BERLIN -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend the G7 summit in Washington due to the coronavirus pandemic, the German Press Agency reported Saturday, citing government spokesperson Steffen Seibert.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on May 20 that he was aiming for a real G7 summit in Washington in late June as a sign of normalization after the outbreak of the pandemic. (Germany-Merkel-G7)
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JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian man, spotted with a suspicious object in the Old City of Jerusalem, was shot dead during a police chase, the Israeli police said Saturday.
The incident occurred in the area of the Lions' Gate in the eastern part of the Old City walls. (Israel-Palestinian-Shooting)
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WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers on Friday said they are expanding their investigation into the firing of State Department Inspector General (IG) Steve Linick.
"We are aware that Mr. Linick's office was working on at least two investigations that touched directly on Secretary Pompeo's actions at the time that Secretary Pompeo recommended that the president fire him," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a joint statement. (US-Democrats-IG)
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LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Friday night, clashing with police, during a third day of demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd.
Protesters marched in the streets, shouting slogans such as "I can't breathe" to express their anger over the killing of the unarmed Minnesota black man by police. (US-LA-Protest)
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UNITED NATIONS -- On May 28, the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) of China adopted the "Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security." The United States and the United Kingdom, for their own political purposes, have been making unwarranted comments, interfering and obstructing, and attempted to push for an open video conference in the UN Security Council. China expressed strong opposition, and the vast majority of the Council members did not support the U.S. proposal, believing that the Hong Kong-related issues were China's internal affairs and had nothing to do with the mandates of the Security Council. The Security Council rejected the unreasonable request of the U.S., and its attempt failed. (UN-Security Council-Hong Kong)