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Trump Deletes Video of Man Shouting 'White Power' as White House Claims He 'Did Not Hear' Slur

Congo’s Government Threatens to Quit Amid Fight over Judiciary

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Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga threatened his government’s resignation after the justice minister was briefly arrested in a dispute about a proposed law that could affect the independence of the country’s judicial system.

Justice Minister Celestin Tunda Ya Kasende was detained by police on Saturday and released after questioning. Tunda is an ally of Ilunga and former President Joseph Kabila and is in a coalition government with supporters of current President Felix Tshisekedi. Kabila’s allies control most of the government’s ministries and both chambers of parliament.

“This serious and unprecedented incident is of a nature that will weaken the stability and the harmonious functioning of institutions, and provoke the government’s resignation,” Ilunga said in a statement published on his office’s website on Sunday.

Congo’s parliament is considering a proposal that could give the justice ministry more oversight over the country’s judiciary. The measure has led to demonstrations by Tshisekedi’s supporters and was criticized last week in a joint statement by the U.S., U.K., and Canadian embassies as having the potential “to undermine an independent judiciary.”

Tshisekedi’s spokesman declined to comment on the minister’s detention.

Fed adds bonds of major firms to portfolio

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve added $428 million in bonds of individual companies through mid-June, making investments in familiar household names like Walmart and AT&T as well as a utility subsidiary of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway holding company.

The bond purchases are the first direct moves by the Fed to buy the bonds of individual companies under new programs set up to nurse the economy through the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed also added $5.3 billion corporate bond exchange traded funds.

Man fatally shot following suspected fight in Denver near Park Avenue West

A man shot Saturday night in the 3600 block of Park Avenue West in Denver has died of his injuries, police said.

Denver police said in a tweet around 10:45 p.m. Saturday that an adult male shooting victim was transported to a hospital. Sunday morning, they followed up by saying the victim had been pronounced dead, and the case is now a homicide investigation.

Police believe the incident started as a fight, according to a tweet. Two other adult males were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

No arrests have been made, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.

WATCH: Rockies vs. Twins in MLB The Show 20, June 28, 2020

With the start of the Major League Baseball season postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we here at The Denver Post took a look at how the Rockies would fare in MLB The Show 20 on PlayStation 4. We will have a story for every game that had been scheduled until real-life baseball returns. Here’s a look at the virtual Rockies’ preseason preview. Entering Sunday’s game, the Rockies were 55-27.

The Rockies and Twins play the second of their three-game series on Sunday. The live stream will begin at 3 p.m. MT.

Mobile users, if you can’t see the video, tap here.

UAE's ADNOC to cut August crude nominations by 5% -source

DUBAI, June 28 (Reuters) – State-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will cut its crude oil nominations to its customers for August, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in line with OPEC+ pact to reduce oil supplies.

Nominations for all crude grades – Murban, Upper Zakum, Das and Umm Lulu – will be cut by 5% each, the source said. (Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Alison Williams)

U.K.’s Top Civil Servant Steps Down Amid Reports of Rift

Britain’s most senior civil servant announced he is stepping down in September, ending speculation over his future.

The departure of Mark Sedwill as cabinet secretary, national security adviser and head of the civil service follows reports of tensions with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings, who has been pressing for a wider shake-up of the civil service.

Sedwill is being replaced as national security adviser by David Frost, Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator.

In his letter to Johnson, Sedwill said it was right to be going now that the acute phase of the Civid-19 crisis was over.

“The government’s focus is now shifting to domestic and global recovery and renewal,” he wrote.

Trump Deletes Video of Man Shouting 'White Power' as White House Claims He 'Did Not Hear' Slur



The backlash over the video comes as Trump's disapproval hit a high this week, according to a new poll from NPR, PBS Newshour and Marist. The poll shows that his approval at 40 percent overall and a 58 percent disapproval rating — and that 49 percent of voters "strongly disapprove" of "the job Trump is doing."

In addition to facing criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the majority of states are now reporting increases in cases, Trump has also been accused of worsening racial tensions in America.

In a poll conducted earlier this month by NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist, two-thirds of Americans said they believed that the president had increased racial tensions.

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