The Labor Department said employers added 2.5 million jobs last month, in contrast to analyst expectations. Unemployment declined slightly in May, falling to 13.3%. Economists had been expecting a rise to as high as 20%. Reacting to the numbers, President Trump tweeted, ’Great going President Trump (kidding but true)!’.
President Trump is facing criticism after making remarks about George Floyd during his news conference on US job numbers. ’Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody’, Trump said. Reacting to Trump’s comments, Joe Biden said ’I frankly think is despicable’.
The US economy made a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis by adding 2.5 million jobs in May. The unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent as states started to ease their virus-related lockdowns, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report. That is an improvement from the 14.7 percent unemployment rate in April.
Nigerian rights campaigners took to the streets of the capital Abuja on Friday to raise awareness about sexual violence. The protest comes after Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a 22-year-old student, died two days after she was raped in a church in the southern city of Benin. More than 200 protesters marched around police headquarters in Abuja. The carried placards that read ’No means no’.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed a section of DC’s 16th Street frequented by BLM protests ’Black Lives Matter Plaza’ and ordered the words ’Black Lives Matter’ painted onto it. The move follows Bowser’s demand that the National Guard be removed from the city as well as US President Trump’s calling Bowser ’incompetent’ on Twitter. BLM chapter DCBLM slammed the move as a ’distraction’.
Twitter has removed a video tribute to Floyd posted by Trump’s reelection campaign, claiming it had run afoul of its policy on copyrighted material. The 4-minute-long clip, which was retweeted 7,000 times by people including Trump, shows images of peaceful protests while Trump speaks of the ’grave tragedy’. The campaign, in response, has urged its followers make a separate YouTube video go viral.
Speaking at a virtual town hall with young Americans on Thursday, Joe Biden said that 10 to 15 per cent of ’people out there that are just not very good people’. It is unclear who exactly he was referring to. ’The vast majority of the people are decent. We have to appeal to that and we have to unite people -- bring them together’, Biden said as he called out President Trump for dividing people.
President Trump announced that the U.S. will cut ties with the WHO over its relationship with China. The international community, particularly the U.S., has questioned China’s handling of COVID-19 and what the country told the WHO when the virus first emerged in Wuhan. Trump had already suspended funding to investigate the accusations against Chinese government officials.
Several protesters and the ACLU filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal use of force to disperse a peaceful protest in Washington, DC, ahead of President Trump’s visit to a local church. The lawsuit names Trump, AG William Barr and other federal officials as defendants, arguing that the police had ’no legitimate basis to destroy the peaceable gathering’.
AstraZeneca has doubled its manufacturing capacity for its potential Covid-19 vaccine to 2bn doses. It has entered into an agreement with epidemic response group CEPI and vaccine alliance GAVI which are backed by WHO and allay fears that the company was committing all initial supplies of the vaccine to the developed world. Additionally US too has secured 300mn of the first doses of the vaccine.
According to an Indian official, thousands of soldiers from India and China have been facing off against each other for a month. The flaring tensions of the two countries on their disputed Himalayan border have been discussed on Friday by foreign ministry officials of both the countries.
The WaPo took a shot at owner Jeff Bezos, by calling attention to his charitable giving. As per a report, the charitable contributions of America’s 50 richest since the COVID-19 outbreak added up to less than .001 percent of their net worth. It noted, that Bezos’s contribution of $100 million to Feeding America and $25 million for All in WA was equal to an $85 donation for the median American.
Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York came out in support of the suspension of two Buffalo police officers who were seen pushing a 75 year old man to the ground. A video of the incident, which has since gone viral, shows the man’s head hitting the ground, where he lay motionless and started bleeding.
A rubber tapper in his 40s has been arrested over the death of a pregnant elephant in India. The elephant which had wandered into a village near Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad, unknowingly ate food intentionally stuffed with the explosives, a technique used by locals to keep wild animals away from their crops. The device exploded in her mouth and she died standing up in a river on May 27.
Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C. said on Thursday that the federal government’s response to recently held protests in the city has made the demand of statehood for the District justifiable. Addressing a press conference, Ms. Bowser said that the 700,000 tax paying citizens of the District do not have full autonomy and full representation in the Congress.