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Obama calls on all U.S. mayors to pursue policing reforms in wake of protests

(Reuters) - In his first live remarks on the unrest gripping dozens of U.S. cities, former President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged every American mayor to review their police department’s use-of-force policies in consultation with their communities. The country’s first black president also struck a note of optimism, even as he acknowledged the despair and anger powering the protests since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died as a white ... Full story

Seattle police oversight to continue after 12,000 Floyd protest complaints

Protesters use umbrellas at the front line of a barricade guarded by Seattle police and the National Guard following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, near the department's East Precinct in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson. SEATTLE (Reuters) - Police in the city of Seattle will continue to be overseen by federal monitors, the mayor said on Wednesday, days after the force drew 12,000 ... Full story

'Near impunity' for drug war killings in Philippines, U.N. report says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines may have been killed in the war on drugs since mid-2016, amid “near impunity” for police and incitement to violence by top officials, the United Nations said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Activists wear hoods depicting families of victims killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war as Duterte delivers his State of the Nation address in Quezon city, Metro Manila, in Philippines July ... Full story

The God of High School Anime Reveals OP and ED Performers

The God of High School —an upcoming Crunchyroll Original based on the hit WEBTOON series by Yongje Park—is barreling toward its July premiere, and more info is here to followup on the recent character trailer . The latest update reveals the OP and ED artists, with KSUKE on the opening theme and CIX on the ending . KSUKE's OP is "Contradiction feat. Tyler Carter" and CIX's ED is "WIN," both of which are brand new tracks created just for the ... Full story

Protest disrupts Hong Kong legislative debate over China national anthem bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police and firefighters entered Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday after two pro-democracy lawmakers threw foul-smelling liquid to protest against China’s “murderous” crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square 31 years ago. The Chinese and Hong Kong flags flutter at the office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, ahead of a news conference held by Hong Kong Chief Executive ... Full story

Japan's 'mosh pit' trains spark fear of new coronavirus cases

TOKYO (Reuters) - As Japan returns to work from coronavirus restrictions, its notoriously crowded trains - almost a symbol of its celebrated work ethic - are raising fears about a resurgence of infections. FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing protective masks get off a subway train at Shibuya station amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon. Authorities in Tokyo had hoped to solve the ... Full story

Vallejo police shoot, kill man who officer mistakenly thought had a gun. He had a hammer

Vallejo police revealed Wednesday that a shooting by police a day earlier had resulted in the death of a 22-year-old robbery suspect who had a hammer in his waistband amid a chaotic night of looting. The man, identified as Sean Monterrosa, was killed outside a Walgreens store by a Vallejo officer, whom Police Chief Shawny Williams declined to name, describing the officer only as a veteran of the force. The shooting death could further inflame ... Full story

Oil refineries, offshore drillers face hurricane challenges amid pandemic

HOUSTON (Reuters) - As oil and gas companies began shutting offshore production before the first tropical storm of the season in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, experts said restarting wells and refineries will take longer and prove more costly this year because of COVID-19. FILE PHOTO: A massive drilling derrick is pictured on BP's Thunder Horse Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, 150 miles from the Louisiana coast, May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jessica ... Full story

U.S. finalizes order allowing 15 passenger air carriers to suspend service to 75 airports

FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said late Wednesday it granted final approval to 15 airlines to temporarily halt service to 75 U.S. airports ... Full story

Exclusive: Rosneft replaces sanctioned trading arm with new one - sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Rosneft ( ROSN.MM ), which closed its oil trading arm after sanctions were imposed by U.S. authorities in February, has set up a new Geneva-based trading business, four trading sources familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO - The Rosneft logo is pictured on a safety helmet in Vung Tau, Vietnam April 27, 2018. Picture taken April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov. The new business, Energopole SA, will take on the ... Full story

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