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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

Coronavirus frustrates Saudi women's push for financial independence

Al ULA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Abeer al-Howayan despaired of ever working after spending eight years trying to find a job that would put her chemistry degree to use in the Saudi Arabian town of Al Ula. Visitors tour near Rock formations that resemble human face at the Madain Saleh antiquities site in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri. She eventually abandoned her scientific ambitions and turned to selling homemade ... 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

India, Australia PMs to hold online summit, seal military logistics pact

FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India, November 18, 2019. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain/File Photo. NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Australia are set to seal a military logistics pact at an online summit between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Scott Morrison on Thursday that will lay the ground for greater military exchanges and ... Full story

ECB prepares more aid for virus-stricken euro zone

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank is certain to give the ailing euro zone economy another shot in the arm but, with arguments split over its timing, the only question is whether it will act on Thursday or hold out until July. FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde gestures as she addresses a news conference on the outcome of the meeting of the Governing Council, in Frankfurt, Germany, March 12, 2020. ... 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

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