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Protests have erupted in more than 75 cities across the United States as unrest intensifies over the killing by police of an African American man, George Floyd. Many demonstrations over his death and the broader issue of perceived police brutality descended into violence. Washington saw some of the worst unrest. Our correspondent Aleem Maqbool was there.
The 3rd night of protests in the American capital has been the most chaotic. After hours of peaceful demonstration and remembrance for George Floyd, dusk brought about a change of mood, the White House often disappearing from view in the haze of tear gas. Buildings in the surrounding streets were vandalized and even set on fire and police fired pellets and sound bombs. And as has been the case in many parts of the country, there was a sense that officers had little regard for the media, at one point charging full force into our own cameraman. It's emerged that President Trump was briefly taken to an emergency bunker in the White House on Friday because of concerns about the threat from protesters outside the building. There are growing calls for the president to address the nation from the Oval Office and call for calm. Asked if Mr. Trump plan to do so, his national security advisers said the president spoke to the nation in other ways.
Long queues have formed outside shops selling alcohol in South Africa as restrictions on its cellar are lifted for the first time in two months. Some queued overnight. Andrew Harding is in Johannesburg.
Singing as they queue, South Africans are anxious to take advantage of a partial lifting of the country's strict alcohol ban. Between Mondays and Thursdays, alcohol can now be bought for home consumption. The ban was introduced in order to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence during the lockdown and to relieve pressure on hospital casualty ward, so they could focus on tackling the coronavirus. South Africa is now easing some lockdown restrictions to help revive its economy, but there is concern that infection rates are beginning to rise sharply.
A city near Tokyo has proposed banning the use of smartphones while walking in a first for Japan. Officials in Yamato say a growing number of accidents are caused by pedestrians glued to their phones. Previous research found that if 1500 smartphone users cross Tokyo's famous Shibuya Scramble simultaneously, only a 3rd would make it safely to the other side with
1.Protests have erupted in more than 75 cities across the United States...
Heavy fighting erupted there today after a two-day ceasefire
2....and to relieve pressure on hospital casualty ward, so they could focus on tackling the coronavirus.
The first reason to tackle these problems is to save children's lives