Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois provides a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic — watch live video stream here

Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois provides a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic — watch live video stream here

Along with daily news briefings by President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force, daily updates from top governors, notably Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gavin Newsom of California and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, have emerged as must-see events of this pandemic period.

  • Trump tells NYC to activate National Guard: 'The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart!'
    Yahoo News

    Trump tells NYC to activate National Guard: 'The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart!'

    After vowing Monday to deploy military force to restore order in states that fail to “dominate” unlawful demonstrations, President Trump on Tuesday all but ordered New York City to request help from the National Guard. “NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD,” Trump tweeted. Parts of New York City, including midtown Manhattan, were rocked by disorder Monday night, despite an 11 p.m. curfew.

  • Thousands in Europe decry racial injustice, police violence
    Associated Press

    Thousands in Europe decry racial injustice, police violence

    Thousands of people demonstrated in London on Wednesday against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has set off days of unrest in the United States. In Athens, police fired tear gas to disperse youths who threw firebombs and stones at them outside the U.S. Embassy toward the end of an otherwise peaceful protest by about 4,000 people. The London demonstration began in Hyde Park, with protesters chanting “Black lives matter,” before many of them later marched through the streets, blocking traffic.

  • Leaked documents reveal China withheld crucial information about the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak
    Business Insider

    Leaked documents reveal China withheld crucial information about the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak

    Xinhua via REUTERS China delayed the release of information about the coronavirus, according to a new investigation. Its health officials did not share the coronavirus genome until over a week after scientists in Chinese laboratories decoded it at the beginning of January. Beijing did not warn the World Health Organization that the virus passed between people until two weeks later.

  • D.C. police officer to protesters: 'If I didn't think change was possible, I would just give up'
    Yahoo News Video

    D.C. police officer to protesters: 'If I didn't think change was possible, I would just give up'

    Hours into the mandatory curfew in Washington, D.C., several police officers were recorded engaging in peaceful dialogue with protesters. While remaining in opposition to the extended protests over George Floyd's death, one officer appeared to commiserate with protesters' desire to seek change.

  • Trump administration selects five coronavirus vaccine candidates as finalists: NYT
    Reuters

    Trump administration selects five coronavirus vaccine candidates as finalists: NYT

    The Trump administration has selected five companies, including Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc, as the most likely candidates to produce a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing senior officials. The other companies are Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co Inc, according to the paper. The selected companies will get access to additional government funds, help in running clinical trials, and financial and logistical support, the paper reported.

  • Powerful video from 1986 resurfaces showing Biden’s passionate speech against apartheid
    The Independent

    Powerful video from 1986 resurfaces showing Biden’s passionate speech against apartheid

    A powerful video of then-Senator Joe Biden speaking about apartheid South Africa has resurfaced. The clip, taken from C-Span coverage of a Senate committee in 1986, shows Mr Biden passionately speaking out in support of the majority black population of South Africa, and against the oppressive apartheid regime. Challenging Reagan administration secretary of state George Schultz on government policy towards South Africa, Senator Biden says he is disturbed by the rationale behind it, arguing that it amounts to doing nothing.

  • US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing
    AFP

    US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

    Washington on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the United States after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume services to China. The move adds to a growing friction between the world's two biggest economies amid the coronavirus crisis and in the wake of a two-year trade war that has not been fully resolved. The US action, which takes effect June 16 but could be implemented sooner if President Donald Trump orders it, applied to seven Chinese civilian carriers, although only four currently are running service to US cities including Air China and China Eastern Airlines, the Department of Transportation DOT said.

  • Associated Press

    At least 39 injured in knife attack at China kindergarten

    A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The motive remains unknown. The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have blamed largely on people bearing grudges or who had unidentified mental illnesses.

  • Bar owner won't face charges in fatal shooting of Omaha protester
    CBS News

    Bar owner won't face charges in fatal shooting of Omaha protester

    During protests in Omaha, Nebraska over the weekend, a black activist was shot and killed by a white bar owner after a fight broke out. The county attorney said the shooter will not face charges because he was "defending himself." James Scurlock, 22, was killed by Jacob Gardner, the owner of the Hive Bar and Gatsby Bar in Omaha's Old Market neighborhood around midnight Saturday in the midst of protests against police brutality and George Floyd's death.

  • Trump won't accept Republican nomination in Charlotte, RNC announces
    USA TODAY

    Trump won't accept Republican nomination in Charlotte, RNC announces

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will not accept the Republican nomination for president in Charlotte, the Republican National Committee said Wednesday, saying North Carolina officials could not guarantee full use of their facilities in August over concerns about the coronavirus. Due to the directive from the governor that our convention cannot go on as planned as required by our rules, the celebration of the president's acceptance of the Republican nomination will be held in another city," the RNC said in a statement. "Should the governor allow more than 10 people in a room, we still hope to conduct the official business of the convention in Charlotte.

  • Looting and violence continues in New York City despite unprecedented curfew
    The Guardian

    Looting and violence continues in New York City despite unprecedented curfew

    An unprecedented curfew in New York City on Monday night did little to prevent destruction, as people smashed their way into shops including Macy's flagship store, grabbed merchandise and fled. Police said more than 200 were arrested and several officers were injured, following another day of peaceful protests throughout the city over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died on 25 May after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. “Some people are out tonight not to protest but to destroy property and hurt others and those people are being arrested,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

  • U.K. PM tells China that Britain will admit 3 Million from Hong Kong
    NBC News

    U.K. PM tells China that Britain will admit 3 Million from Hong Kong

    The United Kingdom will not walk away from the people of Hong Kong if China imposes a national security law which conflicts with Beijing's international obligations under a 1984 accord, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. "Hong Kong succeeds because its people are free," Johnson wrote in The Times of London. "If China proceeds, this would be in direct conflict with its obligations under the joint declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the United Nations."

  • Voices captured on an NYC police scanner can be heard saying protesters should be shot and run over
    INSIDER

    Voices captured on an NYC police scanner can be heard saying protesters should be shot and run over

    REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz A New York police scanner broadcast voices advocating violence against protesters. Audio clips of the communication have circulated on social media. In one clip, someone says: "Shoot those motherf---ers," referring to the protesters.

  • The architect of Sweden's no-lockdown plan suggested the strategy was a mistake based on what we now know about the coronavirus
    Business Insider

    The architect of Sweden's no-lockdown plan suggested the strategy was a mistake based on what we now know about the coronavirus

    JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images The scientist behind Sweden's no-lockdown coronavirus strategy has suggested for the first time that the approach may have been a mistake. Anders Tegnell told Swedish radio if the country had more knowledge about the coronavirus earlier in its outbreak, its reponse would likely have been "somewhere in between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world has done." Sweden has repeatedly defended its plan while saying it was constantly monitoring to see if it needed to change its strategy.

  • Brazil sets another record for daily coronavirus deaths
    Reuters

    Brazil sets another record for daily coronavirus deaths

    Brazil registered another record number of novel coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday evening, as the pandemic in Latin America's largest country shows no signs of slowing down. The nation registered 28,936 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, the ministry said, and 1,262 deaths. There are now 555,383 total confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil and 31,199 coronavirus deaths.

  • Why The Middle East Fears Russia's Alpha Group Commandos
    The National Interest

    Why The Middle East Fears Russia's Alpha Group Commandos

    Russia and the Lebanese Islamic militia Hezbollah have become close allies in the civil war in Syria, with both of them supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in the conflict. When members of Hezbollah kidnapped four Russian diplomats in 1985, killing one of them, Russia dispatched the KGB's Alpha Group to deal with the situation. Alpha Group is part spy network, part counterterrorism team, part general-purpose commando squad — and entirely terrifying.

  • Autopsy report shows Floyd had tested positive for COVID-19
    Associated Press

    Autopsy report shows Floyd had tested positive for COVID-19

    A full autopsy of George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police, was released Wednesday and provides several clinical details, including that Floyd had previously tested positive for COVID-19. Bystander video showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd's neck, ignoring Floyd's “I can't breathe” cries until he eventually stopped moving, has sparked nationwide protests, some violent. The report by Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Baker spelled out clinical details, including that Floyd had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 3 but appeared asymptomatic.

  • Israelis fear West Bank annexation will spark Palestinian uprising
    AFP

    Israelis fear West Bank annexation will spark Palestinian uprising

    Most Israelis think their government's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank will spark a Palestinian uprising but around half favour going ahead anyway, a poll showed Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to take steps towards annexation as soon as July 1, despite widespread international condemnation. The move forms part of a broader peace plan published by the United States, although Washington has not publicly backed Netanyahu's timetable.

  • George Floyd protests: Illinois governor says Trump has been a ‘miserable failure’ over handling of demonstrations
    The Independent

    George Floyd protests: Illinois governor says Trump has been a ‘miserable failure’ over handling of demonstrations

    Illinois governor JB Pritzker has criticised President Donald Trump's response to the George Floyd protests, calling it “a miserable failure”. Mr Pritzker, a Democrat, called in to CNN's OutFront, hosted by Erin Burnett, to criticise the president for saying that he is “your president of law and order” on Monday. Mr Trump made the remarks after he ordered police to disperse a group of protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets, when he left the White House yesterday to visit a nearby church for a photo opportunity.

  • Missing Mexican congresswoman's body found a month after abduction
    The Guardian

    Missing Mexican congresswoman's body found a month after abduction

    The body of a missing Mexican congresswoman has been found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was abducted by armed men while raising awareness about the coronavirus pandemic. Anel Bueno, a 38-year-old lawmaker from the western state of Colima, was snatched on 29 April in Ixtlahuacán, a town on a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast that the drug trade has made one of the country's most murderous regions. Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters on Wednesday a suspect had been detained over the killing of Bueno, who was a member of his party, Morena.

  • Tropical Storm Cristobal has formed in Gulf of Mexico and may approach US by weekend
    USA TODAY

    Tropical Storm Cristobal has formed in Gulf of Mexico and may approach US by weekend

    Tropical Storm Cristobal, already the third storm of this year's hurricane season, formed Tuesday afternoon off the coast of Mexico and could reach Texas, Louisiana or the Florida Panhandle by Friday or early next week, meteorologists say. The storm began as a tropical depression with heavy rainfall and flooding over Mexico and Central America. The National Hurricane Center issued a public advisory soon after the storm moved through the Gulf, 150 miles from Campeche, Mexico, warning that increased rainfall, flooding and potential mudslides can be expected in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

  • 'My face exploded': Police firing rubber bullets have wounded and permanently disabled protesters and journalists
    INSIDER

    'My face exploded': Police firing rubber bullets have wounded and permanently disabled protesters and journalists

    Social media is filled with images of wounded protesters and journalists who have been struck by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters in the eyes and face. Some have even lost their sight. Experts policing, however, tell Insider that rubber bullets are considered "less lethal" weapons — and many police departments have considered them a "legitimate tool" for decades.

  • An 'ANTIFA' Twitter account that called for looting 'white hoods' was actually run by white nationalist group Identity Evropa
    Business Insider

    An 'ANTIFA' Twitter account that called for looting 'white hoods' was actually run by white nationalist group Identity Evropa

    A fake antifa Twitter account that called for violence was actually run by a white nationalist group, according to a Twitter spokesperson. The account, "@ANTIFA_US," pretended to align with the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing nationwide protests, and called for protesters to "move into residential areas... the white hoods.... and we take what's ours." Twitter banned the account Monday for breaking its rules against platform manipulation, spam, and inciting violence.

  • Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin
    Reuters

    Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to take part in an online summit on a possible coronavirus vaccine being organised by the British government this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Putin received an invitation to take part in the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, the Kremlin had said. Scheduled to take place on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 is designed to mobilise resources needed to ensure universal availability of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

  • At It Again: Russia's Black Sea Fleet Conducts Fresh Exercises
    The National Interest

    At It Again: Russia's Black Sea Fleet Conducts Fresh Exercises

    The Russian Navy has continued to conduct maneuvers and exercises on an increasingly regular basis, and this week warships from its Black Sea Fleet were deployed to naval ranges for drills, the Fleet's press office announced. During the week, the ships' crews will reportedly conduct sole and joint artillery and missile firings against naval, coastal and air targets. In addition, the sailors of the Black Sea Fleet will also practice marine training elements, including joint deployment and maneuvering in various formations.