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FBI To Probe Death of Man Killed During Arrest

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is to investigate the death of a black man in the United State (U.S.) state of Minnesota after a video emerged showing a policeman kneeling on his neck.

In the footage, the man, believed to be in his 40s, is heard groaning and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” to the white officer.

The Minneapolis Police Department said it was responding to a reported crime. The incident echoed that of Eric Garner, a black man who died being arrested in 2014.

Garner was placed in a chokehold and uttering the words “I can’t breathe” nearly a dozen times.

The phrase became a rallying cry for activists protesting alleged police brutality against people of colour in the U.S.

The Minnesota Police admitted that the man in the footage filmed on Monday died after a “medical incident” in a “police interaction”.

He was suspected of committing a forgery, meaning to have been fraudulently altering or making a false reproduction of a product.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey described the incident as “completely and utterly messed up”.

“I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level,” Frey said.

“Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”

It is the latest accusation of U.S. police brutality against African Americans.

Recent high-profile cases include an officer in Maryland, who fatally shot a man inside a patrol car.

Flood Dashes Florida’s Reopening Hope

South Florida residents were unable to enjoy the reopening of restaurants and beaches after two months of coronavirus lockdown , when three straight days of rain Tuesday caused severe flooding in Miami and other coastal cities.

Floridians have received warnings for severe storms , tornadoes and flash floods since Sunday , as streets turned into rivers and electricity flickered.

Images of cars flooded up to their windows have circulated on social media , as well as photos of people kayaking through the streets of Miami .

Some people were even surfing , towed along by a rope attached to an SUV.

“ This is epic . Never had this much rain in 3 consecutive days in 8 years of living here . 10 . 58 ″ and counting… will be over a foot easily , ” tweeted Brian McNoldy, a hurricane and climatology expert at the University of Miami.

As of Tuesday night , there were no reports of damage.

The rain ruined the long Memorial Day weekend and prevented crowds from forming at the recently reopened restaurants and beaches in Broward County , north of Miami , that opened Tuesday.

The weather also puts at risk the launch , planned for Wednesday , of a rocket with two astronauts on board from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, in the center of the state.

Meanwhile , in northeast Florida , another disturbance producing storms has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone , according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 , but this year it was pushed forward by Tropical Storm Arthur , which formed two weeks ago in the Atlantic Ocean and passed by the coast of Florida and the Carolinas .

Brazil’s Daily Death Toll Surpases US

Brazil daily coronavirus deaths has been reported to be higher than fatalities in the United States for the first time over the last 24 hours.

This news is according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Brazil registered 807 deaths over the last 24 hours, whereas 620 died in the United States.

Brazil has the second worst outbreak in the world, with 374,898 cases, behind the U.S. with 1.637 million cases.

Total deaths in the U.S. has reached 97,971, according to Reuters tally compared with Brazil at 23,473.

US Dollar Trails South Africa’s Rand For Eight Weeks

South Africa’s rand raced to its highest in more than eight weeks against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, as optimism about a global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic boosted riskier assets, with investors looking past Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

At 0605 GMT, the rand traded at 17.4700 per dollar, 0.91 per cent firmer than its previous close.

The currency was at its strongest since March 27.

“The optimistic recovery narrative is holding within markets, keeping the dollar subdued and seeing the rand remain on a stable footing following last week’s rally,” Bianca Botes, executive director at Peregrine Treasury Solutions, said in a note.

“While there are looming geopolitical risks, it seems as though markets are currently pushing them onto the back burner, and will likely continue to do so until there is a new escalation or increased threat.”

Remember that, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday a further easing of the country’s lockdown from June 1, allowing the vast majority of the economy to return to full capacity.

US To Sanction Chinese Firms For Human Rights Abuse

The United States Department of Commerce has said on Friday that it would sanction a Chinese government institute and eight companies for human rights abuses against Uighurs and other minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region.

“These nine parties are complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.

The sanctions followed China’s move to impose a national security law to quash the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called a “disastrous proposal.”

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science and Aksu Huafu Textiles Co. will be sanctioned “for engaging in human rights violations and abuses,” while the Commerce Department penalized seven companies for enabling surveillance in Xinjiang.

All nine entities are now subject to restrictions on exports from the US, the Commerce Department said.

Washington has been increasingly active in its criticism of China’s treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and in October blacklisted 28 entities involved in rights violation in the region.

The House of Representatives and Senate need to reconcile similar acts approved last year that would seek sanctions on officials over abuses, and restrict exports of surveillance and other equipment seen as assisting in repression in Xinjiang.

Uighur activists and witnesses say China is seeking to forcibly integrate the ethnic group. Beijing argues that it is offering vocational training in a bid to discourage extremism.

Tensions are also growing between the world’s two largest economies after President Donald Trump accused China of misleading the world on the origins of the coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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