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General Motors strike not likely to be resolved anytime soon, experts say


Posted: Sat-May-2020



President Trump said he hopes the GM strike is short-lived, but both the car company and the UAW are digging in for a long slog because both sides have a lot to lose.

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'You need to go home,' Minnesota governor says as violence continues over George Floyd's death
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urged protesters to go home early Saturday after they took to the streets of Minneapolis for a fourth day and defied a curfew imposed following the death of an unarmed black man.

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What we can learn from China and Sweden about post-lockdown traffic and travel
Virus Outbreak Utah

Data on travel from China and Sweden is painting an early picture of how different a post-lockdown world could look.

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Russia's COVID dissenters: Underground bars, gyms and hair salons flout tough quarantine rules
Sidney Fisher

In Russia, restrictions on movement and business openings could be loosened over the coming days, but many people aren't waiting. A crew from CBC News discovered a thriving subculture of bars, gyms and other services that have been operating clandestinely for months.

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Germany, a global leader on COVID-19 response, cautiously comes out of lockdown
Yushi Jereczeh

Germany’s robust response to the coronavirus crisis early on has been widely praised — a high number of infections, yes, but a much lower death rate compared to other Western countries. As it emerges from its phased-in lockdown, the debate has turned to the question of whether it's being eased too fast or not fast enough.

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Fired Minneapolis police officer charged with 3rd-degree murder in George Floyd's death
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The former Minneapolis police officer shown in bystander video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who subsequently died, has been charged with murder, officials in Minnesota said on Friday.

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Joe Biden's pick for U.S. vice-president could be the most consequential in 60 years
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Joe Biden's choice of running mate, which he promised would be a woman, is likely to have significance beyond election day. If his ticket wins, she'd be the first female vice-president, and possibly be the presidential candidate in 2024.

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Brazil overtakes Spain for 5th most COVID-19 deaths, reports nearly 27,000 new cases
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Coronavirus deaths in Brazil reached 27,878, the Health Ministry said on Friday, surpassing Spain to become the fifth-ranking nation in the number of dead.

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SpaceX, NASA to try again for launch of 2 astronauts from Florida
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Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX was set for a repeat attempt at launching two Americans into orbit on Saturday from Florida for a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.

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Trump says U.S. terminating relationship with WHO as rift with China grows
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U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong's special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government.

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Russia expands stats on coronavirus-related deaths after criticism
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The Russian government on Friday presented more detailed mortality figures for last month that include more deaths linked with the coronavirus, in a bid to dispel suspicions from some Russian and Western experts that authorities were trying to lower the toll for political reasons.

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U.S. court rejects request to revive Keystone XL pipeline permit program
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A U.S. appeals court on Thursday turned down the Trump administration's request to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines, an outcome that industry representatives said could delay more than 70 projects across the U.S. and cost companies up to $2 billion.

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New Zealand nears coronavirus eradication, but virus has grim global hold
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New Zealand has all but eradicated the coronavirus with just one person in the nation of five million known to be infected. But developments were grim in other nations, with India reporting a record increase in cases, and Pakistan and Russia a record number of deaths.

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Pandemic slowed U.S. immigration to a trickle before Trump ordered a freeze
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U.S. President Donald Trump made a headline-grabbing announcement last month that he would freeze immigration to the U.S. What wasn't known at the time — and what newly released figures now reveal — was the extent to which immigration to the U.S. had already slowed to a trickle during the pandemic.

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7 people shot in Kentucky in protests over police shooting death of Breonna Taylor
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At least seven people were shot in Louisville as protesters turned out to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March.

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Twitter flags Trump post on Minneapolis protest as 'glorifying violence'
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Twitter has added a warning to one of U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets about protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd in police custody, saying it violated the platform's rules about "glorifying violence."

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Iconic sites stay shut as France lifts lockdown restrictions
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Hold that smile, Mona Lisa. The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles will remain off-limits for the immediate future, as France lifts most of its remaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions next week.

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Amid protests, Justice Department says probe in death of George Floyd in Minneapolis 'a top priority'
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The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday it had made an investigation into police involvement in the death of George Floyd a "top priority," after a second day of violent protests in Minneapolis over the unarmed black man's death.

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Our dismal relationship with China just got a whole lot worse
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Meng Wanzhou lost the first round in her bid to avoid extradition to the United States on Wednesday. But it’s clear the B.C. court ruling doesn’t help the Trudeau government much either.

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Prince William speaks of overwhelming and 'life-changing' challenges of having children
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In a new BBC documentary, Prince William admits he's found being a parent overwhelming at times and that the "life-changing" experience of having children brought back the trauma he experienced following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

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Donald Trump's threat to regulate Twitter likely to hit roadblocks: legal experts
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U.S. President Donald Trump, angered by the first Twitter fact-check alert on one of his tweets, can't unilaterally regulate or close social media companies, and any effort would likely require action by Congress and be challenged by the courts, experts say. But he could conceivably make life more miserable for Silicon Valley.

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11 Amazing Photos You Missed This Week
Scenes from Memorial Day, protests in Minneapolis and Hong Kong, and life during the coronavirus round out this week's best images. ... read more


Trump: U.S. Is Terminating Relationship With World Health Organization
Trump said the U.S. would be “redirecting” money to “other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” without providing specifics. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: Read The Latest About The COVID-19 Outbreak
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Rich Torontonians Eyeing An Exodus From City After Pandemic: Agency
The shift to working from home opens up possibilities, especially for wealthier people. ... read more


Europe’s Grand Reopening Begins With a Whimper
Hopes that reopening restaurants and bars would provide an economic boost have been dashed as customers stay away and businesses fight for survival. ... read more


Artist Hijacks London’s Eerily Empty Tourist Sites With Tribute To Frontline Workers
Paul Insect's brightly painted street benches honor the workers "who have kept England running" during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


Despite Global Censure, China's Parliament Approves Hong Kong National Security Law
Activists have warned the law could quash civil liberties and pave the way for Beijing to strip the territory of its autonomy. ... read more


Pompeo Declares Hong Kong No Longer Autonomous From China
It now falls to Trump to decide to end some, all or none of the economic privileges Hong Kong currently enjoys. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: New York Sets Tentative Phased NYC Reopening Date
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Boris Johnson Won't Sack His Top Aide For Breaking Lockdown. Here's Why.
The relationship between the prime minister and Dominic Cummings has been forged in victory after improbable victory, but now Johnson is facing an open revolt from his party. ... read more


7 Big Little Lies Of The Modi Government’s Coronavirus Economic Relief
HuffPost India spoke to experts and read the fine print to find the Modi government has failed to put its money where its mouth is. ... read more


Coronavirus Has Renewed Our Addiction To Plastic
Environmental activists are sounding the alarm as city streets become littered with masks and gloves, and single-use plastics get a new lease on life. ... read more


France Bans Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19 Amid Safety Concerns
It’s the first ban by a country since the World Health Organization said it was pausing a large trial of the malaria drug due to safety concerns. ... read more


Flights Cancelled, No Refunds: Chaos At Airports As India Resumes Air Travel
Several passengers complained that they were not given any prior notice and were only informed of cancelled flights when their boarding pass was scanned. ... read more


How Confident Are Canadians Vs. Brits And Americans Post-Pandemic?
We're nowhere near ready to get back to normal, but on that front, we're not alone during this coronavirus crisis. ... read more


The UK's CO2 Emissions Dropped To A Hundred-Year Low During Lockdown
The nation last saw similar levels of emissions in the 1920s, scientists have revealed. ... read more


New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Keeps Her Cool As Earthquake Hits Mid-Interview
“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here,” the prime minister said during the live exchange. ... read more


Boris Johnson Refuses To Fire Dominic Cummings Despite Lockdown Allegations
The PM confirmed his senior aide would keep his job despite massive backlash. ... read more


Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas At Thousands Of Protesters Opposing New China Law
Demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday to protest a controversial national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity against Beijing ... read more


Pakistan's Coronavirus Response Is All About Politics As Its Cases Soar
The country abandoned most protective measures just as it had a chance to get case numbers under control. It's now celebrating a major festival. ... read more


Coronavirus: Greece to open up in two weeks, but not to the UK
Tourists from 29 countries will be able to visit Greece from 15 June, but not travellers from the UK. ... read more


Coronavirus: Italy's Tower of Pisa reopens after three months shut
Only 15 at a time will be allowed up the tourist attraction, and they will have to wear masks. ... read more


Coronavirus: Denmark and Norway exclude Sweden from tourism
Danes and Norwegians can holiday in each other's country from mid-June, but Swedes are left out. ... read more


Moscow more than doubles city's Covid-19 death toll
Officials now say 1,561 people died from the disease in April - not 639 as initially announced. ... read more


Coronavirus: Italian minister Azzolina targeted with sexist abuse
Education Minister Lucia Azzolina and some other top officials now have police protection. ... read more


Cognac bottle, labelled one of world's oldest, sells for £118,000
The 258-year-old spirit is one of only three such bottles in existence today, an auction house says. ... read more


Austria set to host Formula 1 season openers in July
The Formula 1 season-openers in Austria have been approved by the country's government, according to reports. ... read more


Berlin monument to 1989 democracy heroes - in pictures
The bowl-shaped monument in the German capital is designed to move when enough people gather. ... read more


Renault cuts 15,000 jobs in major restructuring
The French carmaker announces a €2bn cost-cutting plan after seeing a collapse in sales. ... read more


Russian outcry as journalists held during Ilya Azar protest
A group of journalists tried to stage single-person pickets in support of a jailed colleague. ... read more


Coronavirus: Archbishop of Dublin issues warning after church opens for Mass
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says that "disregard" of public health policy is "unacceptable". ... read more


Nissan backs UK plant but protests erupt in Spain
Almost 3,000 jobs will be lost in Spain but the carmaker says its Sunderland factory will stay open. ... read more


Coronavirus: Belgian zoo comes back to life from lockdown
After two months without visitors, Pairi Daiza is welcoming the public back, but in smaller numbers. ... read more


Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency
Even without imposing a total lockdown, Turkey seems to have handled the outbreak well. ... read more


Coronavirus: Nightmare spreads through Russia's care homes
Carers reveal the hidden spread of Covid-19 and official numbers appear not to tell the whole story. ... read more


Coronavirus: How lockdown is being lifted across Europe
As the UK alters its restrictions, how are other European countries reopening after lockdown? ... read more


Coronavirus: Rocky path ahead for European Commission
President Ursula von der Leyen has laid out the recovery package - now she needs nations to back it. ... read more


Roman mosaic floor found under Italian vineyard
Authorities north of Verona in Italy found the well-preserved tile floor after decades of searching. ... read more


Letter from Dunkirk soldier arrives 80 years later
The family of Pte Cole who died in World War Two says receiving his final letter was "unbelievable". ... read more


Denmark embraces live music drive-ins
Mads Langer performs a drive-in concert for music fans in Copenhagen while social distancing. ... read more


Chaos, unrest spread across U.S. as thousands demand justice
"This is not about George's death. This is not about inequalities that were real. This is about chaos," Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said. ... read more


Ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck charged with murder
The suspect's knee was on his neck for more than 8 1/2 minutes, including 2 1/2 minutes after he had passed out, according to a criminal complaint. ... read more


Wife of officer charged with murder of George Floyd announces she's divorcing him
"Her utmost sympathy lies with [Floyd's] family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy," a statement from Chauvin's attorney read in part. ... read more


George Floyd and officer Derek Chauvin worked at same nightclub
The club's former owner said it appeared to her that Chauvin, who worked off duty on security, “was always very nervous,” especially on the venue’s “urban nights.” ... read more


Outrage over George Floyd's death could tip fortunes in Joe Biden's VP search
Some potential running mates have seen their fortunes appear to rise or fall in the midst of the protests over police treatment of African Americans. ... read more


Tension escalates into violence in fiery Atlanta rally, around nation
The White House was placed on lockdown as demonstrators chanted at a nearby park. ... read more


George Floyd, police brutality and the dangerous white myth of 'Minnesota nice'
"Minnesota nice" can be as noxious as the tear gas that has stung my eyes and burned my skin over the last few days. ... read more


Where does the phrase 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts' come from?
Before Trump, it was uttered by a Southern police chief during civil rights unrest in the 1960s. ... read more


SpaceX's Starship prototype explodes after rocket engine test
The experimental prototype erupted in a dramatic fireball about a minute after the test, but it's not clear what caused the mishap. ... read more


Supreme Court rejects challenge to California's limits on church services
A California church had argued that putting a limit on crowd size violates constitutional guarantees of religious freedom. ... read more


Declassified calls show Flynn discussing sanctions with Russian envoy
Incoming DNI John Ratcliffe released the already declassified call summaries on Friday. ... read more


Coronavirus quietly started spreading as early as January, CDC says
By early February, there was "cryptic circulation" of the virus. ... read more


Trump says U.S. will be 'terminating' relationship with WHO
The president criticized the World Health Organization for their response to the pandemic and said U.S. funds would be redirected to other public health needs. ... read more


Netflix comedy 'Space Force' shows real military branch's struggle to be taken seriously
Steve Carell enlisted in series poking fun at President Donald Trump's signature space initiative, but it has a serious mission. ... read more


These vote-by-mail lawsuits could help decide the presidential election
Courts have become battlegrounds in battleground states during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


Trump who? Tech's free speech debate is about Zuckerberg vs. Dorsey
Analysis: The most important fight for online speech wasn't happening at the White House Instead, it was happening between Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg. ... read more


As people embark on summer vacations, this city preps for surge in tourism — not coronavirus
"I've definitely heard locals grumble about tourists not wearing masks, as if they're on vacation, so they're on vacation from the coronavirus, as well," a food bank manager said. ... read more


The coronavirus didn't kill spontaneity. It just reigned in some impulsivity.
Yes, we have to think through last-minute events slightly more. That's actually a sign of psychological health, even if it feels off-putting at first. ... read more


How to turn your daily walk into a workout — or a meditation
Want to burn more calories or reduce the stress of life under lockdown? Get more from your daily walk around the block with these tips. ... read more


The best personalized Father's Day gift ideas
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Ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck charged with murder
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Wife of officer charged with murder of George Floyd announces she's divorcing him
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Tension escalates into violence in fiery Atlanta rally, around nation
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SpaceX's Starship prototype explodes after rocket engine test
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Supreme Court rejects challenge to California's limits on church services
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Declassified calls show Flynn discussing sanctions with Russian envoy
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Trump says U.S. will be 'terminating' relationship with WHO
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