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# us - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Former eBay employees charged after allegedly sending spiders and cockroaches to US couple

The campaign was allegedly over a newsletter they published which was critical of the company.

# us - Sunday 14 June, 2020

Film director Spike Lee apologises after defending Woody Allen and criticising 'cancel culture'

Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker” in an interview on Friday.

Atlanta police officer sacked after fatal shooting of black man

Rayshard Brooks was running away when he was shot by a police officer.

# us - Saturday 13 June, 2020

Fine Gael MEPs call for investigation into whether EU arms exports have been used against US civilians

The five MEPs co-signed a letter to Josep Borrell ahead of a debate in the EU parliament next week.

Trump says police chokeholds sound 'so innocent and perfect' but should 'generally be ended’

Chokeholds have come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in police custody.

Brazil digs up bones to make space in graveyards for Covid-19 victims as death toll hits almost 42,000

The country now has the second highest death toll from Covid-19 behind the United States.

# us - Thursday 11 June, 2020

George Floyd's brother challenges US Congress to ‘stop the pain’ Black Lives Matter This post contains videos

George Floyd's brother challenges US Congress to ‘stop the pain’

“The people marching in the streets are telling you enough is enough. Be the leaders that this country, this world, needs. Do the right thing,” Philonise Floyd said.

# us - Wednesday 10 June, 2020

Trump rules out changing names of US military bases named after Confederate leaders

The demand for renaming the bases gathered momentum in the wake of protests.

TV show Cops axed amid racial tensions and protests

The programme had been pulled temporarily from the air in late May, but that move has now become permanent.

# us - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

'An Antifa provocateur': Trump makes unfounded claims about 75-year-old protester who was hospitalised by police

The president attempted to cast doubt on footage showing police in the city of Buffalo shoving the man.

Funeral of George Floyd takes place in Texas

The private service will end six days of mourning for the 46-year-old.

'He has not died in vain': Thousands gather in Houston to mourn George Floyd before private funeral

The death of George Floyd has triggered protests and anger in the US and beyond.

# us - Monday 8 June, 2020

Police officer charged with killing of George Floyd appears in court

Members of the party knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds before a sitting of Congress today.

# us - Friday 5 June, 2020

New York police officers suspended after 75 year-old shoved to ground and left in serious condition at protest

A video of the incident by local radio station WBFO went viral after being posted on social media.

# us - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Barack Obama: 'As tragic as these few weeks have been, it's an incredible opportunity to awaken' US

Barack Obama: 'As tragic as these few weeks have been, it's an incredible opportunity to awaken'

Obama has urged every US mayor to review its use of police force and commit to reforms.

Four police officers to be charged in relation to George Floyd's death; one charged with second-degree murder

George Floyd’s family described news of the new charges as a “bittersweet moment”.

# us - Friday 29 May, 2020

National Guard deployed to Minneapolis following third night of protests over black man's death

Demonstrations have been sparked by those angered at a video showing 46-year-old George Floyd’s arrest.

# us - Thursday 28 May, 2020

'They murdered my brother': Protests held in Minneapolis over black man's killing by police officer

The case is seen as the latest example of police brutality against African Americans.

# us - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Covid-19 death toll in US has surpassed 100,000

The news comes as only half of Americans said they would be willing to get vaccinated if scientists are successful in developing a vaccine.

Woman who threatened to call police on black birdwatcher in New York's Central Park loses job US

Woman who threatened to call police on black birdwatcher in New York's Central Park loses job

A clip posted on Twitter showing the incident has been viewed millions of times.

Twitter adds fact-check warning to election posts by Donald Trump

Trump claimed postal voting would be “fraudulent” and that “mail boxes will be robbed”.

# us - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Four Minneapolis police officers fired after death of black man shown pinned down in video

A video showed George Floyd pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck.

# us - Friday 22 May, 2020

'I had one on before': Trump avoids wearing mask during tour of Ford factory despite company policy

Company chairman Bill Ford said that he had encouraged Trump to wear a mask when he arrived at the factory.

# us - Thursday 21 May, 2020

US publishes scathing report on China, and threatens to 'increase public pressure'

The White House has published a 20-page report giving out about China.

# us - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Johnson and Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada — but not in Ireland

Talc powder sales have fallen dramatically due to misinformation, the company said.

# us - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Donald Trump threatens to permanently stop funding World Health Organisation over Covid-19 response

The move comes after weeks of finger-pointing between the US and China over the pandemic.

# us - Monday 18 May, 2020

Huawei says its survival is at stake after latest US restrictions

The Chinese company has hit out at the “pernicious” attack against it.

# us - Sunday 17 May, 2020

11 firefighters injured in explosion at hash oil factory in Los Angeles US

11 firefighters injured in explosion at hash oil factory in Los Angeles

The significant explosion” occurred at around 6.30pm local time on Saturday.

'A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge': Obama hits out at US response to Covid-19

He made the remarks during a livestreaming event for historically black colleges and universities.

# us - Saturday 16 May, 2020

Trump sacks State Department inspector general who recently began investigating Mike Pompeo

No reason was given for the dismissal of Steve Linick from his job.

# us - Friday 15 May, 2020

US doctors warned about inflammatory disease in children linked to Covid-19

The condition was first reported in Europe several weeks ago.

# us - Thursday 14 May, 2020

US claims Chinese hackers have tried to steal information about Covid-19 vaccines

The warning has added to the battle between the US and China over the outbreak.

'Unacceptable': Trump hits out at warning by top diseases expert to lift Covid-19 restrictions slowly

Trump has accused Anthony Fauci of wanting “to play all sides of the equation”.

# us - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Spain's 'oldest living person' survives coronavirus at the age of 113

Maria Branyas’ daughter said her mother was “in shape, wanting to talk, to explain, to reflect, she has become herself again”.

# us - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Democrats work towards holding virtual convention for Joe Biden’s nomination

The convention is due to take place in August.

Top expert warns of 'serious' consequences if US reopens too fast

Dr Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel the federal government has developed guidelines for local jurisdictions on how to safely reopen activities.

# us - Sunday 10 May, 2020

White House defends reopening economy despite death warnings

Meanwhile, a medical expert dismissed Donald Trump’s claim that Covid-19 will “go away” without a vaccine.

# us - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Joe Biden calls for inquiry into death of jogger who was shot as alleged footage emerges on social media

Alleged footage of the incident, taken from within another vehicle, has emerged across social media.

# us - Monday 4 May, 2020

Simon Harris defends Irish-based American pharmaceuticals following Trump criticism

US President Donald Trump made a pledge to bring Irish-based US pharmaceutical companies back to the US.

# us - Friday 1 May, 2020

Armed protesters enter Michigan parliament building to demand end to lockdown US

Armed protesters enter Michigan parliament building to demand end to lockdown

The men demanded the Democratic governor lift strict coronavirus lockdown orders.