The United States on Monday rejected China’s claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, drawing criticism from China which said the U.S. position raised tension in the region, highlighting an increasingly testy relationship. The United States has long opposed China’s expansive territorial claims on the South China Sea, sending warships regularly through the strategic waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation there.
The new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization warned on Monday. “There will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future … There is a lot to be concerned about,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from the U.N. agency’s headquarters in Geneva.
The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for the first executions of federal prisoners in 17 years. Several executions were delayed after a judge ruled on Monday that there were still unresolved legal challenges against the justice department. The condemned prisoners have argued that lethal injections constitute “cruel and unusual punishments”. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 that “executions may proceed as planned”.
The owner of Washington’s NFL team had vowed this day would never come, but in the face of calls for racial justice and a threatened loss of sponsors, the team on Monday said it’s dropping the name “Redskins,” which many see as a slur against Native Americans. The team, in a statement, said it “will be retiring the redskins name and logo” after 87 years.
France’s traditional Bastille Day celebrations have been transformed to pay tribute to heroes of the coronavirus crisis. Doctors, nurses, paramedics and supermarket workers are all being honoured on Tuesday as part of the country’s biggest national holiday. This year, however, marching band members wore masks and stood further apart than usual to maintain social distancing.