Ex-US Defence Secretary James Mattis has denounced President Donald Trump, saying he deliberately stokes division. He said he was “angry and appalled” by Mr Trump’s handling of ongoing protests over the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of police. Mr Mattis berated Mr Trump’s “abuse of authority” – and backed protesters seeking to uphold American values, as did ex-President Barack Obama.
Three police officers present when their colleague knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes are to face charges. Prosecutors have also upgraded the charges against the main officer involved, Derek Chauvin, to second-degree murder. He had initially been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over Mr Floyd’s death, which has triggered protests across the US and around the world.
A school security guard wounded at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The motive wasn’t known. The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have blamed largely on people bearing grudges or who had unidentified mental illnesses.
Snapchat (SNAP) will no longer promote President Donald Trump’s account on its platform in the wake of his controversial comments on ongoing protests across the US, the company announced Wednesday. Trump’s account is regularly spotlighted in Snapchat’s “Discover” feature, which also highlights content from celebrities and news organizations.
Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in Portugal in 2007 aged just three, is dead, Germany’s prosecutor said on Thursday after identifying an imprisoned German child abuser as a murder suspect. Her disappearance sparked an international search, with missing posters of the little girl’s face papered across the world and celebrity appeals for information that could help track her down and bring her abductors to justice.