– Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic. “If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic,” Gates, a…"Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not ‘highest bidder’"
MOSCOW – Russia on Saturday reported 6,611 new coronavirus cases, taking its nationwide tally of infections to 720,547. The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said 188 people had died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 11,205. Russia said 497,446 people have recovered from the virus."Russia reports 6,611 new coronavirus infections"
ANKARA – Turkey’s parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say the judiciary is already in disarray. Thousands of lawyers have protested in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities against the plan, saying it aims to silence some of the few institutions still speaking out against the government’s record on rule of law and human…"Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law"
The Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes participated in a brief Black Lives Matter display before the start of Friday night’s MLS is Back Tournament game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Players and coaches from both teams wore Black Lives Matters T-shirts, with the team captains featuring the letters BLM on their armbands. Players from both teams knelt before the opening kickoff, extending an arm in the air in…"Sounders, Earthquakes hold Black Lives Matter display"
BOGOTA – Colombian capital Bogota will initiate strict, rolling two-week quarantines in certain neighborhoods starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill, the mayor said on Friday. The Andean country has reported just under 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and 4,714 deaths. More than 32% of cases have occurred in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths. “Nobody in Colombia has the same challenge we do,” Mayor…"Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise"
TOKYO – Tokyo officials confirmed 206 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, public broadcaster NHK reported, as Japan’s capital struggles with a resurgence in cases after the government lifted a state of emergency. The total marks the third straight day of more than 200 cases and follows a record high of 243 new cases reported on Friday. Coronavirus cases have surged particularly in Tokyo’s Kabukicho red-light district."Tokyo confirms 206 new cases of coronavirus infections – NHK"
NEW DELHI – The Indian economy’s medium-term outlook remains uncertain even though the country has started re-opening after over two months of a nationwide lockdown, as demand and supply shocks due to the coronavirus still loom large, the central bank governor said on Saturday. Policy responses by the central bank appear to have worked so far, but going forward the situation would need even more careful assessment, said Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das."Indian economy’s medium-term outlook remains uncertain – RBI Governor"
– Tropical storm Fay is expected to weaken further as it moves inward and become a post-tropical low pressure system on Saturday and dissipate on Sunday, the U.S National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm made landfall on Friday near Atlantic city, New Jersey, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, according to an earlier bulletin issued by the NHC. Fay was located about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of New York City, with maximum sustained…"Tropical storm Fay to weaken, expected to dissipate on Sunday, NHC says"
A search warrant allegedly indicates that NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar were involved in a cover-up following their arrests for armed robbery stemming from a May 13 incident in Miramar, Fla, according to a New York Daily News report on Friday. According to the Daily News, a warrant obtained as public record from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts cites video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that allegedly show a…"Warrant shows paid cover-up by CBs Baker, Dunbar"
SYDNEY – Australia’s second most-populous state on Saturday reported one of its highest daily increases in new coronavirus infections and warned the numbers would get worse before they got better as it began its first weekend under a six-week lockdown. Victoria state recorded 216 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, down from a record 288 cases the previous day but still one of the biggest daily…"Australia’s Victoria state records another day of high coronavirus infections"