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Doctors behind viral COVID-19 misinformation video met with Vice President Pence

Doctors behind viral COVID-19 misinformation video met with Vice President PenceA group of doctors who took part in a viral video that was taken down Tuesday by social media companies for spreading disinformation about the coronavirus met with Vice President Mike Pence, according to the co-founder of a group that organized the event.

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President says he’s ‘saddened’ by John Lewis’ death after Barack Obama led heartfelt tributes for the civil rights hero

President says he’s ‘saddened’ by John Lewis’ death after Barack Obama led heartfelt tributes for the civil rights heroDonald Trump said he was "saddened" to hear the news of Congressman John Lewis' death after the civil rights leader died on Friday. Earlier on Saturday, Congresswoman Karen Bass, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, told the president he should not issue a statement so people could "mourn in peace".The president ordered earlier for the flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and other public buildings for the remainder of the day.



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Kosovo president, 9 others indicted on war crimes charges

Kosovo president, 9 others indicted on war crimes chargesKosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted Wednesday on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by an international prosecutor probing their actions against ethnic Serbs and others during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia. Because of the indictment, Thaci has postponed his trip to Washington, where he was to meet Saturday for talks at the White House with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.



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Trump news – live: Administration rolls back LGBT+ health protections as president demands end to Seattle 'autonomous zone'

Trump news – live: Administration rolls back LGBT+ health protections as president demands end to Seattle 'autonomous zone'Donald Trump has blamed the scenes of police brutality recorded at George Floyd protests across the US on “bad apples”, claiming to have “dominated the streets with compassion” to maintain law and order and pledging an executive order to establish a use-of-force standard, stopping short of broader reforms.Speaking at a roundtable event in Dallas, Texas, the president sought to allay ongoing frustrations by commenting: “We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear, but we will make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labelling tens of millions of decent Americans as racist or bigots.”



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William Sessions, FBI head fired by President Clinton, dies

William Sessions, FBI head fired by President Clinton, diesWilliam S. Sessions, a former federal judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan to head the FBI and fired years later by President Bill Clinton, died Friday at his San Antonio home. Sessions died of natural causes not related to the novel coronavirus, said his daughter, Sara Sessions Naughton. Sessions was a career Justice Department attorney and federal judge until Reagan appointed him FBI director in 1987.



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Coronavirus: Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro forced into U-turn on releasing death figures following national uproar

Coronavirus: Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro forced into U-turn on releasing death figures following national uproarFar-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been forced into a U-turn on releasing data showing Brazil’s total number of Covid-19 cases and deaths following a national uproar.In a move officials said was personally ordered by the president, months’ worth of coronavirus data vanished from Brazil’s health ministry website overnight on Friday, with a supreme court judge describing the manoeuvre as “totalitarian”.



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Minneapolis City Council President Claims Fear of Dismantling Police ‘Comes From A Place of Privilege’

Minneapolis City Council President Claims Fear of Dismantling Police ‘Comes From A Place of Privilege’Fears of dismantling local police forces come from a "place of privilege," Minneapolis City Council president Lisa Bender told CNN on Monday."What if in the middle of the night my home is broken into. Who do I call?" CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Bender after the city council president laid out her vision for a post-police city."I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors, and I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege," Bender responded. "For those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm instead."> Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender on the intent to defund and dismantle the city’s police department: “[We] have looked up ways we can shift the response away from our armed police officers… the groundwork is laid already.” https://t.co/h0eSepelHE pic.twitter.com/wBASgjsIbq> > — CNN (@CNN) June 8, 2020Bender and eight other City Council members, who together form a veto-proof majority on the twelve-seat body, have already signed a pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Mayor Jacob Frey has backed reform but refused to defund the city's police force entirely.However, Bender appeared to temper a push to defund the MPD immediately, saying it would take "years" before police would not be necessary. She and other Council Members had come out in support of a "police-free future" in 2017."To me, [a police-free future] is a long way away, and it would take an enormous amount of investment in things that we know work to keep people safe," Bender said. "I know the statement was bold, and I stand by that bold statement, but the work ahead of us will be long."Calls to defund and dismantle police departments have grown after the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by four Minneapolis police officers. The city saw widespread demonstrations and riots following Floyd's death, with rioters looting and burning down buildings including the headquarters of the city's 3rd precinct, where the four officers were stationed.



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Afghan president, feuding rival reach 'tentative' agreement

Afghan president, feuding rival reach 'tentative' agreementA bitter feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah appeared closer to resolution Friday after Abdullah said the two men had moved forward in talks. Abdullah previously served as Afghanistan’s “chief executive” under a power-sharing deal with Ghani, but lost that post following last year’s presidential elections that Ghani won amid claims of fraud. Instead of accepting defeat, Abdullah proclaimed himself president, a title he uses to this day, though the international community only recognises Ghani.



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Zimbabwe president threatens 20 years jail over fake lockdown statement

Zimbabwe president threatens 20 years jail over fake lockdown statementZimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday threatened 20 years in jail to the author of a statement purporting to bear his signature that said the lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak had been extended. Mnangagwa, who was speaking at his farm after touring Gweru city in central Zimbabwe, told state broadcaster ZBC he had not extended the 21-day lockdown. National police spokesman Paul Nyathi said more than 5,000 people had been arrested for venturing outside their homes without permission but denied security forces had abused residents.



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Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president

Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the presidentDr. Deborah Birx, one of the two leading medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force, said Monday that out of deference to social-distancing rules she had stayed away from her daughter’s house — even though her 10-month-old granddaughter had registered a fever of 105 degrees over the



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Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption

Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumptionPresident Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico’s cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or intoxicated, prompting criticism and questions about whether the claim was accurate. Speaking to journalists in his morning news conference, López Obrador said rising drug consumption rates must be reversed if the country is to guarantee peace and security after years of rising, record-setting homicide statistics. “Just so you have the number, 60% of those who lose their life each day, 60% of those killed in clashes, it is shown that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but primarily drugs,” the president continued.



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Trump's coronavirus response includes many things he criticized President Obama for

Trump's coronavirus response includes many things he criticized President Obama forElements of the response outlined by Trump mirror things he specifically criticized President Barack Obama for during the ebola outbreak in 2014. Yahoo News asked Trump about this contradiction and he argued the coronavirus epidemic is “a much different problem than ebola.”



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