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  • Thirteen people charged in France over Essex lorry deaths
    by Agence France-Presse in Paris on May 30, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Group of mainly French and Vietnamese nationals accused of organising migrants’ journey from AsiaThirteen suspects arrested by French police over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in a refrigerated lorry in Essex have been charged with people trafficking and manslaughter, a judicial source has said.Six of the group – mainly Vietnamese and French nationals – were taken into custody on Tuesday in the Paris region, while the alleged key figure in the ring of smugglers was caught in Germany. Continue reading...

  • Police violence in America: six years after Ferguson, George Floyd's killing shows little has changed
    by Tom McCarthy, national affairs correspondent on May 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

    In 2014, Michael Brown’s killing by white police prompted talk of reform – but the country has failed to stanch the bleedingAfter the African American teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, the epidemic of police violence against people of color in the US captured national and global attention, for a time. Related: Police officer filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck charged with murder Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: deaths surge in Brazil and Russia as Trump says US is quitting WHO
    by Aamna Mohdin (now), Graham Readfearn and Calla Wahlquist (earlier) on May 30, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Afghanistan similarly reports worst day yet; Angela Merkel said she will not attend G7 if Trump insists on holding it. All the developments liveRuby Princess crew member given TB diagnosisTrump announces severing of ties with WHOCoronavirus latest: at a glance 10.42am BSTJudges in Milan have placed Uber Italy under special administration for allegedly exploiting its food delivery riders during the coronavirus emergency.Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (Finance Police) are investigating Uber Italy over an alleged gang-mastering case, following an investigation by the Italian national daily newspaper Corriere della Sera. 10.33am BSTIndia has recorded a total of 173,763 coronavirus cases and 4,971 deaths, making it the ninth most-affected country globally, according to Reuters. While the fatality rates in India have been lower than in worse-hit countries, experts fear the peak has not been reached due to mounting cases of new infections. Continue reading...

  • Cemeteries braced for surge in Covid-19 dead as Mexico readies to reopen
    by Analy Nuño in Guadalajara, Madeleine Wattenbarger in Mexico City and Tom Phillips on May 30, 2020 at 9:15 am

    The president says the pandemic has been tamed but experts, and those who must bury the dead, fear an alarming rise in casesFour generations of Enrique Ruvalcaba’s family have worked at the Mezquitán cemetery in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. None of them ever saw anything like this. Before the coronavirus, the burial ground was open to the public, and the deceased were honoured by flower-carrying mourners and mariachis. Now the dead arrive in silence and alone. Continue reading...

  • Israeli police shoot dead 'unarmed' Palestinian man in Jerusalem
    by Reuters on May 30, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Officers chased man suspected of carrying a pistol in Old City amid heightened tensionsIsraeli police officers have shot dead a Palestinian they suspected was carrying a weapon in Jerusalem’s Old City, but the man was later found to have been unarmed, Israeli media reported.“Police units on patrol spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol,” the police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. “They called upon him to stop and began to chase after him on foot. During the chase officers also opened fire at the suspect.” Continue reading...

  • Covid-19 has gifted us a chance to end gender-based violence. We must take it
    by Graça Machel on May 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

    If the world can unite to beat coronavirus, it should apply the same energy to rooting out abuseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe pandemic is gifting us an unprecedented opportunity to take innovative action and comprehensively confront the scourge of violence against women.We have a unique window in which, as a human family, we are able to boldly address the social ills Covid-19 is unearthing, and redesign and rebuild our social fabric. Continue reading...

  • Hong Kong officials lash out at Trump plan to strip city of special status
    by Agencies on May 30, 2020 at 6:16 am

    Criticism follows the US president accusing Beijing of breaking its word over Hong Kong for imposing national security lawsSenior Hong Kong government officials have criticised moves by Donald Trump to strip the city of its special status in a bid to punish China for imposing national security laws on the global financial hub.Speaking hours after Trump said the city no longer warranted economic privileges and some officials could face sanctions, security minister John Lee told reporters on Saturday that Hong Kong’s government could not be threatened and would push ahead with the new laws.  Continue reading...

  • Protests erupt in US after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor – in pictures
    by Guardian staff on May 30, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Demonstrators in cities across the country took to the streets on Friday following police killings in Minneapolis and LouisvilleProtests rock cities across US as anger over George Floyd’s killing spreadsContinue reading...

  • Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots
    by Jim Waterson Media editor on May 30, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AIDozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software.Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft’s MSN website and its Edge browser – used by millions of Britons every day – have been told that they will be no longer be required because robots can now do their jobs. Continue reading...

  • I like the sound of my own voice – but does that make me a narcissist?
    by Amelia Abraham on May 30, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Millennials are said to be more narcissistic than any other cohort of society. A self-confessed self-obsessive works out whether that’s a problemI was on the phone to a friend recently, blathering away as usual, when I realised that there was no one on the other end of the line. How long ago had this happened? I checked my phone and discovered, to my horror, that the call had ended almost five minutes ago.In the pub with another friend, not long after this incident, I asked how self-obsessed she thinks I am – a question only self-obsessed people ask, along with our other hobbies: stalking ourselves on social media and planning our own funerals. Without deliberation, she concluded that I was an 8.5 out of 10. “OK…” I reeled, deeply offended. “But I ask about you too, right? I am a good friend?” Quickly, the subject was changed. Continue reading...