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UN chief backs global access to 'people's vaccine' for coronavirus

The virtual meeting, hosted by Britain, aims to raise $7.4 billion for immunisation programmes stalled by the pandemic, and launch a new fundraising drive to support potential COVID-19 vaccines.

Record virus deaths in Brazil, Mexico spur defence efforts

European nations are emerging from months of devastation with some borders re-opening, but South and Central America have become the new hotspots in a crisis that has claimed at least 385,000 lives worldwide.

Trump trying to 'divide' America: ex-Pentagon chief Mattis

Jim Mattis, who resigned in December 2018 over Trump's ordering of a full troop withdrawal from Syria, also voiced support for the demonstrators whose anti-racism rallies have roiled the country.

German police identify 'murder' suspect in Madeleine McCann case

The suspect, who was not named, is serving a 'long prison sentence' for an unrelated matter, said Germany's federal criminal agency.

Hydroxychloroquine ineffective at preventing COVID-19: trial

The medicine has been touted by US President Donald Trump, who has said he used it as a prophylaxis against the novel coronavirus.

Ramaphosa: AU strongly condemns George Floyd's murder

'We need to work together to end the scourge of racial violence, wherever it occurs,' African Union (AU) chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Protesters welcome new charges in Floyd killing but remain in streets

With a key demand met, demonstrators nevertheless staged large and mainly peaceful rallies calling for deeper change in cities from New York to Los Angeles, hours after the new indictments were announced.

Snapchat curbs Trump posts for inciting 'racial violence'

"We are not currently promoting the president's content on Snapchat's Discover platform," Snapchat said in response to an AFP inquiry, referencing the youth-focused social network's section for recommended content.

WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trial in battle on COVID-19

Tedros also told an online media briefing he was “especially worried” about the outbreak in Central and South America, where infections have been spreading rapidly.

UK PM condemns George Floyd killing as protesters take to the streets

The demonstration is the latest in the British capital since Floyd, an unarmed African-American, died last week after a police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck.

US defence chief opposes use of Insurrection Act to quell unrest

'I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,' US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said, two days after President Donald Trump said he could do so to call up the army to quash protests.

Zuckerberg backs Facebook Trump policy despite anger, dissent: reports

Social media platforms have faced calls to moderate the president's comments, most recently because of the unrest gripping America in the wake of an unarmed black man's death during arrest as a white policeman knelt on his neck.

Protests over George Floyd's death expose raw race relations worldwide

In Istanbul, more than 50 people clashed with police officers minutes after beginning a protest over Floyd and what they called police brutality in Turkey.

Amid pandemic, White House race becomes digital dogfight

On the surface, President Donald Trump has the edge over Democrat Joe Biden because of the incumbent's extensive digital infrastructure and large social media following.

Brazil toll tops 30,000 as Italy reopens borders

After chalking up devastating human losses in Europe, the virus has now taken a firm grip in Latin America, where Brazil surpassed a chilling landmark late Tuesday.

America's unrest: why I am protesting

Tens of thousands of people, from all ethnic and demographic groups, have taken to streets in cities across the United States to demand an end to police brutality.

Violence spreads in US as Trump faces anger for ordering force

Once-in-a-generation protests have brought a multiracial and overwhelmingly peaceful coalition into the streets for the past week but each night has descended into mayhem, with both activists and officials blaming rabble-rousers.

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