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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 31 May 2020


Police and protestors clash for fifth day in the US

Police and protesters across the US have clashed again on a fifth day of unrest over the death of George Floyd. Governors in several states have called in National Guard troops and demonstrators assembled again outside the White House, where they faced off with shield-carrying police, some mounted on horseback. Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday.


Public health leaders slam Boris Johnson over Cummings

Leading public health leaders and scientists have warned Boris Johnson that trust in the government has been shattered by the Dominic Cummings affair, posing a danger to life as lockdown measures are lifted next week. Meanwhile, an Opinium poll for the Observer shows 81% of people believe Cummings broke the rules, and 68% think he should resign, including 52% of Tories.


Shielded to be allowed out again from Monday

Vulnerable people who have been asked to remain indoors since the coronavirus lockdown began are to be allowed outdoors once a day. Those classed by the government as “extremely clinically vulnerable” will be able to go outside with members of their household or, if they live alone, to meet with one person from another household. “I want to thank everyone who has followed the shielding guidance,” said the PM.


SpaceX launches astronauts into space from Florida

A SpaceX spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts has flown into outer space— the first time humans have travelled into Earth's orbit from US soil in nearly a decade. Douglas Hurley and Robert Behken will now orbit the Earth for around 19 hours before docking with the International Space Station on Sunday afternoon. President Donald Trump flew down to Florida to observe the launch.


Sunak plans emergency budget amid fear for economy

Rishi Sunak is planning an emergency budget in an effort to save the economy. The chancellor will put millions of furloughed workers in the centre of his statement, which is pencilled in for July 6. He has pressed the prime minister to open up the economy, reportedly telling MPs: “If we don’t get hospitality open, two million jobs will go by this summer.”


Michel Barnier warns Boris Johnson over Brexit negotiations

The EU’s chief negotiator has warned Boris Johnson that he must keep his promises or face a no-deal Brexit. Michel Barnier says the prime minister has gone back on commitments made in the political declaration. Negotiations have reached a stalemate amid a feeling in Brussels that the UK government is stepping back from the agreements in the political declaration.


Unarmed Palestinian killed by Israeli police in Jerusalem

An unarmed Palestinian man was shot and killed by police at one of the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday. Israeli police claim that officers believed the man had a gun. Family named the man as 32-year-old Eyad Rawhi Al-Halaq from the Wadi Al-Joz area of Jerusalem. They say he had autism, and the mental age of a six-year-old.


Girl dies in Algeria during faith healing session

A 10-year-old girl who died in eastern Algeria while undergoing faith healing appeared to suffer “blows and burns”, according to a prosecutor. A 28-year-old man was arrested on Thursday after the death of the girl who was reportedly abused during a ruqya faith healing. Practitioners say the process is performed with the aim of treating the sick, driving out a demon, providing protection from the evil eye or curing infertility.


Four are injured jumping off cliffs in Dorset

Four people have been seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea at a beach in Dorset. Police and air ambulances were sent to the scene at Durdle Door after people were jumping from the iconic arch at the site. Videos on social media showed people climbing and making the leap from the 200ft rocks in what was suspected to be cases of “tombstoning”.


Prince Andrew not expected to return to public life

Prince Andrew will not resume official duties after he stepped back from public life last year “for the foreseeable future”, according to The Sunday Times. After he withdrew six months ago following a disastrous television interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, he is now said to have “no plans to review” his position and the Queen is thought to be resigned to his permanent removal from public life.

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