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China slams US move to end Hong Kong special treatment and actions against students, firms

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Beijing on Monday said that US attempts to harm Chinese interests will be met with firm countermeasures. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized Washington’s decision to end special treatment of Hong Kong as well as actions against Chinese students and companies.

Both countries stand to benefit from bilateral cooperation, Lijian told reporters, adding, however, that Beijing will resolutely defend its security and development interests.

The spokesman also noted that the US was “addicted to quitting” following the White House’s move to leave the World Health Organization. The international community disagreed with “the selfish behavior of the US,” Lijian said.

June 1st 2020, 5:12 am

‘Like open target practice’: US activists recount being attacked by police during peaceful protests

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US police are using disproportionate force against peaceful protesters, activists told RT, adding that they would continue to fight for far-reaching change. Some of the anti-racism rallies have descended into riots.

Minneapolis resident Jeremy Kocke insisted that protests about the alleged police killing of George Floyd have remained largely peaceful, but that demonstrators were still being roughed up by officers.

He told RT that, during one protest in the city, police “began openly shooting rounds of tear gas [and] rubber bullets into the crowd.” Kocke was hit in the back by a rubber bullet without having been given a warning to disperse by the police. “It seemed to be like open target practice,” he said.

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The activist argued that Minneapolitans don’t trust the local government or prosecutors to deliver justice for Floyd, and urged the Department of Justice to intervene to ensure that the officer charged in his killing receives a fitting punishment. He also suggested that the federal government should become involved in law enforcement in the city to safeguard against further police abuse, arguing that the force needed top-down reform.

His experience of recent protesting seems to match the testimony of another activist, Florida-based Alex Suarez. Police in Jacksonville have been using tear gas against peaceful protesters, Suarez told RT in an interview. “People around me were peaceful, and we received tear gas,” he said, describing the actions of the police as a “violation of international law.”

In his view, order will be restored only once there is “systemic change throughout the country.” He said that the nationwide protests are a “turning point” for the United States.

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Police forces around the country have been heavily criticized for using strong-arm tactics to contain the demonstrations, some of which have descended into violent rioting and looting. However, there have been notable exceptions to the clashes between police and demonstrators.

In Flint, Michigan, a county sheriff marched with demonstrators, saying he wanted the event to be a “parade, not a protest.” A video of the sheriff addressing and then joining marchers was shared widely across social media, racking up millions of views.

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June 1st 2020, 5:00 am

Armenian PM Pashinyan says he & his family have contracted coronavirus

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his family members have contracted Covid-19, he said on Monday. “I have passed a test for the coronavirus. Unfortunately… I have a coronavirus infection,” the PM said during an online broadcast on his Facebook page.

“My family members were also tested and unfortunately they also have the infection. We don’t have any symptoms, the temperature is normal,” Pashinyan said. The family are now self-isolating, and the PM will be working from home.

Pashinyan suspects that he contracted Covid-19 during a working meeting. “Since I observed all safety rules I hope that I have not infected other members of the government,” he said. “All of us have to comply with epidemiological rules of safety.”

In Armenia, 9,282 people have contracted the virus, and the total number of recoveries has reached 3,386. A total of 131 citizens have died since the start of the pandemic, TASS said. On May 29, the PM said that Armenia had overtaken Iran and France in terms of the number of cases per one million people, and was approaching the Italian scenario.

June 1st 2020, 4:30 am

Americans have had enough of system 'putting knees on our necks,' Blues star Toronzo Cannon tells RT

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People are out on the streets because they feel unheard and sidelined by those running the country, Blues musician Toronzo Cannon told RT, as nationwide protests rage after George Floyd's death at the hands of police.

"The people just had enough, they feel that no one cares," Cannon, an electric blues guitarist, and songwriter, insisted.

He said rioters come from depressed neighborhoods, "they're economically deprived," which implies that protest is "the only way to lash out at the system."

It's like you're going to keep me low… basically, the system is putting their knee on our necks.

Protests and marches against police brutality quickly evolved into violent riots and acts of looting this week, leaving retail and luxury stores robbed and vandalized all across the US.

Cannon, a Chicago native, said that while he doesn't condone "breaking in the stores that has nothing to do with the death of Mr Floyd," he understands the roots of street anger.

I understand [why] they just can't control [themselves] anymore. They put their lives at risk and danger of being shot or being hurt.

Asked if he feels that the protest is being hijacked, he noted there's "a lot of opportunists" out there whose activity is "taking [us] away from the actual meaning of police brutality."

As riots escalated, President Donald Trump promised a heavy-handed response, warning "liberal governors and mayors" to bring the situation under control or face "the unlimited power" of US military deployed to quell the unrest.

To Cannon, Trump is "inflaming the situation." Instead of calling on Americans to unite, he appears to employ quite the opposite tactic, the musician argued. 

Him and his administration seem to be enjoying the division between Democrats and Republicans, and making it a political issue when it should be just an American issue.

Cannon was speaking on the heels of news that the Minneapolis officer who kept Floyd in a choke hold for several minutes, Derek Chauvin, faced murder and manslaughter charges and was brought into custody.

However, indicting Chauvin alone wasn't enough as three other officers present on the scene stood back and "let him do it," Cannon said, explaining that the African American community isn't anti-police by default.

"The black community, the minority community, we appreciate the police and what they do and we know their job is hard." But if they break the law, they must be held to the same standards as regular citizens, he concluded.

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June 1st 2020, 4:12 am

Last tanker in Iranian flotilla reaches Venezuela, outmaneuvering US sanctions

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The tanker ‘Clavel,’ the last of a five-tanker Iranian flotilla, has made it to Venezuela’s shores to deliver much-needed gasoline. The final delivery comes just three days after the previous cargo arrived.

The fifth oil tanker entered the nation’s waters on Sunday, carrying the last shipment of the more than 1.5 million barrels of fuel sent to Venezuela by Iran. Both nations are facing tough US sanctions, with Washington willing to stop the Iranian lifeline that was meant to alleviate fuel shortages in the South American country.

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Earlier this week, Venezuela’s military escorted four other ships – the ‘Fortune,’ the ‘Forest,’ the ‘Faxon’ and the ‘Petunia’ – through its exclusive economic zone to their destination. The ‘Faxon’ was the last to arrive at Puerto la Cruz on the country’s eastern coast on Friday.

Meanwhile, one of the vessels, the ‘Forest,’ has apparently unloaded fuel. According to Marine Traffic data, the vessel left the port it had docked at and was en route to an unknown location as of Sunday afternoon.

Washington had earlier warned against helping the Iranian fleet to get to Venezuela. The US Special Representative to the country, Elliott Abrams, told Reuters that the United States government’s pressure campaign against Tehran and Caracas was aimed at ensuring that “everyone recognizes this would be a very dangerous transaction to assist.” 

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While the White House did not explicitly say it intends to intercept the tankers, the Iranian envoy to the US previously said the vessels may face “the threat of imminent use of military force by the United States.” Tehran has warned against any interference with the ships, warning that would amount to “piracy and a major peril to international peace and security.”

Despite Venezuela having vast oil reserves, its refining capacity has been limited, and its energy crisis has only worsened amid sweeping US sanctions. The restrictions dealt a painful blow to the republic’s oil sector, which accounts for most of its budget revenues.

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June 1st 2020, 4:00 am

Master-level trolling? Iranian Foreign Ministry tweets US protest photo with ‘rise up’ Martin Luther

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After being repeatedly broadsided by Washington’s incendiary regime-change rhetoric, Tehran is now returning the favor. Iran’s Foreign Ministry seems to be urging Americans to “rise up” against their government.

The ministry tweeted out a photograph of a black demonstrator, fist in the air, standing defiantly in front of a group of riot police. The image is accompanied by a quote from civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up & live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’” the text reads.

This isn’t the first time that Iran has ribbed the Trump administration over ongoing protests across the US.

As nationwide anger grew over the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called out the US for its human rights record, artfully editing a State Department press release about alleged injustices in Iran to make his point.

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Mike Pompeo responded to the criticism by accusing Tehran of “exterminating Jews” and other alleged crimes. Washington has repeatedly called for a revolt against Tehran, claiming that they stand with the Iranian people – even as the US imposes crippling sanctions on their country.

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June 1st 2020, 4:00 am

Trump hid from protesters in UNDERGROUND BUNKER, claims NYT, triggering #BunkerBoy trend

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Haters of US President Donald Trump had a field day after media allegations that he was whisked away to an underground bunker as hundreds of protesters gathered on Friday in front of the White House.

Trump was moved to the secure location by the Secret Service, according to reports by the New York Times and Associated Press. According to AP, the president spent about an hour in the facility, which is designed to be used in case of a physical threat to senior executive officials.

Both reports make it clear that the decision to move Trump into the bunker was taken by the Secret Service. The image of the man hiding from the people’s wrath like some despot on the verge of being toppled was too appealing for his many detractors to miss.

The #Resistance side of Twitter had a field day snickering about how the president was hiding underground from a bunch of 20-year-olds.

And as certain as death and taxes, he was unfavorably compared to his presumed Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

“Biden was in his basement to protect against a pandemic. Trump went into the bunker because he’s afraid of Americans,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Following the allegations in the media, the hashtag #BunkerBoy started trending on Twitter, adding more fuel to the fire in relations between the sitting US president and the public.

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June 1st 2020, 4:00 am

Daughter of NYC Mayor de Blasio arrested at violent Manhattan protest – reports

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As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for peace to return to his city’s streets, it appears that his own daughter might be part of the problem. She was arrested for protesting in Manhattan, according to reports.

Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody on Saturday night after the NYPD declared an unlawful assembly at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, police sources told the New York Post.

She was reportedly cuffed for blocking traffic and refusing to disperse.
A law enforcement source told the Post that the area was a “hotspot” where police cars were torched and scuffles broke out between demonstrators and cops.

While being booked, Chiara didn’t disclose that she was the mayor’s daughter, but she did give her address as the mayor’s residence on the Upper East Side.

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It’s believed that she was arrested about an hour before de Blasio gave a press conference at which he expressed appreciation for peaceful protests, but stated that it was “time for people to go home.”

She was issued a desk appearance ticket – an order to appear in court for arraignment – and released. City Hall declined to comment when contacted by the Post, and the mayor has not yet commented on the report.

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New York City has seen several days of protests, with some marches descending into violence and looting. Peaceful rallies as well as major riots continue to plague the US following the death of a black man, George Floyd, while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Numerous states and cities have deployed the National Guard in response to the mayhem.

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June 1st 2020, 2:42 am

WATCH protesters deface, tear down Confederate statue in Birmingham, Alabama

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A statue of Charles Linn, a founder of Birmingham who fought for the Confederacy, has been torn down in the center of the city amid rioting. A Confederate obelisc in the same park may become the iconoclasts’ next trophy.

The brass statue of the 17th century businessmфn was toppled on Sunday night by a group of protesters, who convened in the Linn Park named after the same historic figure. The moment the cheering crowd brought it to the ground was shared by a local correspondent, Jonathan Hardison.

The statue was built in 2013 by a local organization. The protesters covered it with graffiti, according to accounts from the scene.

The statue is part of Confederate legacy targeted by the protesters. Another subject of their wrath, an obelisk-shaped monument erected in 1905 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, proved to be more resistant to their demolition efforts.

Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke to the crowd in the park asking them to leave and let him finish the job with the obelisk.

The events in Birmingham park were part of nationwide protests and rioting over the death of George Floyd, who was killed in custody of Minnesota police.

In 2017, Birmingham clashed with Alabama Attorney General’s office over a decision to cover the historic obelisk with plywood and tarp. The legal battle ended last year after the state Supreme Court ruled against the city, ordering the removal of the barrier.

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Historic St. John’s Church near White House set on FIRE as protests rage in Washington DC (VIDEOS)

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June 1st 2020, 12:54 am

‘It ain't hate crime, he broke my window!’ NBA star J.R. Smith explains why he ‘whooped white boy’s

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was filmed kicking a lying man in the street. He said he had chased and beaten up the ‘white boy’ for breaking his window and didn’t consider it a hate crime.

Footage of the violent incident, which reportedly happened in Los Angeles amid protests over police brutality targeting people of color, was published by TMZ Sports on Sunday. It shows Smith and an unidentified man laying on the ground.

The NBA star gets up and kicks the other man several times. When the blond-haired person gets up, Smith punches him before letting him run away. A couple of men, who appear to be Smith’s friends, grab him by his arms and walk him away.

Smith, who is black, later posted a video in which he explained the incident. He claimed the other man in the video was “one of these little, motherf***ing white boys” and had angered him by breaking a window of his truck.

“This ain't no hate crime,” he added. “I ain't got no problem with nobody that ain't got no problem with me. It's a problem with the motherf***ing system, that's it.”

Smith has been a professional basketball player since 2004 and played for the Cavaliers between 2015 and last year, when he became a free agent.

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June 1st 2020, 12:25 am

WATCH Minneapolis protesters BLOCK TRUCK with their BODIES, barely keep from LYNCHING driver who plo

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The disturbing incident in Minneapolis, where a truck drove right into the crowd of protesters marching at a closed interstate road, has been filmed in every chilling detail by people at the scene.

The tanker semi drove along the westbound lanes of Interstate 35 at the moment when it was full of people protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police. The road was closed for road traffic for the march.

One on-site video shows the moment the truck was stopped, with the cameraman yelling to people to get on the other side of the street and away from the potentially dangerous vehicle.

Another one shows angry protesters pursuing the truck. “Get his f***ing ass out,” somebody is heard shouting as people block the windshield of the truck with their bodies and drag the driver out.

The terrifying chase was filmed from another angle. It shows people throwing cycles in front of the vehicle in an apparent attempt to stop it. “Hey, you can not hurt him,” the person shooting the video shouts to other protesters as they get the driver out of the cabin.

Don't hurt him! It defeats our purpose

The amount of anger seems palpable, but apparently the protesters managed to keep their rage mostly under control. According to the Minneapolis Department of Public Safety, the driver of the truck was injured in the altercation, but his life was not under threat.

He was put under arrest after being released from hospital. None of the protesters seem to have been hurt in the incident.

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May 31st 2020, 11:08 pm

Historic St. John’s Church near White House set on FIRE as protests rage in Washington DC (VIDEOS)

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Multiple fires are flaring near the White House as a day of peaceful protests against police brutality escalated from tense standoffs with police into rioting and vandalism.

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May 31st 2020, 11:08 pm

Protesters tackle ‘Antifa provocateur’ smashing pavement to throw at police during DC protest (VIDEO

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A man in black clothes, who was breaking the curb stones next to a protest march in Washington, has been apprehended by the protesters and handed over to riot police, footage of the incident showed.

The moment of what can be called a citizen’s arrest of an agent provocateur was filmed during an anti-police brutality rally in the US capital. 

The video, filmed by a correspondent of the Turkish news agency Anadolu, shows a man in a black hoodie and sunglasses smashing sidewalk curb with a hammer. The resulting stones would have made for handy projectiles to throw, but whether the man intended to use them as such remains unclear since several protesters pounced on him.

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As people shout: “It’s white people, get the white people”, the man is quickly apprehended and dragged to police officers in riot gear standing nearby. His hood gets dropped, revealing him to be a grey haired white male.

The identity of the alleged provocateur was not immediately identified, though some commenters speculated he could have been an Antifa member. The radical left-wing movement was blamed by Donald Trump for a spree of violence accompanying nationwide protests against police brutality in the US. The President even threatened to designate Antifa a domestic terrorist organization. Whoever the man was, the police arrested him, according to the video.

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May 31st 2020, 10:23 pm

‘Dogs get treated better than that!’ George Floyd’s aunt tells RT how viciousness of his murder shoc

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The death of George Floyd has opened the floodgates of anger and violence that can in part be explained by how traumatizing the video of his arrest was to millions of people who watched it, his aunt told RT.

Angela Harrelson said she does not condone the looting and rioting that happens as the US is gripped by protests against police brutality, which the death of her nephew has caused. But she can see why this particular incident in an all too long line of killings of black men by white cops in America sparked so much anger.

“The looting, the damage in property - we all know people should not be doing that. I understand the anger and the frustration; I understand the reason they are doing it,” she said.

The reason it takes so long for the people to [calm down] is because they saw this. It’s like they were there. They saw his murder in front of their eyes. You can’t wipe that away from people like that.

Floyd died after a Minnesota police officer pinned him to the ground putting his knee on the man’s neck. He and his fellow officers ignored Floyd as he was groaning and telling them he couldn’t breathe and was in a lot of pain. Harrelson said the sheer viciousness of what the footage of the incident conveys cannot not touch a person who has “a heart that beats and pumps blood.”

“There were people who told me they wanted to reach through the TV to save him,” she explained.

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She is concerned that the four officers involved will not get the punishment she believes they deserve for the death of her nephew. The charges of 3rd degree murder pressed against Derek Chauvin, the individual who put his knee on Floyd’s neck, is “toying with the family” she said. As a registered nurse and a former military officer, she is certain the three other policemen had to realize what was going on. 

“Justice for George Floyd for them all be convicted of murder,” she said.

Call it for the first time… call it for what it is. That’s murder!

Seeing now the strong and far-reaching reaction to Floyd’s killing and sharing the family tragedy with so many people around the world feels overwhelming, Harrelson said. “I feel it and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.”

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May 31st 2020, 9:51 pm

‘Who’s NECKst?’ Hundreds rally in London & Berlin to support George Floyd’s death protests in US (VI

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Protests over George Floyd’s death have gone international, with hundreds of people taking to the streets of London and Berlin to decry the rampant police brutality in the US.

The chants of “No justice, no peace” rang out in the British capital on Sunday as protesters marched towards the US embassy in London. Some stopped at the Trafalgar Square and knelt, imitating the gesture of NFL star Colin Kaepernick.

"It is really powerful that people come out and not just sit down. It is not just a black issue, it is a human issue," a protester named Scott told RT’s Ruptly video agency.

The action in London was a lot less violent than in the US, however. The Metropolitan Police made five arrests, with two people detained for assaulting the officers, and three others – for violating the Covid-19 lockdown guidelines.

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In the German capital, the crowd of protesters also gathered outside the US embassy. They held signs that read: “Justice for George Floyd,” “Let us breathe” and “Who’s neckst.”

“I promised that my future beautiful black babies will not die because I did not do enough, because I spent more time crying and complaining and posting than I did taking real action,” one of the Berlin speakers said through a megaphone.

George Floyd, a 46-year-old Houston native, died on May 25 during a police arrest in Minneapolis. Disturbing footage filmed by bystanders showed an officer jamming his knee on the black man’s neck while ignoring his pleas as well as those of the witnesses watching. 

Ahead of the brutal arrest, Floyd allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store, and police said he resisted being handcuffed when detained. But for the millions of people who saw the video in the news and on social media, this hardly justified the police actions. Thousands took to streets across the US in cities like Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Portland, Chicago and many others.

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But the protests quickly turned into riots – “hijacked” by provocateurs, as some have said – with destroyed property, torched police vehicles and large-scale looting persisting for several nights in a row. With curfews imposed in several cities but troops not deployed, President Donald Trump has so far refrained from invoking federal authority to send in the National Guard. At the same time, he has blamed the “Radical Left” and Antifa in particular for stirring up the riots, promising to designate the latter a terrorist group.

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May 31st 2020, 8:50 pm

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May 31st 2020, 8:06 pm

‘There was a child inside!’ Rioters torched house & blocked firefighters, Richmond police chief says

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The head of police in Richmond, Virginia choked up describing how rioters set a building on fire and wouldn’t let a fire truck get to the scene, forcing the officers to forcefully intervene to save a child trapped inside.

Peaceful protests in Richmond escalated into violence on Saturday, with radical mob setting ablaze a police cruiser, a bus and several buildings, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters. One of their targets was a building in Broad Street, in which there was a child, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith told journalists on Sunday.

“They prohibited us from getting on scene. We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department,” he said.

Protesters intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked fire department’s access [to the burning building]. Inside that building was a child!

At this point Smith seemed overwhelmed with emotion and had to take pause before he could continue. “When you take a legitimate issue and hijack it for unknown reasons, that is unacceptable to me, to [the police department], to the city of Richmond,” he said. “It truly is not Richmond. It’s not even Virginia. It’s not even the mid-Atlantic!”

The police chief blamed the violence in the city on organized outsiders, who “had traveled many states to be here,” saying charges against instigators may be filed soon.

Richmond is among dozens of cities across the US rocked by rioting amid nationwide protests against police brutality. The wave of public outrage was unleashed by the choking death of black man George Floyd. He was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis, after a white officer kneeled on his neck and ignored his pleas to let him breathe.

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May 31st 2020, 7:50 pm

Flash bangs & tear gas in DC as crowds descend on White House (VIDEOS)

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May 31st 2020, 7:20 pm

Shops, Amazon truck RANSACKED in Santa Monica as police & SWAT struggle to stop looting spree (VIDEO

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Looting broke out in the Santa Monica neighborhood of Los Angeles amid ongoing protests against police brutality.

Online videos show multiple instances of looting by hooded mob in Los Angeles. Goods from an Amazon truck have been apparently stolen by a large group of people, judging by one video.

A Vans store and a Nordstrom store were among other targets for the opportunists.

The crime spree is reported as dozens of cities in the US are gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died in police custody after a white officer kneeled on his neck.

In the wake of the chaos, the neighborhood officials announced they will be joining other parts of the city in enforcing a curfew starting 4pm.

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May 31st 2020, 6:00 pm

WATCH swarms of rioters DESTROY west Philadelphia neighborhood

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A horde of rioters swept through a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia, setting fire to police vehicles and looting corner stores. Amid the chaos, the city has ordered all businesses closed.

The rioters wrecked a line of police cars, as the officers themselves stood by and watched the destruction, video footage captured by Fox 29 shows. The smashed cars are then set on fire and left to burn in the middle of the street.

Looters then swarmed into grocery stores and drugstores. These businesses were not “ritzy designer shops,” reporter Steve Keeley noted, but stores “where people without cars walk to for food, medicine and clothing.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney implemented a mandatory city-wide curfew starting on Sunday at 6 pm. However, as the rioters continued to sweep through the streets, the curfew was moved up two hours.

It is unlikely that the more violent among the rioters will heed the order however. In Minneapolis – the epicenter of the unrest, mobs of people defied curfew orders earlier this week to burn down businesses and torch two police precincts to the ground.

Amid the chaos, President Donald Trump called on authorities to restore “Law & Order in Philadelphia, NOW!” 

Call in our great National Guard like they FINALLY did (thank you President Trump) last night in Minneapolis.

Since the death of George Floyd – an unarmed black man – at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on Monday, riots and looting have broken out in at least 75 cities across the US. Though a growing number of states have called in their National Guard troops, the unrest continues nationwide.

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May 31st 2020, 5:50 pm

Obama adviser Susan Rice knows who’s responsible for the George Floyd riots. You guessed right, it’s

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In a statement that will surprise absolutely nobody, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has declared that Russia – and not outraged Americans – is responsible for the anarchy on the US’ streets. How original.

After five straight nights of nationwide riots, a war of words has broken out between the right and left over who’s responsible for the worst of the looting and destruction. Authorities in Minnesota – the epicenter of the unrest – have blamed ‘White Supremacists’ and drug cartels, while President Donald Trump and the Justice Department have blamed left-wing ‘Antifa’ militants, with Trump announcing on Sunday that he’d designate the loosely-knit group a “terrorist organization.”

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With just about everybody but the rioters themselves getting the blame, Susan Rice – former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama – chimed in with a tried and true villain: Russia.

“I would bet,” she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, “this is right out of the Russian playbook.”

Rice at least admitted that she’s “not reading the intelligence these days,” essentially confirming that her theory was plucked from thin air. 

Blitzer didn’t push back on Rice’s claim, and Rice went on to accuse Moscow of trying to “disintegrate” the US from within. “I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they’re funding it in some way, shape or form,” she added, another theory pulled from the ether.

That an Obama administration official would blame Russia for America’s woes is unsurprising. After all, Obama-era intelligence heads and Democratic lawmakers spent more than two years attempting to frame President Trump for “colluding” with the Kremlin.

But she’s just one of several liberal talking heads to smell Russian meddling in the burning streets of Minneapolis and beyond. Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial went on CNN on Saturday to suggest that Russian agents were stoking riots, while a host of #Resistance types took to Twitter earlier in the week to declare the unrest part of “Russia's master plan.”

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“I was wondering how long it would take the mainstream media to find a Russian angle,” Global Policy Institute researcher George Szamuely told RT. “Of course, there’s not the slightest evidence for this, but that’s to be expected.”

Trump, meanwhile, was a little more blunt. “Here we go again,” he tweeted on Saturday. “Fake News @CNN is blaming RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA. They are sick losers with VERY bad ratings!”

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May 31st 2020, 5:50 pm

Trump INFLAMES the Left, delights the Right with TERROR-list threat for Antifa

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US President Donald Trump has angered the online Left by vowing to declare Antifa a “terrorist organization.” For his supporters, however, the promise was long overdue.

“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” Trump tweeted on Sunday, after militants associated with the left-wing group were accused of fomenting riots across the country.

The tweet has triggered a seething discussion on whether Trump can actually live up to his promise. Though the president can, thanks to the post-9/11 Patriot Act, use counterterrorism laws against domestic groups, the Left immediately reminded him that Antifa is not an ‘organization’ as such, but “a bunch of lefty activist types who like to protest.”

However, despite their loose-knit structure, Antifa militants have been accused of attacking right-wing demonstrations, violently shutting down conservative events and speeches, and in recent days directing and instigating nationwide protests originally sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday.

To the Left, though, the group’s very name – shortened from ‘antifascist’ – excuses it from any wrongdoing. “Unless you’re a fascist, you’re now a designated terrorist,” one commenter warned.

Still more expressed worry that, due to Antifa’s lack of a typical command structure, the designation would be used to target the very act of protest itself. “Make no mistake here, Trump is threatening the constitutional right of ‘freedom of assembly’ in his attempt to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization,” Democrat Russ Cirincione tweeted. “Trump will claim any opposition as “Antifa” to silence and strip rights away from protestors.”

On the Right, the reaction couldn’t have been more different. Though Trump tweeted last year about designating Antifa an “organization of terror,” he didn’t follow through on the idea. Among the conservatives celebrating his announcement on Sunday were conservative provocateur Kaitlin Bennett and right-wing podcaster Stefan Molyneux, both of whom have had university appearances disrupted by the Left.

Amid the right-wing optimism, some commenters were more cynical. Conservative pundit Mark Dice suggested that, terrorism declaration or not, Twitter most likely won’t ban Antifa accounts from its platform.

Whatever shape Trump’s declaration takes, his Justice Department has apparently started acting against Antifa already. Following Trump’s tweet, Attorney General William Barr announced that he would instruct the FBI’s regional Joint Terrorism Task Forces to investigate the masked militants. 

“The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” a statement from Barr read.

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May 31st 2020, 4:46 pm

Elon Musk tweets IN RUSSIAN to accept Roscosmos cooperation offer

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Elon Musk, whose SpaceX company has just performed its first manned flight into orbit, replied to greetings from Roscosmos saying he was ready to work with Russia to explore space further. And, surprisingly, he did it in Russian.

“Thank you, sir, ha ha. We’re hoping for a mutually beneficial and prosperous long-term cooperation,” the tech billionaire wrote.

The message came in response to Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin’s tweet in which – in English – he congratulated his NASA counterpart, Jim Bridenstine, on a successful launch, and asked him to convey his “sincere greetings” to Elon Musk.

But the assistance of NASA’s administrator wasn’t needed, apparently. Being an active Twitter user, Musk found the tweet himself and swiftly responded to it in Russian, prompting some positive feedback from Russian Twitter users.

The successful SpaceX launch marked a huge step forward in Musk’s dream Starship project, which he hopes will someday see reusable rockets delivering both people and cargo to Earth’s orbit, as well as to the Moon and beyond.

Moreover, it enabled NASA to deliver its astronauts to space for the first time in nine years, having previously had to rely on Russian Soyuz craft.

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May 31st 2020, 4:34 pm

Dortmund star Jadon Sancho BOOKED after revealing 'Justice for George Floyd' tribute in hat-trick pe

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England international Jadon Sancho was booked during Borussia Dortmund's game on Sunday after removing his shirt to reveal a tribute to George Floyd, the African-American man whose death has sparked widespread protests.

Sancho joined in the chorus of international sports figures to have paid tribute to Floyd, whose death in police custody in Minneapolis was captured on cell phone footage and released online, sparking seismic protests against police brutality across the US.

The English youngster scored three second half goals as Borussia Dortmund cruised to a 6-1 against Paderborn in the recently resumed Bundesliga to keep pressure on Bayern Munich at the summit of the table, but one strike in particular will perhaps be remembered above the others, as the 20-year-old removed his shirt in celebration to reveal a slogan in support of the late Floyd on a t-shirt underneath. 

The young ace was booked however after removing his shirt to show the message - which is against Bundesliga rules - while there are also bans on displaying political messages.   

Several further Dortmund players also had undershirts noting their support for the protests currently taking place in Floyd's name. 

Earlier on Sunday, Borussia Monchengladbach's French forward Marcus Thuram also made a reference to the issue as he kneeled in celebration after scoring in his team's 4-1 win against Union Berlin, echoing the vein of protest popularized by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Thuram's move was quickly backed by his manager Marco Rose.

"He [Thuram] cut to the chase," Rose said. "He took a stand against racism, one that we wholeheartedly support."

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Another who co-signed Sancho's expression was former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who said that he admired Sancho for ensuring that his voice was heard.

"I admire these guys," Hargreaves said on BT Sport. "I think it’s great that young players are making a stand against things that shouldn’t happen in this society. I credit Jadon Sancho for doing that."

Earlier in May, Sancho retweeted a message of support for Ahmaud Arbery, the African-American jogger who was shot and killed in Georgia in February.

"Black people deserve better than what the world gives us. We’re treated as less than human," the tweet read.

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May 31st 2020, 3:04 pm

'I saw her naked. She's so big I was in shock for a week': Romanian ace recalls first encounter with

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Romanian tennis player Alexandra Cadantu says her first meeting with Serena Williams left a lasting impression as she saw the Grand Slam legend naked in the locker room and was stunned at "how big she is."

Cadantu, 30, said the encounter had come at her first appearance a Major, which the records indicate was the Australian Open of 2012.

"The first time I went to a Grand Slam tournament and the first memory I have of going into the locker room was when I saw Serena Williams for the first time in my life," the Romanian recalled to local media.  

"I saw her naked and I was in shock for a week, because she's very big.

"It's incredible how she looks, how she can play and move," Cadantu added.

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The Romanian ended up being dumped out of the first round of the 2012 Melbourne showpiece by Italy's Roberta Vinci, while Williams reached the fourth round before falling to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

Williams and Cadantu have never met on court in their careers, but have enjoyed vastly different fortunes since that memorable first locker room meeting.

The Romanian's career high is a ranking of world number 59 at the start of 2014, before she began her steady descent to the relatively lowly standing of 292 today.

The 38-year-old Williams, meanwhile, continued to rack up her haul of 23 Grand Slam titles - although has been unsuccessful in her last four major final appearances as she bids to match Australian great Margaret Court's all-time tally of 24.      

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May 31st 2020, 3:04 pm

WAR on Antifa: As Trump vows to declare it a ‘TERRORIST GROUP,’ AG Barr equates rioting to domestic

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The US “will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” President Donald Trump has said. The move comes amid anti-police-brutality protests and riots gripping the country, which he has blamed on the “radical left.”

“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” Trump tweeted on Sunday, offering no further explanation. One day earlier, Trump, as well as Attorney General William Barr, accused the loose-knit group of orchestrating rioting and looting across the country, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday.

If designated as a terrorist group, Antifa would join international groups like Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, as well as domestic organizations like the Aryan Nations and Black LIberation Army, on the government’s blacklist. Before the 9/11 attacks, the list was populated exclusively by foreign groups. However, the post-9/11 Patriot Act expanded the definition of “terrorism” to cover home-grown organizations.

Antifa – whose name is short for ‘antifascist’ – models itself on the European left-wing militias of the 1920s and 1930s. Rising to prominence since Trump’s election in 2016, the group is now known for attacking right-wing demonstrations and speeches, and instigating violence at rallies.

With riots gripping America’s major cities for the last five nights, reports of Antifa organizers directing rioters and providing them with weapons began to surface. Conservatives clamored for Trump to crack down on the militants, and Sunday’s tweet is the first indication that the president intends to do just that.

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Immediately after Trump’s statement, Attorney General Barr announced that the Justice Department would use its network of 56 regional Joint Terrorism Task Forces to investigate “the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.”

“The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” a statement from Barr read.

While any forthcoming designation would make it easier to use counterterrorism legislation against violent protesters, targeting Antifa as a group would be a difficult proposition. The organization has no clearly-defined hierarchy or membership, and many disparate groups of leftist militants have used its imagery and slogans. 

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Some left-wing commenters accused the Trump administration of attempting to “criminalize dissent.” However, the alleged militants have come under scrutiny before, and in countries more liberal than the US. In Germany, where the ‘antifascist’ movement began in the 20th century, intelligence agencies closely monitor Antifa groups, and police union head Ranier Wendt has described their actions as “the basic definition of terrorism.”

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May 31st 2020, 3:04 pm

‘Unjustified cruelty’: Moscow demands probe after Russian journalist pepper-sprayed by Minneapolis p

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The use of violent force by police against journalists, including a Russian correspondent who was pepper-sprayed in the face, is unacceptable, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, urging the US to investigate the incident.

This comes after a RIA Novosti correspondent, Mikhail Turgiev, and a group of US journalists were attacked by police in Minneapolis while covering the ongoing riots provoked by the death of an African American man, George Floyd. The crew was targeted with rubber bullets and Turgiev was pepper-sprayed, despite showing his press ID.

Police attacks on media staff executing their professional duties are unacceptable, the ministry added, calling the law enforcers’ use of pepper spray on Turgiev “unjust cruelty.”

One of the photos made by Mikhail Turgiev during the riots in Minneapolis. © Sputnik

The ministry urged the US authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident, reminding Washington of its obligation to ensure that journalists can carry out their activities on US soil in a manner that is safe and unhindered.

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International organizations and human rights NGOs should also look into the attack on the Russian correspondent, it added.

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May 31st 2020, 1:29 pm

Zabeast is back: Russian UFC featherweight favorite Zabit Magomedsharipov signals August octagon ret

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UFC featherweight sensation Zabit Magomedsharipov says he will be back in the UFC octagon in August, as the Dagestani native continues to plot a course towards a world championship.

Magomedsharipov has posted a perfect 6-0 record to this point in his UFC career with his two most recent wins - against Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar - representing a significant uptick in competition. 

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Each of those tests was passed, suggesting that the 29-year-old is readying himself to begin an assault on the featherweight elite.

And according to an Instagram post he issued on Sunday, it might not be long before we see Zabit inside the cage once again.

"Returning in August, save your strength, I will need your support," the fighter known as 'Zabeast' wrote in Russian.

Magomedsharipov's unbeaten run through the UFC's 145lb fold has seen him rise to number 3 in the official featherweight rankings, where he sits behind Brian Ortega, Max Holloway and champion Alexander Volkanovski. 

Of course, there is a lot to be decided before Zabit returns to action. Despite the introduction of live events at the UFC Apex facility this weekend and the impending roll-out of Dana White's 'Fight Island' project, the upcoming UFC schedule remains impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, even if travel restrictions into the United States remain it is likely that the Russian fighter could compete at the mysterious 'Fight Island', whose even general location has not yet been revealed to the media. 

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As for the opponent, Magomedsharipov finds himself in a position where one more win - particularly an impressive one - could earn him the shot at UFC gold he craves. And there is a short list of fighters in the rankings capable of being that crucial 'W' that he needs on his record. 

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May 31st 2020, 1:29 pm

India expels Pakistani embassy officials over ‘SPYING’

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May 31st 2020, 1:12 pm

US photojournalist hit by ‘non-lethal round’ & pushed to ground by Minnesota police as camera keeps

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A veteran photographer with a Minnesota CBS station was handcuffed by heavily armed officers despite clearly identifying himself as a journalist. The coercive action was caught on film.

Tom Aviles was covering the brewing unrest in South Minneapolis, the focus of nationwide rallies for George Floyd, a local African American who died at the hands of police. The footage provided by WCCO, a local CBS branch, shows members of the Minnesota State Patrol, equipped with riot gear, clearing a street and moving in his direction.

“I’m with WCCO,” Aviles tells officers, identifying himself as a member of local media. After a while, one policeman chases down the reporter and violently wrestles him to the ground.

“I’m not fighting! I’m not fighting!” the journalist is heard saying repeatedly.

WCCO wrote that Aviles, an award-winning veteran photojournalist, was also hit by what was described as “a non-lethal round.” He was covering the demonstrations with the station’s news producer Joan Gilbertson, who told the station that officers said, “You’ve been warned – the same thing will happen to you. You’re next.”

Aviles was released after spending several hours in police custody.

Protests are raging in Minneapolis for the fifth day in a row, following the killing of Floyd. City authorities imposed a nighttime curfew on Friday and activated the National Guard to enforce it.

Many protesters violated the restrictions, however, engaging in confrontations with the guardsmen and riot squads.

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May 31st 2020, 12:42 pm

Twitter turns its logo BLACK amid George Floyd protests & riots

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With rioting in full swing across America, social media giant Twitter has made its offering to the gods of corporate wokeness, blacking out its distinctive logo and replacing its bio with the hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter.”

The Silicon Valley firm made the changes to its profile on Sunday, after five consecutive nights of protests and rioting in major cities around the US. The company didn’t immediately explain its redesign, but has already tweeted about the “long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis.”

Twitter is not the only corporate giant to side with the protest movement. Netflix boasted on Saturday that it has “a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up,” while Nike – already known for its social-justice oriented ad campaigns – released a video on Friday urging its customers to “be part of the change” and not “make any more excuses.”

The change of look at Twitter didn’t go down well with some users. With the Donald Trump administration accusing Antifa militants of hijacking the nationwide protests to instigate violence, some conservative commenters accused the social media platform of supporting “domestic terrorism,” and “fawning over the left.”

Even some Black activists took issue with the change, accusing the company of doing “less than nothing to get rid of doxxing & harassing white nationalists.”

For Twitter, the backlash to its woke signalling is at least contained to the online realm. Despite taking a similar stance on the protests, Nike still found its stores looted and its products stolen from multiple locations across America.

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May 31st 2020, 12:12 pm

Minneapolis residents unite to clean up streets after a night of destruction (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

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Armed with brooms and buckets, Minneapolis residents have poured into the streets – not to riot this time, but to help clean up their charred, looted city.

As nationwide protests divide and polarize Americans, Minneapolitans have demonstrated the power of kindness and cooperation. Volunteers gathered on Saturday to haul away rubble and remove the debris left in the wake of several nights of destruction. Others washed graffiti off the sides of buildings. Residents were also spotted handing out food and water to those who needed it.

“I think it’s important that we come together as a group. We join in peace, we join in love… It’s very powerful at this time,” one resident helping to clean up a post office that was burnt to the ground, told Ruptly video agency.

Protests against the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police began in the city nearly a week ago. The Minnesota National Guard has been mobilized and a curfew has been imposed to help restore order to the city.

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May 31st 2020, 11:59 am

Bundesliga player Thuram takes a knee after scoring amid George Floyd protests (VIDEO)

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Borussia Moenchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram made an apparent show of solidarity with protests at the death of George Floyd in the US as he took a knee after scoring in the Bundesliga clash against Union Berlin on Sunday.

Thuram headed into the net in the 41st minute of the match to put his team 2-0 ahead, then dropped to one knee in a gesture reminiscent of that by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protests against racial injustice in the US.

The revival of the symbol by the 22-year-old Thuram comes as protests continue to rage across the US after the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Thuram - who is the son of French World Cup winner and national footballing icon Lilian Thuram - struck again in the 59th minute of the game against Union at the Borussia-Park stadium, restoring a two-goal cushion after Sebastian Andersson had pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Alassane Plea then added a fourth late on as Moenchengladbach moved up to third in the table, keeping themselves firmly in the hunt for Champions League football. 

On Saturday US international Weston McKennie, who plays for Bundesliga team Schalke 04, wore an armband with the message "Justice for George" written on it in his team's match against Werder Bremen.       

May 31st 2020, 11:59 am

Antifa ‘fascists’ hijacking George Floyd protests in US – Nigel Farage

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The riots consuming the streets of the US have been “hijacked” by Antifa militants, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has claimed. The British politician accused the leftists of attempting to subvert Western democracy itself.

“Appalling that the tragic death in the USA is being hijacked by Antifa, who would replace our Western democratic values with something more extreme than those they accuse,” Farage tweeted on Sunday. 

“Antifa are the real fascists.”

Initially seen as an outpouring of black rage following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, many of the riots that have broken out in major US cities have been blamed on Antifa militants. Protesters have reported seeing Antifa ‘organizers’ directing rioters, and supplying them with bricks, bats, and other weapons.

Farage’s opinion is shared by the Trump administration in Washington. President Donald Trump has accused “ANTIFA and the radical left” of stoking unrest, while Attorney General William Barr blamed the violence on “far left extremist groups and anarchic groups using Antifa-like tactics.”

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Short for ‘antifascist,’ Antifa has come to refer to the loosely-organized collectives of left-wing militants and anarchists that have sprung up across the US in recent years. It is accused of inciting violence at multiple protests and gatherings. 

Meanwhile, many of the activists protesting over Floyd’s death have decried violence by both the police and rioters, who have vandalized and looted shops during the nationwide unrest.

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May 31st 2020, 11:29 am

Dallas rioters savagely beat man to a pulp after he confronts them with a SWORD (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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As looting and mayhem gripped the streets of Dallas, Texas, a mob descended on a man allegedly defending his neighborhood with a long blade. Punched, kicked and pelted with rocks, the man was left mangled and bloody.

Lawlessness continued to reign supreme in Dallas on Saturday night, five days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests and riots. Following an afternoon of mostly peaceful protests, nightfall saw a spree of vandalism and looting in downtown Dallas.

In one shocking and graphic video captured by Blaze TV’s Elijah Schaffer, a man was set upon by a mob, after allegedly rushing rioters with a large machete or sword. He was quickly surrounded and beaten with rocks, fists, boots, and a skateboard.

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Little is known about what set off the incident, but Schaffer claimed that the man “attempted to defend a shop” from the mob, who responded by attacking him. Another angle shows the mob pelting him with rocks before he made an ill-fated attempt to rush the crowd.

As he lay motionless on the ground, with blood dripping from his face, the man was tended to by a group of “volunteer medics,” and was later taken to hospital. Dallas Police told local media that he was in a stable condition. They added that he had brandished the weapon to “allegedly protect his neighborhood from protesters.”

Schaffer said that some rioters attempted to revive the man after he had been beaten to the ground, while others carried on looting around his motionless body.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called in the National Guard on Saturday night, saying that “violence and looting will not be tolerated.” By 10.45pm that night, police in the city had made 74 arrests, but had largely failed to restore order to the streets.

In major cities across the US, the picture was similar. Sporadic battles between police and rioters would break out – crowds threw bricks at police horses in Dallas and tackled officers to the ground in Chicago, while the NYPD used their vehicles to push back against crowds of hooligans in New York – but in much of the US, anarchy continued to rule on Saturday night.

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May 31st 2020, 11:29 am

Coronavirus forces Americans to do something unheard of: Save money!

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The US personal savings rate, which shows how much of people’s income is left after they pay taxes and spend money, reached a historic 33 percent last month, as Covid-19 rattles the economy.

Data published by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis on Friday showed that the savings glut soared around 20 percent in just one month and hit the highest levels since tracking began in the 1960s. The current rate is almost twice as high as it was during the 1973-75 recession, when the previous peak of over 17 percent was recorded.

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The boost in savings, while obviously good for individual households, can have ripple effects on the economy as whole. As people hoard cash and spend less, it can be hard to revive economic activity, which has been severely crippled by the pandemic. With people stuck at home due to coronavirus restrictions, consumer spending was down over 13 percent in April.

The unprecedented saving comes despite jobless numbers hitting levels not seen since the Great Depression, as more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits over the last 10 weeks. Despite massive layoffs caused by lockdowns and other measures to contain the virus, disposable personal income (funds available for spending or saving) increased 12.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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The devastating impact of Covid-19 on the economy was already seen in the first quarter data released earlier this week. The US suffered the worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis, as GDP decreased five percent in the first three months of the year.

“The decline in first quarter GDP reflected the response to the spread of COVID-19,” the bureau said on Thursday, adding that the full impact of the pandemic cannot be estimated by the first quarter results.

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May 31st 2020, 10:59 am

Taking stock: Nike store LOOTED in George Floyd riots after sportswear giant's message for people 't

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A message for unity issued by Nike has not prevented one of its landmark stores in Chicago being looted amid the ongoing protests surrounding the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Several major cities in the United States remain focal points for major crowd demonstrations following Floyd's death at the hands of Minnesota police officers recently.

Footage of the incident was captured by bystanders and has led to several days' of protest across the country as citizens speak out against police brutality and racism. 

Nike were among several international conglomerates to speak out against the violence after they issued a message on Twitter in which they called for unity in a show of support to the late Floyd.

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The message was endorsed by Nike's chief rival Adidas, who issued an historic retweet of the original message to solidify support between the two sporting goods behemoths. 

However, it doesn't appear that the message was received loud and clear by some citizens in Chicago after a flagship Nike store on Michigan Avenue was destroyed and looted by rioters, leaving a trail of damage and destruction in their wake.

The rioting has been condemned by many who say that they understand and endorse citizens' rights to protest what they view as police inequality but that the message is entirely undermined by the violence which sometimes comes with it.

According to reports from local media, almost all of the stores on the popular shopping strip in Chicago were damaged in some way, with popular brands like Zara, CVS, Walgreens and others also being targeted by looters.

In addition, several police cars were also destroyed in clashes between authorities and demonstrators. The city imposed a curfew beginning at 9pm local time on Saturday and ending at 6am Sunday.

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"To be clear, I've marched in a few protests in my day, but neither I nor anyone that I was with saw the need to bring weapons in order to lift up our voice and express our First Amendment rights," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

"When you or anyone else behaves in this way, we all lose by giving the very same forces of oppression we are fighting against the false validation that they crave."

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May 31st 2020, 10:42 am

Elon Musk singing SOVIET cosmonaut song in deepfake clip goes VIRAL after successful manned SpaceX l

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People online thought reposting a clip of Elon Musk singing a Soviet song about space explorers was a perfect way to celebrate the historic launch by SpaceX. It’s actually a deepfake video from two weeks ago, and it looks stellar!

A Russian deepfake artist has superimposed the face of the tech entrepreneur on the footage from a live show by Soviet band "Zemlyane" (or "Earthlings") back in 1983. In the clip, Musk 'replaced' the lead singer, who was performing a song called “Trava u doma" ("The grass beside the house").

The genre of the song is described as space rock. It tells a touching story of a cosmonaut in orbit, who looks at Earth from the viewing port, is missing his planet and, while sleeping, has dreams about the “green-green grass” outside his home.

Here’s the original clip from Zemlyane’s show:

Musk, obviously, never sang Soviet space songs, but he surely sang the praise of Russia’s space program. Last year, he tweeted that “Russia has excellent rocket engineering & best engine currently flying,” predicting success to the upcoming Angara rocket.

Elon Musk has been the hero in numerous deepfake videos, in which AI technologies are used to seamlessly replace the face of a person in the footage with the facial movements of somebody else.

On Saturday, SpaceX became the first private company to deliver NASA astronauts into orbit, while also carrying out the first manned space launch from US territory in nine years.

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May 31st 2020, 10:42 am

Trump won’t mobilize US federal troops to quell George Floyd riots for now – National security advis

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The US president will not invoke federal authority over the National Guard as of yet, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has said. The decision to call in the troops rests with states’ governors, he added.

“We’re not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” Robert O’Brien said, as quoted by Reuters.

Governors and mayors will remain in charge of making law enforcement decisions amid the ongoing mayhem over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police.

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President Donald Trump has previously warned that state and city authorities should employ tougher tactics while dealing with the nationwide riots. Otherwise, the federal government will use the “unlimited power of our military” and make “many arrests.”

“Federalizing” means placing National Guard members – sometimes called citizen-soldiers – under the operational command of the Pentagon and the commander-in-chief, with an active-duty military officer assuming the chain of command. 

The US National Guard was previously federalized for the purposes of Washington’s interventions abroad, including the 2003 Iraq War and the invasion of Afghanistan. At home, the scheme was also used in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.

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May 31st 2020, 10:26 am

'Football will never be the same': Messi speaks on return to action after Covid-19 pandemic

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Lionel Messi says football "will never be the same" as the Barcelona star discussed his impending return to action in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Spain's La Liga resumes on June 11 after an enforced three-month absence.

As with other major leagues restarting in the likes of Germany, England and Italy, football in Spain will initially look very different to what has gone before.

Matches will be played on a daily basis behind closed doors as La Liga scrambles to complete the season, while precautionary health measures will be in place wherever possible.

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Messi said all of that will make it a "strange" situation for footballers - just as with anyone affected in broader society.

"Football, like life in general, I think will never be the same," Messi told El Pais, in comments also shared on the Barcelona website

“The return to training, competitions and what was previously done in a normal way, now will have to be started again, but progressively.

"It will be a strange situation for us and for anyone who has to change their usual working dynamics. 

“A lot of people have had a really bad time because this situation has affected them in some way, as happened to all those who lost their family and friends and couldn't even barely say goodbye to them," the Argentine star added.  

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When La Liga resumes Barcelona will find themselves top of the table by two points from main rivals Real Madrid, although Messi suggested that the return of football would not help ease the suffering of what has happened as a result of Covid-19.   

"There can be nothing worse than losing the people you love the most, that creates enormous frustration for me and seems to me the most unfair thing of all,” the six-time Ballon d'Or winner said. 

“[We'll remember the pandemic] with a feeling of grief and frustration for those who suffered the most due to the loss of their loved ones. And also with infinite thanks to all the people who fought to fight the virus from health centers.” 

Messi and Barcelona have suffered tumultuous times in recent months for reasons outside the coronavirus crisis.

The Nou Camp captain was involved in a public spat with sporting director and former teammate Eric Abidal over the sacking of manager Ernesto Valverde, before embarrassing accusations emerged that figures in the club hierarchy had run a social media campaign to tarnish the reputation of figures including Messi.  

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The club denied the claims, but Messi spoke out again when a deal was reached for players to cut pay due to the pandemic, accusing the board of handling the situation poorly.   

The forward then suggested that Barca had no chance of winning the Champions League playing the way they have been under new manager Quique Setien - prompting the coach to assert that he would not change the way he sets his team up. 

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May 31st 2020, 10:26 am

Sucker punch: UFC fighter Spike Carlyle gets DROPPED after turning back on opponent & mistakenly thi

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There is one primary rule which governs mixed martial arts: protect yourself at all times - but that's something 'Alpha Ginger' Spike Carlyle was reminded of at the UFC event in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Towards the end of the first round in Carlyle's bout with Billy Quarantillo inside the UFC Apex facility, Carlyle appeared to hear what he thought was the bell to signal the end of the frame - but misjudged the situation by a few seconds.

The American fighter, who was pounding on Quarantillo from top position, stood up and began walking to his corner, only for Quarantillo to get up and follow him, landing a clubbing blow from behind which sent Carlyle to the canvas.

The fight ultimately went the distance with Quarantillo being awarded the judges' decision, but Carlyle took to Twitter soon after his first UFC defeat to say that the main motivation of his career is to entertain fight fans, and said that he will take this defeat on the chin - figuratively and literally.

"Win or Lose I come to entertain and that’s what I just did so y’all better build me a statue now," he wrote on Twitter after the fight.

Carlyle has marked himself out as one of the UFC's more colorful characters since making his debut with the company earlier this year.

The 27-year-old 'Alpha Ginger' will have to return to the drawing board as he attempts to get his title bid for featherweight supremacy back on track.

However, it stands to reason that when he next steps into the cage he would be advised to make sure he hears the bell to signal the end of a round before turning his back on his opponent. 

Lesson very much learned. 

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May 31st 2020, 10:26 am

PSG confirm €50 million deal for Icardi as he and wife-turned-agent Wanda Nara turn their backs on I

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French giants Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Argentine hitman Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Inter Milan as the player and his wife and agent Wanda Nara finally cut ties with the Italian club.

PSG announced they have taken up the option to sign the 27-year-old forward, who has been on loan in the French capital since the start of the season. 

Icardi has penned a four-year deal with the French champions, who will reportedly hand Inter €50 million ($55.5 million) plus a potential €7 million in add-ons.

The switch means Icardi will move permanently from the San Siro club - where he spent six seasons and became club captain before a bitter row last season essentially saw him shown the exit to PSG.

A large point of contention between Icardi and Inter reportedly came from contract negotiations between the club and his wife and agent, former showgirl Wanda Nara.  

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The big-money move from PSG in the current uncertainty of the Covid-10 crisis can be taken as a continued statement of the club's intent to challenge at the top end of European football.   

Icardi made an impression in Paris, scoring 20 times in 31 appearances in all competitions as the club was crowned Ligue 1 champions in a season curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Inter confirmed the switch with a brief statement on their website thanking Icardi for his six seasons of service.  

May 31st 2020, 8:56 am

iSnatch? Apple Store LOOTED during DC riots over George Floyd killing (VIDEO)

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Dozens of looters broke into a lavish Apple Store in the US capital, ransacking its stocks and smashing windows. Many of the company’s retail outlets in other states have endured the same fate recently.

Footage that surfaced online captured looters swarming Apple's DC store gates and leaving wreckage behind, while others roam chaotically inside.

The facade of the building was ultimately vandalized, with social media users suggesting that nothing was left inside after looters missed no chance of coming away with a trophy.

Elsewhere across the US, Apple stores have also fallen victims to looting. Countless videos show scenes of destruction and chaos in Philadelphia, Portland, Charleston, and Los Angeles.

Rioters were filmed roaming inside and grabbing gadgets from display stands. The stores of luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors were also emptied out, as were premises belonging to Nike and H&M.

It comes on the heels of the nationwide demonstrations sparked by the brutal arrest and killing of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis. A wave of protests across the United States descended into violent riots, followed by widespread destruction of businesses, looting, and, on several occasions, clashes with police.

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May 31st 2020, 8:56 am

'Save the bullsh*t': NFL star hits out at league statement on death of George Floyd

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Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Still has hit out at a statement issued by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell concerning the death of George Floyd which has sparked protests across the United States.

The league issued the statement late on Saturday in which they said they were "greatly saddened" by the spate of protests across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, whose death while in police custody was captured by cell phone footage.

"The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country," the statement reads. "The protesters' reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.  

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, the cousin of Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions.

"As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league. These tragedies inform the NFL's commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action.

"We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners."

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However, the message fell on deaf ears to some members of the NFL community - particularly after league opposition to the peaceful sidelines protests undertaken by ex-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick whose anti-police brutality campaign is believed by many to have cost him his career.

The movement was also supported by Joe Burrow, the recent first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, who said that African-Americans' human rights had been infringed upon for far too long. 

Brian Flores, the African-American head coach of the Miami Dolphins, called for understanding after saying that these protests came due to a failure by America at large to understand precisely what it was that Kaepernick was protesting.

The issue being protested has long bled over into professional sport - and in particular the NFL - but judging by the reactions of some of the sport's most high-pofile figures, there is some way to go before a level playing field is achieved.

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May 31st 2020, 8:56 am

Russia’s to blame? MSM allegations that Moscow had a hand in US anti-police-brutality riots ‘entirel

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It’s completely predictable that politicians and news outlets are pointing the finger at Russia for riots across the US, analysts told RT, since blaming the Kremlin for everything inconvenient has become an American pastime.

Nationwide demonstrations against the death of George Floyd have descended into rioting and looting in many cities, creating chaos – as well as political opportunism. Efforts to scapegoat Russia for the crisis are par for the course, George Szamuely, a senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute told RT.

“It was entirely to be expected. I was wondering how long it would take the mainstream media to find a Russian angle. Of course, there’s not the slightest evidence for this, but that’s to be expected,” he noted.

According to Szamuely, America’s “liberal elite” has latched onto the idea that the Kremlin is lurking around every corner – a “habit” that took root after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.

The people who are presenting this whole ‘Russia is to blame’ narrative, they still haven’t got over 2016. It’s a replay of the same Trump-Russia collusion story for which there has been no evidence.

He predicted that the riots would ultimately end up helping US President Donald Trump politically, as more and more Americans demand a return to law and order. As such, Democrats are desperate to find some way of painting the mayhem as yet another sinister – and baseless – Trump-Russia conspiracy.

Political analyst and journalist Andre Vltchek took the view that the US establishment is also eager to cover up its own double standards when it comes to lecturing the rest of the world about human rights.

“The US is ready to impose sanctions on China over Hong Kong, over its treatment of protesters, which is much milder than what we see right now in Minneapolis and other parts of the United States,” he told RT.

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Although news coverage initially downplayed the extent of the destruction caused by the riots and looting, media outlets, pundits and officials have started to change gear. During an appearance on CNN, National Urban League President and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial speculated that the ongoing unrest in Minneapolis was being fueled by Russian agents.

A similar sentiment was expressed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who cryptically suggested that his state was being undermined by some kind of foreign influence. This theory has taken root among political pundits and news anchors alike, though they have thus far failed to substantiate their claims with any evidence.

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May 31st 2020, 8:56 am

‘Buy my products bloody n***er’: Amazon busy removing racial slur from its marketplace after online

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As US cities are gripped by riots over the death of George Floyd, someone has apparently decided to move racial tensions online, replacing some product images with banners featuring racist abuse on Amazon's UK website.

Users started to realize that something was wrong with the online shopping platform as they tried to search for Apple's popular earbuds. As they typed 'Airpods' on Amazon, they found that pictures of some products were displaying racist messages.

Many took to Twitter to share screenshots and videos, expressing their fury over what they found. 

Despite users demanding that Amazon make a statement over the incident, the company has not issued any official explanation so far. It told Reuters that some "bad actor" was to blame for the images in question, which it is currently deleting.  

It is still not clear how the banners got onto the website, but some suspect that there may have been a security breach.

The rant comes as violent riots emerged in several major cities across the US. Protesters are demanding justice for Minnesotan George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest attempt by a white officer earlier this week.

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May 31st 2020, 8:56 am

Roscosmos lauds manned SpaceX launch, says it won’t sit idly & promises ‘interesting’ response

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The Crew Dragon launch received a favorable response from Russia’s space agency, which said that having two ISS-compatible vehicles will only benefit crews working there. But Russia won’t be sitting on its hands, it made clear. 

Vladimir Ustimenko, the spokesman for Roscosmos, tweeted, “What just happened should have happened a long time ago.”

Built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation, the Crew Dragon capsule left the Earth atop the Falcon 9 rocket, marking the first time since 2011 that NASA has sent its astronauts into space on a US-made spacecraft, and the first time in history that a non-state enterprise has sent humans into space.

Despite Washington and Moscow locking horns over a number of issues, for the Roscosmos official, there is reason enough to celebrate.

Now, not only Russians but also Americans can fly to the ISS. So, that’s great!

Ustimenko explained that it’s crucial to have alternative launch vehicles capable of ferrying crews and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

“Anything can happen in space, so you must have at least two [orbital] transport systems capable of maintaining the presence of crews from several countries on board the ISS,” he wrote.

Roscosmos didn’t respond to remarks by US President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who added political flavor to the launch, saying it’s important that the US does not rely on Russia in this regard.

Musk himself couldn’t resist gently needling the Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin shortly after Falcon 9 lifted off.

“The trampoline is working,” he quipped in a tongue-in-cheek reference to Rogozin, who joked back in 2014 that the US should be ready to send astronauts into orbit using gymnastics equipment if it ever sanctioned Russia’s space industry.

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Nevertheless, he pointed out, his agency won’t simply be standing back and watching: “This year, we’ll be testing two new missiles and, next year, we’ll be resuming our lunar [exploration] program. It’s going to be interesting!” he promised.

The Crew Dragon capsule, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, has successfully detached from the Falcon 9 rocket and entered the Earth’s orbit. It will go on to dock at the ISS, but the length of the men’s stay there is as yet unclear.

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May 31st 2020, 8:56 am

'So excited!' Tennis star Bouchard marks historic SpaceX launch with NASA-themed throwback

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Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard seemed as excited as anyone at the historic SpaceX launch on Saturday, posting some throwback pictures from a NASA-themed night out in its honor while following the event live.

SpaceX – owned by billionaire eccentric Elon Musk – became the first private company to launch NASA personnel into space when its Falcon rocket with astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken aboard blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. 

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The pair are bound for the International Space Station (ISS), and it marked the first time in almost a decade that a manned space launch had taken place on US soil, with NASA previously relying on Russian Soyuz rockets to deliver people to space since the shutdown of its own shuttle program in 2011.

One avid witness to the event was tennis starlet Bouchard, who showcased her delight at the launch with her more than 2 million Instagram followers.  

"So fkn excited," the 26-year-old ace wrote, along with an image of the launch on her TV and live feed of the astronauts on her computer. 

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She took the space fandom further by sharing throwback pictures from a girls' night out back in 2018, when she and friends had all donned NASA gear.

"Your NASA/SpaceX crew currently in orbit,  then when we landed back on earth," she captioned the images. 

Bouchard's NASA gear regularly gets an airing on her accounts – also following her to Disney World in Florida last year and Houston, Texas. 

The SpaceX launch appears to have a been among the highlights from the past few months for the Las Vegas-based Bouchard, who like her fellow tennis pros has been forced off the courts due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Bouchard has still managed to stay in the headlines though, first by sparking a social media stampede when she hinted she was in search of a boyfriend to spend quarantine with.

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The Canadian ace then did her bit for charity by raising substantial sums for agreeing to dates with fans – first netting $4,000 for a good cause by holding an online rendezvous with comedian Bob Menery, and then raising an incredible $85,000 at an auction for a dinner date and match experience. 

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Bouchard, a 2014 Wimbledon finalists, recently returned to the courts and will set about improving on her lowly current ranking of 332 when play finally resumes on the WTA tour. 

May 31st 2020, 7:40 am

Major Russian lowcoster back in the skies after coronavirus grounding

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The Pobeda low-cost airline, a subsidiary of Russia's largest carrier Aeroflot, will resume flights after a two-month interruption as Russia slowly eases restrictions intended to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The company earlier said that its will start carrying passengers on June 1, but according to flight information from Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, where the carrier's fleet is based, three flights were scheduled for takeoff on Sunday. They are bound for the southern city of Makhachkala, Volgograd and St. Petersburg.

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Starting on Monday, Pobeda will open other destinations, with over a dozen flights to different Russian cities scheduled. However, international flights won't be resumed yet. The company started selling tickets in mid-May, promising big discounts. 

The low-cost carrier had to halt operations on April 1 as the Russian government imposed coronavirus-related restrictions, affecting the travel and aviation sector. Russia banned flights from abroad at the end of March, excluding those repatriating its own citizens.

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As passenger flows decreased over 90 percent, crippling air carriers' finances, the Russian government has pledged to support them. For this purpose, it recently allocated 23.4 billion rubles ($316 million). Three Aeroflot subsidiaries have already received financial help, while requests from other carriers are currently under consideration.

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May 31st 2020, 6:55 am

‘NYPD scores a touchdown’? Cops TACKLE & BEAT protester with batons as he celebrates on police van (

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A protester in New York City quickly found himself pinned to the ground by a swarm of police officers, after mounting the hood of a NYPD vehicle. Footage of the incident has elicited both applause and anger on social media.

Countless police vehicles have been vandalized and destroyed in ongoing riots across the United States, but one demonstrator in New York City may have been too hasty while trying to get a piece of the action.

A video circulating on social media shows a man standing on a NYPD cruiser waving his arms. Seconds later, a police officer sprints from the driver’s side of the vehicle and tackles him, throwing the protester to the ground. Within seconds, around half a dozen cops surround the man and start beating him with batons. The protester tries to escape but is quickly contained, with officers forming a perimeter around him as he gets cuffed.

The clip stands in stark contrast to the numerous videos and photographs of police cars smashed up and even set on fire by rioters in cities all over the country. Conservative pundit Mark Dice described the case as a “touchdown” for the NYPD, while others claimed that the police reaction was needlessly harsh.

Protests have sprung up from coast to coast following the killing of Minnesotan George Floyd, who died while in police custody. One Minneapolis officer has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder, but demonstrators have demanded that the three other cops involved in the incident should be prosecuted. More than a dozen cities across the US have called in state and national guards and have imposed curfews, in various bids to restore order.

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May 31st 2020, 6:55 am

'I will come back stronger': UFC's Antonina Shevchenko defiant as she shows off war wounds from brui

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UFC flyweight Antonina Shevchenko will be licking her wounds on Sunday morning after suffering a clear loss to Katlyn Chookagian in Las Vegas, but she says that she will return to the octagon as a better fighter.

Chookagian gained a measure of revenge against the Shevchenko clan in the fight after she was defeated by Antonina's younger sister Valentina in a flyweight world title bout in February.

The American fighter wasn't to suffer a second successive defeat to the sisters, as she dominated the elder Shevchenko throughout three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory.

When the scores were read out, it was a clear win for Chookagian by a score of 30-25 on all three cards. It is a win which places Chookagian firmly back into the conversation for world title opportunities at flyweight, while for Shevchenko it is back to the drawing board.

"MMA is a tough sport, but it’s my destiny and I will come back stronger," Shevchenko wrote on Instagram as she shared the cuts and bruises sustained in the encounter.  

Shevchenko was on the back foot from the off. Chookagian, who was heralded as a significant threat on the feet going into the fight, appeared to catch Shevchenko off guard with an early takedown - and it seemed that the  Kyrgyzstani-born Peruvian was playing catch-up from that point on.

The second round continued much as the first. Chookagian found a dominant position and took maximum advantage, opting to forgo the opportunity to seek a submission in favor of continuing a barrage of short shots on the ground.

Shevchenko had some opportunities in a third round which took place mostly on the feet but, with the pace continually dictated by the American and the scorecards too distant from each other, the result of the fight was a clear one.

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Revenge for her world title defeat to Valentina Shevchenko has been attained but instead of issuing a challenge in her post-fight interview, Chookagian instead opted for something a little softer.

"Honestly, I still have so much fight fever but I’m also starting to get a little baby fever," she said. "So I’m just trying to get these fights in as fast as I can."

May 31st 2020, 6:37 am

'He's tarnished his own reputation... he could've been the LeBron of MMA': UFC boss Dana White stoke

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UFC boss Dana White says light heavyweight champion Jon Jones "tarnished his own reputation" and "can do whatever he wants," after the fighter threatened to quit the promotion over a bitter pay row.

White and Jones have exchanged barbs in recent days after talks for a 'superfight' between Jones and heavyweight powerhouse Francis Ngannou fell through almost immediately.

White has accused Jones of asking for an "absurd" amount of money for the bout - claiming he demanded a fee similar to what heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder earned for his last bout, believed to be around $30 million.

Jones disputes that account and has lashed out at White for not valuing his services, threatening to quit a promotion in which he has established himself as among the all-time MMA greats.  

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After a night of action at the UFC's own Apex facility in Las Vegas on Saturday, White said he "couldn't care less about the row" with Jones and accused the fighter of "tarnishing his own reputation" - a presumed reference to Jones' series of run-ins with the law and doping scandals down the years.    

"I’m always looking at what Jon Jones could’ve been. He could have been the LeBron (James) of this sport. He could have been that big," White said. 

"The stuff that’s he been through, to show up and think he basically (wanted) $15 million, or $20 million, or $30 million, it’s crazy.

"He can do whatever he wants to do. He can sit out. He can fight. He can do whatever...”

“Being the greatest of all-time doesn’t mean you get $30 million.

"Jon Jones has done a lot of things to himself. In one of his tweets, he was saying I tarnished him. I tarnished you? You’ve done a very good job of tarnishing you. I haven’t done that."

Jones soon fired back on Twitter, maintaining he had never requested the kind of sums White mentioned, and that the UFC president's claims to have text message proof were essentially a lie. 

Jones reiterated his request to be released from his contract, stating he could earn more from a switch to boxing or other pursuits. 

With neither side taking a backwards step, it is a row that looks set to rumble on. 

May 31st 2020, 6:26 am

‘It’s going to be a warzone x 10’: Minneapolis activist tells RT more violence lays ahead for city r

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An activist in Minneapolis has warned of more and heavier unrest in her city, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. She also warned that widescale systemic change would be needed in order to restore peace.

Kayla Johnson recounted how she had been attacked by the Minneapolis police while peacefully demonstrating. The activist told RT that before riots and looting broke out earlier this week, non-violent protests had been met with rubber bullets, tear gas and other strong-arm tactics.

“I got hit with a flash grenade in my arm. The Minneapolis Police Department ended up giving me a second-degree burn for peacefully protesting. That’s the type of world we live in right now,” she said.

The community must take a stand and show no fear, Johnson urged, adding that order will only be restored once there are changes “within the system.”

The saying is no justice no peace, and that statement is literal.

However, she also claimed that “opportunists have already taken charge” of some of the protests, and alleged that white supremacists had “initiated the looting” in the city. The situation is likely to escalate, even though people have been ordered to stay home, the activist added.

It’s going to be a warzone x 10. I heard people are getting assault rifles.

Minneapolis has been rocked by nearly a week of demonstrations, some of which have descended into looting and rioting. The state’s national guard has been deployed to help restore law and order, and a curfew has been imposed.

The unrest has spread across the United States, with more than a dozen cities reeling from rioting. Derek Chauvin, the officer filmed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder, but many protesters have demanded that three other officers involved in the incident should also be prosecuted.

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May 31st 2020, 6:26 am

A nightmare scenario for offshore oil

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The offshore oil industry is facing a growing number of impossible challenges, leaving the future of the sector increasingly uncertain.

Between low demand, soaring inventories, depressed prices, a global pandemic, and now, hurricane season, it seems a perfect storm is forming around the offshore oil industry. The world's offshore oil market, responsible for 30 percent of all the world's oil production, is facing an impossible set of challenges. With oil sitting at half the price of its yearly high, and doubts forming around the future of demand, in addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the global economy, companies are struggling to rein in capital spending and are beginning to rethink the future of key projects.

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The crisis has pushed much of the world's oil production onshore in favor of more flexible rigs and lower operational costs.

Many new offshore projects have even been put on hold as the new reality of the oil market sets in. Companies are now scrambling to suspend federal lease deadlines as the near-term looks increasingly uncertain.

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The industry's growing troubles come just as Royal Dutch Shell was forced to airlift a number of coronavirus-infected employees from one of its offshore platforms, highlighting the risks associated with confining workers on offshore rigs during a pandemic.

And Shell isn't the only company grappling with outbreaks.

In recent weeks, hundreds of workers at offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Mozambique, Canada, and Kazakhstan have been infected with COVID-19.

The outbreaks add to the growing list of trials and tribulations the offshore industry is grappling with.

Many firms operating offshore rigs have yet to recuperate from the last oil price collapse in 2014-2015 when prices fell from $100 to below $40, weighing on the entire industry.

“Offshore drillers and offshore vessel providers will generally be unable to pay their total outstanding debt of 2020 based on their cash flow from operating activities, unless they are able to make sufficient capital expenditure cuts,” Jon Marsh Duesund, a partner at energy research firm Rystad Energy explained, adding, “Otherwise, they will have to turn to capital markets for refinancing.”

And with the global economy teetering on the brink, the industry may not be able to secure the funds it needs to stay afloat.

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May 31st 2020, 6:26 am

‘It’s not who we are!’ County sheriff in Michigan JOINS march against police brutality

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A sheriff in a Michigan county took an impressive step amid the massive George Floyd-inspired rallies, laying down his protective gear and marching side by side with protesters. His unorthodox gesture was met with glee.

Crowds of protesters had been amassing outside the Flint Township police station since earlier in the day, demanding justice for the slain Minnesotan George Floyd, and venting anger at police brutality. Shortly afterwards, Genesee County sheriff Chris Swanson turned up at the rally, engaging in a candid talk with those demonstrating.

“We want to be with you, I took my helmet off and laid the batons down. I want to make this a parade, not a protest,” he passionately tells people, assuring his officers won’t go tough on them.

“These cops love you, this cop over here hugs people,” Swanson is heard, in footage that went viral.
He then shouts repeatedly “Let’s go, let’s move,” joining the march.

Swanson walked with jubilant protesters along the streets, which seemed free of any violence. As the march came to a close, he told the crowds that “police condemn what happened in Minneapolis, it’s not who we are.”

The news comes on the back of multiple reports of demonstrators engaged in riots and looting elsewhere across the United States, and of police employing aggressive tactics to quell the unrest.

In other parts of Michigan state, though, the situation wasn’t that peaceful. Officers resorted to the use of rubber bullets and tear gas as rioters attacked them with firecrackers and set police vehicles on fire.

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May 31st 2020, 5:40 am

‘Like posing after a big game kill’: Uncle of George Floyd tells RT about watching cops brutalize hi

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The Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd acted like he was hunting an animal, the victim’s uncle has told RT. He expressed hope that the tragedy could lead to change, but urged people against violence.

Derek Chauvin, the policeman filmed pinning his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, seemed to have “no remorse” for what he did, Selwyn Jones said, describing the viral video of the incident.

He had a monster look in his eye. Like, you know what, ‘This is my job to do this’… He looked like he was posing after a big animal kill, a big game kill.

Speaking from Gettysburg, South Dakota, Jones said that the fate of his nephew illustrates how black men in America are targeted by police purely on the basis of their skin color.

“The only thing he did was do what they told him to do. And you know what the outcome was – he died. He got killed,” he noted.

On Saturday, Jones participated in a Rapid City march, and hailed the rally as a “show of unity” against the police conduct that ended his nephew’s life. He said that he hoped his message of peace would be extended to the whole world.

Let’s have peace, let’s figure out a way so that we can stop people of color getting brutalized.

Jones expressed disappointment at the looting and rioting that has sprung up across the United States, stressing that his nephew’s death was being misused by “mean people doing mean things.”

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More than a dozen cities have seen large protests following Floyd’s death, with some demonstrations turning violent. Numerous states have called upon their National Guards and imposed curfews, in an effort to restore law and order.

Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but many have said that the charges should be more severe, and have demanded that three other officers who witnessed Floyd’s death should also be prosecuted.

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May 31st 2020, 5:10 am

UFC fighter Mackenzie Dern makes history with unique submission victory

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UFC strawweight became the first woman ever in the promotion to win with a leg submission as she defeated fellow American Hannah Cifers in the first round of their Las Vegas fight on Saturday night.

Dern, 27, was forced to weather an early storm as Cifers came out swinging but the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist took control once the action moved to the canvas mid-way through the first round.

Once grounded, Dern locked in a kneebar which forced Cifers to tap - handing Dern the first leglock submission of any kind in UFC women's history.

Mackenzie Dern locks in a kneebar against Hannah Cifers. © Zuffa via USA TODAY Sports

Dern was a heavy favorite heading into the bout at the UFC's Apex center, and the win improved her career ledger to 8-1 and also saw he bounce back from her first ever defeat against Brazil's Amanda Ribas back in October - which was Dern's first fight back after giving birth to her first child.

It was also enough to earn her a $50,000 fight of the night bonus.

In the main event of the night at UFC on ESPN 9, Gilbert Burns dominated former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley across five rounds to pick up a lopsided decision victory. 

Burns is now on a six-fight win streak which has inserted the Brazilian into title shot contention at 170lbs. 

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May 31st 2020, 5:10 am

US govt wants to sell multimillion-dollar Hong Kong property as it revokes city's special status

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The US government has invited bids for several luxury mansions in the Hong Kong area, one of the world's most expensive real estate markets, as tensions rise between Washington and Beijing.

The residential complex located in a high-end neighborhood – Shouson Hill, south of Hong Kong Island – was reportedly "secretly" put up for sale earlier this week. The price tag for the lot is huge, but estimated values vary in the media. According to new local website HK01, six homes at 37 Shouson Hill Road with beautiful views of the bay are worth HK$10 billion (US$1.3 billion). The outlet notes that the price per square meter in the luxury area can reach up to HK$200,000 (nearly US $26,000). 

Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post says that the property is valued at between HK$3.1 billion and HK$5 billion (US$645 million), citing a tender document. Valuers also told the outlet that souring relations between the US and China, as well as the economic situation, may lower the price for the lot. 

"Mainland Chinese used to be the buyers of luxury properties. Will they buy property from the US government now? That is a question in many people's mind," said Charles Chan Chiu-kwok, managing director of Savills Valuation and Professional Services Limited. 

The US government has owned the land for 72 years after buying it for an unknown price. Back then, in 1948, Hong Kong was still a British colony. 

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A State Department representative told media that the sale was part of its global reinvestment program, that includes property reviews. The funds from the real estate deal can be reinvested in other areas. 

"As part of that program, the State Department has decided to sell the Shouson Hill property, and at the same time, invest in enhancing other US government-owned assets in Hong Kong, including the US Consulate General's office building," a spokesman for the US consulate in Hong Kong said.

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump announced that he wants to strip the Asian financial center of its trade and travel perks over Beijing's new security law. Hong Kong is already bracing for different scenarios as a result of the move, but Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po says it will have little impact as its services sector dominates the local economy.

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May 31st 2020, 4:40 am

NYPD police cruisers RUN INTO crowds of protesters in terrifying video

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A pair of NYPD vehicles lurched through a crowd of New Yorkers that swarmed them amid the nationwide demonstrations over the death of Minnesotan George Floyd at the hands of police.

The terrifying footage, that garnered millions of views, starts with a Ford SUV facing multiple protesters who had installed a barricade blocking passage through a street in New York. The demonstrators are seen pelting things at the car and hitting it with their hands.

With lights flashing and sirens turned on, the police car briefly waits for another vehicle to arrive. Once it approaches the crowd, both cruisers accelerate, smashing the makeshift barrier and running over people. 

Panic breaks out as protesters run in different directions.

Police later justified the aggressive move, saying the officer driving hit the gas after spotting what they claimed was a flaming bag on top of the vehicle. The incident took place in Brooklyn, according to NBC New York. 

The explosive video raised the ire of those online, as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who demanded that NYPD officers involved be suspended and brought to justice.

Meanwhile, police cars were set alight and vandalized elsewhere across New York, while demonstrations against police brutality effectively shut down lanes heading towards Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge.

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May 31st 2020, 4:40 am

‘You hang gays & stone women!’ Pompeo awkwardly fights back as Iran’s Zarif speaks out against racis

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Mike Pompeo has clashed online with Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the latter weighed in on the anti-police-brutality riots across the US. Zarif even used the secretary of state’s own words on Iran.

“Some don’t think Black Lives Matter,” Zarif wrote, telling “those of us who do” that a war waged against racism is “long overdue for the entire world.” The top Iranian official was commenting on the mayhem sweeping through the US over the police killing of an African American, George Floyd.

It is “time for #WorldAgainstRacism,” Zarif’s statement proclaimed. It also featured a re-write of a previous statement by Secretary of State Pompeo, which lambasted Iran for allegedly “squandering its citizens' resources” and employing “futile tactics of suppression, imprisonment of protesters” along with “the denial of Iranian frustrations.”

Zarif replaced the words “Iran” and “Iranian” with “American,” “America” or “US” in the repurposed statement. He was apparently applying the comment in relation to what is happening now across the United States.

Zarif’s publication appeared on Pompeo’s radar hours later, but the response of the State Department chief was unusually brief. “You hang homosexuals, stone women and exterminate Jews,” he wrote, sharing the Iranian foreign minister’s tweet.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry is no stranger to sparring with the US secretary of state. Earlier in March, it uploaded an image that called for an end to “aiding war crimes” and “obeying immoral and illegal US sanctions.”

The picture featured the word “sanction” in the center, with the letter “O” stylized as coronavirus with a translucent Pompeo lurking behind it. The unorthodox message came after the US chief diplomat blamed Tehran for the severity of the outbreak in the country.

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May 31st 2020, 4:10 am

Anonymous declares WAR on Minneapolis Police in video message attributed to hacker group

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Hacker collective Anonymous has purportedly begun to target the Minneapolis Police Department, accusing the force of systemic violence and corruption while serving as an instrument for “the ruling class.”

A video message posted to an Anonymous Facebook page with 11 million followers accused the Minneapolis Police of condoning behavior that led to the death of George Floyd.

“People have had enough of this corruption and violence from an organization that promises to keep them safe,” the masked narrator says.

The group called for criminal charges to be brought against all of the officers who were filmed detaining Floyd before his death.

Unfortunately, we do not trust your corrupt organization to carry out justice, so we will be exposing your many crimes to the world.

The group claimed that the police force exists to “carry out the will of the criminal ruling class.”

Protests in Minneapolis against Floyd’s killing have spread across the United States, despite the fact that Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer filmed pinning his knee on Floyd’s neck, was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, other officers who witnessed the event have not been charged.

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May 31st 2020, 3:10 am

An eye for an eye? Enraged protesters violently drag & toss cop in Chicago amid George Floyd protest

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A pair of cops were quickly overrun and wrestled to the ground by angry protesters during massive anti-police-brutality rallies in Chicago, with one female officer being violently dragged for several feet.

A widely shared video, captured in the middle of heavy demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, shows the infuriated crowd swarm and hit two police officers as they apparently tried to detain a protester.

A fracas suddenly broke out, with the cops being aggressively pushed to the ground by the demonstrators. The male officer managed to get to his feet while protecting himself against several protesters.
He then tried to rescue his female partner, who was dragged and tossed along the pavement.

The physical altercation ended when bystanders urged the attackers to stop, forming a kind of protective ring around the officers.

Thousands of demonstrators flocked to the streets of Chicago on Saturday, climbing on cars and buses, and engaging in clashes with police. Later on, the violence escalated, with some rioters smashing the windows of police SUVS and damaging buildings across the city as they marched through.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a curfew for the city on Saturday evening, which will start at 9pm local time and continue until 6am “until further notice.” Local transportation companies suspended bus and train services on multiple lines as protests disrupted traffic across the city.

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May 31st 2020, 3:10 am

‘Light em up!’ WATCH National Guard patrol residential area in Minneapolis & shoot paint at people o

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Police and the National Guard have been sweeping residential streets in Minneapolis, ordering residents to obey the curfew – and marking those who refuse to go inside with paint, triggering a new wave of outrage over police abuse.

A squad of heavily equipped National Guardsmen and police officers were seen running through a street in a suburban area of Minneapolis. The footage that surfaced online shows them approaching residents who were recording their passage, yelling “Get inside, go inside!”

Eventually, one officer can be heard shouting “light ‘em up!” at which point the squad fires off volleys of paint at the bystanders. They swiftly take cover inside.

The chilling video comes at a time when major American cities are rioting against police brutality. In Minneapolis itself, protest marches – sparked by the death of African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police – descended into full-blown riots.

Minnesota called in its National Guard days earlier, enforcing a curfew and trying to quell the violence. Currently, there are some 4,100 guardsmen deployed to Minneapolis metro area and the vicinity, with 6,000 more set to arrive. It marks the biggest National Guard deployment in the state’s history, according to local press.

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May 31st 2020, 1:54 am

Rioter tries to LOOT AR-15 rifle from torched police car amid chaos in Seattle (VIDEOS)

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A masked protester was spotted brandishing a rifle during the riots in Seattle, Washington State, where several patrol cars were burnt out and looted. The weapon was quickly recovered by another armed man.

A masked individual wearing a dark hoodie tried to take a rifle, apparently an AR-15, from a vandalized police car. Another man, believed to be an armed guard or an officer in plainclothes, professionally disarmed him, yelling: “Put the weapon down!”

Rioters have looted numerous stores, torched patrol cars and vandalized them with graffiti after the unrest broke out in Seattle following a peaceful anti-police brutality rally.

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May 31st 2020, 12:36 am

Driver pulls BOW & ARROW on protesters blocking road in Salt Lake City (VIDEOS)

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A man has drawn a bow and arrow during an confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The authorities imposed a curfew and called in the National Guard after the rallies escalated into rioting.

The incident took place as the protesters blocking a road clashed with one of the drivers. At some point, the man pulled out a bow and arrow, and yelled “All lives matter!”

The driver aimed the weapon several times, but was quickly swarmed by the protesters and beaten. After overpowering the man, the activists smashed the windows of his car and flipped it.

The demonstrations in Salt Lake City and several other major cities across the US were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The rallies were initially peaceful but gradually spiraled into rioting, forcing authorities in multiple states to impose curfews and call in the National Guard.

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May 30th 2020, 11:52 pm

Teargas & flash bangs outside Colorado State Capitol as protesters defy Denver curfew

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Denver police have warned citizens that they will be arrested if they don’t abide by the curfew, introduced after Black Lives Matter protests escalated into clashes with reports of sporadic looting across the city.

The protest march began peacefully but escalated into violence on Saturday afternoon as some in the crowd started throwing fireworks and water bottles at police, local media reported.

The officers responded with flash bangs and tear gas, attempting to disperse the protesters in the Civic Central Park where the Colorado State Capitol is based.

At least one protester was reported to be hospitalized after getting hit by a projectile.

Police said they have confiscated crowbars, chains, pliers, axes, and other tools typically used by looters to break into shops.   

A curfew was imposed in Denver from 8pm to 5am, with police warning the citizens that they will be arrested if they fail to leave “all public areas.” Curfews have been earlier imposed in downtown Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Utah, there the rioting also occurred.

The demonstrations in several other major cities across the US were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd, an unarmed black man, had died when a white police officer pinned him on the ground and pressed a knee on his neck in an attempted arrest.

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May 30th 2020, 11:36 pm

DC National Guard rolls in amid stand off with protesters outside White House

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The National Guard has been activated in Washington, DC to assist local police handling protests around the White House, where the stand off continues, sporadically erupting in clashes.

The guardsmen were mobilized after a request from the US Park Police, the DC National Guard (DCNG) commander, Major General William J. Walker said.

“The DCNG is always ready to assist District and Federal agencies to protect human life and property,” he noted.

The Black Lives Matter demonstrations have spiraled into riots in multiple major cities across the US, forcing authorities to introduce curfews and request national guard support in several states.

May 30th 2020, 10:52 pm

Nashville courthouse vandalized & set on FIRE as riot police try to disperse anti-brutality proteste

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Protesters in Nashville, Tennessee broke into Metro Courthouse, setting fires inside, as peaceful anti-police brutality rallies are slipping into chaos and rioting all across the US.

Thousands of people marched peacefully through the city and gathered in the Public Square Park, chanting slogans against police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd. 

The violence eventually erupted after some of the protesters were seen burning the US flags and spray-painting anti-police slogans on the walls of the Metropolitan Nashville Courthouse - while several rioters managed to break in and set a fire inside.

Riot police deployed tear gas to push the crowd away from the building, but the vandalizm continued in the ares and elsewhere in the city.

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May 30th 2020, 10:22 pm

WATCH enraged protesters breach CBS studio gates in Los Angeles

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Rioters have used large wheeled garbage containers to smash through the main gate of the CBS television complex during mass protest rallies and unrest in Los Angeles.

A video from the scene shows a large crowd of violent protesters ramming the fence with garbage containers and breaking it open. People were also throwing projectiles into the security guard booth. 

A different clip shows security guards trying to close off the fence, while the rioters push another container into the gate and accidentally hit one of their own. It is not clear whether the protesters have made it past the entrance.

The demonstrations were sparked by the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, during his attempted arrest by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this week.

The protest rallies in Los Angeles and several other major cities across the US began peacefully but later escalated into rioting, looting, and clashes with police, forcing authorities in several states to introduce curfews and call in the National Guard.

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May 30th 2020, 9:31 pm

Most arrested Minneapolis rioters are LOCALS, jail logs show, contradicting claims of ‘80% out-of-st

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The vast majority of the people arrested so far amid the unrest in Minneapolis had Minnesota addresses, despite the US officials, including the state governor and President Donald Trump, painting the rioters as mostly outsiders.

Of the 45 people arrested for rioting and looting on Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis, 38 had Minnesota addresses, FOX 9 reported, citing publicly available jail records. Only six detainees were registered out of state, and one person did not have address information listed.

This data seems to contradict the US media and officials, who have spent the past couple of days blaming everyone from white supremacists and police provocateurs to antifa and leftist extremists (and Russia of course!), while largely ignoring any notion that impoverished Americans might have been genuinely fed up with social injustice and see no other ways to make their voices heard.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said earlier that 80 percent of rioters had come from “outside.” Walz also accused white supremacists and drug cartels of fueling the riots to take advantage of the chaos.

US President Donald Trump in his turn also claimed that the majority of the rioters in Minnesota were not locals, blaming antifa and the “radical left” for the unrest.

The demonstrations and riots in Minneapolis and several other major cities across the US were caused by the death of Minneapolis local George Floyd.  Floyd, an unarmed black man, had died after being pinned down on the ground by a white police officer, who pressed a knee on Floyd’s neck. The video of the incident went viral, sparking outrage over police brutality.

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May 30th 2020, 9:20 pm

Utah calls in National Guard, declares curfew as Salt Lake City protests spiral out of control

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert has activated the National Guard to tackle the unrest in downtown Salt Lake City, where the mayor in her turn issued an 8pm curfew amid the widening anti-police brutality protests.

Herbert directed the National Guard to “help control the escalating situation” in Salt Lake City, while calling on the protesters to behave peacefully. 

“We are in close contact with our department of public safety and receiving regular updates,” the governor said.

Herbert’s announcement came around the same time as Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued an 8pm curfew.

Dozens of patrols cars and several armored police vehicles were deployed arrived at the scene of the protests.

Previously, a curfew was imposed in downtown Philadelphia and Los Angeles, after protests there escalated into riots with sporadic looting and vandalism. The National Guard has been deployed in Minneapolis for several days now, but has so far failed to quell the unrest as people rallying in the streets ignore the curfew orders.

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May 30th 2020, 9:20 pm

Riot police fire tear gas at protesters outside Miami Police Department (VIDEOS)

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Tensions have escalated in Florida, where crowds of Black Live Matter protesters descended on Miami streets denouncing police brutality and face off with cops in riot gear.

Riot police deployed tear gas and reportedly fired rubber bullets against an agitated crowd that converged on a police department garage in downtown Miami. While the majority of the protesters seemed peaceful, several people were seen throwing objects at the police protecting the building.

The protesters have gathered in downtown Miami on Saturday to stand in solidarity with George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while being detained by police in Minnesota. The incident sparked unrest across the country.

The people carried signs and chanted “I Can’t Breathe” – the words Floyd was filmed saying as he was pinned on the ground by a white police officer earlier this week in Minneapolis. The man after the officer pressed a knee onto his neck while attempting to detain him. Floyd’s deaths caused an outcry and triggered riots and unrest in several major US cities.

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May 30th 2020, 9:20 pm

Los Angeles declares CURFEW as George Floyd protest descends into CHAOS (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has imposed a curfew from 8pm to 5am to ensure the safety of “all citizens,” after massive anti-police brutality protests erupted in clashes and rioting.

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May 30th 2020, 7:20 pm

WATCH protesters attack InfoWars ‘battle tank’ at Black Lives Matter rally in Texas

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The protesters in Austin, Texas, have surrounded and attacked an InfoWars car, owned by controversial broadcaster Alex Jones, as it cruised the streets during a massive anti-police brutality demonstration.

The black reinforced vehicle with megaphones mounted on its rooftop was driving around the city as part of the InfoWars’ coverage of the anti-police brutality demonstrations.

At one point the protesters surrounded the SUV, kicking it and hitting with signs, apparently thinking that Jones himself was behind the wheel. The car, however, was reportedly driven by political activist and commentator Orowen Shroyer, and has managed to leave the scene relatively intact.

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May 30th 2020, 7:01 pm

Police cars set ABLAZE near Philadelphia City Hall as protest erupts in violence and vandalism (VIDE

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Multiple police vehicles went up in flames in the heart of Philadelphia amid a raging protest over the death of George Floyd, as authorities warned that vandalism and other criminal acts “will not be tolerated.”

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May 30th 2020, 6:31 pm

Protesters clash with police outside White House (VIDEO)

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Police have confronted protesters outside the White House as officers in riot gear are trying to push demonstrators away from the US President's residence.

The crowds have been trying to make their way on into the pedestrian part of Pennsylvania avenue outside the White House fence.

Bottles can be seen thrown, while  police is responding with batons and allegedly tear gas.

Local journalist Alejandro Alvarez reported police gave several warnings to the crowds to disperse before moving on them.

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May 30th 2020, 6:19 pm

MASSIVE rallies block roads in Los Angeles as anti-police brutality protesters demand justice for Ge

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Huge crowds have hit the streets for the fourth consecutive day in Los Angeles after the death of George Floyd has triggered massive anti-police brutality rallies escalating into riots across the US.

Aerial footage shows massive crowds on the 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue. The march has been peaceful so far, but police have deployed 'additional resources' to maintain order.

The protesters, many of whom are Black Live Matter activists, are demanding justice for George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died in police custody earlier this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Floyd’s death has sparked riots and unrest in several major cities across the country. A total of 533 people were detained in Los Angeles alone on Friday.

The demonstrations take place amid the quarantine restrictions, imposed to combat the spread of Covid-19.

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May 30th 2020, 6:01 pm

WATCH the video that started all the ‘CHILD SOLDIERS’ rumors

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A full-length video has emerged showing what appear to be teenagers in military surplus gear in Atlanta, Georgia. When snippets of the footage went viral earlier, the internet exploded with rumors of child soldiers.

Published on YouTube but originally broadcast on Instagram, the video shows more than a dozen people of teenage build and stature, standing in a line as if to ‘guard’ a bridge in Atlanta, Georgia. The mysterious ‘troops’ carry rifles without magazines, but are clad in matching military-style clothing and gas masks. Behind them, a number of military vehicles are parked, while other people in similar attire mill about. 

“Are they the National Guard?” a bystander asks, while another replies “no!” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) had indeed deployed the guard late Friday night, However, as fragments of the video went viral on Saturday morning, some viewers thought that the National Guard had deployed child soldiers to the streets of Atlanta, while others suggested they were likely members of a private militia group.

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Their appearance on the streets sparked horror online, with commenters dubbing them the “Hitler Youth.” However, the cameraman who filmed his encounter with them was unperturbed, and spent around 15 minutes making fun of the gun-toting ‘guardsmen’.

“You got a Fortnite shield in that bag?” he asked one. “They ain’t even got clips in them things,” a bystander remarked at their weapons.

Once the 8pm curfew hit, the dress-up soldiers turned and left their posts, to jeers from the crowd. Their presence, however startling it was to social media users, did little to deter rioters, who continued looting and vandalising throughout the night. In Atlanta, Minneapolis, and across the country, further riots are expected over the weekend.

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May 30th 2020, 5:31 pm

China won’t be a ‘full partner’ with US in space, Trump campaign manager ads politics to SpaceX lau

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Two NASA astronauts had barely taken off from the Kennedy Space Center when the achievement was already being politicized back on Earth. To the Trump campaign, it was an opportunity to blast Joe Biden and the Chinese government.

NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, en route to the International Space Station in a capsule developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation.

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The launch marks the first time since 2011 that NASA has sent astronauts into space from American soil, and the first time in history that a private company has sent humans into space.

Back on terra firma, the momentous occasion quickly took on a political dimension. “As our astronauts set to launch a U.S. rocket from US soil, it’s important that we’re not relying on Russia for a ride to space anymore,” Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, tweeted.

Indeed, American astronauts have relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to get to space since 2011. Before leaving Earth behind, the Americans would have to journey to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was from here that the Soviet Union beat the US by launching Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, and Vostok 1, the first human spaceflight.

With one Cold War closed, however, Parscale didn’t hesitate to stoke the flames of another.  

“@JoeBiden wants CHINA to be a ‘full partner’ in space exploration & doesn’t want them to feel like a ‘new entrant’ behind the US,” he added.

Biden’s space policy is the stuff of mystery. While Trump promised to restart space flight and pushed for the establishment of the Space Force as a sixth branch of the military, Biden has been relatively quiet on interstellar matters. However, in 2008, he told Nature magazine that he “wants to make China a full partner in space exploration, rather than a frustrated new entrant that had to catch up to the United States.”

Such talk may have passed unnoticed in 2008, but China has since become America’s ‘Public Enemy’. Trump has raged at Beijing for its alleged complicity in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, threatening to “cut off the whole relationship” with China, whatever that means. Moreover, the Pentagon already treats China as a military adversary, while a White House policy document released last week stated that the US is now engaged in “long-term strategic competition” with Beijing, and will orient its diplomatic and military efforts thusly.

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Space exploration was a matter of national pride during the Cold War, with the USA and USSR trumpeting each victory as proof of the superiority of their political systems. Yet it also had a military component, and space launch capability was closely related with ballistic missile capability. The “Cold War 2” – as Florida Senator Rick Scott called the current period of competition with China – has similar undertones. Both the US and China have tested anti-satellite weapons, while the Pentagon warned last year that Beijing is increasingly focused on the “weaponization of space.”

However, as Trump unveiled the Space Force’s new flag at a ceremony in the White House earlier this month, he left no doubt about the purpose of the new military branch, boasting about the state-of-the-art hardware under development at the Pentagon, including a mysterious “super duper missile.”

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May 30th 2020, 5:19 pm

Just like in Ferguson? AG Barr, Minnesota officials blame ‘outside radicals and agitators’ for viole

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Outside forces have hijacked protests over George Floyd’s death across the US and turned them violent, US Attorney General William Barr said, echoing earlier statements by Minnesota officials.

“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” Barr said after several days of rioting in Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Portland and other cities prompted by the death of African American George Floyd during his arrest.

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The attorney general reminded people that crossing state lines to incite violence and take part in riots was a federal crime and vowed that the law will be enforced.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz suggested that domestic terrorists or foreign influences were behind the unrest in his state’s largest city, Minneapolis, where Floyd died in police custody on Monday.

The riots started to resemble a “military operation,” which is aimed at “attacking civil society, instilling fear, and disrupting our great cities,” the governor pointed out.

“The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents,” Mayor Jacob Frey insisted, adding that the rioters came “largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region.”

According to Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter all of those arrested during the unrest on Friday night weren’t locals. “We don’t know these folks,” he exclaimed. 

During the massive rioting in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 – provoked by the death of a black man at the hands of the police – the authorities also blamed outside forces for the situation going out of control. The police officer in charge of the operation to restore order in the city, Ron Johnson, said that “criminal elements” who came from as far as New York and California were responsible for 80 percent of the violence.

Donald Trump earlier took to Twitter to blame “ANTIFA and the radical left” for the violent outbursts, insisting that the riots had little to do with anger over what happened to Floyd.

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May 30th 2020, 5:01 pm

Get tougher with protesters, or federal government sends military – Trump warns ‘Liberal governors &

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President Donald Trump has warned states and cities if they don’t get “much tougher” on protesters then the federal government will get involved using the military, who indicated they are on extraordinary four-hour recall status.

“Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests,” Trump tweeted.

He earlier lambasted democratic officials in Minnesota for failing to tame the riots over the death of African American George Floyd as white cop Derek Chauvin held him to the ground.

The Pentagon confirmed that its military units are on a four-hour recall status in case Minnesota's governor requests them.

Despite the curfew, protests have been raging for several days in Minneapolis and other cities ranging from peaceful demonstrations to clashes with police. Many buildings were set on fire and businesses looted. The National Guard has already been mobilized in the state.

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Protests broke out throughout the country over the last few days, with one mob severely destroying businesses in California.

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May 30th 2020, 4:49 pm

‘US statements are fake, not Libyan money’: Moscow rebuffs accusations of printing counterfeit dinar

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Moscow printed dinars for Libya in accordance with a government contract, so Washington’s claims of it being fake money have nothing to do with reality, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

The US State Department announced on Friday that $1.1 billion worth of “counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan currency” was seized in Malta earlier this week. 

Moscow confirmed the dinars were indeed printed by Russian state-owned company Goznak, but it was done in accordance with a contract it signed with the Central Bank of Libya in 2015. The order was fully paid for by the Libyan side, it was announced.

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Following the NATO-backed removal of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and years of chaos, Libya is now run by two rival governments, which both have their own central banks. Moscow said it sent money to Benghazi, which is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar, because the head of the local bank was appointed by the democratically elected parliament. The seized money was essential for stabilizing the troubled Libyan economy, the ministry added. 

Therefore, it’s the American statements that are false, but not the Libyan dinars.

Washington, which backs the UN recognized Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), has labeled the LNA and its bank “an illegal parallel entity.” 

Moscow reiterated its stance that the conflict in Libya should only be solved behind the negotiations table, calling upon the sides to lay down arms and start talking.

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May 30th 2020, 4:49 pm

CNN blames ‘RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA’ for George Floyd riots because they ‘Can’t blame China’ - Trump

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With riots sweeping America, a CNN guest suggested that Russia may be responsible for stoking anti-police anger in the US. President Trump ridiculed the “sick losers” at the network for their ‘Russiagate’ obsession.

“Here we go again,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “Fake News @CNN is blaming RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA. They are sick losers with VERY bad ratings! P.S. Can’t blame China because they need the cash?”

Earlier, National Urban League president and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial appeared on CNN, where he suggested that the riots in Minneapolis – now in their fourth day – were provoked by Russian agents and “white supremacists.”

Morial wasn’t the first liberal pundit to suggest Moscow’s meddling, and not the actions of police officer and suspected murderer Derek Chauvin, may have triggered the riots. A host of ‘Russiagate truthers’ flooded social media with Kremlin conspiracies on Friday, as protesters in the Minnesota city looted stores and torched police stations.

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However, accusations of outside meddling have also come from top officials in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz has accused white supremacists and drug cartels of inflaming the violence, while Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison have all suggested the involvement of outside forces in the riots. 

Notably, every one of these officials has been criticized for allowing the violence to flourish in recent days. Mayor Jacob Frey in particular has been targeted by President Trump for his apparent failure to “get tough and fight,” after his police force abandoned two stations in as many days to arsonists.

Trump too has accused infiltrators of directing the violence. Rather than blaming the Kremlin, however, Trump has pointed the finger at “ANTIFA and the Radical Left.” His Attorney General William Barr appears to agree. At a press conference on Saturday, he accused “outside radicals and agitators” of “exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda.”

“The violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchic and left extremist groups,” Barr claimed.

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May 30th 2020, 4:49 pm

'I'm very feminine': 'Deadly Beauty' claims sexism & discrimination fire her up as ring girl-turned-

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South Korean star Song Ka-yeon is eyeing a return to MMA six years after her first professional fights – and says ideals of beauty and the discrimination she suffered as a ring girl have fueled her relentless training.

Song was forced to train alone and spend time as an MMA ring girl as she tried to break into the sport as one of the first female fighters in South Korea before making the professional ranks in 2014.

Emerging from a volatile upbringing during which she never met her mother and her father died when she was a teenager, Song beat two men in her amateur kickboxing career before signing for a team who used her as a fill-in round card holder on one occasion when a ring girl dropped out at short notice.

That earned Song media attention and led to appearances on South Korean reality television and variety shows while she discarded plans to join the Korean military special forces in favor of pursuing her MMA ambitions.

Her first professional fight ended in a whirlwind victory but the consequences included death threats and the unwanted attentions of a stalker before she lost her second fight, in the same year, to a submission by a much more experienced opponent.

Now the fighter, known as 'Deadly Beauty', spends 12 hours a day in the gym with the Singapore-based Evolve Fight Team, who signed her after an impressive two-week trial and where she works alongside the likes of women's MMA legend Misha Tate.

“Even though I had a good record in competitions, people wouldn’t give me credit for that. They just assumed I didn’t have the skills,” the 26-year-old told the SCMP.

“Funnily enough, the discrimination never bothered me. It fired me up and made me even more motivated to prove them all wrong.

“Most Asians love to achieve a lean, toned body and have fair skin but I was born with tanned skin and strong, bold legs. I don’t really care about what people think of me, because I know myself. I’m very feminine and my body isn’t a representation of that.”

Grounded in judo and jiu-jitsu, Song came second as a purple belt at the World No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in California last year.

She has been forced to dismiss rumors that she had plastic surgery in the past after breaking her nose several times as a teenage fighter, and her following of more than 71,000 on Instagram has helped her to earn a sponsorship deal wth Adidas.

"I like how Singapore is unique," she explained to the Strait Times after relocating. "There are a lot of different cultures.

"I train with people from Brazil, the United Kingdom, America and Thailand. The gym has produced a lot of champions."

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May 30th 2020, 4:49 pm

Trump blames violent protests on ‘Antifa & radical left,’ says they have little to do with George Fl

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The violent protests engulfing many US cities are being staged by Antifa and the radical left, US President Donald Trump has said, claiming they just want to cause trouble and the riots have little to do with George Floyd’s death.

“It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” Trump insisted as he sent a barrage of tweets about the violent outbreaks across the country.

Those who clashed with law enforcers, set police vehicles on fire, looted shops and destroyed property in Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Portland and other cities, were “’Organized Groups’ that have nothing to do with George Floyd,” Trump stated.

The US has seen several days of riots after African American man George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Even the White House went into partial lockdown late on Friday due to protests nearby.

The president praised the Secret Service for how they handled the demonstrators who, he said, “were just there to cause trouble.”

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May 30th 2020, 4:49 pm

Full house: Lewandowski races SEVEN clear of Cristiano Ronaldo & has now scored against EVERY Bundes

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Relentless Robert Lewandowski scored twice in eight minutes to become the outright top scorer across Europe’s top five leagues this season as runaway leaders Bayern breezed past Dusseldorf at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

More records fell for the man seen as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's main striking rival in Europe as he took his total for the season to an astonishing 43 goals in 37 games, edging past Lazio's Ciro Immobile as the leading hitman across the Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.

The Poland forward scored two minutes before half-time and five minutes after the break to claim Bayern's third and fourth goals in a crushing 5-0 win that also means no current Bundesliga side has stopped the 31-year-old from netting against them.

He is one goal shy of eclipsing his best ever tally, although he needed 10 more games to reach the same number of goals when he did so during the 2016-17 season.

Bayern now require a maximum of three wins from their remaining five matches of the season to secure their 30th league title, having won at second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to establish a commanding lead in the table that they have now extended to ten points.

Lewandowski is five goals clear at the top of the Bundesliga charts, seven goals ahead of Ronaldo's tally at Juventus in Serie A and has struck nine more times than Barcelona icon Messi, who is tied with Leicester forward Jamie Vardy.

His 11 goals in the Champions League mean he is unlikely to be overhauled as the top scorer should the competition resume this season.

Erling Haaland, who is his nearest rival on 10 goals, will play no further part in the Champions League after Dortmund lost to Paris Saint-Germain, leaving the next-nearest scorers five goals behind Lewandowski with a maximum of six knockout games still to be played.

Immobile, Ronaldo, Messi and his other counterparts are hoping to kickstart their challenges for the Golden Shoe when their divisions return to action in June.

May 30th 2020, 4:49 pm

SpaceX Falcon rocket launches two NASA astronauts into space

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX has become the first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space as a Falcon rocket with two people aboard blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22pm local time.

At 3:35pm the Crew Dragon capsule, carrying astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, separated from its second stage booster and entered the Earth’s orbit. 

The journey to the International Space Station will take Hurley and Behnken 19 hours.

The launch was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but was called off with less than 17 minutes remaining due to stormy weather.   

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NASA has had to rely on Russian Soyuz rockets to deliver people to space since the shutdown of its Shuttle program in 2011. This was the first manned space launch from US territory in nine years.

The US space agency had given SpaceX and Boeing, which plans its first manned space flight next year, almost $8 billion to develop the new American-made rockets.

For Musk, the successful launch is a huge step forward in his dream project ‘Starship system’, which the entrepreneur hopes will someday see reusable rockets delivering people and cargo to Earth’s orbit as well as to the Moon and beyond.

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May 30th 2020, 4:49 pm

College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta vandalized, looted amid protests at George Floyd death (VID

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The College Football Hall of Fame was damaged and looted in the riots which hit downtown Atlanta on Friday as part of the wave of unrest after the police killing of George Floyd.

Riots broke out across the US in the wake of Floyd's death, but Atlanta was among the areas worst hit as a state of emergency was declared and the National Guard called in.

The destruction included damage to the College Hall of Fame, which had its windows smashed and gift shop raided. 

It is said to be unclear whether the museum section of the building was affected by the vandalism. 

“Protesters continue damaging businesses, looting and setting fire to buildings,” said Sgt. John Chafee of the Atlanta Police Department on Saturday morning.

“There has been looting at the College Football Hall of Fame… and many other businesses.

"We are grateful for the assistance being provided by multiple local and state law enforcement partners as we work to minimize the damage being caused by these individuals and to restore order in our city.”

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The death of 46-year-old African American Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked peaceful protest but also violent outrage across the country.

As well as the College Hall of Fame building in Atlanta, demonstrators smashed police cars and targeted the CNN headquarters in the city.

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May 30th 2020, 2:16 pm

‘Politically-funded terrorists' are fueling riots after George Floyd death - Navy SEAL who shot Bin

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Former Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill has called the rioters looting the US’ major cities “politically-funded terrorists,” and called for a harsh military response. O’Neill isn’t the only pundit who sees a dark hand behind the riots.

George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned to the ground and apparently choked to death by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. Since then, riots have consumed the Minnesota city and spread like wildfire throughout the US. According to O’Neill – the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden in the famous 2011 raid – the unrest is being orchestrated from behind the scenes.

“I despise racism, I despise police brutality and it kills me that politically-funded terrorists are doing this on the shoulders of both,”  he tweeted on Friday night “These are coordinated attacks, are we going to defend ourselves?”

O’Neill didn’t suggest that the Democrat mayors of these cities are directly funding the destruction of their own hometowns, but hinted at that.

As O’Neill tweeted, throngs of protesters in Minneapolis defied a National Guard-enforced curfew and embarked on a fourth night of looting and arson. A police station was razed to the ground, and more retail outlets were stripped bare. Similar scenes played out in Detroit, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Portland and a number of other urban areas.

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However, he’s not the only commentator who thinks that someone is egging the rioters on. As the former SEAL ranted on Twitter, the hashtag “#AntifaTerrorists” trended. Unconfirmed reports on social media suggested that rioters were being directed by ‘organizers’, while the predominantly white members of ‘Antifa’ groups were blamed for instigating violence and vandalism.

 

The idea is not without precedent. Earlier this week, the 17-year-old daughter of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) retweeted a post from her local Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), requesting supplies for “comrades” rioting in Minneapolis. These supplies included plywood, sticks, and rackets, ostensibly for defending against police weaponry.

President Donald Trump too called the protesters “professionally managed.” Blaming “ANTIFA and the Radical Left,” he tweeted on Saturday that “These are ‘Organized Groups’ that have nothing to do with George Floyd. Sad!”

Perhaps unsurprisingly for a man who’s spent a career solving problems with the barrel of a gun, O’Neill wants a stern crackdown on the riots. “After fighting Al-Qaeda, I’m embarrassed that our law enforcement can’t defend our citizens,” he tweeted, adding that the authorities should “meet force with force.”

“To all the cops who retreated from invaders,” he added, seemingly referring to the police precinct abandoned to arsonists on Thursday night, “put your badges in the trash.”

As the Pentagon reportedly drew up plans to send in military police units to Minneapolis, President Trump criticized Mayor Jacob Frey for his apparent loss of control. “Get tough and fight,” he tweeted on Saturday, “STRENGTH!”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who was also criticized for his delayed response to the riots, announced on Saturday that he would deploy the full force of the state’s National Guard. “Everything that we believe in, these people are trying to destroy,” he said, just two days after he called the display of anger on the streets of Minneapolis “justified.”

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May 30th 2020, 1:47 pm

‘Heir of Louis XVI’ mercilessly ROASTED after appealing for protest-damaged statue of guillotined ki

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A descendant of the French monarchy has waded into the tumult gripping the US to plead for the repair of a statue of Louis XVI that was damaged during protests. The move has led to calls for the return of the guillotine.

Louis Alphonse of Bourbon kept up the family tradition of ill-advised comments when he appealed for the statue of Louis XVI in Louisville, Kentucky, to be repaired after it was damaged during demonstrations on Friday.

Video footage from the incident shows a man snapping the statue’s right hand off and moving away through the crowd which had gathered at the scene in downtown Louisville. Unlike the real Louis, the statue’s head remained fully intact. 

“As the heir of Louis XVI, and attached to the defense of his memory, I do hope that the damage will be repaired and that the statue will be restored. I already thank the Authorities for the measures they will take for that,” the Duke of Anjou said. 

The head of the house of Bourbon added that the statue had been gifted to Louisville by the French city of Montpellier around 60 years ago. Needless to say, the repair of a statue of an 18th-century king isn’t exactly top of anyone’s agenda right now, and the pretender was mercilessly lampooned for his foolish tweet. 

“Let’s be real mate it’s not the most precious thing Louis XVI has ever had cut off in front of a crowd,” educational YouTuber Philosophy Tube quipped in a response that quickly racked up over 10,000 likes. Addressing the duke, writer Lauren Hough added: “Reading the room isn’t big in your family, huh?” 

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May 30th 2020, 1:47 pm

Reminiscent of Great Depression? Here is a list of food & booze gone down the drain due to Covid-19

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The coronavirus outbreak has forced some farmers and producers to do as was done during the Great Depression and simply get rid of their products or consider measures to prevent them from rotting amid lack of demand.

When the pandemic just began to infect counties one by one, people rushed to hoard supplies – from toilet paper to food – fearing shortages in the future. After the initial shock faded and parts of those ‘doomsday’ stockpiles ended up in the trash bin untouched, another problem emerged – too much food was left in the hands of the producers, forcing them to dump perfectly good products.

Millions of liters of unconsumed booze

Restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs were closed in most countries in Europe due to coronavirus restrictions, leaving producers of wine and beer with a huge surplus of supplies. As wine sales soured, the European wine trade group Comite Europeen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) reportedly fears that 10 million hectoliters of wine are at risk of being lost. 

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Brewers have also lost substantial market shares amid the coronavirus lockdowns, with some complaining they had to pour beer down the drain. The German Brewers Association (Deutscher Brauer-Bund – DBB) recently told Russian media that even though most of their products can be reused, some already opened casks had to be disposed of. Their French peers were forced to discard 10 million liters of beer, while the Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said that 70 million pints of beer were set to be poured away in a “heartbreaking” event for the industry.

Tons of meat wasted amid fears of shortages

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted work at meat processing facilities after workers caught the infection. While some plants both in the US and Europe had to temporarily close, other processing facilities downsized capacity, enforcing precautionary measures. According to a recent YouGov poll, 60 percent of Americans are concerned about whether they’ll be able to buy the meat. 

The problem in the middle of the meat supply chain has left farmers no choice but to get rid of livestock. Tons of poultry was lost to US consumers in the midst of the outbreak last month after a large chicken processing company reportedly had to euthanize 2 million of its flock in farms in Delaware and Maryland. The same goes for pork, as thousands of pigs were said to be composted as farmers run out of space and some of the animals are getting too big to send to the slaughterhouse, according to Bloomberg. 

Dumped milk forces dairy farmers to turn cows into hamburgers

The Covid-19 crisis slammed sales of milk and other dairy products, which are highly dependent on purchases from schools and fast food chains, and cows cannot be stopped from producing milk, leaving farmers with a supply glut.

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To keep prices stable and cope with the drop in demand, dairy farmers were dumping out up to 3.7 million gallons of milk every day, according to Dairy Farmers of America estimates.

Some decided to reduce their herd size instead, and sent their milk cows to processing facilities. Despite hurdles at the meat plants, the number of cows sent away rose over two percent in April, Bloomberg earlier reported.  

Meanwhile, French cheese makers are worried that the product the nation is so proud of could be left to spoil. The president of the National Council of Appellations of Dairy Origin, Michel Lacoste, told Politico that 5,000 tons of cheese are at risk of being wasted.

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Potato diet for Belgians

In an effort to avoid food waste, Belgians were urged to eat more French fries. Most restaurants are closed in the country, which resulted in a huge surplus of spuds, putting 750,000 tons at risk of being thrown away.

“Every lost potato is a loss,” Romain Cools, the secretary general of Belgian association for the potato industry Belgapom, told CNBC. According to him, citizens can easily mitigate the problem for the industry by eating French fries, especially frozen fries, at least twice a week.

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May 30th 2020, 12:59 pm

'It's how I coach': Barcelona boss insists style will NOT change despite Messi's warning that Champi

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Lionel Messi believes that Champions League glory is out of the question for Barcelona under the style they have adopted this season with Quique Setien – but the icon's new boss has rejected the idea of changing his ways.

Messi is pessimistic about the club’s chances of winning the most prestigious club competition in Europe should they retain the style which has seen them edge two points clear at the top of La Liga and draw at Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Barca have conceded fewer goals per game since Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde in January but have only won one match by more than one goal while continuing their inconsistent away form.

"Coaching another way of playing would be very difficult for me," Setien told a videoconference, responding to remarks from Messi that winning the Champions League with his current approach "is not possible."

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"Many matches are won and lost because of one-off situations. We've forgotten the show. We have to enjoy football."

Setien and Messi will face a hectic schedule as Liga clubs scramble to conclude their schedules when football in Spain returns for the first time in two months on June 11.

"There will be lots of games in a short time," said the coach. "The heat will have an influence on performance and it will affect injuries.

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"We're hoping that it does less damage than people think [it will]. It's possible that there will be lots of injuries like in Germany, because we've spent almost two months sitting on the sofa, not playing."

Setien surprisingly claimed that increasing the number of substitutes allowed during a match from three players to five could negatively impact Barca despite the relative depth of their squad.

"I think the [rule] is going to harm us because we've resolved many games in the final few minutes and our opponents will [now] have fresh legs," he said.

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The date of Barcelona's Champions League second leg could depend on their league campaign being completed without any hitches as organizers pray that the coronavirus will not force further disruption.

"This break may end up benefiting us," Messi predicted, speaking to Sport about his pursuit of his first Champions League trophy since 2015.

"Personally I am looking forward to the competitions. We know that everything is going to be weird without fans in the stadium...you have to see how it goes."

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May 30th 2020, 12:48 pm

US has DEADLIEST police culture in modern world, they only know incarceration & brutality – George F

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George Floyd died at the hands of uniformed officers, proving yet again that the US has the “deadliest police culture,” the like of which is nowhere to be found in the modern world, his family lawyer told RT’s Ruptly video agency.

Public outrage over police brutality – fueled by the arrest and death of African American man George Floyd in Minnesota – is wreaking havoc across US cities.

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney and one of the counsels for the Floyd family, told Ruptly that the country’s law enforcement agencies stand out as notorious among their foreign counterparts.

“America has the deadliest police culture in the modern world. There is no nation on the planet that kills and incarcerates more of its people,” he said.

They only know two things: incarceration and brutality.

Merritt and his partner attorney Ben Crump will push for “comprehensive police reform” in Washington, DC together with the families of Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, another African American shot dead while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia.

The legal team, Merritt pledged, also hopes to take the explosive issue to the UN Human Rights Council, “so that we can receive sanctions against the US for its pre-basis and continual denial of basic human rights to the African American community.”

Washington ceased to be a member of what it called “a hypocritical” council two years ago, but it is unclear whether any repercussions will have an immediate effect on the US law enforcement ecosystem.

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Derek Chauvin, the officer accused of keeping Floyd in a choke hold, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. But to Merritt, the charges are anything but adequate.

“Third-degree murder is an inappropriate charge,” he said, explaining that it implies “reckless behavior that could result in somebody’s death.”

But when I apply pressure for a sustained period of time to a critical area of someone’s throat, that’s… and it’s all about foreseeability. It’s foreseeable that that kind of action will resolve in serious death or bodily injury, so that’s murder.

As demonstrations against police brutality swept across America, people were heard chanting “I can’t breathe” – a chilling invocation of Floyd’s final words before he died from asphyxiation. The video of an armed white officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes is still making rounds on social media, causing widespread uproar.

Still, Merritt acknowledged that he was “shocked” by how quickly officer Chauvin was suspended, because “that’s a decision made by other law enforcement officers and they typically back each other up.”

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While highly explosive, the Floyd case doesn’t seem to be unique for Minneapolis cops, it has emerged. The city paid out three million dollars to settle a lawsuit over the 2010 death of David Smith, a 28-year-old black man who was electrocuted and was also kept in a choke hold face-down for several minutes.

Police then pledged additional training for officers in how to restrain suspects more safely, according to Smith family’s lawyer. The death of Floyd, however, has once again brought the issue into the spotlight.

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May 30th 2020, 12:48 pm

'There were no orgies': Champions League referee caught in cocaine, weapons & prostitution raid blam

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Top official Slavko Vincic has insisted he was arrested after unwittingly becoming a witness as police in Bosnia and Herzegovina swooped on a gang of 26 men and nine women suspected of being part of a drugs and prostitution ring.

The Slovenian referee has called his attendance at a business lunch in the Bosnian city of Bijeljina "my biggest mistake" after he was allowed home on Friday following a raid in which police arrested a gang of people on suspicion of carrying cocaine and firearms and pimping prostitutes.

Purported footage from the scene, posted by BN TV, showed several men sitting with their arms tied behind their backs near a selection of guns, as well as clips of women modeling for photoshoots and drinking champagne in glamorous settings as part of a ring allegedly led by Tijana Maksimovic.

"We had nothing to do with it," Vincic told Vecer, saying that the footage of the arrests, when police also reportedly recovered around $11,000 in cash, had been "shown too dramatically."

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"There were no orgies. I didn't see any guns.

"I have my own company. I was in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a business meeting. I accepted an invitation to lunch, which turned out to be my biggest mistake. I regret it.

"I was sitting at a table with my company when all of a sudden the police came and what happened, happened. I have nothing to do with the group that was arrested and detained, and nor do my business partners.

"The police took us as witnesses. When it turned out that we didn't even know them, we were allowed to go."

A report in Slovenian outlet 24 Sata had claimed that Vincic had planned to "use the sexual services" provided by Maksimovic – also known as Tijana Ajfon.

The lover of high fashion was shown working out in the gym and taking selfies in a mirror as part of the video from the raid linked to the glamorous centerfold model.

Maksimovic uses her Instagram account, where she has more than 101,000 followers, almost exclusively for posting pictures of herself in tiny outfits, showing off her newspaper shoots and posing in front of cars.

Vlado Sajn, the president of the Association of Football Referees of Slovenia, said Vincic had returned to his homeland after becoming the victim of "a web of unfortunate circumstances."

"He found himself in this place at the wrong time," he explained. "He was invited to a party where there was a large group of people – he did not know the vast majority.

"There was a raid, 15 people were arrested, and all the others were allegedly brought to the police station to testify as witnesses."

The 40-year-old referee, who has taken charge of matches involving English Premier League title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League this season, called the episode "a nightmare."

"I'm going through very difficult times," he admitted, refusing to comment on the implications for his refereeing career.

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"When I turn this movie back on, I think I'm dreaming. I want to sleep. I want peace and privacy."

Sajn said the association considered the situation to be over. "For us, the case is closed unless some new information arises," he added. "But from what I've gathered so far, I don't believe it could.

"If he were suspected or charged with a crime, it would, of course, be very bad for his career, but he is not guilty of anything."

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May 30th 2020, 12:01 pm

AI to choose your news? Microsoft to get rid of journalists & replace them with ROBOTS

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It appears no one is safe from the rise of the bots: Microsoft has announced that it will be axing its team of journalists that work for MSN.com, and replacing them with news-savvy artificial intelligence.

The tech giant currently contracts several dozen journalists to select and curate news stories that appear on MSN and its Edge internet browser. But starting in June, these media workers will be out of a job – with their responsibilities being delegated to software designed to sniff out the most suitable news for human consumption. 

One anonymous employee who will soon be out of work told the Guardian that there is an ironic element to his precarious future. “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs, and here I am – AI has taken my job,” he said. The journalist added that he feels Microsoft is taking a big risk with automated news aggregation, as the company has strict editorial guidelines when it comes to curating content.

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Microsoft said its employees were notified about the changes, and that the decision to do away with its human news staff was based on a routine evaluation of business practices.

“This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others,” the company told the BBC, stressing that the move is not related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Artificial intelligence is starting to rapidly transform the global economy. From computer-driven taxis to self-checkout at the grocery store, “essential” workers are becoming increasingly obsolete.

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May 30th 2020, 12:01 pm

Anger, fear and looting: After George Floyd’s death, meet the protesters occupying America’s cities

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The wave of protests and violence triggered by the killing of George Floyd has touched every corner of the US. Ruptly’s camera crews were on the ground and spoke to some of the demonstrators.

The death of Floyd, an unarmed black man who was pinned to the ground and choked out by a police officer, resonated with many protesters, even outside Minneapolis where the tragedy happened. 

"I got little brothers, I got nieces, nephews,” a protester named Briana Jenkins told Ruptly in Brooklyn, New York. “I'm scared for them to go out in the public and not be with one of us, you feel me. You don't even want your child going to the store real quick because you don't know what could happen." 

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Jenkins was one of several hundred protesters who gathered in Brooklyn to show their anger. Though the demonstration there began peacefully, police officers eventually pepper-sprayed and tackled unruly protesters who broke through the barricades. Several people were arrested in the clashes.

"They murdered that man and they need to be prosecuted and go to jail,” one woman in Dallas, Texas, told Ruptly. “If I kill somebody, I am going to jail; there is not going to be a trial first. They aren’t going to do 'innocent until proven guilty,' they are going to do 'guilty until proven innocent.’”

“I guarantee there’s not going to be a row of cops to watch my home while they figure out if I did it or not,” she added, referring to the lines of riot police deployed outside Chauvin’s home between Floyd’s death and the officer’s arrest on Friday.

In Minneapolis, the epicenter of the rage, protest marches have degenerated into full-blown riots. Police stations have been burned to the ground, and the rioters ignored a National Guard-enforced curfew on Friday night to continue the pillaging of the Minnesota city. 

"It's obvious that the Minnesota or Minneapolis Police Department only cares about persecuting black people,” one protester said, as fires burned in the background. “There's a warrior culture in the MPD that is f**king disgraceful. It's ridiculous.” 

As arson spread, some members of the public armed themselves. One man, toting a shotgun in front of a blazing building, told Ruptly: “You gotta stay safe. You gotta go what you gotta do.”

“I don’t want s**t like this to happen,” he said, adding that he was en route to protect some small businesses from rioters. “People have burned s**t down like this, they are not doing that to stop cops from doing the s**t. They are doing it because cops won't show up to events like this after there's this many people.”

Among the thousands of protesters who clogged the city’s highways on Friday night were some determined to continue the crime wave. One man told Ruptly that the enraged masses will “burn all this s**t down,” while another defended the destruction of the city.

“If it takes looting just for your morals, your ethics, your values to be pushed to the side, you never were with us,” the masked man said.

Many feel they don’t have a choice. In Los Angeles, as crowds of demonstrators took to the streets and squared off with armored riot police, one protester said "there's really nothing else we can do at the moment but let our voices be heard.”

“Although I'm a staunch anti-gun advocate, what else do you do if you're being killed by the police?" he added.

Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, Portland and several other cities all saw similar outpourings of anger overnight. While Floyd’s death has been universally condemned, the breakdown of law and order has put pressure on the government to respond. The Pentagon is reportedly drafting plans to deploy military police to Minneapolis, after the National Guard was unable to contain the rioting on Friday night. National guardsmen have also been deployed in Georgia “to protect people and property in Atlanta.”

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“We can't allow [protests in Minneapolis] to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos,” President Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that he’s spoken to Floyd’s “terrific” family. 

Derek Chauvin, the police officer seen on video choking Floyd, has been arrested and charged with murder. Amid the national unrest, Trump has asked the Justice Department to expedite his prosecution. 

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May 30th 2020, 12:01 pm

Men's stars 'super weak' if they complain about calls for equal pay, says Czech ace Pliskova

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Women's world number three Karolina Pliskova says any male stars complaining over demands for equal pay for their female counterparts are "super weak" - but insisted she is not pushing for parity between the sexes.

Recent weeks have seen renewed calls from the likes of men's icon Roger Federer for the ATP and WTA tours to merge - leading to questions over what that would mean for the pay disparity between the tours. 

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Pliskova, 28, said she did not think that a merger should necessarily facilitate equal pay, but nonetheless criticized any male players opposing the issue. 

“I don’t think so [that a merger should mean equal pay] and I am not the one who wants it. But I don’t like the men who are complaining that we would get the same money," said the 2016 US Open finalist.  

"I think it is super weak from them that they complain we have the same money as them.

“The only time it is true is at grand slams. I understand they play longer, but they are men. They are stronger than us. I don’t see the reason why we should compare each other."

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Pliskova added: "I don’t need to have the same prize money as men. But to have the same chance to play on center court or to have the same chance to be on TV, that should be possible with these changes.”

Federer's calls for a men's and women's tour merger back in April were met with widespread support, although some such as Aussie star Nick Kyrgios later spoke out against the step. 

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Pliskova said she would advocate the move, but that the ATP must not feel like it is being short-changed over any merger.  

“I think for the women’s tour it can only help. I don’t know exactly what they are discussing but if there is any chance to say yes, then I would say yes," she said. 

“It needs to be positive also for the ATP. They need to find a balance so it is a forward step for both.

"It might take a couple of years to get going. It will be different, but I don’t think for the players it would change that much. It would be a good step.”

As with her fellow pros, Pliskova has been sidelined since the WTA suspended the tour in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

However, she is finally expected to return to action on home soil at the LiveScore Cup in Prague next week. 

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May 30th 2020, 11:31 am

National Guard to be ‘FULLY MOBILIZED’ in Minnesota as governor brands George Floyd protests ‘attack

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The governor of Minnesota has pledged to “fully mobilize” the National Guard saying that the protests that have gripped the state are no longer about the death of George Floyd but rather an “attack” on civil society.

“The situation in Minnesota is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd. It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities,” Governor Tim Walz said during a press conference on Saturday.

Walz said he arrived at the decision to fully mobilize the National Guard for the first time in Minnesota’s history after speaking with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, as well as with mayors from across the country.

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May 30th 2020, 11:14 am

False start: Football's return in Ukraine suffers setback as team bus turns back during 2,600km trip

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A match has been called off on the opening weekend of the restart of the Ukrainian Premier League after Karpaty Lviv discovered that several of their players had tested positive for Covid-19 the day before they were due to play.

Troubled Karpaty, who were forced to release two international players earlier this month due to financial difficulties, had been the last club to carry out checks for the coronavirus after struggling to fund fortnightly tests that have been made mandatory as part of the return of top-level football in Ukraine.

Directors breathed a sigh of relief when a medical center stepped in to agree a partnership with the club that allowed them to access testing, only receiving the positive results after opponents Mariupol had already set off on their round trip of more than 2,600km for Sunday’s match.

The eighth-placed visitors' bus had stopped in Kiev when they learned that the match was off and their opponents would be entering isolation as a result of the entire squad potentially being exposed to the infected players during training sessions this week.

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The Carpathians have insisted that the affected players are asymptomatic and have not been hospitalized.

“We are working according to the protocols,” said executive director Rostislav Yashchyshyn, calling on the media to avoid “inflating the situation with fabrications and unverified information.”

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Karpaty are five points short of safety in the division’s only relegation spot but had been hoping to claw their way clear of danger despite asking the league to resume fixtures a week later than agreed.

Yashchyshyn said the club remained “in constant contact” with the Ukrainian Football Association and Premier League and would be carrying out more tests on Monday. The division restarted for the first time since March 15 on Saturday as Desna won 2-0 at Kolos.

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May 30th 2020, 10:31 am

Deadly serious: UFC fighter Spike 'Alpha Ginger' Carlyle dons PLAGUE DOCTOR mask for novel weigh-in

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UFC featherweight Spike 'Alpha Ginger' Carlyle showed he is deadly serious ahead of his bout with Bill Quarantillo on Saturday night - donning a 'Plague Doctor' mask for the faceoff at the UFC's Apex center in Las Vegas.

As the UFC continues to roll out events amid the Covid-19 pandemic, fighters are still being subjected to stringent health checks and social-distancing measures where possible. 

That extends to combatants wearing masks at the traditional stare-downs - and on Friday San Diego fighter Carlyle put his own twist on proceedings with a sinister black beak-type mask reminiscent of those worn by plague doctors for several centuries.

Carlyle, 27, is looking to build on his impressive UFC debut back in February, when he stopped Aalon Cruz after just 80 seconds.

Carlyle went viral for his antics before the fight, making faces into the camera as announcer Bruce Buffer introduced him - then breaking into a cackle. 

'The Alpha Ginger' is on a five-fight win streak heading into the bout with Floridian fighter Quarantillo -  and is looking to pick up a 10th career win in what will be his 11th fight. 

The UFC is putting on Saturday night's card - headlined by the welterweight clash between former champion Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns - from its very own APEX center in Las Vegas, having held three events in quick succession in Jacksonville, Florida, in recent weeks.

May 30th 2020, 10:31 am
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