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UK still ‘critical’ as lockdown eases: Live coronavirus updates

Latin America’s death toll has topped 50,000 and cases have neared one million, with countries such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru struggling to stem the tide, according to a Reuters tally. Brazil has registered a record 33,274 new cases of the coronavirus, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The country’s death toll has increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry added.  Italy has added 111 new victims to the country’s official death toll from the new coronavirus and 416 new infections as it prepares to relax travel restrictions next week. The increases bring the official death toll to 33,340. A third member of a scientific advisory body to the Brit...

Strict measures for Saudi worshippers as mosques reopen

Saudi Arabia’s mosques have opened their doors to worshippers for the first time in more than two months as the kingdom eased restrictions imposed to combat the novel coronavirus. “It is great to feel the mercy of God and once again call people for prayers at mosques instead of at their homes,” Abdulmajeed al-Mohaisen, who issues the call to prayer at Al-Rajhi Mosque, one of the largest in the capital Riyadh, told Reuters news agency on Sunday.  More: Worshippers headed to mosques for dawn prayers amid strict regulations requiring the use of face masks and personal prayer mats, avoiding handshakes and standing at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) apart. The elderly, children below 15 and people with chronic diseases are not permitted. People must perform the abluti...

Somalia: 10 killed as minibus hits roadside bomb near Mogadishu

A roadside bomb has struck a minibus near Somalia’s capital, killing at least 10 people and wounding 12 others, the government said. The deadly explosion occurred near Lafole village along the Afgoye-Mogadishu road where the passenger bus was travelling early Sunday. “At least 10 civilians were killed in an explosion at Lafole area this morning, those who died were all civilians,” the information ministry said in a statement, adding that the victims were on their way to a funeral. More: There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which occurred on a road used frequently by government and security vehicles. Witnesses said the minibus was completely destroyed, and described an horrific scene with everyone on board either dead or wounded and many bodies rip...

George Floyd protests: Minnesota fully mobilises National Guard

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA – The governor of Minnesota, where protests have erupted over police brutality and the death of George Floyd during the last week, has fully mobilised the National Guard to Minneapolis for the first time in state history. Governor Tim Walz said the deployment comes as part of an effort to help quell the protests, which have often started off peaceful before descending into chaos, with fires and looting – violence he largely blamed on outsiders. More: “We do not have the numbers,” Walz said. “We cannot arrest people when we are trying to hold ground.” Minnesota National Guard General Jon Jensen said all the state’s guardsmen had been activated, and some 2,500 members were expected to be mobilised by midday. “It mean...

Britain at ‘dangerous moment’ as lockdown to ease: Live updates

A third member of a scientific advisory body to the British government has warned that it is too soon to lift the COVID-19 lockdown because the test and trace system is not yet fully operational. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India is facing a “long battle” ahead in its efforts to defeat the pandemic as the country set a new record for daily coronavirus infections. United States President Donald Trump has said the US is “terminating” its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the agency has not made coronavirus reforms. Brazil’s coronavirus deaths reached a total of 27,878, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of deaths. More than 5.9 million cases of coronavirus have been ...

George Floyd: Cop charged with murder, Minneapolis sets curfew

The fired officer who knelt on George Floyd’s knelt for several minutes as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe”, has been charged with murder and manslaughter. Protests erupted in cities across the US over the deadly arrest of Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned to the ground by the knee of a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Protesters rallied in Minneapolis for a third night on Thursday into Friday, with some demonstrators overtaking a police building and setting it on fire.  The Minnesota National Guard has arrived in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and surrounding areas.  Twitter hid Trump’s tweet criticising the protesters and Minneapolis’s handling of the protests as a violation of its policy on glorifying violence.  Here ar...

US: Derek Chauvin charged with murder in death of George Floyd

The white police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in a case that sparked protests across the United States and violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Derek Chauvin, the officer seen on a bystander’s mobile phone video kneeling on Floyd’s neck on Monday before the 46-year-old man died, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a news briefing. More: “He is in custody and has been charged with murder,” Freeman said of Chauvin. “We have evidence, we have the citizen’s camera’s video, the horrible, horrific, terrible thing w...

Trump ‘terminates’ US contract with WHO: Coronavirus live updates

US President Donald Trump has said the US is ‘terminating’ its relationship with the WHO, saying group hasn’t made coronavirus reforms. The WHO and 37 countries have launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an alliance aimed at making coronavirus vaccines, tests, treatments and other technologies available to all countries.  Russia has announced that 232 more people have died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours in a record one-day increase in the country. India’s coronavirus death and case tolls have passed China’s, after the country recorded 175 new deaths and 7,466 new cases. The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A are set to resume in June after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears. China again reported...

English, Italian football back in June: Live coronavirus updates

The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A are set to resume next month after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears. US President Donald Trump has once again attacked Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic, calling the virus “a very bad gift from China”.  Cases of community transmission of the coronavirus are growing in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia, and a new strategy for testing is needed to prevent this, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said. European governments have moved to halt the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, and a second global trial was suspended, further blows to hopes for a treatment promoted by US President Donald Trump. More than 5.7 million cases of co...

‘All-out combat’ feared as India, China engage in border standoff

On May 5, a scuffle broke out between Indian and Chinese troops at the Pangong Tso lake, located 14,000 feet (4,270 metres) above the sea level in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. A video shot by an Indian soldier and shared on social media showed soldiers from both nations engaged in fistfights and stone-pelting at the de facto border, known as Line of Actual Control (LAC). The incident, which continued until the next day, resulted in 11 soldiers being injured on both sides. More: Three days later and nearly 1,200km (745 miles) away to the east along the LAC, another fight erupted at Nathu La Pass in the Indian state of Sikkim after Indian soldiers stopped a patrol party from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Both countries downplayed the incidents and the issues were resolved ...

US and allies condemn China over Hong Kong national security law

China’s plan to impose a new security law on Hong Kong puts it in direct violation of its international commitments, the United States and its allies – the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia – have said. “China’s decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration,” a joint statement released by the four countries said on Thursday. More: The proposed Chinese law would undermine the “one country, two systems” framework, the four allies said in the statement, referring to the arrangement under which Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed back to China in 1997. ...

Pompeo declares Hong Kong ‘no longer autonomous’ from China

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified the US Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. Wednesday’s notification to lawmakers sets the stage for the US to withdraw preferential trade and financial status that the former British colony has enjoyed since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. “Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as US laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997,” Pompeo said in a statement. More: Pompeo’s certification to Congress was not accompanied by a revocation of any specific privileges. But it comes amid calls for the US and others to react against Beijing’s move to impose Chinese national security laws...