Trump signs order targeting social media giants

Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections given to social media platforms.It gives regulators the power to pursue legal actions against firms such as Facebook and Twitter for the way they police content on their platforms. President Trump accused social media platforms…

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National Guard deployed after Minneapolis clashes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBuildings were set on fire and shops looted on a second day of protests The US National Guard has been deployed to Minneapolis after two nights of violent clashes following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody.George Floyd, 46, died on Monday and video…

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Moscow more than doubles Covid-19 death toll

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Moscow has been the epicentre of the epidemic in Russia for many weeks Moscow’s authorities have more than doubled the official death toll from Covid-19 in the Russian capital for the month of April. The city’s health department now says 1,561 people died from the disease – not 639 as…

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How coronavirus has hit minorities harder

Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales, according to Office of National Statistics figures.The BBC’s Clive Myrie has been reporting from inside the Royal London Hospital in East London, which serves a large South Asian community.He met the black and minority ethnic…

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Trump to redefine social-media legal protections

Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order redefining the legal protections given to social media platforms.It means platforms such as Facebook and Twitter could be sued if they are judged to “deceptively” block posts.The draft of the executive order says social networks are engaged in “selective censorship”.Mr Trump…

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Nissan backs UK plant but protests erupt in Spain

Image copyright EPA Nissan’s UK factory in Sunderland will stay open as the Japanese carmaker carries out a global restructuring amid the coronavirus pandemic.The carmaker also announced it will close its factory in Barcelona with the loss of about 2,800 jobs, prompting protests at the Spanish plant.Hundreds of workers gathered as burning tyres blockaded the…

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Clashes escalate after death of US man in custody

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBuildings were set on fire and shops looted on a second day of protests Police and protesters have clashed for a second night in the US city of Minneapolis after an unarmed black man died in police custody.Tear gas was fired by police, while protesters threw rocks…

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Matt Hancock fails to say if Dominic Cummings did right thing

Matt Hancock said it was in everyone’s interests that ‘people follow the instructions from the NHS’. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA The health secretary has failed to say whether Dominic Cummings did the right thing when he drove to Durham during lockdown, as he insisted the public must obey government test-and-trace instructions. Asked why…

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China MPs back controversial HK security bill

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hong Kong police confronted pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday China’s parliament has backed security legislation for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority in the territory.The resolution – which now passes to China’s senior leadership – has caused deep concern among those who say it could…

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