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George Floyd death: Unrest spreads across US News

Image caption Fire at a petrol station in Minneapolis, which continues to see the worst unrest. Protests against the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis have spread across the United States. Violence erupted again in the city where George Floyd died, but was also seen in New York, Atlanta, Oakland, Dallas and many other cities across the country. The greatest anger among protesters remains in Minneapolis, where people ... Full story

EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with World Health Organization

FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), walks past the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) after the World Health Assembly (WHA) following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health ... Full story

'At last we're free': Parisians head for the park as lockdown eases

FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the hot weather next to the Invalides Museum in Paris, as France gradually lifts the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, France, May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo. PARIS (Reuters) - Parisians flocked to parks and gardens as they reopened in the sunny French capital on Saturday for the first time after almost 11 weeks of coronavirus lockdown, one of the last areas of France to ease restrictions. With ... Full story

China drops mention of GDP goal as parliament opens, virus slams economy

(Corrects say first time no GDP goal was set since 2002 in paragraph 2 of May 22 story) By Kevin Yao and Judy Hua. BEIJING (Reuters) - China dropped its annual growth target for the first time on Friday and pledged more government spending as the COVID-19 pandemic hammers the world’s second-biggest economy, setting a sombre tone to this year’s meeting of parliament. The omission from Premier Li Keqiang’s work report marks the first time China ... Full story

Coronavirus: Italy's Tower of Pisa reopens after three months shut

Italy's celebrated leaning Tower of Pisa has reopened to tourists again, three months after closing due to coronavirus. First to climb the more than 280 steps were 10-year-old Matilde and her father Roberto, Ansa news agency reports. The reopening comes as badly-hit Italy eases its lockdown measures. Visitor numbers are being restricted to 15 at a time at the monument, which, along with surrounding attractions, normally draws five million ... Full story

SpaceX Unmanned Test Rocket Explodes on Launch Pad

Elon Musk is having a rough week -- one of his SpaceX rockets ignited into a massive ball of fire Friday, and yet ... there's still some good news. The company's 4th prototype of its Starship rocket was fueled up on a south Texas launchpad when it burst into flames. You can hear SpaceX engineers discussing something about a possible methane leak, though it's unclear if that was from the rocket or something nearby the pad. Either way ... ... Full story

Verstappen and Norris team up for virtual Le Mans

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One rivals Max Verstappen and Lando Norris will be team mates for the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13/14, according to the official entry list on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia - March 12, 2020 Red Bull's Max Verstappen arriving to the Circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott. The Red Bull and McLaren drivers are sharing the Team Redline ... Full story

Italian Fognini undergoes surgery on both ankles

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP 500 - Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 25, 2020 Italy's Fabio Fognini in action during his match against Britain's Dan Evans REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - World number 11 Fabio Fognini underwent surgery on both ankles on Saturday to cure a long-standing problem. In a statement posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old Italian said he ... Full story

La Liga clubs free to start full training from Monday

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Betis v Real Madrid - Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville, Spain - March 8, 2020 General view outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo. MADRID (Reuters) - Clubs in Spain’s top two soccer divisions can hold full training sessions from Monday for the first time since returning to activity after action was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers La Liga ... Full story

2017 Tour de France samples re-tested for unnamed substance - report

FILE PHOTO: - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 103-km Stage 21 from Montgeron to Paris Champs-Elysees, France - July 23, 2017 - The peloton passes through the Grand Palais. Picture taken July 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau. (Reuters) - Samples from the 2017 Tour de France are being re-tested as authorities look for a previously undetectable performance-enhancing substance, Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported on Saturday. “On ... Full story