Four Minneapolis policemen fired after death of unarmed black man

UNTV News   •   May 27, 2020   •   336

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday (May 26), a day after a bystander’s cell phone video captured one of them kneeling on the neck of an unarmed black man who later died in a hospital, the city’s mayor said.

A video of the Monday evening incident showed an officer pressing his knee into the neck of the man who was later identified as George Floyd, according to Mayor Jacob Frey.

Frey later announced on Twitter that the four responding officers involved in the apprehension of Floyd were terminated.

“This is the right call,” he wrote.

A series of police-involved shootings and killings of black men in recent years have triggered mass protests across the country and led to the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has demanded an end to an unjustified use of lethal force in minority communities.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

The department said police officers responded to a call at 8 p.m. local time about a forgery in progress. The officers found the suspect, Floyd, aged in his 40s, in a car, it added.

After he exited the car, a physical altercation between the officers and Floyd ensued. When they handcuffed him, Floyd appeared to be in medical distress.

An ambulance took the suspect to the hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

No weapons were involved and no police were hurt in the incident, according to police. (Reuters)

Trump issues tough response to China’s treatment of Hong Kong

UNTV News   •   July 15, 2020

President Donald Trump, hardening his stance on China as he struggles to contain the coronavirus, said on Tuesday (July 14) that he signed a legislation and an executive order to hold China accountable for the “oppressive” national security law it imposed on Hong Kong.

Acting on a Tuesday deadline, Trump signed a bill approved by the U.S. Congress to penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing’s new national security law in Hong Kong.

He said he also signed an executive order aimed at further punishing China for what he called its “oppressive actions” against Hong Kong.

It will end the preferential economic treatment Hong Kong has received for years – “no special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies,” Trump told a news conference.

“Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China,” he said.

Taken together, the actions represented a further plunging of U.S. relations with China already strained over the global pandemic, China’s military buildup in the South China Sea, its treatment of Uighur Muslims and massive trade surpluses.

According to a White House fact sheet, the executive order includes revoking special treatment for Hong Kong passport holders.

The former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a law protecting freedoms of speech, assembly and the press until 2047.

The legislation Trump signed calls for sanctions on Chinese officials and others who help violate Hong Kong’s autonomy, and financial institutions that do business with those found to have participated in any crackdown on the city. (Reuters)

China firmly opposes US signing Hong Kong-related act into law

UNTV News   •   July 15, 2020

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns the U.S. move of signing the so-called “Hong Kong Autonomy Act” into law, said a statement released on the foreign ministry’s website Wednesday.

The U.S. vicious move of slandering the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and imposing sanctions has violated the international law and the basic norms governing international relations and is a gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns it, said the statement.

The enactment and implementation of the Law is completely in compliance with China’s Constitution and the Basic Law, ensuring sustained and steady progress of the principle of “one country, two systems” as an institutional and legal guarantee. It can safeguard China’s national sovereignty, safety and interests, as well as long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, therefore the law has been endorsed and supported by all Chinese people including our compatriots from Hong Kong, said the statement.

Hong Kong is China’s special administrative region and its affairs are entirely China’s internal affairs. No foreign country has the right to interfere.

China will make necessary responses to protect its legitimate interests, and impose sanctions on relevant personnel and entities of the United States, said the statement.

The U.S. vicious move of signing the so-called “Hong Kong Autonomy Act” into law will lead nowhere, said the statement.

To safeguard China’s legitimate interests, the Chinese side has made necessary response and sanctioned relevant U.S. personnel and entities.

The statement pointed out that China urged the U.S. side to correct its mistake as soon as possible, stop its move of signing the so-called act into law and interfering in China’s internal affairs, including Hong Kong affairs.

China will definitely give a firm response if the United States clings obstinately to the wrong course, said the statement. (Reuters)

U.S. gov’t rescinds controversial rule on int’l students: federal judge

UNTV News   •   July 15, 2020

The U.S. government will rescind a new rule that could have denied international students their stay in the country if they only attend online courses in the coming fall semester, a federal judge in Boston, Massachusetts said Tuesday.

The ruling was issued on July 6 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stating that international students will have to take in-person classes to qualify for a visa, otherwise they will have to leave the country. The Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) then initiated lawsuits against the Trump administration on related issues.

The judge Allison D. Burroughs attended an online hearing together with lawyers from Harvard University, MIT and the government. She said that the agreement reached between the universities and the government would cause the July 6 ruling to be rescinded nationwide. (Reuters)

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