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Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' will be larger than usual this summer, scientists predict

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico will be larger than usual this summer, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted on Wednesday (June 3). The dead zone, an area of the northern Gulf of Mexico with low oxygen levels that appears every summer, is produced by nutrients […]

George Floyd's family speaks out about his death at press conference

Minneapolis – George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd, and her mother, Roxie Washington, 38, attended a press conference on Tuesday (June 2) demanding justice for the 46-year-old’s death. Mr Floyd was killed last week after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck while making an arrest. Mr Floyd’s […]

Another US man who said 'I can't breathe' died in custody; an autopsy calls it homicide

SEATTLE (NYTIMES) – A black man who called out “I can’t breathe” before dying in police custody in Tacoma, Washington, was killed as a result of oxygen deprivation and the physical restraint that was used on him, according to details of a medical examiner’s report released on Wednesday (June 3). The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s […]

Genes may leave some people more vulnerable to severe Covid-19

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – Why do some people infected with the coronavirus suffer only mild symptoms, while others become deathly ill? Geneticists have been scouring our DNA for clues. Now, a study by European scientists is the first to document a strong statistical link between genetic variations and Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. […]

Fired US State Department watchdog confirms probe of Saudi arms

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – A US State Department inspector general abruptly fired by President Donald Trump last month confirmed on Wednesday (June 3) that he was investigating the declaration of a “national emergency” to justify arms sales to Saudi Arabia when he was dismissed, members of the US Congress said. The inspector general, Mr Steve Linick, […]

Amazon workers sue over virus brought home from warehouse

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) – A group of Inc. warehouse employees sued the online retail giant, claiming its working conditions put not only them at risk of contracting the coronavirus but also their family members, including one who died. Barbara Chandler, one of three workers who filed a lawsuit on Wednesday (June 3) in New […]

Trump not considering sanctions on China's Xi over Hong Kong

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (June 3) he was not considering placing sanctions on Chinese President Xi Jinping personally over Beijing’s push to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong. Mr Trump on Friday ordered his administration to begin the process of eliminating special US treatment for Hong Kong to […]

How many people have been arrested during George Floyd protests?

AP tally finds 9,300 arrests have been made across the US in connection with recent protests against police brutality. More than 9,300 people have been arrested in United States protests since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, according to an Associated Press news agency tally published on Wednesday. According to […]

Alberta overhauls real estate regulator in wake of prior dysfunctional board

Alberta is restructuring its real estate regulator, eight months after the government fired the previous board on the grounds it was irredeemably dysfunctional. “Bill 20 … is the next step in the process to reform the governance of (the board) and to restore the faith of Albertans and the real estate industry in the real […]

Concerns raised over data behind article panning malaria drug

NEW YORK • British medical journal The Lancet has said it had concerns about data behind an influential article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in Covid-19 patients, a conclusion that undercut scientific interest in the medicine championed by US President Donald Trump. Hydroxychloroquine – which has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties – inhibited […]