As Annexation Looms, Israeli Experts Warn of Security Risks

Unilaterally taking territory the Palestinians have counted on for a state could cement Benjamin Netanyahu’s legacy. It could also destabilize the region.A Palestinian protest against Israeli annexation in the Jordan Valley. Israel may annex up to 30 percent of the occupied West Bank as soon as July 1.Credit…Majdi Mohammed/Associated PressJune 19, 2020Updated 3:38 p.m. ETJERUSALEM…Continue Reading

Is the pandemic getting worse in the US?

The news in the US has been dominated by anti-racism protests for the past couple of weeks, but coronavirus is now back in the headlines.Several states have seen a record number of cases in recent days, leading to fears that the country is experiencing a second wave of infections. But Vice-President Mike Pence said those…Continue Reading

Bandcamp Pledges to Donate Its Share of Music Sales to NAACP

Courtesy of Bandcamp Online music service Bandcamp is celebrating Juneteenth and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement by donating 100 percent of its music sale profits to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. According to NPR, Bandcamp usually collects 15 percent of digital music sales and 10 percent of the sales from physical products. “We stand with those rightfully…Continue Reading

Trump’s Oklahoma rally can go ahead, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trump supporters have begun camping outside the arena Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has ruled that President Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday in Tulsa, his first since March, can go ahead.A lawsuit to stop the 20 June event over concerns that it could increase the spread of Covid-19 in the community…Continue Reading

Officer to be fired over Breonna Taylor shooting

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Breonna Taylor, 26, was a decorated emergency medical technician A policeman involved in the killing of an African-American woman in the US state of Kentucky will be fired, Louisville city officials have said.Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot when officers entered her flat on 13 March during a drugs investigation.Mayor Greg…Continue Reading

Katie Hopkins permanently suspended from Twitter

Image copyright Getty Images Controversial commentator Katie Hopkins has been permanently suspended from Twitter for violating its hateful conduct policy, the social media giant said.Ms Hopkins, who had more than one million followers, was previously suspended in January for a week.But Twitter said her latest ban is permanent.The social network did not, however, say which…Continue Reading

New York City declares Juneteenth official holiday

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption’A celebration of life. A celebration of freedom’: What you need to know about JuneteenthNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that Juneteenth – the 19 June date which marks the end of US slavery – will become an official holiday.It comes as millions of…Continue Reading

US media independence fears as network heads fired

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The director and deputy director of Voice of America also resigned on Monday The new chief of the US federal media agency, a Trump-appointee, has sacked three senior officials, raising fears that networks will be politicised.Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker and former associate of ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon,…Continue Reading

Malala completes Oxford University exams

Image copyright @MALALA Image caption Malala Yousafzai said her current plans were ‘Netflix, reading and sleep’ Human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai has expressed her “joy and gratitude” after finishing her final exams at Oxford University. The 22-year-old, who survived a shot to the head by Taliban soldiers, studied politics, philosophy, and economics.Tweeting earlier, she said:…Continue Reading

Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian Holm dies aged 88

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Sir Ian was Oscar-nominated for Chariots of Fire Stage and film actor Sir Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings films, has died aged 88.Sir Ian, Oscar-nominated as Olympic running coach Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, also played the android Ash in 1979’s…Continue Reading