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N Korea warns US not to meddle in inter-Korean relations

IANS Seoul North Korea on Thursday warned the US not to meddle in inter-Korean relations if it wants to avoid experiencing an unspecified “hair-raiser” and hold November’s presidential electionsmoothly. Kwon Jong-gun, Director General of the North Korean foreign ministry’s American affairs department, made the remark after Washington voiced disappointment over Pyongyang’s recent decision to cut off all communication lines with …

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Indian-origin doctor couple begins legal battle with UK govt

PTI London An Indian-origin husband-wife doctor couple have launched judicial review proceedings against the UK government over what they say is a refusal to address safety issues around personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Nishant Joshi and his pregnant wife, Dr Meenal Viz, had initiated the legal action in April with a …

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Chorus grows in England to scrap 2-metre rule

IANS London The UK government is facing calls from former Conservative Party members to drop the 2-metre social distancing rule in England, saying that keeping the measure will significantly impede recovery, media reports said on Thursday. Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has warned of dire economic consequences, with public transport running quieter than necessary and pubs, restaurants and …

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UN chief calls for an end to ‘plague of racism’

PTI United Nations Acknowledging that racism also exists in the UN, its chief Antonio Guterres has called for an end to the “plague” of racial discrimination as he expressed shock at the “murderous act of police brutality” that killed African-American George Floyd and sparked global protests amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN Secretary-General made the comments at a town hall …

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Sweden halts probe into 1986 murder of PM Palme

AFP Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday dropped its investigation into the unsolved murder of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was shot dead 34 years ago in downtown Stockholm, saying that decision was made because the main suspect died in 2000. Palme was gunned down on Feb 28, 1986, after he and his wife Lisbet Palme left a movie theater …

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Stand up to racists, urges Scotland Yard’s anti-terror chief

PTI London Neil Basu, Scotland Yard’s Indian-origin Head of Counter-Terrorism Policing, issued a personalised message on Wednesday, calling on his police colleagues across the UK to stand up to racists amidst protests against the killing of George Floyd in the US. He referenced his own “mixed Indian and white British heritage” as he responded to a series of anti-racism ‘Black …

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Missouri woman prompts Merriam-Webster to redefine ‘racism’

AP Jefferson City Merriam-Webster is revising its definition of racism after a Missouri woman’s emails claimed it fell short of including the systemic oppression of certain groups of people. Kennedy Mitchum, who lives in the St Louis suburb Florissant, said people would argue with her about the definition of racism and she realized the problem was in the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, …

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World leaders to address UN General Assembly session via pre-recorded video statements

PTI United Nations UN General Assembly president Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has recommended that heads of state and government and ministers address the UNGA session in September through pre-recorded video statements as COVID-19-related restrictions on international travel and large in-person meetings are likely to be in place in the coming months. In a communication to the 193 UN member states on Tuesday, …

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Floyd hailed as ‘cornerstone of a movement’ at funeral; family calls for justice

REUTERS Houston George Floyd, a black man whose death under the knee of a white police officer roused worldwide protests against racial injustice, was memorialized at his funeral on Tuesday as “an ordinary brother” transformed by fate into the “cornerstone of a movement.” During a four-hour service broadcast live on every major US television network from a church in Floyd’s …

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Many join in as peaceful protests turn into movement

Washington: Massive protests against police brutality nationwide capped a week that began in chaos but ended with largely peaceful expressions that organisers hope will sustain their movement. Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday with few reports of problems in scenes that were more often festive than tense. Wearing masks and urging fundamental change, protesters gathered in dozens of places …

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