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Rank and file police in California Thursday said they condemn the actions of Minnesota officers involved in the death of George Floyd. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Who is condemning the rioters?
The mayor of Minneapolis imposed a citywide 8 p.m. curfew starting Friday night following three nights of destructive protests in the city over the death of George Floyd. The curfew will bar people from all traveling in all public spaces, including streets in the city, according to the order signed by mayor Jacob Frey. Violators... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Mayor should be fired for his lack of leadership in protecting life and property.
Critics pointed to the president’s and the attorney general’s full-throated support for the police and the department’s inaction on systemic policing issues. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The truth will be made known.

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Shaken and angry, Minneapolis' telegenic young mayor stood in front of television cameras over and over this week - first to decry the police killing of George Floyd, and on Friday to impose a curfew as parts of his city burned in ongoing protests. Rueters
VOA VIEW: A fool!
U.S. President Donald Trump's former adviser Michael Flynn asked Russia's ambassador to help avoid an escalation in diplomatic sanctions during a call between Trump's election and inauguration, a transcript released on Friday showed. Rueters
VOA VIEW: The Truth if finally coming out.
North Korea on Saturday expressed its support for China's decision to impose new national security laws in Hong Kong, calling it a "legitimate step" to safeguard the state security. Rueters
VOA VIEW: NK is mad.
U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday after President Donald Trump announced measures against China in response to new security legislation that were less threatening to the U.S. economy than investors had feared. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Good!
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he had spoken with the family of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck in a killing that triggered three days of violent protests in Minneapolis. Rueters
Twitter appears to be pivoting toward a more proactive editorial stance with moves to fact check and partially block recent President Trump tweets.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Twitter will have to change its policies.

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President Trump said Friday he's optimistic about the path forward for the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing an accelerated push for a vaccine and declining transmission after a month-plus of shutdown orders. Mr. Trump desperately wants to get America back up and running, though acknowledged "we have now a ... Washington Times
President Trump spoke on Friday to the family of George Floyd, the black Minnesota man killed in an encounter with a white police officer, and said he has directed the Justice Department to expedite a probe of his death. "It should never be allowed to happen, a thing like that," ... Washington Times
The Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck ABC
VOA VIEW: Left reporting.
SpaceX is taking a second shot at launching astronauts, but rain and storm clouds are threatening more delays ABC

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Hong Kong has been living on borrowed time ever since the British made it a colony nearly 180 years ago ABC
VOA VIEW: China is destroying HK.
The president avoided questions from reporters in what the White House billed as a news conference. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's about time.
Derek Chauvin, the former officer, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, an official said. CBS
VOA VIEW: Manslaughter is the right call.

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Announcement comes as many local leaders in upstate New York regions are expressing frustration because Cuomo delayed Phase 2 reopening. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media platforms' legal protections. The move came after Twitter started labeling his tweets with fact-checks, and on Friday it flagging a Trump tweet for "glorifying violence." CBS
VOA VIEW: Long needed.
Cruz alleges the company is violating U.S. sanctions against Iran by allowing Iranian leaders to have social media accounts. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
"This guidance is not intended to infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," the new guidance says. CNBC
West Texas Intermediate gained more than 80% in May for its best month on record, but some are warning that the rally may be overdone. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A major jump in price.

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The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs, according to the police department. CNN
VOA VIEW: The big question is good or bad complaints.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was "never blind" to the early spread of the coronavirus in the United States, the agency's director, Dr. Robert Redfield, told reporters on Friday. CNN
VOA VIEW: The CDC was not like WHO.
A Republican mayor from Mississippi is resisting calls to resign following a series of tweets where he claimed he "didn't see anything unreasonable" about the brutal death of George Floyd, a  unarmed black man, at the hands of a white police officer who kneeled on his neck until he could not breathe anymore. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Questionable!

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Chicago churches claimed "victory" Thursday when Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker lifted the restrictions on houses of worship, after Mayor Lori Lightfoot fined churches for defying orders. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Scared and wrong.
Hong Kong told the United States to keep out of the debate over national security legislation being imposed by China, and warned that withdrawal of the financial hub's special status under U.S. law could backfire on the U.S. economy. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China is at fault.
Britain is prepared to offer extended visa rights and a pathway to citizenship for almost 3 million Hong Kong residents in response to China's push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony. Reuters
Seeking to deter further shipments of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, the Trump administration has quietly warned foreign governments, seaports, shipping companies and insurers that they could face stiff U.S. sanctions if they aid the tanker flotilla, the U.S. envoy on Venezuela told Reuters on Friday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: A good move.
Japanese automaker Nissan Motor announced Thursday that it plans to pull out from South Korea at the end of 2020, 16 years after it entered the country in 2004. UPI
VOA VIEW: SK has been riding the fence.
North Korea slammed a joint advisory from the U.S. government regarding Pyongyang's "malicious cyberactivities" issued last month, calling the alert a "scheme" of the United States. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is causing their own demise.

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     The so-called proxy vote is not legal.  The House of Representatives condemned China’s treatment of Muslim Uyghur minorities on Wednesday with dozens of lawmakers voting by proxy for the first time in history. Democrats authorized proxy voting this month due to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing it was a wise move to protect the health of members. Republicans oppose the reform and are suing to have it ruled unconstitutional. Although the legislation is likely to further sour relations between the US and China, it was uncontroversial among lawmakers, passing 413-1. It passed the Senate unanimously this month.

     The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act authorizes the Trump administration to sanction Chinese officials responsible for censorship or detaining large numbers of Uyghurs in western China in what the Chinese government claims is an antiterrorism campaign. Republicans supported the bill authored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) despite warning that they believe any legislation passed using proxy votes ultimately will be struck down by a Supreme Court decision. “For more than 231 years, never have we seen a proxy vote on the floor of the House,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday morning. “Whatever the Democrats move forward will probably never be held up to be law.”

     Before lawmakers voted, McCarthy noted that 71 Democrats sent letters to the Clerk of the House authorizing lawmakers to vote for them, whereas just 12 Democrats missed a vote this month on a doomed $3 trillion coronavirus package. Four New York Democrats voted by proxy: Reps. Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Jose Serrano and Paul Tonko. Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat who represents Queens, removed her mask at a lectern as she announced that she was voting in favor of the bill on behalf of Lowey, Serrano and Tonko.