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Trump plans to cut US military presence in Germany – reports - rt

Trump plans to cut US military presence in Germany – reports

US President Donald Trump is planning to reduce the number of American troops stationed in Germany, several media outlets reported, citing an unnamed official.
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Gates dismisses ‘bizarre’ Covid-19 conspiracy theories as his impact on WHO, global health business increases - rt

Gates dismisses ‘bizarre’ Covid-19 conspiracy theories as his impact on WHO, global health business increases

Bill Gates brushed off Covid-19 conspiracy theories about him wanting to track people through microchips just as he is poised to become the World Health Organization’s biggest donor.
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WATCH protesters hurl stones & projectiles at US embassy in Mexico over George Floyd death (VIDEOS) - rt

WATCH protesters hurl stones & projectiles at US embassy in Mexico over George Floyd death (VIDEOS)

People protesting over the death of George Floyd descended on the walled-off compound housing the US embassy in Mexico and proceeded to tag the streets and throw projectiles at the building.
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How coronavirus transformed the summer blockbuster movie season

Here is your revised 2020 summer movie calendar.
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Auctions of rare African artifacts may have been controversial during normal times, but have become more so in the wake of the global economic crisis
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US unemployment fell in May—but not for black people

The racial gap in US unemployment continues.
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Migrants in UK fear charges for NHS virus treatment, say charities

Non-EU migrants living and working in the UK have to pay a surcharge to use the NHS, brought in as part of the Government's so called “hostile environment” policy on immigration in 2015.
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New Madeleine McCann suspect also linked to DISAPPEARANCE OF ANOTHER little girl

The new prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case, who is currently serving a jail term for an unrelated crime, has been linked to disappearance of a 5-year-old girl, who vanished without a trace in Germany back in 2015.
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The Brazilian city where Covid-19 poses major threat to indigenous communities

The new epicentre for coronavirus is Latin America where cases have been rising rapidly.
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UK virus deaths pass 40,000, as government says reproduction rate holding steady

The government's scientific advisors believe the R number, or reproduction rate, has held steady - and remains below one.
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Government accused of whitewash after inquiry into BAME virus toll

Questions about structural racism and discrimination failed to appear in the government commissioned report on the coronavirus risks to people from black, asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in England.
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Breonna Taylor’s Sister Tells Us What It’s Like to Hear People Chant Her Name - vice

Breonna Taylor’s Sister Tells Us What It’s Like to Hear People Chant Her Name

"I hope her name makes police enforcement want to tighten up and correct themselves before they make another mistake."
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Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of terror offences during London raids - metro

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of terror offences during London raids

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Trump provokes outrage after saying ‘great day’ for George Floyd as unemployment falls - channel 4

Trump provokes outrage after saying ‘great day’ for George Floyd as unemployment falls

In the United States, President Trump has caused outrage after suggesting that it was a "great day" for George Floyd.
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US police union disregards attack on Australian TV crew, says reporters were ‘INDISTINGUISHABLE’ from George Floyd protesters

The US Park Police Union has refused to name an officer involved in an attack on two Aussie journalists covering a massive protest in Washington, DC. It also said the whole ordeal was just an unfortunate turn of events.
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Unidentified Law Enforcement Officers Are Mysteriously Showing Up at D.C. Protests

One national guardsman was so appalled by what he saw, he told VICE News he's going AWOL and refusing to join his unit.
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How the pandemic has improved Amazon’s financial health, in six charts

Amazon has had its missteps, but it's poised to emerge even stronger from the pandemic.
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New York Protesters Won’t Be Silenced by Curfew

"You know that you’re going to have their ear for a second and you know you’re going to finally be able to get a message across.”
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FactCheck: are bald men at greater risk of severe coronavirus illness? - channel 4

FactCheck: are bald men at greater risk of severe coronavirus illness?

On closer inspection, the relationship isn’t so clear.
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Donald Trump says its a ‘great day’ for George Floyd hours after murdered black man’s funeral - metro

Donald Trump says its a ‘great day’ for George Floyd hours after murdered black man’s funeral

President Trump made the bizarre comment during a rambling White House press conference held Friday
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Cancel Rent Protesters Laid Down ‘Body Bags’ in Front of a Luxury Kushner Property

Cancel Rent Protesters Laid Down ‘Body Bags’ in Front of a Luxury Kushner Property

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Organizers with the movement to universally forgive rent during the coronavirus pandemic rallied outside Blackstone Group and Kushner Companies buildings Friday, as part of a campaign to target some of the country’s most prominent real estate investors.

Members of the “cancel rent” movement — which helped orchestrate a wave of rent strikes across the U.S. this month — laid out “body bags” in front of a 53-story, luxury Kushner investment property in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday morning. They also held signs that called upon the company to stop filing eviction lawsuits against its tenants in New Jersey and Maryland.

“We have worked closely with our residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to help in any way we can and, as with all owners in New Jersey,” Peter Febo, chief operation officer at Kushner companies, said in a statement. “Any type of legal action during these unprecedented times is a last resort only utilized in particular circumstances.”

At Blackstone’s headquarters in New York City, activists held banners saying “cancel the rent,” similar to the ones they had draped across the city’s bridges and buildings earlier Friday. Protesters also staged a “die-in” by laying on the pavement outside the company’s office, to represent the tenants they said would perish from evictions or debt. A United Nations advisor claimed last year the private equity firm was contributing to a global affordable housing crisis, which the company disputed.

Blackstone did not immediately respond to VICE News’ request for comment about the protests.

Organizers also went to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive mansion in Albany, tying a “cancel rent” banner to the fence. Separate activist groups went to Mosser Capital in Oakland and Trump Tower in Las Vegas.

The “cancel rent” protesters have said in recent days that they’re turning their attention toward the corporate real estate behemoths they believe should bail out small, suffering landlords and renters during the economic downturn. Their escalation comes right before June 1, too, when scores of tenants are expected to miss payments and potentially strike — again.

“They have profited handsomely from the last foreclosure crisis, the commodification of housing, and decades of racist housing policy, while actively lobbying to avoid paying their fair share in taxes for decades,” organizers wrote of investors like Blackstone and Kushner Properties in a report released this week by the Action Center on Race & the Economy ahead of Friday’s demonstrations. “The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified what we already knew: Corporate landlords’ bill is long past due.”

In that report, activists said they want Congress and state governments to demand that real estate magnates “pay for the cancellation of rent, mortgages, and utilities,” on top of relief for small property owners. Such companies have received extensive breaks, they write, and “can afford it.” And the coronavirus stimulus package included $170 billion in tax savings for real estate investors over the next decade, according to the New York Times.

Cover: A sign with the message to cancel rent is displayed from a vehicle as a caravan of May Day protesters drives up 2nd Avenue outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Friday, May 1, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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