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'SNL' fires Shane Gillis after video surfaces of comedian using Asian slur


Posted: Wed-Jun-2020



"Saturday Night Live" has dropped new cast member Shane Gillis Monday after video circulated of the comedian using an Asian slur and making homophobic jokes.

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Trump's former defence secretary issues strong rebuke of president, use of military against protests
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Former U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump's heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House.

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Officer in George Floyd death faces 2nd-degree murder charge, others also charged
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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is upgrading the charge against fired officer Derek Chauvin to second-degree murder in George Floyd's death and is charging the other three officers who were present at the arrest.

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Trump says he likely won't order military to respond to protests
America Protests New York

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he did not believe that he would need to use troops to counter domestic protests sparked by a police killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.

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Barack Obama urges young Americans to push for change in wake of George Floyd's death
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Young people in the United States must capitalize on the momentum they have created through protests in the wake of George Floyd's death before the attention moves away, former president Barack Obama said in a virtual town hall Wednesday.

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Coronavirus: What's happening around the world Wednesday
Virus Outbreak Italy

The president of the UN Economic and Social Council is calling for urgent action to help the growing number of countries already facing or at risk of "debt distress" because of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for a look at what's happening Wednesday, as the global case number topped 6.4 million.

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Rod Rosenstein says he never suggested recording Trump or removing him from office
Trump Russia Probe Congress

Former U.S. deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not have approved an FBI surveillance application for a former Trump campaign aide during the Russia investigation had he known at the time about the problems that have since been revealed.

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Trump to ban Chinese passenger planes from coming to U.S. as of June 16
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President Donald Trump's administration said on Wednesday it will bar Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting on June 16 as it pressures Beijing to allow U.S. air carriers to resume flights.

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German soccer league won't punish players for George Floyd protests
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As more players spoke out Wednesday about the killing of the black man at the hands of police in the U.S., the German soccer federation said it will not punish those who speak out.

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Boris Johnson says U.K. ready to open door to Hong Kong citizens if needed
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost three million Hong Kong citizens, as the city's leader arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their future.

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German suspect being investigated in 2007 Madeleine McCann disappearance
BRITAIN MISSING GIRL

British and German police said on Wednesday they had a new suspect in the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann and appealed for information on a German man who is currently imprisoned in Germany on an unrelated matter.

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Putin backs state of emergency in Arctic region over fuel spill in river
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Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a state of emergency in the Arctic city of Norilsk on Wednesday after a huge leak of fuel into a river and upbraided a senior official on television over what he said was a bungled state response.

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U.S. defence secretary Esper opposes using military for law enforcement
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Breaking with President Donald Trump, U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes using military forces for law enforcement in containing current street protests.

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More than 600 nurses have died around the world from COVID-19, association says
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA

More than 600 nurses worldwide are known to have died from COVID-19, which has infected an estimated 450,000 health-care workers, the International Council of Nurses says.

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North Carolina says traditional Republican convention can't be held safely, angering Trump
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U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night that he is seeking a new state to host this summer's Republican National Convention, after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions due to the coronavirus.

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Cyclone spares India's business capital from major damage
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No deaths or major damages were reported as workers began clearing fallen trees and other debris from affected areas along India's western coastline after a cyclone made landfall.

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Sweden should have done more to combat coronavirus, health chief says
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Sweden should have done more to combat the coronavirus, says the epidemiologist behind a national strategy that avoided the strict lockdowns seen in many other countries.

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Pope Francis calls for U.S. reconciliation, end to racism and street violence
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Pope Francis called for national reconciliation in the United States on Wednesday, saying that while racism is intolerable, the street violence that has broken out is "self-destructive and self-defeating."

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U.S. streets calmest in days as protests largely peaceful
America Protests California

Protests in the U.S. were largely peaceful and the nation's streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off demonstrations that at times brought violence and destruction along with pleas to stop police brutality and injustice against black people.

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Myanmar court denies bail to Canadian preacher who defied virus ban
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/MYANMAR-PREACHER

A Myanmar court has denied bail to a Canadian Christian preacher who held church services in defiance of a ban on gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that led to infections in dozens of people including himself.

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Iowa voters oust Rep. Steve King, known for incendiary comments about immigrants, white supremacy
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Republicans in the U.S. state of Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's primary, deciding they've had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades in Congress.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Reports Its Highest Daily Total Of COVID-19 Cases
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Matt Hancock’s ‘Misleading’ Testing Figures Slammed By UK Stats Watchdog
Health secretary told current figures are neither "complete" nor "comprehensible". ... read more


BAME People Are More Likely To Die Of Coronavirus Than White People
Public Health England report finds people of Bangladeshi ethnicity are twice as likely to die as white people, while other minority groups had a 10 to 50% higher risk. ... read more


Italy Marks Historic Turning Point In The Coronavirus Pandemic
The country that was once the global epicenter of COVID-19 is lifting travel restrictions, hoping to be at the vanguard of a post-virus recovery. ... read more


China Delayed Releasing Coronavirus Info, Frustrating WHO: AP Report
The AP has found rather than colluding with China, WHO was itself largely kept in the dark, as China gave it only the minimal information required. ... read more


Congo Faces 2nd Ebola Outbreak In Northern Province
The health crisis comes as the African country battles COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak. ... read more


Left Without Work In The Lockdown, This Car Cleaner Became A TikTok Dance Sensation
Arman’s dancing was limited to local competitions and weddings until social media turned him into a celebrity. ... read more


Lockdown Trapped Women In Violent Relationships. Their Abusers Might Kill Them When It Ends
Domestic abuse campaigners have warned women could die if abusive men lash out as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. ... read more


Europe’s Landmark Coronavirus Package Puts Divisions Aside
While America’s response to the pandemic has been mired in partisan squabbling, European leaders have rallied around an economic rescue plan. ... 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


Hong Kong Police Reject Application For Tiananmen Square Vigil
Police said the vigil would violate coronavirus social distancing rules. ... read more


Anti-Racism Protesters Around The World Demand Justice For George Floyd
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in London, Berlin and Copenhagen over the weekend, chanting "Black lives matter" and "say his name." ... read more


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


Russia's Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill
Russia's President Putin declares a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of oil leak into a river. ... read more


Coronavirus: Sweden's Tegnell admits too many died
Anders Tegnell says more should have been done early on to stem coronavirus in Sweden. ... read more


Coronavirus: Barcelona beach trip for recovering patients
Hospital del Mar is taking coronavirus patients to the seaside as part of their recovery. ... read more


Adama Traoré: French anti-racism protests defy police ban
Echoing US protests, people call for justice for Adama Traoré, who died in 2016 in police custody. ... read more


Coronavirus: France's virus-tracing app 'off to a good start'
France's digital minister says 600,000 people installed the app in its first hours of release. ... 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


UK holidaymakers 'welcome' in Portugal
Portugal's foreign minister tells the BBC that an "air bridge" agreement could be in place soon. ... read more


Woman loses bid for Irish epitaph on mother's grave
A judge says an Irish inscription without an English translation "might be seen as political". ... read more


Nissan: UK factory still under threat from no-deal Brexit
Britain's largest car plant is "unsustainable" without a trade deal, the Japanese company says. ... read more


EasyJet hopes to reopen 75% of route network by August
The airline says it will cover 75% of route network by August, but the number of daily services will be low. ... read more


Adolf Hitler house to be 'neutralised', Austria says
The government unveils plans to turn Adolf Hitler's birthplace into a police station. ... read more


Coronavirus: Scottish care home deaths overtake hospital deaths
More people have now died with coronavirus in Scotland's care homes than in the country's hospitals. ... read more


The 100-year wound that Hungary cannot forget
Hungary lost two-thirds of its territory in the 1920 Trianon treaty and now aims to revive its past. ... read more


'My brothers on Europe's last death row'
Any day now two men may be executed in Europe's only country that still has the death penalty. ... read more


'It's a dark place' - Sweden's six-month pre-season
In Sweden, pre-season - that period hated by so many footballers - is into its sixth month. We find out how players are coping with the physical and mental challenges. ... read more


Coronavirus: Is Putin's relaxing of restrictions for political gain?
Russia's coronavirus infection rate is one of the highest but tight restrictions are beginning to be lifted. ... read more


What's French club rugby really like? Ben Mercer reveals all
Eye-gouging, drinking on the job, offloads and under-the-radar stars. Ben Mercer on his four years in a rugby culture like no other. ... read more


Coronavirus in Russia: 'I don't trust Putin any more'
In Russia, coronavirus ahs seen the long-time president's approval rating fall to an all-time low. ... read more


SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronauts welcomed to the space station
Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have floated into the International Space Station. ... 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


'He tries to divide us': Former Defense Secretary Mattis compares Trump's protest response to Nazi tactics
"Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try," Mattis wrote. ... read more


The moment of enough: Black Americans are exhausted by everyday racism
Analysis: Black Americans have grown tired of being forced to make the case for their citizenship, their humanity, their very survival — again and again and again. ... read more


After more officers charged, a fragile peace falls over George Floyd protests
Some cities are crediting curfews with curtailing the looting and violence seen earlier in the week, but in Brooklyn, New York, officers clashed with protesters shortly after Wednesday's curfew began. ... read more


Houston's police chief wins national praise — but faces local anger over shootings
Chief Art Acevedo has been lauded for marching with protesters. But on Tuesday, some of them confronted him over his record on police violence. ... read more


Senate Republicans struggle to respond to Trump's actions on protests
While a handful of Republicans criticized the president's photo op at St. Johns Episcopal Church, others were supportive or dodged the questions. ... read more


Pentagon chief Esper reverses decision to send some troops home from D.C. amid protests
Esper's 180-degree policy change came after he visited the White House on Wednesday. ... read more


What are rubber bullets? Weapons used on protesters can maim and kill
The use by police of rubber bullets, which often have a metal core, has provoked outrage. ... read more


In their words: Protesting for George Floyd
We heard from black men and women about this moment in history and what motivated them to join the rallies around the country. ... read more


University students withdraw over video appearing to mock George Floyd's death
In a separate incident, Marquette University in Wisconsin rescinded its admission offer to a student who compared an officer's kneeling on Floyd to athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. ... read more


Into an American Uprising: White Accountability
White accountability: what it looks like and why it’s necessary ... read more


'Happening in front of my eyes': L.A. store owner describes seeing shop destroyed by looting
Hany Botros watched on closed captioned television as everything inside his smoke shop was lost to the unrest. ... read more


Snapchat to stop promoting Trump's content
The move brings Snapchat more in line with Twitter's approach to the president's rhetoric, while Facebook has maintained it will not take action. ... read more


Thousands take to London streets to protest racism, George Floyd death
“It’s important people understand it’s not an American thing. It’s a global thing,” U.S. citizen Vula Malinga told NBC News. ... read more


'I chose my city': Birmingham removes Confederate monument, faces state lawsuit
Amid a backdrop of national protests, Birmingham isn't the only city faced with how to deal with what some consider outdated and racist relics of the past. ... read more


Trump tweets Ohio man at protest is an 'anarchist.' Now the man's getting death threats.
Nathan Caraway is denying what some on social media have said is proof that an "anarchist" paid off young people to sow dissent at a protest. ... read more


Antidepressant Zoloft and generic version in short supply, FDA says
The shortage follows a sharp increase in reports of depression and anxiety in the U.S. ... read more


Handgun ownership is a 'major risk factor' for suicide
A new study is the largest to date to look at the relationship between handgun ownership and suicide risk. ... read more


Senate passes bill to fix PPP loan program, sends to Trump for signature
The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act eases restrictions and comes after the program was scrutinized for providing aid to unintended recipients. ... read more


Trump's health is little changed since last physical, White House doctor says
“The president remains healthy,” wrote the president's physician, Sean Conley. ... read more


Free stimulus checks every month? Tech execs think so, but there might be a catch
The idea has percolated inside Silicon Valley for years, but it hadn’t gained much traction, particularly in the halls of power. Then, the coronavirus pandemic hit. ... read more


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'He tries to divide us': Former Defense Secretary Mattis compares Trump's protest response to Nazi tactics
"Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try," Mattis wrote. ... read more


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The moment of enough: Black Americans are exhausted by everyday racism
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After more officers charged, a fragile peace falls over George Floyd protests
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Houston's police chief wins national praise — but faces local anger over shootings
Chief Art Acevedo has been lauded for marching with protesters. But on Tuesday, some of them confronted him over his record on police violence. ... read more


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Senate Republicans struggle to respond to Trump's actions on protests
While a handful of Republicans criticized the president's photo op at St. Johns Episcopal Church, others were supportive or dodged the questions. ... read more


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Pentagon chief Esper reverses decision to send some troops home from D.C. amid protests
Esper's 180-degree policy change came after he visited the White House on Wednesday. ... read more


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What are rubber bullets? Weapons used on protesters can maim and kill
The use by police of rubber bullets, which often have a metal core, has provoked outrage. ... read more


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In their words: Protesting for George Floyd
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University students withdraw over video appearing to mock George Floyd's death
In a separate incident, Marquette University in Wisconsin rescinded its admission offer to a student who compared an officer's kneeling on Floyd to athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. ... read more


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Into an American Uprising: White Accountability
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'Happening in front of my eyes': L.A. store owner describes seeing shop destroyed by looting
Hany Botros watched on closed captioned television as everything inside his smoke shop was lost to the unrest. ... read more


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Snapchat to stop promoting Trump's content
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Thousands take to London streets to protest racism, George Floyd death
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'I chose my city': Birmingham removes Confederate monument, faces state lawsuit
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Trump tweets Ohio man at protest is an 'anarchist.' Now the man's getting death threats.
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Antidepressant Zoloft and generic version in short supply, FDA says
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Senate passes bill to fix PPP loan program, sends to Trump for signature
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