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Lockdown penalties defended as 'proactive' by police chief

Image caption Dyfed-Powys Police has issued more fines for lockdown breaches than any force in the UK. Dyfed-Powys Police's commissioner has said "proactivity" is behind the force issuing more fines than any other for lockdown breaches. Dafydd Llywelyn spoke as Wales braced itself for the lifting of the Welsh Government's five-mile "stay local" travel guidance on Monday. Up to 22 June, the force issued 1,651 fixed penalty notices. The next ... Full story

Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries

Image caption There have been protests against the new law in Hong Kong, despite fears of stiff punishments. Books by pro-democracy figures have been removed from public libraries in Hong Kong in the wake of a controversial new security law. The works will be reviewed to see if they violate the new law, the authority which runs the libraries said. The legislation targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in ... Full story

2 Oklahoma police officers accused of repeatedly using stun gun against man charged with his murder

Two Oklahoma police officers have been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly applying multiple electrical shocks from stun guns to the body of a man who died afterward. Wilson Police Department Officers Joshua Taylor and Brandon Dingman reportedly responded to a call around midnight on July 4, 2019, that 28-year-old Jared Lakey was allegedly acting disorderly. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations was requested by the Carter ... Full story

Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

FILE PHOTO: A Saudi family wearing protective face masks walk on Tahlia Street as nightlife kicks off, after the government loosened lockdown restrictions following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 21, 2020. Picture taken June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri. DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus infections have passed 200,000 and neighbouring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the number of ... Full story

Gun and ammunition sales soar as defund-the-police movement grows

Coronavirus-fueled fears of social unrest already had Americans panic-buying guns and bullets at record rates earlier this year. (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty Images). Coronavirus-fueled fears of social unrest already had Americans panic-buying guns and bullets at record rates earlier this year. That was before the police killing of George Floyd caused an international uproar , leading to protests that, at times, descended into riots , ... Full story

Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation

Image caption Sri Lankan Muslim women wait for a Covid-19 test. Some in the community are fighting cremation rules. Sri Lankan authorities are insisting on cremation for coronavirus victims - a practice forbidden by Islam. The nation's minority Muslim community says they are using the pandemic to discriminate, writes BBC Sinhala's Saroj Pathirana. On 4 May, Fathima Rinoza, a 44-year-old mother of three from Sri Lanka's minority Muslim ... Full story

Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks through the deserted Barajeel Souq, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in old Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike. DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus infections have passed 200,000 and neighbouring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the number of new cases climbing after the Arab world’s two largest economies fully lifted ... Full story

Democracy activists' books unavailable in Hong Kong libraries after new law

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Books by prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures have become unavailable in the Chinese-ruled city’s public libraries, days after Beijing introduced sweeping national security legislation, according to online records and one activist. FILE PHOTO: Anti-national security law protesters march at the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu. The law, ... Full story

'You’ve been warned': Florida sheriff says he may deputize gun owners against protesters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, no stranger to making viral videos appealing to tough-on-crime politics, released a video Tuesday that said he will make “special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county” if he feels the county is overwhelmed by protesters. The three-minute video shows Daniels standing in front of 18 deputies as he derides civil rights protesters as godless disruptors and tells them to stay out ... Full story

Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

FBI arrests British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Why you can trust BBC News Full story

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