Tribune News Service

International Budget for Monday, June 29, 2020

Updated at 0015 UTC (8:15 p.m. U.S. EDT).

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^Global COVID-19 cases hit 10 million as pandemic gains momentum<

CORONAVIRUS:BLO — Confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe surged past 10 million, a chilling reminder that the deadliest pandemic of the modern era is stronger than ever.

The milestone is a rebuff to health experts and global leaders — including U.S. President Donald Trump — who had hoped early in the pandemic that it would fade away with the summer heat. Instead, infections are multiplying faster than ever.

It took four months after the pathogen first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan to reach 1 million infections. The spread of the coronavirus has steadily accelerated, compressing the time frame to a million additional cases every week now. And the latest milestone may serve only as a relative marker, as many believe the true number of infections to be higher given the difficulty of tracking infections.

650 by Lisa Du and Michelle Fay Cortez. MOVED


^US COVID-19 surge likely to continue for weeks, Frieden says<

CORONAVIRUS-US:BLO — A surge in coronavirus that has seen record numbers of new U.S. cases in recent days is likely to continue for weeks after states moved too soon to reopen their economies, two of the country's leading public health experts said Sunday.

The warnings by Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control from 2009 to 2017, and Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, came as a new poll showed confidence in how the U.S. is dealing with COVID-19 has fallen.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Frieden said the virus continued to have the "upper hand," even as he acknowledged Americans had become tired of the restrictions needed to contain it.

700 by Shawn Donnan. MOVED


^Trump struggles as furor grows over reported Russian bounty offer to kill U.S. troops<

USRUSSIA-BOUNTY-TRUMP:LA — President Donald Trump, confronted with a damaging report that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and allied troops in Afghanistan, declared Sunday on Twitter that he was never briefed about the finding by U.S. intelligence.

Democrats including Trump's prospective presidential rival, Joe Biden, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized Trump's seeming indifference to the explosive report in Friday's New York Times. Neither Trump nor other administration officials have specifically denied the report, which has since been confirmed by several other news organizations.

On Sunday, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming joined in the criticism, saying that if the information was genuine, the White House needed to explain why Trump was not told, and why the administration has done nothing in response.

1000 by Laura King in Washington. MOVED


^Bolton: 'Remarkable' Trump says he wasn't briefed on Russia<

USRUSSIA-BOUNTY-TRUMP-BOLTON:BLO — It's "remarkable" that President Donald Trump is energetically denying that he knew of intelligence reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin had put bounties on U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan, former national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

Two days after a New York Times report on the alleged by Russian military intelligence actions — paying Taliban-linked militias to kill Americans — Trump tweeted that "nobody briefed or told me" of the issue.

"It is pretty remarkable the president's going out of his way to say he hasn't heard anything about it, one asks, why would he do something like that?" Bolton said.

350 by Ros Krasny and Ben Brody. MOVED



^Germany's virus infection rate edges up as number of death slows<

^CORONAVIRUS-GERMANY:BLO—<Germany's coronavirus infection rate rose after five consecutive days of declines, while the country reported the smallest increase in the number of new deaths from the pandemic since Monday.

The reproduction factor — or R value — rose to 0.62 on Saturday from 0.57 the previous day, according to the latest estimate by the country's health body, the Robert Koch Institute.

250 by Piotr Skolimowski. MOVED


^Polish president forced into runoff vote in re-election bid<

^ELN-POLAND:BLO—<Polish President Andrzej Duda won the first-round vote in his bid for re-election, but he failed to clinch an outright victory and will face Warsaw's mayor in a July 12 runoff, an exit poll showed.

Duda won 41.8% of Sunday's ballot, followed by 30.4% for opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski, according to an exit poll for Poland's three main television broadcasters published after voting ended.

550 by Marek Strzelecki. MOVED


^French PM Wins Municipal Vote, Far Right Takes Major Town<

^ELN-FRANCE:BLO—<France's far-right National Rally party won the vote in the southern town of Perpignan in municipal elections on Sunday, while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe clinched the northern city of Le Havre.

Louis Aliot, the former partner of party leader Marine Le Pen, won around 54% of the vote in Perpignan, according to preliminary polls.

150 by Ania Nussbaum. MOVED

^Spied on, fired, publicly shamed: China's crackdown on professors reminds many of Mao era<

^CHINA-PROFESSORS-CRACKDOWN:LA—<The professor was under surveillance. Cameras taped her every lecture. She couldn't publish or give talks outside the university. She knew she had to be careful when she taught on one of China's most sensitive and dangerous topics: the Cultural Revolution.

To preempt accusations of straying beyond academia, all discussion was based on archives, books and articles. Classes were kept small; heavy reading lists filtered out potential student-informants. She made seating charts with photos, making sure no stranger could wander in unnoticed.

Despite such scrutiny, Sun Peidong felt lucky to be teaching in Shanghai's prestigious Fudan University, the only school left in China offering truthful courses on the repressive Cultural Revolution of half a century ago. She loved watching her students question conventional narratives, find new ways of understanding their nation's history, and draw connections with their own families' traumas.

Then the students turned her in.

1850 (with trims) by Alice Su. MOVED


^Israel may move to annex a big chunk of the West Bank soon, derailing hopes for a Palestinian state<

^ISRAEL:LA—<In this sun-baked biblical oasis, Palestinians are bracing for what they fear will be Israel's boldest territorial claim ever outside of war.

"We will stay here whatever they do — we are not leaving our land," said Ahmad Yagi, a teacher in his 50s in Aqabat Jaber, a nearby Palestinian refugee camp.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that as soon as Wednesday, Israel may move to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, home to sites sacred to the major monotheistic religions and the heartland of what many Palestinians and much of the rest of the world have long hoped will someday be a Palestinian state.

1100 by Noga Tarnopolsky and Laura King in Jericho, West Bank. MOVED



^It's official, Mississippi Legislature passes bill to change the state flag<

MISS-STATEFLAG-1ST-LEDE:BI — The Mississippi Senate joined the state's House on Sunday in a historic vote to take down the 1894 state flag with its Confederate battle emblem and ask Mississippi voters to approve a new flag in November.

House Bill 1796 passed by a vote of 37-14, followed by extended applause and cheers.

The House originated the bill and voted 91-23 earlier Sunday afternoon to take down the flag.

Mississippi is the last state in the nation to fly a flag with a Confederate battle emblem.

900 by Anita Lee in Biloxi, Miss. MOVED


^Trump retweets video with 'white power' shoutout from The Villages<

TRUMP-VIDEO:OS — President Donald Trump retweeted a video Sunday morning that includes a supporter shouting "white power" during a rally in The Villages.

"Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!" Trump wrote on Twitter, including video of a Trump golf cart rally at The Villages, the sprawling retirement community about 60 miles northwest of Orlando.

The video shows Trump supporters driving their carts through town past ant-Trump protesters. About 10 seconds into the clip that Trump retweeted, a man yells, "white power" and raises his left hand in a fist after a protester asked him where was his white hood and called him a racist.

400 by John Cutter in Orlando, Fla. MOVED



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TRUMP-VIDEO:BLO — 400 by Jordan Fabian. MOVED


^House Democrats will call for 100% clean cars by 2035<

^CONGRESS-CLEANCARS:BLO—<House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that's sure to inflame opponents on the right.

The proposal will be released at an event at the U.S. Capitol with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other Democratic lawmakers.

In a statement announcing Tuesday's unveiling, the committee offered no details on the plan but called it "a comprehensive congressional action plan to solve the climate crisis." A spokesman for committee Democrats didn't respond to a request for comment on specifics.

650 by Ari Natter. MOVED


^Azar suggests no Obamacare replacement plan before election<

^TRUMP-HEALTHPLAN:BLO—<The Trump administration doesn't expect to release a detailed health care plan until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of the Affordable Care Act, said U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

"We'll work with Congress on a plan if the ACA is struck down," Azar said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We'll see what the Supreme Court rules."

250 by Ros Krasny. MOVED


^Flight tests of Boeing's grounded 737 Max planned to begin Monday<

BOEING-737MAX:BLO — Boeing Co. and federal regulators are planning to begin a critical set of test flights on the 737 Max on Monday in a signal that the government is finally comfortable with the multiple fixes that the plane manufacturer has devised for the aircraft.

While the start of certification test flights on the grounded jetliner are still subject to last-minute delays, the goal is to begin the three-day program at the start of the week, according to two people briefed on the planning. Such tests are one of the final stages by the government before it certifies an aircraft.

550 by Alan Levin and Julie Johnsson. MOVED


^Mike Pence in Dallas as Gov. Abbott says COVID-19 has taken 'very dangerous turn in Texas'<

^CORONAVIRUS-PENCE-DALLAS:DA—<Vice President Mike Pence met with Gov. Greg Abbott Sunday, pledging additional resources and testing in wake of what Abbott called "the very swift and very dangerous turn" of the coronavirus in Texas.

"President Trump wanted us to be here today with the developments over the last two weeks with the rising positivity and the rising number of cases with a very simple message and that is to use people of Texas: We're with you," Pence said.

Before Pence spoke after meeting with state officials, Abbott gave a somber assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in Texas.

1300 by Gromer Jeffers Jr. in Dallas. MOVED


^COVID-19 data: What the numbers mean and how to tell if the coronavirus is spreading<

^MED-CORONAVIRUS-DATA:SE—<Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is used to seeing a cavalcade of numbers and charts that show how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading or how it's affecting a given place.

This data is crucial for informing decisions about how to respond to the crisis and keep ourselves and others safe.

But the more numbers floating around, the more potential for misinterpretation — especially when epidemiological concepts such as R0 were unknown to most people before 2020.

We're here to help. Below, you'll find explanations of common virus stats and what they tell us — individually and in combination with one another — about the state of the pandemic.

1150 by Ryan Blethen in Seattle. MOVED


^Florida reports another 8,530 new coronavirus cases<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA-1ST-LEDE:FL — The number of coronavirus cases continues to surge in Florida, with the state reporting 8,530 new cases Sunday and 29 more deaths.

The Florida Department of Health reported Sunday that 141,075 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

450 by Susannah Bryan in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Newsom orders bars closed in L.A. and six other California counties due to coronavirus spread<

^CORONAVIRUS-CALIF:LA—<Citing the rapid pace of coronavirus spread in some parts of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered seven counties including Los Angeles immediately to close any bars and nightspots that are open and recommended eight other counties take action on their own to close those businesses.

The decision, a sign of growing concern about new COVID-19 cases, was announced in a statement issued by the governor's state public health director, Dr. Sonia Angell. Bars in seven counties are immediately impacted by the state order: Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial.

Eight other counties have been asked by state officials to issue local health order closing bars: Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus.

800 by John Myers in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^The politics of masks: How face coverings became so divisive in NC and beyond<

CORONAVIRUS-MASKS-DIVIDE:RA — About five hours before North Carolina's mandatory mask order went into effect on Friday, there wasn't a mask in sight among the crowd of nearly 100 people who'd gathered near the state legislative building. They'd come to protest, and to fight for their rights, and to stand against "tyranny," which is how some of them described the mask mandate.

2650 (with trims) by Andrew Carter in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED


^Suspect identified in fatal shooting at Walmart distribution center in California<

^CALIF-WALMART-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:LA—<Tehama County sheriff's officials on Sunday identified the suspect in a shooting the day before at a Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff that killed one person and injured several others before the man was fatally shot by police.

The suspect, Louis Lane, 31, of Redding, was a former employee of the distribution center who was fired in February 2019 after he failed to show up for a shift, according to the sheriff's department, which is handling the investigation. Authorities said they are still investigating a possible motive for the shooting but said they believe Lane acted alone.

600 by Alex Wigglesworth in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Teddy Roosevelt statue at NY's Museum of Natural History draws dueling protests<

NYC-ROOSEVELT-STATUE:NY — No one is speaking softly when it comes to the controversial Teddy Roosevelt statue outside the Museum of Natural History.

Scores of dueling protesters squared off Sunday to angrily spar over whether the famed statue of the Rough Rider should be removed from its perch outside the New York City museum.

450 by Brittany Kriegstein and Dave Goldiner in New York. MOVED


^After 3 children shot, 2 fatally, Chicago violence continues Sunday morning with 3 more homicides<

^CHICAGO-VIOLENCE:TB—<Chicago's incessant gun violence has extended into a second consecutive weekend as three separate fatal early morning shootings have added to a growing toll.

Those Sunday deaths followed a bloody Saturday during which six people were killed, including a 1-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl who died in separate shootings.

700 by Jessica Villagomez and William Lee in Chicago. MOVED


^Mpls. mayor, police chief announce tighter bodycam rules<

^MINNEAPOLIS-POLICE-RULES:MS—<Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Sunday announced tighter rules for reviewing officer's body cameras.

The policy comes as the first in a series of new public safety policy reforms and is designed to better capture officers' perceptions at the time an officer acted.

200 by Mara Klecker in Minneapolis. MOVED



^Jazz great Freddy Cole dies at 88<

^COLE-OBIT:AT—<Jazz great Freddy Cole, the younger brother of Nat "King" Cole who built his own reputation as a pianist and vocalist, died Saturday. He was 88.

The cause was complications from a cardiovascular ailment, his manager, Suzi Reynolds, told The Washington Post.

350 by David Wickert. MOVED



^Editorial: Supreme Court denies due process rights for some asylum seekers<

^SCOTUS-IMMIGRANTS-EDITORIAL:LA—<The right to due process for some asylum seekers took a beating in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

In early 2017, a Sri Lankan farmer and political activist named Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam slipped across the U.S.-Mexico border near San Ysidro and was detained almost immediately by a Border Patrol agent. Thuraissigiam said he had fled Sri Lanka after being severely beaten by unidentified men because of his political support for a Tamil candidate, and he feared being targeted if he returned. The agent rejected the asylum claim because Thuraissigiam could not identify the men or their motive in beating him, nor had he claimed that the Sri Lankan government would not protect him against future attacks.

750 by The Times Editorial Board. MOVED


^Editorial: George Floyd murals bring deeper meaning to issues of injustice<

^MINN-POLICE-DEATH-MURALS-EDITORIAL:DA—<In Minneapolis, hues of blue and yellow form the face of a George Floyd mural, with a resolution to his last words scrawled against the purple of his sweatshirt: "I can breathe now." Radiating from the halo cast by a sunflower standing prominently behind him are the names of those who passed before him, all too soon: Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice — and the list goes on.

The country erupted in outrage following the death of Floyd by police on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. Protests flooded the streets and chants ran clear through the night across states at the sheer horror of the death of the 46-year-old Black man who died when a police officer pressed his knee against his neck for nearly eight minutes, ignoring pleas for him to stop. But along with those protests, rallies and marches, art has formed.

650 by Dallas Morning News Editorial. MOVED


^Editorial: Goodbye, diesel exhaust. California adopts nation's first zero-emission truck rule<

^CALIF-TRUCK-EMISSIONS-EDITORIAL:LA—<California, again, is leading the nation's fight against climate change. The California Air Resources Board adopted a rule Thursday requiring that by 2045, all trucks sold in the state be zero-emission models.

The rule is the first of its kind in the United States and among the most ambitious efforts in the world to replace dirty diesel trucks with battery-powered and other zero-emission vehicles.

700 by The Times Editorial Board. MOVED




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