: Airplanes of German carrier Lufthansa are parked at the Berlin Schoenefeld airport, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in ... Full story

Saturated hospitals, airlifts as California border region virus cases surge

MEXICALI, Mexico/EL CENTRO, Calif., (Reuters) - Coronavirus cases are surging in a scorching hot desert region straddling south California and a city near Mexico’s Tijuana, leading to saturated hospitals, a cross-border overspill of patients and airlifts from rural U.S. clinics. A medical scribe and registered nurses are seen at the El Centro Regional Medical Center during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in El Centro, California, ... Full story

Biden urged to pick black VP, not Klobuchar as Minneapolis killing stokes racial tensions

(Reuters) - Joe Biden is facing fresh calls to choose a black woman for his running mate amid rising racial tensions after this week’s videotaped killing of an unarmed black man by a white Minneapolis police officer. FILE PHOTO: Candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris on the second night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo. ... Full story

Why has a US city gone up in flames?

Tensions between Minneapolis' black community and the police did not start with the death of George Floyd. They have been years in the making. On a hot Thursday morning in the Longfellow neighbourhood of Minneapolis, a 28-year-old father named Nuwman stood outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct drinking a large coffee as smoke wafted past from the smouldering ruins of nearby buildings. It was day three of protests over the ... Full story

JPMorgan CEO calls Minneapolis events 'tragic, heartbreaking' in staff memo

FILE PHOTO: Jamie Dimon, chairman & CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., speaks during the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton. NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon called events in Minneapolis, where this week a black man died in police custody, “tragic and heartbreaking” in a memo to staff on Friday. Minneapolis has been the site of ... Full story