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Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport

Wearing face coverings on public transport to be compulsory in England from 15 June. 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

Man 'used racial slur' after shooting black jogger

One of the men accused of murdering unarmed black man Ahmaud Arbery in the US state of Georgia used a racial slur after shooting him, a court has heard. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said Travis McMichael used the slur while Mr Arbery was on the ground. The agent said co-defendant William Bryan heard him use the slur. Mr Arbery was jogging when he was chased down by Travis McMichael and his father Gregory in Brunswick on 23 February. ... Full story

Robert E Lee statue: Virginia governor announces removal of monument

Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam has announced that a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee will be removed from the state capital. The controversial statue will be put into storage " as soon as possible", the governor said. The monument has been vandalised during recent protests over the killing of African American George Floyd. Memorials to the Confederacy, which fought to keep black people as slaves, have long stirred controversy. At a ... Full story

Ferguson picks Ella Jones as first African American and first woman mayor

The charges allege that Hoskins, in the months leading up to the April 2018 election for four city council seats, submitted fraudulent voter applications and other documents from at least three residents. Hoskins, 81, a former state representative, insisted he had done nothing wrong and said he was running on his record. He also promised to work to follow through on city plans to build a community center. Deinbo, 69, had said he’d work to hire ... Full story

"Memorial and march for George Floyd in New York"

Reuters Top News: "Memorial and march for George Floyd in New York" - -. - Sorry, this site requires JavaScript for full functionality. Please enable JavaScript in your browser and reload the page. Full story

'Violence provokes violence', Mandela Foundation says in support of U.S. protests

FILE PHOTO: Former South African President Nelson Mandela attends the Sixth Annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Kliptown, near Johannesburg, South Africa July 12, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo. JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Foundation said on Thursday violence can be a rational response to racism and for some communities is the only way to elicit change, as protests raged across the United States over the death ... Full story

Four poultry executives charged in chicken price fixing plot

Image caption For some poultry executives, the price-fixed chickens have come home to roost. A federal grand jury in Colorado has charged four executives from two US poultry companies with conspiracy for chicken price-fixing. The leaders of the Pilgrim's Pride and Claxton Poultry companies were indicted on Wednesday for a years-long plot to rig bids and elevate costs. Prosecutors say they worked to raise prices for chicken sold to restaurants ... Full story

US veteran on way home from Iran after detention

A US Navy veteran is returning home after being freed from detention in Iran, his family says. Michael White was handed a prison sentence in 2019 but was released temporarily on medical grounds to the Swiss embassy in March. He was arrested in 2018 after travelling to meet his girlfriend in the city of Mashhad. The news comes days after an Iranian scientist detained in the US was deported. This breaking news story is being updated and more ... Full story

Thousands defy ban to attend Tiananmen vigil - BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Crowds gather for candlelit Tiananmen Square vigil. Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong have defied a ban to stage a mass vigil in memory of the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. Officers erected barricades around the city's Victoria Park, but some pro-democracy protesters knocked them down and held candlelit gatherings. Police banned the vigil this year, ... Full story

Britain says nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests sent to U.S. lab came back void

FILE PHOTO: PJ McDonald being temperature tested before entering the course, as racing resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Great Yarmouth, Britain, June 3, 2020. Dan Abraham/Pool via REUTERS. LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests which Britain sent to a U.S. lab for processing came back void, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Thursday, adding to a mounting pile of ... Full story