ROME – Italy’s Uffizi gallery said on Thursday it was planning to pick out nine of its masterpieces for a project to highlight the part that Black people and culture played in the Renaissance. Under the “Black Presence” initiative, images of works including Cristofano dell’Altissimo’s “Portrait of the King of Abyssinia” will be posted online from this weekend for a series of discussions and other events. “The idea is also to offer food for thought…"Uffizi masterpieces show Black culture’s role in the Renaissance"
NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $266 million (£213 million) during the second quarter, including $131 million in June, a joint committee said on Wednesday. The committee’s fundraising numbers suggest the Trump campaign is still increasing its re-election war chest despite the health and economic damage done by the novel coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against racism that have deeply disrupted American life and hurt the president…"Trump’s re-election campaign says it raises $266 million in second quarter"
– Hong Kong’s BOC Aviation said on Tuesday it had cancelled an order for 30 of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX planes, the model that was involved in two fatal crashes. The aircraft lessor will also defer the delivery of some other Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts, it added."Hong Kong’s BOC Aviation cancels 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft orders"
– Mississippi lawmakers have voted to remove a symbol of the pro-slavery Confederacy from the Deep South state’s flag, the latest symbol of racism to come down amid outrage at the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minnesota. Both houses of the legislature voted this weekend to remove the symbol and appoint a panel to design a new flag, according to media reports. The state’s Republican Governor, Tate Reeves, said Saturday that…"Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate emblem from state flag"
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was never briefed about Russian efforts to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, blasting a New York Times report that he had been told about the rewards but had not acted to respond to Moscow. The White House on Saturday also denied that Trump was briefed on U.S. intelligence regarding the affair but it did not address the merits of the…"Trump denies being told about Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan"
BARCELONA – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wore a mask and avoided shaking hands with supporters at a political rally on Sunday as the coronavirus pandemic prompted changes to campaigning ahead of regional elections. Polls in the Basque Country and Galicia on July 12 will be the first since Spain went into lockdown in March. Restrictions were eased on June 21, and Spaniards have been adapting to social distancing and precautionary measures in everyday life.…"Spanish airline Iberia will downsize due to coronavirus: CEO"
BARCELONA – Spanish airline Iberia will reduce the size of its fleet, the number of destinations it flies to and how frequently as the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag on demand, its chief executive officer said in a newspaper interview. Luis Gallego also told El Pais that Iberia, part of International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG.L), wants to extend a temporary layoff scheme for workers, known as ERTE, until December. “In Iberia, we will be smaller,…"Spanish airline Iberia will downsize due to coronavirus: CEO"
NEW DELHI – India reported over 17,000 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s total above 500,000, federal health ministry data showed on Saturday, with infections surging in major cities including the capital New Delhi. India has the world’s fourth-biggest outbreak of the virus that causes COVID-19, below only the United States, Brazil and Russia in confirmed infections, according to a tally. Infections are expected to continue rising steadily in India.…"Coronavirus cases in India cross 500,000 as big cities reel from surge"
GENEVA – A French artist has painted a large biodegradable fresco on the lawn of the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva, marking Friday’s 75th anniversary of its founding. Saype, who was born Guillaume Legros, created the “World In Progress” fresco to remind present generations of their duty to the future and to nature. It depicts two children kneeling in a circle surrounded by animals, as they draw a tree. “Through children one can express…"Biodegradable grass fresco in Geneva marks U.N.’s 75th anniversary"
PARIS – France’s Louvre Museum is getting ready to reopen almost four months after COVID-19 forced it to close, but visitors will find one feature missing: the heaving crowd jostling to get a view of the “Mona Lisa”. With many foreign tourists not expected back for months, and strict social distancing measures in place, the post-outbreak Louvre that opens on July 6 is likely to be a more serene experience than usual. Workers this week…"Louvre Museum prepares to reopen, minus the Mona Lisa melee"