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  •  China says it will impose sanctions in retaliation for United States legislation ending Hong Kong s special trade status with the United StatesChina firmly opposes and strongly condemns the United States signing on Tuesday of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act into law a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry s website said on Wednesday China will impose sanctions on United States personnel and entities the statement added United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation that will impose sanctions on Chinese persons and entities that are involved in Beijing s actions to remove autonomy from Hong Kong Trump also said he signed an executive order to end the special privileges of Hong Kong in a continuation of the president s campaign against Beijing which he accuses of failing to adequately address the coronavirus outbreak The president in May announced his move to revoke Hong Kong s special status citing China s response to the pandemic The legislation received bipartisan support in both the Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year Congress passed the act in response to Beijing imposing a national security law on Hong Kong which critics fear intends to quash dissent in the financial hub which has been roiled by protests for the past year In a winding campaign style speech from the White House Trump blasted former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for failing to properly address China under their leadership A status change will be a major blow to Hong Kong s trading relationship with the United States and the territory s position as a key Asian financial centre which also serves as a port for Beijing s financial and commercial transactions with other countries On Wednesday the president of Hong Kong s legislative council LegCo rejected calls for lawmakers to debate the US decision A lawmaker for Civic Passion Cheng Chung Tai told LegCo President Andrew Leung that the move has affected the social economic and livelihood interests of Hong Kong during Wednesday s parliamentary session But Leung said there was no need to debate the matter since Trump had already signed the executive order and told lawmakers to follow up through different channels in what was the final meeting of LegCo s current session The chamber will resume on Aug 25 The chairwoman of New People s Party Regina Ip said Washington s decision was barbaric and unreasonable Ip said Hong Kongers access to United States visas would be affected but said they would not want to go there now because of the Covid 19 epidemic and racial discrimination in the country While admitting the move would affect Hong Kong s international status Ip said that its financial status wouldn t be affected Beijing gazetted the new national security act into an annex of Hong Kong s Basic Law on June 30 a four part law targeting secession subversion terrorism and collusion with foreign forces Just over a week later amid international outcry over the new law the Chief Executive Carrie Lam held an inauguration ceremony to usher in the Office for Safeguarding National Security which is operating temporarily from the Metropark Hotel Edited By Halima Sheji Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    China to sanction United States in retaliation for legislation on Hong Kong
     China says it will impose sanctions in retaliation for United States legislation ending Hong Kong s special trade status with the United StatesChina firmly opposes and strongly condemns the United States signing on Tuesday of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act into law a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry s website said on Wednesday China will impose sanctions on United States personnel and entities the statement added United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation that will impose sanctions on Chinese persons and entities that are involved in Beijing s actions to remove autonomy from Hong Kong Trump also said he signed an executive order to end the special privileges of Hong Kong in a continuation of the president s campaign against Beijing which he accuses of failing to adequately address the coronavirus outbreak The president in May announced his move to revoke Hong Kong s special status citing China s response to the pandemic The legislation received bipartisan support in both the Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year Congress passed the act in response to Beijing imposing a national security law on Hong Kong which critics fear intends to quash dissent in the financial hub which has been roiled by protests for the past year In a winding campaign style speech from the White House Trump blasted former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for failing to properly address China under their leadership A status change will be a major blow to Hong Kong s trading relationship with the United States and the territory s position as a key Asian financial centre which also serves as a port for Beijing s financial and commercial transactions with other countries On Wednesday the president of Hong Kong s legislative council LegCo rejected calls for lawmakers to debate the US decision A lawmaker for Civic Passion Cheng Chung Tai told LegCo President Andrew Leung that the move has affected the social economic and livelihood interests of Hong Kong during Wednesday s parliamentary session But Leung said there was no need to debate the matter since Trump had already signed the executive order and told lawmakers to follow up through different channels in what was the final meeting of LegCo s current session The chamber will resume on Aug 25 The chairwoman of New People s Party Regina Ip said Washington s decision was barbaric and unreasonable Ip said Hong Kongers access to United States visas would be affected but said they would not want to go there now because of the Covid 19 epidemic and racial discrimination in the country While admitting the move would affect Hong Kong s international status Ip said that its financial status wouldn t be affected Beijing gazetted the new national security act into an annex of Hong Kong s Basic Law on June 30 a four part law targeting secession subversion terrorism and collusion with foreign forces Just over a week later amid international outcry over the new law the Chief Executive Carrie Lam held an inauguration ceremony to usher in the Office for Safeguarding National Security which is operating temporarily from the Metropark Hotel Edited By Halima Sheji Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    China to sanction United States in retaliation for legislation on Hong Kong
    Foreign3 years ago

    China to sanction United States in retaliation for legislation on Hong Kong

    China says it will impose sanctions in retaliation for United States legislation ending Hong Kong’s special trade status with the United States

    China firmly opposes and strongly condemns the United States signing on Tuesday of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act into law, a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website said on Wednesday.

    China will impose sanctions on United States personnel and entities, the statement added.

    United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation that will impose sanctions on Chinese persons and entities that are involved in Beijing’s actions to remove autonomy from Hong Kong.

    Trump also said he signed an executive order to end the special privileges of Hong Kong, in a continuation of the president’s campaign against Beijing, which he accuses of failing to adequately address the coronavirus outbreak.

    The president in May announced his move to revoke Hong Kong’s special status, citing China’s response to the pandemic.

    The legislation received bipartisan support in both the Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year.

    Congress passed the act in response to Beijing imposing a national security law on Hong Kong, which critics fear intends to quash dissent in the financial hub, which has been roiled by protests for the past year.

    In a winding campaign style speech from the White House, Trump blasted former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden  the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee  for failing to properly address China under their leadership.

    A status change will be a major blow to Hong Kong’s trading relationship with the United States and the territory’s position as a key Asian financial centre, which also serves as a port for Beijing’s financial and commercial transactions with other countries.

    On Wednesday, the president of Hong Kong’s legislative council (LegCo) rejected calls for lawmakers to debate the US’ decision.

    A lawmaker for Civic Passion, Cheng Chung Tai, told LegCo President Andrew Leung that the move has affected the social, economic and livelihood interests of Hong Kong, during Wednesday’s parliamentary session.

    But Leung said there was no need to debate the matter since Trump had already signed the executive order, and told lawmakers to follow up through `different channels’ in what was the final meeting of LegCo’s current session. The chamber will resume on  Aug 25.

    The chairwoman of New People’s Party, Regina Ip, said Washington’s decision was barbaric and unreasonable.

    Ip said Hong Kongers’ access to United States visas would be affected but said they would not want to go there now because of the Covid-19 epidemic and racial discrimination in the country.

    While admitting the move would affect Hong Kong’s international status, Ip said that its financial status wouldn’t be affected.

    Beijing gazetted the new national security act into an annex of Hong Kong’s Basic Law on June 30, a four-part law targeting secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

    Just over a week later, amid international outcry over the new law, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam held an inauguration ceremony to usher in the Office for Safeguarding National Security, which is operating temporarily from the Metropark Hotel.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

     

  •  American rapper Kanye West a vocal supporter of United States President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God unifying our vision and building our future I am running for president of the United States West wrote in a Twitter post adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag 2020VISION It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states West and his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House At one meeting in October 2018 West delivered a rambling profanity laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder which he said was actually sleep deprivation Elon Musk the chief executive of electric car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts endorsed West s Twitter post You have my full support he wrote Edited By Emmanuel Okara Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Rapper Kanye West announces United States presidential bid on Twitter
     American rapper Kanye West a vocal supporter of United States President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God unifying our vision and building our future I am running for president of the United States West wrote in a Twitter post adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag 2020VISION It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states West and his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House At one meeting in October 2018 West delivered a rambling profanity laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder which he said was actually sleep deprivation Elon Musk the chief executive of electric car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts endorsed West s Twitter post You have my full support he wrote Edited By Emmanuel Okara Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Rapper Kanye West announces United States presidential bid on Twitter
    General news3 years ago

    Rapper Kanye West announces United States presidential bid on Twitter

    American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of United States President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    “We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future.

    “I am running for president of the United States,” West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag “#2020VISION”.

    It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov. 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.

    The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.

    West and his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House.

    At one meeting in October 2018, West delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.

    Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, endorsed West’s Twitter post: “You have my full support!” he wrote.

    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  United States Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced Thursday night that she is withdrawing from consideration to be former United States Vice President Joe Biden s running mate During an interview with MSNBC Klobuchar a former Democratic presidential contender said she has urged Biden to choose a woman of color to be his running mate America must seize on this moment she said I truly believe as I told the vice president that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket Klobuchar s decision came amid weeks of demonstrations across the United States in the wake of deaths of African Americans caused by police officers Klobuchar 60 launched her presidential bid in February 2019 On March 2 2020 the day before Super Tuesday Klobuchar dropped out and endorsed Biden Biden who has clinched the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has committed to selecting a female running mate He will challenge sitting President Donald Trump in the race XINHUA
    United States Senator Amy Klobuchar withdraws from consideration to be Biden’s running mate
     United States Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced Thursday night that she is withdrawing from consideration to be former United States Vice President Joe Biden s running mate During an interview with MSNBC Klobuchar a former Democratic presidential contender said she has urged Biden to choose a woman of color to be his running mate America must seize on this moment she said I truly believe as I told the vice president that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket Klobuchar s decision came amid weeks of demonstrations across the United States in the wake of deaths of African Americans caused by police officers Klobuchar 60 launched her presidential bid in February 2019 On March 2 2020 the day before Super Tuesday Klobuchar dropped out and endorsed Biden Biden who has clinched the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has committed to selecting a female running mate He will challenge sitting President Donald Trump in the race XINHUA
    United States Senator Amy Klobuchar withdraws from consideration to be Biden’s running mate
    Foreign3 years ago

    United States Senator Amy Klobuchar withdraws from consideration to be Biden’s running mate

    United States Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced Thursday night that she is withdrawing from consideration to be former United States Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.

    During an interview with MSNBC, Klobuchar, a former Democratic presidential contender, said she has urged Biden to choose a woman of color to be his running mate.

    "America must seize on this moment," she said. "I truly believe as I told the vice president that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket."

    Klobuchar's decision came amid weeks of demonstrations across the United States in the wake of deaths of African Americans caused by police officers.

    Klobuchar, 60, launched her presidential bid in February 2019. On March 2, 2020, the day before Super Tuesday, Klobuchar dropped out and endorsed Biden.

    Biden, who has clinched the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has committed to selecting a female running mate.

    He will challenge sitting President Donald Trump in the race.


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  •  Sitting United States President Donald Trump will accept the Republican Party s presidential nomination for a second term in Jacksonville Florida Republican National Committee RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced on Thursday The announcement came after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper a Democrat refused to allow the Republican National Convention scheduled for Aug 24 to Aug 27 in Charlotte to take place without restrictions on crowd size and other measures against the coronavirus The national convention s official business will still take place in Charlotte but the celebration of the nomination and the economic impact that goes with it must be moved to Jacksonville the Republican Party said in a press release It added that Trump will deliver his speech at Jacksonville s VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena which holds around 15 000 people The Democratic Party s national convention was rescheduled to take place in Milwaukee Wisconsin from Aug 17 to Aug 20 though party officials have discussed the possibility that it will be held virtually or in a modified form Former Vice President Joe Biden is the Democratic Party s presumptive presidential nominee XINHUA
    Trump to accept Republican presidential nomination in Florida’s Jacksonville
     Sitting United States President Donald Trump will accept the Republican Party s presidential nomination for a second term in Jacksonville Florida Republican National Committee RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced on Thursday The announcement came after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper a Democrat refused to allow the Republican National Convention scheduled for Aug 24 to Aug 27 in Charlotte to take place without restrictions on crowd size and other measures against the coronavirus The national convention s official business will still take place in Charlotte but the celebration of the nomination and the economic impact that goes with it must be moved to Jacksonville the Republican Party said in a press release It added that Trump will deliver his speech at Jacksonville s VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena which holds around 15 000 people The Democratic Party s national convention was rescheduled to take place in Milwaukee Wisconsin from Aug 17 to Aug 20 though party officials have discussed the possibility that it will be held virtually or in a modified form Former Vice President Joe Biden is the Democratic Party s presumptive presidential nominee XINHUA
    Trump to accept Republican presidential nomination in Florida’s Jacksonville
    Foreign3 years ago

    Trump to accept Republican presidential nomination in Florida’s Jacksonville

    Sitting United States President Donald Trump will accept the Republican Party's presidential nomination for a second term in Jacksonville, Florida, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced on Thursday.

    The announcement came after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, refused to allow the Republican National Convention, scheduled for Aug. 24 to Aug. 27 in Charlotte, to take place without restrictions on crowd size and other measures against the coronavirus.

    The national convention's official business will still take place in Charlotte but "the celebration of the nomination and the economic impact that goes with it must be moved to Jacksonville," the Republican Party said in a press release.

    It added that Trump will deliver his speech at Jacksonville's VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, which holds around 15,000 people.

    The Democratic Party's national convention was rescheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Aug. 17. to Aug. 20, though party officials have discussed the possibility that it will be held virtually or in a modified form.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee.


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  •  As a final farewell family members and friends gathered on Tuesday at a private funeral in Houston Texas and shared their sweet memories of 46 year old African American George Floyd who was suffocated to death in police custody two weeks ago Floyd s niece Brooke Williams touched the audience s hearts with her emotional speech appealing for no more hate crimes She said she saw no remorse in the white police officer when he pressed his knee into Floyd s neck for almost nine minutes watching my uncle s soul leave his body This is not just a murder but a hate crime she added A short film was played at the funeral showing a montage of Floyd s photos depicting his life and also the protests around the world following his death Though the funeral was meant to be a private event mainly for Floyd s family members friends and school mates in Houston where he grew up and spent most of his lifetime half of the 500 guests were public figures who came to pay their respects We honor him because when he took his last breath the rest of us are now able to breathe said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring June 9 as George Floyd Day in the city In a pre recorded video broadcast at the funeral former Vice President Joe Biden sent condolences to Floyd s family whom he met before the funeral Talking about racial equality in the country Biden said Why in this nation do too many black Americans wake up knowing they could lose their life in the course of just living their life When there is justice for George Floyd we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America The funeral was held at the Fountain of Praise Church where Floyd and his family used to worship when he lived in the city Due to social distancing requirements only about 500 guests attended the funeral But people from the city and other places gathered around the church in the heat prior to the funeral to pay respect to Floyd After the funeral Floyd s golden casket was transported in a car and then in a white horse drawn carriage to a Houston cemetery where he was buried next to his mother The family requested total privacy when they lay Floyd to rest Along the way from the church to the burial site hundreds of people waited to say farewell to Floyd Many road railings were decorated with ribbons and flowers A public viewing for Floyd was organized on Monday at the same African American church in Houston bringing more than 6 300 people to pay tribute Last week two memorials were held in Minneapolis Minnesota where Floyd died and Raeford North Carolina where Floyd was born Hundreds of people paid their tribute to Floyd by laying wreaths at the memorials Floyd moved from North Carolina to Houston s Third Ward community as a baby and grew up and spent most of his lifetime in the fourth largest United States city which he called home Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25 Since Floyd s death Houstonians have remembered him in various ways in his community where the grief can still be felt Last week a big Floyd mural was painted on the wall in the Third Ward by a local artist People of all colors came to pay tribute sending flowers cards and balloons I feel like I m coming by to pay my respect Eryka Gomez told local TV KPRC 2 It s sad It s a loss for the community Also in Houston a big sign painted with his name was seen at a busy intersection of highways Video clips from the Internet showed that a big sign written with the words George Floyd replaced an old iconic sign of Be Someone XINHUA
    Feature: Funeral honors George Floyd, Americans demand racial justice
     As a final farewell family members and friends gathered on Tuesday at a private funeral in Houston Texas and shared their sweet memories of 46 year old African American George Floyd who was suffocated to death in police custody two weeks ago Floyd s niece Brooke Williams touched the audience s hearts with her emotional speech appealing for no more hate crimes She said she saw no remorse in the white police officer when he pressed his knee into Floyd s neck for almost nine minutes watching my uncle s soul leave his body This is not just a murder but a hate crime she added A short film was played at the funeral showing a montage of Floyd s photos depicting his life and also the protests around the world following his death Though the funeral was meant to be a private event mainly for Floyd s family members friends and school mates in Houston where he grew up and spent most of his lifetime half of the 500 guests were public figures who came to pay their respects We honor him because when he took his last breath the rest of us are now able to breathe said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring June 9 as George Floyd Day in the city In a pre recorded video broadcast at the funeral former Vice President Joe Biden sent condolences to Floyd s family whom he met before the funeral Talking about racial equality in the country Biden said Why in this nation do too many black Americans wake up knowing they could lose their life in the course of just living their life When there is justice for George Floyd we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America The funeral was held at the Fountain of Praise Church where Floyd and his family used to worship when he lived in the city Due to social distancing requirements only about 500 guests attended the funeral But people from the city and other places gathered around the church in the heat prior to the funeral to pay respect to Floyd After the funeral Floyd s golden casket was transported in a car and then in a white horse drawn carriage to a Houston cemetery where he was buried next to his mother The family requested total privacy when they lay Floyd to rest Along the way from the church to the burial site hundreds of people waited to say farewell to Floyd Many road railings were decorated with ribbons and flowers A public viewing for Floyd was organized on Monday at the same African American church in Houston bringing more than 6 300 people to pay tribute Last week two memorials were held in Minneapolis Minnesota where Floyd died and Raeford North Carolina where Floyd was born Hundreds of people paid their tribute to Floyd by laying wreaths at the memorials Floyd moved from North Carolina to Houston s Third Ward community as a baby and grew up and spent most of his lifetime in the fourth largest United States city which he called home Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25 Since Floyd s death Houstonians have remembered him in various ways in his community where the grief can still be felt Last week a big Floyd mural was painted on the wall in the Third Ward by a local artist People of all colors came to pay tribute sending flowers cards and balloons I feel like I m coming by to pay my respect Eryka Gomez told local TV KPRC 2 It s sad It s a loss for the community Also in Houston a big sign painted with his name was seen at a busy intersection of highways Video clips from the Internet showed that a big sign written with the words George Floyd replaced an old iconic sign of Be Someone XINHUA
    Feature: Funeral honors George Floyd, Americans demand racial justice
    Foreign3 years ago

    Feature: Funeral honors George Floyd, Americans demand racial justice

    As a final farewell, family members and friends gathered on Tuesday at a private funeral in Houston, Texas and shared their sweet memories of 46-year-old African American George Floyd, who was suffocated to death in police custody two weeks ago.

    Floyd's niece Brooke Williams touched the audience's hearts with her emotional speech, appealing for "no more hate crimes."

    She said she saw no remorse in the white police officer when he pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, "watching my uncle's soul leave his body."

    "This is not just a murder, but a hate crime," she added.

    A short film was played at the funeral, showing a montage of Floyd's photos depicting his life and also the protests around the world following his death.

    Though the funeral was meant to be a private event mainly for Floyd's family members, friends and school mates in Houston where he grew up and spent most of his lifetime, half of the 500 guests were public figures who came to pay their respects.

    "We honor him because when he took his last breath, the rest of us are now able to breathe," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, declaring June 9 as "George Floyd Day" in the city.

    In a pre-recorded video broadcast at the funeral, former Vice President Joe Biden sent condolences to Floyd's family whom he met before the funeral.

    Talking about racial equality in the country, Biden said, "Why in this nation do too many black Americans wake up knowing they could lose their life in the course of just living their life?... When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America."

    The funeral was held at the Fountain of Praise Church, where Floyd and his family used to worship when he lived in the city.

    Due to social distancing requirements, only about 500 guests attended the funeral. But people from the city and other places gathered around the church in the heat prior to the funeral to pay respect to Floyd.

    After the funeral, Floyd's golden casket was transported in a car and then in a white horse-drawn carriage to a Houston cemetery where he was buried next to his mother.

    The family requested total privacy when they lay Floyd to rest.

    Along the way from the church to the burial site, hundreds of people waited to say farewell to Floyd. Many road railings were decorated with ribbons and flowers.

    A public viewing for Floyd was organized on Monday at the same African American church in Houston, bringing more than 6,300 people to pay tribute.

    Last week, two memorials were held in Minneapolis, Minnesota where Floyd died, and Raeford, North Carolina where Floyd was born.

    Hundreds of people paid their tribute to Floyd by laying wreaths at the memorials.

    Floyd moved from North Carolina to Houston's Third Ward community as a baby, and grew up and spent most of his lifetime in the fourth largest United States city which he called "home."

    Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

    Since Floyd's death, Houstonians have remembered him in various ways in his community where the grief can still be felt.

    Last week, a "big Floyd" mural was painted on the wall in the Third Ward by a local artist. People of all colors came to pay tribute, sending flowers, cards and balloons.

    "I feel like I'm coming by to pay my respect," Eryka Gomez told local TV KPRC 2. "It's sad. It's a loss for the community."

    Also in Houston, a big sign painted with his name was seen at a busy intersection of highways. Video clips from the Internet showed that a big sign written with the words "George Floyd" replaced an old iconic sign of "Be Someone."


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  •  The funeral of African American George Floyd was held Tuesday in the southern United States city of Houston where he was brought up and spent most of his life two weeks after his tragic death in police custody in Minneapolis Hundreds of people came to say a final goodbye to Floyd at the Fountain of Praise Church Memorial services had also been held for Floyd in Minneapolis and North Carolina Beginning at around 11 a m Central Time 1600 GMT the private funeral service celebrated Floyd s home coming with over an hour of singing and praying before families and friends took turns to share their memories of Floyd and his 46 years of life Former United States Vice President Joe Biden sent his condolences to Floyd s family via video Speaking to Floyd s six year old daughter Gianna Biden said You re so brave No child should have to ask questions that too many black children have had to ask for generations Why Why s daddy gone Why in this nation do too many black Americans wake up knowing that they could lose their life in the course of just living their life he continued When there is justice for George Floyd we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America said the expected Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner announced at the funeral that he would sign an executive order banning city police from using chokeholds and strangleholds Officers will also be required to give a warning before shooting he added We honor him today said Turner Because when he took his last breath the rest of us will now be able to breathe Floyd is expected to be laid to rest next to his mother who he called out for during his final moment of suffocation as his neck was under a white police officer s knee Floyd s death has galvanized a movement in the country and beyond calling for racial justice and police reform Protests have been held across the country in the past two weeks with tens of thousands showing up which sometimes ended in late night violence and looting XINHUA
    Funeral held in Houston to bid farewell to George Floyd
     The funeral of African American George Floyd was held Tuesday in the southern United States city of Houston where he was brought up and spent most of his life two weeks after his tragic death in police custody in Minneapolis Hundreds of people came to say a final goodbye to Floyd at the Fountain of Praise Church Memorial services had also been held for Floyd in Minneapolis and North Carolina Beginning at around 11 a m Central Time 1600 GMT the private funeral service celebrated Floyd s home coming with over an hour of singing and praying before families and friends took turns to share their memories of Floyd and his 46 years of life Former United States Vice President Joe Biden sent his condolences to Floyd s family via video Speaking to Floyd s six year old daughter Gianna Biden said You re so brave No child should have to ask questions that too many black children have had to ask for generations Why Why s daddy gone Why in this nation do too many black Americans wake up knowing that they could lose their life in the course of just living their life he continued When there is justice for George Floyd we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America said the expected Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner announced at the funeral that he would sign an executive order banning city police from using chokeholds and strangleholds Officers will also be required to give a warning before shooting he added We honor him today said Turner Because when he took his last breath the rest of us will now be able to breathe Floyd is expected to be laid to rest next to his mother who he called out for during his final moment of suffocation as his neck was under a white police officer s knee Floyd s death has galvanized a movement in the country and beyond calling for racial justice and police reform Protests have been held across the country in the past two weeks with tens of thousands showing up which sometimes ended in late night violence and looting XINHUA
    Funeral held in Houston to bid farewell to George Floyd
    Foreign3 years ago

    Funeral held in Houston to bid farewell to George Floyd

    The funeral of African American George Floyd was held Tuesday in the southern United States city of Houston, where he was brought up and spent most of his life, two weeks after his tragic death in police custody in Minneapolis.

    Hundreds of people came to say a final goodbye to Floyd at the Fountain of Praise Church. Memorial services had also been held for Floyd in Minneapolis and North Carolina.

    Beginning at around 11 a.m. Central Time (1600 GMT), the private funeral service celebrated Floyd's home-coming with over an hour of singing and praying, before families and friends took turns to share their memories of Floyd and his 46 years of life.

    Former United States Vice President Joe Biden sent his condolences to Floyd's family via video.

    Speaking to Floyd's six-year-old daughter, Gianna, Biden said, "You're so brave ... No child should have to ask questions that too many black children have had to ask for generations: Why? Why's daddy gone?"

    "Why, in this nation, do too many black Americans wake up knowing that they could lose their life in the course of just living their life? " he continued.

    "When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America," said the expected Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election.

    Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner announced at the funeral that he would sign an executive order banning city police from using chokeholds and strangleholds.

    Officers will also be required to give a warning before shooting, he added.

    "We honor him today," said Turner. "Because when he took his last breath, the rest of us will now be able to breathe."

    Floyd is expected to be laid to rest next to his mother, who he called out for during his final moment of suffocation as his neck was under a white police officer's knee.

    Floyd's death has galvanized a movement in the country and beyond calling for racial justice and police reform. Protests have been held across the country in the past two weeks with tens of thousands showing up, which sometimes ended in late-night violence and looting.


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  •  Former United States Vice President Joe Biden on Friday crossed the threshold for the Democratic presidential nomination according to an estimate by the Associated Press AP locking up a contest for the White House with incumbent President Donald Trump The AP projected that Biden now the sole remaining presidential candidate in the Democratic Party has won 1 993 delegates to the national convention surpassing the benchmark number of 1 991 needed for nomination The estimate came as Biden swept through primaries in seven states and the District of Columbia Tuesday Although the votes were still being counted Bernie Sanders the senator from Vermont who suspended his presidential campaign in April but remained on the ballot failed to reach the 15 percent threshold handing more delegates to Biden It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party Biden said in a statement Friday night This year s presidential election comes at a time when the United States is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic that has frozen the national economy and more recently when nationwide protests against racial injustice have persisted for over a week following the killing of George Floyd an unarmed black man under the custody of white police in Minneapolis The country is crying out for leadership Leadership that can unite us Leadership that can bring us together Biden said XINHUA
    Biden crosses threshold to clinch Democratic presidential nomination
     Former United States Vice President Joe Biden on Friday crossed the threshold for the Democratic presidential nomination according to an estimate by the Associated Press AP locking up a contest for the White House with incumbent President Donald Trump The AP projected that Biden now the sole remaining presidential candidate in the Democratic Party has won 1 993 delegates to the national convention surpassing the benchmark number of 1 991 needed for nomination The estimate came as Biden swept through primaries in seven states and the District of Columbia Tuesday Although the votes were still being counted Bernie Sanders the senator from Vermont who suspended his presidential campaign in April but remained on the ballot failed to reach the 15 percent threshold handing more delegates to Biden It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party Biden said in a statement Friday night This year s presidential election comes at a time when the United States is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic that has frozen the national economy and more recently when nationwide protests against racial injustice have persisted for over a week following the killing of George Floyd an unarmed black man under the custody of white police in Minneapolis The country is crying out for leadership Leadership that can unite us Leadership that can bring us together Biden said XINHUA
    Biden crosses threshold to clinch Democratic presidential nomination
    Foreign3 years ago

    Biden crosses threshold to clinch Democratic presidential nomination

    Former United States Vice President Joe Biden on Friday crossed the threshold for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to an estimate by the Associated Press (AP), locking up a contest for the White House with incumbent President Donald Trump.

    The AP projected that Biden, now the sole remaining presidential candidate in the Democratic Party, has won 1,993 delegates to the national convention, surpassing the benchmark number of 1,991 needed for nomination.

    The estimate came as Biden swept through primaries in seven states and the District of Columbia Tuesday. Although the votes were still being counted, Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont who suspended his presidential campaign in April but remained on the ballot, failed to reach the 15-percent threshold, handing more delegates to Biden.

    "It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded -- and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party," Biden said in a statement Friday night.

    This year's presidential election comes at a time when the United States is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic that has frozen the national economy, and, more recently, when nationwide protests against racial injustice have persisted for over a week following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, under the custody of white police in Minneapolis.

    "The country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that can unite us. Leadership that can bring us together," Biden said.


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  •  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Tuesday that his state is launching a civil rights probe into the Minneapolis Police Department MPD of which four police officers were involved in the brutal killing of unarmed black man George Floyd last week Walz said the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed the civil rights charge against the MPD and will investigate its policies procedures and practices over the past 10 years to determine if they engaged in systemic discriminatory practices My administration will use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in Minnesota the governor said on Twitter following a news conference This effort is one of many steps to come in our effort to restore trust with communities that have been unseen and unheard for far too long Floyd died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by four MPD police officers who arrested him for allegedly using a fake 20 dollar note to buy cigarettes All of the officers have been fired and Derek Chauvin the one who kept his knee down on Floyd s neck for almost nine minutes even as Floyd pleaded desperately for his life has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter This is not about holding people personally criminally liable said Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero who will lead the just announced investigation This is about systems change Floyd s death instigated nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that have persisted for a week now As demonstrations escalated into violent unrests in some parts of the country United States President Donald Trump on Monday threatened the use of the military to clamp down on the protesters a response that drew immediate condemnation from his political opponents including former Vice President Joe Biden whom Trump is all but certain to face off in the general election later this year XINHUA
    Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department
     Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Tuesday that his state is launching a civil rights probe into the Minneapolis Police Department MPD of which four police officers were involved in the brutal killing of unarmed black man George Floyd last week Walz said the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed the civil rights charge against the MPD and will investigate its policies procedures and practices over the past 10 years to determine if they engaged in systemic discriminatory practices My administration will use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in Minnesota the governor said on Twitter following a news conference This effort is one of many steps to come in our effort to restore trust with communities that have been unseen and unheard for far too long Floyd died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by four MPD police officers who arrested him for allegedly using a fake 20 dollar note to buy cigarettes All of the officers have been fired and Derek Chauvin the one who kept his knee down on Floyd s neck for almost nine minutes even as Floyd pleaded desperately for his life has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter This is not about holding people personally criminally liable said Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero who will lead the just announced investigation This is about systems change Floyd s death instigated nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that have persisted for a week now As demonstrations escalated into violent unrests in some parts of the country United States President Donald Trump on Monday threatened the use of the military to clamp down on the protesters a response that drew immediate condemnation from his political opponents including former Vice President Joe Biden whom Trump is all but certain to face off in the general election later this year XINHUA
    Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department
    Foreign3 years ago

    Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department

    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Tuesday that his state is launching a civil rights probe into the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), of which four police officers were involved in the brutal killing of unarmed black man George Floyd last week.

    Walz said the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed the civil rights charge against the MPD and will investigate its "policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years to determine if they engaged in systemic discriminatory practices."

    "My administration will use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in Minnesota," the governor said on Twitter following a news conference. "This effort is one of many steps to come in our effort to restore trust with communities that have been unseen and unheard for far too long."

    Floyd died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by four MPD police officers, who arrested him for allegedly using a fake 20-dollar note to buy cigarettes. All of the officers have been fired, and Derek Chauvin, the one who kept his knee down on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes even as Floyd pleaded desperately for his life, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

    "This is not about holding people personally criminally liable," said Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, who will lead the just-announced investigation. "This is about systems change."

    Floyd's death instigated nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that have persisted for a week now.

    As demonstrations escalated into violent unrests in some parts of the country, United States President Donald Trump on Monday threatened the use of the military to clamp down on the protesters, a response that drew immediate condemnation from his political opponents, including former Vice President Joe Biden, whom Trump is all but certain to face off in the general election later this year.


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  •  U S President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to permanently cut off the nation s funding to the World Health Organization WHO if the body does not commit to what he called substantive improvements within the next 30 days In a letter to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus a copy of which was published by Trump on Twitter the president added that he could reconsider the U S membership in the organization The threat came as the world continues to combat the COVID 19 pandemic which has infected more than 4 8 million people globally and killed over 318 000 The United States alone has reported more than 1 5 million infections and over 90 000 deaths as of 4 03 p m 2003 GMT according to a count by Johns Hopkins University Both figures are far higher than those in any other country or region Trump announced in mid April that his administration would halt U S funding to the WHO a roundly criticized move that many experts have said was trying to shift blames and would be counterproductive to addressing the public health crisis Former U S Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that time had been wasted in the U S response It s heartbreaking to think how much fear how much loss how much agony could have been avoided if the president hadn t wasted so much time and taken responsibility Biden told a virtual event We got denials delays distraction Based in Geneva Switzerland the WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations for international public health which has played a crucial role in coordinating the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic During the ongoing World Health Assembly many world leaders have strongly defended the WHO and voiced their support for the organization to continue its leading in the coronavirus battle Robert Redfield director of the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC praised the WHO in April WHO has been a long term and still is a great partner for us We re going to continue to do all we can together to try to limit this Redfield said We ve worked together to fight health crises all around the world We continue to do that XINHUA
    Trump threatens to permanently freeze U.S. funding to WHO
     U S President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to permanently cut off the nation s funding to the World Health Organization WHO if the body does not commit to what he called substantive improvements within the next 30 days In a letter to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus a copy of which was published by Trump on Twitter the president added that he could reconsider the U S membership in the organization The threat came as the world continues to combat the COVID 19 pandemic which has infected more than 4 8 million people globally and killed over 318 000 The United States alone has reported more than 1 5 million infections and over 90 000 deaths as of 4 03 p m 2003 GMT according to a count by Johns Hopkins University Both figures are far higher than those in any other country or region Trump announced in mid April that his administration would halt U S funding to the WHO a roundly criticized move that many experts have said was trying to shift blames and would be counterproductive to addressing the public health crisis Former U S Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that time had been wasted in the U S response It s heartbreaking to think how much fear how much loss how much agony could have been avoided if the president hadn t wasted so much time and taken responsibility Biden told a virtual event We got denials delays distraction Based in Geneva Switzerland the WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations for international public health which has played a crucial role in coordinating the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic During the ongoing World Health Assembly many world leaders have strongly defended the WHO and voiced their support for the organization to continue its leading in the coronavirus battle Robert Redfield director of the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC praised the WHO in April WHO has been a long term and still is a great partner for us We re going to continue to do all we can together to try to limit this Redfield said We ve worked together to fight health crises all around the world We continue to do that XINHUA
    Trump threatens to permanently freeze U.S. funding to WHO
    Foreign3 years ago

    Trump threatens to permanently freeze U.S. funding to WHO

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to permanently cut off the nation's funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) if the body does not commit to what he called "substantive improvements within the next 30 days."

    In a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a copy of which was published by Trump on Twitter, the president added that he could reconsider the U.S. membership in the organization.

    The threat came as the world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 4.8 million people globally and killed over 318,000.

    The United States alone has reported more than 1.5 million infections and over 90,000 deaths as of 4:03 p.m. (2003 GMT), according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. Both figures are far higher than those in any other country or region.

    Trump announced in mid-April that his administration would halt U.S. funding to the WHO, a roundly-criticized move that many experts have said was trying to shift blames and would be counterproductive to addressing the public health crisis.

    Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that time had been wasted in the U.S. response.

    "It's heartbreaking to think how much fear, how much loss, how much agony could have been avoided if the president hadn't wasted so much time and taken responsibility," Biden told a virtual event. "We got denials, delays, distraction."

    Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations for international public health, which has played a crucial role in coordinating the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    During the ongoing World Health Assembly, many world leaders have strongly defended the WHO and voiced their support for the organization to continue its leading in the coronavirus battle.

    Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), praised the WHO in April.

    "WHO has been a long-term and still is a great partner for us. We're going to continue to do all we can together to try to limit this," Redfield said. "We've worked together to fight health crises all around the world. We continue to do that."


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  •  Former U S Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that time had been wasted in the U S response against the coronavirus outbreak Addressing a virtual event Biden said the scale of the loss from the public health crisis which has infected more than 1 5 million people and killed over 90 000 in the United States as of 4 03 p m 2003 GMT is staggering and infuriating But more than that it s heartbreaking to think how much fear how much loss how much agony could have been avoided if the president hadn t wasted so much time and taken responsibility he said We got denials delays distraction many of which were openly xenophobic he added Biden the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee along with other Democrats has ramped up criticism of U S President Donald Trump whom the former vice president will challenge in this year s election over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic Barack Obama Trump s predecessor also took a shot More than anything this pandemic has fully finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they re doing Obama said during a virtual commencement speech on Saturday A lot of them aren t even pretending to be in charge Trump fired back at Obama and Biden on Sunday claiming that the Obama administration is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U S history XINHUA
    Biden says time wasted in U.S. response against coronavirus outbreak
     Former U S Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that time had been wasted in the U S response against the coronavirus outbreak Addressing a virtual event Biden said the scale of the loss from the public health crisis which has infected more than 1 5 million people and killed over 90 000 in the United States as of 4 03 p m 2003 GMT is staggering and infuriating But more than that it s heartbreaking to think how much fear how much loss how much agony could have been avoided if the president hadn t wasted so much time and taken responsibility he said We got denials delays distraction many of which were openly xenophobic he added Biden the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee along with other Democrats has ramped up criticism of U S President Donald Trump whom the former vice president will challenge in this year s election over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic Barack Obama Trump s predecessor also took a shot More than anything this pandemic has fully finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they re doing Obama said during a virtual commencement speech on Saturday A lot of them aren t even pretending to be in charge Trump fired back at Obama and Biden on Sunday claiming that the Obama administration is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U S history XINHUA
    Biden says time wasted in U.S. response against coronavirus outbreak
    Foreign3 years ago

    Biden says time wasted in U.S. response against coronavirus outbreak

    Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that time had been wasted in the U.S. response against the coronavirus outbreak.

    Addressing a virtual event, Biden said the scale of the loss from the public health crisis, which has infected more than 1.5 million people and killed over 90,000 in the United States as of 4:03 p.m. (2003 GMT), is "staggering" and "infuriating."

    "But more than that, it's heartbreaking to think how much fear, how much loss, how much agony could have been avoided if the president hadn't wasted so much time and taken responsibility," he said.

    "We got denials, delays, distraction -- many of which were openly xenophobic," he added.

    Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, along with other Democrats, has ramped up criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump, whom the former vice president will challenge in this year's election, over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Barack Obama, Trump's predecessor, also took a shot.

    "More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing," Obama said during a virtual commencement speech on Saturday. "A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge."

    Trump fired back at Obama and Biden on Sunday, claiming that the Obama administration "is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history."


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