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Tawakkol Karman ‘bullied’ by Saudi media with Facebook nomination

A prominent Yemeni human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate said she has been subjected to "widespread bullying" and a "smear campaign" by Saudi Arabian media after she was selected to be part of a new Facebook oversight board. Tawakkol Karman, 41, was among 20 people chosen to oversee sensitive content posted on the…

Why Nepal is angry over India’s new road in disputed border area

Nepal has protested against India's inauguration of a Himalayan link road built in a disputed territory which falls at a strategic three-way junction with Tibet and China. India's Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh on Friday inaugurated the 80-kilometre (50-mile) Lipulekh road, which will serve as the shortest route between capital New Delhi and Kailash-Mansarovar, a…

Grenade attack kills two in Burundi bar ahead of polls

Burundi will hold the presidential election on May 20 amid the coronavirus pandemic [File: Mike Hutchings/Reuters] At least two people were killed in a grenade blast in Burundi's economic capital Bujumbura, just days ahead of a general election, witnesses said on Monday. The attack was blamed on "unidentified criminals" who targeted a bar in a…

Canadian truck drivers face new risks

Despite their vital role in transporting essential goods, truck drivers also face harsh conditions. Canadian truck drivers say the pandemic has made their living on the road even more dangerous. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, truck drivers have often struggled to find open businesses where they can buy food, use the washroom, and…

US: Atlanta mayor calls killing of Ahmaud Arbery a ‘lynching’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms decried the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot after being pursued by a father-son duo in a predominately white neighbourhood in the US state of Georgia, as a "lynching" and said the rhetoric of United States President Donald Trump emboldens racists.  Bottoms, the Democratic mayor of Georgia's largest city,…

Libya’s GNA launches counterattack after deadly rocket barrage

Libya's UN-supported government launched a counterattack on Sunday against a strategic military base used by renegade commander Khalifa Haftar to pound the capital Tripoli with rocket fire. The response came after a missile barrage damaged Tripoli's main airport and set fuel tanks and several aircraft ablaze, with at least six civilians killed in surrounding residential…

Johnson tells UK to ‘stay alert’ ahead of lockdown speech

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday urged people to "stay alert" to coronavirus risks, as he prepared to outline plans for gradually easing lockdown measures that have shuttered much of the economy for nearly seven weeks. The government's decision to replace its flagship "stay at home" slogan drew criticism from opposition parties who argued…

Has surveillance during the pandemic gone too far? | Start Here

Governments and security forces around the world are using technology to track people's health and where they go, to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some countries and territories like Poland and Hong Kong have made mobile tracking apps mandatory for people in quarantine. In the United Kingdom, drones warn pedestrians not to go for walks.…

A moment of truth for Israel-Palestine

The formation of an "annexation government" in Israel is no surprise. It has been a long time coming. Establishing direct Israeli control over most or all of what it calls "Judea and Samaria", ie, the illegally occupied Palestinian West Bank, has long been the wet dream of the Zionist right. Everything the Zionist movement has…

‘Vote Mama’ aims to get more women into US politics

A new group is working to put more mothers into American politics by removing some of the hurdles. "Vote Mama" is making a concerted effort to increase the number of women on election ballots. It comes with less than six months before the US elections in November. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Austin, Texas.…

US gov’t under fire over COVID-19 response

Nearly 80,000 people have now died from the novel coronavirus in the United States. It is the highest death toll of any country in the world and comes as some states reopen for business. President Donald Trump continues to describe his administration's handling of the crisis as a success. But, as Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna…

Mexico COVID-19 deaths likely much higher than gov’t figure

Mexico's government says it is now at the peak of its COVID-19 pandemic. The country has reported more than 33,000 infections and at least 3,000 deaths. But experts say the actual numbers could be much higher. Al Jazeera's John Holman reports from Chimalhuacan, Mexico. SOURCE: Al Jazeera News
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2 dead, 8 others injured in Greenville, South Carolina, nightclub shooting

Two people were killed and eight others injured in a nightclub shooting in Greenville, South Carolina, during a musical performance early Sunday.Deputies who had been patrolling in the area rushed into Club Lavish after hearing shots fired and began evacuating people. Authorities have suspect information but did not identify a person of interest, Greenville County…

Epstein accuser: ‘Prince Andrew should be panicking’

A US woman who says she was brought to Britain aged 17 to have sex with Prince Andrew has said he "should be panicking" following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's accusers, says she was trafficked to London by Epstein in 2001. She spoke to Australia's…

FDA commissioner ‘concerned’ quarter of Americans could reject coronavirus vaccine

July 5, 2020 | 1:44pm | Updated July 5, 2020 | 1:44pm Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said it was “concerning” that a new survey found more than a quarter of adults would “definitely” or “probably” not accept a free coronavirus vaccine. During a discussion about the possible timetable for developing a vaccine,…

Too soon to say if safe to hold Republican convention in Florida, U.S. official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Trump administration health official said on Sunday it was not clear whether it will be safe to hold the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month, as Florida sees record numbers of coronavirus cases. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to attendees as he hosts a 4th of July…