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2 Jul 20
A statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, is loaded onto a truck after being removed from Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.

The statue was removed after the city's mayor ordered the "immediate removal" of Confederate monuments

📸Ryan M. Kelly
Richmond removing Confederate statues, Mississippi retires state flag

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📸 The state flag is retired outside the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson
AFP graphic showing the states where America's confederate statues and monuments are found, and a timeline of when they were established, according to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center

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25 Jun 20
#BREAKING Virus resurging in Europe as restrictions ease: WHO
VIDEO: WHO Europe director Dr Hans Kluge says 30 countries in Europe have seen a resurgence of the #coronavirus since nations began easing restrictions and some health systems could again be pushed to the brink
#BREAKING EU medicines body recommends authorising use of anti-viral drug #remdesivir to treat coronavirus
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20 Jun 20
#BREAKING British police investigating 'serious incident' in Reading, stabbings reported
#UPDATE British police said "a number of people" were stabbed in in the city of Reading, with local media reporting that early indications suggested the incident is terror-related

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#BREAKING Three killed in south England stabbing attack: police
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18 Jun 20
#BREAKING Australia under broad cyberattack from 'state' actor: prime minister
#UPDATE Australia's prime minister says the country is under a broad cyberattack from a "state-based actor" targeting government, public services and businesses, but declines to name the culprit
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16 Jun 20
China reports another 27 #coronavirus cases in Beijing, where a fresh cluster has sparked @WHO concern.

The new cases bring the number of infections confirmed in Beijing over the past five days to 106

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📸 Noel Celis
#BREAKING Beijing city official warns #coronavirus situation is 'extremely severe'
#UPDATE Beijing virus situation 'extremely severe' as 27 new cases reported

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5 Jun 20
#BREAKING Dow ends 3.2% higher after surprisingly good US jobs data
#UPDATE The US Labor Department attributed the unexpected jobs improvement to "a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the #coronavirus (#COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it"
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#UPDATE US and European stock markets surged following a surprisingly strong US jobs report, which markets viewed as validating recent equity gains and proof that the economy is recovering

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5 Jun 20
#Facebook said it disrupted efforts by banned white nationalist groups to organize members to take up arms and target racial injustice marches like the demos protesting the death of George #Floyd
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There is little sign that mass demos in the United States sparked by the death of George #Floyd will decrease over the weekend, especially as new images of police brutality emerge
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The words BLACK LIVES MATTER were painted in yellow along the street leading to the White House as the mayor of the US capital renamed the area -- the epicenter of recent anti-racism protests -- as "Black Lives Matter Plaza" u.afp.com/3dCP
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5 Jun 20
#BREAKING Iran enriched uranium stockpile almost eight times limit in 2015 deal: UN watchdog
#BREAKING 'Serious concern' at lack of access to two Iran sites: UN nuclear watchdog
#UPDATE #Iran has been progressively breaking the restrictions laid down in the 2015 nuclear deal in retaliation for US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the accord in 2018, and Washington's subsequent re-imposition of sanctions u.afp.com/3dCg
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5 Jun 20
#BREAKING US unemployment rate falls to 13.3% in May: government
#BREAKING US stocks open higher after strong May jobs data, Dow +2.8%
#UPDATE The US regained 2.5 million jobs in May and the country's unemployment rate dropped to 13.3% as #coronavirus pandemic shutdowns began to ease, raising hopes the economy could recover from the crisis sooner than expected u.afp.com/3djk
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5 Jun 20
#BREAKING EU's Barnier says 'no significant progress' in Brexit trade talks
#BREAKING UK says 'limited' progress in latest Brexit trade talks
#UPDATE The latest round of Brexit trade talks ended with no breakthrough Friday, as the EU and Britain stuck to long-held positions and called for negotiations to be ramped up
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5 Jun 20
#BREAKING Russia says it has stopped the spread of a massive diesel spill into a river in the Arctic
#UPDATE Russia has managed to contain a massive diesel spill into a river in the Arctic, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry told AFP
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#BREAKING Russia orders review of structures on permafrost after Arctic diesel spill
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5 Jun 20
#BREAKING 1,300 civilians killed in DR Congo in past eight months: UN
#BREAKING Half a million flee in DR Congo's Kivu region in nine months: UN
#UPDATE About 1,300 civilians have died from conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in just a matter of months, while over half a million people have fled their homes, the UN said Friday
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5 Jun 20
#BREAKING COVID-19 pandemic 'under control' in France: govt adviser
#UPDATE The COVID-19 pandemic is now "under control" in France, the head of the government's scientific advisory council said Friday, as the country cautiously emerges from a lockdown imposed in March
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#BREAKING Ireland to accelerate plan to ease lockdown restrictions in coming days: PM
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5 Jun 20
VIDEO: Hearse transporting George Floyd leaves Minneapolis memorial service
Pallbearers move the casket containing the remains of George Floyd after a memorial service in his honour in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis fire department officers kneel as the hearse drives past

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Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd

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4 Jun 20
#BREAKING Time has come to hold police accountable: Sharpton at Floyd memorial
Some 50,000 people demonstrated at a Black Lives Matter rally in Austria, one of a wave of global anti-racism protests sparked by the death of African American George #Floyd during his arrest

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#UPDATE At the Minneapolis memorial service, mourners observed 8:46 min of silence - the length of time that police white officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on George #Floyd 's neck, including for 2:53 after he became unresponsive
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4 Jun 20
#BREAKING Iranian in US released at 'same time' as US Navy veteran: foreign ministry
#BREAKING Trump thanks #Iran over prisoner release, says 'shows a deal is possible'
#UPDATE President Donald Trump voiced hope for progress with Iran after the Islamic Republic released a US Navy veteran, and the United States freed two Iranians

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4 Jun 20
US civil rights activist Al Sharpton was to lead a memorial service for George Floyd, the African-American man whose harrowing videotaped death while being arrested has unleashed sweeping nationwide protests for racial justice

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#BREAKING Memorial service for George #Floyd begins in Minneapolis
#BREAKING #Floyd killed by 'pandemic of racism and discrimination' : attorney
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4 Jun 20
#BREAKING US Navy veteran Michael White freed, leaves Iran: mother
#BREAKING President Trump says Iran detainee, Michael White, to rejoin family in US 'very soon'
#UPDATE Both Iran and President Donald Trump's administration insisted that there was no swap involving an Iranian scientist acquitted by a US court who returned to Tehran and the US Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years u.afp.com/3dLJ
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4 Jun 20
#BREAKING US pandemic layoffs pass 42 million with 1.87 million new weekly claims last week
#BREAKING US April trade deficit jumps more than $7 billion to $49.5 billion on record export drop: govt
#UPDATE A slowdown in the US unemployment rate "and other indicators suggest not that the job market is improving but that it's getting bad less quickly," tweeted Jared Bernstein at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities think tank

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4 Jun 20
#BREAKING ECB leaves key interest rates unchanged and vows to spend extra 600 bn euro on emergency bond buys
#BREAKING Eurozone economy to shrink 8.7% in 2020 before 2021 rebound: European Central Bank chief
#UPDATE Downgraded growth and inflation forecasts and uncertainty about the course of the #coronavirus pandemic has prompted the ECB to again pump up its support to the #eurozone, with 600 billion euros ($674 billion) more of emergency bond-buying u.afp.com/3d6E
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4 Jun 20
#BREAKING Libya's UN-recognised unity government says it is back in full control of the capital Tripoli and its suburbs, after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar
#UPDATE Libya's UN-recognised unity government said Thursday it was back in full control of the capital #Tripoli and its suburbs after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by strongman Khalifa #Haftar u.afp.com/3d2D
#BREAKING Head of Libya unity govt says 'determined' to take over entire country from rival #Haftar
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