President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday on police reform that bans choke holds “unless an officer’s life is at risk,” increases federal oversight of police departments and encourages departments to move toward better practices on use of force, though the order falls short of what activists are pushing for and ties its mandates to incentives.
North Korea on Tuesday bombed an inter-Korean liaison office in a town on the border with South Korea in an escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea’s vice unification minister, Suh Ho, who co-headed the liaison office, said the bombing was “unprecedented in inter-Korean relations,” calling it “a nonsensical act that should have not happened.”
India’s prime minister has promised a “fitting reply” to China following the death of 20 Indian army soldiers in violent clashes on the Himalayan border. “India wants peace but when provoked, it is capable of giving a fitting reply be it any kind of situation” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on national television, referring to the clashes.
The widely available steroid drug dexamethasone may be key in helping to treat the sickest Covid-19 patients who require ventilation or oxygen, according to researchers in the United Kingdom. Their findings are preliminary, still being compiled and have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal — but some not involved with the study called the results a breakthrough.
Millions of people in Beijing are living under renewed restrictions, as a spike in virus cases continues. The city reported another 31 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 137 in the past week. Before the recent spike, the Chinese capital had gone 57 days without a locally-transmitted case. The outbreak is believed to have started in the massive Xinfandi food market that supplies 80% of the city’s meat and vegetables.