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New Zealand's Ardern says she is 'horrified' by George Floyd's death

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday that she was “horrified” by George Floyd’s death, and welcomed peaceful protests in New Zealand in solidarity, but noted that they flouted social distancing restrictions. FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. ... Full story

Trump vows to send in troops to end unrest

Image caption Police cleared Lafayette Square of protesters shortly before Mr Trump visited a nearby church. US President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to quell growing civil unrest over the death of a black man in police custody. He said if cities and states failed to control the protests and "defend their residents" he would deploy the army and "quickly solve the problem for them". The death of George Floyd, 46, in ... Full story

Singapore rushes to build housing for 60,000 migrant workers after virus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: Migrant workers look out of windows in a dormitory, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su. SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore government is racing to create additional housing for about 60,000 migrant workers by the end of this year, as it seeks to reduce the density in dormitories which have seen mass outbreaks of the coronavirus infection. The nation of 5.7 million people has ... Full story

South Korean shipbuilder stocks rally on $19 billion deal with Qatar Petroleum

FILE PHOTO - Giant cranes of Hyundai Heavy Industries are seen in Ulsan, South Korea, May 29, 2018. Picture taken on May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji. SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares in South Korean shipbuilders rallied more than 20% on Tuesday following $19 billion worth of deals to build vessels for Qatar Petroleum (QP). QP said on Monday it has signed agreements with South Korea’s “Big 3” shipyards to secure more than 100 ships costing over 70 ... Full story

Mexico's coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000

FILE PHOTO: Relatives of a man who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before being transferred to a hospital are seen near an ambulance transporting the body of their loved one, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez. MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s death toll from the novel coronavirus on Monday surpassed 10,000 after the health ministry reported an additional 237 deaths in the country. Total deaths reached ... Full story

Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk, says largest review of evidence

FILE PHOTO: Learners observe social distancing markers as they queue at a school feeding scheme in Gugulethu township during a nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cape Town, South Africa, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - Keeping at least one metre apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, ... Full story

Hong Kong leader calls out 'double standards' on national security, points to U.S.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign governments of “double standards” in their reaction to Beijing’s plans to impose national security laws on the city, pointing to anti-police brutality protests in the United States. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, wearing a mask due to the ongoing global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), speaks during a news conference over the new national security legislation in ... Full story

U.S. ups National Guard forces to quell D.C. unrest, readies active duty troops

Military vehicles carrying National Guard personnel drive along West Executive Drive, following national protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is sharply increasing the number of National Guard forces in Washington, D.C., and, in an extraordinary move, has readied active-duty troops outside the ... Full story

Brazil to end 2020 with debt at 94% of GDP, treasury secretary says

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Secretary of the Treasury Mansueto Almeida attends an interview with Reuters in Brasilia, Brazil February 12, 2020. Picture taken February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo. BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil will end 2020 with debt equal to 94% of the nation’s gross domestic product, Treasury Secretary Mansueto Almeida said on Monday, adding that Brazil needs to show it is committed to additional fiscal reforms for the ... Full story

Geely's Polestar plans China showroom expansion to compete with Tesla: sources

SHANGHAI Reuters) - Polestar, the premium electric vehicle maker owned by China’s Geely, plans a big expansion of its showroom network in the mainland, sources said, as it prepares for delivery of cars to compete with Tesla Inc’s locally made Model 3. A worker wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak cleans the floor near a Polestar 2 electric sedan displayed at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China May 5, 2020. ... Full story

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