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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

'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

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

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

Tiananmen anniversary: Hong Kongers mark crackdown despite ban

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Images from last year's commemoration in Hong Kong. People across Hong Kong are finding ways to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, despite the official vigil being banned. On 4 June 1989 troops and tanks opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing - estimates of the dead vary from a few hundred to several thousand. Tens of thousands of people normally mark ... Full story

Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week. There’s evidence they did. Law enforcement officials shy away from describing crowd-dispersing chemical tools as tear gas; it evokes police gassing citizens or the horrors of war. But giving those tools a more antiseptic name does not change the reality on the ground. ... Full story

A cop like me should be a neighbor, not an enemy combatant - The Washington Post

When I left the CIA, I no longer wanted to fight our “war on terror.” For seven years after the 9/11 attacks, I served as an operations officer in the CIA counterterrorism center. My role in our efforts overseas was small but left a large impression on me: We were creating more tensions and threats than we countered or mitigated. By approaching the issue as a “war,” we fought it as one, and this was a categorical mistake. There were significant ... Full story

WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trial in battle against COVID-19

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization will resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine for potential use against the coronavirus, its chief said on Wednesday, after those running the study briefly stopped giving it to new patients over health concerns. The U.N. agency last month paused the part of its large study of treatments against COVID-19 in which newly enrolled patients were getting the anti-malarial drug to treat COVID-19 due to ... Full story

UK car sales almost 90% below normal in May: SMMT

FILE PHOTO: Parked cars are seen at the Vauxhall plant as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Ellesmere Port, Britain March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble. LONDON (Reuters) - British car sales edged up in May after falling to their lowest since 1946 in April, but still remained almost 90% below their level a year earlier as coronavirus restrictions limited sales. Preliminary figures from the Society of Motor ... Full story

HSBC, StanChart shares rise in Hong Kong after backing China security law

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong-listed shares of HSBC and Standard Chartered rose on Thursday after the banks backed China’s imposition of a national security law on the city, even as a pro-democracy and newly formed financial workers’ union criticized the move. FILE PHOTO: HSBC logo is seen in New York, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. Some staff at the Asia-focussed British banks and analysts said HSBC ( HSBA.L ) and Standard ... Full story

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