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Regional News • Americas • United States
Presidential Debate: Trump refuses to denounce white supremacists, asks far-right group "Proud Boys" to "stand back and stand by"

During the first presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Donald Trump whether he would condemn white supremacists and ask them to stay down during ongoing demonstrations.

"Sure, I’m willing to, but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace," Trump said.

"Who would you like me to condemn?" Trump asked when urged by Biden to condemn the groups and is prompted the far-right group "Proud Boys."

"Proud Boys — stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem," so the president.

According to the BBC, Proud Boys responded to the president's remarks in their Telegram group, writing: "Standing down and standing by sir."

Regional News • Europe
Belarus: Accreditations from western media journalists removed

Journalists working for western media outlets had their accreditations removed on Saturday in Belarus. This comes a day after a German ARD TV crew was arrested in their hotel and later deported. Journalists affected worked for Reuters, Radio Liberty, AFP, AP and BBC, among others.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Elon Musk claims that "Aliens built the pyramids", Egypt denies and invites him
Elon Musk claims that "Aliens built the pyramids", Egypt denies and invites him
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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has tweeted on Friday that "Aliens built the pyramids obv" (obv = obviously). The tweet has been shared widely on Twitter and received over 500,000 likes.

The Minister of International Co-operation of Egypt Rania al-Mashat has responded to the claim and denied that they were built by aliens. She said that "I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders".

At a later point, Elon Musk linked a BBC History site that provides information about the history of the workers that built the pyramids.

Regional News • Middle East
Iran's Covid-19 death toll three times as high as reported, BBC investigation finds
Iran's Covid-19 death toll three times as high as reported, BBC investigation finds
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An investigation by BBC's Persian service found that Iran's death toll is three times as high as reported by the country's health ministry. While Iran had officially reported 14,405 Covid-19 related deaths and 278,827 infections, Iran's government records show almost 42,000 deaths and 451,024 confirmed cases. BBC obtained the data from an anonymous source, who wanted to "shed light on truth", included daily hospital admissions and patient information.

Regional News • Africa
Malawi: Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as new president
Malawi: Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as new president
Credit: Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on Twitter @LAZARUSCHAKWERA

Former opposition chief Lazarus Chakwera has won the presidential election in Malawi against incumbent Peter Mutharika. He won with 58,57% of the votes in Tuesday's election. Chakwera said his win was a "victory for democracy and justice".

"There's no cause for fear because I will be your president and my policy for inclusivity means we are building a new Malawi for all of us," Chakwera told BBC.

Regional News • Asia
Multiple people dead after raid on Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi

Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi, killing at least two people and wounding others before police shot them dead. A police officer and security officials are also among those confirmed dead.

In an interview with BBC, Sindh police additional inspector general Ghulam Nabi Memon said: "The attackers came in a silver Corolla and were stopped by police at the gate outside where the exchange of fire took place,".

Militants from the Majid Brigade of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) took responsibility for the attack, but the claim has yet to be confirmed.

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter puts fact-checking label on tweets linking 5G with Covid-19
Graffiti against 5G
Graffiti against 5G Credit: MHM55 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Twitter is adding labels on tweets that wrongly link the spread of the Covid-19 with 5G mobile networks.

The label reads, “Get the facts on Covid-19”. After clicking on the message, users see a document titled “No 5G isn’t causing coronavirus” that collects sources debunking claims with links to pages like the BBC and Snopes.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Tim Davie named new BBC director-general
Tim Davie at a Creative Britain event at the Foreign Office in London, 14 May 2014.
Tim Davie at a Creative Britain event at the Foreign Office in London, 14 May 2014. Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tim Davie has been appointed as the new BBC director-general, replacing Tony Hall who announced his departure in January 2020. Davie, who previously served as head of BBC Studios, said he was honoured by the appointment and that he plans to "accelerate change" and "continue to reform, make clear choices and stay relevant".

He added: "This has been a critical time for the UK and these past few months have shown just how much the BBC matters to people. Our mission has never been more relevant, important or necessary. I have a deep commitment to content of the highest quality and impartiality."

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
Bentley to cut up to 1,000 jobs in the UK
Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental GTC Credit: Alexander Migl (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

BBC reports that luxury carmaker Bentley is to cut 1,000 jobs in the UK. The company, owned by German car-maker Volkswagen, declined to comment but is expected to make a formal announcement on Friday.

Sports • Soccer
The Premier League to resume on June 17 after a 100-day pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic
View of North Stand in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from East Stand
View of North Stand in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from East Stand Credit: Daniel (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The English Premier League looks set to resume on June 17, more than three months after it was forced into hiatus by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Clubs agreed on the date at a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, although the Government must still give the green light to the competition resuming behind closed doors as the country continues along with its road map to recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All 92 matches remaining in the 2019-20 season are set to be televised by the league's broadcast partners, including the BBC, which means the corporation televising a live Premier League match for the first time since the competition’s foundation in 1992.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
UK to quarantine air passengers for 14 days
Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Credit: Heathrow Airport

BBC reports UK airlines have been told the government will impose a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland to try to avoid a second peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Travellers arriving in the UK will have to provide the address and then self-isolate at a private residence. It is not clear if non-UK residents will be allowed to stay in rented private accommodation.

"We need to see the details of what they are proposing", said Airlines UK, which represents British Airways, EasyJet and other UK-based airlines, in a statement.