A medical examiner in Atlanta, Georgia, has declared the death of an African-American man to be homicide after he was shot in an encounter with police. Rayshard Brooks died while fleeing from two white police officers in a restaurant car park late on Friday. Atlanta’s police chief quit and the police officer suspected of shooting Mr Brooks was fired.
A former U.S. marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying was sentenced Monday to 16 years in jail, according to state media reports and the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in the Russian capital at the end of December 2018. He was accused of espionage, a charge he denies.
China reported its highest daily rise in new coronavirus cases for two months Sunday as parts of the capital, Beijing, remained under lockdown following an outbreak at a wholesale market. Health officials reported 57 new cases less than 24 hours after one district put itself on a “wartime” footing Saturday following a cluster of around 50 infections at the Xinfadi market.
France and Germany became the latest European countries to reopen their borders as the continent emerges from its three-month Covid-19 lockdown. Speaking on Sunday evening, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, said the country’s Schengen borders would be open from Monday and its non-EU borders from 1 July. He said that while France could be proud of its response to the pandemic, it needed to reflect on the crisis.
More than 100 people were arrested in London on Saturday after violence broke out as far-right groups targeted anti-racism Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations. The offenses as of 9 p.m. included violent disorder, assault on officers, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of class A drugs, and drunken disorder, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a tweet. Far-right groups bombarded police with bottles as they staged a counter-protest in central London.