George Floyd’s family marches to mark first anniversary of his death

Relatives of George Floyd, the African-American whose death triggered protests against racism and police brutality across the United States and around the world, gathered on Sunday in a rally to mark the first anniversary of his death. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes on MayContinue reading “George Floyd’s family marches to mark first anniversary of his death”

Indians angered as Modi plans opulent official mansion while misery sweeps country

Prime minister called out for his misplaced priorities during the pandemic Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a furor after announcing a plan to build a multibillion-dollar official residence as the pandemic claims a record number of lives. The country, reeling since late March under a second wave of Covid-19, has a poorly funded healthcareContinue reading “Indians angered as Modi plans opulent official mansion while misery sweeps country”

India Covid: Opposition calls for full national lockdown

India’s main opposition party has called for a full national lockdown, shortly after the country passed more than 20 million Covid-19 infections. There has been a “virtual collapse of health services” and a lockdown is needed to “break the chain”, a spokesman for the Congress party said. The prime minister is resisting the move dueContinue reading “India Covid: Opposition calls for full national lockdown”

India reports record new cases and fatalities, official Covid death toll surpasses 200,000

Government data showed at least another 3,293 people died, while overall cases also rose by a record 360,960 reported infections. Experts fear that a mutated variant of the coronavirus may be responsible for the dramatic surge in India’s second wave. The Indian government faces mounting criticism for letting large crowds gather, mostly without masks, forContinue reading “India reports record new cases and fatalities, official Covid death toll surpasses 200,000”

India: Thousands join Hindu festival ritual bath as COVID surges

Hundreds of thousands flock to take a holy dip in Ganges river even as the nation racks up world’s highest tally of new daily coronavirus cases. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees have gathered by the Ganges river for special prayers, many of them flouting social distancing practices as the coronavirus spreads in India with recordContinue reading “India: Thousands join Hindu festival ritual bath as COVID surges”

‘White Lives Matter’ rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up

The poor turnout underscores how the nation’s unpopular and disorganized extremist movements have been driven underground. In semi-private, encrypted chats, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists planned rallies in dozens of cities on Sunday to promote their racist movements and spread their ideologies to larger audiences.  Hyped by organizers as events that would make “the wholeContinue reading “‘White Lives Matter’ rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up”

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